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Statesville Man Arrested on Felony Meth Charges

33-year-old William David Lambert of Damascus Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell County Narcotics Officers on felony counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for the sale or use of a controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, along with a misdemeanor count of…

Two Country Music Stars to Perform at North Wilkesboro Speedway

Platinum-selling country music stars Warren Zeiders and Neal McCoy are set to perform at the North Wilkesboro Speedway. Zeiders will perform prior to the NASCAR All-Star Race on Sunday, May 19, with McCoy’s performance slated for May 17 during All-Star Friday. Both concerts are free for all fans with tickets. Zeiders’ hit single, “Ride the…

Catawba County Library Hosted New York Times Bestselling Author Visit

Incorporating African mythology and African-American folklore, Kwame Mbalia has created a world of stories for middle grade readers that deals with grief, legacy, and growing into one’s own strengths. The Catawba County Library invited the community to gather at the Central Recreation Center in Newton for an author visit with Kwame Mbalia on Thursday, February…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Failing to Appear & Larceny

35-year-old Cynthia Marie Martin of Tumbleweed Drive in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (February 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony failing to appear, misdemeanor counts of larceny and three counts misdemeanor failing to appear in court. Martin remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center under…

Woman Charged on Fugitive Warrant to South Carolina

25-year-old Kaitlyn Nicole Trivette was arrested Thursday (February 29) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She was charged with felony fugitive extradition to another state on a South Carolina probation violation. Trivette remained in jail at the Caldwell County Detention Center as of this morning under $10,000 secured bond. She has no court dates listed on…

Granite Falls Man Charged with Two Felony Probation Violations

31-year-old Casey Cristen Clark of Hickory Boulevard in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (February 29) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with two felony counts probation violation and jailed under $40,000 secured bond. Clark remained in jail as of this morning with a Superior Court date scheduled for March 29. He was on…

Suspect Arrested On Strangulation Charge

30-year-old Jordan Izzahrian Johnson of Rockyford Street in Morganton was arrested Thursday (February 29) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony assault by strangulation along with misdemeanor counts of resist, delay, or obstruct a public officer and communicating threats. Johnson was arrested shortly after 6:30 p.m. Thursday at a business location on North…

Catawba Woman Charged With Felony Drug Offenses

41-year-old Ashley Marie Hardee of East Bandys Cross Road in Catawba was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with two counts of trafficking, opium or heroin along with single felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance. Hardee was…

First Aid Kits Provided For Caldwell County Classrooms

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office recently received Individual First Aid Kits for all 1,172 classrooms in the Caldwell County School System. Caldwell County is the first county in North Carolina and the second in the U.S. to provide these kits in every classroom in every school in its district. The kits contain tools to treat…

Drug Charges Filed Against Woman Arrested Thursday

45-year-old Debra Ann Shull of Deer Creek Drive in Morganton was arrested Thursday (February 29) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Shull was arrested shortly after 1:30 p.m. Thursday and placed in the Burke County Jail under no bond on…

Suspect Charged With Having Drugs At Jail

31-year-old Johnathan Edward Hunnicutt of Crystal Creek Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (February 28) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a controlled substance in prison or jail. Hunnicutt was arrested shortly after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was placed in the Burke County Jail under $15,000 secured bond. A Superior…

Morganton Man Arrested On Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Charges

42-year-old Danial Gary Carswell of Enola Road in Morganton was arrested Monday (February 26) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Carswell was arrested shortly after 11 a.m. Monday at his residence. He was brought to the Burke County Jail under…

Suspect Who Allegedly Attempted To Elude Traffic Checkpoint Charged With Drug Offenses

25-year-old Broderick O’Neal Bost was arrested Tuesday (February 27) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule I controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle for the sale or use of a controlled substance.…

Child Seriously Injured in Watauga County Accident

A child sustained serious injuries in an accident in Watauga County yesterday (February 28). At 7:20 p.m. Wednesday (February 28), Boone Police, the Boone Fire Department, and Watauga Medics responded to the area of Blowing Rock Road and Rivers Street for a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian. Investigators learned that the accident occurred as…

Lenoir Resident Charged with Failing to Appear in Court

45-year-old Keith Edward Ward of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with two counts failing to appear on a felony and misdemeanor charge. Ward remained in jail as of today under $3,750 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He has previous…

Lenoir Man Charged with Probation Violation & Assault

39-year-old Ricky Lee Watson of Warrior Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with two felony probation violations and misdemeanor simple assault. Watson was jailed under $6,500 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He was not listed in jail as of this morning and…

Portion Of Hickory Road To Close Tonight

Beginning at 8 p.m. tonight (February 29), City of Hickory crews will close a section of 13th Avenue NE between the Wendy’s and Chick-fil-A restaurants on N.C. 127. The roadway will be closed for approximately 6-8 hours to allow crews to make emergency repairs to an underground water main. Detour routes will be established and…

Teen Killed In Caldwell County Crash

An Alexander County teenager was killed in a Wednesday night (February 28) crash in Caldwell County. The deceased is 17-year-old Justin Nicholas Ray of Taylorsville. Wednesday at approximately 7:30 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to U.S. 64 near Brush Mountain Road. A 2004 Chevrolet Malibu traveling east on US 64, crossed the…

Hickory Metro Area School Systems Among Those To Receive Breakfast Grants

On Tuesday (February 27), Governor Roy Cooper announced $1.3 million in grants to 42 public school districts and public charter schools across North Carolina to expand access to healthy school breakfast for more than 51,000 students. The NC Innovative School Breakfast Grants were funded through federal funds directed by the Governor in October 2023. Area…

Suspect Facing Charges In Three Hickory Metro Counties

44-year-old Kristofer Dale Williams of Taylorsville was arrested Monday (February 26) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Williams was arrested following a traffic stop conducted by the Sheriff’s Office. Williams has a previous charge pending in Alexander County for driving with license revoked. He…

Motorcyclist Charged With Drug Offenses Following Traffic Stop

33-year-old Charles Smith, Jr. of Statesville was arrested Monday (February 26) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance. In addition, Smith is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and possession of marijuana…

Sex Offender Charged With Failing To Register

52-year-old Timothy Matthew Shelnut of Steakhouse Road in Morganton was arrested Monday (February 26) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony failure to register as a sex offender. Shelnut is a sex offender as a result of multiple convictions in Burke County. According to the North Carolina Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry,…

Connelly Springs Woman Jailed for Failure to Appear on Trafficking Charge

59-year old Lisa Buckner Deyton of Gillian Church Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hudson Police Monday (February 26) for failure to appear on a felony count of attempted trafficking by possession. At last report, Deyton remained in the Caldwell County Detention Center where she is being held without bond. No court dates are…

Hiddenite Man Arrested after Brief Vehicle Pursuit

31-year old Jeffery Michael Minton of Hiddenite was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Deputies Tuesday evening (February 27) on one count of fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. He was also charged with careless & reckless driving and a stop-sign violation. Minton was arrested following a brief vehicle pursuit. Following his arrest, Minton…

Teachers & Staff Refining Skills in Caldwell County

Teachers and Staff employed by Caldwell County Schools are sharpening their teaching skills through staff development. As part of a strategic effort to enhance educational standards, Caldwell County Schools conducted a Professional Development Day on Friday, February 23, marking the fifth out of six dedicated days for school personnel this academic year. The focused day…

Morganton Man Charged with Probation Violation

46-year-old Jason Sinclair Killian of Woodsway Lane in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (February 27) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with one felony count probation violation and jailed under $25,000 secured bond. Killian remained in jail as of this morning at the Caldwell County Detention Center. A Superior Court date was scheduled for…

Granite Falls Woman Charged with Four Counts Failure to Appear

51-year-old Kellie Lail Stallings of Lakewood Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (February 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony probation violation out of county and four felony failing to appear counts. Stallings was charged with failing to appear on larceny by changing price tag, possession of stolen goods, two…

Morganton Resident Charged with Drug Possession in Caldwell County

34-year-old Katlynn Amanda McGovern of Llyod Beaver Road in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (February 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with felony possession of schedule two controlled substance and misdemeanor unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. McGovern remained in jail as of this morning under $21,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention…

Three Suspects Arrested In Catawba County Drug Investigation

30-year-old Ryan Rudy Elledge of Sherrills Ford, 26-year-old Sara Alexandra Winters of Newton, and 37-year-old Natalie Nicole Davis of Maiden, were all arrested Monday (February 26) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. Elledge is charged on an outstanding federal narcotics indictment along with counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and traffic offenses. Winters…

North Carolina To Observe Severe Weather Preparedness Week In Early March

Severe Weather Preparedness Week will be observed in North Carolina during the week of March 3-9. With warmer weather approaching, officials say now is the time to prepare for the severe weather season. The safety campaign will include information on severe weather alerts, severe weather safety, lightning safety, flash flood safety, severe weather safety plans,…

Hildebran Resident Arrested On Firearm Charges

42-year-old Jody Mitchell Cook of Highway 70A East in Hildebran was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a weapon by a felon. Cook is a felon as a result of multiple convictions in Burke County dating back to 2008. His most…

Suspect Charged With Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Offenses

49-year-old Aaron Matthew Rodriquez of Ponderosa Road in Morganton was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Rodriquez was arrested shortly after 12 noon last Thursday (February 22) at an address on Foreman Street in Morganton. He was incarcerated in…

Morganton Man Arrested On SC Fugitive Warrant

66-year-old Wilson Thomas Williams of Poplar Street in Morganton was arrested by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged on a felony warrant as a fugitive from justice. Last Thursday (February 22), shortly after 2:30 p.m., a Public Safety Officer made contact with the suspect on East Concord Street at White Street. It was learned that…

Newton, Hickory Residents Among Drug Suspects Arrested In Recent Roundup

19 suspects were arrested in a recent roundup of alleged drug offenders in Iredell County. According to a news release from the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, residents of Newton and Hickory were among those charged. All nineteen suspects were charged with directly selling illegal drugs to an undercover investigator. Five had been arrested before for…

CVCC Announced Second Annual Open House Event on March 23

Catawba Valley Community College announced Monday (February 26) the return of the popular “Ready. Set. SOAR!” Open House on March 23, 2024. This free event runs from 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 and begins at the CVCC Tarlton Complex. Prospective students and their friends or families are encouraged to attend. College staff will…

Probation Absconder Arrested on Trafficking Charge

52-year-old Brian Kelly Ferguson of Glenwood Place in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (February 26) on charges from the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and the Lenoir Police Department. Lenoir Police charged Ferguson with felony counts of trafficking in opium or heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. He…

Lenoir Man Faces Charges for Meth; Failure to Appear

56-year-old Timothy Dayton Spears of Rays Place in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (February 26) on two felony counts of possession of methamphetamine. He was also twice charged as an habitual felon. In addition, Spears was charged with four counts of failure to appear. He reportedly failed to appear in court…

Granite Falls Man Jailed on Larceny & Stolen Goods Charges

49-year-old Billy Roger McGee, Jr. of Peachtree Lane in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (February 26) on felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny, and possession of stolen goods or property. He was also charged with two felony probation violations. McGee is on probation following a July 2021…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of A Stolen Motor Vehicle

53-year-old Thomas Shannon Walder of Qualridge Court in Lenoir was arrested Monday (February 26) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, misdemeanor resisting a public officer, and failure to appear on a nonsupport case. Walder was jailed under $500 cash appearance and $10,000 secured bond. A District…

Man Charged with Felony Probation Violation

44-year-old Steven Wade Dula of Sagebrush Trail in Lenoir was arrested Monday (February 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with failing to appear on a felony probation violation. Dula was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond with a Superior Court date scheduled for March 4. He was…

Man Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

45-year-old Steven Daniel Sparks of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (February 25) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of methamphetamine and jailed under $7,500 secured bond. Sparks remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He was scheduled to appear in…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine

48-year-old Mary Margaret Wilcox of Rattlesnake Lane in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (February 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of schedule two controlled substance. Wilcox was jailed under $25,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. She was scheduled to appear in…

Hickory Teenager Charged In Connection To Reported Chase In Newton

18-year-old Kasey Dale Mecimore of Hickory was arrested Friday (February 23) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. In addition, Mecimore is charged with speeding and reckless driving with wanton disregard. Shortly before 11 p.m. Friday, an officer with the Newton Police Department was monitoring traffic…

Area Board Of Elections Conducting Voter Survey

The Alexander County Board of Elections is encouraging voters to complete a short survey to provide critical feedback on their voting experience at early voting or election day locations. The survey asks about a voter’s wait times and interactions with election officials at the voting site. A handout will be available at every voting location…

Police Seeking Suspect Who Reportedly Led Officers On Chase Monday

A suspect who reportedly led police on a chase was being sought by authorities in Burke County. According to the Morganton Department of Public Safety, on Monday (February 26), Public Safety Officers initiated a traffic stop on a 1997 Infiniti I30. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 52-year-old Tracy Lee Greene of Morganton.…

Sex Offender Wanted In Florida In Custody In Burke County

36-year-old Johnathon Ray Dove, who is listed as a homeless person from the Linville Gorge Wilderness, was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged on a felony warrant as a fugitive from justice. The warrant is from Marion County, Florida, for failure to comply with sex offender requirements, common law cheat, and sex offender…

Additional Details Released Regarding Arrest Of Caldwell County Man In Drug Case

More information has been released regarding the arrest of a Caldwell County man on felony charges. As WHKY previously reported, 45-year-old Norris Leshayne Myers of Eastview Place in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (February 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with trafficking schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to sell schedule I controlled…

Stony Point Woman Jailed on Multiple Assault Charges & Probation Violation

35-year-old Ronna Deree Moore of Stony Point was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers Friday (February 23) on two counts each of assault and assault on a government official, along with a single count of resisting arrest. The assault charges are all misdemeanors. She was also charged with a probation violation. Moore is on probation…

Connelly Springs Man Arrested for Possession of Firearm by Felon

37-year-old Derek Shea Enloe, Jr. of McDuffy Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Lenoir Police Saturday (February 24) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Following his arrest, Enloe was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $2,000, secured. He has since been released.…

Homeless Hickory Woman Charged with Attempted Vehicle Break-In

34-year-old Brittany Kaye Evans, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police last Thursday (February 22) on one felony count of attempted breaking & entering a motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of second-degree trespassing. Evans was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility with bond set at $4,000,…

Lenoir Man Jailed on Felony Fugitive Warrant; More

32-year-old Clinton Gregory Hicks of S.W. Jason Place in Lenoir was arrested by Granite Falls Police Saturday (February 24) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state and on a felony warrant for failure to appear. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of providing false information to an officer, aiding…

Caldwell County Schools Announces New CTE Director

Caldwell County Schools announced Friday (February 25) that they hired a new Career Technical Education Director. With an extensive 25-year background in public education, Brian Lewis has been named the new CTE Director, and is set to begin his new role on March 1, 2024. Expressing his gratitude for the opportunity, Lewis stated, “I’m honored…

Lenoir Man Faces Felony Drug & Firearms Charges

45-year-old Norris Lashayne Myers of N.W. Eastview Place in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers Saturday (February 24) on felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, trafficking in…

Lenoir Man Again Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

32-year-old Jordan Shea Byrd of Cool Springs Place in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers Saturday (February 24) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine. As of this morning (February 26), Byrd remained in the Caldwell County Detention Center where he’s being held without bond. No…

Lenoir Resident Charged with Fugitive Extradition to South Carolina

45-year-old Nicholas John Lester of Norwood Street in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (February 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged on a felony fugitive extradition to South Carolina on unspecified charges. Lester remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court date…

Hudson Man Charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine

46-year-old Joshua Todd Jackson of Dusty Oak Lane in Hudson was arrested Friday (February 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine and felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Jackson was jailed under $100,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court date…

Lenoir Man Charged with Failing to Appear

55-year-old Jason Britt Medlin of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Friday (February 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony failure to appear on felony charges. Medlin remained in jail as of this morning under $100,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. No court dates were listed. According…

Woman Charged with Three Counts Failing to Appear

25-year-old Kelsey Jewel Hall of Vine Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (February 23) by Watauga County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with two felony counts of failure to appear on felony charges and misdemeanor failure to appear. Hall was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $21,000 secured bond. She remained in jail…

Claremont Man Charged With Multiple Offenses Including Stolen Goods & Stolen Vehicle Counts

41-year-old Keith Brandon Tyson of Rock Barn Road in Claremont was arrested Sunday (February 25) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of stolen goods or property and receiving stolen goods or property, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, aid & abet larceny, and unauthorized use of a motor…

Portion Of Road To Be Closed Today & Tomorrow For Pipe Replacement

N.C. Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close a section of Chipley Ford Road north of Statesville today (February 26) and tomorrow (February 27), weather permitting. The closure was scheduled for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days so crews can safely install a crossline pipe under the roadway. Drivers will be detoured around the…

Suspects Charged Following Traffic Stop, Seizure Of Fentanyl

35-year-old Eric Seth Adams of Laurel Hill Road in Newland and 58-year-old Rodney Winfred Crisp of Ed Bowman Street in Glen Alpine were arrested Saturday (February 24) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. Both suspects are charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Adams is additionally charged with…

Investigation Into Late January Homicide In Hickory Continues

The Hickory Police Department is continuing to investigate a homicide that occurred just over a month ago. On January 21 a Caldwell County resident was shot and killed at Barklay Falls Apartments, on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. At approximately 12:15 a.m. on Sunday, January 21, officers responded to the apartment complex, where one man…

Meeting Scheduled In March For Citizens To Review Flood Risks In Catawba County

Catawba County residents can see flood risk data at an upcoming meeting. According to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, on Thursday, March 7, residents and business leaders in Unincorporated Catawba County and its municipalities will be able to review and discuss the latest update to their flood hazard and…

Morganton Woman Jailed On Catawba County Drug Charges

28-year-old Callie Elizabeth Carswell of Morris Loop in Morganton was arrested on charges filed in Catawba County. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises, and misdemeanor larceny. Carswell was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility Sunday morning (February 25) under no bond. A court date was…

Robbery Charge Lodged Against Hickory Man

35-year-old Anthony Lamar Mason of Tipps Road in Hickory was arrested Saturday (February 24) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony common law robbery. Mason was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (February 26).

