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Sunday COVID-19 Update

One COVID-19-related death was reported today (January 17) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 208. There have been 111 new cases Confirmed in Catawba County, raising the total to 13,924. There were 108 people hospitalized with the…

Saturday COVID-19 Update

177 new cases of COVID-19 were reported today (January 16) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 13,813, with 207 deaths. There are 108 people hospitalized with the coronavirus. Two additional COVID-19-related deaths have been reported in Alexander…

Suspect Arrested In Connection To Downtown Hickory Break-ins

Hickory Police located and arrested 44-year-old Chad McDaniel Byrd of Old Bristol Road in Boone today (January 16) in connection to multiple breaking and entering cases that occurred in the Downtown area of Hickory. Byrd was served with seven counts…

Multiple Drug Charges Including Bath Salt Offense Filed Against Suspect

38-year-old Ian Kelly Shuemaker was arrested today (January 15) by authorities in Iredell County. He’s charged with three counts of possession with intent to manufacture schedule I controlled substance, one count apiece of manufacture MDPV, which is a “bath salt”…

Work Underway On New Section Of Morganton Greenway

Contractors began work this week on a new section of greenway that will connect Downtown Morganton to the existing Catawba River Greenway at Catawba Meadows Park. The new addition will be one mile, and will create a new paved path…

Vehicle Theft Charge Lodged Against Man Arrested In Burke County

53-year-old Robert Allen Bolick was arrested Thursday (January 14) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Bolick was arrested shortly after 1:30 p.m. Thursday and placed in jail in Morganton without bond. No…

Lenoir Woman Charged With Cruelty To Animals

36-year-old Lisa Marie Meatyard of Delwood Drive in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged with felony cruelty to animals and misdemeanor allowing animals to live in crowded or unsanitary conditions. Meatyard was brought to…

Hickory Woman Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

29-year-old Kristen Brea Williams of 21st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday (January 12) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Williams was arrested as Hickory Police…

Residential Fire Under Investigation

A home was destroyed by fire in Caldwell County. According to reports, the Gamewell Fire Department responded to 3071 Huffman Road early Thursday (January 14). The name of the home’s occupant was not available. No injuries were reported. The Caldwell…

Friday Morning COVID-19 Update: Two Hickory Metro Counties Move Into Next Vaccination Phase

Two COVID-19-related deaths were reported in Catawba County Thursday (January 14) for a total of 205 since the start of the pandemic. There were 101 new cases of the coronavirus confirmed Thursday, increasing the county’s total to 13,540. 107 people…

Catawba Sheriff’s Office Arrests Lincolnton Man On Drug Indictments

35-year-old Christopher Reid Scronce of Springs East Road in Lincolnton was arrested Thursday (January 14) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged on bills of indictment with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Scronce is charged…

Man Charged With Having Drugs At Jail

24-year-old Andrew Gray Stuart of Turnersburg Highway in Statesville was arrested Wednesday (January 13) on charges filed by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and Newton Police Department. He’s charged by the Sheriff’s Office with felony possession of controlled substance on…

Newton Woman Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

29-year-old Elizabeth Jane Lewis of Millwood Drive in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police late Tuesday night (January 12) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.…

Man Arrested On Statutory Rape, Indecent Liberties Charges

34-year-old Curtis Wayne Johnson of Shady Pine Lane in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (January 13) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts apiece of statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a child. Lincoln County Sheriff’s…

Morganton Woman Arrested By Hickory PD On Failure To Appear Charge

38-year-old Naome Patrice Carpenter of U.S. 64 in Morganton was arrested Sunday (January 10) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with a felony count of failure to appear on a felony. Carpenter is charged in Burke County with felony break…

City Of Newton Receives CDBG Coronavirus Grant Of More Than $700,000

The North Carolina Department of Commerce recently awarded the City of Newton $715,000 as part of the Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Program. Grant funds will be used to support local businesses and nonprofits affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic…

Thursday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In Three Hickory Metro Counties

Two COVID-19-related deaths were reported Wednesday (January 13) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 203. There were 93 new cases of the coronavirus Wednesday, increasing the total to 13,439. There were 100 people hospitalized with the virus…

Three Suspects Charged With Meth Trafficking In Caldwell County

41-year-old Michael Stephen Cole of Liberty, N.C., 34-year-old Jordan Michelle Wiseman of Granite Falls, and 44-year-old Anthony Dale Barth of Siler City, N.C., were all arrested Wednesday (January 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. All three suspects are charged with…

Conover Man Charged With Violating Probation

38-year-old Dainin Rondell Cline of Redberry Lane in Conover was arrested Wednesday (January 13) by Probation and Parole officers. He’s charged with two counts of felony probation violation. Cline was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond.…

Two Suspects Sought in Connection to Fatal Tuesday Afternoon Shooting in N.E. Hickory

Hickory Police are searching for two suspects in connection to what police now report is a fatal shooting that occurred at 2:30 this afternoon (January 13) at T.C.S. Designs, 1851 9th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. The shooting is the result…

Statutory Rape, Incest Charges Lodged Against Taylorsville Man

21-year-old Darion Omar Campbell of Taylorsville was arrested today (January 13) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of first-degree statutory rape of a child by an adult, statutory sex offense with a child under the age…

Meth Possession Charge Filed Against Lenoir Woman

56-year-old Donna Gail Fox of Boxwood Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (January 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Fox was given a custody release. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January…

Hudson Man Charged With Vehicle Theft

35-year-old Charles Everette Joseph Bishop of Pine Mountain Road in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (January 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor failure to appear on a child support count.…

Lenoir Teenager Charged With Break-in, Firearm Counts

18-year-old Hunter Lee Kersey of Wagon Wheel Drive in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (January 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to an automobile, larceny of a firearm, and possession of a stolen…

Vacant Factory Building in N.E. Hickory Damaged in Early Morning Fire

At approximately 3:15 Wednesday morning (November 13), Hickory Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire in the area of 14th Street N.E. and Highland Avenue N.E. Upon arrival, Firefighters reported a large fire coming from a vacant factory building at…

New Chief Homicide Prosecutor Named in Catawba County

Assistant District Attorney Nancy Lee has joined the Catawba Co. District Attorney’s Office to serve as the chief homicide prosecutor for the largest of the three counties in the 36th Prosecutorial District. Ms. Lee’s primary role will include supervision of…

Wednesday Morning COVID-19 Update

Two COVID-19-related deaths were reported Tuesday (January 12) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 201. 98 new cases of the coronavirus were reported Tuesday, increasing the total to 13,346. There were 113 people hospitalized with the virus.…

Suspect Facing Felony & Misdemeanor Charges Jailed Under Large Bond

25-year-old Tyler Maneigh White was arrested last Friday (January 8) by authorities in Iredell County. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and conspiracy and misdemeanor failure to appear. White was arrested at 12…

Multiple Drug Charges Filed Following Iredell County Arrest

29-year-old Tevin O’Brian Dalton was arrested Monday (January 11) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II and schedule VI controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle or…

Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Charges Vale Man With Vehicle Theft

30-year-old Justin Dwayne Sain of West North Carolina Highway 10 in Vale was arrested Tuesday (January 12) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with larceny of a motor vehicle. Sain was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under…

