Pit bulls attack homeowner, friend and deputies
INDIAN TRAIL – Deputies with the Union County Sheriff’s Office used deadly force Dec. 27 to stop a pit bull attack.
Two pit bulls attacked a friend visiting a home in the 6600 block of First Avenue around 4:15 a.m. The homeowner tried to stop the attack but was bitten on the arm. He left the home and called 911.
Deputies arrived to find the victim on the floor being attacked by the dogs. The dogs charged toward deputies who attempted to use a catch pole to capture them. One dog bit a deputy on the arm, prompting another deputy to use a Taser to create separation between the dog and deputy.
The two injured males were taken to a hospital. The friend suffered extensive bites to his face and head, while the homeowner had a bite on his left arm. The injured deputy was treated for a minor bite wound and released from a Monroe hospital.
The investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed.
Schools meet, exceed growth
RALEIGH – State Superintendent Mark Johnson recently recognized schools for meeting and exceeding academic growth.
Academic growth is an indication of the progress that students made over the past year. The state uses a statistical tool, known as EVAAS, to measure growth when common assessments are administered.
Schools that met growth include: Antioch, Benton Heights, East, Fairview, Marshville, New Salem, New Town, Rock Rest, Rocky River, Sardis, Stallings, Unionville, Waxhaw, Wesley Chapel and Wingate elementary schools; Cuthbertson, Marvin Ridge and Parkwood middle schools; and Monroe and Weddington high schools.
Schools that exceeded growth include: Indian Trail, Porter Ridge, Sandy Ridge, Union, Walter Bickett, Weddington and Western Union elementary schools; Weddington Middle School; Cuthbertson, Marvin Ridge, Parkwood, Piedmont and Porter Ridge high schools; Central Academy of Technology and Arts; Union County Early College; Union Academy; and Union Prep Academy at Indian Trail.
Stops lead to heroin, marijuana and lots of cash
MONROE – Narcotics detectives with the Union County Sheriff’s Office recovered heroin, marijuana and $3,000 on Jan. 4 after a suspect crashed his vehicle into a tree near Rollings Hills Country Club.
Working with the Monroe Police Department, detectives tried to stop the vehicle on U.S. 74 near Secrest Shortcut Road, but the suspect fled until crashing into the tree. The suspect fled on foot, but he was captured.
Jarny Smaikel Fonseca, 20, of Charlotte, was arrested on multiple drug charges, including trafficking in heroin, according to the sheriff’s office.
That same day, narcotics detectives stopped a Hummer and seized handguns, marijuana, THC vape cartridges, pills and more than $2,400. John David Braswell Jr., 30, of Robeson County, was arrested on multiple drug violations, the sheriff’s office said.
Atrium Health announces first baby of 2019
CHARLOTTE – Ranisha and Kenny Davis welcomed Kennedi Honesty Davis into the world at 12:41 a.m. Jan. 1 at Atrium Health University City, earning the distinction of Atrium Health’s first baby of 2019.
Dr. Jeanne Rollins, of Eastover-University OB/GYN, delivered the girl. She weighed 6 pounds and 14 ounces.
One minute later, Lincoln Jonathan Fox was born to Kara and Jonathan in Cabarrus County.
Preschools raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation
CHARLOTTE – Chesterbrook Academy Preschools in North Carolina and South Carolina donated more than $8,000 to Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina in Charlotte.
Eleven preschools, including ones in Charlotte and Weddington, partnered to raise money for Make-A-Wish this holiday season.
During the weeks of Dec. 3 and 10, each school held a series of “Wish Week” fundraisers.
Chesterbrook Academy Preschools in North Carolina and South Carolina have collectively raised more than $22,000 for Make-A-Wish since 2016.
Heritage Festival seeks committee volunteers
MONROE – The Union County Heritage Festival is seeking volunteers to serve on its coordinating committee.
Committee members work on various parts of the event, including entertainment, exhibitors, marketing and the 5K.
Planning meetings are held on the second Friday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Union County Agricultural Center, 3230 Presson Road. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 11. Direct questions to Tina Sagartz at cg firstname.lastname@example.org.
The festival takes place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21, with the Wild Turkey 5K Trail Run starting at 8 a.m.
Driver crashes into basketball goal during police pursuit
MATTHEWS – The Stallings Police Department pursued a vehicle traveling westbound on John Street that eventually crashed into a basketball goal in the 7500 block of Greylock Ridge Road after 8 p.m. Jan. 4.
No injuries were reported.
Matthews officers were not involved in the pursuit, but did arrive at the scene to find Stallings officers taking the driver into custody.