Cocaine, Firearm Charges Filed In Weekend Arrest

58-year-old Timothy Carl Connelly of 15th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Saturday (February 24) by Alcohol Law Enforcement Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a felon. Connelly was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A District Court date was scheduled today…

Hickory Woman Arrested On Drug, Trespassing Charges

29-year-old Tiana Samantha Bowens of 13th Avenue Drive NW in Hickory was arrested Friday (February 23) by Conover Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and second-degree trespassing. Bowens was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,500 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (February 26), a…

Lane Closure Announced In Morganton

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has notified the City of Morganton that the contractor for the Bridge 99 Project on West Fleming Drive will be installing a temporary lane closure in the right west bound lane near the Morganton Heights Shopping Center. This will be to complete the temporary retaining wall for the detour. The closure will…

Morganton Man Arrested by H.P.D. for Failure to Appear & More

70-year-old Roger Dale Brown of Brackett Lyles Drive in Morganton has been arrested by Hickory Police on multiple counts of failure to appear. Brown reportedly failed to appear in court on charges of possession of stolen goods or property, resisting a public officer, habitual felon (two counts), breaking & entering (two counts), injury to real…

Two Arrested on Drug Charges in Alexander County

32-year-old Jessica Leeann Hampton and 38-year old Jerry Wayne Seamon, Jr., both from Taylorsville, were arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers early Thursday morning (February 22). Hampton was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. Seamon was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. As…

Taylorsville Man Charged with Hit & Run

Dalton Lee Lindsey of Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police today (February 23) on multiple counts of hit & run with property damage and possession of marijuana. Following his arrest, Lindsey was taken to the Catawba County Detention Facility under an $8,000 bond. He was no longer listed in custody as of this afternoon. Lindsey…

Full Circle Arts Looking for Artist Participation In 12th Annual Tiny Art Show

The Art of the Small. Full Circle Arts invites artists to enter the 12th annual Tiny Art Show. For this competition/exhibition, the organization is looking for art on an intimate scale, no more than eight inches high or wide. The exhibition is open to all visual media. Art entries should be delivered Friday, March 8,…

Granite Falls Man Charged with Injury To Property

36-year-old Jamie Eugene Scronce of Duke Street in Granite Falls was arrested today (February 23) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with two felony counts injury to real property. Scronce remained jailed under $5,000 secured bond in the Catawba County Detention Facility.

Stony Point Woman Charged with Probation Violation& Trespassing

21-year-old Aaliyah Nicole Williams of Stony Point was arrested today (February 23) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with misdemeanor larceny, second degree trespass, and felony probation violation. Williams was also charged with two felony counts probation violation out of county and jailed under $16,000 secured bond in the Catawba County Detention Facility.…

Assistance From Public Sought For Old Rock School Renovation Efforts

The Historic Valdese Foundation announces a partnership with the Town of Valdese Community Affairs Department in the “Old Rock School Renovation Project,” planned for this Spring. In 2022, the Old Rock School was a recipient of a Rural Transformation Fund Grant from the North Carolina Main Street & Rural Planning Center. The project will focus…

Two Suspects Charged With Firearm Offenses Following Traffic Stop

40-year-old Thomas Wayne Carlson and 32-year-old Echo Danielle Camp, both of the same Walker Road, Morganton address, were arrested Thursday (February 22) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. Carlson is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon, no…

Charges Filed In Child Pornography Case

34-year-old Jonathan Neubauer-Rivera of Mooresville was arrested Wednesday (February 21) by Mooresville Police Officers. He’s charged with five counts of felony second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and 13 counts of felony third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. On Friday, December 22, 2023, the Mooresville Police Department received information from the National Center for Missing…

Man Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting, Investigation Being Conducted

An officer-involved shooting is under investigation in Caldwell County. Thursday (February 22) at 2:05 p.m. Caldwell County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a dispute on Watson Road in the Gamewell Community. The 911 caller told dispatchers that her son had a firearm and was threatening to hurt himself. The first two deputies arrived at the…

Catawba Man Arrested on Felony Warrant

58-year-old John Timothy Hull of Oxford School Road in Catawba was arrested by Hickory Police last Friday (February 16) on an outstanding felony warrant. Hull was taken into custody without incident at 4:35 Friday afternoon at a hotel on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. The suspect was processed and released under a $40,000 unsecured bond.…

Winston-Salem Man Arrested by H.P.D. on Trafficking & Firearms Charges

50-year-old Nathan Lee Eaton of Winston-Salem was arrested by Hickory Police last Friday (February 16) on felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin and possession of a firearm by a felon, along with misdemeanor counts of simple assault, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. Eaton was taken into…

Lincoln County Sheriff Continues to Investigate Scam Calls

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies continue to investigate incidents involving phone scams and email scams. On February 21, a suspect called a Lincoln County residence and left a voice mail claiming to be Investigator Loughlin with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect’s call spoofed the Lincoln County Sheriff’s non-emergency line number, which is 704-732-9050. The…

Catawba Man Charged After Drugs, Guns Seized Following Search

32-year-old Dimario Juwaughn Coulter of Catawba was arrested Tuesday (February 20) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for the purposes of selling controlled substances, and possession of drug paraphernalia. On Tuesday, investigators with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division executed…

Hickory Police Arrest Woman On Kidnapping, Robbery Charges

Vera Veronica Blackburn, whose age was not listed, was arrested today (February 22) by Hickory Police Officers. The Main Avenue Drive NW, Hickory resident is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree kidnapping. Blackburn was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,500 bond. A court date was scheduled today.

Woman Charged With Having Drugs At Jail

55-year-old Terri Ann Spurlock was arrested by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged with possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of controlled substance in prison or jail. Spurlock was incarcerated in the Burke County Jail this morning under no bond on a 48-hour hold or first available judge. A District Court date was…

Park In Alexander County To Close Soon For Renovations

Bethlehem Park will be closed to the public for renovations beginning on Friday, March 1, 2024. The closure is necessary while park improvements are completed. The park is expected to reopen by the spring of 2025. Improvements at Bethlehem Park will include a new restroom/concession/picnic building, a new playground, resurfacing of two tennis courts, conversion…

Burke County Woman Indicted On Drug Charges

32-year-old Amanda Kay Jett of Holland Street in Morganton was arrested Monday (February 19) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged on a true bill of indictment with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Jett was arrested shortly before 2 p.m. Monday and was brought to the…

Suspect Charged In Connection To Burglary

24-year-old Dravin Keith Phillips-Rice of U.S. 70 in Morganton was arrested Monday (February 19) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony first-degree forced burglary and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Phillips-Rice was arrested at 11 p.m. Monday at the location of the reported incident, which is an address on Old N.C. 18 in…

Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Man On Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Charges

65-year-old Jack Edward Cresawn of Pete Brittain Road in Morganton was arrested Sunday (February 18) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and open container of alcohol violation. On Sunday, a Public Safety Officer was patrolling the…

Man Reported Missing Found Safe

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Investigators say an Iron Station man reported missing earlier this week has been found and is reported to be safe. 36-year-old Jacob Matthew Lockman was reported missing by his father Monday (February 19). The North Carolina State Highway Patrol was dispatched to Keever Dairy Farm Road at approximately 7:30 a.m. Sunday (February…

Conover Man Charged with Felony & Misdemeanor Larceny

34-year-old Aaron Louis Dean of Herman Sipe Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police Tuesday (February 20) on two felony counts of larceny by anti-inventory device and one misdemeanor count of larceny. Dean was taken into custody without incident shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday at a hardware store on 21st Street Drive S.E. in…

Claremont Woman Again Arrested on a Felony Drug Charge

37-year-old Jacquelyn Michelle Moss of Twilight Drive in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police Friday (February 16) on one felony count of trafficking in heroin or opium, along with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of a schedule II, III, or IV controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.…

Granite Falls Man Jailed on $20K Bond for Probation Violation

21-year-old Devan Alan Souther of Grace View Court in Granite Falls was arrested by Probation & Parole Officers in Caldwell County yesterday (February 20) for a felony probation violation. Souther is on probation as he serves a 24-month suspended sentence following a December 2022 felony conviction in Caldwell County for obtaining property by false pretenses.…

Lenoir Man Charged with Interfering with Electronic Monitoring Device

52-year-old Johnny Daryl Mooney of S.W. Brixton Place in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (February 20) on one felony count of interfering with an electronic monitoring device, along with a misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer. He was also charged with a misdemeanor parole violation. Mooney was paroled following…

Lenoir Resident Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

30-year-old Rebecca Ann Nelson of Watson Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (February 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and jailed under $5,000 bond. Nelson remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center. She is scheduled to appear in District Court today…

Granite Falls Man Charged with Three Counts Failing to Appear in Court

44-year-old Milton Wesley Setzer of Tyler Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (February 19) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with three felony counts of failing to appear on felony counts. Setzer remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,500,000 secured bond. A Superior Court…

Connelly Springs Man Charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine

44-year-old Jason Leon Tolbert of Icard Rhodhiss Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Monday (February 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine and felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance. Tolbert remained in jail as of this morning under $250,000 secured bond in the Caldwell…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Failing to Appear in Court

45-year-old Nicole Roberson of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Monday (February 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with one felony failing to appear on a felony count. Roberson remained in jail under $10,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for March 1.…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle & Failing to Appear

36-year-old Andrew Mark Calloway of SW Berkley Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (February 19) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with three felonies: possession of a stolen motor vehicle and two counts failing to appear on felony counts. Calloway was also charged with misdemeanor failing to appear on a misdemeanor count and…

Man Charged with Methamphetamine Possession

33-year-old Casey Amon Starnes of JR Starnes Motor Home Park in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (February 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of methamphetamine and jailed under $5,000 secured bond. Starnes remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District…

Authorities Seeking Assistance In Finding Man Reported Missing Following Crash

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man. 36-year-old Jacob Matthew Lockman of Orchard Road in Iron Station was reported missing by his father on Monday (February 19). The North Carolina State Highway Patrol was dispatched to Keever Dairy Farm Road around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday (February…

City Of Hickory Seeking Grant For New Park

The City of Hickory has been planning for the development of Sandy Pines Park and is now pursuing an opportunity to compete for a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) Grant to kickstart initial funding for the new neighborhood park. Citizens are invited to attend upcoming public input meetings to receive a short presentation on…

Conover Man Charged With Stealing From Employer

52-year-old Christopher Brett Cameron of Paris Drive in Conover was arrested Tuesday (February 20) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with larceny by employee and failure to appear on a count of driving while license revoked. Cameron was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled…

Hickory Man Jailed On Drug Charges

33-year-old Kyle Lewis Icard of Icard Ridge Road in Hickory was arrested last Saturday (February 17) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Icard was confined in the Catawba…

Claremont Woman Arrested On Felony Drug Charge

22-year-old Kaci Cheyenne Sartin of Evening Drive in Claremont was arrested Tuesday (February 20) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Sartin was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (February 21).

Robbery, Firearm Charges Filed Against Hickory Man

21-year-old Barry Dwayne Weeks of 1st Avenue NW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (February 20) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of common law robbery and larceny of a firearm. Weeks was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date is set for March 12.

Alexander County Man Recently Released From Prison Faces New Charges

43-year-old James Ashley Sweet of Taylorsville was arrested last Friday (February 16) by Probation and Parole Officers in Alexander County. He was taken into custody on a warrant charging him with parole violation. Sweet was released from prison in August, 2023 after serving more than 14 years in prison for a series of convictions. Sweet…

Black History Month Celebration this Saturday in Hiddenite

A Black History Month Celebration will be held this Saturday, February 24, from two-to-four p.m. at the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Educational Complex. The keynote speaker is Brian Summers of Statesville, a former Statesville mayoral candidate and political analyst. The Dynamic Third Creek Youth Praise Team will present a musical program. The works of…

Man on Federal Probation Faces Felony Drug & Firearms Charges

34-year-old Desean Malik Millsaps of Shinville Road in Cleveland, North Carolina has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on two felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance and single felony counts of maintaining a dwelling for the sale or use of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm…

Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Announced New Smartphone App

Catawba County Sheriff Don Brown announced Monday (February 19) the release of a custom smartphone application. The app will serve as an innovative way for the Sheriff’s Office to connect with Catawba County residents and visitors, providing information quickly and efficiently to anyone with a smartphone. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office app was developed by…

Connelly Springs Man Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

47-year-old Christopher Woodrow Minton of Fieldview Acres Drive in Connelly Springs was arrested Sunday (February 18) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with three felonies: larceny, attempted larceny, and possession of methamphetamine. Minton remained in jail under $20,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center as of this morning. A District Court…

Hudson Man Charged with Larceny

47-year-old Edward Vernon Benfield of Beach Road in Hudson was arrested Sunday (February 18) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with felony attempted larceny and felony larceny. Benfield remained in jail as of this morning under $15,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Monday…

Lenoir Man Charged with Maintaining a Place for Controlled Substance

67-year-old Wayne Anthony Moore of Rambling Acres in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (February 18) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance. Moore was jailed under $10,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center.…

Woman Killed In Crash, Charges Filed

A woman was killed in an Iredell County crash. The victim is 43-year-old Sandra Forney Jackson of Statesville. On Monday (February 19) at approximately 5:40 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to U.S. 70 near Fanjoy Road. A 2005 Hummer H2 was traveling east on U.S. 70, crossed the centerline, and collided head-on…

Development Teams Sought In Caldwell County

Caldwell County is looking for experienced private and nonprofit development teams to present qualifications that demonstrate their ability to undertake the development of market-rate housing on County-owned land in the Town of Cajah’s Mountain. Qualified developers will demonstrate experience in the construction of housing developments of middling density (3-4 units per acre) accompanied by areas…

Suspects Reportedly Illegally Living At Residence Arrested And Charged

58-year-old Zachary Aaron Roach and 27-year-old Catherine Elizabeth Allman, both of the same Pleasant View Loop, Morganton address, were arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. Roach is charged with two felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle along with a single felony count of obtaining property by false pretense. Allman is charged with…

Suspect With Several Recent Arrests Faces New Charges

24-year-old Dekota Ryan Pettry of Oak Hill Drive in Morganton was arrested in Catawba County on warrants from Burke County. He was charged on February 15 with three felony counts of forgery of an endorsement along with single felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. According to the Burke County…

Drug Charges Lodged Against Taylorsville Woman

40-year-old Seneca Dempsey of Taylorsville was arrested Friday (February 16) by Taylorsville Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises, and simple possession of schedule II controlled substance. Dempsey was incarcerated in the Alexander County Detention Center where she remained as of earlier today (February…

Hickory Woman Charged With Drug Offenses

37-year-old Jamisue Darrelene Myers of 37th St. SW in Hickory was arrested Friday (February 16) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of controlled substance in prison or jail. In addition, Myers is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia…