Suspect Charged With Fleeing From Police

21-year-old James Malcolm Ingram was arrested Monday (January 11) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Ingram was also charged with misdemeanor counts of resist, delay, and obstruct an…

Woman Charged With Multiple Drug Offenses

28-year-old Katelyn Elizabeth Golden was arrested Monday (January 11) by authorities in Iredell County. She was charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance. In addition, Golden is charged with…

Taylorsville Man Facing String Of Charges

39-year-old Daniel Richard Workman of Taylorsville was arrested Monday (January 11) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle.…

Hiddenite Woman Arrested in Hickory on Drug Charges from Iredell

42-year-old Elizabeth Gay Neal of Matney Lane in Hiddenite was arrested by Hickory Police late last Thursday night (January 7) on several outstanding felony warrants. The warrants were issued in Iredell County on January 4. Neal faces charges for the…

Woman Arrested In Morganton On Felony Drug Charge

41-year-old Shanna Mcrae Kincaid was arrested Monday (January 11) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Kincaid was arrested at a convenience store on South Sterling Street in Morganton just before 9…

Two Men Charged In Connection To November Shooting Incident

26-year-old Seth Paul Franklin and 32-year-old Robert James Waldrop, both of Lawndale, were arrested Monday (January 11) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with felony counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling and conspiracy. They’re charged…

Maiden Man Killed in Monday A.M. Crash

A single-vehicle traffic accident in Maiden has resulted in one fatality. The deceased is 75-year-old Jack W. Moose, Jr. of Maiden. At about 11:50 a.m. yesterday (January 11), Maiden Police responded to a crash in the vicinity of 618 North…

Lenoir Woman Charged With Meth Possession

39-year-old Janie Marie Perez of Woodridge Court in Lenoir was arrested Monday (January 11) by Hudson Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Perez was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $7,500 secured bond. No…

Ridgeview Branch Library To Close Temporarily For One Week

Hickory’s Ridgeview Branch Library will be temporarily closed next week, from January 18 through January 23. As construction continues on the Ridgeview Branch Library expansion and renovation project, this closure will allow library staff to pack and move materials in…

Tuesday Morning COVID-19 Update

Two COVID-19-related deaths were reported Monday (January 11) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 199. 148 new coronavirus cases were reported Monday, increasing the total to 13,248. There were 114 people hospitalized with the virus. Burke County…

Man Charged In Connection To Stabbing

22-year-old Cody Lee Choate of Brumley Road in Mooresville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. According to information released Monday (January 11), last…

Long View Police Arrest Hickory Man On Meth Indictments

39-year-old Michael Lee Pennell of 26th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Monday (January 11) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged on bills of indictment with the sale of methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver…

Hickory Woman Charged With Conspire To Traffic Meth

40-year-old Amber Renee Reynolds of 2nd Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Monday (January 11) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony conspire to traffic methamphetamine. Reynolds was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A…

Lincolnton Woman Arrested in Hickory on Meth & Shoplifting Charges

29-year-old Brittany Nicole Bond of East Rhodes Street in Lincolnton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:45 last Thursday night (January 7) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and misdemeanor simple possession of a schedule…

Hiddenite Man Arrested in Hickory on Narcotics Warrants from Iredell

33-year-old Christopher Floyd Cribb of Matney Lane in Hiddenite was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 last Thursday night (January 7) on a felony warrants out of Iredell County charging him with three counts of possession of a schedule…

Woman Charged With Offenses In Lincoln, Catawba Counties

27-year-old Tabatha Leeann Rogers of Dallas, NC, was arrested Saturday (January 9) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked. She…

Hickory Man Arrested on Firearms Charge

31-year-old Dallas Loyd Gragg of Snow Creek Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police last Thursday (January 7) on a felony warrant for possession of a firearm by a felon. Gragg was taken into custody without incident at about…

Lenoir Man Jailed on Felony Fugitive Warrant

57-year-old Terrick Charles McCray of Hibriten Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (January 10) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was jailed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond. A…

Statutory Rape Charge Lodged Against Harmony Man

20-year-old Nicholas Hunter Dennison of Harmony Highway in Harmony was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony statutory rape of a child 15-years-old or younger. According to information released today (January 11), on Thursday, August 20, 2020…

Granite Falls Man Charged with Forgery; More

36-year-old Carey James Caldwell, Jr. of Summit Avenue in Granite Falls was arrested by Granite Falls Police yesterday (January 10) on felony counts of uttering a forged endorsement and obtaining property by false pretenses. He was also charged with four…

Man Charged In Connection To Fatal Crash In Alexander County

33-year-old Steven Ray Transeau of Claremont was arrested Saturday (January 9) by authorities in Alexander County. He’s charged with felony death by vehicle, driving while impaired, and driving while license revoked. He’s charged in connection with an incident at approximately…

New Prosecutor Sworn In For Burke County

Ryan Hamady was sworn in as the newest Assistant District Attorney for the 36th Prosecutorial District last Monday, January 4. The swearing in took place at the Burke County Courthouse by the Honorable Robert C. Ervin. Hamady, originally from Charleston,…

Claremont Woman Charged With Felony & Misdemeanor Drug Offenses

55-year-old Karen Lynette Childers of Oxford Way in Claremont was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Childers is charged with two misdemeanor…

Sunday COVID-19 Update (Updated 5:13 a.m., 1/11/21)

A COVID-19-related death has been reported today (January 10) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 197. 221 new coronavirus cases have been reported today in Catawba County, increasing the total to 13,100. There are 115 people hospitalized…

Saturday COVID-19 Update

Four COVID-19-related deaths have been reported today (January 9) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the overall total to 196. 149 new cases of the coronavirus were reported today in Catawba County, raising the total to 12,879. There were 118…

Virginia Woman Arrested By Caldwell County Authorities On Fugitive Warrant

59-year-old Cynthia Leigh Ritchie of Grottoes, Virginia, was arrested Thursday (January 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged on a felony warrant as a fugitive from another state and misdemeanor failure to appear. Ritchie is wanted in Virginia on…

Man Arrested By Authorities In Caldwell County On Fugitive Warrant

52-year-old Reginald Lavand Williams of Gastonia was arrested Thursday (January 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged on a felony fugitive warrant from another state. Williams is wanted in South Carolina on unspecified charges. He was jailed in the Caldwell…

Authorities Investigating Shooting That Resulted In Fatality

A fatal shooting is under investigation. On Thursday (January 7) at 11:55 p.m., Iredell County Emergency Communications received a call from an address on Molly Lane in Statesville in reference to a shooting. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched…

Newton Man Arrested in Connection to Vehicle Break-In; More

32-year-old Jesse Barnette Steward of East 19th Street in Newton was arrested by Newton Police last night (January 7) on charges of breaking & entering a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property, and possession of burglary tools. He was also…

Home Destroyed In Thursday Afternoon Fire

An Alexander County home was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon (January 7). Shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday, firefighters from the Wittenburg, Taylorsville, Hiddenite, and Stony Point Fire Departments responded to a residence Old Landfill Road. Alexander County Fire Marshall Mark…

Friday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In Three Hickory Metro Counties

