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Jail Sentence Imposed By Alexander County Judge

42-year-old Clyde David Crouse of Taylorsville, was sentenced to serve 60 days in jail on Monday (January 30) by a judge in Alexander County District Court. Crouse will serve the time in the Alexander County Detention Center. In October 2022, Crouse was arrested by Probation And Parole Officers and was charged with probation violation out…

Meth Seized By Police, Suspects Jailed On Multiple Charges

25-year-old Kendell Lynn Hill, 52-year-old Sonia Lucille Richmond, and 52-year-old Richard Eric Singlestad, all of Taylorsville, were arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. All three suspects were charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Richmond was additionally charged with maintaining a dwelling for controlled…

Statesville Woman Accused of Assaulting Child on School Property

63-year-old Teresa Ellison Campbell of Statesville has been arrested on misdemeanor counts of child abuse and assault on a child under 12. Friday (January 27), the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office took a call from Alexander County Schools regarding an alleged assault that occurred on school property. Officers investigated and determined that a staff member assaulted…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Assault and Drug Possession

44-year-old Adam Franklin Kirschner of Calico Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (January 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with a misdemeanor of assault and battery, assault on a female, and felony possession of methamphetamine. Kirschner remains in jail as of this morning with a $25,000 secured bond and a District Court…

Granite Falls Resident Arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine

54-year-old Blaine Alvin Legg Sr. of Temple Hill Road in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (January 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with misdemeanor larceny, second degree trespass, and felony possession of methamphetamine. Legg was given a custody release and is not listed in jail as of this morning. A District Court…

Lenoir Man Charged with Two Probation Violations

35-year-old Brandon Scott Harris of Oak Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (January 27) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with two counts of felony probation violation and jailed under a $60,000 secured bond. Harris remains in jail as of this morning with a District Court appearance scheduled for January 30. He was…

Lenoir Man Charged with Two Counts of Larceny

27-year-old Nicholas Hunter Sneed of Taubrook Place in Lenoir was arrested Friday (January 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with two felony counts of larceny and was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond. Sneed remains in jail as of this morning with a District Court date scheduled for January 30.

Changes Made To Hickory Leaf Pickup Schedule

Due to an earlier than expected leaf fall, along with continued staffing challenges and inclement weather, leaf pickup in the City of Hickory has been adjusted. The City of Hickory Solid Waste Division appreciates citizens’ patience as Public Works crews continue their efforts to complete the work and provide the highest levels of service. A…

Hickory Resident Jailed On Vehicle Break-in, Theft Charges

18-year-old Curese Devon Mcilwain of 13th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Sunday (January 29) by Hickory Police Officers. The charges filed are break or enter a motor vehicle and felony larceny. Mcilwain was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (January 30).

Newton Man Arrested By Hickory PD On Meth, Theft Charges

44-year-old Michael Gene Biles of Claremont Road in Newton was arrested Saturday (January 28) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor larceny. Biles was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond and remained in jail as of earlier today (January 30). A District Court date was…

Conover Resident Jailed On Drug Charges

25-year-old Maurisha Jalia Laquagia Brown of Mayfair Drive in Conover was arrested Friday (January 27) by Conover Police Officers. The charges filed against the suspect are felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Brown was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond and remained in jail as of earlier…

Burke County Man Jailed On Charge Of Failing To Register

37-year-old Justin Dean Chapman of Mineral Springs Mountain Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Friday (January 27) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged on a true bill of indictment with failure to register as a sex offender. Chapman is listed on the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry as a result of a conviction in…

Hickory Man Sought In Case Involving Missing Person

Authorities are continuing to seek a suspect wanted in connection to a missing person case in Burke County. The individual being sought by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office is 24-year-old Mark Anthony Ortiz of Hickory. On July 12, 2022, the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office regarding a missing…

Maiden Man Charged In Connection To Reported Home Invasion

38-year-old Thomas Wayne Mathis of Withers Road in Maiden was arrested Thursday (January 26) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of first-degree burglary, larceny after breaking & entering, and possession of stolen goods. Mathis is also charged with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female and communicating threats. On Wednesday (January…

Authorities Find Body Of Man Reported Missing In Burke County

The body of a man reported missing last year has been found and positively identified. 30-year-old Philip Donald Carter of Connelly Springs was reported missing on June 22, 2022. According to a news release issued today (January 27), the Burke County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the NC State Bureau of Investigations, conducted another…

Agreement Will Allow CVCC Students To Attend Western Carolina

Students from Catawba Valley Community College will be guaranteed admission to Western Carolina University after Chancellor Kelli R. Brown and Garrett Hinshaw, president of Catawba Valley Community College, met Wednesday, Jan. 25, to sign a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions. The memorandum is part of the Catamount Connection Program, who’s purpose is to…

Granite Falls Man Arrested for Methamphetamine Possession

33-year-old Jeremy Wade Preston of Lazy Creek Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (January 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of methamphetamine and jailed under a $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for January 30.

Authorities Warn Of Scam Involving EBT Card Skimming

According to the North Carolina Department of Justice, card skimming thieves have recently been ramping up efforts to scam state residents through EBT card skimming and cloning. These criminals will obtain personal information by attaching a device to card readers that collect card numbers, PIN numbers, and even EBT card information. Scammers will then collect…

Catawba County Authorities Charge Burke Man With Vehicle Theft

28-year-old Nicholas Dalton Robinson of Foxfire Drive in Morganton was arrested Thursday (January 26) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and driving while license revoked. Robinson was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled Thursday and today (January 27).

Man Arrested By Maiden PD On Vehicle Break-in, Financial Card Theft Charges

21-year-old David Lapete Lynn, Jr., whose address was not listed, was arrested Thursday (January 26) by Maiden Police Officers. He’s charged with break or enter a motor vehicle, financial card theft, misdemeanor larceny and driving while license revoked. Lynn was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court date was…

Convicted Felon Charged With Weapon Offense

41-year-old James Andrew Brown of Sherwood Heights Road in Morganton was arrested last Saturday (January 21) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a weapon by a felon. According to the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction website, Brown has multiple convictions dating back to 1998. He’s been convicted of various…

Connelly Springs Man Charged With Having Drugs At Jail

39-year-old Terry Daniel Killian of Taylor Avenue in Connelly Springs was arrested Tuesday (January 24) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises. Killian was arrested shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday at his residence. He was brought to the Burke County Jail under $1,000…

Morganton Man Charged With Meth Possession, Probation Violation

52-year-old Allen Lee Henson of Mountain View Drive in Morganton was arrested Thursday (January 26) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of probation violation. Henson…

Arrests Made In Connection To Attempted Armed Robbery

20-year-old Zion Michael Roberts of Charlotte was arrested on a charge filed by the Mooresville Police Department. He’s charged in Iredell County with felony attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. Roberts is charged in Mecklenburg County with felony counts including possession of a stolen motor vehicle and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle.…

Morganton Woman Arrested in Hickory on Felony Drug Charges

33-year-old Jada Kylelynn Jackson of Western Avenue in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police early Monday morning (January 23) on felony counts of possession of a schedule I controlled substance (heroin) and possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine), along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Jackson was taken into custody…

Wilkesboro Woman Charged With Drug Offenses In Catawba County

49-year-old Kristie Dawn McCrain of Village Drive in Wilkesboro was arrested today (January 26) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I and II controlled substance, and simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance. McCrain was jailed in the…

Alexander County Home Destroyed By Fire

A home was destroyed by fire Tuesday evening (January 24) in Alexander County. Alexander County Fire Marshall Mark Earle says at approximately 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, units from Sugar Loaf, Taylorsville and Vashti were dispatched to a residence on Jolly Cemetery Road north of Taylorsville. The dwelling was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Earle says…

Hickory Man Charged With Habitual Larceny, Heroin Possession

47-year-old Chadwick Shawn Presnell of 1st Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (January 25) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of habitual larceny, one felony count of possession of heroin, and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Presnell was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000…

Hudson Woman Jailed In Catawba County On Drug, Assault Charges

29-year-old Jessika Alexander Ampie of Horseshoe Bend Road in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (January 25) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, misdemeanor counts of assault inflicting serious injury and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Ampie is also charged with six counts of failure to…

Felony Drug Charges Filed Against Taylorsville Man

44-year old Joseph Carroll Matthews of Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (January 24) by Taylorsville Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Matthews was confined in the Alexander County…

Taylorsville Man Wanted As Fugitive Taken Into Custody

27-year-old Dustin Lee Jones of Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (January 24) by the Alexander County Office of Probation and Parole. He was wanted as a fugitive for felony violation of his probation. No record regarding Jones’ prior conviction is posted on the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction website. Jones was incarcerated in the Alexander…

Two Suspects Charged In Connection To Break-in At Same Home On Consecutive Days

33-year-old Jerry Wayne Makas of Advance, North Carolina and 41-year-old Jamie Lee Usher of Bennettsville, South Carolina were arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. Makas is charged with three felony counts of breaking and entering, two felony counts apiece of larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods, and one felony count of…

Virginia Man Charged With Indecent Liberties, Incest, In Caldwell County

34-year-old Phillip Thomas Head of Warsaw, Virginia, was arrested Wednesday (January 25) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child and one felony count of incest. Head was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is scheduled for February…

Hickory Man Sentenced to 10-to-13 Years in Assault Case

44-year-old Thalmus Jaton Linder of Hickory was given an active prison sentence of 10-to-13 years following his conviction for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. The Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the terms of the plea arrangement in Catawba County Superior Court Monday…

Lenoir Man Charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretense

29-year-old Jalon Alexander White of Taylorsville Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (January 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense and jailed under a $10,000 secured bond. White remains in jail as of this morning with District Court scheduled for January 25.

Hudson Man Arrested for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

59-year-old Darrell Eugene Haas of Cajah Mountain Road in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (January 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with two felony counts possession of a firearm by a felon and received a $20,000 secured bond. Haas was not listed in jail as of this morning with a District Court date…

Woman Charged With Drug Offenses After Officers Respond To Suspicious Vehicle

43-year-old Jody Dawn Holland of Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (January 24) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputies responded to the Hiddenite area at approximately 1:30 a.m. Tuesday after the agency received a report of a suspicious vehicle. Holland was taken into custody…

Alexander County Man Jailed On Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Charges

40-year-old Brandon Lee Thomas of Taylorsville was arrested last Friday (January 20) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Deputies. He was charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Thomas was also served warrants for multiple counts of failure to appear in connection to his alleged violation of probation. He…

Georgia Man Jailed In Catawba County On Kidnapping, Robbery, Vehicle Theft Charges

51-year-old Robert Lawrence Perry of Clermont, Georgia, was arrested today (January 25) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with second-degree kidnapping, common law robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a female, and injury to personal property. Perry was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000…

New Animal Care Facility Opens In Caldwell County

More than 100 guests joined Caldwell County Commissioners to open the new Caldwell County Animal Care Enforcement Facility this past Saturday (January 21). Local leaders and guests toured the new 12,000 square-foot facility, and saw the 46 dog kennels, 75 cat kennels, four cat community rooms, two dog acquaintance rooms, one cat acquaintance room, and…

Conover Man Charged With Heroin Possession

39-year-old Evan Andrew Budofsky of County Home Road in Conover was arrested Tuesday (January 24) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of heroin. Following the arrest, Budofsky was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,500 bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (January 25). A District Court appearance…

Newton Man Jailed This Morning On Firearm Charges

55-year-old Jerry Wayne Benfield of North Davis Avenue in Newton was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, and carrying a concealed gun. Benfield is also charged with failure to appear on counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell…

Attempted Armed Robbery Report Under Investigation

On Tuesday (January 24) shortly after 7:00 a.m., Mooresville Police Officers responded to a call for service regarding an attempted armed robbery at a business on Super Sport Drive. The victim told police when he arrived for work and exited his vehicle, a white two-door vehicle stopped in front of his parked vehicle. The driver…

Statesville Man Arrested on B&E and Larceny Charges

27-year-old Kasey Lane Pharr of Bostain Lake Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, and first-degree burglary, along with a misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer. Last Thursday (January 19), Deputies responded to an address…

False Pretense, Financial Card Theft Charges Lodged Against Alexander County Woman

30-year-old Ana Marie Delariva of Taylorsville was arrested Sunday (January 22) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, one felony count of financial card theft, and one misdemeanor count of larceny. She was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center where she remained as of…

Taylorsville Man Jailed On Vehicle Theft Charge

36-year-old Bradley Wayne Inscoe of Taylorsville was arrested on Sunday (January 22) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He was served a warrant for felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Inscoe was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center following the arrest under $15,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (January 24). …

Lenoir Man Charged with Drug Possession & Larceny

39-year-old William Forrest Wiseman of Lenoir was arrested Monday (January 23) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of larceny. Wiseman remains in jail as of this morning with a $6,500 secured bond and District Court was scheduled for February 13.

Granite Falls Man Arrested for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle

35-year-old Clyde Wesley Shull of Lonesome Dove Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (January 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and was jailed under a $20,000 secured bond. Shull remains in jail as of this morning with a District Court appearance scheduled for…

CPR Classes To Be Offered In Alexander County

Alexander County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) invites the public to sign up for free CPR and AED training to be held every Tuesday in February. According to Alexander County EMS Director Jeff Sigmon, knowing how to perform CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) are valuable lifesaving skills. The training will be…

Hickory Police Chief Presented with Outstanding Service Award

On January 18, Hickory Police Chief Thurman Whisnant was awarded the 2022 Outstanding Service Award from the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police at their annual conference banquet in Cherokee, NC. Each year the association, comprised of state law enforcement executives, selects a police chief for the award that has shown outstanding dedication and…

Hickory Man Charged By Two Agencies With Larceny, Conspiracy

28-year-old Daren Lee Ellis of Clay Trail in Hickory was arrested Sunday (January 22) on charges filed by multiple agencies. The Hickory Police Department charged him with felony and misdemeanor counts of larceny. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office charged Ellis with felony conspiracy. Ellis was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond.…

Hickory Woman Jailed This Morning On Meth, Heroin Charges

37-year-old Myranda Dawn Prince of 9th Street SW in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Prince was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (January 24) under $3,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.

Stony Point Woman Sentenced To Local Jail Time For Contempt

A woman previously arrested on charges of being a no-show in court, as previously reported on WHKY, was sentenced to serve jail time in Alexander County. Last Friday (January 20), 29-year-old Chelsy Lynn Combs of Stony Point was sentenced to the local jail time for contempt of court. As WHKY previously reported, Combs was arrested…

Registered Sex Offender From Catawba County Charged In Alexander County With Being On Premises Illegally

48-year-old David Lee Edwards of Sherills Ford was arrested Saturday (January 21) by Taylorsville Police Officers. He’s charged with felony sex offender on child premises along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods. Edwards was arrested in a separate case last Wednesday, January 18, by Taylorsville Police on a count of misdemeanor…

Arrest Made in Burke County Animal Cruelty Case

More information has been released regarding a Burke County animal cruelty case, initially reported by WHKY Friday (January 20). 54-year-old Julie Ann Sherrill of Eastbrook Circle in Morganton was arrested yesterday (January 22) on 23 counts of animal cruelty. As previously reported, 32 miniature horses and 39 chickens were seized by Burke County Animal Services…

Body Found Saturday in Walmart Parking Lot

At about 5:20 p.m. Saturday (January 21), Hickory Police responded to a death case at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. The deceased was found in his vehicle in the Walmart parking lot. The deceased has been identified as a 38-year-old male from Newland. The cause of death is a suspected drug…

2023 Catawba County District Spelling Bee Champion Named

Congratulations to the 2023 District Spelling Bee Champion, Brie W., a sixth grader at Mountain View Elementary School. She won this year’s event by correctly spelling “subsequent” in the 11th round facing off with runner up, Bryce S., a seventh grader from Jacobs Fork Middle School. The 2023 district spelling bee included 20 participants from…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Heroin or Opium Trafficking

32-year-old Tiera Lesha Icenhour of Berkley Street in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (January 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony trafficking in heroin or opium, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell or deliver controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school. Icenhour…

Lenoir Man Charged with Larceny & Obtaining Property by False Pretense

36-year-old Elliot Patrick Cox of Highway 268 in Lenoir was arrested Friday (January 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense, felony larceny, and a misdemeanor count of resisting a public officer with a $21,000 secured bond. cox is not listed in jail as of this morning…

Lenoir Resident Charged with Larceny

19-year-old Noah Joe Braswell of Lenoir was arrested Friday (January 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and larceny of a motor vehicle. Braswell remains in jail as of this morning with a $10,000 secured bond and a District Court date scheduled for January 23.