Arson Charge Filed Against Morganton Man

37-year-old Nathaniel Allen Thomas, who is listed as a homeless person from Morganton, was arrested last Thursday (February 15) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged in Burke County with felony arson and multiple counts of failure to appear. According to the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction Offender Public Information website, Thomas has multiple…

Drug Charges Filed Against Man Arrested In Alexander County

50-year-old Derek Allen Wilson was arrested last Friday (February 16) by authorities In Alexander County. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine along with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and larceny. Wilson was jailed in the Alexander County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. He remained…

Stolen Vehicle Charge Filed Against Woman Jailed In Alexander County

38-year-old Kisha Dianne Boggs was arrested Sunday (February 18) by authorities In Alexander County. She’s charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Boggs was being held in the Alexander County Detention Center on the stolen vehicle and drug paraphernalia counts along with previously filed charges under $240,000 total…

Taylorsville Man Faces Additional Sex-Offense Charges

33-year old Christopher Michael Clark of Taylorsville is facing new child sex-offense charges. On Saturday (February 17), he turned himself in and was charged with multiple counts of felony indecent liberties with a child. In June of last year, Clark was arrested by Sheriff’s Deputies on charges of felony statutory sexual offense with a child…

Hickory Woman Arrested on Felony Cocaine Charge

24-year-old Brittney Loraine Farley of 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Farley was jailed today (February 19) in the Catawba County Detention Facility with no bond amount currently listed. An appearance…

Call For Artists To Showcase At Downtown Hickory’s City Walk Celebration

The Hickory Downtown Development Association is looking for artists and buskers to participate in the City Walk Celebration on Saturday May 4, 2024 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Downtown Hickory. All booth spaces are 10 feet by 10 feet. The registration fee for each booth is $30. There is no available electricity for…

Hickory Man Charged with Felony Larceny

38-year-old Kenneth Lee Potter of South Fork Avenue in Hickory was arrested Saturday (February 17) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with larceny from a merchant and jailed under no bond. Potter remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center with a District Court date was scheduled for…

Lenoir Man Charged As A Habitual Felon

32-year-old William Michael Phillips of Chalet Lane in Lenoir was arrested Friday (February 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with four felonies: possession of stolen goods, larceny, probation violation, and as a habitual felon. Phillips was given a custody release and $20,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of this morning…

Hudson Woman Charged with Two Felony Probation Violations

48-year-old Melissa Dawn Starnes of Ruritan Club Road in Hudson was arrested Friday (February 16) by Probation and Parole Officers. She was charged with two felony probation violations and jailed under $20,000 secured and no bond. Starnes remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center with a Superior Court date…

Disaster Outreach Center In Catawba County To Open For One More Day Of Operation This Week

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is still making low-interest disaster loans available to residents and businesses affected by severe weather January 9, 2024, in Catawba, Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Iredell and Lincoln counties in response to a disaster declaration request from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. A local center connected to this assistance has one…

Man Charged In Connection To Break-in, Reportedly Found Wearing Victim’s Blouse

31-year-old Moises Ailon Agustin of Hilltop Street in Morganton was arrested Saturday (February 17) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny after breaking & entering and misdemeanor damage to property. Officers responded to an address on Bouchelle Street after receiving a call from a family member who told them a stranger was…

Drug Charges Filed Against Nebo Resident

32-year-old Kaitlin Nicole Hensley of Nebo was arrested Friday (February 16) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Shortly before 11 p.m. Friday, Hensley was stopped at a checking station on Jamestown Road. It was learned that there was an outstanding…

Woman Arrested On Burglary Charge

26-year-old Mekayla Ann Swink of Dysartsville Road in Morganton was arrested Saturday (February 17) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony first-degree burglary and misdemeanor driving while impaired. Swink was arrested shortly after 5:30 Saturday morning and placed in the Burke County Jail under no bond on a 48-hour hold. A District Court…

Morganton Man Charged With Stolen Vehicle Offenses

58-year-old Zachary Aaron Roach of Pleasant View Loop in Morganton was arrested Thursday (February 15) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle along with single felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and obtaining property by false pretense. He was arrested at…

Two-Year-Old Child Killed In Crash

A crash in Catawba County claimed a child’s life. Saturday (February 17) at approximately 7:30 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Buffalo Shoals Road at Abernathy Williams Road. A 2001 Saturn passenger car was traveling south on Buffalo Shoals Road and struck a pedestrian who was in the roadway. The pedestrian, a…

Local Man Killed In Saturday Crash

A Hickory man was killed in a Saturday afternoon (February 17) crash in Iredell County. The deceased is 34-year-old Justin Devon Wilson. On Saturday at approximately 4:45 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to I-40 West near Mile Marker 156.  A 2004 Subaru Forester was traveling in the left lane and struck a…

Driver Hits Building in Boone & Drives Away

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police are asking for the public’s assistance in connection with an incident that occurred on February 10. On that morning, a vehicle crashed into an exterior wall at the Speedway convenience store at 2702 Highway 105, resulting in structural damage to the building. After the crash, the driver drove…

Newton Man Served with Second Fugitive Warrant in a Week

23-year-old Dustin Lee Smith of Orangewood Lane in Newton has been served with a second felony fugitive warrant in a week. As WHKY reported on February 12, Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers arrested Smith on February 9 on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. At that time, Smith was also charged…

Newton Man Charged with Sexual Exploitation of Minor

41-year-old Joseph Edward Morin of Flora Drive in Newton has been arrested in Catawba County on two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Morin was jailed without bond today (February 16) in the Catawba County Detention Facility. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

Hudson Man Charged with Possession of Controlled Substance & A Stolen Firearm

30-year-old Thomas Jordan Brooks of Maple Street in Hudson was arrested Thursday (February 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with four felonies: failing to appear on a felony, possession of a stolen firearm, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine. Brooks…

Changes Made At Hildebran Intersection To Improve Safety

An intersection in Hildebran recently received improvements that will the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) says will reduce crashes and increase safety for drivers and pedestrians. NCDOT crews installed stop signs on South Center Street at the intersection of Main Avenue and Old State Highway 10. Drivers traveling between Interstate 40 and U.S. 70…

Woman Arrested By Burke County Authorities On Catawba County Drug Charges

23-year-old Tesla Amber Ledford of George Hildebran School Road in Hickory was arrested Thursday (February 15) by authorities in Burke County on charges filed in Catawba County. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Ledford was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. She remained in jail as…

Hickory Woman Charged With Meth Possession

41-year-old Miranda Ann Bowman of Highway 70 SW in Hickory was arrested Thursday (February 15) by authorities in Catawba County. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bowman was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A court date is scheduled for February 20.

Additional Information Released On Recent Drug Arrests

More details have been released regarding recent drug arrests in Caldwell County. Sheriff Alan Jones announced that on February 9, 2024, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and Lenoir Police Department made numerous arrests of alleged drug dealers in Caldwell County. The joint operation led to the seizure of illegal narcotics valued at $11,267, a stolen…

Burke County Man Jailed On Catawba County Drug Charges

51-year-old Ian Adrian Ward of Connelly Springs was arrested Thursday (February 15) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and driving while license revoked. Ward was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. He remained in jail as of earlier…

Woman Arrested On Catawba County Drug Charges

32-year-old Lisa Nicole Hall of Newton was arrested Wednesday (February 14) by authorities in Caldwell County on charges filed in Catawba County. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and resisting a public officer. Hall was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. She remained in…

Morganton Woman Arrested for Meth & Probation Violations after Fleeing from Officers

34-year-old Chasity Dawn Ross of Snowhill Church Road in Morganton was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Deputies Monday (February 12) on felony counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and fleeing to elude arrest, along with a misdemeanor count of simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance. She was also charged…

“Moral March to the Polls Tour” Coming to Hickory Saturday

The Moral March to the Polls Tour is coming to Hickory this Saturday (February 17) at 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Exodus Missionary Outreach Church, 1763 Highland Avenue in Hickory. Among those attending are Bishop William J. Barber, II, the Repairers of the Breach, the North Carolina Poor People’s Campaign, Exodus…

Hickory Man Charged with Felony Identity Theft

30-year-old Justin Jackson Dunn of Dunn Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Tuesday afternoon (February 13) on one felony count of identity theft. He was charged in Caldwell County. Dunn was taken into custody without incident at about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at an apartment complex on 8th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory.…

Lenoir Man Charged with Probation Violation

32-year-old Allen Jebriaun Audrey of Wheeler Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with two probation violations and misdemeanor counts of failing to appear, breaking and entering, and resisting, delaying, or obstructing an officer. Audrey remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County…

Lenoir Man Charged with Failing to Appear

41-year-old James Dale Benge of Bradford Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 14). He was charged with a misdemeanor count failing to appear on a misdemeanor and felony failing to appear. Benge remained in jail as of this morning under $1,000 secured bond in the Caldwell Detention Center. No court dates were listed.

Hickory Man Charged with Possession of Stolen Property

28-year-old Anthony Wayne Christopher of Old Shelby Road in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (February 14) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony larceny and felony possession of stolen property. Christopher remained in jail as of this morning under $1,500 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A Superior Court date was…

Granite Falls Woman Charged with Failing to Appear

38-year-old Jessica Marie Mcmahon of Fence Street in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (February 14) by Probation and Parole Officers. She was charged with one felony count failure to appear on a felony count and jailed under $20,000 secured bond. Mcmahon was not listed in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention…

Granite Falls Resident Charged with Failing to Appear on a Felony

Granite Falls Resident Charged with Failing to Appear on a Felony. 63-year-old Mark Jay Price of Sigmon Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (February 14) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with a misdemeanor count failing to appear on a misdemeanor and felony failing to appear. Price remained in jail as of…

Fatal Single-Vehicle Crash Early Thursday Morning in Caldwell County

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal single-vehicle accident that occurred early this morning (February 15) in Caldwell County. The deceased is 64-year-old Stanley Jeffery Burns of Granite Falls. At about 4 a.m. today, the Highway Patrol responded to the crash scene on Burns Road near Oran Yount Lane. A westbound 1999…

Catawba Man Arrested in Hickory on Felony Cocaine Warrant

37-year-old Stephen Ryan Little of Washington Lane in Catawba was arrested by Hickory Police Tuesday (February 13) on outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants. He was wanted for felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Little was taken into custody without incident at 3:25 Tuesday afternoon at the Office of Adult Probation &…

Morganton Man Arrested in Hickory on Burke County Forgery Warrant

24-year-old Dekota Ryan Pettry of Oak Hill Drive in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (February 14) on an outstanding felony warrant from Burke County. He was wanted on three felony counts of forgery of endorsement and single felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. Pettry was taken into…

H.P.D.’s Polar Plunge Set for this Saturday

The Hickory Police Department will hold its annual Polar Plunge event this Saturday, February 17. The event will benefit the Special Olympics of North Carolina. The Polar Plunge will be held at The Hickory Foundation Y.M.C.A. outdoor pool at 701 1st Street N.W. in Hickory. Day of the event registration will begin at 11 a.m.…

3rd Annual Hickory Short Track Mountain Bike Series Set for March & April

The City of Hickory’s Parks, Recreation, & Sports Tourism Department will host the third annual Hickory Short Track Mountain Bike Series at Lake Hickory Trails. The series will take place over four Sundays: March 17 & 24 and April 7 & 14. Races start at 9 a.m. and are divided into different categories by age…

Hickory Man Sentenced in Connection with Federal Cocaine Case

44-year-old Dante Rashaun Ramseur of Hickory was sentenced Wednesday (February 14) to 121 months in federal prison. The conviction stems from an investigation conducted jointly by the F.B.I., the Drug Enforcement Administration, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Hickory Police Department, and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division. Ramseur was convicted of…

Morganton Woman Accused of Trafficking Meth

30-year-old Jesse Leighann Schwartz of Hartland Road in Morganton was arrested yesterday (February 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Narcotics Agents and Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with multiple counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. During the arrest, Narcotics Agents found about 214 grams of meth,…

Two from Virginia Arrested in Iredell; One Charged with Trafficking

23-year-old Machallie Reann Meade and 26-year-old Patrick Jack Martin, both from St. Paul, Virginia were arrested Tuesday (February 13) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. Meade was charged with felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin by transport & possession and possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance, along with misdemeanor…

Alexander County Schools to Cut 22 Positions

Alexander County Schools will cut 22 positions for the 2024-2025 school year. The reduction in force was approved at a meeting yesterday (February 12). The cuts were recommended as part of a budget report presented by Board of Education Chair Robert Arguelles at a special called meeting on February 7. According to a statement released…

Hickory Man Accused of Assaulting Pregnant Woman

23-year-old Dylan Shane Lunsford of 7th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early last Saturday morning (February 10) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury including strangulation and misdemeanor counts of battery on an unborn child and assault on a female. Lunsford was taken into custody without incident at 5:10…

Morganton Woman Arrested by H.P.D. on Robbery & Assault Charges

28-year-old Callie Elizabeth Morris-Carswell of Morris Loop in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police last Saturday (February 10) on one felony count of common law robbery and two misdemeanor counts of simple assault. Morris-Carswell was taken into custody without incident at about 11:25 p.m. Saturday at a grocery store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory.…

Grants Received From Duke Energy Support Programs At CVCC

Over the past year, The CVCC Foundation, Inc. received multiple grants from Duke Energy. Funds were pivotal in assisting the college with new projects, new degree programs, and the continuation of several initiatives that make a difference in the lives of students. Thanks to Duke Energy, the following programs and organizations received support: $50,000 to…

Rhodhiss Man Charged with Larceny by Employee

24-year-old William James Church of Magnolia Street in Rhodhiss was arrested Tuesday (February 13) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with three felonies: safecracking, obtaining property by false pretense, and larceny by employee. Church was jailed under $10,000 secured bond. He was not listed in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Possession of Controlled Substance

25-year-old Mckenzie Addison Woods of Montclair Circle in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with felony possession of schedule two controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Woods remained in jail as of this morning under $5,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District…

Felony Drug Charge Filed After Police Respond To Report Of Man Causing Disturbance

36-year-old Jonathan Lee Bryant of Normandy Drive in Morganton was arrested Saturday (February 10) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and misdemeanor communicating threats. Bryant was arrested after police responded to Carbon City Park on Carbon City Road in Morganton. They responded to the scene…

Morganton Man Faces Multiple Sexual Exploitation Charges

21-year-old Joshua Lee Wilkins of Smith Church Road in Morganton was arrested Monday (February 12) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with five felony counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Wilkins was arrested at 8 p.m. Monday and confined in the Burke County Jail under $150,000 secured bond. He remained in jail…

Meetings Scheduled For Citizens To Review Comprehensive Plan

After gathering community perspectives and analyzing local data, Catawba County has updated a Comprehensive Plan to help guide how land is used in the county in coming decades. Residents are invited to drop by and see how their input is reflected in the plan at one of the County’s three Comprehensive Plan open house sessions…

Suspect Charged With Possession Of Weapon By Prisoner

21-year-old Brenna Lamount Harris, Jr. of Charlotte was arrested Monday (February 12) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a weapon by a prisoner. Harris was arrested shortly after 12 noon Monday and placed in the Burke County Jail under $75,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today…

Malicious Conduct Charge Lodged Against Burke County Man

26-year-old Ryne Joseph Hartung of West Gate Drive in Morganton was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony malicious conduct by a prisoner and misdemeanor assault on a government official or employee. Hartung was arrested shortly after 3 p.m. on February 8. He remained in the Burke County Jail as of earlier…

Valdese Man Arrested On Sexual Exploitation Charge

64-year-old Scott Robert Ryan of Pineburr Avenue SW in Valdese was arrested Monday (February 12) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of methamphetamine. Ryan was arrested shortly after 4:30 p.m. Monday and was placed in the Burke County Jail under $15,000 secured…

Two Hickory Residents Face Child Abuse Charges

22-year-old Demarea Earle Walton and 24-year-old Rita Houacue Vue, both of the same address on 13th Avenue N.E. in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police last Friday (February 9). They were each charged with one felony count of child abuse with serious bodily injury. The suspects were taken into custody without incident at about 3:30…

Two from Granite Falls Arrested on Trafficking Charges

39-year-old Thomas Benjamin Binegar of Sherrill Drive and 38-year-old Jessica Marie McMahon of Fence Street, both from Granite Falls, were arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (February 12). They were each charged with felony trafficking in heroin or opium. Binegar and McMahon were taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond for each…

Lenoir Man Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

32-year-old Jordan Shea Byrd of Cool Springs Place in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (February 12) on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor breaking & entering. Byrd was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $13,000 secured bond. At last report, he remained in jail. No court date on…