Catawba County Public Health reported eight COVID-19-related deaths Thursday (January 7), increasing the total to 184. 157 new coronavirus cases were confirmed Thursday for a total of 12,560. There were 111 people hospitalized in Catawba County. Burke County Public Health…

Authorities In Iredell County Announce Arrests Of Several Drug Suspects, Others Wanted

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office was not able to conduct their usual spring and fall drug suspect round-ups. The department has still been able to arrest several drug suspects in recent months. According…

Weather Announcements: Most Hickory Metro Schools Operating Remotely Today, Catawba Schools Canceled (Updated 7:25 a.m., 1/8/21)

Due to wintry weather in the Hickory Metro, in the Catawba County Schools, there will be no school, in-person or virtual, today (January 8) and it will be an Optional Teacher Workday. Quest is also canceled. The Hickory Public Schools…

More Details Released Regarding Shooting at Sawmills Market Basket

The Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office has identified the person who died in a shooting Tuesday in Sawmills. The deceased is 18-year-old Cedrick Jovon Harshaw of Granite Falls. Just after 11:30 Tuesday morning (January 5), Deputies were dispatched to an incomplete…

Lawndale Man Arrested in Hickory after Fleeing from Police

42-year-old Travoris Dantwan Williams of Philadelphia Road in Lawndale was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:25 yesterday afternoon (January 6) on felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer or government official and speeding to…

Maiden Man Charged With Drug Offense, Probation Violation

49-year-old Brent Robert McCree of Water Plant Road in Maiden was arrested Wednesday (January 6) on charges filed by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and Probation and Parole. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance by the…

Lincoln Sheriff’s Office Assists Gaston County Authorities In Recovering Vehicle, Body

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team assisted the Hughes Pond Fire Department in the recovery of a vehicle and a body from a pond near the intersection of Mount Zion Church Road and Highway 274 in Gaston County. The…

Missing Girl Found Safe, Returned Home

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives say a missing girl has been found safe. 12-year-old Yasmine Analyse Nicole Pless was returned home early this morning (January 7) after the reports of her missing were issued on local news outlets. No other details…

Lenoir Man Jailed for Felonious Restraint & Larceny

23-year-old Marcus Allen Whisnant of Bee Mountain Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (January 6) for felonious restraint, felony larceny, and a probation violation. Whisnant is on probation as he serves a 48-month suspended sentence…

Granite Falls Man Jailed on Felony Firearms Charge

34-year-old Brandon Lee Abshire of Poovey Drive in Granite Falls was arrested by Hudson Police yesterday (January 6) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was also charged with felony interfering with an…

Thursday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In Catawba, Caldwell

Catawba County Public Health reported a COVID-19-related death Wednesday (January 7) increasing the total to 176. 165 new cases of the virus were confirmed Wednesday, increasing the total to 12,403. There were 104 people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Catawba…

Missing Girl Sought By Authorities

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing girl. A detective said 12-year-old Yasmine Analyse Nicole Pless was last seen at her father’s residence on Amity Lane in Iron Station at 5:00 a.m. Wednesday…

Teacher Charged With Indecent Liberties With Student

23-year-old John Dean Woody of Stonewood Road in Elkin was arrested Wednesday (January 6) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony indecent liberties with a student. On Wednesday a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s…

Three Suspects Charged With Felony Offenses After Officers Respond To Hickory Address

59-year-old Robert Dale Turner and 27-year-old Alisha Marie Perry of Bowman Lowman Avenue in Hickory and 24-year-old Austin Lane Ervin of Dudley Shoals Road in Granite Falls, were arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. Turner is charged with two felony…

Governor Extends Modified Stay-At-Home Order

During the COVID-19 briefing today (January 6), North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper extended Executive Order 181 for three weeks. The modified stay-at-home order implemented a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. It went into effect on December 11 and…

Hickory Residents Affected By Pandemic Can Apply For Financial Assistance

Hickory residents who have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic may apply for financial assistance through a partnership program between the City of Hickory and Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry (GHCCM). In July 2020, the City entered into an…

Vehicle Break-in Charges Lodged Against Hickory Man

34-year-old Jonathan Todd Griffin of 39th Street NW in Hickory was arrested today (January 5) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with two counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle. Griffin was jailed in the Catawba County…

One Confirmed Dead In Tuesday Shooting In Caldwell County, Investigation Continues

A shooting Tuesday (January 5) remains under investigation in Caldwell County. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Market Basket convenience store on U.S. 321-A in Sawmills. Two people were transported to the hospital following the shooting, which occurred at…

Two from Morganton Arrested on Drug & Shoplifting Charges

24-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Powell and 32-year-old Ryan Conrad Tetreault, both of Silver Street in Morganton, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:00 last night (January 5). Powell was charged with felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance and…

Hickory Man Faces Felony Drug Charges in Connection to April 2020 Incident

38-year-old Robert William Romska of Redwood Court in Hickory was served a true bill of indictment by Hickory Police at about 11:45 Monday morning (January 4) on felony counts of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and possession of…

Caldwell County Man Charged With Break-in Offense

44-year-old Todd Anthony Moody of Abington Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (January 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony breaking and entering. Moody was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A…

Lenoir Man Charged With Firearm Offense, Parole Violation

29-year-old Xavier Dontay Dula of Frontier Way NW in Lenoir was arrested Monday (January 4) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, parole violation, and two counts of injury to personal…

Wednesday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In Catawba, Burke Counties, Single Day High Of New Cases In Caldwell

Catawba County Public Health reported five COVID-19-related deaths Tuesday (January 5), increasing the total to 175. 221 new cases of the virus were confirmed Tuesday, increasing the total to 12,238. There were 105 people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Catawba…

Hickory City Council Meets In Regular Session Tuesday, Speed Limit Reduced On Stretch Of Roadway

Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (January 5). Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were all approved. Items on the consent agenda included the reduction of the speed limit to 25 miles-per-hour along 12th Street NE,…

Newton Man Arrested on Drug Charges after Fleeing New Years Day Crash

31-year-old Chaston Jerel Lawing of Newton has been arrested by Newton Police on charges of D.W.I., trafficking in marijuana, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled…

Shooting Remains Under Investigation In Caldwell County, One Confirmed Dead (Updated, 10:57 a.m., 1/6/21)

A shooting Tuesday (January 5) is under investigation in Caldwell County. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Market Basket convenience store on U.S. 321-A in Sawmills. Two people were transported to the hospital following the shooting, which, according…

Two Suspects Charged With Drug Offenses Following Traffic Stop

27-year-old Eugenio Mata Carbajal of Statesville and 26-year-old Amanda Christine Wolowitz of Charlotte were arrested Sunday (January 3) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re both charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine and maintain…

Newton Man Who Reportedly Threatened Zaxby’s Employee Charged By Hickory PD

53-year-old Jimmy Mott of Newton was arrested Monday (January 4) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with ethnic intimidation. On Sunday (January 3) the Hickory Police Department received a report of an individual communicating a threat against a juvenile employee…

Taylorsville Woman Arrested in Hickory on Felony Drug Charges

23-year-old Sara Alexandria Winters of Riverhills Place Drive in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before noon yesterday (January 4) on felony counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or…

Man Facing Previous Meth Trafficking Charges Arrested Again

36-year-old Roger Lee Sparks of B & D Avenue in Valdese was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, along with…