Lenoir Man Arrested for Drug Trafficking

35-year-old Christopher Armond Bowers of Berkley Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (January 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony trafficking in heroin or opium, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell or deliver controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school. Bowers remains…

Morganton Woman Charged With Drug, Theft Counts

32-year-old Amanda Dawn Shuping of Fish Hatchery Road in Morganton was arrested Saturday (January 21) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods. A second suspect was arrested in this case on a misdemeanor charge. Shuping was arrested…

Claremont Man Charged With Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Offenses

40-year-old Joseph Allen Smith of Whisenant Lane in Claremont was arrested Friday (January 20) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Smith was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (January…

Catawba County Authorities Charge Lincolnton Woman With Having Drugs At Jail

35-year-old Jessica Leeann McLean of Poplar Street in Lincolnton was arrested Saturday (January 21) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises, misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule III controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. McLean is also charged with failure to appear…

Stony Point Man Charged Following Report Of Shots Being Fired In Parking Lot

40-year-old Christopher Dale Reavis of Greg Lane in Stony Point was arrested last Tuesday (January 17) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon along with misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon and going armed to the terror of people. Reavis is also charged…

Teenager Charged With Having Firearm On School Property

18-year-old Justin Smith Davidson was arrested Friday (January 20) by Statesville Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a firearm on educational property along with misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed handgun, possession of schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. On Friday, School Resource Officers with the Statesville Police Department working…

Denver, N.C. Man Charged With Child Sex Offenses

48-year-old Todd Devon Speight of Denver, N.C., was arrested Friday (January 20) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with three felony counts apiece of child abuse with a sexual act and statutory sex offense with a child by an adult. On December 13, 2022, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report in connection…

Two Arrested on Felony Meth Charges in Iredell County

26-year-old Scottie Lewis Pawelski of Lipton Lane in Statesville and 33-year-old Barbara Danielle Alexander of Parsonville Road in Purlear have both been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on felony drug charges. They were each charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine by possession & transport, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a…

71 Animals Seized in Burke County; Charges Pending

On Wednesday (January 18), search warrants were served on an individual and 71 animals seized following a necropsy report on a miniature horse that listed the cause of death as starvation. Under the direction of Kaitlin Settlemyre, Burke County Animal Services Director, and Animal Enforcement Supervisor Will Brown, with assistance from Burke Co. Sheriff’s Deputy…

Lincolnton Man Faces Indecent Liberties Charges

23-year-old Charles Edward Ramsey, Jr. of Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers on three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. On November 2 of last year, the Sheriff’s Office received information regarding the sexual assault of a child. The incidents reportedly occurred in 2022. The juvenile victim, who was known…

Morganton Man Killed After Being Struck By A Vehicle

A pedestrian was killed in an early morning crash in Burke County. The deceased is 29-year-old Jarred Von Gabriel Berdine of Morganton. Today (January 20) at approximately 1:30 a.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Interstate 40 East near Conley Road (Mile Marker 99). A pedestrian was standing in the travel lane and…

Two Hudson Residents Arrested for Meth Possession

58-year-old Traci Lynn Soles and 61-year-old Timothy Wayne Sweat both of Trojan Lane in Hudson were arrested Thursday (January 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. Soles was charged with one count felony possession of methamphetamine and was jailed under a $5,000 secured bond. She remains in jail as of this morning with a District Court…

Lenoir Man Charged with Drug Possession & Failure to Appear

35-year-old Jesse James Ralph Lefevers of Hollomans Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of a schedule one controlled substance, misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to appear. Lefevers remains in jail as of this morning with…

Hickory Man Jailed On Assault, Firearm Charges

32-year-old Aron Marqulle Mutz of 19th Street NW in Hickory was arrested Thursday (January 19) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with three felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill along with single felony counts of discharge a weapon into occupied property and possession of a firearm by a felon.…

Catawba County To Mail Property Revaluation Notices Later This Month

The Catawba County Tax Office will begin mailing new valuation notices to property owners in late January. These notices inform property owners of the assessed value of their real property, which includes land, buildings, and improvements, effective January 1, 2023, as determined by the County’s four-year revaluation process. Revaluation is the comprehensive, data-driven process of…

Area Law Enforcement Agency Warns Of Scam

The Morganton Department of Public Safety has received multiple complaints about arrest warrant scams that are occurring in the area. The scammers identify themselves as a member of law enforcement from either a local or federal agency. The scammer demands payment in the form of various gift cards and pre-paid cards, this will prevent the…

Conover Man Charged With Multiple Counts Of Violating Probation

41-year-old Bryan Jason Poovey of 2nd Avenue SW in Conover was arrested Thursday (January 19) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with two counts of felony probation violation out of county. Poovey is also charged with domestic criminal trespass, injury to real property, and non-support of a child. Poovey is on probation as a result…

Pedestrian Killed Early Monday Near Maiden

At about 5:50 a.m. this past Monday (January 16), the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal collision in Catawba County on East Maiden Road near Withers Road. The deceased is 38-year-old Tara Faye Heidemann of Saint Clair, Missouri. Ms. Heidemann was walking in the travel lane when she was struck by a…

Granite Falls Man Arrested for Larceny

24-year-old Coty Alan White of Baton Church Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (January 18) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one count felony larceny and given a custody release. He is not listed in jail as of this morning with a Superior Court date scheduled for January 19.

Hudson Man Charged with Abuse

26-year-old Tyler Dean Turnmire of Central Street in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (January 18) by Hudson Police Officers. He was charged with one count felony abuse of a disabled or elder with serious injury. Turnmire remains in jail as of this morning with a $25,000 secured bond and a Superior Court date scheduled for February…

Woman Charged With Murdering Co-Worker In Hickory Enters Not Guilty Plea

During a court appearance Wednesday (January 19) in Catawba County, Tangela Parker of Taylorsville entered a plea of not guilty in the murder of a coworker. Parker is charged with the shooting death of 51-year old Michelle Marlow. Parker was formally arraigned for first-degree murder. Marlow was shot and killed at TCS Designs in Hickory…

Applications Being Accepted For Hickory City Council Vacancy

Hickory City Council is accepting applications to fill the Ward 4 City Council vacancy until the next general or special election. Applicants must be a qualified voter and a resident of Ward 4 in the City of Hickory. The vacancy is the result of the resignation of Ward 4 councilman David Williams. He stepped down…

Man Charged With Fatally Shooting Wife

39-year-old Derik Thomas Trocke of Mooresville was arrested Sunday (January 15) by Mooresville Police Officers. He’s charged with first-degree murder. At approximately 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Mooresville Police Communications personnel received a call that an individual had been shot at a residence in the Cherry Grove subdivision. The caller told telecommunicators that he had shot his…

Caldwell County Man Following Chase That Ended In Morganton With Vehicle Fire

38-year-old Joshua Eugene McClure of Boxwood Street in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (January 18) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. McClure is also cited for hit and run with property…

More Info Released in Arrest of Conover Man on Trafficking Charges

More information has been released regarding the arrest of 30-year-old Robert Joseph Walton of Lee Cline Road in Conover. As reported previously on WHKY, he was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers early today (January 18) on charges of trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in opium, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule…

Man Arrested Following Low-Speed Pursuit Involving Tractor

43-year-old Ronnie K. Hicks has been arrested by authorities in Watauga County following a low-speed pursuit involving a tractor. He was charged with felony counts of fleeing to elude arrest and assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, along with misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired, resisting a public officer, and reckless driving.…

Catawba County Man Killed In Wreck

A Newton man was killed in a traffic crash Tuesday (January 17). The deceased is 82-year-old Vance William Bentley. On Tuesday at approximately 5:00 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Saint James Church Road at Sunset Street. A 2009 Kia Rio was traveling east on Sunset Street, attempted to turn left from…

Hudson Man Charged with Five Felonies

49-year-old Christopher Lee Carswell of Kirby Ward Lane in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (January 17) by Hudson Police Officers. He was charged with five felonies: larceny of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and possession of stolen property. Carswell remains in jail as of…

New Lights Being Installed At Historic Venue In Caldwell County

Contractors have started installing new lights at Mack Cook Stadium in Downtown Lenoir. The lights will help the city bring more events to the location and build on improvements to The Campus at the Historic Lenoir High School. City Council approved the project in August last year. The City was able to raise all the…

Taylorsville Police Arrest Man On Drug Charges

44-year-old Lauro Rudy Agosto, who is listed as a homeless person, was arrested Sunday (January 15) by Taylorsville Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Agosto was also served arrest warrants from Iredell County for one felony count of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and two counts of…

Conover Man Charged With Drug Trafficking Offenses

30-year-old Robert Joseph Walton of Lee Cline Road in Conover was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two counts apiece of trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking, opium or heroin, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Walton is also charged with single counts of maintaining a vehicle,…

Hiddenite Man Facing Charges In Two Counties

58-year-old Scott Darnell Frye of Hiddenite was arrested Monday (January 16) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He was served an arrest warrant for failure to appear. The original charge against Frye was for resisting a public officer in Iredell County. Frye has a series of pending charges in Alexander County that include felony counts of…

Taylorsville Man Jailed On Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Charges

37-year-old James Arthur Blankenship of Taylorsville was arrested Saturday (January 14) by Taylorsville Police Officers. He was charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Blankenship was confined in the Alexander County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. He remained in custody as of earlier today (January 18).…

Outgoing Councilmember Honored At Tuesday’s Hickory City Council Meeting

Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday (January 17). Minutes, second readings, and consent agenda were all approved. Outgoing councilman David Williams was recognized by council for his service to the city. He previously announced that he would be resigning his seat. Williams had served the city on council since 2017 as Ward 4…

Catawba County Commissioners Meet In Regular Session, Approve Multiple Items

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday (January 17). Commissioners approved minutes from the Board’s regular meeting of December 19, 2022. Commissioner Randy Isenhower recommended the appointment or reappointment of 33 local high school students to the 2023 Catawba County Youth Council and the reappointment of Brett Fidler to the CVMC…

Stony Point Woman Charged With Offenses In Two Counties

29-year old Chelsy Lynn Combs of Stony Point was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers Sunday (January 15). She was served arrest warrants for two counts of failure to appear on probation violation charges. Combs has multiple pending charges in Alexander County that include felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession…

Former Troutman Woman Arrested in Arizona on Iredell County Charges

53-year-old Tammy Ann Domenick, formerly from Buckingham Court in Troutman, has been arrested in Arizona on felony charges out of Iredell County. She has been charged with six counts of felony obtaining property by false pretenses. Events leading to her arrest began in July of last year when the Sheriff’s Office received a report from…

Morganton Man Indicted as a Habitual Felon

57-year-old Michael Douglas Perkins of Piney Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (January 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged as a habitual felon after a bill of indictment and given a custody release. Perkins is not listed in jail as of this morning with a Superior Court date appearance scheduled for February 27.

Numerous THC Products Seized From Suspicious Package

Iredell County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) investigators seized more than $600,000 worth of products containing THC following an investigation of a suspicious package. According to a published report, last Tuesday, January 10, ICSO narcotics investigators received information regarding a package that had been found at a local package handling facility. According to Iredell County Sheriff Darren…

Research Underway On Study Of Taylorsville Downtown District

In November 2022, the Alexander County Historic Preservation Committee began working with ACME Preservation Services, which was hired to conduct the research required for the Downtown Taylorsville Historic District to be nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The proposed Downtown Taylorsville Historic District consists of 44 properties with 32 property owners,…

Conover Man Arrested In Burke County Facing Charges In Multiple Area Jurisdictions

27-year-old Mark Edward Hinson of 4th Street SW in Conover was arrested last Friday (January 13) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged in Catawba County with multiple offenses including three felony counts of break or enter a motor vehicle, two felony counts apiece of habitual larceny and larceny of a motor vehicle and single…

Lexington, N.C. Man Charged with Stolen Vehicle Offense In Catawba County

39-year-old James Lee Fones of Lexington, N.C. was arrested Sunday (January 15) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny. Fones was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,500 bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (January 17). A District Court…

Hickory Woman Charged With Having Drugs At Jail

36-year-old Zakeyia Shardae King of 10th Street SW in Hickory was arrested on charges filed by the Hickory Police Department and Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Hickory Police charged King with possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of an open container or consuming alcohol in…

Hickory Man Jailed This Morning On Meth, Marijuana Charges

33-year-old Scott Michael Detter of 24th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Detter was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (January 17) under $1,900 bond. A District Court date…

Claremont Man Charged With Felony Probation Violation, Drug Offenses

46-year-old Johnny Mac Carson of Deal Road in Claremont was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony probation violation, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while license revoked. Carson is on probation as a result of a conviction in Catawba County on…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Failure to Notify a Change in Address

45-year-old Michael Shaun Worley of Jacob Lane in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (January 15) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with felony failure to notify a change of address by a sex offender and received a $20,000 secured bond. Worley remains in jail as of this morning with a District Court date scheduled…

Granite Falls Man Arrested for Interfering with a Monitoring Device

45-year-old Thomas Joe Braswell of Burns Road in Granite Falls was arrested Sunday (January 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony interfering with an electric monitoring device and failure to appear on a nonsupport case. He was given a $3,000 secured and $4,500 cash bond and a District Court appearance scheduled…

Lenoir Man Charged with Larceny & Resisting a Public Officer

44-year-old Christopher Robert Auton of Cedar Run Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (January 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony breaking and entering to an automobile, misdemeanor resisting a public officer, common law uttering, larceny, and felony probation violation. Auton remains in jail as of this morning with a $55,500…

Man Charged with Drug Possession & Paraphernalia

26-year-old TG Christian Vanderford of Spears Drive in Lenoir was arrested Friday (January 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony possession of a schedule two controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Vanderford remains in jail as of this morning with a $11,000 secured bond and a District Court appearance…

Taylorsville Man Jailed In Catawba County On Felony Drug Charges

28-year-old Jordan Lance Killian of Highway 90 in Taylorsville was arrested Saturday (January 14) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of traffic in methamphetamine, possession of schedule I controlled substance, maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance, possession of schedule II controlled substance, and possession of a firearm by a…

Grand Opening For New Animal Care Facility Scheduled This Weekend

Caldwell County Animal Care Enforcement (ACE) will open its new facility with a dedication ceremony this Saturday, January 21 beginning at 10 a.m. Animal Care Enforcement Director Richard Gilliland said in a news release, “This new facility gives us space for more animals, a place for cats to safely play, much needed office space and…

New Helipad Constructed At Hickory Hospital

After several months of planning, construction and staff education, Frye Regional Medical Center has a new rooftop helipad, technically two helipads, located on the top floor of the hospital’s parking garage on North Center Street in Hickory. The medical center’s new helipad meets or exceeds all local and state requirements, including an adequate touchdown and…

Beams In Place For New Pedestrian Bridge In Hickory

Beams were set for a new pedestrian bridge this past weekend in Hickory. Contractors for the N.C. Department of Transportation closed U.S. 321 between Clement Boulevard and 15th Avenue NW. The closure took place from 9 p.m. Saturday (January 14) until early Sunday morning (January 15) so that crews could set the beams in place.

