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Lenoir Residents Charged In Connection To Vehicle Theft

28-year-old Darian Lee Wood of Connelly Springs Road and 33-year-old Blake Lee Greene of Kincaid Hill Road, both from Lenoir, were arrested Friday (August 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. Wood is charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Greene is charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and probation violation.…

Lenoir Man Charged With False Pretense Offenses

24-year-old Matthew Wade Kersey of Quail Ridge Court in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (August 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one misdemeanor count of resisting a public officer. Kersey was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center late Sunday afternoon under $11,000 secured…

Hickory Woman Jailed In Caldwell County On Fugitive Warrant

37-year-old Ashley Anna Addington of Pineview Court in Hickory was arrested Friday (August 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged on a felony warrant as a fugitive from another state. Addington is wanted in Florida on unspecified charges. She’s also charged with misdemeanor resisting a public officer. Addington was placed in the Caldwell County Detention…

Claremont Man Charged On Out-Of-State Fugitive Warrant

54-year-old Steve William Taylor of Hagen Road in Claremont was arrested Friday (August 12) by Hudson Police Officers. He’s charged on a felony warrant as a fugitive from another state. Taylor is wanted in Virginia on unspecified charges. Taylor was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $500,000 secured bond. He remained in jail…

Man Arrested Following Reported Standoff In Alexander County (Updated with more information, 1:31 p.m., 8/15/22)

39-year-old Brandon Bowen Warren was arrested Sunday (August 14) by authorities in Alexander County. He’s charged with failure to appear on outstanding warrants from Martin County, North Carolina. He’s charged in that county with multiple counts including indecent liberties with a child and child abuse. In Alexander County, Warren is charged with vandalism, damage to…

Statutory Rape, Indecent Liberties Charges Lodged Against Conover Resident

22-year-old Darwin Aguilar Vasquez of 7th Street SW in Conover was arrested Friday (August 12) by Newton Police Officers. The suspect is charged with two counts apiece of statutory rape of a child and indecent liberties with a child. Vasquez was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $300,000 bond. A District Court date…

Additional Information Released On Arrest In Meth Trafficking Case

40-year-old Ashley Sylvester Butler of Bethel Road in Morganton was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Butler is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.…

New School Resource Officers Added To Catawba County Schools

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and Maiden Police Department are adding a total of seven additional deputies and officers to their existing ranks of School Resource Officers (SROs). These SROs are being added to further enhance safety and security at Catawba County’s elementary schools. The Catawba County Board of Commissioners, Maiden Town Council and Catawba…

More Details Released On Arrest Of Morganton Man In Connection To Break-in

47-year-old Jason Michael Dalton, who lists addresses on Chapman Hollow and on Gold Mine Road in Morganton was arrested last Wednesday (August 10) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods. WHKY previously reported on Dalton’s arrest. More information has…

Guilty Plea Entered In Catawba County Murder Case, Stanly County Man Sentenced To Prison Time

A Stanly County man received a maximum sentence of more than seven years in prison in connection with the murder of a Granite Falls man in Hickory in 2017. 36-year-old Thomas Alexander Seabrooks of Stanfield pleaded guilty in Catawba County Superior Court Thursday (August 11) to manslaughter. The case was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s…

Connelly Springs Man Charged With Meth Trafficking, Probation Violation

54-year-old Kevin Lee Huffman of Mount Hebron Avenue in Connelly Springs was arrested Thursday (August 11) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, single felony counts of possession of a weapon by a felon and probation violation, and a misdemeanor count of probation violation. Huffman is on probation…

Hickory Man Charged With Failing To Appear On Felony, Misdemeanor Charges

41-year-old Cody Dale Adkins of Spring Meadows Drive in Hickory was arrested Thursday (August 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with failure to appear on felony counts of chop shop activity by theft, fraud, or other illegal means, larceny after breaking and entering, and break or enter a motor vehicle. Adkins is also charged…

Hickory Man Jailed On Meth, Heroin Charges

34-year-old Dustin Allen Morton of Harris Farm Road in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession of heroin, and resisting a public officer. He’s also charged on orders for arrest with three counts of misdemeanor larceny. Morton was placed in the Catawba…

Hudson Man Jailed On Drug Charges In Catawba County

34-year-old Jonathan David Turney of Kristin Lane in Hudson was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Turney is charged on a warrant for arrest with possession of stolen goods. He was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (August 12) under…

Man Charged With Sex Offense & Multiple Assault Counts

43-year-old Bryon Ross Sears of Stony Point was arrested Thursday (August 11) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of second-degree forcible sexual offense and assault with serious bodily injury along with a count of assault on a female. Sears was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under $175,000 secured bond.…

Lincolnton Man Sentenced To Federal Prison Time For Trafficking Meth

A Lincoln County man has been sentenced to prison time in a meth trafficking case. On Thursday (August 11), U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell sentenced 65-year-old Ronald Keith Scronce of Lincolnton, to 168 months in prison and five years of supervised release for trafficking methamphetamine. The announcement was made by Dena J. King, U.S.…

Two Individuals Sentenced In Federal Case Involving Drug Trafficking In Catawba County

Two individuals charged with drug trafficking in and around Catawba County have been sentenced to federal prison time. On Thursday (August 11) U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell sentenced 38-year-old Da Lee of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and 52-year-old Paul Mark James of Gastonia to 168 months or 14 years, and 54 months or four years, six…

Man Dies From Gunshot Wound, More Details Released On Arrest Of Man On Firearm Charge

We have more details connected to an arrest previously reported on WHKY. On Thursday (August 11) we reported on the arrest of 32-year-old Joe Angel Rangel of 14th Street NE in Hickory. He was charged Wednesday (August 10) with felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor resisting a public officer. Rangel has…

Break-in, Stolen Goods Charges Lodged Against Morganton Man

47-year-old Jason Michael Dalton of Gold Mine Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (August 10) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods. Dalton was arrested just before 5 p.m. Wednesday at an address on Doe Run in Morganton. He…

Man Arrested By Authorities In Burke County On Charge Of Stealing Vehicle Parts

24-year-old Mark Forrest Fletcher was arrested Wednesday (August 10) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny of motor vehicle parts. Fletcher was arrested at an address on Walker Road in Morganton shortly before midnight Wednesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $2,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.

Lenoir Woman Charged With Meth Trafficking

39-year-old Regina Mae Speagle Crouch of Friendly Park Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine. Crouch was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (August 11).

Hickory Man Charged With Firearm Offense

32-year-old Joe Angel Rangel of 14th Street NE in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting a public officer. Rangel was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (August 11) under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.

Hickory Man Jailed On Vehicle Break-in Charge

45-year-old William Timothy Amburn of Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with break or enter a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, and resisting a public officer. Amburn was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (August 11) under $18,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.

Lenoir Man Jailed In Catawba County On Larceny Charge

26-year-old Jacob Elijah Miller of Trenton Park in Lenoir was arrested today (August 11) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny. Miller was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.

Caldwell County Man Charged In Animal Cruelty Case

60-year-old Darrell William West of Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony animal cruelty. On Sunday (August 7) the Lenoir Police Department contacted Caldwell County Animal Care Enforcement (ACE) regarding two dogs left unattended in a vehicle on Pennell Street. Lenoir Police Officers arrived to find two…

Lenoir Man Jailed On Trio Of Felony Drug Charges

42-year-old Travis Lynn Killian of NW Advent Circle in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 10) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Killian was jailed in the Caldwell…

Guardrails To Be Installed On Pedestrian Bridge In Hickory, Road Closures Announced

Contractors will install new guardrails on the City Walk pedestrian bridge across N.C. 127 in Hickory starting Friday (August 12). This work will require the closure of Main Avenue NE, from Second Street NE to First Avenue NE, from 7 a.m. Friday, August 12, through 6 a.m. Friday, August 19. The sidewalks on the Main…

Hickory Resident Arrested On Felony Charges Including Probation Violation

43-year-old Alicia Rae Lail of Icard Dam Road in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (August 10) by Probation and Parole Officers. The charges filed against Lail are felony counts of probation violation, larceny, and possession of stolen property. Lail is on probation as a result of a conviction in May, 2020 in Caldwell County on a…

Lenoir Man Jailed On Felony, Misdemeanor Charges

25-year-old Dylan Kyler Tolbert of Connelly Springs Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 9) by Probation and Parole Officers. He’s charged with felony probation violation along with misdemeanor counts of larceny, second-degree trespassing, and possession of stolen property. Tolbert is on probation as a result of a conviction in May of this year in…

Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Reports Scam

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office was recently notified that there is a “jury duty scam” being conducted. The caller is asking for money on green dot cards. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the scammers are even giving out names of deputies saying they will come and arrest you if you don’t pay. According to the…

Cemetery Cleanup Scheduled In Hickory

Cemetery maintenance crews will soon begin cleanup efforts to improve the appearance of City of Hickory cemeteries by removing any previous arrangements that do not align with the City’s regulations. While flower arrangements are a popular way to honor family and friends who have passed, those items can become weathered and worn. To help enhance…

New Health Director Named In Alexander County

Billie Walker has been appointed to serve as Health Director in Alexander County. She has been named as the new head of the Alexander County Health Department after serving as Interim Health Director since May following the retirement of Leeanne Whisnant. Walker has worked her way up the ladder at the health department since 2003…

Alexander County Woman Charged By Multiple Agencies Following Traffic Stop

40-year-old Cindy Darlene Moore of Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (August 10) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged by the Sheriff’s Office with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony probation violation out of county. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol charged Moore with driving while impaired, driving…

High Point Man Charged In Connection To Break-in At Hickory Business

28-year-old David Rae McFarlane of High Point was arrested last Saturday (August 6) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a building and larceny after breaking and entering. McFarlane is charged in connection to a break-in at AT & T Mobility on Highway 70 SE in Hickory. The…

Lincolnton Man Indicted In Catawba County On Meth Charge

42-year-old Anthony Jawan Farley of Lincolnton was arrested Tuesday (August 9) by authorities in Catawba County. He’s charged on a bill of indictment with possession of methamphetamine. Farley is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, the suspect was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court…

Hickory Man Charged With Habitual Larceny

27-year-old Mark Edward Hinson of Meadow Brook Lane in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (August 9) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony habitual larceny and failure to appear on a count of habitual larceny. Hinson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $14,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today (August…

Lincolnton Man Charged In Catawba County With Multiple Offenses Including Conspiracy

18-year-old John David Charles of East Sycamore Street in Lincolnton was arrested Tuesday (August 9) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with felony conspiracy, going armed to the terror of people, two counts of resisting an officer, and failure to appear on counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and assault on a female.…

Lenoir Man Jailed On Probation Violation Charges

32-year-old Charles Aaron Carr of Weed Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 9) by Probation & Parole Officers. He’s charged with two counts of felony probation violation. Carr is on probation as a result of a conviction in Caldwell County in November, 2021, on charges including felony possession of stolen goods, felony obtaining property…

Granite Falls Man Charged With Fleeing From Police, Vehicle Theft

28-year-old Joseph Lee Eaker of Peachtree Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (August 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, larceny of a motor vehicle, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Eaker was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center…

Caldwell County Man Charged With Stolen Vehicle Offense

53-year-old Randy Glenn Isaacs of Powell Brickyard Road in Lenoir was arrested last Friday (August 5) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Isaacs was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center following his arrest under $3,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A District Court appearance…

Lenoir Woman Charged With Break-in, Vehicle Theft

21-year-old Angel Gabriel Minton of Quail Ridge Court in Lenoir was arrested last Saturday (August 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny of a motor vehicle. Minton was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. She remained in jail as of earlier…

Alexander County Receives $650,000 Grant

The NC Department of Commerce Rural Economic Development Division has awarded a $650,000 Rural Transformation Grant to Alexander County Government to rehabilitate property located at 16 West Main Avenue in Taylorsville. The county will contribute $100,000 to the project, which is estimated to cost $750,000. The Alexander County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) spearheaded the grant…

Additional Statutory Sex Offense Charge Lodged Against School Employee

More charges have been filed against an Iredell County Schools employee previously arrested on statutory rape and indecent liberties charges. On Monday (August 8) deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad served two more arrest warrants on 36-year-old Elizabeth Suzanne Bailey of Bluff Court in Statesville. The warrants charge her with felony statutory…

Mother And Son Killed In Monday Crash

A mother and son were killed in a crash in Lincoln County Monday (August 8). The deceased are 54-year-old Belinda Shrewsbury Baker and 10-year-old Michael Paul Baker, both of Vale. At approximately 2:15 p.m. Monday, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to N.C. 27 near Asbury Church Road. A 1999 Nissan Sentra attempted to…

Indecent Liberties Charge Lodged Against Hickory Man

40-year-old Charles Sonny Hill of 17th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested last Friday (August 5) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with indecent liberties with a child and breaking or entering. Hill was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,800 bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (August 9). District…

Long View PD Arrests Hickory Man On Meth, ID Theft Charges

38-year-old Samuel Everette Young of 2nd Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Monday by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, identity theft, and expired or no inspection. In addition, Young is charged on orders for arrest with larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and resisting a…

Hickory Woman Charged With Break-in Offenses

38-year-old Kimberly Dawn McDaniel of 16th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Monday (August 8) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony larceny after breaking and entering and two counts of breaking or entering. McDaniel was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,500 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today and for…

Charlotte Woman Charged With Providing Drugs To Inmate In Alexander County

51-year-old Fanisha Locke of Charlotte was arrested Monday (August 8) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony providing contraband to an inmate. In April of this year, the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Alexander Correctional Institution in reference to a conspiracy to deliver controlled substances to inmates via mail. Evidence…

Granite Falls Man Charged With Break-in With Intent To Terrorize

45-year-old Curtis Ashley Hollar of Charleston Court in Granite Falls was arrested Sunday (August 7) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He’s charged with felony breaking and entering with intent to terrorize or injure. Hollar was released on $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Monday (August 8).

Lenoir Man Charged With Break-in, Vehicle Theft

32-year-old Willie Ferman Ferguson of Grandin Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (August 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and larceny of motor vehicle parts. Ferguson was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under…

Hickory Man Charged With Theft, Fleeing From Police

45-year-old Andrian Demonz Woods of 7th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Sunday (August 7) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny, flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, felony speeding to elude arrest with two aggravating factors, two counts of simple assault, and single counts of misdemeanor larceny and driving while…

Newton Man Charged With Stealing Vehicle Parts

22-year-old Chandler Chea Rankin of North College Avenue in Newton was arrested Sunday (August 7) by Maiden Police Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny of motor vehicle parts along with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, resisting a public officer, and damage to personal property. Rankin was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000…

Hickory Man Jailed On Drug Charges

21-year-old Alex Lee Lineberger of 5th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (August 6) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. In addition, Lineberger is charged with misdmeanor counts of simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, no operators license, and speeding. He’s also charged…

Three Arrested in Lincoln County; Accused of Stealing Credit & Debit Cards

37-year-old Natalie Rowles, 22-year-old Javlera Vejera, and 22-year-old Salome Aracelly Jara-Madriaza have all been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies on charges of larceny, obtaining property by false pretenses, identity theft, and more. The three are accused of stealing a woman’s purse and using her credit cards to purchase gift cards. On August 2, Deputies…

Two Lincoln County Missing Persons Found

Two people who went missing from Lincoln County last week have been located. On Friday (August 5), Khiera Cimon Hall and her children were found in Charlotte. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police report that the mother and her children are safe. 22-year-old Patrick Russell Edwards of Vale was last seen on August 2 when he left his residence…

Granite Falls Man Wins $250,000 Lottery Prize

Johnny Shull of Granite Falls tried his luck on a $5 scratch-off and won a $250,000 prize. Shull bought his lucky 20X The Cash ticket from Market Basket on Dudley Shoals Road in Granite Falls. He arrived at lottery headquarters Friday (August 5) to collect his prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings,…

Man Drowns In Lake James

A Burke County man drowned over the weekend in Lake James. The deceased is 78-year-old Julius Kocsis of Morganton. Saturday (August 8) at approximately 2:15 p.m., a possible drowning was reported to the Burke County Emergency Communications Center by a boater on Lake James, near the Linville Boat Access on N.C. 126. Emergency personnel responded…

Drexel Man Charged With Meth, Firearm Offenses

47-year-old Bobby Ray Workman of Abernathy Circle in Drexel was arrested Sunday (August 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Workman was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $65,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was…

Man Charged With Kidnapping, Shooting Into Vehicle

44-year-old Joshua Lee Hull of Vale was arrested Friday (August 5) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a felon, discharging a firearm into occupied property, identity theft, and assault with serious bodily injury. Last Thursday (August 4) officers were dispatched to the residence in…

Morganton Man Charged With Exploiting 102-Year-Old WWII Veteran

66-year-old Joseph Oswald Civitello of Morganton was arrested Friday (August 5) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of exploitation of the elderly and obtaining property by false pretenses. Civitello owns and operates Joseph’s Home Improvements in Morganton, NC. The victim, a 102 year old World War II Navy veteran, filed a…

Additional Information Released On Arrest Of Morganton Man On Caldwell County Trafficking Charges

27-year-old Chad Michael Sampson of Ridge Court in Morganton was arrested last Thursday (August 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, traffic in heroin or opium, and maintain a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. WHKY previously reported on Sampson’s arrest, more information has been released on the case.…

More Details Released in Arrest of Charlotte Man on Fugitive Warrant

More details have been released in the arrest of 59-year-old James Howard Finlayson, who is listed as a homeless person from Charlotte. Finlayson was arrested by Conover Police last Thursday (August 4) on a felony fugitive warrant, as reported Friday on WHKY. He was also charged with uttering a forged instrument and forgery of endorsement.…

Gamewell Fire Chief Passes Away

The Gamewell Volunteer Fire Department’s Chief, Sam Smith, passed away yesterday (August 4) at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Chief Smith had been a member of Gamewell Fire Department for over 35 years, serving as a firefighter, officer, a member of the board of directors, and fire chief. Details regarding funeral services have not yet been…

Lenoir Man Jailed on Felony Meth Charge

61-year-old Roy Ulbert Cook of N.W. Horton Place in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police Officers yesterday (August 4). He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Cook was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $3,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of this morning. A first appearance in District Court…

Lenoir Man Arrested on B&E and Larceny Charges

52-year-old Eric Lee Watson of Deerbrook Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (August 4) on felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. He was also charged with failure to appear on a misdemeanor. Following his arrest, Watson was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center…

Hickory Man Arrested on Fugitive Warrant from Pennsylvania

35-year-old Andrew Marquise Izard of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Izard is wanted by the York County Sheriff’s Office in York, Pennsylvania for failure to appear on a D.U.I. charge. He was accused of driving under the…

Granite Falls Woman Charged With Meth Possession

40-year-old Deanna Lynn Ross of Deborah Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (August 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine. Ross was released on $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 22.