Cionover Man Arrested after Fleeing from Police in Hickory

49-year-old Dean Lorne Weaver of Plum Street in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (January 5) on felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle with two…

Burke Sheriff’s Office Says Mail Theft On The Rise

Over the past several weeks there have been numerous reports of mail theft throughout Burke County. Residents are reporting they have been finding opened and unopened mail scattered in ditches and yards. According to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, mail…

Hickory Man Jailed on Meth & Heroin Charges

31-year-old Jim Xiong of 8th Avenue Drive S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Monday morning (January 4) on one felony count each of trafficking in heroin or opium and trafficking in methamphetamine. He was arrested after Hickory…

Tuesday Morning COVID-19 Update: Hospitalizations Drop By 25% In Catawba County, Deaths Reported In Three Hickory Metro Counties

A COVID-19-related death was reported Monday (January 4) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 170. 149 new cases of the coronavirus were reported Monday, increasing the total to 12,017. There were 90 people hospitalized with the virus…

Meth Possession Charge Lodged Against Burke Man Arrested By Caldwell Authorities

40-year-old Stuart Thomas Church of Morganton was arrested last Friday (January 1) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Church was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance…

Lenoir Man Charged With Break-in Offenses

39-year-old Jamie Lee Icenhour of Wilkesboro Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (January 3) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Icenhour was brought to the Caldwell…

Wilkes County Man Charged With Stolen Vehicle Offenses Following Alexander County Traffic Stop

29-year-old Levern Evan Johnson of North Wilkesboro was arrested Sunday (January 3) by Taylorsville Police Officers. He was charged by Taylorsville PD with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He’s also…

Catawba County Man Charged With Cocaine Possession

38-year-old Nicholas Aundrey Propst of Michelle Drive in Newton was arrested Monday (January 4) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of cocaine. Propst was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. No court date…

Newton Man Charged With Break-in Offenses

36-year-old Matthew Meenou Yang of South Dale Avenue in Newton was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with breaking and entering with intent to terrorize or injure, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering. Yang was placed…

Statesville Man Charged with Theft & Use of Financial Transaction Card

28-year-old Kenneth David Colton McCleese of Woodhaven Drive in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of larceny of a financial transaction card, financial card fraud, and identity theft, along with one misdemeanor count of…

Catawba County Residents Arrested After Officers Reportedly Found Six Pounds Of Pot In Vehicle

41-year-old Yeu Lo Yang and 41-year-old Kee Her, both of the same Dundee Court, Maiden address, were arrested Sunday (January 3) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with felony counts of possession of marijuana, possession with intent to…

High Shoals Man Arrested in Caldwell on Stolen Vehicle Charge

29-year-old Steven Tyler Philbeck of High Shoals Road in Lincolnton was arrested by Hudson Police yesterday (January 3) for felony possession of a motor vehicle, along with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and providing…

Lenoir Woman Jailed on $60K Bond for Failure to Appear

38-year-old Jessica Watson Shupe of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Saturday (January 2) for failure to appear. It’s not clear on which charges Shupe failed to appear in court, but she is scheduled…

Lenoir Man Charged With Meth, Cocaine Possession

56-year-old Kevin Scott Suddreth of Valwood Place in Lenoir was arrested last Thursday (December 31) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Suddreth was…

Alexander County Man Killed In Weekend Crash

On Saturday (January 2) at approximately 7:15 p.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal collision in Alexander County on N.C. 16 near the Wilkes County line. A 1994 Cadillac Deville was traveling south on NC 16, crossed…

Man Arrested At Hickory Address On Heroin Charges

24-year-old Austin Lane Ervin was arrested Saturday (January 2) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I controlled substance (heroin) and possession of schedule I controlled substance.…

Monday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In Catawba County

Two COVID-19-related deaths were reported Sunday (January 3) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 169. 99 new cases of the coronavirus were reported Sunday, lifting the total to 11,868. There were 120 people hospitalized with the virus.…

Stolen Goods Charge Lodged Against Woman Arrested Over Weekend

27-year-old Alisha Perry was arrested Saturday (January 2) by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged with felony possession of stolen goods. Perry was arrested shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday and placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A…

Man Jailed In Burke County On Meth Charge

34-year-old James Allen Jones was arrested Friday (January 1) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). He was arrested shortly before 2 p.m. Friday and placed in jail in Morganton without…

Felony Drug Charge Among Counts Filed Against Woman Arrested By Burke Authorities

40-year-old Crystal Dawn Dula was arrested Friday (January 1) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods. Dula was arrested shortly before…

Granite Falls Woman Charged With Stolen Vehicle, Bomb Report Offenses In Burke County

34-year-old Latisha Annette Justice of Granite Falls was arrested Friday (January 1) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and false bomb report. According to published reports, the charges stemmed…

COVID-19 Vaccine Available Soon For Those 75 And Older In Catawba County

As the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) moves into Phase 1B of its statewide COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan, Catawba County residents who are 75 and older and are not residing in a long-term care facility…

Sunday COVID-19 Update

Two COVID-19-related deaths have been reported today (January 3) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 169. 99 new cases of the coronavirus were reported today, lifting the total to 11,868. There are 120 people hospitalized with the…

Saturday COVID-19 Update

Health officials In Catawba County reported two coronavirus-related deaths today (January 2), bringing the total to 167.  Catawba County Public Health reported 128 new COVID-19 cases today, increasing the total to 11,769. There are 118 people hospitalized with the coronavirus…

Friday Morning COVID-19 Update

Two COVID-19-associated deaths were reported Thursday (December 31) in Catawba County, increasing the overall total to 163. 195 new cases of the coronavirus were reported, upping the tally to 11,501. There were 120 people hospitalized with the virus in Catawba…

Man Arrested in Alexander County for Impersonating Officer

38-year-old Timothy Bryan Stafford of Bethlehem has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on two counts of impersonating a law enforcement officer and two counts of second-degree kidnapping. Stafford was arrested in connection to an incident at about 9:25…

Burke Health Department Releases Information On Vaccine Distribution

The Burke County Health Department has released some information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. On Wednesday (December 30), the Governor changed some of the groupings and phases for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The health department has been overwhelmed with calls regarding the…

COVID-19 Field Hospital To Be Constructed At Caldwell UNC Healthcare In Lenoir

Samaritan’s Purse will begin the construction of a 30-bed, emergency field hospital on the grounds of Caldwell UNC Health Care in Lenoir, Friday (January 1). The unit will provide regional COVID-19 care support, assisting five health systems in western North…

More Details in Arrest of Fugitive from Virginia

More information has been released in the arrest of 28-year-old Devon Jamal Smith of Buffalo Junction, Virginia. Smith was arrested by Newton Police Tuesday (December 29) on firearms and stolen property charges. He was also served with an out-of-state felony…

Hickory Man Arrested On Meth Charges In Caldwell County

47-year-old Jerry Lee Malone, Jr. of Cape Hickory Road in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (December 30) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and possession of meth.…

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

46-year-old Randy Scott Chapman of Old Shelby Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:50 yesterday afternoon (December 30) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He was arrested when Officers assisting Probation & Parole Officers…

