Small Town Police Mentality

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Local Whistleblower

Charlotte, NC

#1 Jan 1, 2012
To follow is a copy of the letter submitted by Suzanne LaVecchia to Don Griffin at WSOC-TV Whistleblowers. It is in two parts....

Small Town Police Corruption here in Historic Downtown Belmont USA NC! It isn't the charming town that it appears to be. WBTV just did a story on small town businesses and how they are surviving the state of the economy--great story in which my sister Michele was the focal point at The Belmont General Store , a Landmark Building with over 110 years of history at 6 North Main Street. The story was featured on Black Friday, Nov 25th. My family of ten have been upstanding citizens for 30 yrs now..We came down south when I was enrolled in college, and my family fell in love with the Southern charms of North Carolina. Our entire family pooled from all parts of the country in 1983 and we all made our homes in Charlotte, and now Belmont, NC. The rest is history. My family saw all the potential in Charlotte and the surrounding communities and ALWAYS followed the letter of the law. We have 3 restaurants in charlotte, 1 in Kings Mtn, I at the old Webb Theater in Downtown Gastonia , 2 in Belmont, The Belmont General Store and PICCOLO Antique Mall and Consignment, and PICCOLO'S sister BUSINESS called SECOND FIDDLE(ALL IN THE "quaint" town of Belmont .The city of Gastonia approached my father and brother to do a restaurant in the historic Webb Theater in downtown Gastonia . They chose my father and brother because of their restaurant knowledge, good business practices and vision and considered them to be the ideal choices to tackle the daunting task of opening another restaurant in a once deserted downtown Gastonia . Their mission was to entice people to come and eat and shop in what was once a city with the number 1 crime rate in NC a few yrs back. My Mother and I had a trendy cool shop called Good Stuff II at South End..We were on the news(2 x) for victims of crime(tv came to us because they needed our take on the "new kids on the block" Camden rd and west blvd..and they did another story on Good Stuff II when 911 hit . My mother and I took Ms. Liberty (the 10 foot metal statue that i painted the true color of where the original stands so proudly in NYC.) outside everyday - everyday for 2 years. She was our means of expressing our love of our country and our community and we proudly declined all offers to sell or part with her. She was, and is, our symbol of what we believe in as a family and as Americans. We displayed her in our shop and it was not for sale...had too many high-dolloar offers, but she was never for sale. She now is permanently settled in Historic Downtown Belmont , mounted up on cement for all to see. She is proudly lit up everyday and is spotlighted each night for the nighttime tourists and residents of Belmont. She lives at my mother's award winning Antique and Consignment Mall, called PICCOLO at 134 North Main Street in Belmont. Weighing in at over 1000 lbs, Ms. Liberty was mounted to casters so that I could wheel her out every day since Sept 11, 2001 (we were ahead of our time(back in 2000) so we sold the bldg where Good Stuff was in 2004 and the restaurants in clt are holding their own thankfully...
Local Whistleblower