Woman Arrested in Caldwell on Fugitive Warrant from Maryland

38-year-old Sarah Michelle Franklin, with no listed address, was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (February 12) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. She was also charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, along with misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer and possession…

Lenoir Man Charged with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine

34-year-old Alvin Lorance Hames of Allendale Circle of Lenoir was arrested Sunday (February 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Hames remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date was…

Granite Falls Man Charged with Habitual Larceny

48-year-old Rodney Fidel Mcgill of 2nd Avenue in Hickory was arrested Sunday (February 11) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with two felony counts habitual larceny, misdemeanor assault on a government official, and resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer. Mcgill remained in jail as of this morning under $35,000 secured bond in…

Lenoir Man Charged with Financial Card Fraud

33-year-old Kenneth Douglas Lawrence of Tampa Way in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (February 11). He was charged with felony credit card theft and felony financial card withholding. Lawrence was also charged with two counts misdemeanor failure to appear. He was given a custody release and $20,750 secured bond. He remained in jail as of this…

Granite Falls Woman Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

28-year-old Erin Elizabeth Pipes of Bowman Road in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (February 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with misdemeanor simple possession of schedule three controlled substance and felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule six controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine. Pipes remained in…

Juvenile Arrested After Allegedly Committing Robbery, Threatening To Commit Violence At Church

A juvenile has been charged in connection to an armed robbery. On Friday, February 2, 2024, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Bethlehem Road in western Iredell County. They were called to Bethlehem Methodist Church in reference to a report from a victim who said someone had just attempted to rob him at…

Alexander County Woman Charged With Assaulting Officer

54-year-old Donna Lisa Porter of Taylorsville was arrested Monday (February 12) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with assault on a government official or employee, resisting a public officer, and simple assault. She was arrested early Monday morning after allegedly assaulting an Alexander County Sheriff’s Deputy. Following the arrest, Porter was placed in the…

Applications Being Accepted For Grant Funds To Plan Bike & Walking Paths

The N.C. Department of Transportation is accepting applications for the 2024 Multimodal Planning Grant Program, which provides state planning funds for identifying bike and walking paths and transit connections. Applications should include information outlining a comprehensive strategy, rather than a single project, for expanding bicycle and pedestrian opportunities in a community. The plans may also…

Road To Be Closed In Hickory Later This Month

City of Hickory crews will be repairing underground sewer infrastructure along 15th Street NE in the area of 9th Avenue NE. Starting Feb. 19, 15th Street NE will be closed to allow crews to safely perform this work, which is expected to take two to three weeks to complete. Detour routes will be established and…

Burke County Residents Arrested Following Seizure Of Meth, Guns

46-year-old Brandon Shane Lowdermilk of Sweet Water Drive and 34-year-old Ashley Marie Parker-Dearstone of Piney Road, both from Morganton, were arrested Friday (February 9) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. Both suspects are charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Lowdermilk is additionally charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, trafficking meth,…

Three Suspects Arrested Following Traffic Stop And Search Resulting In Seizure Of Drugs, Firearms

20-year-old Jalin Amir Elliott and 22-year-old Cortney Sirron Phifer, Jr., both of Winston-Salem, and 24-year-old Kasean Campanella Saddler of Harmony, were all arrested Saturday (February 10) by Statesville Police Officers. Elliott is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, felony maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance and conspiracy…

Man Killed In Burke County Crash, Impairment Suspected As Factor In Collision

A Morganton man was killed in a Burke County crash. The deceased is 57-year-old Tony Linn Strickland. On Monday (February 12) at approximately 5:30 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to U.S. 70 near Icard School Road. A 2017 Hyundai Elantra was traveling east on U.S. 70, crossed the centerline, and collided head-on…

Stony Point Man Charged with Failure to Register as Sex Offender

45-year-old Paul Ernest Colborne of Stony Point was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on February 7. He was charged with felony failure to register as a sex offender. Colborne was convicted in 2010 in Iredell County on multiple counts of indecent liberties with a minor. The victim was eight years old. Colborne was sentenced…

Two Suspects to Face Charges in Connection with Vehicle Break-Ins

25-year-old Damontre Raquan Harris of Charlotte has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives and charged with felony counts of breaking & entering a motor vehicle with larceny (two counts), financial card theft (eight counts), and one count each of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and larceny of a firearm. Harris was charged in…

Union Grove Woman Faces Felony Larceny Charge

33-year-old Kayla Louise Jennings of Union Grove, North Carolina was arrested by Hickory Police on February 4 on a felony larceny charge. Jennings was taken into custody at about 7:30 p.m. on the 4th at a big box store on Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. Following her arrest, Jennings was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center…

Newton Man Arrested on Fugitive Warrant from Florida; More

23-year-old Dustin Lee Smith of Orangewood Lane in Newton was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers Friday (February 9) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Smith was also charged with attempting to obtain property by false pretenses, four counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, two counts of failure…

Catawba County Schools Earned Statewide Recognition For Outstanding Communication

On February 9, 2023, The North Carolina School Public Relations Association (NCSPRA) honored Catawba County Schools for excellence in communications. Kim Jordan, Director of Marketing and Communication for the district, earned a total of 3 Blue Ribbon Awards for outstanding and effective communication. NCSPRA presented the awards during a special ceremony held in High Point,…

Hickory Resident Charged As A Habitual Felon

35-year-old Brooks William Atkins of Third Street NE in Hickory was arrested Friday (February 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with three misdemeanors: financial card fraud, communicating threats, and assault on a female. Atkins was also charged as a habitual felon and given no bond and $500,000 secured bond. He remained in…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Probation Violation

39-year-old Crystal Louise Garcia of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (February 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony probation violation out of county and jailed under $15,000 secured bond. Garcia remained in jail as of this morning with a Superior Court date scheduled for today (February 12). She…

Lenoir Man Charged with Selling Controlled Substance Near Daycare

35-year-old Chadwick Stephen Buchanan of Broadway Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (February 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count selling schedule two controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a childcare facility. Buchanan was given a custody release and not listed in the Caldwell County Detention Center as of…

Public Input Sought On Greenway Projects Including Trail In Catawba County

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is seeking public input on plans to build and extend several proposed trail and greenway projects throughout the state. A Catawba County trail is among those projects. The Great Trails State Implementation Report was prepared in coordination with the Integrated Mobility Division (IMD), stakeholders, and partners across North Carolina…

String Of Cocaine Charges Lodged Against Suspect Arrested Following Complaints

44-year-old Randall Antonio Carr of Statesville was arrested last Thursday (February 8) by Statesville Police Officers. He’s charged with multiple offenses including five felony counts apiece of possession with intent to sell & deliver cocaine and sale & delivery of cocaine, single felony counts of trafficking, opium or heroin, possession of schedule II controlled substance,…

Area Resident Pleads Guilty In Federal Workers’ Compensation Fraud Case

73-year-old Johnnie Franklin Sullivan, Sr., of Mooresville appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan C. Rodriguez last Wednesday (February 7) and pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud for a job-connected injury. The announcement was made by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western of North Carolina. Jeff Krafels, Special Agent in Charge of the United…

Lenoir Resident Among 16 Arrested In Multi-Agency Investigation

A Caldwell County man is part of a group of individuals arrested in a multi-agency operation targeting alleged sex offenses against children. 34-year-old Larry Ray Haskins of Harper Avenue in Lenoir, was the suspect identified in a news release issued by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. A joint press conference was held Friday,…

Woman Killed In Burke County Crash

A Rutherfordton woman was killed in a crash in Burke County. The deceased is 39-year-old Stephanie Talmelia Woods. On Friday (February 9) at approximately 9:10 p.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to U.S. 64 near Fisher Davis Road.  A 2017 Chevrolet Cruze was traveling south on U.S. 64, drove off the right side of…

Acclaimed Bluegrass Duo to Perform in Valdese Feb. 10

The husband and wife bluegrass duo, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, will perform at the Old Rock School in Valdese tomorrow (February 10). Brooke Aldridge is a four-time International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year and Darin is a former Mentor of the Year. Both are North Carolina natives. The show, which is part…

Boone Man Charged with 1st-Degree Murder

25-year-old Alexander Matthew Jackson of Boone has been arrested by Watauga County Sheriff’s Officers and charged with first-degree murder. Jackson was arrested in connection with a shooting Thursday evening (February 8) at a location off Highway 194 North. He was taken into custody after he called 9-1-1 shortly after the incident. Jackson reportedly admitted that…

Hickory Woman Faces Vehicle Theft Charge in Alexander County

37-year-old Evadel Mabel Fuller of Hickory was arrested in Alexander County Wednesday (February 7) and charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Fuller was jailed in the Alexander County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. She’ll appear in Alexander County District Court on February 26.

CVFA Presents House Concert Featuring Award-Winning International Duo

The Catawba Valley Festival of the Arts presents a fabulous House Concert featuring Guitar Superstar, Vicki Genfan and “The Voice” UK Finalist, Sally Barker. The Trans-Atlantic duo have worked with musical superstars such as Bob Dylan, Jennifer Batten, Steve Jordan, Tom Jones, Larry Carlton and Robert Plant. Set within the charming Great Hall Tasting Room…

Stokes County Man Charged with Larceny, Breaking & Entering

43-year-old Steven Chad Lawrence of Lunbee Trail Road in Walnut Cove was arrested Thursday (February 8) by Lenoir Police Officers and Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with three felonies: larceny, breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, and injury to personal property. Lawrence was jailed under $20,000 secured bond. He was not listed…

Granite Falls Man Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

32-year-old Wesley Brian Weaver of Dudley Shoals Road in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (February 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of methamphetamine and jailed under $20,000 secured bond. Weaver was not listed in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District…

Two Lenoir Residents Charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine.

54-year-old Michelle Sheets Hinrichs and 57-year-old Jeffery Gwyn Trivette, both of the same Gilliland Lane address in Lenoir, were arrested Wednesday (February 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. Both suspects were charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine and felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance. Hinrichs was jailed under $5,000 secured bond.…

Governor Signs Disaster Declaration, Funds Available For Those Affected By January Tornado

State emergency assistance funds have been made available for residents in Catawba, Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Iredell and Lincoln counties affected by the January 9 EF-1 tornado. Through this assistance, state-funded grants are available to eligible individuals and families located within the emergency area who do not qualify for a disaster loan from the U.S. Small…

Two Suspects Arrested On Cocaine Charges Following Traffic Stop

56-year-old Lisa Ann Evans of Amity Hill Road in Statesville and 28-year-old Nadyriah Monae Hudson Cowan of Perry Road in Troutman were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. Both suspects are charged with felony possession of cocaine along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a public officer. Evans is additionally charged…

South Carolina Man Charged With Forgery In Iredell County

33-year-old Timothy Scott Pratt of Chesterfield, S.C. was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts apiece of obtaining property by false pretense and forgery. On December 20, 2023, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a business owner in reference to check fraud. The business owner told police…

Crash In Salisbury Claims Morganton Man’s Life

A Morganton man was killed in a crash in Salisbury. The deceased is Eugene Laughridge. According to a published report out of Salisbury, the crash occurred shortly after 1 p.m. Monday (February 5). The North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the scene. According to the report, two vehicles were heading east near the 6800…

Maiden Man Accused of Breaking Into Lincoln County Schools I.T. Van

40-year-old James Alfred Rhyne of Ray Danner Drive in Maiden has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies on felony counts of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and larceny. On January 22, Deputies responded to a reported break-in at the Lincoln County Schools I.T. facility on Startown Road. A large amount of power tools…

Search Leads to Arrest of Morganton Man for Possession of Cocaine

53-year-old Tico Lombard Fleming of Peaceful Lane in Morganton was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers last Friday (February 2) on one felony count of possession of cocaine. According to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Office, Investigators found Fleming to be in possession of cocaine during the execution of a search warrant at the…

Lenoir Man Charged with Defrauding a Drug or Alcohol Screening

39-year-old Chad Dorian Teague of Factory Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 7) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with felony defrauding a drug or alcohol screening and two felony probation violations. Teague remained in jail as of this morning under $25,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Meth & Cocaine

48-year-old Charles Ray Lindsey Jr. of Hope Dale Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with three felonies: possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver cocaine.…

Granite Falls Man Charged with Indecent Liberties

51-year-old Eric Carl Potter of Reid Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (February 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count indecent liberties with a child and jailed under $300,000 secured bond. Potter remained in the Caldwell County Detention Facility as of this morning. A Superior Court date was scheduled…

Suspect Charged With Drug, Firearm Offenses After Allegedly Fleeing From Police

41-year-old Ricky Delorenzo Taylor of Riverfield Road in Statesville was arrested Monday (February 5) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of trafficking cocaine, single felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and schedule IV controlled substance, flee to elude arrest, possession of a firearm by a…

Hickory Man Charged With Vehicle Theft

38-year-old Bryan Matthew Loudin of 13th Street SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (February 7) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and obtaining property by false pretense. Loudin was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,500 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today…

Registration For CVCC HR Program Underway

Registration is under way for Catawba Valley Community College’s (CVCC) Human Resources Institute (HRI), a professional training curriculum from CVCC Economic Development and Corporate Education. CVCC’s next HRI cohort begins February 27, 2024 and runs until May 28, 2024. Classes occur each Tuesday from 12:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. at the CVCC Small Business Center. The…

Suspects Charged In Connection To 2023 Restaurant Break-in

20-year-old Deangelo Terrell Ardrey of Charlotte was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, conspiracy and safe cracking. Two other individuals were being sought in this case, one of those suspects is a juvenile. On December 30, 2023, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers…

Man’s Body Found At Park In Lenoir, Death Under Investigation

The Lenoir Police Department is conducting an investigation into the discovery of a man’s body. The deceased was identified as 33-year-old Ervin Gene Bradshaw, Jr. of Lenoir.  On Wednesday (February 7), just before 9:30 a.m., Lenoir Police Officers responded to a call regarding an unresponsive subject at the J.E. Broyhill Walking Park maintenance building on…

Suspect Pleads Guilty In Shooting Case, Sentenced To Minimum Of More Than Ten Years

A man has been sentenced in connection to a shooting case. On Wednesday (February 7), 30-year-old Craig Alan Blackwell, Jr. of Statesville appeared in Iredell Superior Court to enter a plea in a case that dates back to June, 2023. Blackwell pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious…

Man Jailed On Felony Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

35-year-old Yasmani Varela-Portela of Miami, Florida, was arrested Tuesday (February 6) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of trafficking marijuana by possession and transport, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, and maintain a vehicle for the sale of a controlled substance. He’s also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug…

Lincoln County Man Charged with Sexual Assault

A Lincoln County man has been arrested on child sexual assault charges after an investigation that began as a child abuse case. 66-year-old Carl David Holt of Magnet Lane in Stanley NC was arrested Monday (February 5) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. The investigation began in October of 2023 after the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office…

Early Morning Crash Results In Fatality

A man was killed in an early morning crash in Lincoln County. The deceased is 36-year-old Timothy Kent McDaniel, Jr. of Denver, N.C. At approximately 3:15 a.m. today, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to N.C. 73 near Ralph Ward Trail. A 2008 Toyota Scion was traveling west on N.C. 73, crossed the centerline,…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Schedule Two Controlled Substance

69-year-old William Howard Tugman Jr. of Berkley Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule two controlled substance. Tugman was jailed under $20,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. As of this…

Connelly Springs Woman Charged with Uttering Forged Instrument

32-year-old Brittany Michelle Melton of Sparrow Trail in Connelly Springs was arrested Tuesday (February 6) by Hickory Police Officers. She was charged with three felonies: possession of a counterfeit instrument, uttering a forged instrument, and obtaining property by false pretense. Melton remained in jail at the Caldwell County Detention Center as of this morning under…

Work To Begin In Near Future On Improvements At Area Park

Improvements will begin soon at Bethlehem Park, as a result of the Alexander County Board of Commissioners approving bids at their most recent meeting, which was held Monday (February 5). County Manager Shane Fox said the total project cost is $2,355,000, which includes $1,295,000 for construction, being done by Lail Builders, Inc., $510,000 for lighting,…

Lenoir Man Charged with Failing to Appear & Speeding to Elude Arrest

36-year-old Dustin Brian Winebarger of Mystery Trail in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with two counts of failing to appear on a misdemeanor and nonsupport case. In addition, Winebarger was charged with felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and speeding to elude arrest. He…

Alexander County Man Faces Firearm, Drug Charges

34-year-old Justin Allan Little of Taylorsville was arrested by authorities in Alexander County. He’s charged with eight felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, single felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Little was…

Stony Point Man Charged With Drug Offenses

32-year-old Jerome Edward Millsaps of Stony Point was arrested by Statesville Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken into custody on January 23. Millsaps has a long list of pending charges including felony counts of possession of controlled substance on jail premises, trafficking schedule…

High Point Resident Jailed On Catawba County Cocaine Charge

33-year-old Viviano Rosales Gomez of High Point, N.C. was arrested today (February 7) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of cocaine. Gomez was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,000 bond. He was no longer listed as an inmate. A court date was scheduled today.

