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Corrections and law enforcement Officers are seeking an escaped inmate, 35-year-old Jason Lorance Strickland. Strickland escaped this morning (July 27) when he left a Department of Transportation highway work crew on Old Salisbury Road in Wilkes County. Authorities believe he was picked up by a female driving a dark-colored GMC Jimmy SUV, who then headed south on N.C. Highway 115.

Strickland is from Burke County. He was serving a prison sentence following a November 2015 felony conviction for larceny and breaking & entering in Burke County. He was due for release in October. He is a minimum-custody inmate assigned to Wilkes Correctional Center.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jason Lorance Strickland should call local law enforcement or call the Wilkes Correctional Center at 336-667-4533.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 11:29

Iron Station Woman Faces Felony Meth Charge

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26-year-old Jessica Lynn Edwards of Southmont Road in Iron Station was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers yesterday (July 26) and charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Her arrest was the result of surveillance and undercover operations conducted by Officers with the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit.

Following her arrest, Edwards was given a $5,000 secured bond. She has since been released from custody. Edwards was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on July 27, 2016.

Anyone with information concerning drug activity can call the Sheriff’s Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8606 or call Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Callers can remain anonymous.

The water system in Statesville is once again operating following a water line break. The boil water advisory remains in effect.

A major water line break was discovered this morning (Wednesday, July 27) at about 3 a.m. near the Water Treatment Plant on Pump Station Road. Crews responded quickly to locate and isolate the problem, but most Statesville water customers were without water for several hours. A boil water advisory has been issued for Statesville water customers until further notice. The water system is once again operating and the line is being repaired.

The boil water advisory resulted in the closing of the Statesville leisure pool, court sessions and many other businesses and offices. The Iredell County Health Department is working with and advising local restaurants.

The City of Statesville has delivered bottle water to the Council on Aging nutrition site to be distributed by their volunteers. The City is also planning to set up additional bottled water distribution sites.

Officials caution citizens not to consuming water through drinking, food preparation, cooking, rinsing off food and making ice. It is okay to shower or bathe in the water as long as you don’t drink it. If your water appears cloudy, run the faucet until it clears.

Testing has begun on the water quality. The city was required to wait 24 hours before determining if they can lift the boil water advisory.

43-year-old Jason Lewis Elliott of the Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers and charged with two felony counts each for the sale of a schedule II controlled substance, delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance.

Yesterday (July 26), Lincoln County Narcotics Officers arrested Elliott after Detectives conducted separate surveillance and undercover operations targeting the sale of methamphetamine in the county. Detectives say Elliott had been involved with the possession sale and distribution of meth for several months.

Elliott was arrested while wearing a court-ordered ankle-monitoring device from the N.C. Department of Corrections Division of Probation & Parole. He is currently on probation for possession of meth.

Elliott was given a $50,000 secured bond on the new charges and was paced in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center without bond for the probation violation. He was scheduled to appear in court today.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 10:40

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Meth Charges

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30-year-old Adrian Dela Cruz Munoz of 10th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 27) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine. He was also served an outstanding warrant for felony conspiracy.

Police caught up with Munoz in the parking lot at the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. Officers knew Munoz had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. They found $1,206 in cash on his person. In the driver’s side door pocket, Officers found a bag containing 2.1 grams of crystal meth and an unlabeled medicine bottle containing four Clonazepam pills.

A female in the vehicle, 26-year-old Heather Suzanne Tevepaugh, had a loaded .380-caliber handgun in her purse. She was charged with carrying a concealed weapon. Another female, Sarah Annas, was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance.

Following his arrest, Munoz was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $14,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 06:07

Break-in Related Charges Filed Against Hudson Man

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23-year-old Marco Barrera-Zarco of Benfield Drive in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (July 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Barrera-Zarco was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Facility under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Thursday (July 28).

29-year-old Hank Elliot Hefner of George Henry Drive in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (July 26) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance. He's also charged with one felony count of conspire to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Hefner was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $45,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (July 29).

The City of Statesville has suffered a major water line break and caused most of the water customers to be without water.  Repairs are being made, but until further notice, customers are advised to boil water before using.  It is expected that the boil water advisory will be in place for at least 24 hours.

Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system. Therefore, the Division of Water Resources advises that until water is restored consumers boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water. Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold two public hearings in August regarding the proposed project to widen of N.C. 150 in Catawba and Iredell Counties to a multi-lane, median divided roadway. The project also includes the reconfiguration of the I-77/N.C. 150 interchange.

The purpose of the project is to improve traffic capacity and reduce congestion along N.C. 150 from the N.C. 16 Bypass to the U.S. 21/N.C. 150 interchange. An Environmental Assessment for this project was approved in March 2016. At this upcoming hearing the design alternatives will be presented to the public for review and comment.

The two Pre-hearing Open Houses and Public Hearings are scheduled at the following times and locations: Monday, August 22 at the Mt. Anderson Family Life Center at 4818 South N.C. Highway 16 in Maiden. And Tuesday, August 23 at Peninsula Baptist Church at 687 Brawley School Road in Mooresville. At both locations there will be an open house from 4-6:30 p.m. and the formal presentation will begin at 7:00 each night.

NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and receive comments regarding the proposed alternatives during the open house portion of the meeting. Interested citizens may attend at any time during the open house hours. The formal presentation will include an explanation of the location and design of each proposed alternative, as well as information about the state-federal relationship, the right of way and relocation requirements, as well as procedures that will be part of the project. The presentation and comments received will be recorded and included in the alternative selection process.

Maps showing the location and design of the project and a copy of the approved Environmental Assessment (EA) are available for public review at the following locations: NCDOT District 2 Engineer’s Office located at 124 Prison Camp Road, Statesville; NCDOT District 3 Engineer’s Office located at 1031 E. Gaston Street, Lincolnton; Town of Mooresville’s Engineering Dept. located at 2523 Charlotte Highway; Catawba County Planning & Parks Dept., located at 100-A South West Blvd., Newton; and
the Iredell County Planning Division, 349 N Center Street in Statesville.

Two more defendants charged in connection with a double homicide in March made their first appearances in Catawba County District Court on Tuesday (July 26).

23-year-old William Crawford Powell Jr., and 23-year-old Reand Pablo-Antonio Rivera, both of Fayetteville, are each charged with two counts of murder for the March 12, 2016, deaths of 34-year-old Mark Anthony Wilson and 39-year-old Deidra LaCarol Ramseur at the couple’s home on Rest Home Road.

Both men appeared before District Court Judge Robert A. Mullinax and were given August 15 as a probable cause hearing date. They are being held without bond and will be appointed counsel by the Capital Defender’s Office.

Powell and Rivera were arrested in Fayetteville last week. They are two of the five defendants in the murder case along with Devin Maurice Ussery, Jordan Alexander Rivera and Arsenio DeWayne Curtis, all from Catawba County. Ussery, Jordan Rivera and Curtis had their first appearances on Monday, July 25.

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