Morganton Man Charged With Trafficking Offenses In Caldwell County

27-year-old Chad Michael Sampson of Ridge Court in Morganton was arrested Thursday (August 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, traffic in heroin or opium, and maintain a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. Sampson was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District…

Unemployment Rates Increase Across Hickory Metro, State

Unemployment rates increased in all of the Hickory Metro counties and across most of the state according to the latest update. The report, which shows the June unemployment rates, was released Wednesday (August 3) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 3.8 percent, an increase…

Charlotte Man Jailed In Catawba County On Forgery, Fugitive Charges

59-year-old James Howard Finlayson of Charlotte was arrested Thursday (August 4) by Conover Police Officers. He’s charged with uttering a forged instrument, forgery of an endorsement, and on a felony warrant as a fugitive from another state. Finlayson was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. He remained in jail as of…

Morganton Woman Charged With Vehicle, Identity Theft Counts

36-year-old Erica Monta Kincaid of New Lane in Morganton was arrested Thursday (August 4) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and identity theft. Kincaid is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, probation violation out-of-county, and larceny. She’s also charged with failure…

Conover Woman Charged With Habitual Larceny

29-year-old Shamekia Rena McCombs of Rutile Street in Conover was arrested Wednesday (August 3) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony habitual larceny and misdemeanor second-degree trespass. McCombs was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. She remained in jail as of earlier today (August 5). A District Court date is…

COVID Vaccine Using Traditional Technology Now Available At Public Health

Catawba County Public Health is now offering the Novavax vaccine to individuals who have previously not been vaccinated for COVID-19. It uses more traditional vaccine technology, the same as what is used for flu, Hepatitis B and shingles, making it an alternative for people who are not comfortable with the mRNA technology used by Pfizer…

Man Killed In Wednesday Night Crash

An Iredell County man died in a crash earlier this week. The deceased is 26-year-old Alexander Christian Turner of Mooresville. On Wednesday (August 3) at approximately 11:05 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Houston Road at Weathers Creek Road. A 2007 Victory motorcycle was traveling east on Houston Road, failed to stop…

Authorities Seek Help in Locating Missing Maiden Woman

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Lincoln County woman. She is 25-year-old Khiera Cimon Hall of Angel Lane in Maiden. Ms. Hall was reported missing yesterday (August 3) by her mother, Lewanda Smith. Ms. Smith told Officers that Khiera Hall was supposed to bring her children to…

Lincoln County Deputy Stops Man from Jumping into River

A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy has been credited with saving a man from jumping from a bridge into the South Fork River. Deputy Holden Prater was on routine patrol Monday (August 1) on Long Shoals Road when he spotted a man sitting partially over a concrete guardrail on the bridge over the river. Deputy Prater…

Hudson Woman Charged With Felony Drug Offense

34-year-old Heather Nichole Russell of Maynors Mobile Home Park in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (August 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Russell was released on $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for August 24.

Missing Man Sought By Authorities

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man. 22-year-old Patrick Russell Edwards of Highway 27 West in Vale was last seen Tuesday (August 2) at approximately 6:30 a.m. when he left his residence to go to work. Edwards is described as a white male, six feet tall,…

Morganton Woman Charged With Felony Heroin, Meth Offenses (updated with additional information, 11:10 a.m., 8/4/22)

35-year-old Amber Dawn Harris of Wallace Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (August 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine. Wednesday at approximately 11:00 a.m. Harris was stopped driving a 1995 Toyota Camry on Cajahs Mountain…

Suspect Named In Shooting, Police Seeking Assistance

A suspect has been named in connection to a shooting incident that occurred in late July. 30-year old Joshua Lynn Sylvester of Statesville is being sought for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The charges are related to an incident…

Hickory Man Charged With Statutory Sex Offense

35-year-old Erick Omar Hernandez of 7th Avenue Drive SW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (August 3) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with statutory sex offense with a person less than 16-years-old by a person more than six years older. Hernandez was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court…

Man Charged With Firing Shots In Neighborhood

47-year-old Dallas Johnson Norman of Scotsman Drive in Troutman was arrested Tuesday (August 2) by Troutman Police Officers. He’s charged with going armed to the terror of the public, injury to real property, and injury to personal property. Last Friday (July 29) at approximately 10:45 p.m. officers with the Troutman Police Department responded to a…

Taylorsville Man Jailed on Meth & Child Abuse Charges

44-year-old Phillip Allen Griffin of Caldwell Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Hudson Police yesterday (August 2) for felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor child abuse. Following his arrest, Griffin was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of this morning. An appearance in Superior…

More Details Released re Drug Trafficking Arrest in Conover

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office has released more information regarding the arrest of 29-year-old Dustin Neal Cooke of Raleigh Street in Conover. His arrest was initially reported by WHKY yesterday (August 2). On Monday (August 1), Narcotics Investigators executed a search warrant at Cooke’s residence. The search resulted in the discovery and seizure of 5.01…

Stony Point Man Charged With Drug Offenses

33-year-old Keith Edward Hoover of Stony Point was arrested by authorities in Alexander County on felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession of heroin along with a misdemeanor count of possession of schedule III controlled substance. Hoover was surrendered to custody by a bail bondsman…

Newton Woman Jailed On Meth Charge

24-year-old Jessie Rehann Allen of East 11th Street in Newton was arrested Tuesday (August 2) by Newton Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine. Allen was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,000 bond. She remained in jail as of earlier today (August 3). A District Court appearance was scheduled today.

Woman Jailed On Drug, False Pretense Charges

33-year-old Adrienne Renee Kilby of the Wilkes County community of Millers Creek was arrested last Saturday (July 30) by Taylorsville Police Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and obtaining property by false pretense along with a misdemeanor count of simple possession of schedule II controlled substance. Kilby was incarcerated in the…

Caldwell County Woman Charged With Offenses In Alexander County

26-year-old Melinda Danielle Weaver of Hudson was arrested today (August 3) by authorities in Alexander County. She’s charged on warrants for failure to appear. Weaver was charged in April with felony possession of methamphetamine along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen goods or property. Weaver was placed in the…

Alexander Commissioners Discuss Property Revaluation

As the Alexander County Tax Office prepares for the 2023 revaluation, Tax Administrator Doug Fox and Jimmy Tanner with Tanner Valuation Group presented a revaluation update and schedule of values to the Alexander County Board of Commissioners at Monday’s (August 1) meeting. By N.C. General Statute, counties are required to conduct a revaluation at least…

Catawba Man Accused of Trafficking Opioids

43-year-old Patrick Thomas Havens of Sugar Farm Road in Catawba was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers Sunday (July 31) on felony counts of trafficking in opioids by possession and trafficking in opioids by transportation. He was arrested after Investigators stopped a vehicle on Highway 16 South for a window tint violation. Patrick Thomas Havens…

New Hours Announced For Recycling Convenience Center

Beginning Saturday, August 6, the City of Hickory’s Recycling Convenience Center will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed on Saturday and Sunday. Despite the City’s efforts to provide information and guidance to Convenience Center visitors, the new weekend closure is necessary to prevent contamination of recycling and dumping…

Health Officials Issue Reminder Regarding Back To School Shots

Children will be headed back to classrooms across Catawba County in just a few short weeks. One way to ensure that they are healthy and ready to return is through routine vaccinations and health assessments. North Carolina state law requires vaccinations for children and teens entering Kindergarten, 7th and 12th grade. Rising kindergartners and children…

Conover Man Jailed On String Of Drug Charges

38-year-old Dustin Neal Cooke of Raleigh Street in Conover was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth, marijuana, schedule II and schedule VI controlled substances. He was also charged on an order for arrest with possession with intent to manufacture, sell,…

Lenoir Man Charged With Felony Littering, Assaulting Officer

44-year-old Warren Raymond Werkheiser of Lenoir was arrested Monday (August 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony littering greater than 500 pounds and misdemeanor assault on a government official. Werkheiser was taken into custody early Monday morning and placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. He remained in…

Lenoir Woman Jailed On Charges Of Fleeing From Police, Violating Probation

32-year-old Tara Nicole Wood of Winhurst Street SE in Lenoir was arrested Monday (August 1) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and probation violation. Wood is on probation as a result of a September, 2021 conviction in Catawba County for felony possession…

Man Arrested In Taylorsville On Charges From Catawba, Forsyth Counties

31-year-old Cody Wayne Sigmon, who has listed addresses in Connelly Springs and Claremont was arrested Sunday (July 31) by Taylorsville Police Officers. He’s charged in Catawba County with failure to appear on felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine and failure to return a hired motor vehicle. Sigmon is also…

Man Jailed In Alexander County On Drug Charges

28-year-old Travis Cornelius Pharr, who lists a Statesville address but is also reported to be a resident of Alexander County, was arrested Friday (July 29) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon, and driving…

Former Iredell County School Employee Charged with Statutory Rape

36-year-old Elizabeth Suzanne Bailey of Bluff Court in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of statutory rape of a person 15 years of age or younger, indecent liberties with a minor, and sexual activity with a student. Bailey worked at Northview Academy, formerly known as the Pressly Alternative School.…

Morganton Man Killed In Crash

A Burke County resident was killed in a Sunday evening crash. The deceased is 25-year-old Myrian Dashea Reid of Morganton. On Sunday (July 31) at approximately 6:40 p.m., Highway Patrol responded to N.C. 181 near Frank Whisnant Road. A 1995 Cadillac DeVille was traveling south on NC 181, crossed the centerline, and collided with a…

Lenoir Man Arrested on Assault Charges

26-year-old Marquel James Jackson of Virginia Street in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (July 31) for assault on a female and assault inflicting physical injury on a law enforcement officer or probation & parole officer. He was also charged with a probation violation. Jackson is on probation as he serves a…

Lenoir Man Jailed on Felony Meth Charge

32-year-old Richard Hunt Wheeler of Hawthorne Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police Friday (July 29) for felony possession of methamphetamine. Following his arrest, Wheeler was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $10,000, secured. He remained in jail as of this morning (August 1). No court date is currently…

Officials Discuss Highway 127 Widening Project

The NC Hwy. 127 widening project and a proposed “swap” with the City of Hickory were discussed at a meeting with NC Department of Transportation Division 12 Engineer Mark Stafford last Monday, July 25. Alexander County Commissioners Ronnie Reese, Marty Pennell, and Kent Herman were in attendance, along with County Manager Rick French, members of…

Lenoir Man Jailed In Catawba County On Drug Charges

27-year-old Randtavious Montrees Leonard of Todd Street NW in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance along with single counts of possession of schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, and…

Newton Man Charged With Felony Heroin, Marijuana Counts

23-year-old Dmell Donta Covington of South Bost Avenue in Newton was arrested Friday (July 29) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of heroin and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana along with a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Covington was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention…

Woman Charged With Felony Offense By Conover PD

37-year-old Sarah Katherine Jordan of Carderwoody Road in Statesville was arrested Saturday (July 30) by Conover Police Officers. She’s charged with felony larceny. Jordan was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (August 1).

Hickory Police Arrest Man On Meth, Animal Cruelty Charges

55-year-old Royce Lee Cox, whose address was not listed, was arrested Saturday (July 30) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, cruelty to animals, and driving while license revoked. Cox was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today (August…

Man Killed after Being Struck in Business Parking Lot [UPDATED 6 p.m.]

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal accident involving a pedestrian. The incident occurred at approximately 6:50 Friday night (July 29) in Iredell County. The deceased is 43-year-old Jason Wayne Bare of Harmony. The Highway Patrol responded at about 7:45 p.m. The accident happened at River valley Ingredients, a division of Tyson…

Lincoln County Business Broken Into, Suspects Sought

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a break-in early Friday morning (July 29) at Tractor Supply on Gilman Road in Denver, N.C. Deputies were dispatched to the scene shortly before 1:30 a.m. Friday after the Communications Center received a report from an alarm company that a break-in had occurred. When officers arrived on the scene…

Electric Boat Manufacturer to Build Plant in McDowell County

Forza X1, Inc., a builder of electric-powered boats, will invest $10.5 million to establish a new manufacturing plant in McDowell County, Governor Roy Cooper announced yesterday (July 28). The company will create 170 jobs in Marion. Forza X1 and its parent company, Twin Vee PowerCats, are headquartered in Fort Pierce, Florida. Forza X1 is developing…

Morganton Man Arrested for Conspiracy to Commit Larceny

39-year-old James Roy Woodie of Walker Road in Morganton was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (July 28) on one felony count of conspiracy to commit larceny. Following his arrest, Woodie was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District…

Attempted Murder Charge Filed Against Hickory Resident

19-year-old Siah Jamar Shaiquez Cornwell of 8th Street Place SE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (July 28) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with attempted first-degree murder. Cornwell was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (July 29).