Catawba Soil & Water Conservation District Receives Award

The Catawba County Soil & Water Conservation District received the Outstanding Conservation District Award for Fiscal Year 2022/2023 from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The award was presented by Jim Propst, NRCS Team 5 Supervisory Soil Conservationist, during the Catawba County Board of Commissioners’ meeting Monday…

Stony Point Man Charged With Rape In Georgia Arrested By Alexander County Authorities

A Stony Point man already facing a Georgia rape charge was taken back into custody in Alexander County. In October, 2023, Alexander County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 20-year old William Anthony Starnes on a warrant for rape that was issued by the Polk County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office. He was transferred to the custody of authorities in…

Hickory Woman Sentenced To Up To Ten Years In Prison Following Habitual Larceny Conviction

A Catawba County jury needed less than an hour of deliberation to find a Hickory woman guilty of habitual larceny on Tuesday (February 6) to conclude a two-day Superior Court trial. 38-year-old Ashley Hoffman was sentenced to an active prison term of seven to ten years. The sentence was imposed by the Honorable Gregory R.…

Hickory Man Charged With Burglary, Assault

32-year-old Joseph Ashley Bryant of 8th Avenue NW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (February 6) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny, first-degree burglary, and assault on a female. Bryant was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $22,000 bond. A court date was scheduled Tuesday.

Granite Falls Man Jailed On Catawba County Drug, Theft Charges

46-year-old Brian Michael Gill of Grace Chapel Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (February 6) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of probation violation, single felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and larceny of motor vehicle parts, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Gill was incarcerated…

Hickory Man Charged With Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Offenses

41-year-old Christopher Damian Lail of Clontz Drive in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (February 6) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Lail was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A Superior Court date is scheduled for March 20.

Taylorsville Man Charged In Two Counties

39-year-old Mark Delos Kepner of Taylorsville was arrested on charges in two counties. He was arrested by Statesville Police on counts of felony larceny, misdemeanor larceny, and failure to appear. Kepner is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in Alexander County. As of earlier today, Kepner was being held in the Iredell County…

Alexander County Woman Charged With Vehicle Theft

34-year-old Amy Nicole Adkins of Taylorsville was arrested Sunday (February 4) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Deputies responded to a location off Three Forks Church Road after receiving a report regarding a stolen vehicle. Adkins was identified…

Hickory Man Charged With Cocaine Possession

39-year-old Nathaniel Breon Wilson of Hickory was arrested Monday (February 5) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of cocaine and with being an habitual felon. Wilson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled Monday.

Hickory PD Arrests Woman On ID Theft, Fraud Charges

36-year-old Tasha Marie Allen, whose address is not listed, was arrested today (February 6) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony financial card fraud, financial card forgery, identity theft, and obtain property by false pretense. Allen was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. No court date was listed.

Newton Man Arrested By Long View PD On Meth, Heroin Charges

32-year-old Eric Scott Dugger of Tara Lane in Newton was arrested today (February 6) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with two counts apiece of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia along with single counts of possession of heroin and expired registration card or tag. Dugger was jailed in the Catawba County…

Celebrate Black History Month with City of Hickory Free Programs

February is Black History Month, which is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. In celebration of this month, there are several events organized…

Hickory Man Charged with Probation Violation

40-year-old Andrew Claude Stahl of 10th Street in Hickory was arrested Sunday (February 4) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with one felony count probation violation and jailed under $10,000 secured bond. Stahl remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Facility. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for…

Watauga County Woman Charged with Heroin Possession

27-year-old Brittany Nicole Smith of Elk Creed Road was arrested Saturday (February 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with one felony count possession of heroin and jailed under $3,000 secured bond. Smith was not listed in the Caldwell County Detention Center as of this morning. A District Court date was scheduled for February…

Man Sentenced To Local Jail Term

An Alexander County man received a jail sentence Monday (February 5). 40-year-old Rodney Lee Jones of Taylorsville was sentenced to serve a 60 day local jail term during a session of Alexander County Superior Court on Monday. Jones was incarcerated in the Alexander County Detention Center for child abuse by sexual act. A charge of…

Conover Man Charged With Attempted Larceny

28-year-old Israel Jonathan Wise of Puett Park Drive in Conover was arrested Monday (February 5) by authorities in Catawba County. He’s charged with felony attempted larceny. Wise was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (February 6). A District Court date was scheduled today.

Woman Arrested In Alexander County On Caldwell County Charge

25-year-old Gabriel Alexandra Husarenko of Vale was arrested Sunday (February 4) by authorites in Alexander County. She was served a warrant from Caldwell County for felony breaking and entering to terrorize. She was initially placed in the Alexander County Detention Center and was later transferred to Caldwell County custody. She was not listed as an…

Program In Place In Alexander County To Address Recent Rise In Drug Overdoses

In response to the challenges posed by drug addiction and the alarming rise in overdose incidents, Alexander County is taking action to address this public health crisis. This is being done through the creation of the Post-Overdose Response Team (PORT) and Community Paramedic program. Shannon Childers, who has worked with Alexander County Emergency Medical Services…

Morganton Man Charged With Federal Crime

46-year-old Wayne Donta O’Neil of Lytle Drive in Morganton was arrested following an investigation by multiple agencies including the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. He’s charged with a federal probation violation. According to a news release issued Monday (February 5), on January 31, 2024, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations and Narcotics Division, the North…

Suspect Charged After Report Of Individual Being Pistol-Whipped

21-year-old Dillion Rodriguez Servin of Hiddenite was arrested Sunday (February 4) by authorities in Alexander County. He’s charged with assault with a deadly weapon, simple assault, damage to personal property, resisting a public officer, and probation violation. Servin also faces a felony charge of possession of a stolen firearm. The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and…

C.V.C.C. and Montreat Reach Transfer Agreement

Representatives of Catawba Valley Community College (C.V.C.C.) and Montreat College announced last Thursday (February 1) that the two schools have reached a transfer agreement. C.V.C.C. students who graduate with an associate in applied science in Advertising & Graphic Design are now granted a direct transfer pathway into Montreat College’s Visual Communication & Experience Design bachelor’s…

Lincolnton Man Arrested on Federal Meth Charges

42-year-old Joseph Eugene Jones of Victory Grove Church Road in Lincolnton was arrested on January 31 on a true bill of indictment for drug distribution conspiracy, distribution of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession with intent to distribute meth. Jones was arrested in connection with a Drug…

Catawba County Fraud Investigation Involves Man Already Charged in Burke County

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is investigating several fraud complaints involving a company doing business as C.M.C. Home Solutions. Christopher Mark Collins, Jr. is listed as the owner of the company. Collins has been arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers and charged with one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses. That charge is…

Hickory Elks Recognize Firefighter & Police Officer Of The Year

Each year, Hickory Elks Lodge 1654 recognizes those who exhibit the patriotic values of duty and honor in service to their community and nation. During the Americanism Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 3, the Hickory Elks presented public service awards honoring exceptional members of Hickory’s fire and police departments — Battalion Chief Jeff Kanupp and…

Lenoir Resident Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

30-year-old Christan Elizabeth Mclean of Walt Arney Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (February 2) by Hickory Police Officers. She was charged with one felony count possession of methamphetamine and jailed under $10,000 secured bond. Mclean was not listed in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center. No court dates were…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Possession of Controlled Substance

31-year-old Mariah Elaine Steptoe of Dulatown Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (February 2) by Hickory Police Officers. She was charged with three misdemeanors: larceny, possession of stolen property, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Steptoe was also charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule one controlled substance, and possession with intent…

Lenoir Man Charged with Probation Violation & Failing to Appear

56-year-old Kevin Thomas Tolbert of Bradford Mountain Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (February 2) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with three failures to appear on misdemeanor counts of simple possession, communicating threats, and probation violation. Tolbert was also charged with three-felony counts probation violation and jailed under $80,000 secured bond. He…

Hickory Man Charged With Burglary, Strangulation

21-year-old Caleb Parker Stamper of 29th Avenue Drive NW in Hickory was arrested Saturday (February 3) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with first-degree burglary, assault by strangulation, simple assault, forcible trespass, and injury to personal property. Stamper was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A District Court date was scheduled…

Low-Interest Loans Available For Residents & Businesses Affected By Recent Severe Weather

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is making low-interest disaster loans available to residents and businesses affected by severe weather January 9, 2024, in Catawba, Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Iredell and Lincoln counties in response to a disaster declaration request from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. An SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center will be open today…

Valdese Man Charged In Connection To Child Pornography Investigation

27-year-old Zebulon Robert Lingafelt of Ramblewoods Drive in Valdese was arrested Friday (February 2) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, statutory sexual offense with a child by an adult, and indecent liberties with a minor. On Friday the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations…

Suspect Charged With A Dozen Sexual Exploitation Counts

53-year-old William Curtis Powell of East End Avenue in Statesville was arrested Thursday (February 1) by Statesville Police Officers. He’s charged with 12 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. On January 24, 2024, investigators from the Statesville Police Department received a cybertip from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NCSBI). The tip…

Charges Filed In Connection To Alexander County Standoff

53-year-old James Oliver Steele of Taylorsville was arrested by Taylorsville Police Friday (February 2). According to our news partner WACB, he’s charged with discharging a firearm in city limits, going armed to the terror of the public, carrying a concealed weapon, damage to property, and traffic offenses including driving while impaired and reckless driving with…

Hickory Teen Charged with Attempted 1st-Degree Murder [UPDATED 6:05 p.m.]

19-year-old Zamarion Emanuel Calloway of 8th Street Place S.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on three counts of attempted first-degree murder and discharging a weapon into occupied property resulting in serious bodily injury. He was charged in connection with a shooting that occurred Wednesday evening (January 31). A juvenile male was seriously…

Statesville Man Charged with Animal Cruelty in Connection with Dog Fighting

46-year-old Claude Anthony Sanders, Jr. of Whitney Lane in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on 24 counts of felony cruelty to animals. He was also charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. According to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Office, Sanders…

Western Piedmont Symphony Presents Epic Choral Masterpiece Carmina Burana Feb. 9

Western Piedmont Symphony (WPS), the professional orchestra of the western foothills of North Carolina, presents MASTERWORKS: CARMINA BURANA featuring works by Orff and Brahms on Friday, February 9, at 7:30 PM at P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory. Orff’s massive chorale work features acclaimed soloists Sequina DuBose (soprano), Daniel Stein…

Lenoir Man Charged with Felony Probation Violation

31-year-old Stacey Tyrone Hill Jr. of Triplett Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (January 31) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with felony probation violation and jailed under $20,000 secured bond. Hill remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A Superior Court date was scheduled for March…

Wilkes Co. Man Charged with Credit Card Theft & Fraud

38-year-old Steven Kenneth Watson of Elk Creek Darby Road in Ferguson was arrested Thursday (February 1). He was charged with three felonies: credit card theft, obtaining property by false pretense, and credit card fraud of more than $5,000. Watson remained in jail as of this morning under $5,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention…

Applications For Leadership Academy Being Accepted In Catawba County

Applications are now being accepted for the Catawba County Civic Leadership Academy (CLA), a new program providing residents with insight into county government services and operations through a series of interactive and engaging learning sessions with County staff. Participants will come away with first-hand knowledge of how Catawba County government works to serve the community.…

Body Of Missing Man Found In Creek

A man reported missing has been found deceased. The man, who was found Wednesday (January 31) was identified as Marco Aurelio Solis-Lopez of Morganton. Wednesday at around 12:30 p.m., the Morganton Department of Public Safety received a call of a deceased man in a creek near 2nd Street. Officers responded and found a man submerged…

Suspect Faces Charges In Burke, Catawba Counties

53-year-old Ricky Lee Propst of High Peak Road in Valdese was arrested Tuesday (January 30) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged in both Burke and Catawba Counties with felony breaking and entering to a coin or currency machine. He’s also facing previously filed charges in Burke County. Propst was arrested shortly before 11:30 a.m.…

Burke County Woman Charged With Felony Drug Offense

31-year-old Ronda Sue Kirschbaum of Clover Avenue in Connelly Springs was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Kirschbaum was arrested shortly before 3:30 p.m. Monday (January 29) at an address on Icard School Road in Connelly Springs. She was placed in the Burke County Jail…

Arrest Made In Connection To Fatal Crash In Alexander County

38-year-old Tod-Jaa Dazu-Juan Tilley of Taylorsville was arrested by authorities in Alexander County. He’s charged with death by vehicle, flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of stolen goods, driving left of center, reckless driving to endanger, and driving while license revoked. Tilley is charged in connection…

Morganton Man Charged With Drug Offenses

34-year-old John Ellis Kincaid of Piney Road in Morganton was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Kincaid was arrested shortly before 10:30 p.m. on January 27 at an address on Hartland Road in Morganton. He was initially placed in…

Hickory Man Jailed on Felony Cocaine Charge

26-year-old Yer T. Chang of Kool Park Road N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday (January 27) on an outstanding felony warrant for possession of cocaine. The warrant was issued on January 16. He was taken into custody without incident at about 1:20 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. and…

At Least One Dead in Alexander County Crash

A crash with multiple injuries shut down N.C. Highway 16 south of Taylorsville this afternoon (February 1). Reports indicate that the accident was the result of a chase involving law enforcement. A suspect vehicle crashed and struck a utility pole across from the Alexander County Fairgrounds entrance. At least one person was airlifted from the…

Juvenile Seriously Injured by Gunfire in S.E. Hickory Wednesday

Hickory Police are investigating a shooting that occurred yesterday (January 31). A juvenile male sustained serious injuries during the incident. At about 7:25 p.m. Wednesday, Officers responded to a “shots fired” report in the area of South Center Street and 1st Avenue S.E. As Hickory Police Officers were investigating, the Long View Police Department reported…

Lenoir Man Charged with Felony Probation Violation

27-year-old TG Christian Vanderford of Cedar Rock Circle in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (January 31) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony probation violation and two misdemeanor counts of failing to appear on a misdemeanor charge. Vanderford was jailed under $6,500 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He was not listed…

Granite Falls Man Charged with Failure to Appear

45-year-old Mark Dwayne Watson of Berkley Avenue in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (January 31) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with one felony count failure to appear on a felony. Watson remained in jail as of this morning under $50,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. No court dates were…

Five Suspects Charged with Maintaining a Place for Controlled Substance

22-year-old Harleah Cheyene Laney, 26-year-old Jahshalyn Sydnee Sanders, 58-year-old Kimberly Walker Laney, 33-year-old Benny Dale Jr., and 55-year-old Benny Dale Sr., all of Windsong Circle in Hudson, were all arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. They are all charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance. In addition, 33-year-old Benny Dale Jr.…

Unemployment Rates Fall Across Hickory Metro

Unemployment rates decreased in Hickory Metro counties and across most of the state, according to the latest report. That update was issued Wednesday (January 31) by The North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The report shows the December, 2023 unemployment rates. Catawba County’s jobless rate is 3.1 percent, down from 3.3…

Newton Woman Charged With Cocaine, Meth Possession

34-year-old Anna Marie Deal of Thomas Drive in Newton was arrested Wednesday (January 31) by Newton Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of methamphetamine. Deal was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 1).

