Headline Roundup: CMPD Officer Charged With Assault, Cannon Sentencing Delayed, More
A Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officer is on unpaid leave after being charged with assaulting a man in police custody. Jason Van Aken was arrested today and charged with assault and assault inflicting serious injury in connection with an August 14 incident.
CPMD says an internal investigation concluded that Officer Van Aken used excessive force on 30-year-old Terence Malachi, who was in custody for carrying and concealed weapon. Police say Malachi was handcuffed and shackled in an interview room when Officer Van Aden pushed him into a wall and broke his collarbone.
Van Aken has been with CMPD for three years and was a patrol officer in the Metro Division.
Resource Officer Uses Taser On Garinger Student
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools says a school resource officer used a Taser on a Garinger High School student yesterday afternoon in the school's bus parking lot.
CMS says the incident started as Garinger was dismissing around 2:15. The student became confrontational and escalated to the point that the school resource officer, employed by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, used the Taser. The student was taken into custody after the event, but school officials haven't released any further information, including whether criminal charges were filed.
A message sent to parents of Garniger students says the student "will be disciplined according to the Student Code of Conduct."
Cannon Sentencing Delayed
A federal judge has agreed to delay sentencing of former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon. Cannon pleaded guilty in June to taking more than $50,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents.
U.S. District Court Judge Frank Whitney yesterday moved the sentencing hearing from September 25 to October 14. As part of his plea deal, Cannon is expected to face five to six years in prison.
Meck County Smoking Ban Vote On Hold
Mecklenburg County commissioners have delayed voting on a proposed smoking ban. Commissioners say town leaders in Mecklenburg's seven municipalities raised concerns about the ban, which would prohibit tobacco use at all county or town owned buildings and parks. The commission is waiting to get input from town leaders before moving forward.
Auto Parts Maker Seeks Workers
Automotive parts maker GKN Driveline is looking for workers as it expands its Catawba County plant. The company is breaking ground today on a $100 million expansion. GKN says it plans to hire 228 people in the next four years.
Recruiters are looking for machine operators, assemblers and manufacturing engineers. GKN makes drivetrain parts for BMW, Chrysler, General Motors and Ford.
The Maiden facility currently has about 700 workers.
Community One Bancorp CEO Stepping Down
CommunityOne Bancorp CEO Brian Simpson is stepping down at the end of the month. The Charlotte-based bank says President Bob Reid will take over as chief executive. CommunityOne says it’s making the change to streamline its management and reduce expenses. Outgoing CEO Simpson has been with the bank for three years.