Did you miss any of the news and major events in the area this past week? Take a look back at our top local stories of the week.
A Tribune review of receipts from town of Mooresville-issued credit cards reveals spending on expensive meals and hotel rooms for town board and staff members, and uneven spending among senior administrators. The investigation of upper-management’s purchasing-card expenses from January 2017 until July of this year found that Deputy Town Manager Angel Wright-Lanier has charged significantly more money to her town-issued card than other members of the senior leadership team, which consists of Town Manager David Treme, two deputy managers, the police and fire chiefs, the human resources and finance directors, and the public information officer. Overall in 2017, Wright-Lanier charged $21,247 to her purchasing card. Ryan Rase, the other deputy manager, charged $406. After removing board members’ travel expenses from her charges – including $1,790 in meals and/or cabs she shared with them while traveling – Wright-Lanier still charged $14,722 on her town purchasing card in 2017. The second-highest spender that year was Police Chief Damon Williams, whose total – after removing others’ costs – was $6,915. Totals for other senior leaders ranged from Treme’s $192 to Fire Chief Curt Deaton’s $3,726. Human Resources Director Keli Greer does not have a purchasing card. Continue reading here
Iredell-Statesville Schools Superintendent Brady Johnson has apologized to his counterpart at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for offensive behavior by Lake Norman High School students during a home volleyball match last week. In a letter to CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox, Johnson confirmed that “racial, ethnic and other inappropriate remarks, including personal attacks on individual players, were part of the misconduct on the part of our students” at the match with Charlotte’s Mallard Creek High School. Parents of Mallard Creek players told WSOC-TV that some of the comments were sexually explicit. Lake Norman students also reportedly sang the “Star Spangled Banner” to Hispanic Mallard Creek players, and chanted “U-S-A, U-S-A” toward non-white players. Continue reading here
Two people who drove up to a license checkpoint on Perth Road early Wednesday morning had meth, opioid pills, marijuana, a gun and cash inside their car, authorities say. Both suspects are in custody on felony drug trafficking charges, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office said. According to Sheriff Darren Campbell, deputies held a license checkpoint overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday at the intersection of Perth Road and Autumn Leaf Road, just south of Troutman. At around 12:30 a.m., a black Volkswagen Jetta approached the checkpoint. The female driver, Kimbra Leigh Hicks, 27, didn’t have her driver’s license, deputies say, so she was asked to pull to the side of the road. There was one passenger in the car, 32-year-old Terry Drew Warden II. Deputy B. Romito noticed a strong smell of alcohol inside the vehicle, according to Campbell. Deputies searched the car and found 1.3 ounces of methamphetamine, 2.4 ounces of marijuana and 39 pills of oxycodone hydrochloride, acetaminophen hydrocodone and Adderall, he said. Continue reading here
An environmental group said in its annual report last week that it will continue to push Duke Energy to remove a mountain of coal ash the company stores along the western shores of Lake Norman. Marshall Steam Station in Sherrill’s Ford, across the lake from Mooresville, is one of two sites where the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is advocating for the removal of coal ash. The other is Allen Steam Station in Gaston County. If coal ash, a byproduct of energy production, isn’t removed or stored differently at these sites, CRF warns, the ash could contaminate local drinking water. During his 2018 State of the River presentation Thursday at a Lake Norman Covekeeper’s meeting, Riverkeeper Sam Perkins discussed what CRF still wanted to see done along the Catawba River. “A cleanup, as we define it, is not capping it in place,” Perkins said. “It’s actually getting it away from water and either to a lined and monitored site, or recycled into concrete.” Continue reading here
After receiving a report of a sex offense involving a juvenile victim, Mooresville police officers have arrested 18-year-old Carson Day Whittle. According to MPD, the department received the report on Sept. 30, and upon starting the investigation, immediately arrested Whittle, who was charged with sex offense with a child. He was taken to the Iredell County jail, where he received a $250,000 bond. Continue reading here