A Lenoir company is recalling approximately 4,922 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials.  The company is JBS USA, Inc. (or, JBS Case Ready), located at 1450 Vantage Foods Court in Lenoir.  The recall was announced in a press release issued yesterday (August 1) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS).

The recall involves ground chuck beef items that were produced on July 15 of this year.  The problem was discovered on July 29 when the company was made aware of foreign materials, specifically shredded pieces of Styrofoam packaging, in the product.

There have been no confirmed reports of injury, illness or adverse reactions due to consumption of the beef.  Consumers who have purchased the products subject to recall are urged not to consume them.  Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Items subject to recall are two-pound black Styrofoam plastic-wrapped trays containing ground beef labeled “CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF GROUND CHUCK 80% LEAN 20% FAT” with a July 15 production date and case code 541640.  Establishment number “EST. 34176” will be found inside the USDA inspection mark.  The items were shipped to a distribution center in North Carolina.

For more information, contact Cheri Schneider, JBS Director of External Communications, at 970-506-7717.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding 15-year-old Gloria Marie Castillo of N.C. Highway 27 West in Lincolnton.

Ms. Castillo was last seen at the family residence on Sunday, July 30 at about 11 p.m.  The parents were not sure what the girl was wearing, but she was wearing black Air Jordan athletic shoes.

Ms. Castillo is described as a white female, 5’3” tall, weighing 110 pounds.  She has blonde hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Gloria Marie Castillo should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.

At 9:12 this morning (August 1), the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a death at the J&R Mobile Home Park on N.C. 18-Highway 64. Sheriff’s Deputies found a deceased female, age 61, in her mobile home. Sheriff’s Investigators arrived on the scene to begin a death investigation and contacted the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation for assistance in processing the scene.

At last report, Investigators were still on the scene. The investigation is continuing.

27-year-old Christopher Shane Lackey of Mount Hebron Church Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at about ten o’clock last night (July 31) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Officers responded to a report of drug violations at a grocery store on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory.  Officers found a 2000 Honda Accord with two occupants.  In the vehicle, Officers found 1.1 grams of methamphetamine and a syringe containing a clear liquid substance.  Lackey, who was the driver, was taken into custody without incident.  

The suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $6,500, secured.  Lackey was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

42-year-old Howard Lesley Redmon of 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:40 last night (July 31) on one felony count of habitual larceny.

He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to the Lowes Foods store on 14th Avenue N.E.  A suspect placed multiple cases of beer in a shopping cart and exited the store without paying.  The suspect was identified as Howard Redmon.

Redmon was taken into custody without incident at his residence.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $17,000, secured.  A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Redmon had been convicted for multiple prior larcenies in May of 2016 and was given a sentence of 18-to-31 months.  He was released on parole in January of 2017.

49-year-old Kenneth Leroy “K-Love” Roberts of 3rd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about eight o’clock Friday night (July 28) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count each of cyberstalking and making a threatening phone call.  He was also charged with failure to appear on a child support warrant.

He was arrested after Hickory Police stopped a 1993 Chevy Corsica on 3rd Street Place S.W. near 8th Avenue Drive S.W. due to a fictitious registration plate.  During the stop, the driver was identified as Kenneth Leroy Roberts.  Officers learned that Roberts had outstanding arrest warrants from Lincoln County.  During the arrest, Officers found 1.6 grams of cocaine.

Roberts was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $12,500, secured, plus a $1,000 bond on the child support charge.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (July 31) in Newton, with a Lincoln County court date coming up on August 18.

32-year-old Amanda Nicole Hollar, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:30 Friday night (July 28) on two felony counts of unlawfully obtaining a financial card and three felony counts of financial card transaction fraud.

Hollar was arrested after she allegedly utilized the victim’s credit cards at multiple locations in Hickory.  The suspect was located after the victim received notifications of fraudulent activity on the cards.

Hollar was taken into custody without incident at a grocery store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory.  She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $18,000, secured.  An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (July 31) in Newton.

62-year-old Lawrence Steven Louison, who is listed as a homeless person, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:30 Friday morning (July 28) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

On July 25, Hickory Police responded to a hotel on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory where a subject that had been attempting to gain entry into rooms at the hotel.  Officers located the man and identified him as Lawrence Louison.  Louison then left the property without incident.  

During the Officer’s follow-up investigation, it was determined Louison was in violation of his sex offender registry status.  With coordination from the District Attorney’s office in the Berkshire County town of North Adams, Massachusetts, Louison’s warrant was updated for extradition.  Louison was again located on Friday and taken into custody without incident at a grocery store on Highway 70 S.W.

Louison was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $250,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 31) in Newton.

26-year-old Kristy Nicole Hastings of Statesville and 28-year-old Eddie Ming Vang of Stony Point were both arrested Saturday (July 29) by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers.  Hastings was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and felony possession of methamphetamine.  Vang was charged with felony possession of cocaine.

At about 2:05 Saturday afternoon, Officers responded to an address on Mason Dixon Lane in Statesville where a female with a knife and a male subject were reportedly trying to run over a person with a vehicle.  Deputies arrived, took control of the scene and began their investigation.

It was determined that there was no assault involving the motor vehicle.  Deputies determined that Kristy Hastings had attempted to attack her brother with a knife.  As Hastings was taken into custody, a plastic bag containing methamphetamine was found on her person.  During the investigation, a plastic bag of powder cocaine was also located.  Officers determined that the cocaine belonged to Eddie Ming Vang.

Both suspects were teken to the Iredell County Detention Center.  Hastings was given a $2,500 bond, while Vang’s bond was set at $1,000.  First appearances in District Court were scheduled today (July 31).

Hastings has a prior criminal history of breaking & entering, larceny and drug charges.

Caldwell County Sheriff Alan Jones received a service award for significant contributions and ten years of dedication and service as Sheriff to the State of North Carolina and the citizens of Caldwell County. The award was given at the 95th annual Training Conference held at the Sea Trail Convention Center in Sunset Beach, North Carolina.

This is the sixth year the ten-year service award has been presented to North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association members. The award is a symbol of the organization’s commitment to serving the sheriffs of North Carolina.

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