Man Charged With 25 Felony Offenses

38-year-old Adam Steven High of County Line Road in Harmony was arrested last Tuesday (January 10) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with 25 felony counts of larceny of motor vehicle parts. According to information released last Friday (January 13), on September 26, 2022, a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office…

Son Sought In Connection To Death Of Father

A man is wanted in connection to the murder of his father. According to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, 23-year-old Carlton Michael Clarke is being sought by authorities. On Saturday (January 14), a caller advised the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office that they wished to have a welfare check performed at an address on Emmanuel Road,…

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Honored With Events In Hickory Metro

At 11 a.m., following a Martin Luther King, Jr. prayer breakfast, the annual march honoring Dr. King will be held. It’s organized and sponsored by the Hickory NAACP. The march will set off from P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the LR campus and make its way through Hickory to Ridgeview Recreation Center. City of Lenoir Parks…

Morganton Man Arrested on Felony Trafficking Charges

39-year-old William Lavar Brawley of Walker Road in Morganton has been arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of trafficking in opium or heroin, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with two felony counts…

Lenoir Man Again Faces Felony Drug Charges after Arrest in Hickory

37-year-old Charles Nicholas Bradley of Helton Hartley Place in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (January 12) on one count of felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Bradley was taken into custody without incident at about 4:20 a.m. Thursday at a convenience store on…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Exploiting an Elder

41-year-old Ashley Nacole Starnes of Cameo Lane in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony exploiting a disabled or elderly person and felony accessing computers. Starnes was given a custody release and is not listed in jail as of this morning with a Superior Court appearance…

Lenoir Man Arrested on Drug Possession

35-year-old Kimmie Rasean Michaux of Monclair Circle in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony possession of a schedule two controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance, misdemeanor simple possession of a schedule six controlled substance, and failure to appear on two…

Man Arrested on Five Counts of Larceny

23-year-old Kollin Andrew Hall of Falcon Court in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 12). He faces charges by Caldwell County Sheriff’s and Lenoir Police agencies. Hall was charged with misdemeanor larceny, possession of stolen property, breaking or entering into a motor vehicle and five misdemeanor counts of larceny. Hall remains in jail as of this…

Hickory Man Jailed on Multiple Counts of Failure to Appear

42-year-old Thomas Leroy Cline, III of 16th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Wednesday (January 11) on felony and misdemeanor warrants for failure to appear. He reportedly failed to appear in court on two counts of felony possession of methamphetamine and three felony probation violations, as well as two misdemeanor counts…

Lenoir Woman Arrested by H.P.D. on Felony Larceny Charge

34-year-old Bethany Rachelle Haynes of Eastover Circle N.E. in Lenoir has been arrested by Hickory Police on felony and misdemeanor charges. She was served an order for arrest issued by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office for felony larceny and she was arrested on a misdemeanor larceny charge out of Gaston County. The charges date back…

Bethlehem Man Charged With Disseminating Obscenity, Sexual Exploitation

24-year-old Hunter Andrew Punch, who is a resident of the Bethlehem community and lists a Hickory address, was arrested today (January 13) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts apiece of second-degree disseminating obscenity and second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Punch was arrested early this morning and was later released…

Groundbreaking Held Thursday For First Company In Burke Business Park

The first manufacturing business broke ground in Burke Business Park Thursday (January 12). The business park is located on Kathy Road adjacent to Interstate 40. In May 2020, UNIX Packaging, LLC announced they were opening their third U.S. state of the art beverage manufacturing plant in Burke County. The new facility was planned to create…

Hickory Man Jailed On Assault, Resisting Officer Charges

47-year-old David Allen Noblitt of 19th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, injury to real property, and resisting a public officer. Noblitt was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (January 13) under $5,000 bond. A District…

Conover Man Charged With Meth Possession

45-year-old Bobby Joe Powell, Jr. of North McLin Creek Road in Conover was arrested Thursday (January 12) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to appear on a count of boating access area violation. Powell was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500…

Habitual Larceny Charges Filed Against Newton Man

43-year-old Jonathan Glenn Wilson of Conley Street in Newton was arrested Wednesday (January 11) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of habitual larceny. Wilson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. He remained in custody as of earlier today (January 13). A District Court date is scheduled…

Second Suspect Arrested In Catawba County Murder Case

A second suspect has been arrested in a Catawba County murder case. Both suspects were arrested the same day. 29-year-old Angel Gustavo Gonzalez of Highland Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (January 12) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with murder. The arrest is in connection to the death of 51-year-old Luiz Enrique…

Woman’s Body Found in Catawba County Identified

On Wednesday January 11, a motorist alerted area deputies to the presence of a deceased person in a wood line near the intersection of Plateau Road and Tradewinds Street. Deputies traveled to that location and found the body of a deceased female. On Thursday, The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office released new information regarding the deceased…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Resisting a Public Officer

53-year-old Wesley Scott Brown of Union Grove Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (January 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor resisting a public officer. Brown remains in jail as of this morning with a $15,000 secured bond with a District Court appearance scheduled for January…

Granite Falls Man Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

52-year-old Michael Adam Jennings of Lee Pearson Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (January 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine and received a custody release. Jennings was not listed in jail as of this morning and has a Superior Court appearance scheduled for February 6.

Arrest Made In Connection To Death Of Catawba County Man Found In December

An arrest has been made in a Catawba County homicide case. 31-year-old Juan Jesus Santellan of Highland Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested today (January 12) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with murder. The arrest is in connection to the death of 51-year-old Luiz Enrique Rodriguez of Catawba County. As WHKY previously reported,…

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Schedule Announced For Catawba County, Hickory

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday schedule has been announced for Catawba County and the City of Hickory. Catawba County government offices and facilities will observe the holiday next Monday (January 16) as follows: Government offices will be closed and will reopen at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 17. The Catawba County Park System (Bakers…

Hickory Man Charged With Fleeing From Police

53-year-old Paris Alexander Van Wagoner of 10th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (January 10) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Van Wagoner is also charged with speeding, reckless driving to endanger, failure to stop for a stop sign or flashing red light,…

Morganton Woman Charged With Felony Drug Counts, Meth, Fentanyl Seized

42-year-old Yasmin Velasquez-Hernandez of Highridge Drive in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (January 11) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with two felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday an officer responded to an address on Highridge Drive…

Burke County Traffic Stop Results In Arrest Of Rutherford County Man On Felony Drug Charges

38-year-old John Ervin Lowrance of Rutherfordton was arrested last Friday (January 6) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of trafficking, opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I controlled substance, and possession of schedule II controlled substance. Lowrance is also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana…

Deceased Woman’s Body Found In Catawba County

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office reports the discovery of a body. On Wednesday (January 11), a motorist alerted area deputies to the presence of a deceased person in a wood line near the intersection of Plateau Road and Tradewinds Street. Deputies traveled to that location and found the body of a deceased female. The individual…

Second Body Identified in Connection to Denver Homicide

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives have identified the body of a man found in a small pond off Sherwood Lane in Denver. The deceased is 30-year-old Anthony Tyrone Herriott, Jr. of Sherwood Lane. The Lincoln County Land Search team was deployed to search the area around the residence on the 6,300 block of Sherwood Lane yesterday…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Controlled Substance

44-year-old Jason Matthew Libera of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (January 10) by Hudson Police Officers. He was charged with felony possession of a schedule two controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Libera received a custody release and is not listed in jail as of this morning.…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Child Abuse Inflicting Bodily Injury

On Monday, January 9, 2023, at 5:16 pm, Officers of the City of Lenoir Police Department responded to a call of a minor child who had sustained burns at Stonewall Street Apartments in Lenoir, NC. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a 1-year-old male child who had evident burns to his lower body.…

Lenoir Resident Arrested for Obtaining Property by False Pretense

39-year-old Devin Levi Johnson of Fairview Drive in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (January 10) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with obtaining property by false pretense and uttering a forged instrument. Johnson remains in jail with a $10,000 secured bond and a District Court date was scheduled for January 11.

Man Charged with Larceny & Breaking and Entering

37-year-old Daniel Lee Hodge of Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (January 10) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny, and a misdemeanor count of larceny. Hodge remains in jail with a custody release and a $500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for February 9 and a…

Registered Sex Offender Charged with Indecent Liberties

37-year-old Paul Lewis Ghiraldi of Davie Avenue in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on five felony counts of indecent liberties with a child. According to a press release issued today (January 11), on December 30, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding an 11-year-old child who was inappropriately touched by Paul…

Man Charged In Connection To Assault With Hatchet

50-year-old Douglas Todd Greene was arrested by Boone Police Officers. He’s charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. According to a news release issued today (January 11), on Saturday, December 31, 2022, just after 5:00 p.m., a 56-year-old white male went to the Watauga Medical Center Emergency Department with a serious…

Area School System To Receive Funding For New Elementary School Gym

Alexander County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Hefner has announced that the district is getting $5.3 million dollars in state money to build a new gymnasium at Sugar Loaf Elementary School. The district had applied for the funding earlier, but was made aware in late September that it did not receive the money. However, after some…

Agreement Reached By Area Board Related To Search For New County Manager

The Alexander County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with the Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) at the January 9 meeting to assist with the recruitment of a new Alexander County Manager. The search for a new manager comes following the passing of longtime County Manager Rick French on December 24, 2022. The WPCOG…

Man Sentenced To Local Jail Time By District Court Judge

A man has been sentenced to jail time in Alexander County. On January 5, 34-year old Darvis James Stacy of Taylorsville was sentenced to serve 90 days in the Alexander County Detention Center after a ruling by a District Court Judge. Stacy has a pending felony charge of assault inflicting serious bodily injury and another…

Newton Resident Jailed This Morning On Heroin Charge Filed By Hickory PD

35-year-old Casey Renee Blackwell of Forest Drive in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Blackwell was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (January 11) under $4,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.

Man Jailed On Felony False Pretense Charge

40-year-old Jeremy Anthony Bumgarner of Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (January 10) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony fraud and obtaining property by false pretense. Following the arrest, Bumgarner was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (January 11). A District…

Hiddenite Man Jailed On Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Charges

37-year-old Ricky James Kilby of Hiddenite was arrested Monday (January 11) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked. Kilby was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under $60,000 secured bond and remained in jail as of…

Woman Charged In Murder Case Released As Part Of Plea Agreement

A woman charged with accessory in an Alexander County murder case has been released after being sentenced to time already served. 32-year-old Brandy Lynn Miller of Stony Point was charged with accessory to the fact of first-degree murder in connection to the fatal shootings of 38-year-old Chad Lee Kennedy and 57-year-old Mark Jefferson Furey. The…

Authorities Reveal Name Of Victim In Deadly Crash In Alexander County

The name of the victim in a fatal crash Tuesday (January 10) in Alexander County has been released. The deceased 41-year-old Mary Kay Keller of Taylorsville. On Tuesday, at approximately 6:05 a.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to N.C. 127 near Willie McLeod Road. A 2017 Ford Focus was traveling south on NC…

Victim in Lincoln County Shooting Identified; Second Body Found

More details have been released in connection to the the shooting death of a woman in Denver yesterday (January 9). The deceased has been identified as 35-year-old Debra Ana Jackson of Sherwood Lane in Denver. Family members discovered Ms. Jackson’s body lying in the front yard of her home. The relatives were looking for her…

New Vice President of Operations Named at Cargo Transporters

On January 9, 2023, Cargo Transporters, Inc., an asset-based regional and national carrier announced that Darren Burger has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Operations effective January 1, 2023. Within this role, Burger will oversee the operations, customer service and logistics departments. Since 2004, Burger has been a part of Cargo Transporters…

Lenoir Woman Arrested for Obtaining Property by False Pretense

31-year-old Kelsie Lynn Bloom of Misty Morn Drive in Lenoir was arrested Monday (January 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with misdemeanor failure to appear, larceny, and felony obtaining property by false pretense. Bloom remains in jail as of this morning with a $11,000 secured bond and three District Court appearances scheduled…

Convicted Felon Charged With Possession of a Firearm

39-year-old Timothy Lee Felder of Staircase Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (January 9) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with two felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Felder remains in jail as of this morning with a $125,000 secured bond and District Court scheduled for January 9. A…

Lenoir Man Charged for Maintaining a Place for Controlled Substance

25-year-old Marcus Allen Whisnant of Bee Mountain Ridge Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (January 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance. Whisnant remains in jail as of this morning with a $20,000 secured bond and a District Court appearance for January…

Statesville Teen Arrested after Allegedly Firing Shots at Victim

18-year-old Daniel Scott Miller, Jr. of Sparrow Lane in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a weapon into occupied property, conspiracy, and robbery with a dangerous weapon. According to a press release issued today (January 10),…

Fatal Crash Reported In Alexander County

One person died as the result of a crash at approximately 6 a.m. today (January 10) on NC Highway 127 in Alexander County. Reports indicate that two vehicles were involved in the incident. The highway was closed following the wreck from Blankenship Road to Willie Mcloud Road. No names had been released as of earlier…

New Resource Officers Start At Alexander County Schools

Two new faces met students at Bethlehem Elementary and Ellendale Elementary Schools Monday morning (January 10).  Sheriff’s Department Officers Trey Hefner and Buddy McKinney began working at the campuses after the schools received a state grant to help with funding. North Carolina awarded $308,000 in a safety grant to help pay the salaries of the…

Felony Theft Charge Filed By Hickory Police

29-year-old Jo’nathan Shaquar Johnson, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested Friday (January 6) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny. Johnson was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,500 bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (January 10). His next District Court date is…

Sherrills Ford Man Arrested On Firearm Charge

31-year-old Joshua Howard Wallace of Catfish Drive in Sherrills Ford was arrested Monday (January 9) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and driving while license revoked. Wallace was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $17,000 bond. A District Court date is set for January…

Hickory Man Sentenced To Minimum Of 20 Years In Statutory Rape Case

47-year-old Allen Joseph Gambill of Hickory was given an active prison term of 20 to 29 years after pleading guilty to sexual offenses involving a minor. He entered the plea during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (January 9). Gambill entered a guilty plea to the offenses of statutory rape of a person less than…

Fatal Shooting Under Investigation

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the shooting death of an eastern Lincoln County woman. The homicide occurred around 3:25 p.m. Monday (January 9) at a residence in the 6300 block of Sherwood Lane, Denver, N.C. Investigation into the incident is continuing and detectives are seeking a person of interest in the woman’s death. The…

Connelly Springs Man Arrested on Fugitive Warrant from S.C.

26-year-old Joseph Mark Greene of Riverwalk Drive in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police this morning (January 9) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Greene is wanted by the Gaffney Police Department in Cherokee County, South Carolina on two counts of malicious injury to personal property between $2,000…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

49-year-old Larry Dewayne Colvin Jr. of Winkler Way in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (January 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and placed under a $30,000 secured bond. Colvin remains in jail as of this morning with a District Court appearance scheduled for…

Lenoir Woman Arrested for Drug Possession

37-year-old Tasha Nicole Kirby of Tiffany Place in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (January 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony possession of schedule two controlled substance and received a custody release. Kirby was not listed in jail as of this morning with a District Court appearance scheduled for February 27.

Blowing Rock Resident Arrested for Breaking & Entering

35-year-old Heather Louise Hammac of Old Johns River Road in Blowing Rock was arrested Sunday (January 8) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with felony breaking and entering to an auto vehicle and given a $3,000 secured bond. Hammac remains in jail as of this morning with a District Court appearance scheduled for January…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

37-year-old Melissa Ann Abernathy of Pleasant Hill Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (January 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and was given a custody release. Abernathy was not listed in jail as of this morning with a Superior Court date scheduled…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon

32-year-old Michael William Watkins of Prospect Street in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (January 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged and given no bond for misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon and interfering with emergency communication. Watkins was also charged with felony possession of controlled substance on a penal institution and was placed under…

Lenoir Woman Arrested for Drug Possession

39-year-old Aleshia Marie Hammons of Anthony Creek Road in Collettsville was arrested Friday (January 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and received a 5,000 bond. Hammons is not listed in jail as of this morning with a District Court appearance scheduled for January 9.