Hickory Man Charged With Multiple False Pretense Counts

43-year-old Abdo Carlis Byrd of 9th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (January 31) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Following the arrest, Byrd was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (February 1).…

Hickory Man Arrested On Robbery, Assault & Drug Charges

34-year-old Eric Andrew Collins of 16th Avenue Place NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (January 31) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon along with single counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon, traffic in…

Georgia Man Caught While Arriving At Residence In Iredell County To Allegedly Commit Scam

62-year-old Bin Zhu of Sandy Springs, Georgia, was arrested Tuesday (January 30) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or deliver MDA/MDMA, and maintain…

Newton Woman Arrested on Stolen Vehicle Charge

25-year-old Ashley Marie Hill of Oak Hill Drive in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police early Monday morning (January 29) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Hill was taken into custody without incident at about 12:15 a.m. Monday at a residential address on 14th Street N.E. in Hickory. Hill was…

Hickory Woman Faces Heroin & Meth Charges

31-year-old Tesla Dawn Lynn, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police early Monday morning (January 29) on felony counts of possession of a schedule I controlled substance (heroin) and possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine), along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting…

Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Meth & Firearms Arrest

50-year-old Cynthia Marie Hornbeck of Catawba Street in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies on felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine by possession & transport and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. She was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a schedule II controlled substance (Oxycodone) and…

Conover Woman Arrested in Hickory on Felony Attempted Uttering Charge

46-year-old Carmon Laura Warren of April Street in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police last Friday (January 26) on one felony count of attempted uttering and one misdemeanor count of financial card fraud. Warren was taken into custody without incident at about 10:30 Friday morning at a hotel on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. She…

Hickory Salvation Army Food Pantry Temporarily Closed Due to Running Out of Food

On Monday January 29, 2023 The Salvation Army of Greater Hickory and High Country announced that their Food Pantry is temporarily closed due to running out of food. The food shortage kept The Salvation Army from providing food services this week. If you or someone you know would like to donate to The Salvation Army…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Probation Violation

33-year-old Heather Michelle Watson of Montclair Circle in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (January 30) by Probation and Parole Officers. She was charged with one felony count probation violation and jailed under $20,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Watson remained in jail as of this morning with no court dates listed. She was…

Support Local Girl Scout Troops Through Tasty Treats

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) is kicking off the 2024 Girl Scout Cookie season! This annual sale, where local Girl Scouts unbox their futures as young female entrepreneurs through the world’s largest entrepreneurial program for girls, remains a favorite for the community. Girls use their entrepreneurial spirits and learn important life skills, including…

Early Morning Fire Fought In Morganton

Officials in Morganton report an early morning fire. Today (January 31) at approximately 12:00 a.m., members of the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to 818 West Union Street in reference to a structure fire. FoxBuilt Construction lists that as its business address. Upon arrival, units located the building with heavy smoke and fire showing.…

Attorney General Releases N.C. Data Breach Report, NCDOJ Offers Tips To Avoid Breaches

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein recently released the North Carolina Department of Justice’s 2023 data breach report ahead of Data Privacy Day, which was this past Sunday (January 28). In 2023, more than 4.9 million North Carolinians were affected by a record 2,033 data breaches. In North Carolina, businesses and organizations that fall victim…

Suspect Arrested By Catawba County Authorities For Failing To Register As Sex Offender

22-year-old David Jacob Cooper, who is listed as being homeless, was arrested Tuesday (January 30) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with failure to register as a sex offender. Cooper was convicted of sexual battery in Lincoln County in November, 2022. The crime was committed in November, 2020. Following Tuesday’s arrest, Cooper was jailed…

Statutory Rape & Sex Offense Charges Filed Against Former Officer

22-year-old Stephen Quinn Gordon was arrested by officers with the State Bureau of Investigation. He’s charged with statutory sex offense with a child 15-years-old or younger and statutory rape of a child 15-years-old or younger. According to our news partner WACB, Gordon is a former Statesville Police Officer who resigned from the department in November,…

Burke County Man Arrested On Meth Charge Following Traffic Stop

49-year-old Jon Bradley Williams of Knobs Landing in Connelly Springs was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). Last Friday (January 26) Burke County Sheriff’s and Probation and Parole Officers were conducting a joint operation incorporating undercover and conspicuous patrol actions in the Hildebran and…

Two Suspects Charged With Felony Drug Offenses Following Search Of Residence

41-year-old Elaynia Victoria Huffman and 25-year-old Corey Wesley Fagan, both of the same U.S. 70, Connelly Springs address, were arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. Huffman is charged with felony trafficking opium or heroin. Fagan is charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and probation violation. Last Friday (January 26) the Burke County Sheriff’s…

Woman Reported Missing From Lincoln County Found Deceased In Virginia

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported that 31-year-old Taylor Hope Unell, who was reported missing on Monday (January 29) has been found deceased in Virginia. Ms. Unell was reported missing shortly before 10 p.m. Monday by concerned family members when she failed to return home. The Sheriff’s Office began an investigation. Utilizing resources available through…

Conover Man Charged with I.D. Theft & Financial Card Theft

36-year-old Antonio Montrellus Benjamin Darden of Goshawk Lane in Conover has been arrested by Probation & Parole Officers in Catawba County on two counts each of identity theft and financial card theft, as well as two felony probation violations. Darden is on probation as he serves a 30-month suspended sentence following a February 2023 felony…

Detectives Seek Public’s Help in Finding Missing Lincoln County Woman

Lincoln County Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Lincoln County woman. She is 31-year-old Taylor Hope Unell. Yesterday (January 29), Deputies were dispatched to a missing person’s call on the 3,500 block of Imperial Lane in Lincolnton. The caller told Deputies that her daughter, Taylor Hope Unell, was missing from…

Davie County Man Jailed On Alexander County Charges

35-year-old Terry Justin Sherrill of Mocksville was arrested Friday (January 26) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and probation violation along with a misdemeanor count of larceny. Sherrill was convicted in October, 2023 of violating conditions of his supervision. The conviction was in Davie County.…

Frye Regional Medical Center Introduces Minimally Invasive Robotic-Assisted Spine Surgery

On Monday, January 29, Frye Regional Medical Center, a Duke LifePoint hospital, announced the successful completion of their first minimally invasive, robotic-assisted, spine surgery. The robot, located table side in the operating room, allows a surgeon’s hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of micro-instruments at the surgical site. Neurosurgeon Mark…

Statesville Man Charged By Hickory PD With Meth Possession

40-year-old Willie Antron Hampton of Foxcroft Lane in Statesville was arrested today (January 30) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hampton was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility…

Lenoir Man Charged with Trafficking Heroin & Maintaining a Place for Controlled Substance

47-year-old Christopher Maurice Hendrix of Bush Place in Lenoir was arrested Monday (January 29) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with three felonies: possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance, and trafficking in heroin or opium. Hendrix remained in jail as of this…

One Woman Killed in Iredell County Crash

One person was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Iredell County Monday night (January 29). The deceased is 65-year-old Stephney Lynn Morris of Huntersville. At about 8:40 p.m. Monday, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the crash scene on I-77 North near mile marker 60. A 2023 Volkswagen Arteon was traveling south in…

Deadline Nears For Prospective Voters To Register For Primary

The deadline is approaching for citizens to register to vote in the upcoming primary. According to a news release from Alexander County Government, for the 2024 primary election, Friday, February 9 is the last day to register for people who are not already registered in their county of residence and who want to vote on…

Yadkin County Woman Arrested On Felony Drug Charge In Alexander County

27-year-old Victoria Shianne Wagoner of the Yadkin County town of Jonesville was arrested Saturday (January 27) by Taylorsville Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, shoplifting with concealment of goods, and resisting a public officer. Wagoner is also facing charges in…

Man Arrested On String Of Sexual Exploitation Charges Following Discovery Of Child Porn

21-year-old Michael Dakota Richardson of Mooresville was arrested by Mooresville Police Officers. He’s charged with 20 felony counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and one felony count of solicitation of a minor by computer to commit an unlawful sex act. On January 21, 2024, Mooresville Police Department Detectives received a tip about inappropriate…

Suspect Arrested Following Reported Chase With Police In Stolen Vehicle

26-year-old Noah Alexander Zolnoski of Weaverville, N.C. was arrested Saturday (January 27) by Mooresville Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and hit and run with injury. Zolnoski is also charged with reckless driving with wanton disregard. On Saturday, the…

Sherrills Ford Man Charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretenses

45-year-old Benjamin Joseph Pratt of Island Point Road in Sherrills Ford has been arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses. Pratt was jailed today (January 29) in the Catawba County Detention Facility. No bond amount is currently listed. A District Court appearance is coming up tomorrow…

Lumber & Building Materials Expo Coming Up at Convention Center

The Building Material Suppliers Association today announced that registration for the 2024 Annual Learning Exchange & L.B.M. (Lumber & Building Materials) Expo is now open. The event will be held at the Hickory Metro Convention Center on February 7-8. Hours are Wednesday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon.…

“Meet the Candidates” Events Scheduled Next Month in Catawba County

The League of Women Voters of Catawba Valley will host two “Meet the Candidates” events in Catawba County in February, ahead of the March primary elections. The events are free, nonpartisan, and open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with the candidates, ask questions, and hear the candidates’ answers. All candidates…

One Man Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash in Wilkes County

One person was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Wilkes County Saturday afternoon (January 27). The deceased is 23-year-old Tyler David Williams of Millers Creek. At about 2:20 p.m. Saturday, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the crash scene on N.C. Highway 16 near Shingle Gap Road. A 2023 Yamaha motorcycle was southbound…

Catawba Valley Furniture Academy Hosts Spring 2024 Graduation

On Thursday, January 25, 2023 The Catawba Valley Furniture Academy (CVFA) recognized the latest graduates of the spring cohort. For the past decade, the Catawba Valley Furniture Academy has prepared students for a variety of high-demand jobs in the furniture industry. The CVFA’s field-driven curriculum was designed and continues to be refined by furniture manufacturers…

Lenoir Resident Arrested for Failure to Appear in Caldwell County

28-year-old Rodney Shane Townsend of Laytown Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (January 27) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with two counts failing to appear on a felony count. Townsend remained in jail as of this morning under $10,000 secured bond and a Superior Court date scheduled for February 5. He has…

Lenoir Man Charged with Four Counts of Failing to Appear

60-year-old Darrell Eugene Haas of Lovejoy Street in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (January 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with three felony counts of failing to appear on a felony and one count failure to appear on a misdemeanor. He was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $27,000 secured bond and…

Applicants Sought For Catawba County License Plate Agency

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is seeking applicants to operate a license plate agency (LPA) in Catawba County. The agency, at 803 Conover Blvd. West, in Conover, closed on Oct. 10, 2023, after the previous contractor retired. The division’s policy is to open applications to operate a license plate agency after the expiration or…

Claremont Man Charged With Vehicle Theft

31-year-old William Marshall Shook of Levina Road in Claremont was arrested Sunday (January 28) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny of a firearm, break or enter a motor vehicle, and breaking and entering. Shook was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District…

Hickory Woman Charged With Identity Theft, Probation Violation

34-year-old Tabitha Christine Robinson of 4th Street SE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (January 27) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of identity theft and probation violation along with misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. Robinson is on probation as a result of a conviction in…

Burke County Man Charged With Meth Possession In Catawba County

32-year-old Nathaniel Lee Shinn of Dickerson Street in Connelly Springs was arrested Saturday (January 27) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Shinn was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (January 29). A District Court…

Four Suspects Charged In Theft Of Construction Supplies

27-year-old Luis Parravicini, 47-year-old Carlos Cribillero, 53-year-old Wifredo Briceno, and 32-year-old Christopher Alsamora, all of Charlotte, were all arrested by Troutman Police Officers. They’re all charged with felony larceny. Last Tuesday (January 22) officers responded to a report of a suspicious van and the loading of construction supplies in the area of new home construction…

Update: Man Reported Missing From Conover Found Safe

A man reported missing from Conover has been found, according to a family member. The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons had issued a Missing Endangered Alert requesting assistance in finding a man missing from Catawba County. The alert was issued late Saturday night (January 27). Citizens were asked to be on the lookout for…

Investigation Continuing Into Standoff Following Crash

Taylorsville Police are continuing their investigation into an accident that led to an armed standoff last Wednesday (January 24). A pickup truck crashed into a pair of utility poles on Main Street before coming to a stop. When emergency units arrived, the driver of the vehicle was armed and threatening suicide. Several law enforcement officers…

Suspect Arrested In Case Involving Alleged Sexual Exploitation

25-year-old Devin Gage Staley of West Front Street in Statesville was arrested Thursday (January 25) by Statesville Police Officers. He’s charged with 12 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. On January 9, 2024, investigators received a substantial number of reports from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation regarding an individual in Statesville,…

Hickory Man Arrested for Obtaining Property by False Pretenses; More

23-year-old Gabriel Julian Porter of 14th Avenue N.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on two counts each of obtaining property by false pretenses, attempting to obtain property by false pretenses, and misdemeanor larceny. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia,…

Stony Point Man Charged with Harboring Fugitive

61-year old Carl Steven Combs of Stony Point was arrested Friday morning (January 26). He was charged with harboring a fugitive. At last report, Combs was in the Alexander County Detention Center with bond set at $2,500, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for February 12 in Taylorsville.

Morganton Man Charged with Felony Larceny

32-year-old Brandon Scott Meeks of Valley Trail in Morganton has been arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Deputies on a felony larceny charge. On January 7, Deputies received a report regarding a robbery at a private residence on Propst Road, outside the Morganton city limits. The victim alleged that a man she met through Facebook Marketplace…

Lenoir Man Charged with Felony Possession of Schedule One Controlled Substance

47-year-old Christopher Maurice Hendrix of Bush Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule one controlled substance. Hendrix remained in jail as of this morning under no bond in the Caldwell County Detention Facility with a…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Probation Violation

35-year-old Mavis Lynn Seeds of Livingston Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 25) by Probation and Parole Officers. She was charged with one felony probation violation and jailed under $20,000 secured bond. Seeds remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Facility with a District Court appearance scheduled for April…

Granite Falls Man Charged with Maintaining A Place for Controlled Substance

22-year-old Gregory Lee Triplett of Holsclaw Way in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (January 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance and jailed under $25,000 secured bond. Triplett remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention…

New York Woman Jailed On Hickory Drug Charges

32-year-old Sarah Katherine Fowler of Bemus Point, New York was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Fowler was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (January 26) under $3,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.

Suspects Charged In Connection To Armed Robbery Of Business

53-year-old Reginald Lee Forney of Lincolnton and 38-year-old Misty Nicole Hayes of Maiden were arrested by Lincolnton Police Officers. Forney is charged with felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon along with a misdemeanor count of assault by pointing a gun. Hayes is charged with felony…

Man Charged With Theft Of Items From Lodging Establishment

45-year-old James Clifford Collins, Jr. of Branchwood Road in Statesville was arrested by Statesville Police officers. He’s charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods or property. Monday (January 22), at approximately 9:00 am, the Statesville Police Department responded to a call for assistance at the Courtyard by Marriott on Cinema Drive,…

Catawba County Couple Arrested On Felony, Misdemeanor Charges In Alexander County

39-year-old Rosella Michelle Lail and 31-year-old Matthew Blair Richie, both of Conover, were arrested Wednesday (January 24) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. Both suspects are charged with felony breaking & entering and misdemeanor second-degree trespass. The two suspects were taken into custody Wednesday morning in the Bethlehem Community. Richie has previous charges pending in Catawba…

President & C.E.O. of U.N.C. Health Blue Ridge is Retiring

U.N.C. Health Blue Ridge announced today (January 25) that Kathy C. Bailey, President & C.E.O., will retire in June 2024 after nearly 19 years with the organization. Ms. Bailey was influential in opening a new $38-million cancer center and building a new $118-million patient bed tower, which will house a new I.C.U., emergency department, and…

Hickory Man Faces Multiple Felony Drug & Firearms Charges

37-year-old Joshua Lee Franklin of the Hickory-Lincolnton Highway in Hickory has been arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers on charges of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a felon (two counts), trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in opium or heroin, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a…

Hickory Man Faces Felony Stolen Vehicle Charge [EDITED TO CORRECT HEADLINE 01/26 12:35 p.m.]