Lenoir Woman Arrested On Meth Charge

38-year-old Jessica Watson Shupe of Hoods Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 30) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Shupe was released on $30,000 secured bond. She…

Homeless Hickory Man Jailed for Obtaining Property by False Pretenses

51-year-old Randy Eugene Chapman, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:20 last night (December 30) on outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants. He was charged with felony obtaining property by false…

City Of Lenoir To Offer Christmas Tree Pickup Next Week

The City of Lenoir offers lots of sanitation services for customers, including picking up Christmas trees. Residents can request many of those services on the City website, www.cityoflenoir.com. The Sanitation Division provides weekly garbage collection, bulk and white goods pickup,…

Details on Hickory Fugitive Arrest Released

More information has been released in the arrest of 24-year-old Austin Tate Mullins of Greensboro. Mullins has also listed an address in Lenoir, and he has been listed as a homeless person from Morganton. He was arrested by Hickory Police…

Meth Trafficking Among Charges Filed Against Hickory Man

40-year-old Calvin Steven Parker of Berry Road in Hickory was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug…

Hickory Man Arrested on Fugitive Warrant from Georgia

40-year-old Roger Junior Ussery of 220 14th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Tuesday morning (December 29) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Ussery is wanted in Columbia County, Georgia…

Lincolnton Man Charged With Meth Possession In Catawba County

38-year-old Tommy Charles Martin of Ann Gaither Court in Lincolnton was arrested today (December 31) on charges filed by the Conover Police Department and Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Martin was charged by Conover Police with felony possession of methamphetamine. The…

Thursday Morning COVID-19 Update: Ten Deaths Reported In Catawba County Wednesday

Ten COVID-19-related deaths were reported by Catawba County Public Health Wednesday (December 30), for a total of 161 virus-related fatalities since the start of the pandemic. 147 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Catawba County Wednesday, bringing the…

Maiden Resident Charged With Vehicle Theft

19-year-old Joshua Clay Ward of East Klutz Street in Maiden was arrested Wednesday (December 30) by Maiden Police Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Ward was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,500 bond.…

Update Provided On Roads Closed Due To November Storm In Alexander County

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has provided an update on the roads that are or were at one time closed due to flooding on November 12 in Alexander County. According to Jason Willis, Staff Maintenance Engineer for Division 12,…

Additional Suspect Charged In Connection To Alexander County Home Invasion

47-year old Christopher Lee Jarvis of Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (December 29) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle. Jarvis is the resident of a home on Gravel Hill Court that…

Several Injured, One Seriously, in Iredell County Crash

At about 11:15 this morning (December 30), the N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to an accident in Iredell County on I-40 West at mile-marker 147 near the Stamey Farm Road exit. A westbound 2003 Chevrolet S-10 ran off the road…

Wednesday Afternoon COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In Burke County

Burke County Public Health reports three COVID-19-associated deaths today (December 30). There have now been 82 virus-related fatalities in the county since the start of the pandemic. Two individuals were in their 80s and was over the age of 100.…

Greensboro Man Arrested in Hickory on Heroin & Meth Charges

24-year-old Austin Tate Mullins of Greensboro was arrested by Hickory Police just before ten o’clock last night (December 29) on one felony count each of possession of heroin and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, along with misdemeanor counts…

Lenoir Police K9 Axel Passes Away

Lenoir Police K9 Axel passed away yesterday (December 29) after serving the Lenoir Police Department for six years. Axel had been diagnosed with advanced hemangiosarcoma in early November of this year. Axel was born June 30, 2013, in the Czech…

Woman Charged With Felony Drug Offense, Being No-Show In Court

28-year-old Patricia Marie Sanchez was arrested last Saturday (December 26) by authorities in Iredell County. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. In addition, Sanchez is charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and four misdemeanor counts…

Lenoir Man Charged With Vehicle Theft

26-year-old Colby Ray Price of Clay Court in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (December 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Price was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured…

Man Charged With Break-in With Intent To Terrorize Or Injure

49-year-old Calvin William Davis was arrested Tuesday (December 29) by authorities in Iredell County. He’s charged with felony breaking and entering with intent to terrorize or injure. In addition, Davis is charged with misdemeanor counts of domestic criminal trespassing and…

Suspect Charged With Assaulting Emergency Personnel

37-year-old Christopher Ian Cotterman was arrested Tuesday (December 29) by authorities in Iredell County. He’s charged with felony assault on emergency personnel inflicting serious injury. In addition, Cotterman is charged with two misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property. Following…

Felony Drug Charges Filed Following Tuesday Arrest

45-year-old Allen Daniel West was arrested Tuesday (December 29) by authorities in Iredell County. According to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office website, West is charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a…

Wednesday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In All Hickory Metro Counties, Seven In Caldwell

A coronavirus-associated death was reported Tuesday (December 29) by Catawba County Public Health. There have been 151 virus-related fatalities since the start of the pandemic. 116 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Tuesday in Catawba County, bringing the total to…

Area Resident Charged With Domestic Violence Offenses And On Fugitive Warrant From California

39-year-old Brian Kenneth Kinder of Waterford Drive in Mooresville was arrested Sunday (December 27) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged on a felony fugitive warrant along with a felony count of assault by strangulation inflicting serious injury. Kinder is…

Newton Man Arrested on Felony Firearms Charge

27-year-old Hasan Raliek Hopper of Samantha’s Wells in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:40 Saturday night (December 26) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Hopper was arrested after Hickory Police conducted…

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Investigating String Of Vehicle Break-ins

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a recent rash of break-ins to mostly unlocked vehicles at homes east of Lincolnton. The break-ins occurred to vehicles parked at residences on Ivy Creek Road, Arbor Hills Drive, Weatherwood Road, and Stoney Ridge…

Virginia Man Charged On Fugitive Warrant Also Faces Weapon, Stolen Goods Offenses

28-year-old Devon Jamal Smith of Buffalo Junction, Virginia, was arrested today (December 29) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of stolen goods. In addition, Smith is charged on a warrant…

Granite Falls Woman Arrested Last Week in Hickory on Meth Charge

46-year-old Roncella Monique Huss of of Sanders Place in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:30 last Wednesday afternoon (December 23). She was charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of…

Two Arrested on Felony Firearms Charges

31-year-old Jimmy Alfonse Outlaw of 2nd Street S.W. and 27-year-old Lee Marquis Wilson of 7th Street Drive S.E., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:45 p.m. on Christmas day. Outlaw was charged with one felony count…

Newland Woman Charged With Felony Drug Offense In Caldwell County

37-year-old Danielle Calamai of Dean Lane in Newland was arrested Monday (December 28) by Hudson Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Calamai was incarcerated in the Caldwell County…

Lenoir Teenager Arrested On Charge Of Fleeing From Police

18-year-old Jacob Lee Blankenship of Chester Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (December 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony speeding to elude arrest. Blankenship was released after posting $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is…

Felony Drug Charge Filed Against Man Arrested In Burke County

31-year-old Matthew Cordarro English was arrested Monday (December 28) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. English was arrested at 1:30 p.m. Monday and placed in jail in Morganton under $3,000 bond.…

Tuesday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In Catawba, Caldwell Counties