Man Arrested Following Reported Chase, Suspect Charged In Two Counties

45-year-old Christopher Ronald Thomas Perkins of Lenoir was arrested Thursday (July 28) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged in Alexander County with flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, failure to heed blue light or siren, reckless driving to endanger, speeding, failure to wear a seat belt and injury to personal property. Perkins…

Suspect In Statutory Rape Case Sought

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation’s Division is seeking the public’s assistance in finding a suspect in a statutory rape case. 39-year-old Solomon Deprince Norwood, whose last known address was 415 Bryant Road in Morganton, is being sought by authorities. He is described as a black male, 5’11”, 151 pounds, with black hair and…

Suspects Charged In Caldwell County Drug Case

30-year-old Tevin O’Brian Dalton and 28-year-old Jasmine Danielle Farley were arrested Wednesday (July 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. Dalton is charged with felony counts of trafficking in opium or heroin, trafficking in methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for the sale of controlled substance, and possession of marijuana, along with a misdemeanor count of resisting a public…

Conover Man Arrested on Drug & Weapons Charges

47-year-old Jawara Igwe Moore of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Conover has been arrested by Conover Police on a long list of drug charges. He was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, trafficking in methamphetamine, the manufacture, sale, distribution, or possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park,…

Hickory Man Killed In Wednesday Night Crash

A man was killed in a crash late Wednesday night (July 27) in Caldwell County. The deceased is 53-year-old Ralph Preston Wolfe, Jr. of Hickory. Wednesday at approximately 10:45 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to U.S. 321 near the intersection of Alex Lee Boulevard. A 2020 Tao moped, a 2003 Nissan Altima,…

Lenoir Man Charged With Felony Drug Offense

41-year-old Robert Lewis Miller, Jr. of Honeycomb Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (July 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked. Miller was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured…

Hudson Woman Charged With Vehicle Theft

28-year-old Kayla Marie Russell of LeClare Street in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (July 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and breaking and entering to an automobile. Russell was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. A District Court date is…

Pedestrian Struck By Multiple Vehicles

An investigation is being conducted into an incident in which a pedestrian sustained serious injuries after being struck by multiple vehicles. Last Saturday (July 23) at 5:50 a.m., the Lenoir Police Department responded to a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian in the 1500 block of Morganton Boulevard. The investigation indicated that a pedestrian was…

Conover Woman Charged With Vehicle Break-in, Firearm Offenses

23-year-old Taylor Renee Patrie of Panama Drive in Conover was arrested Wednesday (July 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to an automobile, larceny of a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a felon. Patrie is also charged with misdemeanor larceny. She was placed in the…

Lenoir Woman Charged With Drug Offenses, Harboring Fugitive

28-year-old Jasmine Danielle Farley of German Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (July 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of traffic in heroin or opium, maintain a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance, and harboring a fugitive. Farley was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Facility under $350,000 secured bond. A…

Olin Man Accused of Shooting Girlfriend

20-year-old Jhonathan Morales of Tabor Inn Lane in Olin has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and possession of a firearm by a felon. Events leading to the arrest began yesterday (July 26)…

Fatal Crash Reported In Iredell County

A man was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Iredell County Tuesday (July 26). The deceased is 67-year-old Rodney Steve Forner of Wirtz, Virginia. On Tuesday, at approximately 4:50 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Interstate 40 West near Stamey Farm Road (Exit 146). A 2003 Subaru Outback was traveling west, ran…

Shooting Under Investigation, Information Sought

A shooting that resulted in a man being sent to the hospital is under investigation. Monday (July 25) at approximately 11 p.m., the Statesville Police Department received a report that an individual was inside a residence on Wilson Lee Boulevard suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers arrived on scene and found a 29-year-old Statesville man.…

Catawba Man Charged With Assault, Fleeing From Police

41-year-old Brandon Alomonzo Lineberger of Catawba was arrested Tuesday (July 26) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill along with a single count of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Lineberger was placed in the Catawba County…

Hickory Woman Charged With Violating Probation

32-year-old India Oshay Weaver of Valley Field Drive in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (July 26) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with two counts of felony probation violation and two counts of defraud a drug or alcohol test. According to online records, the last conviction record for Weaver was in 2018 in Catawba County…

Woman Charged By Hickory PD With Malicious Conduct

32-year-old Whitney Danielle Snapp, whose address was not listed, was arrested Tuesday (July 26) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with malicious conduct by a prisoner and false report to a police station. Snapp was being held in the Catawba County Detention Facility as of earlier today (July 27) under $14,500 bond. District Court appearances…

Fire Damages Hickory Home, Smoke Alarms Alert Occupants

Smoke alarms alerted occupants of a Hickory home to a fire in their residence. Shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday (July 27) the Hickory Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 449 17th Avenue NE. When firefighters arrived they saw smoke coming from the front door. The two story home suffered moderate damage. Due…

Man Awaiting Trial In Double Murder Case Reportedly Seeks To Represent Himself

A Burke County man who is awaiting trial in a 2016 double murder case has asked the courts to fire his attorneys and allow him to represent himself in the case. 39-year old Scott Devon Hemphill is charged with two counts of murder and two counts of first-degree kidnapping in connection to the deaths of…

City of Hickory Municipal Election Update — FINAL RESULTS

In the City of Hickory municipal elections today (July 26), with all 21 precincts reporting, these are the unofficial results… HICKORY MAYOR Hank Guess — 1,763 votes — 87.23% Al Hoover — 235 votes — 11.63% Write-In (Miscellaneous) — 23 votes — 1.14% HICKORY CITY COUNCIL, WARD 5 David P. Zagaroli — 1,265 votes —…

United Way School Supply Drive Continues through Aug. 1

The Catawba County United Way has collected thousands of items donated through the month of July as part of its school supply drive. The items can be stockpiled by all three local public school districts – Catawba County, Hickory Public, and Newton-Conover. The 2022 United Way School Supply Drive runs through August 1. Donations can…

Sherrills Ford Man Arrested on Multiple Counts of Larceny

47-year-old David Lee Edwards of Moccasin Drive in Sherrills Ford was arrested by Hickory Police on Friday, July 15, on multiple felony counts of larceny and one misdemeanor count of making a false report to a police station. He was also charged with failure by a sex offender to report a change of address. Edwards…

City Of Hickory Election Today

The City of Hickory municipal election is today (July 26). There are contested races for Mayor and City Council Ward 5, in addition to uncontested City Council contests. The Mayoral race features incumbent Hank Guess being challenged by Al Hoover. The Ward 5 City Council race is between incumbent David Zagaroli and challenger Chris Simmons.…

Conover Man Charged With Strangulation

23-year-old Gabriel Dawson Propst of Indian Springs Drive NW in Conover was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with assault by strangulation, assault on a female, identity theft, attempt to break or enter a motor vehicle, and four counts of felony probation violation out of county. Propst was placed in the Catawba County…

Burke County Man Charged With Felony, Misdemeanor Offenses

56-year-old Phillip Dewayne O’Connell, who is listed as a homeless person from Morganton was arrested Monday (July 25) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of larceny and failure to appear along with a misdemeanor count of resist, delay, and obstruct an officer. It’s not specified what charge O’Connell failed to appear…

Morganton Man Jailed On Meth Trafficking Charge

40-year-old Ashley Sylvester Butler of Bethel Road in Morganton was arrested Monday (July 25) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony trafficking methamphetamine. WHKY has reported on multiple recent arrests of this suspect. On May 26, authorities in Burke County arrested Butler on a felony count of possession of a weapon by a…

Man Charged In Connection To Death Of Pedestrian

An arrest has been made in connection to the death of a pedestrian in Statesville earlier this month. Last Thursday (July 21) the Statesville Police Department Traffic Division obtained a warrant for the arrest of 64-year-old Robert Lee White of Statesville on charges of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and reckless driving. On Friday, July…

New York Man Charged With Fleeing From Police In Iredell County, Linked To Winston-Salem Shooting

33-year-old Carolton Vernell McCrimmon of Port Washington, New York, was arrested Sunday (July 24) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged in Iredell County with felony flee to elude arrest, careless and reckless driving, carrying a concealed weapon, resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer, maintain a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance, possession of…

“Jury Duty Scam” Reported in Lincoln County

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has received a number of calls today (July 25) from concerned residents about calls they received claiming that they had failed to appear for jury duty and would be arrested. The scam is known as “the jury duty scam.” Typically, elderly citizens are the targets. In the most recent incidents,…

Taylorsville Man Jailed On Caldwell County Drug Charge

39-year-old Joshua Luke Warren of Dewey Elder Lane in Taylorsville was arrested Saturday (July 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Warren was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center just after noon Saturday under $10,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (July 25). A…

Granite Falls Man Charged With Meth Possession

44-year-old Derrik Sean Casto of Dudley Avenue in Granite Falls was arrested Sunday (July 24) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Casto was released on $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 25).

Man Charged With Disseminating Obscene Materials

49-year-old Jeffrey Scott Rinck of L.R. Schronce Road in Iron Station was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of dissemination of obscene materials to minors under the age of 13. According to information released today (July 25), the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was contacted regarding the alleged crimes on…

Maiden Woman Charged With Stealing Vehicle

41-year-old Michelle Leigh Walker of South D Avenue in Maiden was arrested Sunday (July 24) by Maiden Police Officers. She’s charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, simple assault, and disorderly conduct. Walker was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 25).

Conover Man Jailed On Meth Charge

32-year-old Kenmar Lackey Antone of Largo Court in Conover was arrested Saturday (July 23) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine. Antone was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (July 25). A District Court date is set for August 8.

Catawba County Man Charged With Attempted Break-in

43-year-old Chance Jerome Seagle of Westbrook Drive in Newton was arrested Sunday (July 24) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with attempt to break or enter a building and resisting a public officer. Seagle was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for September 12.

Newton Man Charged With Being No-Show In Court To Answer To Multiple Counts

54-year-old Kelly Raynard Staton of South Ervin Avenue in Newton was arrested Friday (July 22) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with failure to appear on counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and felony probation violation. Staton was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. Superior Court dates…

Man Charged In Connection To Theft Of Ambulance

A Winston-Salem man has been charged in connection to the theft of a Catawba County ambulance. 37-year-old Ervin Dewayne Alexander was arrested by authorities in Iredell County. He’s charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle in connection to the ambulance theft. That charge was filed in Forsyth County. Alexander is also charged in Iredell…

Shooting Under Investigation

A shooting that resulted in the hospitalization of the victim is under investigation. On Sunday (July 24), shortly after 5:00 a.m., the Statesville Police Department received a report of a gunshot victim at Iredell Memorial Hospital. The victim, a 45-year-old Statesville man, was transported to the hospital in a personal vehicle. The victim sustained a…

Suspects Wanted for Bank Robberies, Including an Attempted Lincoln Co. Robbery, Arrested

42-year-old Christopher Jason McNeill of Cary and 30-year-old Dillon James Surrett in Hendersonville have been arrested as the suspects involved in a string of bank robberies, including an attempted robbery in Denver, North Carolina. A U.S. Marshal’s Task Force and Police in Fredericksburg, Virginia arrested the two men in connection to crimes stretching from South…

Burke County Man Charged With Stolen Vehicle Offense

42-year-old Dwayne Alan Smith of Baptist Camp Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Thursday (July 21) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle. Smith was arrested shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday at an address on Old N.C 18 in Connelly Springs. Following the arrest, bond was set…

Lenoir Woman Charged With Felony Drug Crimes

47-year-old Paula Mae Collins of Ridge Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (July 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, or dwelling for controlled substance, and possess, manufacture, sell, or deliver controlled substance on or…

New Emergency Notification System Announced

Alexander County Government recently selected Hyper-Reach as its new emergency notification system, which replaces the former CodeRed alert system. Citizens are urged to register with the new service as their contact information will not carry over to the new system. The county plans to use the service for alerts about weather and environmental hazards, missing…

Hickory Municipal Election Next Week, Alexander County Adopts Early Voting Procedures For Fall

The City of Hickory municipal election is next week. Early voting runs until Saturday (July 23) and the election will take place next Tuesday (July 26). There are contested races for Mayor and City Council Ward 5. The Alexander County Board of Elections met this week to discuss and adopt an early voting plan for…

Hickory Man Charged With Violating Terms Of Probation

24-year-old Nicholas Troy Conley of 1st Avenue Street SE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (July 21) by authorities in Catawba County. He’s charged with felony probation violation. Conley is on probation as a result of a June, 2020 conviction in Catawba County for indecent liberties with a child. Conley was jailed in the Catawba County…

Hickory Man Charged With Fleeing From Police, Possessing Stolen Vehicle

47-year-old Jose Manuel Flores, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested Thursday (July 21) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with felony flee to elude arrest, possession of a stolen vehicle, injury to real property, and possession of an open container. Flores was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under…

Hickory Man Arrested On Meth Charge

32-year-old Michael Ray Walker of Cape Hickory Road in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (July 19) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Walker was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (July 22). Superior Court…

Vale Man Jailed In Catawba County On Charges Including Rape

33-year-old Austin Sinclair Anthony of Bridle Path Drive in Vale was arrested Thursday (July 21) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with first-degree forcible rape and communicating threats. Anthony is also charged with Probation and Parole with felony probation violation. Anthony was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $39,500 bond. District Court dates…

Hickory Man Arrested on B&E, Larceny, and Drug Charges

36-year-old Austin Byron Locke of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police last Saturday afternoon (July 16) on felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. Locke was taken into custody without incident at about…

Morganton Man Jailed On Fugitive Warrant From PA

28-year-old Haneef Avery, who is listed as a homeless person from Morganton, was arrested Wednesday (July 20) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged on a felony warrant as a fugitive from justice. Shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday, Public Safety Officers responded to an address on West Union Street in reference to a psychiatric call.…

Assistant County Manager Named In Catawba County

Paul Murray has been named Assistant County Manager for Catawba County. He begins in that role on August 29, 2022. Murray will join County Manager Mary Furtado and Assistant County Manager Alison Alexander on the county’s leadership team. As an assistant county manager, Murray will collaborate with county leadership and department heads to carry out…

Hickory Man Charged With Breaking Into Place Of Worship

29-year-old William Marshall Shook, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested Wednesday (July 20) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with breaking and entering to a place of worship and felony larceny after breaking and entering. Shook was also charged by Probation and Parole with two counts of parole violation.…

Man Involved In Selling Firearms In Case Investigated By Hickory PD Sentenced To Federal Prison Time

A convicted felon was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison Wednesday (July 20) for selling firearms without a license and illegal gun possession in a case that involved authorities in Statesville and Hickory. 38-year-old Anthony Dewayne Daye of Statesville was sentenced to 151 months or 12 years, seven months in prison along with…

Suspect In Double Murder In Davie County Arrested In Caldwell County

A man wanted in connection to the murder of a man and woman in Davie County was arrested in Caldwell County. 31-year-old Anthony LaQuane Brooks of Salisbury was found Wednesday (July 20) at a residence in Caldwell County. He was taken into custody without incident by Davie and Caldwell County Sheriff’s Deputies along with the…

Two Arrested in Statesville on Felony Drug Charges

33-year-old Charod Terron Terry of Lark Glen Drive in Mooresville and 28-year-old Teona Kejohnette Bruner of Ascending Lane in Statesville have both been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of a concealed weapon, and misdemeanor…

Three Suspects Charged In Meth Trafficking Case

36-year-old Eric Dale Jones of Dellwood Drive in Lenoir, 29-year-old Dylan Wayne McBryar of Dogwood Drive in Hickory, and 43-year-old Roy Sheldon Morris of Fairwood Drive in Hudson were all arrested Tuesday (July 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. Jones is charged with felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine by possession and transport and felony…

Hickory Man Jailed on Felony Assault Charge

29-year-old Montavious Quamae Sims of 8th Avenue Drive S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police late Friday night (July 15) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury. Sims was taken into custody without incident at about 11:45 p.m. Friday at the Blue Ridge Heights apartment complex on 1st Street S.W. in Hickory.…

Speeding Prevention Initiative Underway In Region, State

Law enforcement officers throughout the Hickory Metro and across North Carolina are patrolling the roads through Sunday (July 24) to make sure motorists obey speed limits as part of the “Speeding Wrecks Lives” campaign, a national initiative in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Mark Ezzell, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety…

Claremont Man Arrested On Charges Of Violating Probation

40-year-old Victor Eugene Leatherman of Highway 16 North in Claremont was arrested Tuesday (July 19) by Probation and Parole Officers. He’s charged with three counts of felony probation violation. Leatherman is on probation as a result of a conviction in Catawba County in February of this year for felony counts of possession with intent to…

Meth And Fentanyl Charges Filed Against Man Arrested Tuesday In Catawba County

21-year-old Ethan Trent Roten of Hamptonville in Yadkin County was arrested Tuesday (July 19) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and fentanyl, maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Roten…

Granite Falls Woman Charged With Failing To Appear In Court In Catawba County

35-year-old Jacquelynn Rachel O’Malley of Connelly Springs Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (July 19) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with failure to appear on counts of financial card fraud, financial card theft, and obtaining property by false pretense. O’Malley was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A…

Suspect Charged In Connection To May Armed Robbery

22-year-old D’Angelo Malindsay Barker of Statesville was arrested Tuesday (July 19) by Statesville Police Officers. He’s charged with robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapon, failure to appear, and two counts of probation violation. Barker is charged in connection to the armed robbery of the D&D Express/Market Basket on Salisbury Road on May 6, 2022.…

Statesville Man Charged with Statutory Rape

25-year-old Aaron Brandon Clark of Brookfield Drive in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on three counts of felony statutory rape of a child by an adult and felony kidnapping Events leading to Clark’s arrest began on just before 9 a.m. on July 16 when the Sheriff’s Office took a call regarding…

Brevard Man Charged With Felony Drug Offense In Caldwell County

28-year-old William Dillon Eplee of Brevard was arrested Monday (July 18) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I controlled substance. Eplee was released on $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled Monday.