Two Lenoir Residents Arrested for Conspiring to Traffic Heroin

38-year-old Michelle Gieava Gill of Folk Street in Lenoir and 31-year-old Kwan Develle Gibbs of High Circle in Lenoir were arrested Friday (January 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with five felonies: conspiring to traffic opium or heroin, manufacturing marijuana, selling or delivering a schedule one controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling…

Hudson Man Charged With Felony Marijuana Offenses

24-year-old Seth Alexander Whittington of Maynors Mobile Home Park in Hudson was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of a synthetic cannabinoid. He was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (January 9) under $5,000 bond. A District…

Newton Man Charged With Break-in, Theft Counts

45-year-old Bradley Wayne Misenheimer of N.C. Highway 10 West in Newton was arrested today (January 9) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering, along with a misdemeanor count of attempt to break or enter a building. Misenheimer was incarcerated in the Catawba County…

Woman Jailed In Catawba County On String Of Charges

38-year-old Meaghan Leigh Derby of Helens Way in Denver, N.C. was arrested Sunday (January 8) by Probation and Parole Officers. She’s charged with felony forgery of an instrument and misdemeanor counts of second-degree trespass, first-degree trespass, larceny, possession of stolen goods or property, and probation violation out of county. Derby is also charged with failure…

Portion Of U.S. 321 To Be Closed In Hickory Later This Week

Weather permitting, contractors will be working on U.S. 321 in Hickory January 14 and 15. This work will require the closure of U.S. 321 between Clement Boulevard and 15th Avenue NW, from 9 p.m. Saturday, January 14, through 5 a.m. Sunday, January 15. Detour routes for the U.S. 321 road closure will be established and…

Alexander County Man Sentenced To Jail Time On Firearm Charge

49-year-old Billy Wayne Barlow of Taylorsville was ordered to serve a minimum of just over a year in the Alexander County Detention Center last Thursday (January 5). A Superior Court Judge gave Barlow the active jail time for possession of a firearm by a felon. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS)…

Catawba County Woman Among 22 Charged In Drug Round-Up

In the continuous efforts of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, 22 alleged drug dealers have been arrested in the latest drug dealer round-up operation conducted by the agency. The arrests stem from investigations conducted in the latter part of 2022 and 2023. These individuals have been arrested for numerous felony drug crimes. The majority of…

Granite Falls Man Arrested for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

32-year-old Casey Amon Starnes of Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (January 5) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, two misdemeanor counts of probation violation, and one count felony probation violation. Starnes was on probation as a result of a conviction in Caldwell County in December 2020…

Granite Falls Woman Charged with Two Probation Violations

32-year-old Kimberly Arlene Hall of Hurricane Hill Road in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (January 5) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She was charged with one count felony probation violation and one misdemeanor count of probation violation with a $20,000 secured bond. Hall was on probation as a result of a conviction in May 2022…

Valdese Woman Among Two People Killed In Thursday Crash

Two people including a Burke County resident were killed in a crash Thursday (January 5) in Ashe County. The deceased are 62-year-old Shirley Ann Ellison of Valdese and 60-year-old Nancy Patrick Ellison of Sparta. On Thursday at approximately 9:10 a.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to U.S. 88 near Roe Hunt Road in…

More Details Released In Fatal Crash In Burke County, Victim Identified

A man was killed in a crash in Burke County Wednesday (January 4). More details have been released on this incident, which was first reported Thursday (January 5) on WHKY. The deceased is 63-year-old Robert Ernest Bowden of Morganton. On Wednesday at approximately 5:40 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to U.S. 70…

CVCC To Host Seminar To Offer Tips On Starting Small Business

The Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) Small Business Center will host a no-cost “ABC’s of Starting a Small Business on a Limited Budget” webinar on Thursday January 12 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and again from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The program will be in webinar format, allowing participants to participate from their…

Hickory Man Charged With Multiple Counts Of Discharging Weapon Into Occupied Property

42-year-old Jonathan Corneilles White of Shoupes Grove Church Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with three counts of discharge a weapon into occupied property along with single counts of accessory after the fact and injury to personal property on warrants from 2022. White was placed in the Catawba County Detention…

Burke County Man Arrested In Case Involving Stolen Vehicle

53-year-old Wayne Douglas Clark of East Burke Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Wednesday (January 4) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle along with two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear for failure to comply. Clark was arrested in connection to an incident reported early Wednesday…

Newton Woman Charged With Being No-Show In Court On Multiple Counts

28-year-old Darien Brooke Greer of Evergreen Drive in Newton was arrested Wednesday (January 4) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with failure to appear on one count of death by distribution, two counts of possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises, and one count of felony possession of cocaine. Greer was jailed…

Fatal Wreck Involving Motorcycle Reported In Alexander County (Updated with name of victim, 8:10 a.m., 1/6/23)

The driver of a motorcycle was killed in a crash in Alexander County Thursday (January 5). The deceased is 33-year-old Charles Eugene Moore of Taylorsville. At approximately 6:40 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to U.S. 64 near Golf Course Lane. A 2001 Harley-Davidson Sportster was traveling east on US 64, lost control,…

N.C. Commissioner Awards HPD Officer with Heroism Award

On January 5, at 1:30 p.m., N.C. Commissioner of Insurance/N.C. State Fire Marshal Mike Causey was in Catawba County to present a Heroism Award to Hickory Police Officer Dylan Cornett. The ceremony took place in Council Chambers in the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building (City Hall). On May 1, 2022, at about 2 a.m., the…

Burke County Crash Results In Reported Fatality

A Wednesday (January 4) crash in Burke County reportedly resulted in a fatality. According to a published report, a man was killed in a collision on U.S. 70 between Drexel and Morganton. According to the report, witnesses told North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers a car was driving erratically before it crossed the double yellow…

Lenoir Man Charged as a Habitual Felon

57-year-old Leonard Everett Wilcox of Rattlesnake Lane in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (January 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony habitual felon and received a custody release. Wilcox has multiple prior convictions in Caldwell, Burke, and Wilkes County dating back to 1982 with the most recent being in 2018. Wilcox is…

Hudson Man Arrested for Probation Violation

44-year-old Kenneth Earl Sutton of Gatewood Drive in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (January 4) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with felony probation violation and received a $150,000 secured bond. Sutton was on probation as a result of a conviction in Alleghany County in December 2021 for possession of a firearm by a…

Lenoir Man Charged with Two Probation Violations

35-year-old Kimmie Rasean Michaux of Montclair Circle in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (January 4) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with felony possession of a schedule two controlled substance and two counts of probation violation. Michaux was on probation as a result of a conviction in September 2021 in Caldwell County for felonious…

Suspect Charged With Cocaine Possessoin Following Traffic Stop

30-year-old Christopher David Quattlebaum of Gay Street in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of cocaine and maintain a vehicle for a controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. According to information released today (January 5), Last Friday (December 30) a…

Free Pharmacy Event Scheduled In Iredell County

NC MedAssist and the Iredell County Health Department are partnering to provide a Mobile Free Pharmacy and Health Fair event in Iredell County on Friday, January 13. The event will be held at First Baptist Church Mooresville at 150 South Church Street, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is open to any person…

Hickory Officials Seeking Contractors For Housing Rehabilitation

The City of Hickory is seeking contractors and handyman services to participate in the housing rehabilitation programs offered to homeowners within Hickory city limits. The City’s two housing rehabilitation programs aim to improve the quality of the local housing stock and make improvements that prevent the displacement of low to moderate income homeowners. The Housing…

Maiden Teenager Charged With Rape

18-year-old Coleman Dale Williams of Water Plant Road in Maiden was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with second-degree forcible rape. Williams was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (January 5) without bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.

Hickory Man Charged With Meth Possession

29-year-old Abraham Adon of East 8th Street in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Adon was jailed this morning (January 5) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.

Hickory Woman Jailed This Morning On Drug, Larceny Charges

31-year-old Brittany Danielle Wiles of 13th Street SW in Hickory was arrested by Newton Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, and misdemeanor larceny. Wiles was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (January 5) under $5,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.

Police Investigating Crash Involving Pedestrian

A traffic crash involving a pedestrian earlier this week is under investigation. On Tuesday (January 3) at approximately 7:15 p.m., the Statesville Police Department responded to a call regarding a vehicle collision on Turnersburg Highway near North Point Boulevard. The vehicle involved was traveling north on Turnersburg Highway in the outside lane of travel. A…

Murder From 1992 Assigned To Team Formed To Investigate Unsolved Cases

A murder case from 31 years ago is still under investigation by an area law enforcement agency. At the beginning of January, the Statesville Police Department began investigating unsolved cases from previous years through a team of retired investigators. Over the last several months, retired SPD investigators were brought in to work part-time assisting with…

Man And Woman Charged With Stealing Safe From Home

35-year-old Steven Floyd Fish of Mooresville and 26-year-old Katelynn Paige Woolledge of Troutman were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with felony counts of safecracking, larceny and larceny of a firearm. Woolledge is also charged with a felony count of possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises. The charges…

Charlotte Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

20-year-old Cameron Alfonzo Bacon of Deer Green Lane in Charlotte has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, trafficking in heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin, possession of fentanyl, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, and introducing contraband…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Violating Probation

22-year-old Daniel Reid Hoy of Collettsville Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (December 3) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with a felony probation violation and was placed with a $20,000 secured bond. Hoy was on probation as a result of a conviction in November 2020 in Caldwell County for felony receiving a…

Lenoir Man Charged with Probation Violation

37-year-old Michael Allan Thompson of Forrest Hill Drive in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (December 3) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with a felony probation violation and was placed with a $25,000 secured bond. Thompson was on probation as a result of a conviction in Caldwell County in May 2021 on felony counts…

Details Released On Armored Truck Crash In Lenoir

Details have been released on a crash involving an armored truck in Caldwell County earlier this week. According to the Lenoir Police Department, the crash occurred Monday afternoon (January 2) on U.S. 321 southbound just before the Education Center in Lenoir. The Loomis truck lost control, ran off the right side of the road then…

Request Issued For Juvenile Crime Prevention Council Funding In Alexander County

The Alexander County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) has studied the risk factors and needs of Juvenile Court-involved youth in Alexander County and has issued a Request for Proposals. The JCPC anticipates funds from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in the amount of $140,199 to fund programs. Such programs will serve delinquent and…

Area Company To Expand, Jobs To Be Added

Jobs will be created as a result of action taken during an area meeting Tuesday (January 3). An existing company will add new jobs following action taken by the Iredell County Board of Commissioners. According to a published report, Commissioners held a public hearing and then voted unanimously to grant Fibreworks Composites LLC a $77,905…

Hickory City Council Approves Economic Development Agreement During Short Session

Hickory City Council met in what turned out to be a short regular session Tuesday night (January 4). Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were all unanimously approved. Council held a public hearing for consideration of a joint economic development agreement for the conveyance of City-owned property located in Downtown Hickory on Main Avenue…

Hickory Man Charged With Robbery With Weapon

21-year-old Khareem Delano Sassafras of 4th Street Drive NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (January 3) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon. Following the arrest, Sassafras was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District Court date…

Hickory Man Charged With Multiple Offenses By Three Agencies

38-year-old Nathaniel Breon Wilson, Jr. of 7th Street Drive SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (January 3) on charges filed by three agencies. The Hickory Police Department charged Wilson with felony possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and resisting a public officer. Probation & Parole filed felony counts of larceny and…

Hickory Man Charged With Strangulation, Battery Of Unborn Child

25-year-old Jalen Jakee Witherspoon of 15th Street SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (January 3) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony assault by strangulation along with misdemeanor counts of battery of an unborn child and assault on a female. Witherspoon was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $500,000 bond. A District…

Additional Details Issued In Case Involving Arrest Of Woman On Sex Offense Charge

More details have been released in a Burke County sex offense case. 30-year-old Julia Paige Hyduke of Ross Street in Morganton was arrested last Friday (December 30) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. As WHKY previously reported, she’s charged with felony second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Public Safety issued a news release Tuesday containing more…

Man Charged With Felony Offenses Including Having Drugs At Jail

30-year-old Timothy Ryan Chapman was arrested Monday (January 2) by authorities in Iredell County. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises, possession of methamphetamine, and break or enter a motor vehicle. In addition, Chapman is charged with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule III controlled substance,…

Claremont Woman Arrested By Burke County Authorities On Catawba County Drug Charge

38-year-old Chelsea Rose Wilson of Crystal Street in Claremont was arrested Monday (January 2) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged on a Catawba County warrant with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Wilson is also facing misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of schedule III controlled substance along…

Best-Selling Author To Discuss Novel, Host Workshops At Hickory Library

On Saturday, January 7, at 2 p.m., Gloria Coppola, best-selling and award-winning author, will discuss her new novel “Too Many Goodbyes: A Novel of Adventure and Love.” Coppola’s book is based on the hope and faith she has had in her own life, her travels, her experiences, and the people she has met along the…

CVMC Welcomes the First Birth of 2023

Catawba Valley Medical Center’s first baby of 2023 was delivered at 12:27 a.m. on January 1. Grayson was born to parents Erica and Zachary Shuford of Claremont. Grayson measured 7.2 pounds and 20 inches long. As part of the celebration, Grayson and his family were gifted a baby basket complete with all the items a…

NCDOJ Says No Charges To Be Filed Against Former Congressman Who Represented Portion Of Hickory Metro

The North Carolina Department of Justice recently announced that there is not sufficient evidence to bring charges against former 11th District Congressman Mark Meadows or his wife Debra Meadows for alleged voter fraud involving the 2020 election. A news release was issued last Friday (December 30) by the North Carolina Department of Justice. N.C. Attorney…

Morganton Man Arrested On Felony Charges Following Traffic Stop

43-year-old Todd Christian Lindberg of Clark Loop in Morganton was arrested last Friday (December 30) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, and obtain property by false pretense. On Friday shortly after 8 p.m. a Public Safety Officer conducted a vehicle stop…

Electric Cooperative Donates Money To Crisis Center In Hickory Metro

The EnergyUnited Foundation recently donated $10,000 to Christian Crisis Center of Alexander County to provide support for the organization’s utility bill assistance program. The grant will be used to provide utility bill assistance for EnergyUnited members. Additionally, individuals who are facing financial hardship may apply to receive assistance paying their water or propane bills. The…

Unemployment Rates Drop Across Hickory Metro

The latest unemployment rates have been released for counties in North Carolina and the Hickory Metro and much of the state saw a decrease in jobless percentages. The update from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division shows the unemployment rates for November, 2022. The unemployment rate for Catawba County is…

Meth Possession Charge Lodged Against Man Arrested In Burke County

41-year-old Benjamin Wade Young of Seitz Road in Morganton was arrested last Thursday (December 29) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and failure to appear on a count of failure to comply. Young was arrested shortly before 3:30 p.m. last Thursday at the Burke County…

Sexual Exploitation Charge Filed Against Morganton Woman

30-year-old Julia Paige Hyduke of Ross Street in Morganton was arrested last Friday (December 30) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Shortly after 6 p.m. Friday, a Morganton Public Safety Officer responded to an address on Ross Street in reference to warrant service. The officer made…

Man Charged With Allegedly Firing Shots At Juveniles Attempting To Pull Prank

50-year-old William James Baugus of York Spann Road in Hamptonville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony discharge a weapon into occupied property and three counts of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon. On Friday (December 30), shortly after midnight, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies responded to the area of…

Teenager Dies In Tractor Accident

The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office says a teenager died on Friday, December 30 as the result of a tractor accident. 14-year-old Cole Ellis was found deceased. Reports indicate he was feeding cattle when the tractor he was operating lost traction and began sliding down a hill. The incident was reported to have ocurrred off Old…

Wanted Man in Caldwell County Now in Custody

On December 30, 2022, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office listed 34-year-old Gerald Lee Abernathy of Waycross Drive in Lenoir as a wanted person for felony fleeing to elude arrest, auto larceny, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and possession of stolen property. He was arrested and placed in custody on Saturday (December 31) by Caldwell…

Lenoir Man Arrested on Stolen Vehicle Charges

35-year-old Dennis Wayne Smithey of Grandin Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (January 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and given a $10,000 secured bond. Smithey was not listed in jail as of this morning and has a District Court date scheduled for January…

One Person Killed in New Years Eve Crash in Ashe County

One person was killed in an accident in Ashe County on New Year’s Eve. The deceased is 66-year-old Jose Antonio Hernandez, Jr. of Fleetwood. At about 4:20 p.m. on Saturday (December 31), the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the crash scene on U.S. Highway 221 near Paul Goodman Road. A southbound 2004 Jeep…

Upcoming Events Scheduled At Patrick Beaver Library In Hickory

The City of Hickory will have an expert genealogist and German handwriting specialist, Rhonda Roederer, to assist you in your research. She’ll host that session next week. Rhonda is a full-time professional genealogist, educator, and speaker. Over the past 30 years, she has presented at various venues. She has presented a wide array of seminars…

Road Closure To Start This Week In Catawba County

State contract crews plan to close a bridge on North Oliver’s Cross Road​ over Maiden Creek in Catawba County for several months starting this week. The road is set to close at 8 a.m. this Wednesday (January 4) and is scheduled to reopen in September 2023. A signed detour following N. Oliver’s Cross Road, to…

Hudson Man Jailed In Catawba County On Cocaine Charge

52-year-old Stephen Lester Allen of Wheeling Mobile Home Park Drive in Hudson was arrested Sunday (January 1) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of cocaine and fail to work after paid. Allen was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. District Court dates are scheduled for Tuesday (January 3)…

Alexander County Man Charged With Gun Offenses In Catawba County

29-year-old Lamontae Marquis Smith of Petrea Lane in Taylorsville was arrested Sunday (January 1) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and carrying a concealed gun. Smith was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (January 2).…

Taylorsville Woman Jailed On Catawba County Drug, Stolen Vehicle Charges

38-year-old Antoinette Marie McCullough of Willie McLeod Road in Taylorsville was arrested Sunday (January 1) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, driving while license revoked, and defrauding an innkeeper. McCullough was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. District Court dates are…

Newton Man Charged With Heroin Trafficking, Meth Possession

27-year-old Phillip Todd Francis of North Stewart Street in Newton was arrested last Friday (December 30) on charges filed by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers and Conover Police Department. The Sheriff’s Office charged Francis with trafficking, opium or heroin, possession of methamphetamine, resisting a public officer, driving while license revoked, and unauthorized use of a…

Residents Of Long View, Hickory Charged With Attempted Murder In McDowell County

34-year-old Maynor Javier Yanes Basquez of Long View and 27-year-old Chad Michael Sampson of Hickory were arrested on charges filed by the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office. They’re both charged in McDowell County with attempted first-degree murder. According to a news release issued by the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office late last week, in the  early morning…

Lincolnton Man Faces Sex Offense Charges

55-year-old Douglas Lee Hale of McGinnis Avenue in Lincolnton has been charged in Lincoln County with four felony counts of statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child. Events leading to the arrest began on August 4 of this year when the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was notified by Lincolnton Police…

Lincoln County Sheriff Warns of Phone Scam

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating two reported phone scams that occurred since Tuesday (December 27). A resident on the West Main Street Extension told Detectives that she believed she was a victim of wire fraud. The woman said she received a call from someone who identified himself as Detective Daniel Johnson. He told her…

Charlotte Woman Arrested in Hickory on Fugitive Warrant from S.C.

