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Statesville Police: Autopsy set for Thursday after body found in crude grave

PRESS RELEASE UPDATE: Tuesday March 28, 2017: After processing and excavating the scene in the wooded area off Mahogany Rd. on Tuesday March 28th, the body of a deceased black male was discovered buried at the site. The body was transported from the scene, and an autopsy will be completed on Thursday morning at Baptist […]

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Registered Lincoln sex offender accused of taking indecent liberties with child

PRESS RELEASE Lincolnton, NC – A registered sex offender in Lincoln County was arrested March 25, 2017 on felony charges of Indecent Liberties with a Child. Detective Kelsey Harrington began the investigation after the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report on March 3, 2017 of possible indecent liberties with a minor. Wayne Curtis Cogdell, […]

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Former payroll services company chairman sentenced in Statesville

PRESS RELEASE STATESVILLE, N.C. – Frank Alton Moody, II, 57, of Arden, N.C., the former Chairman of the Board of a payroll services company, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for conspiring to steal over $2 million from client companies, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. […]

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Winston-Salem City Council to vote on “Welcoming City” ordinance

It stops short of calling Winston-Salem a sanctuary city, but a resolution before that City Council tonight seeks to establish it as a “welcoming” one. The resolution says there has been an environment of excessive fear and suspicion towards immigrants, refugees and other newcomers. It therefore calls on the Police Department, attorney and others to […]

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Chase that started in Iredell ends with armed confrontation in Davie

PRESS RELEASE Update: The State Highway Patrol has released the names of three state troopers involved in the Sunday afternoon pursuit and armed confrontation in Davie County. Troopers Courtney Richmond, John Chapman, and Ryan Goodin have been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the internal and SBI investigations. Trooper Courtney Richmond is a […]

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Olin man pronounced dead following Mooresville accident

PRESS RELEASE On Thursday, March 23, Mooresville Police responded to a single car crash at Statesville Road and Haney Drive just before 5 p.m. Upon arriving on scene, officers located a pickup truck off the roadway in front of Tier 1 Graphics. The driver, Jack Eugene Staley, 52, of Olin, NC was transported to Lake […]

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Interim Executive Director named for Carolina BalloonFest

PRESS RELEASE The Balloon Rally Charities, Inc. has announced that Bud Welch was named Interim Executive Director of the Carolina BalloonFest and Carolina Roots MusicFest, effective March 23. Welch is also the Publisher of Statesville Free News, and plans to maintain his current position while working part-time as Interim Executive Director. “Bud Welch has experience […]

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Statesville PD looking for missing person

PRESS RELEASE Statesville NC: The Statesville Police Department is currently investigating the disappearance of Darwin Lewis Turner Jr., 26 years old, black male, of Statesville NC. Darwin also goes by “D.J.”. Turner was reported as missing to the Iredell County Sherriff’s Office on Tuesday March 21st, 2017 by family members. After conducting a preliminary investigation […]

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Teen accused of taking student from school charged with kidnapping & rape

PRESS RELEASE Sheriff Darren Campbell stated on March 7, 2017 a female student reported to the school resource officer at North Iredell High School that a student was leaving school with a young male in the mornings and that they would stay gone until the end of school day. During the investigation the resource officer […]

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Boyfriend & girlfriend accused of breaking-and-entering, larceny

PRESS RELEASE Sheriff Darren Campbell stated that on February 21, 2017, Justin Campbell and his girlfriend, Morgan Monroe, entered a residence on Lucas Lane Statesville, NC thinking that no one was home. The homeowner surprised the couple who then tried to offer house and yard work for hire. While in the home, $160.00 was removed […]

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