Area Counties To Receive High Speed Internet Due To State Grants

Nearly 7,000 households and 374 businesses in 12 North Carolina counties are set to receive high-speed internet thanks to more than $23.4 million in grants, Governor Roy Cooper announced Monday (July 18). Those counties include three in this region. The N.C. Department of Information Technology’s (NCDIT) Broadband Infrastructure Office has awarded Growing Rural Economies with…

New Cooperative Extension Director Named In Catawba County

Thomas L. Dyson has been named director of the Catawba County Cooperative Extension, effective Monday (July 18). Dyson comes to Catawba County from Lincoln County Cooperative Extension, where he served as Extension director since 2014. Catawba County Cooperative Extension is a research-based educational outreach organization affiliated with N.C. State University. Aimed at empowering communities, Catawba…

Valdese Woman Jailed On Felony Charges Following Alleged Theft At Business

45-year-old Brandy Powell Burhans of Hipps Street SE in Valdese was arrested Saturday (July 16) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering along with a misdemeanor count of second-degree trespassing. A Public Safety Officer responded to Walmart on Morganton Heights Boulevard shortly…

Claremont Woman Killed In Crash

A Catawba County woman was killed in a single-car crash Saturday night (July 16). 59-year old Donna Yeomans of Claremont was killed when she was ejected from her vehicle. The crash occurred at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Oxford School Road in the town of Catawba according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Yeomans ran…

Morganton Woman Arrested On Out-Of-County Charges

35-year-old Elizabeth Raye Anderson of Walker Road in Morganton was arrested last Wednesday (July 13) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle and failure to appear on a felony. Early last Wednesday morning a Morganton Public Safety Officer made contact with the suspect at an address on North…

Hickory Man Charged With Firearm, Meth Offenses

40-year-old Jesse Andrew Cartrette of 9th Street SW in Hickory was arrested last Thursday (July 14) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of methamphetamine. In addition, Cartrette is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a concealed firearm, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and open…

Morganton Man Charged With Assaulting Medical Worker

24-year-old James Phillip Robinson of Spainhour Road in Morganton was arrested Sunday (July 17) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony assault on emergency medical personnel. Shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday Morganton Public Safety Officers were dispatched to UNC Health Blue Ridge in reference to an assault. Robinson allegedly assaulted a 36-year-old man…

Morganton Woman Charged With Stealing Vehicle

35-year-old Robin Della Baker of Dentons Chapel Road in Morganton was arrested Sunday (July 17) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods. Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to a location on South Sterling Street in Morganton shortly after 2:30 a.m. Sunday.…

Hickory Man Arrested on Fugitive Warrant from Ohio

38-year-old Cory Lee Close of 29th Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday (July 16) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He is wanted by the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office in Portsmouth, Ohio for failure to appear at a scheduled hearing on a charge of…

Lincoln County Teen Found, Safe

A 16-year-old who ran away from home on July 2 of this year has been located and is safe. Christopher Gage Johnson was found by Lowell Police on Friday, July 15. Johnson ran away from his mother’s home on Gaston Webbs Chapel Road while on a home visit from a treatment facility in Aberdeen, North…

Lenoir Man Charged With Violating Probation

32-year-old Thomas Christopher Kaylor of Hazel Lee Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (July 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony probation violation and misdemeanor failure to appear. Kaylor is on probation as a result of a January, 2020 conviction in Catawba County for felony habitual misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor communicating threats.…

Granite Falls Man Charged With Felony Offense

65-year-old Danny Lee Garland of Holsclaw Way in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (July 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Garland was given a custody release. A District Court appearance is scheduled Tuesday (July 19).

Burke County Man Charged With Meth Possession

29-year-old Shawn Forrest Thornburg of Berry Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Friday (July 15) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor simple assault. Thornburg was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,300 secured bond. District Court dates were scheduled today (July 18) and for August…

Law Enforcement Officials Report T-Shirt Scam

Officials locally and across the state are warning citizens that people are receiving texts with an offer to sell shirts from law enforcement agencies for $10 off. The texts are coming from outside of local area codes. Agencies locally who have issued this warning include the Catawba and Caldwell County Sheriff’s Offices. The Catawba County…

Hendersonville Woman Charged With Having Drugs At Jail

28-year-old Ingrid Minna Sonne of Hendersonville was arrested Saturday (July 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of a controlled substance at a penal institution. Sonne was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. She remained in jail as of earlier today (July 18). A District Court…

Lenoir Woman Charged With Break-in

40-year-old Crystal Dawn Olsen of Realty Street in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (July 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony breaking and entering. Olsen was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. She remained in jail as of earlier today (July 18). A District Court date was scheduled…

Hickory Man Jailed On Meth, Marijuana, Crack Cocaine Charges

43-year-old Thalmus Jaton Linder of 2nd Street SW in Hickory was arrested Saturday (July 16) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and possession of a firearm by…

Fatal Crash Reported In Catawba County

A fatal head-on crash was reported Sunday night (July 18) in Catawba County. North Carolina State Highway Patrol Troopers report the driver of a pickup truck traveling on Bethel Church Road allegedly crossed the centerline and collided with another vehicle head-on. The driver of the pickup truck died at the scene, according to Highway Patrol.…

Road Closed In Hickory Through At Least Tuesday

Due to emergency shoulder repair, 17th Street NE/SE between Highland Avenue NE and A Avenue SE in Hickory will be closed through at least Tuesday, July 19. Traffic can use the clearly marked detour route of Highland Avenue NE, 21st Street NE/SE, and Main Avenue SE.

Morganton Man Charged With Meth, Heroin Possession

33-year-old Vicente Omar Forney of Robey Street in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (July 13) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of schedule I controlled substance (heroin) and possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine), along with a misdemeanor count of larceny. Forney was arrested after police responded to Walmart…

Hiddenite Man Charged With Break-in, Theft

58-year-old Scott Darnell Frye of Hiddenite was arrested Tuesday (July 12) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Frye was released on $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Monday (July 18). [Story and photo courtesy of Rick Gilbert, WACB]

Maiden Man Charged With Theft Of Vehicle Parts

47-year-old Marshall Brian Josey of Anderson Mountain Road in Maiden was arrested Thursday (July 14) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of larceny of motor vehicle parts and alter or destroy stolen motor vehicle parts. Josey is also charged with misdemeanor first-degree trespassing and three counts of failure to appear on…

Hickory Man Charged With Felony Assault

37-year-old Johnny Earl Ramirez of 3rd Street SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (July 13) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and misdemeanor injury to personal property. Ramirez was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $45,000 bond. He remained in jail…

Morganton Man Jailed In Catawba County On String Of Charges

69-year-old Roger Dale Brown of Brackett Lyles Drive in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (July 12) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with three counts apiece of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. He’s also charged with possession of burglary tools, injury to personal property, injury to real property, resisting a public…

Man Sentenced To Lengthy Prison Term For Sex Crimes

On Wednesday (July 13) an Iredell County Superior Court jury found a former church leader guilty of sexually abusing a teenager. The jury deliberated for about 50 minutes before finding 49-year old Dalton Smallwood guilty of six counts of statutory sex offense and one count of taking indecent liberties with a child as a result…

Photo of Suspect in Missing Person Case Released

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office has released a photo of a man wanted in connection to the disappearance of Anthony John Jaworsky, who went missing a year ago. After a search was conducted on July 12 & 13 at property on Curley’s Fish Camp Road in Hildebran, warrants were issued for the arrest of 23-year-old…

Hickory Woman Arrested by H.P.D. on Felony Warrants from Caldwell

35-year-old Latasha Marie Henderson of 11th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:30 Tuesday night (July 12) on outstanding felony warrants out of Caldwell County. The warrants were issued on July 5. She was wanted on felony counts of larceny, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and possession of…

Job Fair & Open House Scheduled At Area College

NCWorks and the CVCC Alexander Campus are planning a career fair and open house on Thursday, August 11 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the CVCC Alexander Applied Technologies Center, located at 230 Industrial Boulevard in Taylorsville. Alexander County businesses and partners are encouraged to register for this event to help match job seekers with…

Thousands Without Power This Morning In Southern Caldwell County

Power outages were reported in Caldwell County this morning (July 14). According to Duke Energy, as of just before 8 a.m. today, there were approximately 3,500 customers without power mainly in the Sawmills, Hudson, and Granite Falls areas. A majority of the outages were reported west of U.S. 321 and they’re listed all the way…

Sixth Suspect In Hickory Murder Case Taken Into Custody

A fifth juvenile suspect has been charged with murder in connection with the homicide of Shonniel Blackburn last month. The 17-year-old was taken into custody by Hickory Police Investigators on Monday (July 11). At about 12:30 p.m. on June 13 officers responded to Blue Ridge Heights Apartments on the 900 block of 1st Street S.W.…

Hickory Man Receives Lengthy Prison Sentence In Federal Drug Case

On Wednesday (July 13), 41-year-old Larry Elwood Steptoe was sentenced to 20 years in prison and five years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell. The announcement was made by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. In December 2020, law enforcement learned that Steptoe was trafficking…

Former Catawba County Director Of Utilities & Engineering Sentenced To Prison Time

A former former Catawba County official has been sentenced to federal prison time in a wire fraud case. 66-year-old Barry Bryan Edwards of Hickory was sentenced Wednesday (July 13) to a year and a day in prison and one year of supervised release for accepting kickbacks and bribes from a private contractor. The announcement was…

Arrest Warrant Issued in Connection to Missing Person Case

Yesterday (July 12), the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office regarding a missing person case. Anthony John Jaworsky of Catawba County was last seen by his family in the Conover area in July of last year. Mr. Jaworsky was 29 at the time of his disappearance. His vehicle was…

Taylorsville Man Charged After Being Held At Gunpoint At Scene Of Break-in

37-year-old Scott Edward Davis of Taylorsville was arrested today (July 13) on charges filed by two agencies. Taylorsville Police charged the suspect with felony first-degree burglary, assault on a government official, hit and run leaving the scene of an accident, driving left of center, and two counts of resist, delay, and obstruct an officer. The…

Fugitive from Georgia Arrested on Murder Charge

20-year-old Reggie Roberts of Warner Robins, Georgia has been arrested by Hickory Police on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Roberts is wanted by U.S. Marshals and the Warner Robins Police Department in Houston County, Georgia on a murder charge. According to reports published in Georgia, Roberts is one of…

Local Fire Marshal’s Office Receives Grant

The Alexander County Fire Marshal’s Office was awarded a $2,095 grant from FM Global. On July 11, emergency services staff was presented a plaque recognizing the grant award by Betsy White, Engineering Specialist with FM Global. Fire Marshal Mark Earle said the grant, which requires no local matching funds, is being used to purchase fire…

Newton To Receive More Than $30 Million For Expansion Project

The City of Newton will receive a $33.75 million appropriation from the State of North Carolina to fund a major expansion of the city’s wastewater treatment facility. The upgrades will add 2.5 million gallons of capacity per day to the facility and allow Newton to continue welcoming new development and industry. Newton’s Clark Creek Wastewater…

Scam Reported In Alexander County

The Alexander County Veteran Services Department is warning the public of an ongoing scam in which local citizens are being asked to send money to veterans whom they have never met. According to reports, scammers are developing online relationships, claiming to be in the military and saying that they need assistance. The North Carolina Department…

Man Jailed Under One Million Dollars Bond On Statutory Rape Charges

37-year-old Rodrigo Castro-Olvera of Wilkesboro was arrested last Saturday (July 9) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with four felony counts of first-degree statutory rape of a child and one felony count of statutory sex offense with a child. Last Wednesday (July 6), a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office regarding…

Connelly Springs Man Arrested in Hickory on Felony Warrant from Burke

37-year-old Joshua Aaron Crosby of Childers Nursery Circle in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:40 Saturday afternoon (July 9) on an outstanding felony warrant. Crosby was wanted by authorities in Burke County for multiple out-of-county felony probation violations. The warrant for his arrest was issued on June 13. Crosby was taken…

New Jobs Coming To Region, MDI Expansion Announced

More than 100 jobs are coming to the Hickory Metro. Officials in Caldwell County and Governor Roy Cooper announced today (July 12) that Merchants Distributors, LLC (MDI), a wholesale grocery distributor founded in Hickory in 1931 will invest $35 million in a new expansion of its services and operations, creating 125 jobs. The company anticipates…

Granite Falls Woman Charged With ID Theft, Meth Possession

39-year-old Heather Elizabeth Chambers of Red Hill Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (July 11) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony identity theft, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear on a count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Chambers was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under…

Lenoir Man Arrested On Break-in Charges

60-year-old Jesse Quea Stone of Oak Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (July 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Stone was given a custody release. A Superior Court date is set for September 12.

Hudson Woman Charged With Vehicle Theft

41-year-old Kristy Lynn Shehan of Diamond Street in Hudson was arrested Monday (July 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and breaking and entering. Shehan was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. She remained in…

Missing Teenager Found Safe By Authorities

A missing 13-year-old Lincoln County juvenile has been located and is safe. Marquise Thomas Lewis was found Monday afternoon (July 11) at a residence on Old Beatty Road in Stanley. He was picked up willingly and was returned to his Stanley home and to his mother.

Lenoir Man Charged With Break-in Offenses

46-year-old Michael Aaron Knepp of Walt Arney Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (July 11) by Hudson Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen property. Knepp was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. He remained in jail…

Lenoir Man Charged With Assaulting Emergency Worker

53-year-old Patrick Durand Crisp of Collettsville Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (July 10) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with three felony counts of assault with physical injury on emergency personnel, two misdemeanor counts of assault on a government official or employee, and one misdemeanor count of resisting a public officer. Crisp was jailed…

Lincolnton Woman Jailed In Catawba County On Meth Charge

27-year-old Catherine Taylor Sanderson of Lincolnton was arrested Monday (July 11) by Maiden Police Officers. She’s charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Sanderson was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 12).

Morganton Man Charged With Vehicle Break-in, Jailed In Catawba County

28-year-old Nicholas Dalton Robinson of Foxfire Drive in Morganton was arrested Monday (July 11) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He’s charged with felonious breaking & entering to a motor vehicle, reckless driving to endanger, and fail to heed light or siren. Robinson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under…

Hickory Man Charged With Heroin Possession

37-year-old Derik Eugene Lackey of 6th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Monday (July 11) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of heroin, simple possession of schedule III controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lackey was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,500 bond. A District Court date was scheduled…

Authorities Seek Missing Lincoln County Teen

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a teen who went missing on Friday, July 8. He is 13-year-old Marquise Thomas Lewis. Deputies were dispatched to Lewis’ residence on the 2100 block of June Dellinger Road in Stanley Friday afternoon. Lewis’ mother told Officers that the teen left on foot…

More Details Released On Iredell County Shooting Incident

30-year-old Markis Allan Kirkpatrick and 22-year-old Andiaye Jahriziyah Tyler, both of Charlotte, and 29-year-old Keishari Chanel-Wicks Johnson of Las Vegas, Nevada, were all arrested Sunday (July 10) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. Kirkpatrick is charged with felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and conspire to sell…

Granite Falls Man Charged in Connection to Vehicle Break-Ins

51-year-old Billy Clyde Mills, who lists a general delivery address in Granite Falls, was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers Saturday (July 9) on two felony counts of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and three misdemeanor counts of attempted breaking & entering a motor vehicle. Mills was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center…

Two Arrested in Caldwell for B&E and Larceny of Vehicle

30-year-old Donald Solomon Fox of Fox Drive in Connelly Springs and 37-year-old Justin Daniel Delaney of Bill Sain Road in Vale were both arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers Saturday (July 9) on felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny of a motor vehicle. Following their arrests, Fox and Delaney were taken to the…

Catawba County EMS Receives Award From National Organization

Catawba County Emergency Medical Services has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus achievement award for its commitment to offering rapid, research-based care to people experiencing the most severe form of heart attack, ultimately saving lives. Each year, more than 250,000 people experience a type of heart attack known as an ST…

Man Charged With Failing To Report New Address As Sex Offender

30-year-old Timothy James Webster of Forest Hill Court in Granite Falls was arrested Sunday (July 10) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with failure to report a new address as a sex offender, parole violation, and felony probation violation. Webster is on the sex offender registry as a result of a January, 2019 conviction…

Conover Woman Charged With Habitual Larceny

29-year-old Shamekia Rena McCombs of Rutile Street in Conover was arrested Friday (July 8) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with two felony counts of habitual larceny. McCombs was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (July 11).

