Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives say a missing 17-year-old foster child has been returned to Lincoln County from Brevard where she had been staying with relatives. Julia Grace Olroyd was brought to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office today (Thursday, July 28) where she was turned over to the Lincoln County Department of Social Services.
Detectives say the Department of Social Services reported the teen missing on July 22 after going to pick her up from a cousin’s house and she was gone. The 17-year-old was staying at a cousin’s house while awaiting placement in another foster home. No other details were released.
Statesville officials announce that water quality tests confirmed the city's water is safe. Statesville Water Resources Assistant Director Jerry Byerly said tests completed at various locations throughout the city's water system indicated that no e. coli exists within the system. As a result, he said there is no need for citizens to continue boiling water before consuming or using it.
State officials have allowed the City to rescind its system pressure advisory, which means that Statesville water customers are no longer advised to boil water for consumption purposes. According to Byerly, water samples were collected on Wednesday (July 27), and then analyzed according to state requirements.
On Wednesday morning, an advisory was issued as a precautionary measure due to a significant drop of pressure in the city’s water system following a water main break near the Water Treatment Plant on Pump Station Road. The low pressure prompted the state to require Statesville to issue the advisory that encouraged citizens to boil any water before consumption.
The Statesville Leisure Pool will open from 3 until 8 p.m. today ($3 for adults; $2 for 12 and under) and return to a regular schedule tomorrow.
A Catawba County man will spend a minimum of just over five years in prison after being found guilty in a burglary and assault case. 33-year-old Charles Adam Friend of Hickory convicted of first degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. The Catawba County Superior Court jury came back with the verdict in less than three hours Wednesday (July 27).
Following the jury’s verdict, the Honorable Robert T. Sumner, Superior Court Judge from Gaston County, sentenced Friend to serve 64 to 89 months of active time in the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections for the burglary and issued a suspended sentence of 25 to 42 months on the assault conviction that will run consecutive to the burglary sentence if activated.
Judge Sumner also ordered that Friend pay nearly $8,200 in restitution to the victims.
The investigation by Hickory Police revealed that Friend broke into the Hickory apartment of multiple victims on July 14, 2015, assaulting a then 22-year-old male with a knife. The victim suffered multiple lacerations and stab wounds that led to his hospitalization. The confrontation began as a verbal exchange between Friend and the male victim, but Friend attempted to force his way into the apartment, eventually gaining entry and stabbing the victim repeatedly when he slipped and fell to the floor.
Investigator John Patterson handled the case for Hickory Police Department. Kyle Smith and Michelle Lippert prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
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).
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).
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.
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 ncdoj.gov.
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.
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.
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.
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.