34-year-old Xavier Marquis Lee Winston of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (January 24) on one count of felony possession of a stolen vehicle. He was taken into custody without incident at about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday at a hotel on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Winston, who was on pre-trial…

Claremont Woman Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

37-year-old Jacquelyn Michelle Moss of Twilight Drive in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (January 24) on an outstanding warrant for felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. The warrant for her arrest was issued in October of last year. Moss was taken into custody without incident at about 2:15 a.m.…

The Lightning Thief Musical Opens At The Green Room 

The Green Room Community Theatre’s production of The Lightning Thief brings the Percy Jackson Series to life beginning on February 2, 2024. This dynamic musical adaptation of Rick Riordan’s best-selling book opened on Broadway in 2019. When teenager Percy Jackson discovers he’s a demigod, he and his friends embark on an epic journey to find…

Man Charged with Fleeing to Elude Arrest & Assault on A Government Official

38-year-old Major Levi Chislom Jr. listed as a homeless person in Newton was arrested Thursday (January 25) by Hickory Police Officers. He was charged with fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon on a government employee, reckless driving to endanger, possession of drug paraphernalia, failing to stop after hit…

Hickory Man Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine & Heroin

32-year-old Jonathan Scott Miller of Tucker Street in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (January 24) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine along with possession of heroin and failing to appear on a felony probation violation. Miller was also charged with failure to appear on nonsupport and jailed under $1,000…

Public Meeting Scheduled For Burke Residents To Discuss Flood Hazard & Risk Data

On Monday, February 19, the residents and business leaders in Unincorporated Burke County, the City of Morganton, and the Town of Drexel will be able to review and discuss the latest update to their flood hazard and flood risk data. The public open house will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at the…

Maiden Woman Jailed On Felony Charge

37-year-old Aften Leeryan Hall of Lagrande Drive in Maiden was arrested Wednesday (January 24) by authorities in Catawba County. She’s charged with felony probation violation out of county. Hall is on probation as a result of a conviction in Mecklenburg County in January, 2022 for felony conspiracy to commit breaking & entering. She received probation…

Newton Woman Charged With Violating Probation

27-year-old Samantha Rena Houser of Burnley Road in Newton was arrested Wednesday (January 24) by Probation and Parole Officers. She’s charged with felony probation violation. Houser is on probation as a result of a conviction in September, 2023 in Catawba County for felony larceny by a servant or employee. She received probation and a 24…

McDowell County Man Jailed In Burke County On Fugitive Warrant From Florida

47-year-old Ben Lee Capps of Marion was arrested by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged on a felony warrant as a fugitive from another state, felony counts of possession of a weapon by a felon and possession of controlled substance, along with a count of driving during revocation. Shortly before 9 a.m. last Friday (January…

Suspect Charged By Hickory Police With Cocaine, Meth Possession

33-year-old Jonathan David Shamblin of Mount Holly, N.C. was arrested Wednesday (January 24) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, and two counts of resisting a public officer. Shamblin was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond.…

Hickory Man Charged With Drug, Robbery Offenses

57-year-old Michael Dwayne Jenkins of 11th Street SW in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of cocaine and common law robbery. Jenkins was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (January 25) without bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.

Man Killed In Wednesday Crash

A man was killed in a Wednesday (January 24) crash. The deceased is 37-year-old Jessie Allen Adams of Lincolnton. At approximately 2:10 p.m., Wednesday, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Hoover Elmore Road near Cat Square Road in Lincoln County. A 2003 Honda Element was traveling west on Hoover Elmore Road, drove off…

Taylorsville Driver Hits Utility Poles; Threatens Suicide

At about at about 1:30 this afternoon (January 24), a motorist hit at least two utility poles on Main Street in Taylorsville. When emergency crews arrived, the driver, who was holding a gun, threatened suicide. Main Street in Taylorsville was closed from 6th Street to Liledoun Road and both Taylorsville Elementary and Alexander Central High…

Hickory Man Jailed for Possession of Stolen Vehicle

39-year-old Kenneth Edward Worley, Jr. of 19th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police late last Friday (January 19) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Worley was taken into custody without incident at about 11:35 p.m. Friday at a fast-food restaurant on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He…

Two Arrested in Iredell on Meth, Firearms, and Arson Charges

35-year-old Jason Daniel Luecht of Perth Road and 38-year-old Joseph Anthony Smith of Ricks Lane, both from Mooresville, were arrrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Deputies yesterday (January 23) on a variety of charges. Both men were charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Smith was charged with felony…

Caldwell County Schools Student Wins District Wide Spelling Bee

On Tuesday, January 23, 2024 Caldwell County Schools Spelling Bee showcased the exceptional spelling abilities of middle school students in grades 6-8. After seven rounds of spelling challenges, Anita Thao, an eighth grader at Gamewell Middle School, emerged victorious. Anna Crooks, Middle School Director said, “We are excited to recognize and celebrate our students’ accomplishments…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Burglary Tools & Larceny

54-year-old Randy Glenn Isaacs of Small Circle in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (January 23) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony possession of burglary tools, misdemeanor second-degree trespass, and misdemeanor larceny. Isaacs remained in jail at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today…

Granite Falls Man Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

48-year-old Donald Shawn Bridges of Turner Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (January 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine. Bridges was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. He was not listed in jail…

Hickory Police Arrest Woman On Drug Charges

39-year-old Brandi Michele Durig, whose address was not listed, was arrested Tuesday (January 23) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Durig was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. She remained in jail as of earlier…

Alexander County Tax Office Announces Extension Of Deadline To Return Forms

The Alexander County Tax office has extended the deadline to return business and personal property listing forms from January 31 to February 29. The mailing of the listing forms was delayed due to a printing problem. Those who haven’t received the form should receive it soon. Only property owners who own personal property such as…

Stony Point Man Charged In Connection To Vehicle Break-ins

27-year-old Jacob Lloyd Fountain of Harris Bridge Road in Stony Point was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of breaking & entering to a motor vehicle, two counts of misdemeanor larceny and one misdemeanor count of attempted breaking & entering to a motor vehicle. On Sunday (January 21), a…

Suspect Awaiting Court Appearance Falls Asleep, Sentenced To Jail Time For Contempt

22-year-old Dallas James McDaniel of Taylorsville was arrested Monday (January 22) by authorities in Alexander County. He’s charged with criminal contempt of court and has been sentenced to local jail time. On Monday, McDaniel was in Alexander County District Court. He was scheduled to appear on counts of felony breaking and entering and larceny. The…

Hickory Man Charged with Failure to Appear on B&E and Larceny Charges

53-year-old Jimmie Lee Ramseur, Jr. of 9th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (January 23) on outstanding failure to appear warrants. Ramseur reportedly failed to appear in court on charges of breaking & entering a motor vehicle, felony larceny, possession of stolen goods or property, and misdemeanor larceny. He…

H.P.D. Arrests Two on Felony Drug Charges

31-year-old Andreya Rael Dampman of Boone and 36-year-old Phonnica Shannara Price, who lists addresses in Claremont and Lenoir, were both arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (January 23). Dampman was charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana up to half-an-ounce, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for…

Man & Dog Die in Tuesday A.M. Fire in Northlakes

According to Caldwell County Public Information Officer Paige Counts and a press release issued by the Grace Chapel Fire Department, a 77 or 78-year-old man and a dog died in a house fire at about 3:50 this morning (January 23). The incident occurred at a residence at 5486 Valley Run Street in Northlakes. The man’s…

Upcoming Reception & Shows at Full Circle Arts

On Thursday, January 25, Full Circle Arts will hold a reception for the latest competition/exhibition, “PaperWorks”. Artists have entered works in which manipulation of paper is the major part of the work. The show includes collage, folding, quilling, cutting and pasting. The judge was Linda Harvey, an expert in handmade paper, who conducts workshops at…

Granite Falls Man Charged with Failing to Appear on Sexual Exploitation Count

68-year-old Paul Eugene Kirby Jr. of South Main Street in Granite Falls was arrested Sunday (January 21) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with failing to appear on felony third degree sexual exploitation of a minor and jailed under $200,000 secured bond. Kirby remained in jail at the Caldwell County Detention Center as…

Charlotte Man Charged with Resisting a Public Officer & Failure to Appear

30-year-old Oscar Edgardo Avila-Martinez of Post Canyon Lane in Charlotte was arrested Sunday (January 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with misdemeanor resisting a public officer and failing to appear on a misdemeanor driving while impaired. Avila-Martinez was given a custody release and $3,000 secured bond. He was not listed in jail…

Durham Resident Charged with Probation Violation

32-year-old Jordan O’Neal Shade of Walton Street in Durham was arrested Sunday (January 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with one misdemeanor and one felony count probation violation and jailed under $30,000 secured bond. Shade remained in jail at the Caldwell County Detention Center as of this morning with a District Court date…

Woman Charged With Death By Distribution In Connection To Fatal Overdoses

38-year-old Brandee Nicole Flowers of Mauney Drive in Lincolnton was arrested Monday (January 22) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with two counts of felony death by distribution. The suspect is charged in connection with an incident that occurred on September 18, 2023, at a residence on Horseshoe Lake Road in Lincolnton where two…

Absentee Voting Period Underway For March Primary In N.C

On Friday, January 19, North Carolina’s 100 county boards of elections began sending absentee-by-mail ballots to registered voters who requested a ballot for the 2024 primary election. This marks the start of voting for North Carolina’s March 5 primary election. Voters who have already requested absentee-by-mail ballots should receive them in the coming days. In…

Suspect Charged With Drug, Firearm Offenses Following Search Of Home

34-year-old Tony John Young of Mahogany Road in Statesville was arrested by Statesville Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of cocaine, possession with intent to sell & deliver cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm by a felon. Last Wednesday (January 17), following complaints from citizens, the Statesville Police Department’s…

Hiddenite Man Faces Felony Meth Charge

42-year-old Dewayne Lee Howard of Hiddenite has been arrested by Taylorsville Police. He was charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance on jail premises, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree trespassing, and resisting arrest. Howard was jailed in Alexander County under a $30,000 secured…

Claremont Woman Arrested on Heroin Charge & More

36-year-old Angela Louise Day of Davie Street in Claremont has been arrested by Probation & Parole Officers in Catawba County on charges of possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a misdemeanor probation violation. She was also charged with three counts of failure to appear on the same charges. Day is on probation following…

One Man Killed in Early Sunday A.M. Shooting

Hickory Police are investigating a homicide that occurred on January 21 at Barklay Falls Apartments, 98 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. At about 12:15 a.m. Sunday, Officers responded to the area where one man had reportedly sustained a gunshot wound. 49-year-old Howard Lesley Redmon of Granite Falls was pronounced deceased at the scene. No other…

Project Grants Available From The City of Hickory Community Relations Council

The City of Hickory Community Relations Council (CRC) is currently seeking projects to fund for the 2023-2024 fiscal year and is inviting qualified groups or individuals to consider submitting grant requests. LaKeisha Ross-Johnson, chair of the CRC said, “Hickory is one of the most generous cities in North Carolina. The Community Relations Council is honored…

Lenoir Man Charged with Five Counts Failing to Appear on Probation Violation

32-year-old Cory Austin Barrett of Town House Way in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (January 21) by State Highway Patrol Officers. He was charged with three misdemeanors: larceny, resisting a public officer, and failing to appear on a misdemeanor count of breaking and entering. Barrett was also charged with five counts of failing to appear on…

Collettsville Resident Charged with Fleeing to Elude Arrest

41-year-old David Forrest Crisp of Highway 90 in Collettsville was arrested Saturday (January 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony failure to appear on a nonsupport case and jailed under $449 cash appearance. Crisp was also charged by NC State Highway Patrol for felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor…

Discolored Water Reported in Caldwell County [UPDATED 12:18 p.m.]

According to a press release issued by the City of Lenoir this morning (January 22), some residents in Caldwell County are experiencing discolored water. The issue arose as the result of a stuck valve caused by sub-freezing conditions. The shut-off valve failure caused a backflow in the city’s water system for about 45 minutes Sunday…

Granite Falls Man Charged with Probation Violation

50-year-old James Wayne Mcrary of Kenny Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (January 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count probation violation and jailed under $20,000 secured bond. Mcrary remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center with a Superior Court date scheduled…

Taylorsville Man Charged In Late Sunday Night Shooting

58-year-old Christopher Michael Carlay of Taylorsville was arrested today (January 22) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. On Sunday (January 21) at approximately 10:45 p.m., the Alexander County Communications Center received a call regarding a shooting at an addresss on McAlpin…

Hickory Man Charged With Having Drugs At Jail

61-year-old Perry Eugene Cline of 31st Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (January 20) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Cline was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. He remained in jail as…

Newton Residents Asked To Resume Bagging Leaves And Other Yard Waste

The City of Newton’s loose leaf collection service, which runs annually from mid-October through mid-January, has ended for the 2023-2024 season with more than 2.5 million pounds of leaves collected. Until loose leaf collection resumes in October, leaves and other yard waste should be bagged and left curbside for collection. City crews collected an estimated…

Man Killed In Sunday Afternoon Crash

A Gaston County man was killed in an Iredell County crash. The deceased is 28-year-old Allante Nathaniel Watts of Gastonia. On Sunday (January 21), at approximately 4:20 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Interstate 77 North near mile marker 39. A 2020 Nissan Sentra was traveling north in the emergency lane on…

Suspect Charged With Drug, Weapon Offenses Following Traffic Stop

21-year-old Bryson Lee Coleman of Cleveland, N.C. was arrested last Wednesday (January 17) by Troutman Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of methamphetamine along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Last Wednesday, officers with the Troutman Police Department conducted a…

Update: Suspect Who Allegedly Dragged Deputy With Vehicle In Custody

33-year-old Corey Allen Leazer of River Highway in Mooresville was arrested Sunday (January 21) on charges filed by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. He’s charged with felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Leazer is also charged with multiple highway…

Man Rescued From Well In Vale

A man was rescued from a well in Vale earlier today (January 19). According to multiple published reports, the incident occurred on Lefevers Road in Vale. Reports said it was in the vicinity of Banoak Elementary off Highway 10. The 68-year-old man fell approximately 25 feet down a well. Rescue officials were told the man…

Charlotte Man Sentenced in Hickory Robbery Case

31-year-old Marcus Deshawn Mayfield of Charlotte was sentenced to an active prison term of six-to-nine years following his guilty plea to robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon. The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed the sentence in Superior Court yesterday (January 18). In…

Hickory Woman Sentenced to 7-to-10 Years

48-year-old Conya Denise Montgomery of Hickory was sentenced to seven-to-10 years in prison following her conviction during Catawba County Superior Court yesterday (January 18). The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, handed down the sentence after Montgomery pleaded guilty to attempted common law robbery, larceny from a person, financial card theft,…

Iron Station Man Arrested After Leading Officers on Chase Through Two States

41-year-old Jesse Michael Waterson of Iron Station faces charges in Lincoln County after leading Lincoln County Deputies and other agencies on a vehicle chase through North Carolina and South Carolina. He was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, and…

Crash During Police Pursuit Claims Life Of Caldwell County Man

A fatal crash has claimed the life of a Caldwell County man. The deceased is 41-year-old Michael Scott Skelton of Lenoir. The crash reportedly occurred during a pursuit with police. On Thursday (January 18) at approximately 10:45 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Playmore Beach Road near Packs Hill Road in Caldwell…

Opening Night for Ride The Cyclone at The Hickory Community Theater

Hickory Community Theatre is kicking off the New Year with a new musical called Ride The Cyclone. This dark musical comedy features a wholly unexpected, wildly imaginative story that delivers surprises at every turn. The plot follows five teenagers from a Canadian chamber choir, and one mysterious stranger, who take one last ride on a…

Updated: Area School Systems Announce Delays

Caldwell County Schools will operate on a three-hour delay today (January 19) due to unsafe road conditions. WrapAround will also operate on a 3-hour delay. Due to low temperatures and ice on the roadways in our area, Burke County Public Schools will operate on a two-hour delay today. The delay is for students and staff.…

Lenoir Man Receives Minimum Six Year Prison Sentence After Entering Plea In Catawba County False Pretense Case

44-year-old Johnny Oscar Hawkins Jr. of Lenoir, will serve a prison sentence of six to nine years following his plea to three counts of obtaining property by false pretense and admission of habitual felon status. The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed terms of the plea arrangement during Catawba County…

Defendant In Rape Trial Found Not Guilty

A jury found a defendant not guilty in an Iredell County rape trial. The Iredell County Superior Court jury deliberated for less than ten minutes Wednesday afternoon (January 17) before finding former Mooresville High School student, 22-year-old Jericho Montrell Neal, not guilty of raping a classmate in 2018. According to published reports, the jury of…

Morganton Park To Undergo Renovations

Renovations for Bethel Park in Morganton are set to start in February with the official closure to the public starting February 5th. After many months of preparation, the city is moving forward with Baker Grading to begin the renovation and repair process for Bethel Park. Flooding issues within the park prompted these renovations and repairs.…

16 Flu-Related Deaths Reported in Catawba County

Catawba County has seen a dramatic increase in flu deaths this season, especially over the past week. So far this flu season, Catawba County Public Health has received 16 reports of flu-related deaths involving Catawba County residents, more than triple the typical number. The death toll is the highest in over a decade. In a…

Wilkes County Man Dies in Thursday Morning Crash

At about 9:50 this morning (January 18), the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal collision in Wilkes County on Champion Mt. Pleasant Road near Conley Shumaker Road. The deceased is 57-year-old Cameron Mark McNeil of Ferguson (an unincorporated community in Wilkes County). The accident occurred as a northbound 2003 Toyota Camry driven…

Man Charged with Parole Violation & Failing to Report Change of Address

58-year-old Joel Whitener Hart was arrested Wednesday (January 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with two felony counts interfering with an electronic monitoring device, parole violation, and felony failure to notify of a change of address as a sex offender. Whitener remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County…

Granite Falls Woman Charged with Possession of Schedule Two Controlled Substance

28-year-old Erin Elizabeth Pipes of Bowman Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (January 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony possession of schedule two controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Pipes was given a custody release and was not listed in jail as of this morning. A Superior…

Lenoir Man Charged with Maintaining a Place for Controlled Substance

43-year-old Travis Lynn Killian of Advent Circle in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (January 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance and felony conspiracy. Killian remained in jail at the Caldwell County Detention Facility as of this morning under $15,000 secured bond. A District…

Alexander County Superintendent Announces Retirement

After devoting her entire professional career to Alexander County Schools, Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Hefner is stepping aside. Hefner gave the local school board her retirement letter during the board’s closed session January 16. Her official retirement date is July 1, 2024. Hefner has served as the superintendent since July of 2014 after a short stint…

Authorities In Catawba County Investigating Fatal Shooting [UPDATED WITH VICTIM’S IDENTITY 12:15 p.m.]