Investigation Continues Into May, 2021 Murder In Hickory

The investigation is continuing into the incident that resulted in the death of India Kynar “Semaj” Rice on May 12, 2021. Just before 11 p.m. on that date, Hickory Police Officers responded to an address on 17th Street NW after receiving a 911 call that a woman had been shot at the residence. When they…

Woman Charged With Drug Offenses In Catawba County

45-year-old Malinda Leanne Gajus of Executive Circle in Denver, NC was arrested Thursday (July 7) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers on charges from Catawba County. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of schedule V controlled substance, and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Gajus was jailed in the…

Hickory Man Charged With Threatening Court Officer

39-year-old Lenny Dean Warsham of Main Avenue Drive NW in Hickory was arrested Thursday (July 7) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony threatening an executive legal court officer. Warsham was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $150,000 bond. A District Court date is scheduled for July 28.

Pedestrian Struck And Killed Saturday Night

A Stony Point man was killed as he was walking along Highway 90 in Statesville Saturday night (July 9). 49-year old Stephen Thomas Hart was struck by a mini van driven by 59-year old Charles Kerley of Granite Falls. Kerley was traveling west and struck Hart as he was walking across the roadway. The mishap…

Weekend Shooting Under Investigation

A shooting early Sunday morning (July 10) in Troutman is under investigation. The victim was taken to a hospital was last reported to be in stable condition. Iredell County Deputies responded to the incident along Perth Road in Troutman just before 4:30 a.m. Sunday. There were three persons of interest being questioned regarding the incident.…

Caldwell County Man Charged With Meth Possession

34-year-old Eric Lee Gilbert of Gilbert Lane in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (July 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Gilbert was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled Monday (July 11).

Lenoir Man Charged With Fleeing From Police

35-year-old Tayler Paul Whisnant of Ravenwood Drive in Lenoir was arrested Thursday afternoon (July 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. Whisnant was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District…

Lenoir Man Charged With Theft, Resisting Officer

32-year-old Matthew Charles Minton of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Thursday afternoon (July 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny along with misdemeanor counts of probation violation and resisting a public officer. Minton was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $77,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is…

Early Voting Gets Underway, Municipal Election Later This Month

Early voting is underway for the Hickory Municipal Election July 26. Voters can cast ballots at Highland Recreation Center in Hickory until Saturday, July 23. There are two candidates apiece for Mayor and the City Council seat in Ward 5. Incumbent Hank Guess is running against Al Hoover for Mayor, and the two City Council…

Health Survey Being Conducted In Area County

The Caldwell County Health Department invites adults living in Caldwell County to take the Community Health Assessment (CHA) survey. This survey, developed by community leaders, identifies health and human services issues in Caldwell County and determines the availability of resources to address those issues. Survey results will help community leaders and volunteers identify problems, evaluate…

Missing Man Found, Reported To Be Safe

A Lincoln County man who was reported missing has been found and is safe. 38-year-old Daniel Evan Neal of Baxter Implement Road in Cherryville was found Thursday night (July 7) by authorities in Burke County. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says Baxter was found in Morganton. He had been reported missing earlier in the day…

Hickory Woman Charged With Multiple Counts Of Assault, Firearm Offense

28-year-old Khadejah Brodericka Tugman of 22nd Street NW in Hickory was arrested Thursday (July 7) by authorities in Caldwell County on charges filed in Catawba County. She’s charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill along with misdemeanor counts of discharge a firearm in the city and assault with a deadly…

Second Suspect In Alexander County Case Identified By Authorities

The second suspect in a case reported Thursday (July 7) on WHKY has been identified and warrants are on file charging him with multiple offenses. Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman reports that the Sheriff’s Office currently has warrants for the arrest of 36-year-old Kenneth Steven Bennett. The warrants charge him with possession of burglary tools,…

Man Charged With Stealing Catalytic Converters, Breaking Into Vehicle

46-year-old Ryan Wade Yoder of Mayhew Park Lane in Mooresville was arrested Wednesday (July 6) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with six felony counts of larceny of a catalytic converter, single felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and attempted larceny, and one count of misdemeanor larceny. Last Friday (July…

Lincoln County Authorities Seek Missing Person

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who went missing yesterday (July 6). He is 38-year-old Daniel Evan Neal of Baxter Implement Road in Cherryville. A missing persons report was filed today. Mr. Neal left his residence in a yellow & black 2002 Jeep Wrangler at about 6…

Hickory Man Held on Quarter-Million-Dollar Bond on Multiple Charges

32-year-old Dallas Loyd Gragg of 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police last Friday afternoon (July 1) for a felony probation violation. He was also charged with twice failing to appear in court for possession of a firearm by a felon and for two separate felony probation violations. In addition, Gragg was…

Lenoir Woman Charged With Exploitation

57-year-old Angela Nelson Greer of Fire Station Lane in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (July 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony exploitation of a disabled or elderly person. Greer was released on $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 7).

Lenoir Residents Charged With Felony Drug Offenses

50-year-old Timothy Michael Powell and 52-year-old Lisa Jean Greene, both of the same Deerbrook Road, Lenoir, address, were arrested Wednesday morning (July 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re both charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Both suspects were released, Powell on $10,000 secured…

Morganton Man Jailed In Caldwell County On String Of Charges

36-year-old Shannon Lee Hodge of Playmore Beach Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (July 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and possession of methamphetamine. Hodge is also charged with three misdemeanor counts of failure to appear and single misdemeanor counts of…

New Patient Portal Announced By Caldwell Health Department

The Caldwell County Health Department now has a patient portal, giving patients online access to their records. Public Health Director Anna Martin says the new portal gives patients a way to check their records or request appointments any time day or night. They are no longer limited to calling the department during office hours. Using…

Taylorsville Woman Arrested At Business, Charged With Multiple Offenses

42-year-old Paula Renee Martin of Taylorsville was arrested Wednesday (July 6) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of burglary tools along with a count of tampering with a vehicle. Martin was arrested early Wednesday morning at a location in Bethlehem. Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers…

Catawba County Residents Among 25 Charged In String Of Iredell Drug Arrests

Two Catawba County residents are among 25 suspects charged with drug offenses by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. The arrests were made between April and this month. 24-year-old Deltrich Lamone Lewis of West C Street in Newton is charged with three felony counts apiece of possession with intent to sell or deliver and sale and…

Cherryville Man Arrested on Child Sex Offense Charges

31-year-old Justin Colt Reynolds of Cherryville has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies on charges of statutory sex offense with a child, second-degree rape, indecent liberties with a minor, and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. On July 2, Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Bill Ledford Road in Vale in reference…

Roads In Hudson To Be Closed Thursday Into Friday Due To Live Burn Exercise

On Thursday (July 7) the Hudson Fire Department and Caldwell Emergency Services with assistance from Hudson Police Department will host a multi-agency live burn exercise at the old Throneburg Store. The site is located at the intersection of Main Street (US Hwy 321-A) and Throneburg Avenue. Personnel from fire departments across the county as well…

Lincoln County Authorities Seeking Missing Teenager

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway teenager. The teen is identified as 16-year-old Christopher Gage Johnson of Gaston Webbs Chapel Road. Johnson’s mother told authorities her son ran away from home last Saturday (July 2) while on a home visit from a treatment facility. Johnson is described…

More Details Released In Connection To Arrest Of Hudson Woman In Newton Murder Case

20-year-old Sara Brianna Prestwood of Powder Creek Court in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (July 5) by Newton Police Officers. She’s charged with murder. On Tuesday, shortly after 6:30 p.m., officers with the Newton Police Department responded to the Love’s Travel Plaza on Southfork Drive in Newton, for a reported motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian.…

Lenoir Woman Charged As Habitual Felon

44-year-old Mary Rebecca Gonzalez of Abington Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (July 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with two counts of felony habitual felon along with single felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and breaking & entering. Gonzalez was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured…

Funds Available To Address Water Quality Issues In Alexander County

The Alexander Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) has funds remaining to address water quality issues through the North Carolina Agriculture Cost Share Program for the 2022-2023 program year. These program dollars are allocated from the state to address non-point source pollution from agricultural activities. The funds are available to assist farmers in the installation…

Vale Man Jailed In Catawba County On Firearm, Drug Charges

25-year-old Rian Scott Williams of West N.C. Highway 10 in Vale was arrested last Friday (July 1) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana paraphernalia and possession of drug paraphernalia. Williams was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility…

Conover Man Jailed On Weapon, Vehicle B&E Charges

33-year-old Noah Allen Miller of Rifle Range Road in Conover was arrested Sunday (July 3) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and breaking and entering to a motor vehicle. Miller is also charged with carrying a concealed gun. He was detained in the…

Vale Woman Charged By Hickory Police With Kidnapping, Child Abduction

26-year-old Mazie Grace Francis of Buckskin Trail in Vale was arrested Tuesday (July 5) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of second-degree kidnapping, abduction of children, and larceny of a motor vehicle. Francis is also charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon. She was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility…

Reward For Arrest Of Suspect In Murder Case Doubled

A suspect in a Catawba County murder is still being sought and the reward for information leading to his capture has been doubled. The Conover Police Department along with the U.S. Marshal’s Service is continuing to seek information on the whereabouts of 48-year-old Donald Ray Hodges. Hodges is wanted for murder in connection to the…

Caldwell County Woman Arrested By Newton PD On Murder Charge

20-year-old Sara Brianna Prestwood of Powder Creek Court in Hudson was arrested by Newton Police Officers. She’s charged with murder. Newton Police had not yet provided any details on what led to the arrest and charge. An officer with the department told WHKY News that nothing could be released as of early this morning and…

Hudson Man Charged With Fleeing From Police, Possession Of Stolen Vehicle

43-year-old Steve Carlton Dyer of Mission Road in Hudson was arrested Sunday (July 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Dyer was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $40,000 secured bond a District…

Conover Man Charged With Heroin Possession

28-year-old James Robert Anderson of 1st Avenue South in Conover was arrested Sunday (July 3) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with two counts apiece of possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Anderson was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $45,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (July 5).

Lenoir Man Charged With Stolen Vehicle, Meth Offenses

39-year-old Timothy Wayne Bolick of Cheraw Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (July 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Bolick is also charged with failure to appear on counts of felony possession of a firearm…

Claremont Man Charged With Firearm, Meth Offenses

46-year-old Johnny Mac Carson of Deal Road in Claremont was arrested Friday (July 1) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of methamphetamine, and failure to appear on counts of second-degree trespass and possession of drug paraphernalia. Carson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility…

New Tax Administrator Named In Caldwell County

The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners recently appointed Deputy Tax Administrator Josh Angle to serve as Tax Administrator. Angle has served as Deputy Tax Administrator since January. He started his career with the Caldwell County Tax Department as a Revenue Clerk, before being named Real Property Appraiser I on October 1. 2012. He was promoted…

Man Charged In Connection To Fatal Shooting In Statesville

37-year-old Carl Anthony Cathey was arrested Friday (July 1) by Statesville Police Officers. He’s charged with first-degree murder. He’s charged in connection to the fatal shooting of 31-year-old Shawn Darnell Whren, Jr. Statesville Police Officers responded to Fifth Street near Winston Avenue at approximately 4 a.m. Friday after receiving reports of gunshots. Whren was found…

Theft Of Copper Wire From Business Under Investigation, Suspects Sought

Lincoln County Sheriff Office detectives are investigating the theft of more than $7,000 in copper wire from Lowe’s Home Improvement in Denver, N.C. Deputies were dispatched to the store last Tuesday (June 28) after four people, one male and three females, walked into the store, split into groups of two and went directly to the…

Lenoir Man Charged With Statutory Rape

39-year-old George Nelson Miller of Stonecreek Court in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (July 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony statutory rape of a child 15-years-old or younger. Miller was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $250,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Wednesday (July 6).

Two Suspects Charged With Passing Bad Checks At Same Business

40-year-old Brandon Walt Kirksey of Maiden and 41-year-old Jacob Lee Barkley of Denver, N.C. were arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with felony counts of uttering a forged instrument and obtaining property by false pretense.  The two men are charged with with passing forged checks at the same business earlier this year.…

Man Taken Into Custody In Connection To Fatal Shooting In Hickory June 13

A fifth suspect has been charged in connection to the fatal shooting of a Hickory man on June 13. He’s the first individual charged as an adult and who has had his name released. 35-year old Shonniel Blackburn was found deceased on the 900 Block of 1st Street SW. On Friday (July 1), 21-year-old Aunshae…

Hickory Man Drowns In Waters Off N.C. Coast

A Catawba County man drowned off Oak Island, NC Sunday (July 3). Oak Island emergency responders were called out for reports of swimmers in distress Sunday at approximately 2 p.m. 52-year-old Kevin Whitley of Hickory was pronounced deceased after being pulled from the surf. A number of other swimmers were rescued. The water was unsettled…

Jobless Rates Increase Across The Hickory Metro

Unemployment rates increased across the Hickory Metro area and throughout much of the state according to the latest report issued by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The report was issued Wednesday (June 29) and shows the unemployment rates for May. Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 3.4 percent, up from…

Morganton Woman Charged With Stealing Vehicle From Convenience Store

33-year-old Kelly Diane Creasy of Piney Road in Morganton was arrested Thursday (June 30) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. According to Morganton Public Safety records, Thursday afternoon, shortly before 2:00, an officer responded to the Gate convenience store on North Green Street in Morganton in reference…

Residents Of Taylorsville, Hickory Jailed In Alexander County On Drug Charges

45-year-old Shelana Ann Teague of Taylorsville and 64-year-old Felicia Faye Massie of Hickory were arrested Wednesday (June 29) by Taylorsville Police Officers. They’re each charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Following their arrests, both suspects were placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond apiece. They…

Conover Man Jailed On Felony Charge

37-year-old Tyrell Lewis Jenkins of Cranford Drive in Conover was arrested Thursday (July 1) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony probation violation. Jenkins is on probation as a result of a conviction in Catawba County in January, 2020. He was convicted of felony sale of schedule II controlled substance and received probation…

Newton Man Charged With Being No-Show In Court

29-year-old Christopher Lee Eric Watson of 16th Avenue SE in Newton was arrested Thursday (June 30) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with failure to appear on one count of felony larceny and two counts of misdemeanor larceny. Watson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A District Court appearance…

Texas Man Jailed In Catawba County On Felony Charges

33-year-old Kayl Alexander Morrison of La Porte, Texas, was arrested Thursday (June 30) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with three counts of felony larceny. In addition, Morrison is charged with four counts of failure to appear on counts including misdemeanor larceny, second-degree trespass, and first-degree trespass. Morrison was jailed in the Catawba County…

Hickory Man Charged With Violating Probation

23-year-old Terrell Martese Williams, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested Wednesday (June 29) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of probation violation. Williams received probation following convictions in Catawba County in February and May of this year on charges of second-degree trespassing and felony larceny…

Lenoir Woman Charged With Break-ins

39-year-old Julia Ann Bell of Quail Ridge Court in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (June 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with two felony counts of breaking and entering. Bell was arrested shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday and jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $27,500 secured bond. A District Court date is…

Claremont Man Arrested On Conspiracy Charge

29-year-old Aaron Kyle Hedrick of Deal Road in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (June 29) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. The charge is in connection to a 2021 case. Hedrick was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. No court date was listed.