A COVID-19-associated death was reported Monday (December 28) by health officials in Catawba County, increasing the total to 150 since the start of the pandemic. Catawba County Public Health reported 65 new cases of COVID-19 Monday raising the overall total…

Death Investigation Being Conducted In Hickory

Hickory Police are investigating the death of an unknown white male who was found at 2:00 p.m. Monday (December 28) near 1930 3rd Avenue Lane SE. Officers responded to the scene and found a 45 to 55-year-old man with multiple…

COVID-19-Related Death Reported Today In Catawba County

A COVID-19-associated death was reported today (December 28) by health officials in Catawba County, increasing the total to 150 since the start of the pandemic. Catawba County Public Health reports 65 new cases of COVID-19 today, and an overall total…

Four Suspects, Including Two Juveniles, Charged In Home Invasion

18-year-old Zachariah Canterbury of Taylorsville and 18-year-old Christopher Dalton Whorley of Seminole, Florida, were arrested Sunday (December 27) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. Both suspects are charged with felony counts of common law robbery and first degree burglary. There are…

Catawba County’s Assistant County Manager Begins New Position Tuesday

Catawba County’s new Assistant County manager starts this week. Alison Alexander was hired to serve in that position starting Tuesday (December 29). Alexander will join County Manager Mick Berry and Deputy County Manager Mary Furtado in overseeing the administration of…

Felony Drug Charge Filed Against Woman Arrested In Alexander County

30-year-old Tabitha Ann Byrd was arrested Sunday (December 27) by Taylorsville Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor larceny. Byrd was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under $5,000 bond. A District…

Drug Charges Filed Against Woman Arrested In Burke County

29-year-old Amanda Brooke Meeler was arrested last Thursday (December 24) by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance in prison or jail. In addition, Meeler…

Man Arrested By Burke Authorities On Arson Charge

41-year-old Bon Alexander Stroupe was arrested Saturday (December 26) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony arson. Stroupe was arrested just before 6:30 p.m. Saturday and placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court…

Drug Charges Lodged Against Man Arrested In Burke County

41-year-old Michael Charles Masella was arrested Sunday (December 27) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Masella is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule VI controlled substance and…

Felony Hit & Run Among Charges Filed In Burke County Arrest

24-year-old Austin William Zander was arrested Sunday (December 27) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony hit & run along with misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon, driving while impaired, and domestic violence protective order violation.…

Lenoir Man Charged With Illegal Firearm Possession

51-year-old Southhanou Bandon of Hickory Street in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (December 26) by Hudson Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Bandon was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000…

Monday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported Sunday In Catawba County

Three COVID-19-associated deaths were reported Sunday (December 27) by Catawba County Public Health, raising the overall total to 149. There were 194 new cases of the coronavirus reported Sunday in Catawba County, increasing the total to 10,978 since the start…

Conover Man Charged With Stolen Vehicle Offense

40-year-old Bobby Lewis Cloer of Lee Cline Road in Conover was arrested Saturday (December 26) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Cloer was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500…

Hickory Man Charged With Felony Assault

25-year-old James Serrill Holsclaw of 4th Street Place SW in Hickory was arrested Friday (December 25) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Holsclaw was incarcerated in the Catawba County…

Conover Man Charged With Stealing Vehicle Parts

53-year-old Larry Allan Miller of Curlee Road in Conover was arrested Saturday (December 26) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny of motor vehicle parts. Miller was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,500 bond.…

Woman Killed In Burke County Crash

A Gaston County woman was killed in a Christmas Day crash in Burke County. Last Friday (December 25), at approximately 1:00 a.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to a collision in Burke County on Interstate 40 East near mile…

Taylorsville Woman Charged With Arson In Connection To Catawba County Incident

41-year-old April Dawn Atwood of Taylorsville was arrested last Thursday (December 24) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony first-degree arson and misdemeanor injury to personal property. Last Thursday at 4:21 a.m. deputies with the Catawba County…

Wanted Suspects Sought In Area County

Authorities in Iredell County continue to seek suspects on the most wanted list. 44-year-old Tiffin Maurica Hill is charged with the sale of methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth. The last known address for Hill…

California Man Arrested By Catawba County Authorities On Drug Charge, Indictments

38-year-old Peng Vang of Stockton, California, was arrested Wednesday (December 23) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged on grand jury indictments with trafficking in methamphetamine, sale of meth, and possession with intent to sell and deliver meth. In addition, Vang…

Holiday Decoration Recycling Available In Catawba County

Christmas trees and other natural decorations will be accepted curbside and at all five of Catawba County’s Solidwaste Convenience Centers from December 26, 2020 through January 16, 2021. Remove all ornaments, bases, or other decorations before recycling. Residents who have…

Armed Robbery this A.M. at Union Grove B.P. Station

The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred this morning (December 24) at a business on the West Memorial Highway in Union Grove. Sheriff’s Officers responded the call shortly after the robbery, which took place at…

Morganton Residents Charged In Home Invasion

Two Burke County residents are among five people charged in connection to a home invasion that reportedly involved the beating of a man and the assault on a woman in the residence. According to the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, 19-year-old…

Burke County Residents Charged With Theft Offenses In Caldwell County

42-year-old Ronald Lee Staten of Melvin Propst Road and 21-year-old Austin Blake Harwood of Fletcher Street, both from Morganton, were arrested Wednesday (December 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and…

Thursday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In All Hickory Metro Counties, Memorial Trees Displayed In Caldwell

Three COVID-19 deaths were reported Wednesday (December 23) by Catawba County Public Health, raising the total to 146. In addition, 133 new cases were reported Wednesday for an overall total of 10,583 since the start of the pandemic. 88 people…

Most Highway Projects Suspended For NC Holiday Travel

Although the public is being asked to stay close to home and restrict traveling in North Carolina over the upcoming holiday period because of the continual increase in COVID-19 cases, for those who do hit the road, the N.C. Department…

Conover Man Arrested On Robbery Charges

50-year-old William David Crowder of Old Conover Startown Road in Conover was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two counts apiece of robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony probation violation. Crowder is also charged with larceny…

Authorities in Watauga County Seek Probation Absconder

High Country Crime Stoppers, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, and Watauga County Probation & Parole are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 20-year-old Lillian Marie Morsette. Morsette had been convicted of felony possession of a schedule II controlled…

COVID-19-Associated Death Reported In Burke County Along With New Cases

Burke County Public Health today (December 23) reports the 77th COVID-19-related death in the county. The individual was in their 80s and was hospitalized. 23 new cases of the virus have been reported today by Burke health officials, increasing the…

Lenoir Man Charged With Felony Theft Counts

23-year-old Dylan Kyler Tolbert of Connelly Springs Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (December 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of a stolen vehicle. Tolbert was brought to the Caldwell County…

Two Arrested in Hickory on Felony Drug Charges

22-year-old Autumn Bryce Setzer of Hurricane Hill Road and 21-year-old Timothy Ryan Hamrick of Lakeside Avenue, both from Granite Falls, were arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (December 22). They were both charged with felony possession with intent to…

Man Reported Missing Found Safe

A man reported missing earlier has reportedly been located. The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons reported that 76-year-old James Andrew Bryant was missing and endangered. According to the Statesville Police Department Facebook page, Mr. Bryant has been found and…