28-year-old Christa Brooke Harding of Orchard Circle in Charlotte was arrested by Hickory Police early on Christmas Day on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Harding is wanted by Probation Officers in Rock Hill, South Carolina for a felony probation violation in Richland County. Harding has a criminal history dating…

New Names Added To Area Most Wanted List

New names have been added to the Iredell County most wanted list. All of the new suspects added to the list face felony charges. Two of the suspects are from North Carolina and one lists an out-of-state address. 26-year-old Shelley Barksdale is being sought by authorities in Iredell County. He’s wanted on felony counts of…

N.C. Residents Can Apply For Health Insurance Until Mid-January

The Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) for North Carolina residents to buy Health Insurance for 2023 runs through January 15, 2023. The AEP was extended this year for 2023. In addition, if you’re losing coverage on December 31, that qualifies you for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to get a January 1 effective date if you…

Morganton Names New Public Information Officer

The City of Morganton has selected Jonelle Sigmon as its new Public Information Officer. She took over the position on December 12, 2022. Sigmon is a Morganton native and graduate from Gardner Webb University with a degree in Communications. She previously worked for the Morganton News Herald as a reporter and Burke County Public Schools…

One Killed in Watauga County Accident

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal single-vehicle accident that occurred yesterday (December 28) in Watauga County. The deceased is 22-year-old Ethan Thomas Pepitone of Belmont. At about 8:20 Wednesday morning, the Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the crash on N.C. Highway 105 near Seven Devils Road. A southbound 2023…

Lenoir Resident Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

41-year-old Conan Pierce Kyle of Stone Ridge Lane in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one count felony possession of methamphetamine and placed under a $3,000 secured bond. Kyle is not listed in jail as of this morning and a District Court date was scheduled for…

Lenoir Man Charged with Breaking and Entering

55-year-old Gregory Darren Woodie of Highway 268 in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count of breaking and entering and placed under a $5,000 secured bond. Woodie remains in jail as of this morning with a District Court date scheduled for December 29.

Granite Falls Man Arrested On Breaking & Entering Charges

25-year-old Jordan Tyler Wike of Turner Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (December 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with three felonies: one count breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and larceny of a motor vehicle. Wike remains in jail as of this morning with a $10,000 secured bond…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Attempting to Obtain Property by False Pretense

30-year-old Kenan Thomas Greene of Lady Bug Lane in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and was placed under a $3,000 secured bond. Greene remains in jail as of this morning with a District Court date…

South Carolina Man Jailed On Catawba County Charges

25-year-old Camas Scott Whitfield of Gaffney, S.C. was arrested Wednesday (December 28) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged on a bill of indictment with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Whitfield is also charged with three additional counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, two counts of speeding,…

Weapon And Drug Charges Lodged Against Hickory Man

30-year-old Kadeem Jamal Albright of 8th Street Place SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (December 28) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, single felony counts of possession of a weapon of mass destruction, trafficking, opium or heroin, and possession with intent to sell…

Claremont Man Charged With Weapon Offenses

20-year-old Johnathon Jahiem White of North Oxford Street in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (December 28) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of discharge a weapon into occupied property, one felony count of accessory after the fact, and one misdemeanor count of assault by pointing a gun. White was jailed in…

Man Charged With Drug Offenses Following Search Of Vehicle

36-year-old Jimmy Wayne Martin of Eagle Mills Road in Hamptonville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine along with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to information released Wednesday (December 28), on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at approximately 4:30…

Hickory Woman Jailed for Multiple Probation Violations & Meth Charges

40-year-old Lorenda Ann Malava, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police Friday afternoon (December 23) on a long list of charges. She was served with orders for arrest for felony possession of methamphetamine (two counts) and four felony probation violations, along with two misdemeanor counts each for possession…

Two from Catawba Arrested on Firearms Offenses

38-year-old David Christopher Ballard and his grandfather, 83-year-old Boyce Howard Ballard, both of Hopewell Church Road in Catawba, have both been arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction. David Ballard was also charged with three counts of possession of a firearm by felon. In…

Lenoir Resident Arrested for Interfering with a Monitoring Device

35-year-old Jonathan Deante Parrish of Arlington Circle in Lenoir was arrested Monday (December 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony interference with an electronic monitor device and a misdemeanor of larceny. Parrish remains in jail as of this morning with a $75,000 secured bond and a custody release. A District Court…

Victim Identified in Fatal Alexander County Fire

Authorities have released the identity of a man who was killed in a December 26 fire on River Shoals Ridge Drive in Taylorsville. The deceased is 74-year-old Victoriano Aguirre Jimenez. The fire was reported at about 11:30 a.m. Monday. Upon arrival, Firefighters reported that the residence was fully involved in flames. The Wittenberg, Bethlehem, Ellendale,…

Lenoir Man Arrested on Drug Charges & Resisting an Officer

47-year-old Charles Ray Lindsey Jr. of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (December 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with three misdemeanors: four counts of failure to appear, assault on a government official, and resisting a public officer. Lindsey was also charged with three felonies: three counts of failure to…

Hickory Man Arrested by Caldwell County Officers on Drug Charges

33-year-old Emonte Marquese Wimbush of Hotel Drive in Hickory was arrested Monday (December 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with three felonies: possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. Wimbush was…

Holiday Schedules Announced For Morganton, Burke County

Morganton City Hall and City facilities will be closed on Monday, January 2, in observance of the New Year holiday. Garbage collection will be affected. This week, garbage collection is on a one-day delay. The week of January 2-6, garbage collection will be on a one-day delay. During the weeks with a one day delay…

Marion Woman Arrested On Felony Charge In Burke County

52-year-old Mildred Elaine Bollinger of Marion was arrested December 21 by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony probation violation on an out of county warrant. Bollinger is on probation as a result of a conviction in August, 2022 in McDowell County on a charge of felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. She…

Burke County Man Charged With Cocaine Possession

40-year-old Jonathon David Hathcock of Orders Drive in Morganton was arrested today (December 28) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (cocaine). Hathcock was arrested shortly after 1 a.m. today at an address on Powerhouse Road in Morganton. He was taken to the Burke County Jail under…

Asheville Man Charged With Firearm, Drug Offenses In Burke County

40-year-old Travis K. Harvin of Asheville was arrested Tuesday (December 27) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm along with a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Harvin was arrested just before 12:30 a.m.…

Morganton Woman Charged With Meth Trafficking

24-year-old Meagan Lynn Whaley of Cedar Trail in Morganton was arrested December 20 by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony trafficking methamphetamine. Whaley was arrested at 8:40 p.m. on December 20 at an address on Seitz Road in Morganton. She was brought to the Burke County Jail under a $76,000 secured bond. Whaley…

Morganton Man Jailed On String Of Felony, Misdemeanor Charges Following Reported Disturbance

40-year-old Timothy Paul Bumgarner, who is listed as a homeless person from Morganton, was arrested December 20 by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of probation violation. Bumgarner is also charged with three misdemeanor counts of resist, delay, or obstruct a public officer, along with single misdemeanor counts of probation violation,…

Hildebran Man Jailed On Statutory Rape, Indecent Liberties Charges

22-year-old Jauhlik Alshion Morrison of Main Avenue East in Hildebran was arrested Tuesday (December 27) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of statutory rape of a child 15-years-old or younger and indecent liberties with a child. Morrison was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $175,000 bond. A District Court appearance…

Two Suspects Arrested on Drug Possession Charges

62-year-old Penny Elizabeth Thompson and 50-year-old Scott Edward Cook of Friendly Park Road in Lenoir were arrested Monday (December 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. Thompson was charged with five felonies: two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine, two counts selling or delivering a schedule two controlled substance, two counts…

Alexander County Manager Passes Away

Richard “Rick” Louis French, County Manager in Alexander County, passed away on Saturday, December 24 following an extended illness. Mr. French served the citizens of Alexander County since April 1999, for a total of almost 24 years of dedicated service. He was 70 years old. Throughout his long outstanding career in local government, Mr. French…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine

65-year-old Don Everette Cox of Sheely Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (December 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine. Cox remains in jail as of this morning with a $30,000 secured bond and District Court scheduled for December 28.

Hudson Woman Arrested for Attempted Larceny

45-year-old Amanda Jo Greer of Lemont Avenue in Hudson was arrested Saturday (December 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with a felony count of attempted larceny. Greer remains in jail as of this morning with a $50,000 secured bond and District Court scheduled for December 28.

Lincolnton Woman Arrested for Stealing Motor Fuel

38-year-old Jennifer Walker Blake of Tin Mine Road in Lincolnton was arrested Sunday (December 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with two misdemeanor counts of larceny of motor fuel, one count larceny, and felony possession of methamphetamine. Blake remains in jail as of this morning with a $20,000 secured bond and two…

Catawba County Animal Shelter & Park System Begins Dog Play Initiative

The Catawba County Animal Shelter and the Catawba County Park System have partnered to create a program that will allow dogs to interact with other dogs. The initiative is entitled “Pup ‘n Play” and it started earlier this month. Anyone who adopts a dog from the Catawba County Animal Shelter will receive a coupon for…

Investigation Into May Murder In Catawba County Continues, Suspect Being Sought

A suspect in a Catawba County murder is still being sought. The crime occurred nearly eight months ago. The Conover Police Department along with the U.S. Marshal’s Service is continuing to seek information on the whereabouts of 49-year-old Donald Ray Hodges. Hodges is wanted for murder in connection to the death of 48-year-old Tinikia Hodges.…

Connelly Springs Man Jailed In Catawba County On Felony Larceny Charge

27-year-old Jacob Rayce Carr of Della Drive in Connelly Springs was arrested Monday (December 26) on charges filed in Catawba County. He’s charged with felony larceny by anti-inventory device. In addition, Carr is charged with speeding and reckless driving with wanton disregard. Carr was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. He…

Kannapolis Woman Jailed On Catawba County Drug Charges

34-year-old Tangie Lashelle Webster of Kannapolis was arrested Saturday (December 24) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. In addition, Webster is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and domestic violence protective order violation. Webster was…

Hickory Man Charged With Break-in With Intent To Terrorize

42-year-old Jesse Allen Keller of 20th Avenue Drive NE in Hickory was arrested Sunday (December 25) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony breaking & entering with intent to terrorize or injure. In addition, Keller is charged with misdemeanor counts of forcible trespass, resisting a public officer, indecent exposure, and intoxicated and disruptive behavior.…

Monday Fire Claims Life In Alexander County

Alexander County Fire Marshall Mark Earle confirmed a fatal fire Monday morning (December 26) in Alexander County. Units from Wittenburg, Taylorsville, Bethlehem, Ellendale and Hiddenite responded after a call at 11:25 a.m. Monday. A mobile home with additional living space attached was the scene of the fire on River Shoals Ridge Drive in the Wittenburg…

Man Killed In Burke County Crash

A Burke County man was killed in a Christmas Day crash. The deceased is 71-year-old William Gordon Bailey of Connelly Springs. On Sunday (December 25), at approximately 4:30 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to U.S. 70 near Rhodhiss Road. A 2008 Chevrolet Colorado was traveling west on U.S. 70, crossed the centerline,…

Woman Killed In Crash, Authorities Believe Body Was Found Two Days After Crash

An Iredell County woman was killed in a crash late last week. The deceased is 26-year-old Sequoia Chamon Cotton of Statesville. On Saturday (December 24) at approximately 3:10 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Garden Valley Road near the Interstate 40 overpass. A 1999 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight was traveling north on Garden Valley…

Newton Woman Indicted On Vehicle Theft Charge

36-year-old Emily Elizabeth King of North Brushwood Circle in Newton was arrested Tuesday (December 20) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She was arrested on a grand jury indictment for felony larceny of a motor vehicle. King was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for December…

Taylorsville Man Arrested After Allegedly Assaulting Person With Bat

26-year-old Johnath0n Marcus Gordon of Taylorsville was arrested Wednesday (December 21) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury. Gordon allegedly stuck a victim with a baseball bat. The victim suffered non life-threatening injuries. Gordon was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center following the arrest under $40,000 secured…

Officials Warn Citizens To Be Aware Of Holiday Season Scams

For most of us, the holidays are full of giving, getting and goodwill. But some bad actors use the holidays to take advantage of people’s generous spirits. They frequently target members of our communities who are older and more vulnerable to scammers and con artists. To help ensure consumers and older adults don’t get taken…

Man Arrested In Alexander County & Charged On Felony Warrants From Surry County

40-year-old Joseph Patrick Harvey, Jr. of East Bend was arrested Wednesday (December 21) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He was served arrest warrants from Surry County for felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance and conspiring to traffic methamphetamine. Harvey was detained in the Alexander County Detention Center…

Alexander County Man Sentenced To Local Jail Time

45-year old Jonathan Esque Wright of Taylorsville was detained on December 19 for probation violation. Wright is on probation as a result of convictions in Rowan County in August, 2020 for misdemeanor larceny and September, 2021 in Alexander County for speeding and driving while license revoked. On December 19 a judge ordered Wright to serve…

Catawba County Officials Offer Christmas Tree Disposal Tips

Christmas trees and other natural decorations will be accepted curbside and at all five Solid Waste Convenience Centers located around Catawba County from December 26, 2022 through January 21, 2023. Please remove all ornaments, bases, or other decorations before recycling. Residents who have curbside collection service with Republic Services may put their used Christmas tree…

Jury Duty Scam Targeting Catawba County Residents

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office has been notified that there is another jury duty scam occurring in the area. The scammer is calling local residents and asking for money. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the callers are giving out names of Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputies and are saying they will come and arrest you if…

Burke County Man Jailed On Charge Of Failing To Report Change Of Address, Fugitive Warrant

44-year-old Larry Kenneth Keith of Warlicks Church Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Monday (December 19) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony failure to report a change of address as a sex offender and is also charged on a felony warrant as a fugitive from another state. Keith was not listed on…

Morganton City Worker Charged With Statutory Rape, Incest

41-year-old Timothy Wayne Ollis of Ramsey Street in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (December 20) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of statutory rape of a person 15-years-old or younger, statutory sexual offense with a person 15-years-old or younger, and incest. Ollis, who is reported to be a cemetery caretaker with the…

Catawba County Officials Offer Tips To Stay Safe In Extremely Cold Weather

Extremely cold temperatures are ahead and taking care of your family, pets and yourself will be critical as temperatures drop significantly with even colder wind chills this weekend. Overnight low temps in the Hickory Metro may drop into the single digits Saturday and Sunday morning and are expected to be in the teens Monday and…

Catawba County To Host Hikes At Parks On New Years Day

To kick off the new year, the Catawba County Park System will host First Day Hikes on January 1, 2023 at Bakers Mountain Park in Hickory, Mountain Creek Park in Sherrills Ford, and Riverbend Park in Conover. The hikes begin at 10:00 a.m. and will be led by Catawba County park rangers. There is no…

Lenoir Woman Arrested for Possession of a Stolen Gun and Meth

43-year-old Regina Rae Bolick of Indian Grave Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine. Bolick was given a $40,000 secured bond but as of this morning she is not…

