Thief takes senior’s purse, credit card
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect that stole a senior citizen’s purse and used her credit card.
An elderly victim reported her purse was stolen from her vehicle Nov. 16 as she was returning to it in the parking lot of the Fifth Third Bank on Matthews Township Parkway. The suspect then went to the Best Buy at Matthews Township Parkway and made a fraudulent purchase.
The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s, standing six feet tall and weighing 195 pounds with facial hair. He was last seen getting into an unknown black vehicle.
Call the criminal investigations division at 704-847-5555 with any information about the case.
Police arrest shooting suspect
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department arrested a man accused of shooting someone Feb. 2 on the 800 block of East Charles Street.
The victim was checked into the emergency department at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. He told police that Melvin Romel Pharr, 48, shot him.
Officers received an arrest warrant charging Pharr with assault with a deadly weapon – inflicting serious injury. Pharr was transported to Novant Health Matthews Medical Center and was scheduled to be transported to jail upon release.
Call the criminal investigations division at 704-847-5555 with any details about the case.
McGee decorates town hall with art
MINT HILL – David L. McGee, president of Mint Hill Arts, is showcasing some of his work at the Mint Hill Town Hall Art Gallery.
McGee recently retired as art teacher at Clear Creek Elementary School.
He is primarily a landscape artist and he frequently focuses on the ever-changing landscapes in the southeastern United States.
At times he also includes the people associated with these scenes.
His work incorporates the influences of both European and American painters, among whom are Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Singer Sergeant, Richard Schmid and John Howard Sanden.
The show will hang 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays until April 2 at the gallery, located at 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane.
Suspect steals, burns truck
MATTHEWS – The Matthews Police Department is looking for a suspect that stole a truck and left it burning three hours later.
Two landscaping employees told police the suspect approached them at about 9 a.m. Feb. 5 behind the BAPS Temple building on Margaret Wallace Road. The man indicated he had a gun, as well as ordered them out of the vehicle and to leave their wallets and cell phones inside.
The suspect left with the black 2006 Nissan Titan truck. The Union County Sheriff’s Office found the truck on fire and burned beyond repair three hours later at 4563 State Line Road.
The suspect was described as possibly a black male, standing 6 feet tall with a heavy build and wearing dark clothing and a ski mask.
Call the criminal investigations division at 704-847-5555 with details about this case.
CMS delays report card release
CHARLOTTE – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools changed the end of the grading period for student report cards to Jan. 24, due to school closings for severe weather.
K-5 report cards will be sent home Feb. 9. Middle and high school report cards will be sent home Feb. 16.
The literacy portion of the K-2 report card has been consolidated based on teacher and parent feedback.
Due to these revisions, the grades for the first quarter do not appear on the revised version but have been filed at the school for permanent record.
Enrollment opens for Shands School
MATTHEWS – Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year is open at Shands School.
The private nonprofit school also has a limited opportunity for some students to make a mid-year change if their current school circumstances dictate it would be in their best interest.
While traditional classrooms might work well for some children, others require a more hands-on approach.
“We teach and reach our students by determining their individual learning style and then allowing each to learn by doing,” Director Liz Morris said. “We incorporate hands-on activities to connect classroom experiences to students’ everyday lives.”
The school promotes independent thinking and problem solving by introducing a real world problem and allowing students to brainstorm together to create a solution.
Instructors include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Proctor for writing, Wrenn Goodrum, artistic director of Activate Community Through Theater, for drama, and Suzanne Halaburda, UNC Charlotte professor, for language arts.
Students also gain hands-on experiences by visiting museums, organic farms and caverns and brought Discovery Science to the classroom.
“We encourage students to question and seek out the answers,” Morris said. “Most of all, we want our students to be happy, feel safe to express themselves, and love learning.”
Shands School is located at 1315 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Visit www.shandss chool.org to learn more and call 704-321-5705 to arrange a tour.
Bright Blessings holds open house
MATTHEWS – Bright Blessings will host its third Annual Bless-a-Baby Shower & Open House, giving the community insight into the increasing number of babies born into poverty.
The community also can play a direct role in giving these children a healthy and positive start in life.
The event takes place 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at 1150 Crews Road, suite C. The event includes tours of The Giving Village, hands-on service projects, refreshments, raffle prizes and music by K-LOVE 91.9.
Guests who would like to donate items are invited to bring a new diaper bags, toys for 1-year-olds, and plush blankets to help fill Blessing Baskets.
Soft blankets, fresh clothing, diapers and wipes, critical healthcare items, feeding supplies, books and educational materials are among items in each basket.
Bright Blessings served more than 585 babies in 2017.