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Norwood planning and zoning officer arrested for stalking and littering

Published on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, 3:29 p.m.

A training session at Norwood City Hall on Monday evening resulted in the arrest of the city’s planning and zoning official.

Michael Sandy served as Planning and Zoning Director for Stanly County for nearly 20 years and served in the same capacity for several communities in Stanly for many years, including as a contract worker for the Red Cross and Norwood.

Michael Sandy

Sandy was arrested without incident Monday evening before a training session for members of the City Planning and Zoning Board. The meeting had not yet begun and only took place after Sandy’s arrest.

According to the arrest warrant, Sandy was charged with stalking and throwing away garbage weighing 7 kilograms or less each.

According to the allegations in the arrest warrant, Sandy harassed Andrew Smith, a member of the Red Cross city council, by throwing garbage in his yard “more than 26 times in the past year.”

“We just want it to stop. This has been happening for almost a year and we just want it to stop. We hope this is the end and we can move on,” Smith said.

Sandy was released on $2,000 bail and has a court date of July 22.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of Stanly News & Press for over 16 years and has also written numerous news and feature stories. He was named the 2014 NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and the CNHI Sports Editor of the Year. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers and four awards from the North Carolina Press Association.

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