Number Of Travelers Expected To Increase In N.C. During Christmas Holiday

AAA forecasts 3.3 million North Carolinians will travel 50 miles or more from December 23 to January 2. That’s 134,000 more North Carolina travelers than last year. Nationally there will be a similar increase. AAA predicts 112.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday season, an increase of 3.6 million…

Hickory PD Arrests Two Suspects On Assault Charges

57-year-old Gerald Jerome Wilkes of Washington Lane in Catawba and 43-year-old Kenneth Dale Watson II of Wilkies Grove Church Road in Hickory were arrested Wednesday (December 21) by Hickory Police Officers. Both suspects were charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Wilkes is also charged with second-degree trespass.…

Man Pleads Guilty To 2019 Murders Of Two People In Alexander County

A Stony Point man pleaded guilty to a pair of murders last week in Alexander County Superior Court. Robert Bryan Hoover, who was 36-years-old at the time of his arrest in March, 2019, entered a plea of guilty on December 13 to two counts of second-degree murder and was sentenced to 292-363 months in prison…

Suspect Taken Into Custody & Murder Charge Filed In Connection To Fatal Shooting In November

38-year-old Raymond Edward Davis of Statesville was arrested Wednesday (December 21) by Statesville Police Officers. He’s charged with murder. The charge is in connection to the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Derryck Duane Turner, which was previously reported on WHKY. On November 24, 2022, the Statesville Police Department Patrol Division responded to a call that an…

More Details in Drug Arrest of Taylorsville Woman

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office has released more information regarding the arrest of 34-year-old Shoua Vang Her of Taylorsville. She was arrested Monday, December 19, as reported today (December 21) by WHKY. Her was charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place…

Financial Awards Presented To County At Commissioners Meeting

Catawba County has received two financial awards from Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The awards were recognized during the Catawba County Board of Commissioners’ December 19 meeting. Catawba County received the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 41st consecutive year. The award, which was presented to the Catawba County Finance…

Lenoir Man Charged with Four Probation Violations

33-year-old Alvin Lorance Hames of Allendale Circle in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (December 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one count felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and was placed under a $25,000 secured bond. Hames was also charged by Probation and Parole Officers with four felony counts…

Avery County Resident Charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance

41-year-old Randy Festues Norman Jr. of Beech Mountain Road in Elk Park was arrested Tuesday (December 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony possession of a schedule two controlled substance and was given a $10,000 secured bond. Norman remains in jail as of this morning with a District Court date scheduled…

Lenoir Man Charged with Two Probation Violations

27-year-old Aaron Wolfgang Upton of Celia Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (December 20) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with two counts of felony probation violation and was placed in jail with a $20,000 secured bond. Upton was on probation as a result of a conviction in Burke County in July…

Governor Appoints Individuals From Hickory Metro To Boards & Commissions

Governor Roy Cooper announced North Carolina boards and commissions appointments Tuesday (December 20). Individuals from the Hickory Metro have been named to various boards. The Governor appointed individuals to the newly created North Carolina Board of Barber and Electrolysis Examiners effective January 1, 2023. Among those appointees is David Williams of Hickory as a member…

Woman Arrested By Hickory PD On Multiple Meth, Marijuana Charges

34-year-old Shoua Vang Her, whose address was not listed, was arrested Monday (December 19) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with two counts of possession of methamphetamine, along with single counts of felony possession of marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance, possession…

Authorities Searching For Sex Offender

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a sex offender who is wanted for failure to register. 25-year-old Moelic Shiquan Lowrance, who is listed as a homeless person from Alexander County, is wanted by authorities. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Lowrance left Alexander County without a written notice of change of address and was known…

Guilty Plea Entered In 2020 Murder Case, Minimum 20 Year Sentence Imposed

A Statesville man will serve at least 20 years in prison after entering a guilty plea in a murder case. 31-year-old David Lee Chambers entered a guilty plea in Iredell County Superior Court Monday (December 19). He pleaded guilty to the murder of 39-year-old Courtney Deshawn Bradshaw in July, 2020. On July 26, 2020, the…

Hickory Woman Jailed on Felony Meth Charge

25-year-old Jessica Michelle Serrano-Paz of 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police last Friday (December 16) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also charged with failure to appear on a misdemeanor larceny charges and twice failing to appear on another…

Charlotte Man Charged in Connection to Vehicle Break-Ins

20-year-old Aaron Allmeen Raheem Harvell of Charlotte has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers on a long list of felony charges in connection to vehicle break-ins this summer in eastern Lincoln County. Harvell was charged with 20 counts of breaking & entering a motor vehicle, seven counts of larceny, one count of larceny of…

Woman Charged In Connection To Fatal Stabbing Early This Morning

27-year-old Taylor Adele Snook was arrested today (December 20) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with murder At approximately 2:30 a.m. today, Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a stabbing at an address on U.S. Hwy 64/90 West in the Ellendale Community. Upon arrival, deputies found the victim, 39-year-old Timothy…

Neighborhood Revitalization Grants Awarded To Area Communities

The North Carolina Department of Commerce awarded 30 Community Development Block Grant Neighborhood Revitalization (CDBG-NR) fund requests to 27 local governments totaling $42.3 million. The requests will provide housing and public improvements for low and moderate income North Carolinians. The CDBG-NR program offers non-entitlement municipalities and counties the opportunity to tailor community development projects to…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Possession of Controlled Substance

47-year-old Wendy Lea Price of Lenwell Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (December 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with one count felony possession of a schedule two controlled substance and given a $15,000 secured bond. Price remains in jail as of this morning with a District Court date scheduled for January…

Lenoir Woman Arrested for Drug Possession

34-year-old Tia Chiniaira Corpening of Walt Arney Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (December 19) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with four felonies: trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance. Corpening was placed…

Lenoir Man Charged with Trafficking Drugs

39-year-old Timothy Lee Felder of Staircase Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (December 19) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with five felonies: possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in heroin or opium, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or…

School System Confirms Investigation Into Alleged Sexual Assault At Catawba County High School

According to a news release issued Monday (December 19) by Catawba County Schools, the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an alleged sexual assault involving members of the Bandys High School wrestling team. The incident reportedly occurred on November 29, 2022. According to the news release, Catawba County Schools’ district personnel are aware of the…

Man Charged In Connection To Break-in, Theft

50-year-old Richard Todd Waugh of Mooresville was arrested Sunday (December 18) by Troutman Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering along with a misdemeanor count of injury to personal property. On Sunday, officers from the Troutman Police Department responded to Browband Street for a reported…

More Details Released In Connection To Arrest Of Lenoir Man, Sheriff Says It’s One Of County’s Largest Meth Busts Ever

49-year-old Larry Dewayne Colvin of Winkler Way in Lenoir was arrested Friday (December 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and one felony count of maintaining a dwelling for the sale of controlled substance. WHKY previously reported on Colvin’s arrest Monday (December 19), more details have…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Obtaining Property by False Pretense

37-year-old Christopher Wayne Phillips of Shadowbrook Drive in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (December 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor driving while license was revoked. Phillips remains in jail as of this morning with a $20,300 secured bond and a District…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Possession of Controlled Substance on Jail Premises

32-year-old Katie Ann McLean of Shadowbrook Drive in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (December 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and felony possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises. McLean remains in jail as of this morning with a $30,000…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

59-year-old Ronda Lee Sanders of Onnie Sanders Lane in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (December 18) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and given a $5,000 secured bond. Sanders was not listed in jail as of this morning, but a District Court date was scheduled for December 19.

Lenoir Man Charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

62-year-old Roy Ulbert Cook of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (December 18) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with three misdemeanors: larceny, breaking and entering, and possession of stolen property. Cook was also charged with a felony of failure to register as a sex offender and was placed under a…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine

30-year-old Tony Randall Gragg Jr. of Enolos Place in Lenoir was arrested Friday (December 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine and given a $10,000 secured bond. Gragg remains in jail with District Court scheduled for December 19.

Lenoir Woman Charged with Larceny

27-year-old Kimberly Brooke Gragg of Lenoir was arrested Friday (December 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with four felonies: breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a motor vehicle, and larceny of a firearm. Gragg remains in jail as of this morning with a $50,000 secured bond and District…

Lenoir Man Arrested on Drug Charges

50-year-old Lester Cadell Little of Lenoir was arrested Friday (December 16) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with four felonies: two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, possession manufacture, sell, and deliver a controlled substance on or near a playground, possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance…

City Of Hickory Announces Holiday Closings

In observance of the Christmas holiday, City of Hickory offices will be closed Thursday, December 22, through Monday, December 26. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, December 27, at 8:30 a.m. City offices will also be closed in observance of New Year’s Day on Monday, January 2, 2023, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2023,…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine

38-year-old Jennifer Elizabeth Hoss of Harper Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Friday (December 16) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine and received a $100,000 secured bond. Hoss remains in jail as of this morning with District Court scheduled for December 19.

Lenoir Man Charged as A Habitual Felon

44-year-old Steven Daniel Sparks of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (December 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with a felony count of being a habitual felon and possession of methamphetamine. Sparks received a custody release and is not listed in jail as of this morning. District Court was scheduled…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Trafficking in Methamphetamine

49-year-old Larry Dewayne Colvin Jr. of Winkler Way in Lenoir was arrested Friday (December 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with two felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. Colvin remains in jail as of this morning with a $125,000 secured bond and…

Blowing Rock Woman Charged with Breaking & Entering

35-year-old Heather Lousie Hammac of Old Johns River Road in Blowing Rock was arrested Friday (December 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony breaking and entering to a vehicle and given a $3,000 secured bond. Hammac remains in jail as of this morning with District Court scheduled for January 4.

Hickory Man Charged With Vehicle Break-in, Having Drugs At Jail

24-year-old Jahseek Ahmaad Peters of Hunterwood Drive in Hickory was arrested Sunday (December 18) by Claremont Police Officers. He’s charged with felonious breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises, misdemeanor larceny, and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Peters was jailed in the Catawba County…

Meth Possession Among Charges Filed Against Hickory Woman

25-year-old Jessica Michelle Serranopaz of 12th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Friday (December 16) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to appear on two counts of misdemeanor larceny. Serranopaz was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,500 bond. District Court dates were…

Burke County Man Charged With Fleeing From Police In Catawba County

27-year-old Sheldon Darnell Williams of Hilltop Street in Rutherford College was arrested Friday (December 16) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana. Following the arrest, Williams was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. No court date was listed.

Stony Point Woman Charged With Cocaine Offense In Catawba County

37-year-old Ashton Leann Bailey of South Thomas Lane in Stony Point was arrested Friday (December 16) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of cocaine. Bailey was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. No court date was listed.

Man Sentenced To Prison Time In Connection To 2021 Shooting

A man charged in connection to a shooting in 2021 that left a man paralyzed has been sentenced to a minimum of more than 11 years in prison. David Elijah Boyce, who was 28-years-old at the time of his arrest, was convicted in Iredell County Superior Court of assault with deadly weapon with intent to…

Statesville Man Served with Fugitive Warrant

45-year-old Kenneth Wayne Sparks of Harris Bridge Road in Statesville has been served with a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Sparks has been in the Catawba County Detention Facility since July 19 on two counts of assault on a female. He’s wanted in Colquitt County, Georgia for failure to appear…

Morganton Woman Charged In Catawba County With Having Drugs At Jail

53-year-old Charlisa Terelle Kincaid of Willow Tree Church Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises and larceny by removing anti-inventory device. Kincaid was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (December 16) under $5,000 bond. A District Court date…

Newton Man Charged With Felony Meth, False Pretense Offenses

42-year-old Anthony Mack Dorland of West 13th Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and obtaining property by false pretense. In addition, Dorland is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, and two counts of…

Hickory Woman Jailed On Charges From Two Counties

34-year-old Todda Sade Prysock, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested Wednesday (December 14) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged in Catawba County with felony habitual larceny along with counts of assault with a deadly weapon, felony probation violation, simple assault, obtaining property by false pretense, and two counts of failure…

Rural Transformation Grants Awarded to Boost Local Economies, Hickory Metro Cities Awarded Funds

Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that 42 local governments in rural areas across the state have been awarded grants from the Rural Transformation Grant Fund, supporting rural economic development projects in North Carolina. Two municipalities in the Hickory Metro have been awarded grants. A total of $19.76 million will be issued in this second round…

Man Found Guilty Of Coordinating Meth Trafficking In Hickory Metro From Georgia Prison

A man has been found guilty of coordinating drug trafficking in Catawba and Burke Counties along with surrounding communities. The defendant ran the operation from a Georgia prison. A federal jury in Statesville convicted 43-year-old Alfonso Roman Brito of trafficking methamphetamine. The announcement was made Thursday (December 15) by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for…

Woman Arrested in Burke County on Felony Drug Charge

37-year-old Denise Michelle McConnell was arrested today (December 15) by Officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. She is not currently listed as an inmate in Burke County and no court date is currently listed.

Fifth Case of Rabies Confirmed in Caldwell County

Today, the North Carolina State Laboratory notified Caldwell County Animal Care Enforcement that a skunk submitted for testing was infected with the rabies virus. The skunk was found on Campground Road when it came into contact with a dog. It’s the fifth confirmed rabies case in the county this year. If there are any questions…

No School at Fred T. Foard Thursday (Updated with information regarding Friday, 6:20 a.m., 12/16/22)

School was canceled at Fred T. Foard High School today (December 15) as the result of a water line break. The break was discovered last night. Today would have been the first day of exams at the school. According to information posted on Foard’s Facebook page, the school was expected to post an updated exam…

Caldwell Sheriff Elected Chairman Of State Commission

Caldwell County Sheriff Alan Jones was elected chairman of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission. Sheriff Jones has served on the Commission since 2012. He was elected by his fellow commissioners to fill the position of chairman being vacated by Sheriff Alan Cloninger of Gaston County who recently retired. Sheriff Jones is the longest serving…

Booze It & Lose It Campaign Underway In N.C.

Law enforcement officers are stepping up patrols as part of the statewide “Booze It & Lose It” holiday enforcement effort that started December 13 and concludes January 2. The “Booze It & Lose It” holiday effort is the largest impaired driving campaign run by the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program. Throughout the campaign, law…

Conover Man Indicted On Assault Charge

21-year-old Enrique Navarro Pena of Swinging Bridge Road in Conover was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged on a bill of indictment with assault with physical injury on emergency personnel. Pena was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (December 15) under $12,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for…

Hickory Man Charged With Felony Drug Offense Following Traffic Stop

29-year-old Joshua Brian Price of Hickory was arrested last Saturday (December 10) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Price was arrested following a traffic stop conducted by the Sheriff’s Office. Price was released under a secured bond of $4,000 and was scheduled to make a District Court appearance Monday…

Man Sentenced To Jail Time For Violating Probation

48-year old Darren Shane Roberts of Taylorsville was sentenced to jail time by a judge in Alexander County Superior Court on Monday (December 12). He was sentenced for a probation violation. Roberts is on probation as a result of recent convictions in Alamance and Alexander Counties. He was convicted of driving while impaired level 5…

Man Jailed In Alexander County On Meth Charge

27-year-old Brandon Lee Goins was arrested Tuesday (December 13) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor injury to personal property. Goins was arrested Tuesday morning in Bethlehem and incarcerated in the Alexander County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (December…

Victim In November Shooting Passes Away, Investigation Upgraded To Murder Probe

The victim in a shooting that occurred last month has passed away and authorities are continuing to seek a suspect in the case, which is now a murder investigation. As WHKY previously reported, the Statesville Police Department responded to a call on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, in reference to a subject that was shot while…

G.H.C.C.M. to Close Thrift Store

The Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry (G.H.C.C.M.) has announced plans to close its “31 Thrift and MORE!” store. The ministry intends to focus on health care, pharmacy, dental services, crisis intervention, and offering pathways out of poverty. A press release issued by G.H.C.C.M. states that the decision was made to allow the ministry to assist…

Catawba County Announces Holiday Closures

Catawba County Government offices and facilities will be closed in observance of the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidays as follows: Catawba County Government offices will be closed from Thursday, December 22 through Monday, December 26 and will reopen Tuesday, December 27. County offices will also be closed Monday, January 2. The Catawba County Park…

Suspect Arrested In Connection To Break In At Alexander Central

20-year-old Jesse Lee Powell of Morganton was arrested Tuesday (December 13) by Taylorsville Police Officers. He’s charged with one felony count of breaking & entering, two felony counts of larceny after breaking & entering, and one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Sunday, at approximately 7 p.m., two subjects were clearly…

Lenoir Man Charged with a Probation Violation

21-year-old Robert Terell Rousseau of Wilson Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (December 13) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with a probation violation and was placed under no bond. Rousseau was on parole as a result of a conviction in Caldwell County in June 2021 for felony possession of a firearm by…

Lenoir Resident Arrested on a Fugitive Warrant from Washington County, Virginia

36-year-old Brandon Ray Hicks of Jason Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (December 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with failure to appear on a nonsupport case and a felony warrant as a fugitive from another state. Hicks was wanted on a charge of probation violation in Washington County, Virginia. He remains…

Area Law Enforcement Agency Delivers Toys For Underprivileged Children

Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies have started delivery of Toys for Tots this week to needy families in Lincoln County. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office 1st Sgt. Richard Calhoun began the campaign in November to identify underprivileged children in the county. Sgt. Calhoun identified 355 children during the campaign. The total more than triples the average of…

Budget Approved For Officers In Alexander Elementary Schools

Action has been taken by officials in Alexander County regarding School Resource Officers or SROs in elementary schools. Alexander County Sheriff Chad Pennell presented his plan to employ SROs at six local elementary schools during a special meeting of the Alexander County Board of Commissioners held Monday, December 12. Alexander County Schools recently received a…

Hickory Man Charged With Robbery, Fleeing From Police

45-year-old Andrian Demonz Woods of 7th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (December 13) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony larceny, and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Woods was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. District and Superior Court appearances…

Hickory Woman Jailed On Drug Charges

28-year-old Tyana Samantha Bowens of 1st Street SE in Hickory was arrested Sunday (December 11) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bowens is also charged with a string of traffic offenses including reckless driving to endanger, speeding, driving while license…

Hickory Man Charged In Connection To Shooting In Newton

37-year-old Kenneth Lee Potter of South Fork Avenue in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (December 13) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with felony assault with deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday, the Newton Police Department received a 911 call in reference to a man who had been…

Newton Man Faces Felony Cocaine Charge

40-year-old Naeem Ali Mungro of Todd Street in Newton has been arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers on two felony counts of selling cocaine. Mungro was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility today (December 13) with bond set at $960,000, secured. He’s scheduled to appear in Superior Court tomorrow and again on January 3…

Two Sought in Connection to Alexander Central Break-In [UPDATED 12/13 6:15 p.m.]