More Information Released On Burke County Drug Case, Two Suspects Charged

50-year-old Henry Dwayne Autrey of View Drive in Hickory and 54-year-old Oren Lee Spencer III of Mountain Clearing Lane in Taylorsville were arrested Tuesday (June 28) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. Autrey is charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine level III and opiates level III, possession with intent to sell or deliver meth, possession…

Five Injured In Vehicle Crash At Fairgrounds In Newton

Five people were injured in vehicle crash at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds. On Thursday (June 30) shortly after 11 a.m., the Newton Police Department responded to a motor vehicle crash at the Fairgrounds on U.S. Highway 70. Upon arrival, officers learned that a vehicle, driving in the open-air flea market area of the fairgrounds,…

Burke Man Charged With Firing Shot In Watauga County

A Burke County man is charged with firing a shot at a Boone night spot. The suspect was arrested in Caldwell County. 22-year-old Sumetha Sitthiphanh of Morganton was arrested Thursday (June 30) on charges filed by the Boone Police Department. He’s charged with discharging a firearm in the city and going armed to the terror…

Hickory Schools Transportation Coordinator Named

Effective July 5, Kim Sadler will begin her new position as Transportation Coordinator for Hickory Public Schools. Since 2004, Sadler has served Greenway Public Transportation as the Operations Supervisor where she was responsible for day-to-day operations, the supervision of all drivers, conducted CDL training, and monitored routes with the scheduling of drivers. While with Greenway,…

Construction Continues On Sewer Replacement In Caldwell County City

Construction is continuing on the Smith Crossroads sewer line replacement project in Lenoir. The City of Lenoir is investing $2.8 million to replace 3,800 feet of sewer line that runs from the Mayflower Seafood Restaurant to the Lenoir Golf Club parking lot. The new line will allow for more volume and help reduce inflow and…

Hickory Man Arrested On Burke County Drug Charges

50-year-old Henry Dwayne Autrey of View Street in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (June 28) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of trafficking heroin, trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession of schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for controlled…

Hickory Man Jailed In Alexander County On Probation Violation Charge

41-year-old Shaun Christopher Chancy of Hickory was arrested Tuesday (June 28) by Probation & Parole Officers. He’s charged with felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Chancy was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (June 30). He’s scheduled to appear in Superior Court…

Hickory Man Arrested On Warrants From Gaston County

35-year-old Patrick William Walker of 8th Avenue Drive SW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (June 28) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with failure to appear on a felony and failure to appear on a misdemeanor. Walker is charged in Gaston County with felony financial card theft and misdemeanor financial card fraud. He was arrested…

Granite Falls Man Charged With Missing Court Date On Drug Count

29-year-old Renneth Jeffrey Minton, Jr. of Duncan Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (June 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with failure to appear on a count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine. Minton was released on $40,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is scheduled for September…

Heroin Seized, Claremont Man Arrested By Hickory PD

37-year-old Ronald Piper Vicente of Cindi Lane in Claremont was arrested Tuesday (June 28) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance (heroin) and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Vicente was arrested without incident shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday at an address on 9th Avenue NW at Highway 321…

Conover Man Arrested On Drug Charges

41-year-old Thomas Leroy Cline III of McLin Creek Road in Conover was arrested Monday (June 27) by Hickory Police Officers. He was apprehended on a warrant for arrest on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Cline was arrested shortly before 8 p.m. Monday an address on Highway 70 SE in Hickory.…

Maiden Man Arrested By Hickory PD On Rape Charge

33-year-old Austin Sinclair Anthony of Prison Camp Road in Maiden was arrested Tuesday (June 28) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with first-degree forcible rape. In addition, Probation & Parole charged Anthony with felony probation violation. Anthony was arrested without incident just before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at an address on North Carolina 127 South in…

Hickory Man Receives Nearly 20 Years In Prison In Federal Case Involving Meth Trafficking

A Hickory man has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison in a federal drug trafficking and firearms case. 32-year-old Koby Dale Tevepaugh was sentenced Wednesday (June 29) by U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell to 235 months, or 19 years, seven months in prison followed by five years of supervised release. The announcement…

Juvenile Reported Missing Found By Authorities

A juvenile reported missing last Saturday (June 25) has been found and is safe. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation’s Division announced earlier this week that they were seeking the public’s assistance in finding 12-year-old Carissa Annabelle Garrett of Morganton, who ran away from her home Saturday. On Wednesday (June 29), the Sheriff’s Office…

Shooting Involving Juveniles Under Investigation In Hickory

A shooting Wednesday evening in Hickory is under investigation. A juvenile has been identified as the shooter in this case. Wednesday (June 29), shortly after 6 p.m., the Hickory Police Department’s Communication Center received a call from a woman stating that six or seven male juveniles were on the porch of her residence on 6th…

Morganton Man Jailed On Hickory ID Theft Charges

39-year-old Rolando Mario Juarez-Vasquez of Lenoir Road in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (June 28) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of identity theft and one misdemeanor count of possession or manufacture of a fraudulent ID. Juarez-Vasquez was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court date…

Lenoir Man Charged With Vehicle Theft, Drug Offenses

22-year-old Kory Michael Austin Tilley of Quailridge Court in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (June 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. he’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, obtaining property by false pretense, and possession of schedule II controlled substance. He’s also charged with misdemeanor possession of…

Gastonia Man Arrested By Newton PD On Firearm, Drug Charges

28-year-old Luis Osvaldo Marrero of Gastonia was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and felony possession of marijuana. Marrero was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (June 29) under $8,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.

Conover Man Charged With Statutory Rape

30-year-old Jeffrey Nicholas Dibello of Rucker Road in Conover was arrested Tuesday (June 28) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with statutory rape of a child 15-years-old or younger. Dibello was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 29).

Missing Man Sought By Authorities

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation’s Division is seeking the public’s assistance in finding 30-year-old Philip Donald Carter. He was last seen on June 22, 2022, walking on Hubert Lane in Connelly Springs in the vicinity of Will Hudson Road. Carter is originally from Maryland and has lived in South Mountain area of Burke…

Morganton Man Charged With Sex Offenses Against Minor

43-year-old Ira Russell Power of Bristol Creek Avenue in Morganton was arrested Monday (June 27) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of statutory sexual offense with a person 15-years-old or younger and sexual activity by a substitute parent. On June 3, 2022, the Child Protective Services (CPS) division of the Burke…

New Warden Named At Caldwell County Prison

The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice has named Christopher Nichols as the new warden of the Caldwell Correctional Center in Lenoir. He had been the warden of the Gaston Correctional Center in Dallas, North Carolina. In his new position, Nichols is responsible for all operations at the Caldwell Correctional Center, which houses medium…

Minimum Twelve Year Prison Sentence Imposed In Catawba County Sex Offense Case

40-year-old Jose Luis Garcia of Hickory was sentenced to 12 to 19 years in prison following his conviction for multiple sexual offenses during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (June 27). The Honorable Reggie E. McKnight, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, imposed the sentence for Garcia after he pleaded guilty to statutory rape of…

New Principal Named At Catawba County School

Catawba County Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Stover has announced a new principal appointment for the upcoming school year. Jordan Goodson was named Principal of Banoak Elementary School, effective July 1, 2022. The school board confirmed the position on Monday night. Goodson, a 2006 graduate of Maiden High School and recipient of an NC Teaching Fellows…

Three Killed In Burke County Shooting

A triple-murder is under investigation in Burke County. On Monday (June 27) at 5:32 p.m. the Burke County 911 Center received a call regarding a shooting that just occurred at an address on Rhododendron Run in Newland. In light of the distance to the scene and being close to the Avery County line, responding Burke…

Hickory Man Charged With Violating Probation, Failing To Appear In Court

26-year-old Braxton David Miller of Greedy Highway in Hickory was arrested Monday (June 27) by Probation & Parole Officers. He’s charged with felony probation violation along with counts of failure to appear on charges of embezzlement and felony probation violation. Miller is on probation as a result of a conviction in July 2020 in Catawba…

Stony Point Woman Charged With Meth, Heroin Offenses

29-year-old Brandy Diane Benge of Stony Point was arrested Monday (June 27) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of heroin. Benge is also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for…

Hickory Woman Charged With Habitual Larceny, Failure To Appear

34-year-old Whitney Takeyla Harris of 9th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Friday (June 24) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony habitual larceny along with eight counts of failure to appear on charges including habitual larceny and felony probation violation. Harris was also charged by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office with non-support of…

Lenoir Man Charged With Financial Card Crime

48-year-old Josh Wesley Samuel Price of Mill Pond Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (June 27) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He’s charged with felony financial card theft. Price was given a custody release. He has a District Court date scheduled for Wednesday (June 29) in Lenoir.

Charlotte Man Indicted On Meth Charge In Catawba County

51-year-old Willie Bernard Clark of Charlotte was arrested by Brookford Police Officers. He’s charged on a bill of indictment with possession of methamphetamine. In addition, Clark is charged with two counts of habitual larceny and two counts of failure to appear. Clark was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (June 28) under…

Taylorsville Man Receives Prison Time In Sex Offense Case

An Alexander County man received a minimum of more than three years in prison after entering a plea in a sex offense case. 27-year-old Dustin Malachi Jernigan of Taylorsville pleaded pursuant to an Alford decision to three counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor in Alexander County Superior Court on June 6. He also…

Residents Of Mooresville, Taylorsville Arrested In Case Involving Alleged Sale Of Crystal Meth

47-year-old Christine Yvonne Mays of Charlotte Highway in Mooresville and 33-year-old Allen Jennings Campbell of Liledoun Road in Taylorsville were arrested Friday (June 24) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. Mays is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver crystal methamphetamine and maintaining a residence for the sale or use of…

Runaway Child Sought In Burke County

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation’s Division is seeking the public’s assistance in finding a runaway juvenile. 12-year-old Carissa Annabelle Garrett of 2138 Hartland Forest Drive in Morganton ran away from her home on Saturday (June 25). Garrett may be traveling on a pink and blue bicycle with the word “Mischievous” written on it.…

Woman Reported Missing Two Months Ago Found Safe By Newton PD

A woman reported missing on April 29, 2022 has been found and is reported to be safe. According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Newton Police found 47-year-old Sherry Lee Cornell, formerly of Iron Station, on Saturday (June 25). She was reported missing on April 29 by a relative who lives in Georgia. During the…

Catawba County Apple Data Center To Expand

Apple is expanding their operation in Catawba County. A building permit was issued for the 240,000 square foot expansion of the Startown Road data center on May 20. Apple has confirmed the project. The building permit lists the construction cost at $25.2 million, which includes site development and interior and exterior mechanical and electrical equipment.…

Morganton Man Charged With Meth Possession

40-year-old Michael Brian Woodie of Walker Road in Morganton was arrested Saturday (June 25) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). Just before 4 a.m. Saturday, a Burke County Sheriff’s Officer met with Woodie at an address on Mill Race Road in Morganton in reference to…

Newton Man Arrested For Failing To Appear On Multiple Charges

41-year-old Johnny Dwayne Lewis White of Sandalwood Court in Newton was arrested Saturday (June 25) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with failure to appear on counts of habitual larceny and second-degree trespass. White was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $22,500 bond. A District Court date is scheduled for July 20.

Man Jailed In Alexander County On Catawba County Warrant

45-year-old William Danton Buff was arrested Saturday (June 25) by authorities in Alexander County. He was served with an arrest warrant from Catawba County for failing to appear on a charge of felony possession of methamphetamine. A $50,000 secured bond was set for Buff, and as of earlier today (June 27) Buff remained in the…

Lenoir Man Charged With Meth Possession

28-year-old Randall Travis Lowman of NE Nuway Circle in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (June 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Lowman was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (June 27). A District Court date was…

Hickory Man Charged With Breaking Into Vehicle

51-year-old Juan Rodriguez Bultron of 20th Avenue Drive NE in Hickory was arrested Sunday (June 26) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with three counts of felonious breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and one count of injury to personal property. Bultron was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,500 bond. A…

Hickory Man Charged With Malicious Conduct

28-year-old Keon Rashan Scott of 4th Street Drive NE in Hickory was arrested Sunday (June 26) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with two counts of felony malicious conduct by a prisoner by throwing substances, two felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and one felony count of possession of a stolen…

More Information Released On Arrests Of Suspects In Catawba County Drug Case

39-year-old Ashley Marie Hardee and 20-year-old Kaleb Scott Smith, both of the same Hewitt Road, Claremont address, were arrested last Thursday (June 23) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with felony counts of traffick in methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance. WHKY previously reported…

Police Seeking Information Regarding Fatal Shooting Earlier This Month

The Statesville Police Department is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the individuals involved in a shooting June 13 that resulted in a fatality and injuries to another individual. The incident occurred at approximately 1:20 a.m. on that date in the area of 5th Street and Newbern Avenue in Statesville. Kareen…

Sherrills Ford Man Charged In Connection To Rapes Reported In Iredell County

29-year-old Michael Brendan Shinn of Sherrills Ford was arrested last Wednesday (June 22) by Mooresville Police Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of second-degree forcible rape and one felony count of second-degree forcible sex offense. On June 19, Mooresville Police responded to a sexual assault call on River Highway in Mooresville. The victim stated…

Man Killed In Friday Wreck

A Statesville man was killed in a crash last Friday (June 24) in Iredell County. The deceased is 58-year-old Eric Lamont Overcash. At approximately 5:55 p.m. Friday, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Interstate 77 South near mile marker 47. A 2013 Harley-Davidson was traveling south on I-77 in the right lane behind…

Shots Fired At Morganton Hotel

According to a news release issued Friday (June 24) by the Morganton Department of Public Safety, Last Wednesday (June 22) shortly after 11 a.m., officers responded to a shots fired call to the Days Inn at 1100 Burkemont Avenue. When Officers arrived they noticed the front door was shattered and an adjoining room had a…

False Report re Shooting Leads to Felony Drug Charges

59-year-old Walter Vernon Johnson and 42-year-old Aimee Jeanette Blackwelder, both from the same address on the Hickory Highway in Statesville, were both charged with multiple felony and misdemeanor crimes after filing a false report about a shooting at their residence. Both suspects were charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted…

Lenoir Man Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

27-year-old Mariano Patrick Rivera of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (June 23) for felony possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor probation violation. He’s on probation following an October 2021 conviction in Catawba County for misdemeanor D.W.I. Rivera was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at…

Lenoir Man Charged With Burning Personal Property

44-year-old Anthony Scott Watson of Treetop Lane in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (June 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of burning personal property and breaking & entering along with a misdemeanor count of nonsupport by a parent. Watson was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond…

Lenoir Man Charged With Firearm Offenses

39-year-old Timothy Wayne Bolick of Cheraw Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm. Bolick was released on $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Thursday (June 23).

New Workforce Facility For CVCC To Be Located At Hickory Airport

Catawba Valley Community College will have a new workforce facility at the Hickory Regional Airport in a building that also will serve as the new home for the Hickory Aviation Museum. On Tuesday (June 21), Hickory City Council approved a $1.2 million contract with the architecture firm McMillian Pazdan Smith for design of the building.…

Newton Woman Charged With Violating Probation

23-year-old Selena Michell York of Shady Lane in Newton was arrested Thursday (June 23) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with two counts of felony probation violation. York was on probation as a result of convictions in June and October, 2021 in Catawba County on felony and misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule II…

Claremont Residents Jailed On Meth Trafficking Charges

39-year-old Ashley Marie Hardee and 20-year-old Kaleb Scott Smith, both of the same Hewitt Road, Claremont address, were arrested Thursday (June 23) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with felony counts of traffick in methamphetamine and possession of marijuana along with a count of maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled…

Two Men Sentenced To Prison Time In Alexander County Cases

On June 6 in Alexander County Superior Court, 29-year old Nicholas William Green of Stony Point pleaded no contest to habitual felon and failing to register as a convicted sex-offender. Green is on the North Carolina sex offender registry as a result of a conviction on a charge of sexual battery in May, 2013 in…

Stony Point Man Accused of Stealing Backpack Blower & Cash

41-year-old James Anthony Craig of Johnny Martin Lane in Stony Point was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (June 22) on one felony count of attempted breaking & entering to a motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of larceny. According to Police reports, Craig is accused of taking a backpack blower and cash from a vehicle…

Hickory Teen Charged With Burglary, Vehicle Theft

18-year-old Iziaha Nathaniel Corpening of 11th Avenue in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (June 22) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of first-degree burglary, common law robbery, and larceny of a motor vehicle. Corpening was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of this…

Lenoir Man Charged With Firearm Offense

57-year-old Ralph Garland Prestwood of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 22) by Probation and Parole Officers. He’s charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and probation violation. Prestwood was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of this afternoon…

Maiden Man Charged With Meth Possession

54-year-old Tommy Gene Rudisill of East Maiden Road in Maiden was arrested today (June 23) by Maiden Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Rudisill was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Friday (June 24).

