MOORESVILLE – Town officials, parks and recreation staff and representatives from Miles McClellan Construction gathered to break ground at the Selma Burke Community Center Nov. 27, according to a news release from the Town of Mooresville.
The community center is undergoing a long-awaited expansion, which will include a renovated gym with new basketball courts, a new playground, a new picnic shelter and a multi-purpose building with classrooms.
According to the release, Mooresville Mayor Pro Tem Thurman Houston has been a longtime advocate for the project and said during the ceremony the expansion will lead to the facility becoming a “safe haven” for the community’s youth.
The expansion is being funded by the 2014 bond referendum and a recently awarded grant.
Domestic dispute call turns violent
MOORESVILLE – An Iredell County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been put on routine administrative leave after firing her weapon while responding to a domestic dispute call, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
Deputy Joanna Smith was called to a Mooresville home on Tall Oaks Drive Nov. 24 to respond to a domestic dispute between a father and son.
When Smith arrived, she could hear screaming coming from inside the residence, and she announced her presence verbally in addition to using a flashlight to announce her presence visually, the release states.
When Smith arrived outside the front door, she saw the suspect, 54-year-old Peter Scott Hay, go into another room, return with a handgun and walk toward the front door.
As Hay continued to approach, Smith gave verbal commands asking him to drop the gun, which he did not do, according to the release.
When Hay arrived at the front door, he opened it and raised the gun at Smith. Smith then fired her weapon, striking him, the release states.
Smith then secured Hay’s weapon and provided medical aid until paramedics arrived. Hay was “extremely intoxicated,” according to the release.
He was transported to Carolinas Medical Center, and his injuries were deemed not life-threatening.
He was then returned to Iredell County and charged with felony assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer and misdemeanor communicating threats.
Hay was issued a $150,000 secured bond.
Smith has been in law enforcement for eight years and has been placed on administrative leave while an internal investigation is conducted, which is standard procedure in these cases.
“I always want our officers to come home safe,” Sheriff Darren Campbell was quoted as saying in the release. “In this case, it appears the deputy responded appropriately to the threat of deadly force she faced and did everything possible to protect herself and the victim who called us for help.”
Local girl earns Gold Award
MOORESVILLE – Mooresville resident Rylie Warren has earned her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting, according to a Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont news release.
Warren is the daughter of Christopher and Stacie Warren and a member of Girl Scout Troop 10081.
For her project, she built two Buddy Benches for the playground at J.V. Washam Elementary School. She also created a video explaining what a Buddy Bench is and shared it with the school.
“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and this young woman exemplifies leadership in all its forms,” said Lane Cook, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. “She saw a need in her community and took action. Her extraordinary dedication, perseverance and leadership, is making the world a better place.”
The Gold Award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable “Take Action” projects.
Each girl must dedicate a minimum of 80 hours to planning and implementing her project, which must benefit the community and have long-lasting impact.
High school student arrested for weapon
STATESVILLE – A Statesville High School student was arrested by the Statesville Police Department Nov. 26 for possession of a firearm on a school campus, according an Iredell-Statesville Schools news release.
During the school day, a school resource officer noticed a student showing other students something in his backpack.
Upon questioning, the student was brought to the assistant principal’s office and, prior to a search, the student said he had a weapon in his backpack, the release states.
School administrators worked jointly with the Statesville Police Department to search the backpack and found a unloaded firearm and a full magazine of ammunition, according to the release.
The student was immediately taken into custody, and no students or staff members were threatened.
Possession of a firearm on a school campus is a felony.
“Decisions, no matter how youthful, no matter how ill-timed, have consequences,” Statesville High Principal Hans Lassiter was quoted as saying in the release. “Here we have a young man who has signed away one full year of his education and possibly his freedom. The safety of our students and staff takes priority.”