Man arrested for bomb threats
DURHAM COUNTY — Michael Dexter Brodie was charged with making bomb threats against government buildings in Raleigh and Durham. The 53-year-old was charged by federal prosecutors after he allegedly mailed hoax threats to Durham police headquarters and Raleigh’s City Hall in May and June. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each charge.
Prison guard arrested for drug possession
WAKE COUNTY — A guard at the state prison for women was arrested last Thursday for possession with intent to distribute after she brought 85 strips of a prescription drug into the prison. Sequinta Shaquan Alston was arrested after trying to bring in strips which give a dose of Suboxone when placed under the tongue.
Teacher starts 50th year in classroom
GASTON COUNTY — When Ashbrook High School in Gastonia began its 2018-19 school year, it was a milestone for teacher Mamie Chisholm. It will be her 50th year in the classroom. Chisholm, a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, began teaching in 1968, the year that Gaston’s public schools unified following integration. She has taught French at Belmont High and South Point High and served as an Elementary School librarian before coming to Ashbrook.
High school runner dies at cross-country race
MOORE COUNTY — Union Pines High School senior Samantha Davis died on Sunday after collapsing during a cross-country race on Saturday morning. Davis appeared to suffer a seizure while running. She was diagnosed with epilepsy following a softball-related injury in 2016. A GoFundMe initiative had already raised nearly $17,000 for her family by Monday night.
$7,000 reward offered for missing man
UNION COUNTY — Police are searching for Carl Dewayne Melton, who has been missing for several weeks. Melton was last seen on Aug. 10, and he was officially reported missing on Sept. 3. Crimestoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to Melton’s whereabouts, and his family is offering an additional $2,000.
Product Quest to lay off nearly 300 employees
CABARRUS COUNTY — Product Quest in Kannapolis, a manufacturer of health and beauty products, filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, and now, its area employees are paying the price. The company announced that it will be laying off 296 employees just before the holiday season. The layoffs will take place between Nov. 5-19. It includes 204 employees in operations, 74 in quality, 13 in finance and five salespeople.
Three arrested after small children found wandering on road
DAVIDSON COUNTY — Three adults were arrested after neighbors found two small children wandering alone on a Davidson County road. The 1-year-old and 2-year-old were found by another child, who notified his mother. Police visited the children’s home and found three adults unconscious and impaired — 20-year-old Austin Sloop, who is the children’s uncle, and 19-year-old Chandler Burgess and Chase Roberts. Sloop was charged with child abuse, and all three received drug charges.