Charlotte, NC

#2 Jan 1, 2012
My family has been the target of small town police negligence, and corruption here in Belmont, NC.(two brothers still reside in clt(my father, sister, and myself have been arrested since fathers day of this year on fabricated assault charges..one husband and wife team has 4 fabricated assault charges on three separate family members of the same family..The LaVecchia Family..Never in my parents 54 years of marriage have we endured such unwarranted arrests done out of pure retaliation from a disgruntled ex employee and more importantly, the same disgruntled ex employee who, to this day, has a full-time job at 31 North Main St called The Belmont Soda Shoppe and has been collecting hundreds of dollars each week in illegally obtained unemployment benefits. For 16 months we have provided the police and the unemployment commissions with all the documentation and evidence of what is now FELONY FRAUD, and nothing has been done. To add insult to injury, he opened a business under false pretenses right next to the home of my parents, and he waits each night at the gate to their courtyard, in order to flash his unemployment checks in front of my 74 year old mother when she comes home from work. He stops just at her property line and waves his check stubs around and screams,“Yep, these unemployment checks REALLY come in handy these days” and then laughs and watches her go into her home - clearly shaken, upset, and vulnerable. Yes, my mother has worked at her shop everyday since its inception, and she is rewarded to the knowledge that parts of her hard and honestly earned money is going freely to this man while he robs the system and the families in our community that truly need and deserve these funds. This same man has followed my mother each day to work, to the bank, the grocery store, and anywhere else she goes. He has stalked my sister, waiting each night for her to leave The General Store and then follows her to the grocery store, or her home. He has been found hiding under his car seat in a parking lot next to her store’s parking lot, and waits for her to drive by so that he can follow her. This is the same man who had my father,( who is also 74 years old and without so much as a parking ticket in his entire life ), arrested on Fathers Day of last year in front of his own business. This man was trespassing on our property on the morning of Fathers’ Day, and my sister, while on her way to deliver cookies to my dad, discovered this man urinating on the front door of our building, while dumping rotten barbeque into our planters that adorn the entrance. She found him taking pictures of the inside of the business, trying to capture the contents of the store, her Ice Cream Parlor menu, and whatever else his warped mind needed. When she stopped her truck to confront him, a local police officer pulled up and DID NOTHING. The next day, this man filed an assault charge on my father , who happened to be driving by at the time, and accused him of TRYING TO RUN HIM OVER !!!!My dad was arrested, locked up, and vilified for nothing - while the cops watched and did nothing !!
How is this allowed to continue ?! Who is policing the police? How is this man allowed to "milk" our local gov't in front of our faces 24/7, slap unwarranted assault charges out on my family, stalk my mother, stalk my sister and myself for over a year and slithered his way out of a restraining order due to a ‘technicality.‘
Local Whistleblower

Charlotte, NC

#3 Jan 1, 2012
I Just left jail yesterday because i didn't know he filed yet another false assault charge out on me, and as he swore on the HOLY BIBLE now 4 X to false accusations, our local police department fails to step up. They are fully aware of the harassment and abuse, and they are fully aware of all that is going on, yet they refuse to invoke their WIDE range of discretion and put an end to this circus. Instead, they hang their heads, tell us to continue to call them if there is another ‘incident‘ and apologize for their inability to change anything....we have all CHARGES pending and our justice system will still allow this disgruntled exemployee to "swear on the BIBLE and TO CON'T to take out more Assault charges against my family..There doesnt have to be a video, a recording, any corroboration or witnesses -- there is no fact finding or seeking of common sense that would clearly show the unlikelihood and impossibility of what we are being accused of ...just his word and the process begins with his "sworn" testimony.. The day after Christmas, my 50 year old, law abiding and duly respected sister, was hauled down to jail for yet another of this man’s false accusations, forcing our family, once again, to dig into our pockets, post bail, and wait to spend hours and days in front of judges and district attorneys in defense to ourselves and our actions. My sister has never even MET this man, nor chosen to be within 300 yards of him. In short we have been WRONGLY THROWN UNDER THE BUS SINCE FATHERS DAY OF THIS YEAR AFTER LIVING IN CLT AND BELMONT FOR 29 YRS...WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THIS STORYLINE WOULD BE OF INTEREST TO YOU TO RUN ON TV...MINORITIES ARE NOT THE ONLY INNOCENT VICTIMS OF POLICE BRUTALITY, and poor behavior, TREATED LIKE A TERRORIST WHEN ONE IS HANDCUFF ED, THE OFFICERS ALL HAVE HORRIBLE ATTITUDES(GOOD OLE BOYS),IMPROPER BEHAVIOR , BAD ATTITUDES AND LAUGHING AMONGST THEMSELVES WHILE I SIT IN A POLICE CAR LAST NIGHT...6 HRS IN JAIL UNTIL I WAS BONDED OUT...5000 BAIL FOR SOMEONE WITH A CLEAN RECORD
Cmon Man

Charlotte, NC

#4 Jan 2, 2012
File a restraining order against him. Then, stop acting like middle schoolers and just ignore the dude.

