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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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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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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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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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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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Iredell man accused of sexually assaulting child

PRESS RELEASE Sheriff Darren Campbell stated on January 22, 2017 a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s office in reference to a child being assaulted by an acquaintance. The report was assigned to Detective Patrick Dixson of the Special Victim’s Unit. The child was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. Several […]

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102 Xanax pills seized during Iredell traffic stop

PRESS RELEASE Sheriff Darren Campbell stated that on 3-17-17 Lt. C.L. Stone of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team conducted a traffic stop on a 1997 model Chevrolet on I-40 near Highway 90 for traveling 84 M.P.H. in a 65 M.P.H. speed zone. When Stone approached the vehicle he immediately recognized the driver, John R. Shoaf, […]

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Man jumped, beaten & robbed in Statesville

The Statesville Police Department says someone was jumped from behind and robbed while walking along Fifth Street last night. The unknown individuals beat and kicked the man, going through his pockets where they stole his cigarettes and lighter. The victim pleaded with the suspects to stop beating him, which they did before fleeing.

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Driver accused of fleeing Iredell license check

PRESS RELEASE Sheriff Darren Campbell stated on March 21 2017 members of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (A.C.E) Team was conducting team was conducting a license checking station in the 2400 block of Amity Hill Road. At approximately 5:11 pm a vehicle approached the checking station and abruptly stopped in the middle of the road prior […]

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