The Taylorsville Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating two subjects who are wanted in connection to a break-in at Alexander Central High School on School Drive in Taylorsville (off of Liledoun Road). Multiple items were stolen. One of the suspects has been identified as 20-year-old Jesse Lee Powell of Burke County.…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Cocaine

37-year-old Christopher Wayne Phillips of Rainbowshadow Brook Drive in Lenoir was arrested Monday (December 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony possession of cocaine and received a custody release. Phillips is no longer listed in jail and Superior Court was scheduled for January 9.

Lenoir Man Arrested for Larceny & Assault with a Deadly Weapon

55-year-old Kevin Thomas Tolbert of Bradford Mountain Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (December 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with misdemeanor resisting a public officer, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny, and felony assault with a deadly weapon. Tolbert remains in jail as of this morning with a $37,000 secured bond…

Lenoir Woman Arrested for Six Counts of Methamphetamine Trafficking

38-year-old Charmin Bright Smith of Gabriel Lane in Lenoir was arrested Monday (December 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with six counts of felony trafficking in methamphetamine and given a $20,000 secured bond. Smith remains in jail as of this morning with a Superior Court date scheduled for December 12.

Hickory Leaf Pickup Schedule Delayed

Due to an earlier than expected leaf fall, along with continued staffing challenges, leaf pickup in the City of Hickory has been delayed. The City of Hickory Solid Waste Division appreciates citizens’ patience as Public Works crews continue their efforts to complete the work and provide the highest levels of service. A revised leaf collection…

Connelly Springs Woman Charged With Identity Theft

38-year-old Priscilla Dawn Moody of Old Blue Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs was arrested last Thursday (December 8) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony identity theft. Moody was arrested shortly after 9:30 p.m. last Thursday at an address on West Fleming Drive in Morganton. Following the arrest, she was incarcerated in the…

Man Injured In Shooting, Police Seeking Information On Case

A shooting is under investigation. On Sunday (December 11) at approximately 8:55 p.m. the Statesville Police Department received a call about a gunshot wound in the 1000 block of Clay Street in Statesville. Patrol officers arrived on scene and found the victim, a 32-year-old Statesville man, with a gunshot wound to the left thigh. Officers…

Morganton Man Jailed On Weapon Charge

25-year-old Patrick Austin Bartholomew, who is listed as a homeless person from Morganton, was arrested Monday (December 12) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a weapon by a felon. Shortly after 2 p.m. Monday, an officer assisted CID on a suspicious person call on Hogan Street in Morganton. The person…

Two Defendants Enter Guilty Pleas In Murder Case, Sentenced To Minimum Of 15 Years

Two men charged in connection to a 2019 murder have entered guilty pleas and received minimum 15 year prison sentences. On Monday (December 12) Azontay Vontavious Sherrill and Quinton Que’shon Kasey both pleaded guilty in Iredell County Superior Court to second-degree murder and attempted murder. On June 21, 2019 the Statesville Police Department responded to…

Lenoir Woman Arrested for Drug Possession and Breaking & Entering

28-year-old Colleen Magie Clancy of Carrie Place in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (December 10) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was arrested for felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor breaking and entering with a $3,700 secured bond. Clancy is not listed in jail as of this morning, but District Court was scheduled for December 12 and…

Hickory Man Arrested for Multiple Drug and Larceny Charges

29-year-old Bradley Oneil Caldwell of 12th Street in Hickory was arrested Friday (December 9) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with felony counts possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and possession of meth. Caldwell was also charged with misdemeanor resisting,…

Lenoir Man Charged with Breaking & Entering and Larceny

30-year-old John Pickney Moore II of Sunset Trail in Lenoir was arrested Friday (December 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen property. Moore was also charged with two counts of misdemeanor violating a domestic violence protection order,…

Hickory Police Arrest Suspect On String Of Drug Charges

27-year-old Lamar Jacquise Floyd, whose address was not listed, was arrested Friday (December 9) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, marijuana, and MDPV, also known as bath salts, possession of schedule I controlled substance, and trafficking in MDA or MDMA.…

Bolick Named North Carolina Northwest Teacher of the Year

Shea Bolick, Spanish teacher at South Caldwell High School, has been selected as the 2023 Burroughs Wellcome North Carolina Northwest Teacher of the Year, one of nine regional finalists competing for the prestigious NC Teacher of the Year. The announcement came as a surprise to Bolick during a schoolwide assembly held on Monday at South…

Charlotte Woman Charged By Catawba County Authorities With Having Controlled Substance At Jail

42-year-old Paula Renee Martin of Charlotte was arrested Sunday (December 11) on charges filed by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and Hickory Police Department. The Sheriff’s Office charged Martin with possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises and Hickory Police charged her with driving while license revoked, expired registration card or tag, and…

Lenoir Woman Charged With Firearm Offenses In Catawba County

33-year-old Brittany Dawn Driggers of Creekway Drive NW in Lenoir was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with two counts of possession of a stolen firearm and one count of possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Driggers was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (December 12) under $5,000 bond.…

Missing Teenager Found Safe By Authorities

A teenager reported missing last week by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has been found by authorities and is reported to be safe. As WHKY reported last Friday, (December 9), 16-year-old Holly Marie Blackwell was reported missing last Thursday (December 8). According to information released over the weekend, Blackwell was found by Lincoln County Sheriff’s…

Additional Details Released In Case Involving Robbery Of Store

More information has been released on a case that involved the arrest of a man in connection to the robbery of a business in Troutman. A second suspect has been charged in this case. 30-year-old Ibrahim Nabay Jalloh of Charlotte was arrested Wednesday (December 7) by Troutman Police Officers. He’s charged with felony robbery with…

Man Charged With Murdering Father

A Statesville man has been charged in the murder of his father, whose body was found on December 1 on Parkertown Road. 31-year-old Anthony Ryan Sharpe was arrested Friday night (December 9) and charged with murder according to Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell. The victim was identified as 70-year old Earnest Carter Sharpe, Jr. Reports…

Cutbacks Planned at C.V.C.C.

Due to a decrease in enrollment and a budget shortfall, the Board of Trustees at Catawba Valley Community College approved a reduction in force effective January 1, 2023. The Board made the move to combat post-secondary enrollment decline, rising operational expenses, declining regional population, and changes to the educational landscape, post-COVID. According to a press…

Burke County Skunk Tests Positive for Rabies

On December 3, Burke County Animal Enforcement received a call regarding a dog that attacked a skunk. The skunk was reported to be acting “strangely.” Animal Enforcement sent the skunk off for testing. Test results came back positive for rabies. Animal Enforcement received another call on December 8 regarding a raccoon acting strangely and approaching…

Hickory Museum of Art Announces Executive Director’s Departure to Mobile Museum of Art

The Hickory Museum of Art (HMA) announced that Jon Carfagno, Executive Director, has accepted a position in Mobile, Alabama, as the Executive Director of Mobile Museum of Art (MMofA). He will depart HMA effective January 14, 2023. Mobile Museum of Art is a city and county-supported institution in the heart of Alabama’s fourth largest city…

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Missing Lincoln County Teen

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway teen. She is 16-year-old Holly Marie Blackwell of West Highview Lane in Lincolnton. On December 8, Ms. Blackwell’s grandmother reported the teen missing from the West Highview Lane residence. She was last known to be at the residence on December 5.…

Body Found on December 3 Identified

The body found in Catawba County on December 3 has been identified as 51-year-old Luiz Enrique Rodriguez. The body was identified through the use of fingerprint analysis. Mr. Rodriguez (a.k.a. GoseGutierres) was a Catawba County resident. His next of kin have been notified. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office announced yesterday (December 8) that an autopsy…

The Hickory Reviews Group Presents a Food Truck Festival and Annual Toy Drive for Toys for Tots

On Saturday December 10th at 11:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. some of the best food trucks and a local craft vendor, Miss Alines Treasures will be at Hickory Honda on US HWY 70 SE. If you bring a new toy or new clothing donation you receive a free drink or $2 off your purchase. This…

Newton Man Charged With Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Offenses

60-year-old Danny Ray Bolick of North Hewitt Avenue in Newton was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Bolick was jailed this morning (December 9) under $1,500 bond. A District Court date is scheduled for next Monday (December…

Hickory Woman Arrested By Newton PD On Drug Charges

49-year-old Kristy Dianne Hughes of 2nd Street Place SW in Hickory was arrested by Newton Police Officers. She’s charged with two felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance, one felony count of larceny, and misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and possession of drug paraphernalia.…

Hickory Man Charged With Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Offenses

26-year-old Garett Nicholas Oaks of Brooksouth Drive in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Oaks was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (December 9) under $2,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Monday…

Lenoir Man Arrested on Three Counts of Failure to Appear & Larceny of a Motor Vehicle

27-year-old Justin Asa Pullin of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (December 8) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with three misdemeanor counts of failure to appear and a felony count larceny of a motor vehicle. Pullin remains in jail as of this morning with a $16,500 secured bond and a District…

Man Jailed In Catawba County On Weapon Charges

32-year-old Dectorious Quentail Alexander of Kings Mountain was arrested Thursday (December 8) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with discharge a weapon into occupied property and possession of a firearm by a felon. Alexander was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $60,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (December 9).

Expansion Of Morganton Company To Create Jobs

New jobs will be coming to Burke County as a result of the expansion at a Morganton company. Governor Roy Cooper’s Office and the North Carolina Department of Commerce have announced the award of a Building Reuse grant to support Project Fill, an expansion initiative at a facility in Burke County. Gerresheimer Glass received a…

Hickory Man, Lenoir Woman Arrested By Taylorsville Police On Numerous Charges

21-year old Kyle Dean Tysinger-Lingafelt of Hickory and 24-year-old Ginny Elaine Herald of Lenoir were arrested Thursday (December 8) by Taylorsville Police Officers. Tysinger-Lingafelt is charged with two felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance, one felony count of possession of heroin, along with single counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, assault on…

Company To Move Operations From California To Catawba County, New Jobs To Be Created

Pasta Piccinini, a manufacturer of pasta products, announced that it will fully relocate all US operations including sales and product manufacturing from California to a facility in Newton. Pasta Piccinini commits to invest a minimum of $6,000,000 on acquisition, renovation of the facility and installation of pasta manufacturing machinery and equipment. The company plans to…

Case Involving Body Found Dec. 3 Ruled Homicide

An autopsy has been performed in the case of a deceased person found in a wooded area on December 3 on Lee Cline Road, near the intersection with Eckard Road. The medical examiner has ruled the manner of death as homicide. Investigators are working to determine the identity of the victim, whose race and age…

Two Teens & a Juvenile Arrested in Lincoln County on Pot & Alcohol Charges

18-year-old Austin Ryan Davis of Huntersville and 19-year-old Zackary Thomas Digiacomo of Denver, North Carolina, along with a 17-year-old juvenile, have all been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies. Davis and Digiacomo were both charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of a schedule VI controlled…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

73-year-old Leslie Tilden Hedrick of Hillside Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance. Hedrick remains in jail as of this morning with a $25,000 secured bond and District Court date that was scheduled…

Statesville Man Charged in Connection to Stabbing

32-year-old Robert Michael DeYoung of 5th Street in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He was arrested yesterday (December 7) when Deputies responded to a residence on Monte Vista Road, west of Statesville, in reference to a person…

Lenoir Man Charged with Drug Possession

30-year-old Adam Christopher Daly of Carolina Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and given a $25,000 secured bond. Daly remains in jail as of this morning with a $25,000 secured bond and a District Court date that was scheduled for December…

Hudson Resident Charged with Interfering with an Electronic Monitoring Device

34-year-old Michael Christopher Hart of Leah Drive in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (December 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony interference with an electronic monitoring device and given a $10,000 secured bond. Hart remains in jail as of this morning with a District Court date that was scheduled for December 7.…

Commissioners Sworn In At Alexander Commissioners Meeting

Commissioners have been sworn in for new terms in Alexander County. Kent Herman, Marty Pennell, Ronnie Reese, and Larry Yoder took the oath of office at the December 5 meeting to begin their new terms on the Alexander County Board of Commissioners. Judge Dale Graham administered the oath of office to the four commissioners, as…

Alexander County Health Department Awarded Reaccreditation With Honors

According to a news release issued Wednesday (December 7), on November 18, 2022, the Alexander County Health Department, along with ten other North Carolina health departments, was awarded reaccreditation with honors status by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation (NCLHDA) Board. The six-year reaccreditation process and on-site survey came after a two-year delay as…

Maiden Resident Arrested On Drug Charges

33-year-old Kady Suzanne Fox of Jim Beard Road in Maiden was arrested Wednesday (December 7) by Newton Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and damage to property. Fox was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (December 8), a…

Morganton Man Jailed In Catawba County On Charge Of Violating Probation

36-year-old Michael Leonard Norman, Jr. of Wendy Hill Hollow in Morganton was arrested Monday (December 5) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony probation violation. Norman is on probation as a result of a conviction in Burke County in July, 2021 on felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking &…

Lincolnton Man Charged With Larceny Offenses In Catawba County

28-year-old Lucas Aaron Smith of Loomis Street in Lincolnton was arrested Tuesday (December 6) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny by removing anti-shoplifting device and misdemeanor larceny. Smith was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (December 8). A District Court…

Morganton Woman Jailed In Catawba County On Forgery & Robbery Charges

32-year-old Dezerae Lyn Merritt of Bill Epley Avenue in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (December 7) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of larceny of chose in action, forgery of an instrument, and common law robbery. Merritt was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance…

Suspect Charged In Connection To Robbery At Store

30-year-old Ibrahim Nabay Jalloh was arrested Wednesday (December 7) by Troutman Police Officers. He’s charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon. In addition, Jalloh is charged with two felony counts of larceny by removing anti-shoplifting device, single felony counts of larceny, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession with intent to sell…

Burke County Commissioners to Appoint a New County Manager

Following the conclusion of a national competitive search, Burke County Commissioners have made the announcement to appoint Brian Epley as County Manager. With formal Board action to occur on December 20th at the Board of Commissioner’s regular meeting. Board Chair Scott Mulwee said this transition is the final step in a multi-faceted evaluation process that…

Hickory Recognizes 2022 Business. Well Crafted. Award winners

The City of Hickory’s 2022 Business. Well Crafted. Award winners were announced during the Hickory City Council meeting on Tuesday, December 6. These awards were presented by the City’s Business Development Committee (BDC), the Business. Well Crafted. Awards annually honor businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs that support and affirm the City of Hickory’s vision for economic…

Hickory Man Charged With Stealing Vehicle

26-year-old Mark Edward Hinson of Meadowbrook Lane in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (December 6) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Hinson was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (December 7).