C'mon man!

Since: Dec 11

Location hidden

#6 Jan 2, 2012
"It takes to to Tango"
Let's recall this all started when Mr. L fired Scott from the BGS. Now here is the root of the problem. Lesson learned, be nice in your business dealings or they can become a thorn in your side. If Mr. L had done this nicely and fairly with respect, I'm sure he wouldn't have born a new arch enemny. On the other hand, Scott is exhibiting all the qualitites of a middle school bully. I did recently see him pull behind City Hall and turn his lights off to spy on Mr. L. This was most dissapointing and pathetic and contrary to his public persona. Bottom line, they are both at fault becuase rather than sit down like 2 men and hash things out or better yet let it go, they have decided to drag each other's families through the mud making a public mockery of themsleves and the good reputation of Belmont. Personally, I'm sick of it and wish it would just go away.
Red Neck Yankee

Charlotte, NC

#7 Jan 2, 2012
Mr Belmont wrote:
"It takes to to Tango"
Let's recall this all started when Mr. L fired Scott from the BGS. Now here is the root of the problem. Lesson learned, be nice in your business dealings or they can become a thorn in your side. If Mr. L had done this nicely and fairly with respect, I'm sure he wouldn't have born a new arch enemny. On the other hand, Scott is exhibiting all the qualitites of a middle school bully. I did recently see him pull behind City Hall and turn his lights off to spy on Mr. L. This was most dissapointing and pathetic and contrary to his public persona. Bottom line, they are both at fault becuase rather than sit down like 2 men and hash things out or better yet let it go, they have decided to drag each other's families through the mud making a public mockery of themsleves and the good reputation of Belmont. Personally, I'm sick of it and wish it would just go away.
So...Mr L should not be allowed to terminate an employee. If he does he should have to live with despicable, senseless, unjustified, not to mention, illegal retaliation. Do I have that right?

Since: Dec 11

Location hidden

#8 Jan 2, 2012
Red Neck Yankee wrote:
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So...Mr L should not be allowed to terminate an employee. If he does he should have to live with despicable, senseless, unjustified, not to mention, illegal retaliation. Do I have that right?
From what I hear he fired him in a mean way and mislead him when he bought the store about his salary. He also fired Lane over the phone while he was in the hospital. All hearsay of course, but my point is if you want to go around buring bridges and being Donald Trump, expect to create competitors and enemies seeking revenge. I doubt if this were handled different Scott could have parted on good terms and none of this would ever have happened. Just saying.
tryingtoBneutral

Charlotte, NC

#9 Jan 2, 2012
Mr Belmont wrote:
<quoted text>From what I hear he fired him in a mean way and mislead him when he bought the store about his salary. He also fired Lane over the phone while he was in the hospital. All hearsay of course, but my point is if you want to go around buring bridges and being Donald Trump, expect to create competitors and enemies seeking revenge. I doubt if this were handled different Scott could have parted on good terms and none of this would ever have happened. Just saying.
My two daughters take Art Classes at The General Store and I have seen the transition of the place for 3 years.
you're right about the 'hearsay.' But I do know that there is a lot more to this story than what is put out there, and both parties have a degree of responsibility. The fact that these family members are suffering is the real sadness, if indeed, Mr Caldwell is behaving this way. From where I sit, and I have known of him for years, it is quite likely to be true. Don't know what happened with Lane, except I do know he WAS NOT fired over the phone while in the hospital. Mr Adams left his job without notifying Mr. L before taking a vacation and Mr L simply did not welcome him back. I believe that is why he had his daughter come in and take over the store. As a matter of fact, Lane still works upstairs helping with the Art classes and I have never noticed any bad blood there.
Malcolm III

Belmont, NC

#10 Jan 2, 2012
Just read through posts 1, 2 and 3 of this thread in their entirety.

