On 10/11/2014 at 849 pm a call came into communications about a person swimming in the lake near Greyfriairs Rd in Mooresville. Deputy Patrick Irwin from the Iredell County Cops unit responded and spoke with the caller who stated that a man swam up to the caller and asked which way did he need to go to swim to Denver. The caller then told Deputy Irwin that the man then got back into the lake and swam off. Deputy John Fletcher and Deputy Justin Carroll then arrived on scene and all three Deputies began looking in the water and were unable to see him from the shore. Deputies Irwin, Fletcher, and Carroll then went to surrounding houses that were on the waterfront in attempt to locate the man but were unsusessful. Lt. Doyle Summers then arrived on scene and contacted Deputy Matt Burleyson who is a Lake Patrol Officer and Lake Norman Fire and Rescue in attempt to get a boat on the water to search. Deputy Burleyson and Lake Norman Fire and Rescue were able to get both boats on the water and began to search the area. At this time the subject had been in the water for over four hours. While searching the area, Deputy Burleyson was able to hear someone yelling hey. Deputy Burleyson then started going towards the voice and located the man in the middle of the lake treading water. Lake Norman Fire and Rescue came to Deputy Burleyson's location and was able to secure the man on their boat. The man was discovered to be a Michael Allen Vercio (37) of Denver North Carolina. Iredell County EMS then checked Mr. Vercio's vital signs and checked him for any injuries sustained. Mr. Vercio's body tempurature had dropped dangerously low and EMS stated that if he would have been in the water any longer he might not have survived. After being cleared by EMS Deputy Irwin escorted Mr. Vercio to a location and released Mr. Vercio to his parents.
On 10-13-14 Sgt. C.L. Stone of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team conducted a traffic stop on a 1992 Ford Ranger on Howards Bridge Rd. due to a registration violation. Stone spoke to the driver, Joey J. Brown, 44, of Harmony, and advised him of the violation. Stone then had Brown to exit his vehicle and walk back to his patrol car so that he could gather some info. from him. Before allowing him to sit in the front passenger seat of the patrol car Stone searched Brown for illegal contraband. During the search Brown was found to be in possession of a bag of marijuana. The marijuana was seized and Brown was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, display expired tag, and expired inspection.
On Tuesday October 14, 2014, the Iredell County Sheriff's Office A.C.E. Team charged a Statesville man with drug possession during a traffic stop. Sgt. J.V. Dyson, III stopped a vehicle on W. Raleigh Ave at Caldwell St after observing suspicious activity involving the suspect. Sgt. Dyson stopped the vehicle to investigate the suspicious activity and found the suspect, Devin Rashon Ellison of Statesville, to be the operator. As Sgt. Dyson approached the vehicle and spoke to the suspect he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and noticed that Mr. Ellison was extremely nervous. After a search of the vehicle and Mr. Ellison,Sgt. Dyson located two bags of marijuana weighing 19.6 grams in the suspect's shorts pockets that he was wearing under his blue jeans. The suspect was charged with Aggravated Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.On 10-15-14 Sgt. C.L. Stone of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team conducted a traffic stop on a 1997 Mitsubishi after observing the driver, Thomas J. Pennison, 24, of Troutman, was not wearing his seatbelt. Stone spoke to Pennison and advised him of the reason he had been stopped. Stone then had Pennison to exit his vehicle and walk back to his patrol car while he gathered some information. Before allowing Pennison to sit in the patrol car Stone searched him for illegal contraband. During the search a bag of marijuana and a marijuana pipe were located in Pennison's pants pocket. Pennison was then charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
On 09-19-2014, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Elmwood Road of a house Breaking, Entering and Larceny after Breaking and Entering. The home owner reported that they had stolen from the home approximately $2,100.00 worth of property to include Televisions, Sound Bars, PS3 Player, Blueray Player, various movies and PS3 games. Deputies took the initial report and processed the scene and spoke to neighbors in the area.
Det. Sgt. Wesley Gregory was assigned to investigate this matter and was able to obtain information on a possible suspect Brandon Andrew Norkett. Gregory spoke to several people and received information that the Television had been sold for $500.00 to a family member. Gregory was also able to obtain information that Norkett was staying on Kayla Lane Statesville and some of the property was hidden in an outbuilding on the property.