Lenoir Man Charged with Various Drug Charges

50-year-old Wesley Powell Hedrick of Holly Court in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (December 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with four felonies: possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or distribute marijuana, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance, and intent to traffic…

Connelly Springs Man Charged with Attempted Larceny

50-year-old Edward Laine Jackson of Spaniel Street in Connelly Springs was arrested Tuesday (December 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony attempted larceny and given a $7,500 secured bond. Jackson remains in jail as of this morning with a District Court date scheduled for December 7.

Lenoir Woman Charged with Drug Possession

43-year-old Holly Brooke Reid of Hillside Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (December 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with three felonies: possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule I controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance. Reid remains in jail as of this morning with a $100,000 secured…

Catawba County Road Closed For Work On Bridge

The N.C. Department of Transportation has temporarily closed Lynn Mountain Road in both directions​ at the bridge near Gracie Lane in Catawba County. The road is located in the Vale community in southwestern Catawba County. Lynn Mountain Road connects to N.C. Highway 10 and Rhoney Farm Road The closure went into effect at 7:30 a.m. on…

Hickory City Council Meets, Mayor Pro Tem Sworn In, Annexations Approved

Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (December 6). Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were unanimously approved. Councilwoman Charlotte Williams was elected to serve as Mayor Pro Tempore for calendar year 2023. John Crone was appointed to serve as City Attorney for calendar year 2023. A public hearing was held for…

Morganton Woman Charged With Meth Possession Following Traffic Stop

33-year-old Cynthia Dawn Rice of U.S. 64 in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (December 6) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). Shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday a Public Safety Officer conducted a traffic stop on a silver 1998 Isuzu Trooper that was reportedly displaying a fictitious…

Heroin Charges Filed Against Hickory Man

25-year-old Justice Elijah Malik Batts of 6th Street SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (December 6) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with trafficking, opium or heroin, maintaining a place for controlled substance, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin. Batts was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000…

Lenoir Man Receives More Than 20 Years In Federal Case Involving Child Pornography

The administrator of an online group chat dedicated to the trafficking of child pornography has been sentenced to 22 years in prison, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. 33-year-old Dakota Ray Maddy of Lenoir will also be placed under a lifetime of supervised release after he is released from…

H.P.D. Deputy Chief to Become Chief in February

Hickory Police Department Major Reed Baer will serve as Hickory’s next Chief of Police after 25 years with the department. The move follows the announcement that current Police Chief Thurman Whisnant will retire. Major Baer’s promotion will become effective February 1, 2023. Major Baer began his career with H.P.D. as a patrol officer. He worked…

Two Suspects Charged In Case Involving Stolen Vehicles

43-year-old Daryl Edward Ingle of Icard Dairy Barn Road in Connelly Springs and 28-year-old Scott Xiong of Henry Smith Street in Hickory were arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. Both suspects are charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Ingle is additionally charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. During the…

Lenoir Man Charged with Multiple Meth Charges

47-year-old Michael Shane Reese of Torrence Circle in Lenoir was arrested Monday (December 5) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with five felonies: the sale of methamphetamine, the delivery of meth, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or distribute meth, the sale or delivery of meth near a school, and possession with intent to…

Lenoir Man Charged with Drug Possession

41-year-old Gerald Montero Felder of Arlington Circle in Lenoir was arrested Monday (December 5) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with three felonies: one count possession with intent to manufacture sell or distribute a schedule II substance, possession with intent to manufacture sell or distribute marijuana, and maintaining a place for controlled substance. Felder…

Lenoir Woman Arrested for Drug Possession and Failure to Appear

28-year-old Alayna Brooke Gragg of Wheeler Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (December 5) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with failure to appear on two counts of second-degree trespass, failure to appear on misdemeanor larceny, and felony possession of a schedule two controlled substance. Gragg remains in jail as of this morning with…

Granite Falls Man Charged with Uttering a Forged Instrument

48-year-old James Wayne Mcrary of Kenny Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (December 5) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with a felony of uttering a forged instrument and placed under a $2,500 secured bond. As of this morning he is not in jail and a District Court date was scheduled for…

Fatal Collision in Wilkes County

On Monday, December 5, at approximately 12:40 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to and investigated a fatal collision in Wilkes County on US 421 near Boone Trail. A 2007 Chrysler Town & Country was traveling east on US 421, ran off the right side of the road, went down an embankment, and…

Catawba County Board Of Education Members Sworn In

Three newly elected members and one returning member of the Catawba County Board of Education were sworn in Monday evening (December 5) at the regular Board of Education meeting. The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Catawba County Schools Central Office. The members were sworn in by The Honorable Judge Clifton H. Smith. New members…

Suspect Recently Arrested Multiple Times Charged Again

29-year-old Autumn Marie Burhans of Jacobs Lane in Morganton was arrested Saturday (December 3) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. WHKY reported on two previous arrests of this suspect, in October and November. One of those arrests occurred on October 11. On that date,…

Morganton Man Jailed On Meth Charge

22-year-old Landon Tanner Collingwood of Walker Street in Morganton was arrested last Friday (December 2) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). Shortly after 10:30 p.m. Friday a Public Safety Officer was conducting patrol at an address on East Meeting Street in reference to a suspicious…

Hickory Metro Counties See Unemployment Rate Increases

Unemployment rates increased across the Hickory Metro and throughout most of the state according to the latest update. The North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division released the report last week. The update shows the October unemployment numbers. Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 3.8 percent, up from 3.1 in the previous report.…

Claremont Man Charged With Firearm, Drug Offenses

27-year-old Antonio Rashawn Whitworth of Bridgewood Drive in Claremont was arrested Monday (December 5) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon along with single counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, felony possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while…

Maiden Man Charged with Indecent Exposure

30-year-old Nelson Alexander Abarca of Maiden was arrested by Maiden Police last Thursday (December 1) on four misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure. The charges are the result of a Maiden Police investigation into reports of a then unknown male subject exposing himself on four occasions to adult women at a retail business in Maiden. Maiden…

Dallas, N.C. Man Arrested on Child Sex Charges

34-year-old Michael Gregory Taylor of Dallas, North Carolina has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers on two felony counts each of kidnapping, statutory rape of a child, and statutory sex offense with a child, along with four counts of indecent liberties with a child. Events leading to Taylor’s arrest began on November 21 when…

2022 Castle of Cans Collects 41,787 Pounds of Food

The 2022 Susan L. Coleman Castle of Cans fall combined campaign had another successful year with can collections of 6,712 pounds and a successful fundraising campaign that exceeded its goal by raising $5,011 equaling 35,075 pounds of food for a grand total equaling 41,787 pounds of food for our community agencies. Castle of Cans chairperson…

Caldwell County To Expand Opioid Response Program

The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners recently approved using a portion of the North Carolina Opioid Settlement to expand Caldwell County’s R.E.S.T.A.R.T. Program and advance the staff’s vital role in curbing the opioid epidemic in our area. R.E.S.T.A.R.T. is an acronym for Recognize, Educate, Stabilize, Transform, Accelerate, Rehabilitate and Trust. Through the expansion approved by…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Heroin

38-year-old Joshua Scott Webster of Jaci Place in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (December 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony possession of heroin and a misdemeanor count possession of drug paraphernalia. Webster was given a custody release and is no longer listed in jail. A Superior Court date was scheduled for…

Body Found Near Troutman, Homicide Investigation Underway

A body was found in Iredell County last week and an investigation is being conducted. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, while working on a missing persons report, found a body near Troutman on Thursday (December 1). The death is being investigated as a homicide according to Sheriff Darren Campbell. Campbell said a missing persons report…

Hickory Woman Charged With Meth Offenses

38-year-old Kristen Lee Porter of Roten Road in Hickory was arrested Sunday (December 4) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with traffic in methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth, and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Porter was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District…

Man Jailed In Catawba County On Charges Of Failing To Register As Sex Offender, Violating Probation

46-year-old Andrew Terrell Jolly, whose address was not listed, was arrested Friday (December 2) by Probation & Parole Officers. He’s charged with failure to register as a sex offender and two counts of misdemeanor probation violation. Jolly is required to register as a sex offender as a result of a conviction in 2007 in Catawba…

Body Found In Catawba County, Investigation Underway

On Saturday (December 3) at 3:41 p.m. deputies with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a deceased person on Lee Cline Road north of Conover. When deputies arrived they discovered this person in a wooded area along Lee Cline Road near the intersection with Eckard Road. The person appears to be…

Second Suspect Arrested In Hickory Murder Case

18-year-old Jakeis Zameir Harris of 3rd Ave. SE in Hickory was arrested Friday (December 2) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with  murder, attempted first-degree murder, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Harris is charged in connection to the murder of 20-year-old Khalil Ryhnhart on November 5. He’s…

Hickory Police Chief to Retire Next Month

After 30 years of service, Hickory Chief of Police Thurman Whisnant announced that he will retire on January 31, 2023. Whisnant was appointed by former City Manager Mick Berry as City of Hickory’s Chief of Police on July 1, 2016, after 22 years of experience with H.P.D. He began his career with the department in…

Hildebran Man Arrested on Felony Warrant from S.C.

38-year-old Danny Vang of Elsie Childres Street in Hildebran was arrested by Hickory Police today (December 2) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Vang is wanted in Spartanburg County, South Carolina for failure to appear on a grand larceny charge. He was on probation in South Carolina when the…

Hickory Man Arrested for Habitual Larceny

27-year-old Mark Edward Hinson of Meadowbrook Lane in Hickory was arrested Thursday (December 1) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with felony habitual larceny and given a $10,000 secured bond. Hinson remains in jail as of this morning with District Court scheduled for December 5.

Lenoir Woman Charged with Intent to Sell or Distribute Methamphetamine

27-year-old Ashley Nicole Fillers of Brookshire Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (December 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with possession with intent to manufacture sell or distribute methamphetamine. Fillers was given a custody release and is not listed in jail as of this morning. Superior Court was scheduled for January 9.

Lenoir Woman Charged with Trafficking Meth & Resisting Officers

38-year-old Ronni Shenell Coffey of Rattlesnake Lane in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (December 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with three counts of resisting a public officer and given a custody release. Coffey was also charged with trafficking in methamphetamine with a $9,999 secured bond. She is not in jail as of…

Lenoir Man Charged with Statutory Rape in The First Degree

44-year-old Raymond Kenneth Triplett of Calico Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (December 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony first-degree statutory rape and given a $100,000 secured bond. Triplett remains in jail as of this morning with District Court scheduled for December 5.

Morganton Woman Charged with Possession of Cocaine

41-year-old Heather Michelle Wilson Stone of Hartland Road in Morganton was arrested Thursday (December 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony possession of cocaine in Forsyth County and is not listed in jail as of this morning. Wilson was given a $10,000 secured bond and District Court scheduled in Forsyth County…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle

34-year-old Gerald Lee Abernathy Jr of Waycross Drive in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (December 1) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle and felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Abernathy remains in jail as of this morning with a $10,000 secured bond and District Court scheduled for…

Conover Man Charged With Fleeing From Police

27-year-old Israel Jonathan Wise of Puett Park Drive in Conover was arrested Wednesday (November 30) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and possession of methamphetamine. Wise is also charged with two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, single misdemeanor counts of…

Attorney General Announces Grants To Preserve Natural Resources In Western N.C.

Attorney General Josh Stein Thursday (December 1) announced $311,000 in grants to preserve natural resources and ensure clean air and drinking water in western North Carolina through the Environmental Enhancement Grant (EEG) program. Overall, the Attorney General is awarding $2.5 million in EEG grants to 23 recipients in 2022. Grant recipients in western North Carolina…

Morganton Teenager Charged With Stabbing Sibling

18-year-old Danny Donaldo Ortiz-Ortiz of Eastview Street in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (November 30) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Wednesday at approximately 10:10 p.m., Public Safety Officers responded to an address on Eastview Street following a 911 hang-up. Upon arrival police discovered that…

Stanley Man Arrested on Charges from Lincoln & Gaston Counties

26-year-old Devin Darshun Mitchell of Stanley was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies and a a Gaston County Police Department K-9 Unit yesterday (November 30) on a number of charges. He faces two felony counts each of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle. Mitchell was also charged with assault on…

Two Florida Men Arrested in Iredell on Felony Trafficking Charges

34-year-old Randy Diaz Fonseca of Miami, Florida and 25-year-old Luis Miguel Vazquez of Orlando, Florida have both been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of trafficking marijuana by possession, trafficking marijuana by transport, possession of marijuana, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver marijuana, along with a misdemeanor count of…

Hickory Metro County Moves To Less Economically Distressed Category According To Latest Rankings

The North Carolina Department of Commerce released the county tier designations for 2023 on Wednesday (November 30). The designations, which are mandated by state law, play a role in several programs that assist in economic development. A Hickory Metro county is moving to a less distressed tier in 2023. The 2023 rankings comply with the…

Alexander County Woman Jailed In Catawba County On Charges Including Financial Card Theft

51-year-old Veronica Jill Thompson of Grant Drive in Taylorsville was arrested Wednesday (November 30) by Probation & Parole Officers. She’s charged with financial card theft, obtain property by false pretense, misdemeanor larceny and misdemeanor probation violation. Thompson is on probation as a result of a conviction in July, 2022 in Catawba County for misdemeanor larceny.…

Two Suspects Charged With Sex Offenses Against Child

32-year-old Charlie Andrew Weaver and 29-year-old Kayla Elisa Hall, both of the same Cunningham Drive, Statesville address, were arrested by Statesville Police Officers. Weaver is charged with seven felony counts of indecent liberties with a child. Hall is charged with seven counts of felony child abuse with a sexual act. The Statesville Police Department Criminal…

Shooting That Resulted In Critical Injuries Under Investigation

The Statesville Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred last Thursday, November 24. The incident occurred shortly before 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Officers responded to a call on Lakeview Drive regarding an individual who had been shot. The officers arrived on scene and found a 32-year-old Statesville man suffering from a gunshot wound.…

Man Reportedly Barricades Himself In Camper, Sets It On Fire

Authorities say a man barricaded himself inside a camper and set it on fire. At approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday (November 29) Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a possible burglary to a camper parked on the property in the 1300 block of Bess Chapel Church Road in Cherryville. Deputies met with the reporting party and…

Caldwell County Man Killed In Crash

A Caldwell County man was killed in a Wilkes County highway collision. The deceased is 31-year-old Charlie Monroe Pike of Lenoir. On Tuesday (November 29) at approximately 7:20 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to N.C. 268 near Boomer Road. A 2014 Toyota Scion was traveling east on N.C. 268, failed to adequately…

Charlotte Man Charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

22-year-old Dexter Dewayne Lilly II of Farthington Circle in Charlotte was arrested Tuesday (November 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and felony possession of a stolen firearm. Lilly remains in jail as of this morning with a $100,000 secured bond and District…

Charlotte Suspect Charged with Stolen Firearm

27-year-old Sheldon Darnell Williams of Todd Lane in Charlotte was arrested Tuesday (November 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with four felonies: one count speeding to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, one count possession of a stolen firearm, one count possession of a firearm by a felon, and one count assault…

Morganton Man Arrested for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle

19-year-old Elijah Mckinley-James Whitehead of Lail Road of Morganton was arrested Tuesday (November 29) by Hudson Police Officers. He was charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle with a $10,000 secured bond. Whitehead is not listed in jail as of this morning, but District Court was scheduled for today.

Hickory PD Announces Promotions

The Hickory Police Department announces two officer promotions this month. Officers Daniel Nash and Adrian Totillo were promoted to sergeant and will take on leadership roles in HPD’s Patrol Division serving in David PACT. Originally from Poughkeepsie, New York, Sergeant Nash moved to North Carolina in 2008 and graduated from Holly Springs High School in…

Grand Marshals Chosen For Lenoir Christmas Parade

The 2022 City of Lenoir Starry Night Christmas Parade is this Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, and the Grand Marshals for the parade will be Mack. W. “Buddy” Edmisten and Samuel T. Sturgis, Jr. Staff selected Mr. Sturgis and Mr. Edmisten as Grand Marshals to thank them and honor them for giving many decades of service…