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North Carolina Zoo postpones Easter event

ASHEBORO, N.C. – The North Carolina Zoo has postponed its Easter “Eggstravaganza” event due to rainy weather conditions, according to officials with the zoo.

The zoo said the event will continue on either Sunday or Monday, depending on weather conditions.

Schedule boards posted around the park and a map and schedule at the zoo’s admission booths will list times and locations for the event.

The animals will be given paper mache eggs created and decorated by zoo volunteers that are filled with special food treats. Visitors will be able to watch the animals tear the eggs open and eat the treats.

Second suspect arrested after man shot in Asheboro

ASHEBORO, N.C. — A second suspect was arrested Thursday after after a man was shot Wednesday evening in Asheboro.

Officers responded to the C-Store parking lot at 401 E. Salisbury St., around 5:40 p.m. in reference to a shooting.

Police found Rodericus Glover suffering from a single gunshot wound to the leg. Glover was transported by ambulance to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem with non-life threatening injuries.

Derrell Trevon Jones, 20, of Asheboro, was arrested Wednesday night after the incident. He is in the Randolph County Jail under a $500,000 bond.

Ondra Martenelli Gladden Jr., 19, of Asheboro, turned himself in to police on Thursday. He is in jail under a $250,000 bond.

Both Jones and Gladden are charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

1 arrested, 1 sought in Asheboro shooting

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Police have arrested one man and are seeking a second in connection with a shooting in Asheboro Wednesday evening.

Officers were dispatched to the parking lot of the C-Store, located at 401 E. Salisbury St., around 5:40 p.m. in reference to a gunshot wound.

Police found Rodericus Glover suffering from a single gunshot wound to the leg. Glover was transported by ambulance to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem with non-life threatening injuries.

After further investigation, police identified two suspects.

Derrell Trevon Jones, 20, of Asheboro, was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Jones was jailed under a $500,000 secured bond.

Ondra Martenelli Gladden Jr., 19, of Asheboro, was also identified by police as a suspect. He is still at large and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Ruff Love Rescue needs emergency help

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Rescue groups across the Piedmont work to stretch every dollar when it comes to caring for animals that need a home.

Ruff Love Rescue needs emergency help right now. The group focuses on helping abandoned dogs and strays.

A high number of recent rescues put a strain on donations, said Founder and President Sue Rogers.

They have about $10,000 in vet bills and have decided not to take in any more dogs until that bill is much lower.

Rogers founded Ruff Love 15 years ago.

“We’ve totally relied on donations,” she said. “We have no paid employees, and I would say 80 percent of our donations go straight to medical bills.”

Ruff Love makes sure every animal is treated at Blue Flint Animal Hospital in Asheboro to get up-to-date vaccinations, heartworm treatments and medical evaluations.

The dogs are also spayed or neutered before they are adopted.

Former Randleman High teacher facing 20 indecent liberties with students charges

ASHEBORO, N.C. — A former teacher at Randleman High School charged with taking indecent liberties with a student in December is facing several more charges following an investigation.

On Dec. 17, 2013, a joint investigation between the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and Randolph County Schools concerning an assault of a student at Randleman High School resulted in the arrest of Hazem M. Eldara, 54, of Asheboro. He was charged with one count of taking indecent liberties with a student.

As a result of that investigation, officers seized several digital media devices. Upon analyzing the devices, deputies located evidence of additional crimes.

A total of eight victims have been identified. All but one of the victims were former students of Eldara.

Asheboro police upgrading radio system

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Police are upgrading their communication system to give and receive information during emergency situations through one channel.

“The ability to communicate can save lives,” said Chief Ralph Norton.

It’s been a challenge in the past during major emergencies like fires or natural disasters.

“One of the big disadvantages is not being able to communicate immediately,” Norton said. “If you’re not on the same type of system, that’s impossible.”

But by this summer, Asheboro police will begin using an 800 megahertz VIPER radio system with four channels.

“Each individual officer will have their own radio,” Norton said.

Officers will talk directly with other police, EMS and fire departments throughout Randolph County and the state.

Fatal stabbing suspect arrested while trying to flee country, deputies say

RANDLEMAN, N.C. – Authorities said the suspect in a fatal stabbing in Randolph County was arrested while trying to board a flight to Mexico.

Edgar Saldana Ramirez, 21, was arrested late Sunday morning at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, according to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials said the suspect is charged with murder in the death of 43-year-old Eduarrdo Bonilla Hurtado.

Hurtado was found dead at a home at 2265 Leonae Drive in Randleman shortly before 10:30 p.m. Saturday, according to deputies.

Authorities said a friend found the victim on the floor with multiple stab wounds and lacerations. The friend then called the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, officials said.

Deputies said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene and had been dead for several hours.