Gregory was able to recover the Television, 126 various movies on DVD, and the sound bar. All this property was returned to the owner. This property had a value of approximately $1350.00 dollars. Gregory attempted to locate Norkett to interview him but not able locate him. Gregory applied for warrants on Norkett for Felony Breaking, Entering and Larceny after Breaking and Entering.
Norkett was located 10-13-2014 at a home on Trailways Drive Statesville and was arrested for the outstanding warrants. Brandon Andrew Norkett 24, of Trailways Drive Statesville received a $5,000.00 dollar secured bond and has a pending court date in Statesville.Norkett is also a suspect in a Larceny of Financial Transaction Card Theft which is being investigated by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. These investigations are ongoing and it is likely that Norkett will have additional charges in the future.
On September 27, 2014 around 10:00 p.m. the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received five reports from various victims who stated that they were traveling I-77 South near mile marker 39 which is the Rankin Hill Road overpass when their vehicles were struck by some type of rocks or concrete. Deputies responded to the area and took reports from all the victims and searched for the person(s) responsible for the crimes.
While taking the reports from all the victims it was determined that all the vehicles had damage to the roofs and the windshields of the vehicles. One of the vehicles that were traveling I-77 South, the rock went through the window causing minor injury to the passenger of the vehicle. The victim received minor cuts to her hand from the window glass and a piece of glass in her eye. The victim was treated by EMS at the time of the injury and damage was reported. A victim who lives on Rankin Hill Road also reported that someone had thrown rocks at their house and caused damage to the siding of the home.
School Resource Officer Gina Cranford received information from a student at Lake Norman High School of a possible suspect in this matter. Cranford received information of a possible suspect who is a student that was telling other students about throwing rocks at passing vehicles on I-77. Det. Sgt. Brooks Meyer along with Cranford started interviewing various students and obtained information that a 15 year old male who lives in the area of Rankin Hill Road was bragging about the incident and his involvement.
Det. Sgt. Brooks Meyer located and interviewed two 15 year old males who admitted that they were responsible for these incidents. One of the Juveniles is a student at Lake Norman High School and the other Juvenile is a student at Mooresville High School. Both suspects admitted their involvement into these matters. The total amount of damages to all five vehicles and the house is approximately $5,000.00 dollars.
Det. Sgt. Brooks Meyer has spoken with the District Attorney’s Office and the juveniles will be charged with 5 counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill and one count of damage to property each for the damage to the home. Meyer has applied for these charges through the Department of Juvenile Justice.
After an extensive Investigation four subjects have been charged in connection with numerous car breaking and entering’s in the Langtree Rd. area of Mooresville. On 09/30/2014, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Langtree Rd. area of Mooresville, NC in reference to numerous car break-ins that had occurred. Officers arrived along with Detective Gene Hayes of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division. It was found that there were 15 cars that had been broken into in the area. Officers and Detective Hayes collected evidence and interviewed victims and witnesses. Detective Hayes contacted surrounding agencies to see if they had any car break-ins. Detective Hayes found that Cornelius Police, Huntersville Police, and Lincoln County had similar incidents in their areas. After a collaborative effort between all agencies Dyante Henley 23, of Psalms St. Cornelius, Nicholas Hunt 20, Andrea Patterson 21, and Denzel Washington 16, all of Railroad St. ornelius, NC were developed as suspects. Detective Hayes was able to interview one of the suspects who admitted to breaking into cars in the Langtree Rd. area along with the other suspects. All suspects have been charged with 15 Car breaking and entering, Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, and Larceny of a Firearm. All suspects have been arrested and each received $150,000.00 secured bonds. They are being held jail awaiting trial.
About the Sheriff
Sheriff Redmond is aggressive in his approach to fighting crime and the war on drugs. He has established new programs that have increased the Office's ability to respond and investigate crime. "As a father of four children, I have a strong personal conviction to work energetically to attack our country's drug problem", said Sheriff Redmond. "Our children are our most precious resource."
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is committed to providing professional law enforcement services to the citizens and visitors in Iredell County.
Sheriff Phil Redmond became Iredell County’s Sheriff in 1994 and has 38 years law enforcement experience.
First and foremost, Sheriff Redmond’s number one priority is to keep the citizens of Iredell County safe.