Sherrills Ford Woman Indicted On Drug Charges

34-year-old Ashley Nicole Wright of Hopewell Church Road in Sherrills Ford was arrested Wednesday (June 22) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged on bills of indictment with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wright was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court date was scheduled today…

Morganton Woman Arrested On Drug Trafficking Charge

45-year-old Tammy Lynn Pittman of Bristol Creek Avenue in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (June 22) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine along with two felony counts of probation violation. Pittman was on probation as a result of a conviction in Burke County for trafficking in meth in June, 2020.…

Hudson Woman Charged With Firearm, Stolen Vehicle Offenses

26-year-old Samantha Leeanne McLean of Hawthorne Street in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (June 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and probation violation. McLean was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured…

Hickory Man Convicted In Federal Child Porn Case

A federal jury in Statesville has convicted 33-year-old Vincent Deritis of Hickory of sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography. The announcement was made Wednesday (June 22) by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. WHKY previously reported on the arrest of Deritis in April, 2019. Ronnie…

Caldwell County Man Charged In Connection To Theft Of Catalytic Converters In Burke County

24-year-old Cody Alan Watson of Hurricane Hill Road in Granite Falls was arrested last Friday (June 17) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with larceny of a catalytic converter and felony possession of stolen goods or property. According to information released Wednesday (June 22) by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, last Friday shortly before…

Stolen Vehicle Found in Alexander County in Lake Hickory

Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers have recovered a 2019 Mitsubishi S.U.V. that was found in about 30 feet of water at the Dusty Ridge Recreational Area on Lake Hickory, not far from a boat dock. A dive team from Catawba County assisted with the recovery efforts. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle was found late…

Man Reported Missing Found By Authorities

A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective found a man reported missing earlier this week. Eddie Dean Abernathy was located earlier today (June 22). Abernathy was found at a safe location in a neighboring county. On Monday (June 20) deputies responded to the 900 block of Moorland Lane in reference a missing person. A Detective learned from…

Hickory Man Jailed for Failure to Appear on Felony Assault Charge

56-year-old Gerald Jerome Wilkes, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police last Saturday (June 18) for failure to appear on counts of felony assault inflicting serious injury including strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female. The warrant for his arrest was issued on April 4 of this year.…

Conover Man Arrested in Hickory on Stolen Vehicle & Shoplifting Charges

26-year-old Israel Jonathan Wise of Puett Park Drive in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police Monday (June 20) on a felony warrant for possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor counts of shoplifting with concealment of goods and resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer. Wise is accused of stealing clothing and shoes from…

Lenoir Woman Charged With Fleeing From Police, Vehicle Theft

28-year-old Kayla Marie Russell of Greasy Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested last Friday (June 17) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and speeding to elude arrest along with a misdemeanor count of assault and battery. Russell was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center…

Hudson Woman Charged With Vehicle Theft

32-year-old Erica Dawn Lafferty of Beach Road in Hudson was arrested last Friday (June 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle along with a misdemeanor count of failure to appear. Lafferty was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention…

Morganton Woman Jailed On Felony Meth Charge

44-year-old Scottie Gene McGuire of Mountain View Drive in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (June 21) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). McGuire was arrested at her home at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday and was placed in the Burke County Jail under $3,000 secured bond. She remained…

Burke County Man Jailed On Cocaine Possession Charge

38-year-old James Robert L. Hughes of U.S. 70 West in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (June 21) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (cocaine). Hughes was arrested at 9 a.m. Tuesday at his home and was placed in the Burke County Jail under $5,000 secured bond. He…

Lenoir Man Charged On Fugitive Warrant From SC

30-year-old Richard Kory Barton of Robbins Drive in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (June 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He’s wanted in Columbia, South Carolina on a charge of probation violation. Barton was arrested shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday and placed…

Man Reported Missing Tuesday Sought By Authorities

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Lincoln County man. On Tuesday (June 21), 53-year-old Jim Dennis Ramsay of Frontier Lane in Lincolnton was reported missing by his brother. The missing man’s brother told officers the last contact he had with Ramsay was on May 20, 2022.…

Missing Lincolnton Man Sought By Authorities (Updated: Man Found)

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reports a man who was reported missing has been found. Earlier, authorities asked for the public’s help in locating 55-year-old Eddie Dean Abernathy of Moorland Lane in Lincolnton. He was reportedly found and is safe. On June 20, 2022, deputies responded to the 900 block of Moorland Lane in reference…

Lenoir Police Ask for Public’s Help in Finding Missing Person [EDITED Wednesday a.m.]

The City of Lenoir Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing person. 37-year-old April Michelle Reid was reported missing by family members in March of last year. Detectives have been unable to locate Ms. Reid. Family members last spoke with Ms. Reid on or about February 28, 2021. She was last…

Newton Man Charged With Firearm, Drug Offenses

32-year-old Antonio Markel Hewitt of Travis Road in Newton was arrested today (June 21) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Hewitt was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District…

Raleigh Resident Charged With Robbery, Kidnapping In Catawba County

28-year-old Taya Alequa McCathern of Raleigh was arrested today (June 21) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. The charges filed against McCathern are two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of second-degree kidnapping. The suspect was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled…

Connelly Springs Man Served with Fugitive Warrant from S.C.

36-year-old Brandon Stuart Sweitzer of Berea Church Road in Connelly Springs was served a felony fugitive warrant by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers last Friday (June 17). The suspect is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office in Anderson County, South Carolina for failure to appear on a grand larceny charge. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office previously arrested…

Newton Man Charged With Felony Assault

31-year-old Kyle Damian Wilson of Jerry Avenue in Newton was arrested Monday (June 20) by Conover Police Officers. He’s charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Wilson was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $60,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (June 21).

Hickory Police Arrest Man On Meth, Domestic Violence Charges

46-year-old Johnny Dwayne Allison of 8th Street SW in Hickory was arrested today (June 21) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, resisting a public officer, and two counts of domestic violence protection order violation. Allision was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A District Court date was…

Jobs To Be Created In The Region As A Result Of The Approval Of Grants

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) recently approved 16 grant requests to local governments totaling $3,938,829. The requests include commitments to create a total of 472 jobs, 137 of which were previously announced. The public investment in these projects will attract more than $67 million in private investment. Two municipalities and one county in…

Hickory Man Charged With Firearm Offense, Resisting Officer

41-year-old Carlos Marshall Ikard of 13th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (June 18) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon. Ikard is also charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer and intoxicated and disruptive behavior. Ikard was jailed in the Catawba County Detention…

Felony Drug Charges Filed Against Newton Man

37-year-old Marcus Lane Chambers of North Davis Avenue in Newton was arrested Monday (June 20) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I and II controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Chambers was jailed in the…

Alexander County Budget Approved Without Property Tax Decrease

The Alexander County Board of Commissioners approved the proposed budget submitted by County Manager Rick French with one significant exception, there will be no four cent property tax decrease, which was proposed initially. French made the budget recommendation at the May 16 meeting. Commissioners approved a budget of $52,385,587 at their meeting Monday night (June…

Catawba County Commissioners Meet In Regular Session, Approve Multiple Items

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Monday night (June 21). Commissioners approved the award of a bid for construction for the East Maiden Rd-Hwy 150 Gravity Sewer Project to Piedmont Utility Group in amount of $788,320.80 and the appropriation of $285,000 from the Water & Sewer Fund Balance to the project.…

Missing Woman Sought By Authorities [UPDATE: SILVER ALERT CANCELED]

[NOTE: The Silver Alert for Ms. Vandewater was canceled shortly after 8 a.m. today (June 21). She was found early this morning and is safe and back at home.] The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman from Iredell County, 76-year-old Karol Anne Vandewater. Citizens are asked…

Third Person Involved In Crash Passes Away, More Charges Pending In Case

A third person injured in a crash in Iredell County last week has died. 13-year-old Jada Marlowe of Statesville, a passenger in a golf cart struck by a vehicle on June 13, passed away on Monday (June 20). At about 9:40 p.m. on June 13, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a collision…

Morganton Man Charged On Felony Warrant From Georgia

68-year-old Charles Thomas Corn of Zion Road in Morganton was arrested Sunday (June 19) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged on a felony warrant as a fugitive from justice. While patrolling the area of East Fleming Drive in Morganton at approximately 10 p.m. Sunday an officer noticed a vehicle behind O’Reilly’s Auto Parts. The…

Weekend Crash Claims Woman’s Life

A South Carolina woman was killed in a weekend crash in Lincoln County. The deceased is 53-year-old Dorothy Gail Thomas of the town of North, in Orangeburg County, S.C. On Sunday (June 19), at approximately 5:15 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Reepsville Road at the intersection of Corriher Farm Road. A…

Lenoir Man Arrested on B&E and Larceny Charges

30-year-old Harley Dillon Green of Quail Ridge Court in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (June 19) on felony counts of breaking & entering, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and larceny greater than $1,000. Following his arrest, Green was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond.…

One Person Killed in Friday Night Accident in Iredell County

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigation a fatal single-vehicle crash in Iredell County. The deceased is 60-year-old Robert Douglas Shumate of Union Grove. The accident happened at about 9:25 Friday night (June 17) on N.C. Highway 901 near Jennings Road (not far from the Union Grove Fire Department). An eastbound 2013 Toyota Tacoma…

Hickory Man Faces Felony Firearms Charge in Caldwell County

27-year-old Jordan Shane Fredericks of Flint Hill Drive in Hickory was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (June 19) for felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor possession of stolen property. Following his arrest, Fredericks was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $30,000, secured. He was…

Suspect Charged In Connection To Taylorsville Shooting

20-year-old Caeson Shayne Cannon of Duncan Hill Lane in Taylorsville was arrested Friday (June 17) by Taylorsville Police Officers. Cannon is charged with felony counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle, obstruction of justice and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. The charges stem from a reported shooting on Thursday, June…

String Of Vehicle Break-ins Under Investigation

There were multiple vehicle break-ins overnight last Thursday night (June 16) into early Friday morning in Statesville. The break-ins occurred on Valley Street, Hunter Street, and Olive Court. Multiple SPD units responded to the area to canvass & patrol the neighborhoods, searching for the suspect. As of the most recent report, they had not found…

Two Shot, One Fatally In Sunday Morning Incident In Conover, Suspect Arrested

25-year-old Shykwon Rashad Gibbs of Opal Creek Drive in Conover was arrested today (June 19) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and first-degree burglary. The deceased victim in this case has been identified as 46-year-old Amy Raelynne Phillips of 30th Street NE in Conover. Today at 2:47 a.m.…

Fourth Juvenile Suspect in Murder Case Taken into Custody

The final juvenile suspect wanted in connection to the murder of 35-year-old Shonniel Blackburn was taken into custody this afternoon (June 17) by Hickory Police. The search for four suspects, three 16-year-olds and one 15-year-old, began after Mr. Blackburn was found dead at the Blue Ridge Heights Apartments on June 13. The three 16-year-old suspects…

Road Closure Announced In Hickory

Contractors will begin repairs to the Main Avenue bridge and City Walk pedestrian bridge across N.C. 127 in Hickory next week. This work will require the closure of Main Avenue NE, from Second Street NE to First Avenue NE, from 6 a.m. Monday, June 20, through 6 a.m. Monday, June 27. During this time, pedestrian…

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

21-year-old Tyreek Alexander Jackson of 9th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Wednesday morning (June 15) on two felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and single felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule I & VI…

Lenoir Woman Arrested For Allegedly Missing Court Date To Answer To Felony Charge

28-year-old Brandy Nicole Isaacs of Brickyard Way in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (June 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony failure to appear on a felony and misdemeanor failure to appear on a count of nonsupport. Isaacs was previously charged with felony financial card fraud. She was placed in the Caldwell County…

Break-in, Larceny Charges Filed Against Woman Arrested In Statesville

31-year-old Quashema Trashay Smith was arrested Wednesday (June 15) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Smith was arrested Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at an address on East Water Street in Statesville. She is not listed as an inmate in Iredell County.…

Firearm, Drug Charges Filed Against Suspect Arrested Earlier This Week

28-year-old Jamontae Kenye Jordan was arrested Wednesday (June 15) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of marijuana along with a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Jordan was arrested shortly before noon Wednesday on Interstate 77 South in Olin. He…

Man Charged With Felony Drug Offenses, Multiple Counts Of Failure To Appear

34-year-old Randall Todd Poole was arrested Thursday (June 16) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and maintain a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Poole is also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and…

Man Charged With Failure To Report New Address

52-year-old Steven Michael Cowan was arrested Tuesday (June 14) by authorities in Iredell County. He’s charged with felony failure to report a new address as a sex offender. Cowan was arrested at 9 a.m. Tuesday at an address on Constitution Lane in Statesville. He is not listed as an inmate in Iredell County. A Superior…

Car Show Saturday In Catawba County To Benefit “Project Lifesaver”

There will be a car show Saturday (June 18) in Catawba County to benefit Project Lifesaver. The event, sponsored by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, runs from 9 a.m. to 12 noon for spectators at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds in Newton. For venders and those showing cars the event runs from 8 a.m. until…

Local Hospital Named To National List Of Best Maternity Facilities

Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) in Hickory was recently named to Newsweek’s 2022 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals in the nation. The distinction recognizes facilities that have excelled in providing care to mothers, newborns and their families. “Delivering a baby is one of the most important events in life,” said Jackie Miller, administrator of…

Traffic Stop Results In Morganton Drug Arrest

52-year-old Ronald Roy Moretz, Jr. of Pax Hill Road in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (June 14) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana paraphernalia and larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods. Moretz has also been cited…

Tractor & Truck Stolen from Springs Road

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of a 2003 Long Tractor and a 1989 burgundy & tan Ford F-250 truck. The vehicles were taken last Saturday or Sunday (June 11 or 12) from Springs Road in Conover. Anyone with information should call Corporal Max Priest at 828-464-3112.

Hudson Woman Faces Felony Meth Charge

37-year-old Heather Eugenia Reitzel of Cross Creek Drive in Hudson was arrested by Granite Falls Police yesterday (June 15) for felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor larceny. Following her arrest, Reitzel was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $5,000, secured. She has since bonded out. An appearance in District Court…

Police Searching For Vehicle Connected To Murder, Public’s Assistance Requested

The Hickory Police Department is continuing to investigate a fatal shooting earlier this week in Ridgeview. The deceased is 35-year-old Shonniel Blackburn of Hickory. Three of four suspects have been taken into custody. A stolen vehicle connected to the case is being sought by police and the public’s assistance is requested. At about 12:30 Monday…

Vale Woman Charged With Vehicle Break-in By Hudson PD

26-year-old Mazie Grace Francis of Buckskin Trail in Vale was arrested Tuesday (June 14) by Hudson Police Officers. She’s charged with felony breaking & entering to an automobile and misdemeanor larceny. Francis was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 16).

Man Charged With Spitting On Police During Arrest

48-year-old Charles Steven Setzer of Patton Street in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (June 14) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. According to online records, he’s charged with felony malicious conduct by a prisoner and indecent exposure. Police were called out to the 200 Block of White Street in Morganton to respond to an indecent exposure call…

Catawba Man Charged With Stolen Goods Offenses, Indicted On False Pretense Count

45-year-old Richard Patrick Connor of Edna Street in Catawba was arrested Wednesday (June 15) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of possession of stolen goods or property. Connor is also charged on a bill of indictment with felony obtaining property by false pretense and failure to appear on a count…

Lincoln County Woman Indicted On Meth Charge

40-year-old Jennifer Michelle Johnson of East Sycamore Street in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (June 15) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged on a bill of indictment with possession of methamphetamine. In addition, Johnson is charged with failure to appear on counts of trafficking in meth and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep…

Hickory Man Charged With Stolen Vehicle Offense

24-year-old Anthony Kadeem Green of Highway 70 SW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (June 15) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Green was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 16).

Proposed Tax Decrease In Alexander County Budget May Not Occur

The Alexander County Board of Commissioners held a budget work session on Monday, June 13 to discuss the proposed 2022-2023 county budget. The major topics of discussion included increased funding for the county’s volunteer fire departments, a possible one-quarter cent local sales tax, and a decrease in the property tax rate following next year’s revaluation.…

Concord Man Arrested in Hickory on Felony Assault Charge

54-year-old Mark Brian Morris of Concord, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police Monday evening (June 13) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious bodily harm. The incident occurred shortly before 11 a.m. Monday at an address on South Center Street in Hickory. The victim is a 53-year-old female. Morris was taken into custody without…

Single-Vehicle Crash Results In Death Of Vale Man

A Vale resident died in a single-vehicle crash in Catawba County. The deceased is Billie Douglas Gambill. On Tuesday (June 14) at approximately 11:40 a.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Startown Road near West Maiden Road. A 2007 Volvo dump truck was traveling north on Startown Road, ran off the road to…

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Trafficking Charges

43-year-old Jonathan David Sexton of 47th Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Monday (June 13) on felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in opium or heroin, possession of marijuana, and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also charged with driving while license revoked. Sexton was taken into…

Suspects In Hickory Murder Taken Into Custody

The Hickory Police Department is continuing to investigate a fatal shooting earlier this week in Ridgeview. The deceased is 35-year-old Shonniel Blackburn of Hickory. Three of four suspects have been taken into custody. At about 12:30 Monday afternoon (June 13), Officers responded to Blue Ridge Heights Apartments on the 900 block of 1st Street S.W.…

Hiddenite Man Charged With Felony Drug Offense

29-year-old Jordan Deonique Clark of Hiddenite was arrested Tuesday morning (June 15) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Clark was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under $5,000 bond. He is no longer listed as an inmate. A District…

Granite Falls Man Jailed On Charge Of Abusing Disabled Person, Drug Offenses

43-year-old Paul Edward Adams of JM Craig Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (June 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of abuse of a disabled elder with injury, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, manufacture, sell, deliver or possess a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a…

Woman Arrested By Caldwell County Authorities On Federal Charge

38-year-old Jamie Danielle Greene of Todd, N.C., was arrested Tuesday (June 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony federal probation violation. Greene was initially held in Caldwell County without bond, and has since been extradited by U.S. Marshals to Charlotte. No court date was listed.

