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Father of victim in Lincoln County collapse faces gun, drug charges

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

The father of one of the children killed last week when a wall of dirt collapsed on them in Lincoln County was arrested Monday.

Jordan Arwood has been charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and manufacturing a controlled substance.

He was in the Lincoln County jail late Monday on $20,000 bond.

Investigators say Arwood was using heavy equipment to dig a 24-foot-deep hole when it collapsed on Arwood’s 6-year-old daughter, Chloe Jade Arwood, and nephew James Levi Caldwell, 6.

During the death investigation, deputies removed two marijuana plants and grow lights from Arwood’s home, authorities said.

Deputies said they also recovered six firearms, including an AR-15 rifle.

Arwood has a lengthy criminal history, including convictions between 2000 and 2009 for felony possession with intent to sell or distribute marijuana, resisting a public officer and driving while impaired.

It was still unclear late Monday whether Arwood would be charged in connection with the children’s deaths.

Investigators told the Observer last week they planned to present the findings of their investigation to the district attorney’s office after the funerals, but they have not yet said what, if any, charges Arwood could face.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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