Sheriff Redmond is leading his office in a rapidly growing County, divided by two major Interstate Highways, I-77 and I-40. Those major highways bring people through our county daily. Some of those people transport large quantities of illegal drugs, stolen property or other contraband. The Sheriff’s “Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team” has been a powerhouse in curtailing those illegal activities, seizing large sums of money and large quantities of illegal drugs. With those seizures, Drug Interdiction Funds have been made available to further expand the work being done by Sheriff Redmond and the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Redmond is onboard with E.P.I.C. (El Paso Intelligence Center) which tracks drug traffickers from the borders of Mexico into the United States. Out of a 15-member board of directors, our office holds one of those positions.
Sheriff Redmond implemented the A.C.E. (Aggressive Criminal Enforcement) unit to focus on street level drug dealers and other problem areas in the county. Drug Interdiction Funding has brought about even more sophisticated technology and equipment to be used in the fight against crime throughout our county. Since Sheriff Redmond has been in office, his officers has taken more than $176.7 million in drugs and more than $9.2 million in cash from the drug dealers in, or coming through Iredell County.
As Sheriff Redmond is looking forward to the future of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office he will continue to pursue the drug runners, dealers and users in and through Iredell County.
During Sheriff Redmond’s 19 years as Sheriff in Iredell County, many strides have been taken and many hurdles jumped to bring the Sheriff’s Office into the 21st century.
Some of the accomplishments Redmond has made as Sheriff include adding MDT (mobile data terminals), in car cameras, 800mhz radios with statewide coverage, additional (K-9 units) to the force to make it easier for officers to communicate, document and apprehend criminals for successful prosecution in our courts. Redmond has worked with County Commissioners to install a new Sheriff’s sub-station in the Iredell County Government Center South, located in Mooresville. This sub-station allows citizens of the southern end of the County to conduct business with the Sheriff’s Office, such as reporting crimes, gun permits, fingerprints for employment etc.
As Iredell County continues to experience rapid growth, the Sheriff has continued to meet that growth with his vision and planning for his first-class Sheriff’s Office and specially trained employees, and continues to be on top in his field.
Sheriff Redmond has provided thousands of hours training each year for his deputies at a level never before available to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, and has provided technology similar to that seen in television programming, such as “C.S.I. (Crime Scene Investigation)”. Such training is a must in today’s law enforcement world. Redmond has continually sought grant funding to help our Crime Lab grow. We now provide a criminal evidence processing center where fingerprints, blood, drugs and other evidence can be processed in our county. Now the SBI lab is backlogged more than a year-and-a- half on processing evidence submitted.
Through the efforts of Sheriff Redmond, our website has been made available to the public. www.iredellsheriff.com. is the site where all types of information and links to access law updates and specifics to the laws of North Carolina are made available to the public. This site provides various topics of information on the work of the Sheriff’s Office and is available 24 hours a day.
A recap of accomplishments through Sheriff Redmond’s tenure, we should start with the stand he took against a Judge in our district that had attempted to take the word “God” out of the courtroom. Sheriff Redmond took a stand when most political figures would not. He took a stand on the beliefs in which our forefathers stood when writing the constitution for our Country.
During the last 19 years Sheriff Redmond’s office was recognized for presenting the most federal drug charges in our 31-county district, by the US attorney’s office.
He was the 2nd in the state to implement the Sex Offender Watch Program where citizens of Iredell County can go on-line and check for registered sex offenders within one mile of their residence; this service is available 24 hours a day. He also has two full-time detectives that check the status of sex offenders in the county by personally checking their current residence and keeping track of where and when they move. Sheriff Redmond has worked with NC House members and the General Assembly on making Sex Offender laws to where sex offenders that move into our State from other areas are required to register as a sex offender in our State.
During the past 10 years Sheriff Redmond sought grant monies to fund the C.O.P.s (Community Oriented Police) unit in the Brawley School, Langtree Rd areas as well as Perth Rd, Hwy 21 South sections of Iredell County where growth is overwhelming. These units are designed to provide quality service, quicker response and community-oriented deputies to their areas of the county. Due to the rapid growth in both population and traffic, Sheriff Redmond and the citizens in those areas are working together in an effort to accomplish a common goal of community safety and awareness.
In the C.O.P.s area 9 officers are assigned to bike, motorcycle and road patrol and Lake Enforcement to assure all areas are served.
Sheriff Redmond has expanded his emphasis on proactive crime prevention by expanding the G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) program into the 7th grade in an effort to reduce gangs in Iredell County. He has also implemented programs where the S.R.O.s (School Resource Officers) are in all the High Schools, Middle schools and the Monticello Alternative School in the county. Now those schools have more resources for being in the classrooms talking to students about safety, traffic laws and general safety issues without taking away from their core curriculum. He also has K-9 officers to make random checks through the schools to curtail weapons and drugs on campus.