Random thoughts:

- I must be really bored to have just read all of that.
- Why don't they just put a restraining order on him?
- Why don't they install some surveillance cameras?
- The Levecchia's are from Jersey, and they don't have "Family" who can take care of this guy?
just sayin

Gastonia, NC

#11 Jan 2, 2012
Mr Belmont wrote:
<quoted text>From what I hear he fired him in a mean way and mislead him when he bought the store about his salary. He also fired Lane over the phone while he was in the hospital. All hearsay of course, but my point is if you want to go around buring bridges and being Donald Trump, expect to create competitors and enemies seeking revenge. I doubt if this were handled different Scott could have parted on good terms and none of this would ever have happened. Just saying.
Bottom line- this town did not have all this drama before the L's came here. Why did he do what he did... that's the way they do it up nahth!
artmom

Charlotte, NC

#12 Jan 2, 2012
tryingtoBneutral wrote:
<quoted text>
My two daughters take Art Classes at The General Store and I have seen the transition of the place for 3 years.
you're right about the 'hearsay.' But I do know that there is a lot more to this story than what is put out there, and both parties have a degree of responsibility. The fact that these family members are suffering is the real sadness, if indeed, Mr Caldwell is behaving this way. From where I sit, and I have known of him for years, it is quite likely to be true. Don't know what happened with Lane, except I do know he WAS NOT fired over the phone while in the hospital. Mr Adams left his job without notifying Mr. L before taking a vacation and Mr L simply did not welcome him back. I believe that is why he had his daughter come in and take over the store. As a matter of fact, Lane still works upstairs helping with the Art classes and I have never noticed any bad blood there.
I also have a child that is enrolled in the Art by J at the General Store and I have never seen anything but respect demonstrated by both Lane and Michelle. I know them both and she has been great with the children, helpful to the teachers, and is very friendly to Lane. One would never know there was a problem there and I give credit to both of them for acting as good role models to the kids each day. I try not to believe the things being said and I'm sure there is a lot more that is none of our business.
just sayin too

Charlotte, NC

#13 Jan 2, 2012
How the heck does she even go to work everyday with all this drama around her family, and also that someone her father fired works there??? too much to take in my book and then you say shes even nice to the guy? either a candidate for an award or shes pretty big.
artmom

Charlotte, NC

#14 Jan 2, 2012
I didn't say she was nice to Mr Caldwell, I said that she is always very friendly to Lane, who also used to work there. If not for all of the bad publicity, you would never know that there was all of this bad blood and history at the store. Mr Caldwell can keep to himself at his own place, and he will make his own bed. Lane has nothing to do with it and Michelle seems to be able to separate the issues.
Red Neck Yankee

Charlotte, NC

#15 Jan 2, 2012
Mr Belmont wrote:
<quoted text>From what I hear he fired him in a mean way and mislead him when he bought the store about his salary. He also fired Lane over the phone while he was in the hospital. All hearsay of course, but my point is if you want to go around buring bridges and being Donald Trump, expect to create competitors and enemies seeking revenge. I doubt if this were handled different Scott could have parted on good terms and none of this would ever have happened. Just saying.
There is no good way to fire someone and people who have issues to begin with can become very ugly. Look at thoes who go postal & return to shoot up the place. The BPD need to take this seriously. Mr Caldwell is not wired too tightly.
TheOriginalMrBel mont

Belmont, NC

#16 Jan 2, 2012
what ever happened to a good ol fashion ass whoopin? Callin the cops is for pussys. This guy sounds like nothin more than an instigator and a liar.Too bad if he get fired. he sounds like a sneek. get on with your life and move on.I mean really, how old is this schmuck?Dont the cops see a pattern with this headcase?
southernborn

