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27-year-old Ricky David Chagnon II of Stony Point, 28-year-old Nicholas Seth Sharpe of Statesville and 33-year-old Jennifer Suzanne Grant of Statesville have all been arrested by Statesville Police. All three were charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of meth precursors and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Chagnon faces charges for felony maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon, a felony probation violation and several vehicle & traffic violations. Chagnon was also served outstanding failure to appear warrants from Alexander County for driving while license revoked, unsafe movement, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

At about 7:15 Tuesday night (July 26), while on patrol, Statesville Police Officer Jody Johnson spotted a vehicle at West Front Street near Oakland Avenue that had several equipment violations. The vehicle then made an unsafe movement and was stopped by Officer Johnson. According to a press release issued by the Statesville Police Dept., the vehicle’s three occupants behaved nervously. One of the occupants told the Officer that there was a firearm in the vehicle.

Other Officers came to assist and all three subjects were asked to exit the vehicle. A sawed off 12-gauge shotgun and a revolver were found in the vehicle. Also in the vehicle were several chemicals and precursors that appeared to be used in the manufacture of meth.

The suspects were detained while appropriate personnel were contacted to deal with the dangerous chemicals. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s Meth Lab Disposal Unit arrived, conducted their investigation and properly dismantled and collected the meth precursors for destruction.

After they were decontaminated, all three suspects were taken into custody. They were all placed in the Iredell County Detention Center. Chagnon was held under a $231,500 secured bond. Sharpe and Grant were each given $50,000 secured bonds. First appearances in District Court were scheduled yesterday (July 27).

Thursday, 28 July 2016 09:47

Runaway Teenager Sought By Authorities

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Statesville Police report they are looking for a runaway teenager. 17-year-old Sterling Andrew Adams was reported missing on Wednesday (July 27). Iredell County Search and Rescue was called out at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. They searched until almost 5 a.m. today (Thursday, July 28), and were not able to find Adams.

A news release from the Statesville P.D. says Adams is currently in need of his medication. He's described as a white male, 5’7”, 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, khaki cargo shorts, and gray slip on shoes. He was possibly last seen in downtown Statesville.  

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Sterling Andrew Adams, contact the Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3406.

The armed robbery of a Catawba County convenience store is under investigation. According to the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, two men robbed the Propst Superette Number Two on Springs Road in Conover just before 9 p.m. Wednesday (July 27). The suspects, described only as white males, robbed the store at gunpoint. They fled with a bottle of Powerade and a candy bar. The report on the incident does not indicate if any money was stolen. No injuries are reported, the investigation into this robbery is continuing.

34-year-old John Brooks Miller of Cape Hickory Road in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (July 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon, and conspire to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Miller was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $45,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, July 28).

Thursday, 28 July 2016 05:55

Two Men Arrested On Meth Trafficking Charges

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60-year-old John Cleveland Davis of Highway 70 in Black Mountain and 27-year-old Joseph Lewis Shoun of Woodridge Court in Lenoir were both arrested Wednesday (July 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. Both men were jailed at the Caldwell County Detention Center, Davis under $500,000 secured bond, Shoun under $30,000 secured bond. No court dates were listed for either suspect.

Thursday, 28 July 2016 05:41

Several Drug Charges Filed Against Hickory Man

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54-year-old Bryan Lee Parks of 7th Avenue Court SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (July 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts apiece of sale of schedule II controlled substance and manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a park. Parks was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, July 28).

Soaring temperatures mean air conditioners are working overtime. If your AC goes out, it may be tempting to get it fixed as quickly as possible, no matter the cost. But the North Carolina Department of Justice advises you to try to keep your cool and do your homework before hiring someone to fix your air conditioning.

Each year, dozens of consumers contact the NCDOJ to complain about problems with air conditioning and heating repairs. To avoid problems:

Get recommendations. Ask friends, neighbors and co-workers who they use for repairs.

Check credentials. Contact the Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM and your local Better Business Bureau to learn about the company’s complaint history. To see if the repair person is properly licensed, contact the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors at (919) 875-3612.

Get a written contract. Read it carefully before you sign it and make sure it includes all promises made orally. Remember that state law gives you three business days to cancel if you sign a home repair contract at your home rather than at the company’s place of business.

Don’t pay upfront, don’t pay until you’re satisfied, and pay by check or credit card—not cash—if possible.

If you experience problems with an air conditioning repair job, call the NCDOJ toll-free within North Carolina at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or file a complaint online at

Thursday, 28 July 2016 05:08

Two Face Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

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Two men face felony drug charges following a traffic stop in Iredell County. 26-year-old Casey Lee Clearley of Crowders Creek Road in Gastonia and 29-year-old Joshua Lee Vandyke of Oakwood Drive in Mount Holly were both arrested Monday (July 25) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a news release issued Wednesday, on Monday, an officer with the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team (ACE) stopped a 2009 Mini Cooper on Amity Hill Road near Old Hoover Farm Road in Statesville for a traffic violation. The vehicle was occupied by Casey Lee Clearley of and Joshua Lee Vandyke.

During the traffic stop both subjects appeared to be nervous. After further investigation, Vandyke was found to have previous drug charges. A search of the vehicle was conducted where several grams of methamphetamine along with multiple items of drug paraphernalia were located.

Bond for both suspects was set at $5,000 secured. Vandyke is scheduled to appear in District Court next Monday (August 1). No court date was listed for Clearley.

City of Morganton workers plan to temporarily shut off power to three addresses on W. Union Street today (Thursday, July 28). Electric Department workers need to repair an electric service vault. The outage is planned for 11 a.m., and will affect 220, 222, and 224 W. Union St. for about three hours.

For more information, call the City of Morganton Electric Services Department at 828-438-5277.

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.

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