Wednesday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported Tuesday In Catawba, Burke Counties

Three COVID-19-associated deaths were reported Tuesday (December 22) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the overall total to 143. 128 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Tuesday, increasing Catawba County’s total to 10,390. There were 90 people hospitalized with…

Meth Possession Charge Lodged Against Hudson Man

57-year-old Darrell Eugene Haas of Hudson Cajah Mountain Road in Hudson was arrested Monday (December 21) by Hudson Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Haas was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured…

Morganton Woman Arrested By Caldwell County Authorities On Drug Charge

33-year-old Miranda Kay Beaver of Berry Street in Morganton was arrested Monday (December 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Beaver was brought to the Caldwell County Detention…

Granite Falls Man Charged With Felony Drug Offenses

34-year-old Jerry Duane Anderson of Sigmon Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (December 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle or…

Missing Man Sought By Authorities, Citizens Asked To Assist

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man, 76-year-old James Andrew Bryant. Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Mr. Bryant, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or…

Felony Drug Charge Among Counts Filed Against Lenoir Man

31-year-old Johnathan Benjamin Penley of Greenwood Terrace in Lenoir was arrested Monday (December 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Penley is charged with…

Harmony Man Arrested on Felony Cocaine Charges

35-year-old Michael Rasheed Morris of Galliher Road in Harmony has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on two felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance (cocaine) and misdemeanor counts of possession…

Jobs To Be Created With Addition Of New Company In Catawba County

More than 100 new jobs will eventually be created as a result of a new company being added to the Trivium Corporate Center in Hickory. The City of Hickory, Catawba County, and the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced…

Suspect Charged With Statutory Rape

19-year-old Trevor John Loper of Leaping Brook Road in Lincolnton was arrested last Wednesday (December 16) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony statutory rape of a child less than 15-years-old by an adult more than four years,…

Morganton Man Arrested in Hickory on Felony Drug Warrant from Burke

24-year-old Trever Steel Suttles of Brookside Lane in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (December 22) on an outstanding warrant from Burke County. He was wanted for failure to appear on a charge of possession of a…

Hickory Woman Arrested on Outstanding Narcotics Warrant

38-year-old Jessica Dawn Hefner of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:15 last night (December 21) on an outstanding felony warrant. She was arrested in connection to an H.P.D. narcotics investigation. The warrant was…

Tuesday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In Catawba, Caldwell Counties

A COVID-19-associated death was reported Monday (December 21) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the overall total to 140. 98 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Monday, increasing Catawba County’s total to 10,262. There were 90 people hospitalized with…

Suspects Charged After Allegedly Using Drugs While Caring For Infant, Shot Reportedly Fired

27-year-old John-Michael Scott Coppola and 22-year-old Kaylee Brianna Wilhelm, both of the same Pond View Road, Mooresville, address were arrested Saturday (December 19) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with misdemeanor child abuse. On December 8, 2020, Road…

Wanted Man Arrested On Vehicle Break-in Charges

54-year-old William Lewis Sifford of Oakridge Farm Highway in Mooresville was arrested Sunday (December 20) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle. According to information released on Monday…

Man Arrested In Burke County On Vehicle Theft Charge

38-year-old Richard Ashley Rich was arrested Monday (December 21) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and failure to appear on a felony. Rich was arrested just before 2 p.m. Monday…

Newton Man Charged With Being No-Show In Court On Meth Counts

46-year-old Phillip Anthony Godfrey of Viewpoint Road in Newton was arrested Monday (December 21) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with failure to appear on counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and conspire to traffic meth. Godfrey was detained in…

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Shoplifting Charges

26-year-old Christian Lee Cunningham of Maggie Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:10 Friday night (December 18) on two felony counts of defeating an anti-shoplifting device and one misdemeanor count of concealment of merchandise. Cunningham was…

Child Dies in Apparent Accidental Shooting

An eight-year-old child has died as the result of an apparent accidental shooting in Alexander County. Yesterday (December 20), Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers and Alexander County E.M.S. were dispatched to a home in Stony Point regarding a male child who…

Troutman Woman Arrested in Connection to Stabbing

29-year-old Chelsea Nicole Millsaps of Overcash Road in Troutman has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of a schedule III controlled…

Holiday Closings for Hickory, Catawba County, & Caldwell County

In observance of the Christmas holiday, City of Hickory offices will be closed Thursday, December 24, through Monday, December 28. Offices will re-open on Tuesday, December 29, at 8:30 a.m. City offices will also be closed in observance of New…

Homeless Hickory Man Jailed for Failure to Appear on Habitual Larceny Charge

59-year-old Gary Lynn Johnson, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (December 21) for felony failure to appear on a charge of habitual larceny. Johnson was initially arrested on November…

Newton Teen Faces Felony Assault & Kidnapping Charges

18-year-old Jaylon Rashad McCorkle of North Anderson Avenue in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:20 Friday evening (December 18) on one felony count each of kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. McCorkle was…

Valdese Man Charged with B&E to Motor Vehicles

22-year-old Joshua Daniel Sainz of Stonecreek Drive in Valdese was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (December 18) on three felony counts of breaking & entering a motor vehicle. He was also charged with multiple counts of misdemeanor larceny.…

N.C. Approaches Half a Million Cases of COVID-19

Three COVID-19-associated deaths were reported yesterday (December 20) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the overall total to 139. 133 new cases of the coronavirus were reported Sunday, increasing Catawba County’s total to 10,164. There are 96 people hospitalized. 124…

Conover Man Sentenced to 6.5 Years on Child Porn Charges

46-year-old Darren Eugene Matthews of Conover was sentenced on Thursday (December 17) to 78 months in federal prison after pleading guilty in August 2020 to receiving child pornography. In November 2019, a Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Detective received information that Matthews…

Conover Man Arrested on Felony Heroin Charges

52-year-old John Randolph Howell of East Ridge Drive in Conover has been arrested by Newton Police on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, trafficking opium or heroin, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance;…

Granite Falls Man Arrested in Connection to Vehicle Break-Ins

26-year-old Austin Lee Barnette of McCall Town Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (December 18) on four felony counts of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and three misdemeanor count of larceny. Following his…

Claremont Man Arrested in Caldwell Co. on Firearms Charge

27-year-old Desmun Charvon Wells of J.T. Posse Drive in Claremont was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Saturday (December 19) for felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Wells was jailed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under…

Hickory Woman Jailed on Larceny & Forgery Charges [UPDATED 12 noon]

43-year-old Cynthia Diane Hayes (also listed as Cynthia Diane Cardona-Gomez) of 17th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:10 p.m. Saturday (December 19). Hayes also lists an address on Polk Street in Taylorsville. She was…

Sunday COVID-19 Update

Three COVID-19-associated deaths have been reported today (December 20) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the overall total to 139. 133 new cases of the coronavirus were reported today, increasing Catawba County’s total to 10,164. There are 96 people hospitalized.…

Saturday COVID-19 Update: Seven Virus-Related Deaths Reported Today In Catawba County, Cases Exceed 10,000 Mark

Seven COVID-19-associated deaths were reported today (December 19) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 136 since the start of the pandemic. 121 new cases were reported today in Catawba County, increasing the overall total to 10,031. There…