Sheriff Redmond has worked with the State and has been able to lease the 21 North Prison Camp for $1 per year, to alleviate the overcrowding at our current site, saving the taxpayers money on new construction.
Sheriff Redmond has implemented a disaster mobilization plan for the Sheriff’s Office, where in the event of a major disaster in the county, Deputies know where they are to report and be stationed. With our mobile command post we can maintain 911 service, as well as communication with the field officer and other agencies while maintaining quality service to the community. With other disasters such as tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters, Sheriff Redmond has implemented a disaster relief unit comprised of both sworn and non-sworn staff that is ready to respond with debris removal, generators and other implements to open the roads quicker and assist in recovery efforts. He has used drug seizure monies to build an airplane hangar for the Civil Air Patrol where we would have immediate access to air support for recovery efforts in the event of a disaster or emergency. All the equipment was paid for by drug-seized monies.
Sheriff Redmond has successfully implemented a special victims unit to aid in the investigation and provides needed assistance for the victim and prosecution of the offender.
Nationally 50.3% of violent crimes and 20.2% of property crimes are cleared by arrest.
Sheriff Redmond’s statistics far exceed the national average. In 2004 the Sheriff’s Office cleared 82% of the violent crimes and 35% of the property crimes, which well exceeds the national average and is competitive with surrounding agencies in the clearance of violent crimes but far exceeds their numbers in property crime clearance rates.
Sheriff Redmond is continuing to search for new ideas and technologies to serve the citizens of Iredell County in the philosophy of Community Policing, where together we can make a difference in our communities.
2009 alone I have expanded the Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) unit in order to have deputies locating drug dealers and users traveling along our Interstates and Highways. I have also added 2 deputies through grant funding in an effort to work with the communities in the southern end of the county to reduce traffic issues and make our roads safer.
Sheriff Redmond used $513,000.00 of asset forfeiture monies to purchase 15 new vehicles for our Office to replace those that have excessive mileage on them. I will also use forfeiture monies to enhance our Crime Lab to process evidence quicker and put the suspects in jail in a timely manner.
Sheriff Redmond over the last 2 years worked with other law enforcement agencies such as Statesville Police combining forces to enhance the counties fight against domestic violence, gangs and drug interdiction and make Iredell county a safer place to live. We also have mutual aid agreements with other counties in the state to follow up on Drug trafficking and other major crimes.
In 2010 Sheriff Redmond expanded the Community Policing program where a deputy will be trained and placed in each section, possibly areas where they live, to work with communities in their area in reducing crime and working on strategies to make our county safe. We currently have this program Troutman South and it has been a success.
Sheriff Redmond is now the longest consecutive term Sheriff in the History of Iredell County.
Sheriff Redmond is working to make Iredell County the safest place in which to live, work and raise a family or operate a business.
County Seat: Statesville Population: 160,000+ Square Miles: 598
We are committed to making our County a safe place to live, raise a family, to be employed, to worship and to enjoy recreation.
OUR MISSION is to provide law enforcement services to the citizens of Iredell County, serving our community through crime prevention, drug enforcement, aggressive patrols and education.
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office exists to serve all people within our jurisdiction with respect, fairness and compassion. To fulfill our mission, the Iredell County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to providing a quality work environment and the development of its members through effective training, leadership and career development.
OUR PRINCIPLES are:
Phillip H. Redmond, Sheriff
Rick Dowdle, Chief Deputy, School Resource Officers, Lake Enforcement
Captain Clarence Harris, Narcotics/ I.C.E. / A.C.E.
Major Marty Byers, Patrol Division / Criminal Warrant Service Unit, K-9, Civil Process, Admin
Captain Mike Phillips, Crime Scene Tech, Crime Lab, Grants
Captain Bert Connolly, Detention Operations / Court Bailiff’s, Road Crew
Major Darren Campbell, Criminal Investigations, A.C.E, I.C.E., Special Victims Unit, C.O.P.’s, Narcotics, S.E.R.T. Media relations
Captain Randy Pearson, Enforcement Training / Personnel, Special projects coordinator
Captain Julie Gibson, Domestic Violence, Juvenile crimes, Special Victims Unit
Captain Rick Eades, Detention Training & Personnel, Crime Prevention
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