Newton Man Charged With Firearm, Robbery Offenses

25-year-old Shamel Lauque Lineberger of Kilborne Drive in Newton was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and resisting a public officer. Lineberger was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (June 15) under $50,000 bond. A District Court date…

Drug Suspect Facing Several Charges May Face Federal Counts

An Alexander County man who is reportedly considered a “major player” in the area’s illegal drug activity was scheduled to be in court earlier this week. The suspect may face charges from federal authorities in addition to the counts filed locally. 46-year-old James Lee Weaver of Hiddenite was arrested last Wednesday (June 8) after the…

Conover Man Jailed on Fugitive Warrant from Virginia

20-year-old Joshua Emmanuel Singletary of Lyle Haven Drive in Conover was arrested by Conover Police yesterday (June 13) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He is wanted by the Danville Police Department in Pittsylvania County, Virginia for aggravated assault with a gun and malicious shooting. Following his arrest, Singletary…

Two Killed in Iredell County Collision; Driver Charged with D.W.I.

At about 9:40 last night (June 13), the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal collision in Iredell County on Fort Dobbs Road near Dobbs Drive. A westbound 2009 Honda Accord on Fort Dobbs Road crossed the centerline and collided with a golf cart that was traveling east. The driver of the golf…

Catawba County Health Director Honored With Award

Catawba County Public Health Director Jennifer McCracken was awarded the 2022 Ron H. Levine Public Health Award at the annual North Carolina Public Health Leaders Conference on May 19 in Raleigh. McCracken, alongside other health directors from across North Carolina, was recognized for her hard work and dedication throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ron Levine…

Early Morning Shooting In Claremont Results In Fatality, Injuries (Updated with name of deceased, suspect charged, 9:53 a.m. 6/14/22)

One person was killed and three were injured in a shooting incident early this morning (June 14). One of the individuals injured has been charged in the case. Deputies with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office responded to Cheyenne Oaks Drive in Claremont. When deputies arrived they discovered four people suffering from gunshot wounds. Three of…

Hickory Man Charged With Kidnapping

29-year-old Jonathan Andrew Johnson of 7th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Monday (June 13) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony second-degree kidnapping along with misdemeanor counts of assault by pointing a gun, communicating threats, and assault on a female. Johnson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond.…

Overnight Crash Claims Lives Of Two People

Two people were killed overnight as the result of a crash in Northern Iredell County. The incident occurred on Fort Dobbs Road early this morning (June 14). According to our news partner, WACB, a vehicle collided with a golf cart. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. [Story courtesy of Rick Gilbert,…

Fatal Shooting Under Investigation In Statesville

The Statesville Police Department Criminal Investigation Division is investigating a shooting that occurred at approximately 1:20 a.m. Monday (June 13) and resulted in a fatality. After receiving a shots-fired call, the Statesville Police Department arrived at the scene, Fifth Street and Newbern Avenue. Upon arrival, officers were informed a victim had already been taken to…

One Killed in Shooting at Blue Ridge Heights Apartments (Updated with suspect information, 11:06 a.m., 6/14/22)

The Hickory Police Department is investigating another fatal shooting in Ridgeview. The deceased is 35-year-old Shonniel Blackburn of Hickory. At about 12:30 this afternoon (June 13), Officers responded to Blue Ridge Heights Apartments on the 900 block of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory. Upon arrival, Officers found Mr. Blackburn lying on the ground with an…

Individual Reportedly With Serious Injuries As Result Of SW Hickory Incident

Law enforcement has responded to an apartment complex in Hickory as a result of an incident involving an injury. According to published reports and information received by WHKY, Hickory Police responded to Blue Ridge Heights apartments in southwest Hickory earlier today (June 13). Reports state that there is one person with life threatening injuries as…

Two More Suspects Arrested In Connection To Memorial Day Shooting

36-year-old Jerry Cicero Branch and 37-year-old Bradley Dale Earle, both of Iron Station were arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with attempted first-degree murder. Branch is also charged with a felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. The arrests are in connection to a Memorial Day shooting incident, previously…

South Carolina Man Arrested by H.P.D. on Fugitive Warrant

39-year-old John Stearling Duquette of Greenville, S.C. was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (June 12) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Duquette is wanted the Sheriff’s Office in Greenville County, S.C. for the throwing of bodily fluids by a prisoner. Duquette was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility…

Lenoir Woman Charged With Harboring Fugitive

32-year-old Natasha Nichole Spencer of Spainhour Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (June 10) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged with harboring a fugitive. Spencer was released on $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 11 in Lenoir.

Granite Falls Woman Charged With Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Offenses

33-year-old Savanna Nicole Hall of Berry Creek Circle in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (June 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of possession of schedule I controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine along with a misdemeanor count of possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Hall was released on $20,000 secured…

Lenoir Woman Charged With Having Drugs Near School

29-year-old Brittany Leanne Parsons of Sunset Street in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (June 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, and possession of marijuana. Parsons was jailed in the…

Connelly Springs Residents Charged In Child Abuse Case

25-year-old Natalie Anne Childress and 26-year-old Jessica Renee Sanders, both of the same Gold Creek Road, Connelly Springs, address, were arrested Friday (June 10) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. Childress is charged with felony negligent child abuse with severe bodily injury and Sanders is charged with felony aid & abet negligent child abuse with severe…

Officer Involved Shooting Reported Following Crash In Caldwell County

An officer involved shooting reportedly occurred Sunday (June 12) in Caldwell County. A North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper and at least one Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Deputy were involved in that incident. Officers fired and hit a man who had been involved in a crash on Highway 321 near Mission Road in Caldwell County.…

Portion of Old Shelby Road to Close for Bridge Repair

A North Carolina Department of Transportation contractor will close part of a Catawba County road for about 10 months for a bridge replacement project. Beginning June 20, Old Shelby Road will be closed near Greedy Highway Road to allow crews to safely replace the bridge over Camp Creek. Work is expected to be complete by…

Suspect Sought in Theft of Vehicle in Lincoln County

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of stealing a vehicle from a gas station parking lot on the Maiden Highway. The incident occured on March 23 of this year. Deputies were dispatched after the owner reported his white four-door Mitsubishi Galant stolen. The owner said he…

Woman Arrested On Felony Charge For Second Time Since Late May

23-year-old Kelsey Jewel Hall of Natalie Court in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (June 9) by Hudson Police Officers. She’s charged with felony breaking or entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny. It’s the second arrest for Hall in the last two weeks, she was charged by Lenoir Police with possession of methamphetamine on May…

Lenoir Man Charged With Vehicle Theft

29-year-old Michael Andrew Williams of Maywood Drive in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (June 9) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Williams was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled next Monday (June 13).

Taylorsville Police Report Shooting Incident

The Taylorsville Police Department is investigating what they’re calling a shooting incident. According to Taylorsville Police Chief Douglas Bowman, the shooting happened shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday (June 9) in the parking lot of the Food Lion Store on West Main Avenue. Officers were out in force during the investigation Thursday evening. Entrances to the…

Newton, Maiden Residents Charged With Offenses Related To Stolen Vehicle

22-year-old Kaylee Rashelle Brown of North College Avenue in Newton and 47-year-old James William Brown of East Maiden Road in Maiden were both arrested Thursday (June 9) by Conover Police Officers. Kaylee Brown is charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia by Conover Police and misdemeanor of possession…

WHKY Radio Celebrates Anniversary Today

WHKY Radio celebrates its 82nd anniversary today (June 10). The station, which has been owned by the Long family for its entire existence, made its debut on June 10, 1940, broadcasting from the Hotel Hickory. WHKY’s studios moved to the Worth-Elliot-Carnegie Library in 1952, and then to the station’s current location on Main Avenue SE…

Fraud Alert Issued By Area Law Enforcement Agency

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office has issued a public fraud alert. According to a news release issued Wednesday (June 8), the office has received multiple reports from citizens throughout the county who are receiving calls from someone claiming to be a Deputy Sheriff with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. The caller indicates that they are…

Two Jailed as Catawba County Vehicle Pursuit Ends in Lincoln County

45-year-old Endiaye Tyre Jefferson and 23-year-old Amira Nichole McAfee, both of the same address on Crestview Drive in Charlotte, have been arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. They were both charged with felony larceny, along with counts of possession of stolen goods or property and resisting a public officer. Jefferson was also charged with providing…

Alexander County Budget Public Hearing Held, Key To County Presented At Commissioners Meeting

A public hearing was held on Alexander County’s budget, which includes a property tax decrease. The hearing on the proposed 2022-2023 county budget was held at Monday’s (June 6) meeting of the Alexander County Board of Commissioners to allow public comment and discussion. No one from the public offered remarks. County Manager Rick French presented…

Granite Falls Man Jailed In Catawba County On Forgery Related Charge

40-year-old Sterling Dion Dula of Baker Court in Granite Falls was arrested today (June 9) by authorities in Caldwell County on charges from Catawba County. He’s charged with felony uttering a forged endorsement. Dula was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for June 16.

Man Arrested in Alexander County on Felony Trafficking Charges (Updated at 1:55 p.m. on 6/9/22 with more information)

46-year old James Lee Weaver of Hiddenite was arrested Wednesday (June 8) by authorities in Alexander County. He’s charged with felony counts of trafficking heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl. In addition, Weaver is charged with felony counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver fentanyl…

Ramp Closures Announced By NCDOT

The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to close two ramps at the Interstate 77/40 interchange in Iredell County for a construction project. Starting tonight (June 9) at 7:00, the ramps from I-77 South to I-40 East and I-40 East to I-77 North will be closed to allow crews to tie in the existing ramps to…

Alexander County Man Charged With Vehicle Break-in

34-year-old Eric Shawn Davis of Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (June 7) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of break or enter a motor vehicle and larceny. Davis was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center where he remained as of earlier today (June 9) under $19,400 secured bond. A District Court…

Hickory Man Charged With Firearm Offense, Probation Violation

22-year-old Yorel Damir Scott of 7th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (June 8) on charges filed by the Hickory Police Department and Probation & Parole. He’s charged by Hickory Police with felony possession of a firearm by a felon, and by Probation & Parole with two counts of felony probation violation. Scott was…

Suspect In May Homicide Still Being Sought, Reward Offered For Information

Family members and friends of a Conover woman killed last month are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the woman’s husband, who has already been charged in the case. 48-year-old Donald Ray Hodges is charged with murder in connection to the death of his wife, 48-year-old Tinikia Hodges. Her body…

Two Arrested after Shots Fired into Denver Residence

23-year-old Erik Ivan Rodriguez of English Oak Drive in Lincolnton and 24-year-old Leonardo Soto of Stegall Street in Charlotte have both been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives after shots were fired into a Denver, North Carolina residence. Rodriguez was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and shooting into an…

Caldwell County Resident Arrested On False Pretense Charge

48-year-old Harold Nick Robinson II of Abington Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (June 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Robinson was released on $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Thursday (June 9).

Conover Man Jailed for Felony Probation Violation

33-year-old Manuel Alejandro Acevedo of County Home Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police just before three o’clock Monday afternoon (June 6) for a felony probation violation. Acevedo is on probation as he serves a 24-month suspended sentence following an October 2020 conviction in Catawba County for possession with intent to sell a schedule…

Hickory Man Given 5-to-7 Year Prison Sentence

32-year-old Nathaniel Lee Miller of Hickory was sentenced to serve five-to-seven years in prison after pleading guilty as charged to fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He was also sentenced as an habitual felon. The Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, handed…

Lenoir Man Charged With Felony Break-in Related Offenses

40-year-old Michael Scott Skelton of Carolina Oaks Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (June 7) by Hudson Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, and possession of stolen goods. Skelton was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance…

Hudson Man Charged With Felony Drug Offense

37-year-old Dustin Kyle Smith of Sullivan Avenue in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (June 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Smith was released on $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 8).

Catawba County Crash Results In Fatality

A Vale man was killed in a crash in Catawba County Tuesday (June 7). The deceased is 58-year-old Carl Douglas Ikard. At approximately 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Startown Road near Settlemyre Bridge Road. A 2016 Nissan Frontier was traveling north on Startown Road, crossed the centerline, and collided…

Hickory City Council Meets, Votes On New Budget

Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday (June 8). Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were all approved. City Manager Warren Wood presented the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 recommended budget, which totals $126,206,168 for all City operations, capital improvements, and debt service requirements for the upcoming year. This represents an 8.9 percent increase over…

Conover Woman Charged With Assaulting Officer

27-year-old Leann Saevang of 6th Avenue Drive SW in Conover was arrested Tuesday (June 7) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of assault with physical injury to a law enforcement, probation or parole officer and assault with a deadly weapon on a government official along with a misdemeanor count of injury…

Burke County Man Charged With Stolen Vehicle, Drug Offenses

25-year-old Nolan Lamar Weaver of Harding Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Tuesday (June 7) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and simple possession of schedule II controlled substance. Weaver was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled…

Man Sentenced To Minimum Of Ten Years In Catawba County Shooting Case

29-year-old Dimitris Rashawn Williams of Hickory, was sentenced to spend 10 to 15 years in prison following his conviction for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges on Monday (June 6) in Catawba County…

Cherryville Woman Killed in Saturday A.M. Accident in Lincoln County

One person was killed in an accident Saturday morning (June 4) in Lincoln County. The deceased is 39-year-old Stephanie Michelle Painter of Cherryville. At about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the accident on N.C. Highway 73 near Ingleside Farm Road. A westbound 1989 Freightliner truck on Highway 73 crossed…

Pedestrian Killed in Saturday Night Accident in Lenoir

A pedestrian was killed in a traffic crash in Lenoir Saturday (June 4). The deceased is 62-year-old Susan Messer Shew of Lenoir. The accident happened at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday on the 200 block of Blowing Rock Boulevard in front of the Red Roof Inn. According to Lenoir Police, Ms. Shew stepped into the roadway…

Hickory Man Arrested on Fugitive Warrant from S.C.

32-year-old Johnny Marllos Brown of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (June 6) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Brown is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office in Greenville County, South Carolina on a failure to appear charge in connection to one count…

Lenoir Man Charged With Stolen Vehicle Offense

31-year-old Jordan Shea Byrd of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (June 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Byrd was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (June 7).

Drug Arrest Made At License Checking Station

38-year-old Jarnell Ty’Rek Bailey of Spring Shore Road in Statesville was arrested Saturday (June 4) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver MDMA along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. On Saturday (June 4), deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s…

Woman Killed In Caldwell County Wreck

A Lenoir woman was killed in a crash over the weekend in Caldwell County. The deceased is 65-year-old Leonarda Martinez Pichardo. On Saturday (June 4) at approximately 12:55 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to U.S. 64 near Charles White Lane. A 2004 Nissan Xterra was traveling east on U.S. 64, drove left…

Catawba County Budget Adopted During Commissioners Meeting, Tax Rate Remains The Same

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Monday night (June 6). County Manager Mick Berry presented the proposed Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Annual Budget for adoption. As WHKY previously reported, on May 16 the budget was initially presented to the board. During that presentation, the County Manager told Commissioners that the budget totals…

Update: Hickory Resident Charged In Connection To Shooting Incident At Apartment Complex, Hickory PD Reports One Victim Has Passed Away (Updated 10:48 a.m., 6/7/22)

19-year-old Tamoje Daejouir Anderson of Hickory was arrested Friday (June 3) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Anderson is charged in connection to a shooting last week at an apartment complex in Hickory during which he was one of three individuals…

Burke County Man Charged Following Multiple Pursuits With Police

30-year-old Matthew Thomas Lincoln of Morganton was arrested Saturday (June 4) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. In addition, Lincoln is charged with assault by strangulation, two misdemeanor counts apiece of careless and reckless driving and damage to property, single misdemeanor…

Pennsylvania Man Arrested in Iredell on Cocaine & Firearms Charges

32-year-old Alvinn Davonn Twine of New Kensington, Pennsylvania has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of trafficking cocaine by possession, trafficking cocaine by transportation, and possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed gun. Last Thursday (June 2),…