Charlotte, NC

#17 Jan 2, 2012
TheOriginalMrBelmont wrote:
what ever happened to a good ol fashion ass whoopin? Callin the cops is for pussys. This guy sounds like nothin more than an instigator and a liar.Too bad if he get fired. he sounds like a sneek. get on with your life and move on.I mean really, how old is this schmuck?Dont the cops see a pattern with this headcase?
Everyone knows this guy is a nut job especially the Belmont Police but they can't do anything. Caldwell has already buried himself and can cause all the trouble he wants to and will most likely continue to. Its really a shame though that this family is suffering from all of this horrible behavior. This is not the typical southern way and I am sorry for these people. This is very sad and also a poor reflection on Belmont. I think Caldwwell should disappear.
Mr Belmont

Casar, NC

#18 Jan 2, 2012
Mr Belmont wrote:
"It takes to to Tango"
Let's recall this all started when Mr. L fired Scott from the BGS. Now here is the root of the problem. Lesson learned, be nice in your business dealings or they can become a thorn in your side. If Mr. L had done this nicely and fairly with respect, I'm sure he wouldn't have born a new arch enemny. On the other hand, Scott is exhibiting all the qualitites of a middle school bully. I did recently see him pull behind City Hall and turn his lights off to spy on Mr. L. This was most dissapointing and pathetic and contrary to his public persona. Bottom line, they are both at fault becuase rather than sit down like 2 men and hash things out or better yet let it go, they have decided to drag each other's families through the mud making a public mockery of themsleves and the good reputation of Belmont. Personally, I'm sick of it and wish it would just go away.
Imposter. Get back behind the counter Rod Stewart Look-A-Like.
FriendlyTim

Belmont, NC

#19 Jan 3, 2012
Skip all this Drama! Wings are still .50cent each and $2 Select Beers at Friends on Saturday's. Go Packers!
Poop Patrol

Detroit, MI

#20 Jan 3, 2012
No thanks, still smells like poop in that place. But on a positive note, I see that your drug dealing, bookie for a bartender has returned!
imjustbeingme

Charlotte, NC

#21 Jan 3, 2012
Local Whistleblower wrote:
I Just left jail yesterday because i didn't know he filed yet another false assault charge out on me, and as he swore on the HOLY BIBLE now 4 X to false accusations, our local police department fails to step up. They are fully aware of the harassment and abuse, and they are fully aware of all that is going on, yet they refuse to invoke their WIDE range of discretion and put an end to this circus. Instead, they hang their heads, tell us to continue to call them if there is another ‘incident‘ and apologize for their inability to change anything....we have all CHARGES pending and our justice system will still allow this disgruntled exemployee to "swear on the BIBLE and TO CON'T to take out more Assault charges against my family..There doesnt have to be a video, a recording, any corroboration or witnesses -- there is no fact finding or seeking of common sense that would clearly show the unlikelihood and impossibility of what we are being accused of ...just his word and the process begins with his "sworn" testimony.. The day after Christmas, my 50 year old, law abiding and duly respected sister, was hauled down to jail for yet another of this man’s false accusations, forcing our family, once again, to dig into our pockets, post bail, and wait to spend hours and days in front of judges and district attorneys in defense to ourselves and our actions. My sister has never even MET this man, nor chosen to be within 300 yards of him. In short we have been WRONGLY THROWN UNDER THE BUS SINCE FATHERS DAY OF THIS YEAR AFTER LIVING IN CLT AND BELMONT FOR 29 YRS...WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THIS STORYLINE WOULD BE OF INTEREST TO YOU TO RUN ON TV...MINORITIES ARE NOT THE ONLY INNOCENT VICTIMS OF POLICE BRUTALITY, and poor behavior, TREATED LIKE A TERRORIST WHEN ONE IS HANDCUFF ED, THE OFFICERS ALL HAVE HORRIBLE ATTITUDES(GOOD OLE BOYS),IMPROPER BEHAVIOR , BAD ATTITUDES AND LAUGHING AMONGST THEMSELVES WHILE I SIT IN A POLICE CAR LAST NIGHT...6 HRS IN JAIL UNTIL I WAS BONDED OUT...5000 BAIL FOR SOMEONE WITH A CLEAN RECORD
Wow. did this really happen or is this a joke or someone trying to start something?

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