47-year-old Benito Mejia and Javier Cruz, both from Gastonia, were involved in a single-vehicle crash early Wednesday afternoon (December 3) in the area of the Sandy Ford Road bridge on Highway 321 in Newton.
Cruz, an unlicensed driver, was behind the wheel of a Ford F350 when the truck flipped over. A trailer remained upright in the grass at the accident scene.
The N.C. State Highway Patrol says the truck was traveling northbound on Highway 321 when the driver lost control and cut across the centerline before crashing into an embankment on the right side of the road. The Highway Patrol says excessive speed was a factor.
Cruz has been charged with misdemeanor driving without a license and failure to maintain lane control. A court date was set for February 20 in Newton.
Cruz was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment of a broken collarbone and other minor injuries. Both men were trapped in the truck for about 10 minutes.
27-year-old Casey Brandon Scott of 13th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested yesterday (December 3) by Hickory Police on charges of felony possession of heroin, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow.
36-year-old Troy Daniel Hamilton, who is listed as a homeless person from Newton, has been arrested by Newton Police on charges of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine, resisting a public officer, felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon. He was jailed yesterday (December 3) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with a first appearance in District Court set for tomorrow.
57-year-old Susan Marie Harris of Winhurst Street in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (December 2) on a charge of felony burning personal property. She was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $3,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Lenoir.
47-year-old Dawn Marie Knott of Jaclyn Lane in Lincolnton was arrested yesterday (December 2) by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives in connection to a rash of break-ins that occurred at Harris Mini-Storage on N.C. Highway 150 East and Guardian Storage on Business Highway 16. Including charges from previous arrests in connection to the same incidents, she now faces 13 felony counts each of breaking & entering a building, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.
The break-ins occurred over more than three months, between September and November 13 of this year. In November, the mini-storage property owners checked their storage units and found six units with locks missing. Deputies also found two units with locks that had been cut, but were still hanging from the hasps.
Break-ins and larcenies were also reported by renters at the mini-storage facilities on several occasions in October and November. Items stolen included tools, appliances, vehicle parts, laptops, household goods, collectibles and other items valued at tens of thousands of dollars. In some cases, victims arrived at the storage facility to open their units, but found they would not open. The victims found that their locks had been cut off and different locks were placed on the units.
A break in the case came as one victim identified some of his property the suspect had for sale in the parking lot of the now-closed Harris Teeter store on East Main Street in Lincolnton. Other stolen property was being sold at area flea markets.
Some of the stolen items were recovered from a storage unit the suspect rented at Harris Mini-storage. Other items were found at the suspect’s residence.
Following her arrest yesterday, Knott was placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a total secured bond of $50,000. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending. Appearances in District Court were scheduled for December 3, 9, 11 & 16.
Investigators expressed their gratitude to personnel at Harris Mini-Storage for their help in bringing closure to the case.
City of Morganton Water Resources work crews are currently repairing a break on a 12-inch, cross-country water line off Lost Corner Road. The line broke this morning (Wednesday December 3) and workers shut off the line at 10:30 a.m.
About 12 to 20 homes on Lost Corner Road and Filter Plant Road are currently without water and other homes in the area could experience some water pressure issues until the repair is complete.
Ronnie Suttles, Collections & Distribution Supervisor in the Water Resources Department, expected the repair to take four to six hours to complete, depending on the severity of the break. The line previously broke last week on Thanksgiving Day and Suttles said the earlier break could have weakened the line, leading to this morning’s failure.
For more information, call the City of Morganton Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
28-year-old Daniel Wayne Bumgarner of Short Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11 a.m. yesterday (December 2) on charges of felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested when an Officer noticed a suspicious vehicle at the Cupboard Express store on 6th Street N.E. The vehicle was in the car wash bay with the engine running and no sign that it was being washed.
The Officer approached and asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted, leading to the discovery of two Oxycodone pills, two glass pipes, two scales and some baggies. The items were found in the console and elsewhere in the vehicle.
Daniel Bumgarner was taken into custody without incident. He was processed and later released under a $1,500 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for January 13 in Hickory.
20-year-old Malik Elijah Braxton of 10th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at midnight Tuesday (December 2) on charges of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after an Officer ran the tag number on a vehicle at the Sun House convenience store on 2nd Avenue N.W. The tag was expired, so the Officer conducted a vehicle stop at 17th Street N.W. and 6th Avenue N.W.
The Officer smelled marijuana. The driver, Malik Braxton, initially did not give consent to search, but a search was conducted, leading to the discovery of 57.8 grams of marijuana and a glass pipe in the vehicle’s steering wheel area. A subsequent search of Braxton’s person turned up $245 in cash.
A male passenger in the vehicle was not charged.
Braxton was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $500, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for today (December 3) in Newton.
An open house and ribbon cutting will be held tomorrow (December 4) for two new FryeCare Medical Practices. They are the FryeCare Lung Center and FryeCare Family Physicians. Both are located at 915 Tate Boulevard S.E. in Hickory; the Lung Center in Suite 182 and the Family Physicians in Suite 186. There will be a separate ribbon cutting for each practice, one at 4 p.m. and the other at 4:30 p.m. The open house will continue until 7 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce invites the public to attend.
The Lung Center will be staffed by Franklin McGuire, M.D.; Richard Lupton, M.D.; and Cassaundra Heffner, F.N.P. Family Physicians staff will include Mary J. Britton, M.D.; Michael Fisher, M.D.; and Mark F. Fedder, M.D. Both practices are part of the FryeCare Physicians Network.
The Catawba County United Way Board of Directors will hold its 2014 New Car Giveaway Celebration at 12 noon on Thursday, December 11. The event will be held in the Paramount Automotive Kia showroom at 1234 South Center Street in Hickory.
One of ten finalists will win a new car donated by Benny Yount and Paramount Automotive.
Those wishing to attend should RSVP by December 8 to Sylvia Long at email@example.com or call 828-327-6851.