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting Wednesday (January 17) on Dublin Drive that resulted in the death of an adult male. The deceased has been identified as 21-year-old Isaiah Johnson of Shelby. Mr. Johnson’s next of kin have been notified. The incident occurred at about 8 p.m. Wednesday west of Newton. According…

Assumed Business Name Filings Accepted In Catawba County

The Catawba County Register of Deeds is now accepting Assumed Business Name filing online at catawba.filemybusinessname.com. In North Carolina, an Assumed Business Name filing is required by law before any business is conducted under the assumed name within the county. Currently, only new Assumed Business Name filings are accepted online. Assumed Business Name withdrawals or…

Granite Falls Man Who Owned Hickory Businesses Pleads Guilty To Federal Fraud Charges

51-year-old James Christopher Robinson of Granite Falls, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge David C. Keesler Wednesday (January 17) and pleaded guilty to federal charges for tax and credit card fraud. The announcement was made by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. According to filed plea documents and Wednesday’s court…

Man Indicted In Connection To Overdose Death

25-year-old Tristan Randy Charles Strickland of Huntersville was arrested by Mooresville Police Officers. He’s charged on a true bill of indictment with one count of second-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to sell schedule I controlled substance. On September 28, 2023, Mooresville Police Department Detectives began an investigation into the…

Taylorsville Woman Accused of Abduction of Child

30-year-old Amanda May Call of Taylorsville was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers Tuesday afternoon (January 16) on charges of felony abduction of a child and felony assault on a child under the age of 12. She is being held in the Alexander County Detention Center under a secured bond of $250,000. Call will make…

Couple Charged in Iredell County Break-Ins Now Charged in Lincoln County

29-year-old Robert Dale Morton and 38-year-old Amanda Sue Jones, both from Huntersville, have been charged by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives in connection with a break-in at a storage facility in Denver, North Carolina. They were both charged with one felony count each of breaking & entering a motor vehicle, larceny, possession of stolen goods, and…

Lenoir Man Charged with Trafficking Opiates

52-year-old Chester Leon Ferguson III of Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (January 16) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony trafficking opiates by selling or delivering and felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine. Ferguson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. He was not listed…

Drugs Present in System of Woman Killed in September 2023 Crash Involving H.P.D.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has issued a statement indicating that the woman who was killed in a September 2023 crash involving a Hickory Police vehicle had drugs in her system at the time of the accident. Blood test results were received on January 11 indicating the positive reading. The Highway Patrol’s statement does…

Burke County Sex Offender Jailed On Charge Of Failure To Report Change Of Address

39-year-old Robert Daniel Wofford of Icard Rhodhiss Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Tuesday (January 16) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony failure to report a change of address as a sex offender. Wofford is on the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry as a result…

Public Meeting Scheduled For Alexander County Residents To Discuss Flood Risks

Alexander County officials will host a Public Open House to give citizens an opportunity to discuss flood hazard and risk data. That meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 13, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Alexander County Administration Building at 621 Liledoun Road in Taylorsville. Residents and business leaders in Unincorporated Alexander…

Newton Woman Jailed On Meth Charge

40-year-old Stephanie Gwynne Patrick of U.S. Highway 321 Business in Newton was arrested today (January 17) by Newton Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to burn headlamp. Following this morning’s arrest, Patrick was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A District Court date was…

Newton Man Charged With Stolen Vehicle Offense

47-year-old Adrian Levaughn Tribble of Newton was arrested Tuesday (January 16) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of a stolen automobile, attempt to obtain property by false pretense and resisting a public officer. Tribble was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January…

Catawba Woman Arrested On Meth Possession Charge

40-year-old Sarah Marie Hall of Rollins Road in Catawba was arrested Tuesday (January 16) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hall was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (January 17).

Denver, N.C. Man Charged With Felony Drug Offense

61-year-old Pete Edward Dixon of Helen’s Way in Denver, N.C. was arrested Tuesday (January 16) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Dixon was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 17).

Huntersville Man Faces Drug, Firearm Charges In Catawba County

41-year-old William Brandon Mulkey of Huntersville was arrested Tuesday (January 16) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mulkey was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond.…

Morganton Man Faces Forcible Sexual Offense Charge

34-year-old Bradley Lynn Mauney of Sundown Road in Morganton has been arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers on a felony count of second-degree forcible sexual offense. Mauney was jailed today (January 16) in the Catawba County Detention Facility with bond set at $250,000. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for March 18 in Newton.

Lincolnton Woman Wins $200K in N.C.E.L.’s Keno Game

Lincolnton resident Nancy Bourget has won a $200,000 Carolina Keno prize, the largest payout in the history of the Keno game. Bourget’s win occurred on January 6 at the Raceway store on East Main Street in Lincolnton. She bought a Quick Pick ticket for a total of $40 and, after matching all 10 numbers, won…

Public’s Help Sought in Finding Statue Stolen from Grave Site

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in recovering of a statue stolen from a grave site in eastern Lincoln County. The bronze statue of a little girl feeding rabbits was last seen on December 13, 2023, at a grave site on the 900 block of N.C. Highway 16 South Business in…

State Of Emergency Ended In Catawba County

Catawba County Board of Commissioners Chair Randy Isenhower this morning (January 16) terminated the State of Emergency declared last week for Catawba County. That declaration was made January 9 in response to storm-related hazardous conditions across the county. The State of Emergency ended effective 9:00 a.m. today.

Caldwell County Health Department WIC Program Provides Assistance for Eligible Women, Infants, & Children

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), a division of the Caldwell County Health Department, provides supplemental nutritious foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to health care and community resources to participants. To be eligible for WIC a person must: • Be a pregnant woman, a breastfeeding woman who has…

Lenoir Man Charged with Schedule Two Controlled Substance & Stolen Property

50-year-old Ryan Jason Horton of Grogan Drive in Lenoir was arrested Monday (January 15) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with five felonies: two counts probation violation, possession of schedule two controlled substance, possession of stolen goods or property, and failing to appear on a nonsupport charge. Horton remained jailed in the Caldwell County…

Hudson Woman Charged with Credit Card Fraud

56-year-old Mary Ann Waits Teague of Clark Hill Place in Hudson was arrested Monday (January 15) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She was charged with one felony count credit card fraud of more than $5,000 and given a custody release. Teague was not listed in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention…

Hudson Woman Jailed On Catawba County Fraud Charge

45-year-old Joni Lynn Church of Pioneer Trail in Hudson was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with financial card fraud. Church was incarcerated this morning (January 16) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Wednesday (January 17).

Thomasville, N.C. Man Charged With Cocaine, Meth Offenses In Catawba County

38-year-old Jeremy Jamel White of Thomasville, N.C. was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of methamphetamine. White was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (January 16) under $3,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.

City Of Newton Receives Financial Award

For the 38th consecutive year, the City of Newton has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The Newton Finance Department received the certificate from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the city’s annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year that ended June…

Drug Charges Filed Following Traffic Stop

28-year-old Callie Elizabeth Carswell of Morris Loop in Morganton was arrested last Thursday (January 11) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of schedule II controlled substance. Shortly before midnight last Thursday night a Public Safety Officer responded to a vehicle stop on Bost Road at…

Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Charges Filed In Burke County Case

41-year-old Christopher Charles Brackett of Amherst Road in Morganton was arrested Saturday (January 13) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Late last Friday night (January 12)…

Hickory Man Arrested for Statutory Sex Offense & More

37-year-old Brian Keith Ramsey of Mennonite Church Road in Hickory has been arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers on charges of statutory sexual offense with a child by an adult, sex act by a substitute parent or custodian, statutory rape of a child less than or equal to 15 years of age, and first-degree statutory…

Marion Woman Arrested in Hickory for B&E; More

36-year-old Jessica Helms Huskins of Garland Drive in Marion has been arrested by Hickory Police on charges of domestic criminal trespassing, breaking & entering, and injury to personal property. Huskins was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility today (January 15) without bond. She’ll make a first appearance in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

Rutherford County Man Killed in Early Monday Morning Crash in Burke County

One person was killed in a two-vehicle collision in Burke County early this morning (January 15). The deceased is 31-year-old Aaron Nicholas Langley of Ellenboro (in Rutherford County). The accident occurred shortly before 7 a.m. today. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the crash scene on U.S. Highway 64 near Baker Farm Road.…

More Details Released in Arrest of Hit & Run Driver

More details have been released in the arrest of 30-year-old Ricardo Padilla Perez of U.S. Highway 221 in Marion. As reported earlier today on WHKY, Perez was arrested yesterday (January 14) on two counts of felony hit & run and single counts of driving while impaired, careless & reckless driving with wanton disregard, and no…

One Person Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash Saturday in Hickory

Hickory Police are investigating a fatal traffic crash involving two vehicles on Saturday (January 13). The deceased is 55-year-old David Vincent Flowers of Hickory. The accident occurred at about 11:25 Saturday morning. A gold Ford Ranger driven by Mr. Flowers was southbound on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. when it crossed the center lane into the path…

City of Hickory MLK JR. Day Closures & Events

City of Hickory offices will be closed Monday, January 15, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. City of Hickory offices will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 8:30 a.m. Lenoir-Rhyne University’s offices of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Multicultural Affairs will sponsor and host the university’s second annual Dr. Martin Luther King,…

Hudson Man Arrested for Felony Failure to Appear

22-year-old Dalton Joseph Gragg of Drag Strip Road in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers Friday (January 12) on one felony count of failure to appear. Following his arrest, Gragg was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. Gragg will appear in…

Charlotte Man Arrested by H.P.D. on Felony Cocaine Charge

39-year-old Terry Chhan of Wellingford Street in Charlotte has been arrested by Hickory Police on one count of felony possession of cocaine. Chhan was jailed yesterday (January 14) in the Catawba County Detention Facility where he’s being held without bond. He will appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton. Chann will also appear in a…

Wilkes County Teacher Charged with Indecent Liberties

32-year old Brittany Calloway Hemric of Hamptonville in Wilkes County has been charged with felony indecent liberties with a student. Hemric is listed as a social studies teacher at Wilkes Central High School. She was arrested by Wilkes County Sheriff’s Officers last Tuesday (January 9). She was charged in connection with an alleged inappropriate relationship…

Lenoir Man Charged with B&E and Larceny

39-year-old Harley Clint Dula of Meadowland Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (January 14) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. He was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $10,000, secured. He was no longer listed as an inmate…

M.L.K. Day Celebration at Noon Today in Hiddenite

A celebration commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held at noon today (January 15) at the Hiddenite Center. The guest speaker is attorney Chaz Beasley. The event will take place at the center’s Education Complex, 70 Hiddenite Church Road in Hiddenite. Mr. Beasley is a Statesville-born attorney who…

Pilot Seriously Injured in Iredell County Plane Crash

At about 12:20 this afternoon (January 14), the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to an airplane crash in Iredell County at 157 Normandy Road. The pilot was attempting to land a 2000 single-engine Cessna at Lake Norman Airpark when the plane struck several trees and crashed into the front yard of the Normandy Road…

Hickory Man Faces Charged for Meth, B&E, Larceny, & More

34-year-old Zong Shia Yang of Fairgrove Church Road in Hickory has been arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, providing fictitious information to an officer, breaking & entering (two counts), arceny after breaking & entering, breaking…

Hickory Woman Arrested on Multiple Counts of Failure to Appear

38-year-old Lisa Maria Lasher of 44th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers on several counts of failure to appear. She reportedly failed to appear in court on charges of crime against nature, simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance, and a misdemeanor probation violation. Lasher is on…

Caldwell County Schools Names New E.C. Director

Heather Wilson has been approved as the new Caldwell County Schools Exceptional Children’s (E.C.) Director, effective immediately. The announcement came at the county’s Board of Education meeting on January 8. Ms. Wilson most recently served as Assistant E.C. Director for the Catawba County school system. She is expected to begin her new duties on February…

Marion Man Jailed for Hit & Run with Injury

30-year-old Ricardo Padilla Perez of U.S. Highway 221 in Marion has been arrested by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol in Catawba County on two counts of felony hit & run with injury and single counts of driving while impaired, reckless driving with wanton disregard, and no operators license. Perez was jailed Sunday (January 14)…

Granite Falls Man Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

42-year-old Timothy Darrell McDaris of Grace View Place in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers Friday (January 12) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. McDaris was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond…

Three Probation Absconders Arrested in Burke County

28-year-old Natalie Anne Henson of Rhoney Road in Connelly Springs, 27-year-old Victor Tyrone Coffey of Wortman Street in Connelly Springs, and 34-year-old Kenneth Blake Clark of Barus Pond Loop in Valdese have all been arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers as felony absconders from probation. Henson was also charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. They…

Morganton Man Arrested in Hickory on Felony Larceny Charge

31-year-old Billy Ray Keller of Smith Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police Monday (January 8) on one felony count of larceny. Keller was taken into custody without incident at about 11:40 a.m. Monday at a big-box store on Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. He was taken to the Catawba County Detention Facility…

Wilkes County Woman Arrested in Catawba County for Larceny of Vehicle

33-year-old Lacy Elizabeth Rice of Thurmond, North Carolina in Wilkes County (also listed as a homeless person from Mooresville) was arrested by Hickory Police last Saturday (January 6) on one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle. Rice was taken into custody without incident at about 11 a.m. Saturday at Catawba Valley Medical Center…

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charge

43-year-old Anthony Mack Dorland of 4th Street Court S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early last Friday morning (January 5) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver methaqaulone or quaalude. Dorland was taken into custody without incident at 12:01 a.m. on the 5th at a hotel on Highway…

Hickory Man Charged with Habitual Assault

56-year-old Desmond Leon Smith of 1st Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Tuesday morning (January 9) on one felony count of habitual misdemeanor assault. He was also charged with failure to appear on a charge of driving while license revoked. Smith was taken into custody without incident at 2:40 a.m. Tuesday…

Lenoir Woman Charged On Fugitive Warrant To Minnesota

30-year-old Kathilina Emiliana Garcia of Kite Drive in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony fugitive extradition to another state and jailed under no bond. Garcia remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center with a District Court date scheduled for…

Connelly Springs Man Charged With Rape, Forcible Sex Offense

47-year-old Wesley Andrew Neece of Cobbs Place in Connelly Springs was arrested Thursday (January 11) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with one felony count of first-degree forcible sex offense, two felony counts of second-degree forcible rape, and one misdemeanor count of sexual battery. Neece was arrested at his residence without incident shortly after…

New Technology To Detect Breast Cancer Announced At Area Medical Center

Catawba Valley Health System has announced new technology that helps doctors find breast cancers earlier, when they may be more easily treated. According to a news release from Catawba Valley Health, the technology results in fewer false positives, which can be stressful for patients. The technology is the first of its kind in the region,…

Morganton Man Charged With Having Drugs At Jail

52-year-old Jamie Lamont Ruffin of Air Park Drive in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (January 10) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises. Ruffin, who was already incarcerated at the Burke County Jail, was arrested shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Ruffin was previously charged…

Rutherford County Man Charged With Burke County Drug, Trespassing Counts

24-year-old Joshua Caleb Ceragioli of the Rutherford County community of Union Mills, N.C. was arrested by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and misdemeanor second-degree trespassing. Shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday (January 7), a Public Safety Officer responded to an address on Burkemont Avenue in Morganton.…