Newton Woman Arrested in Hickory on Felony Drug Charges

20-year-old Elise Mackenzie Diggs of North College Avenue in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:20 yesterday afternoon (December 17) on felony counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.…

Lenoir Man Charged With Fleeing From Police, Violating Probation

27-year-old Braston O’Brian Parsons of Jason Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (December 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of probation violation out of county and speeding to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Parsons…

Missing Teenager Found In Gaston County

A teenager who was reported missing Wednesday (December 16) has been found in Gaston County. According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, 13-year-old Ambreal Renay Watson was located at a relative’s residence in Gaston County and is safe. On Wednesday,…

Boys Lost In A Wooded Area Rescued By Officers And Swift Water Team

Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies and a Swift Water Rescue team found, and brought to safety, three boys who became lost in a wooded area off Brevard Place Road in eastern Lincoln County. Deputies were dispatched to a lost person call…

Claremont Woman Faces Habitual Larceny Charge

33-year-old Whitney Takeyla Harris of Arthur Street in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police just before noon yesterday (December 17) on one felony count of habitual larceny. Harris was arrested in connection to an incident on December 16 when Hickory…

Hickory Man Arrested on Drug & Firearms Charges

33-year-old Terry Nikita Johnson of 8th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (December 18) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture a schedule II controlled substance and possession of a…

Shooting In Burke County Under Investigation

A suspect is wanted in connection to a Burke County shooting. On Thursday (December 17) at approximately 12:56 p.m., Burke County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to an address on Fox Drive in Connelly Springs. The caller stated that the shooter…

Friday Morning COVID-19 Update: New Cases Reported In All Four Hickory Metro Counties, Highest Single-Day Total In Caldwell

Catawba County Public Health reported 187 new cases of the coronavirus Thursday, increasing the total to 9,670. There have been 127 virus-related deaths in Catawba County. A pandemic-high of 94 Catawba County residents were in the hospital with COVID-19. On…

Old Fort Woman Charged With Drug Offenses In Caldwell County

43-year-old Cynthia Denise Reid of Old Fort was arrested Thursday (December 17) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of possession of heroin and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. Reid was brought to the…

Catawba Woman Charged With Felony Drug Counts

27-year-old Melissa Sue Whited of Hudson Chapel Road in Catawba was arrested Tuesday (December 15) on charges filed by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and Probation and Parole. She’s charged by the Sheriff’s Office with felony counts of posssession of…

Heroin, Meth Charges Filed Against Yadkin County Man Arrested In Catawba County

45-year-old Jody Neal Pigman of Hamptonville, N.C. was arrested Thursday (December 17) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of heroin, felony possession of schedule I controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Pigman was…

Missing Teen Sought in Lincoln County

Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenager. She is 13-year-old Ambreal Renay Watson. Deputies were dispatched to a foster guardian’s residence yesterday (December 16) after the guardian noticed the teen was not…

Hickory Man Jailed for Felony Probation Violation

42-year-old Durell Waikese Byrd of 3rd Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Probation & Parole Officers in Catawba County for a felony probation violation. Byrd is on probation as he serves an 18-month suspended sentence following a…

Newton Man Charged with Assault on Officer

32-year-old Austin Sinclaire Anthony of Dillon Drive in Newton has been arrested by Hickory Police on two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer. He was also charged with resisting a public officer. Anthony was jailed yesterday (December 16)…

Standoff in Vale Ends as Man with Machete is Arrested

20-year-old Michael Alexander Smothers has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony second-degree kidnapping, assault on a female, assault on a law enforcement official, and resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer. On Monday (December 14),…

Millersville Road in Alexander County to Re-Open Tomorrow

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has provided an update on the roads that were closed due to flooding on November 12 in Alexander County. According to Jason Willis, Staff Maintenance Engineer for Division 12, the total damage is estimated…

Conover Man Arrested on Child Sex Offense Charges

41-year-old Shaun Keith Singletary of Carpenters Cove Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at 11 a.m. yesterday (December 16) on one felony count of statutory rape or sex offense of a victim 13-to-15 years of age by a…

Two from Pittsburgh Arrested on Felony Drug Charges in Iredell

37-year-old Whitney Brooks Fennell and 22-year-old Breanna Lorraine Delany, both from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with charged with felony counts of trafficking heroin by possession, trafficking heroin by transportation, possession…

Valdese Man on Most Wanted List Arrested

25-year-old Steven Michael Day of Laurel Street N.E. in Valdese has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers for a felony probation violation and failure to appear. On Monday (December 14), Sheriff’s Officers and N.C. Probation Officers received a tip…

Hudson Man Arrested for Financial Card Fraud; More

36-year-old Jeremy Edward Goodlake of the South Caldwell Mobile Home Park in Hudson was arrested by Hudson Police Tuesday (December 15) on one felony count each of financial card fraud greater than $5,000 and financial card theft, along with misdemeanor…

Granite Falls Woman Faces Felony Meth Charge

29-year-old Tina Marie McDaris of U.S. Highway 321-A in Granite Falls was arrested by Granite Falls Police yesterday (December 16) for felony possession of methamphetamine. Following her arrest, McDaris was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $2,500…

COVID-19 Update for Thursday

Catawba County Public Health reported three COVID-19-related deaths yesterday (December 16), raising the total to 127 since the start of the pandemic. 106 new coronavirus cases were reported in Catawba County, increasing the total to 9,483. 92 Catawba County residents…

East Newton Holiday Parade Saturday December 19th

Central Recreation Center and the East Newton Community is Sponsoring their 2nd annual East Newton Christmas Parade at 1pm On Saturday December 19 2020. This year the parade will be a drive thru. All participants must be in a vehicle…

Two Arrested in Statesville on Felony Heroin Charges

44-year-old Jeremy Wade Thanavastien of Old Wilkesboro Road in Statesville and 30-year-old Jordan Leigh Elliott of Alexander Street in Mooresville have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. Thanavastien was charged with felony counts of trafficking in heroin, possession with…

Man Charged With Several Heroin Offenses

28-year-old Joseph Daniel Klein of Capital Avenue in Mooresville was arrested Tuesday (December 15) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with seven felony counts apiece of sale or deliver heroin and possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin,…

Several Suspects Indicted On Drug Charges In Lincoln County

Eleven people were indicted on drug charges by the Lincoln County Grand Jury on December 14, 2020 and one suspect is already in custody. The indictments included a search warrant executed on November 16, 2020 at a residence in the…

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

43-year-old Jerry Wayne Williams, Jr. of 17th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:20 last night (December 15) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Williams was arrested following a…

More Info re Tues. A.M. House Fire in Hickory

The Hickory Fire Department has released more information regarding a Tuesday morning fire at a home on 10th Street Place N.W. in Hickory. Fire Investigators have determined that the cause of the fire was electrical. Fire damages to the house…

Hickory City Council Meets In Special Session & Holds Regular Meeting Tuesday

Throughout the year, the City of Hickory has worked with Alta Planning + Design to develop a comprehensive Pedestrian + Bicycle Plan. Tuesday evening (December 15), that plan was presented to the Hickory City Council. After reviewing existing conditions for…

Wednesday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In Catawba, Caldwell Counties

Three COVID-19-related deaths were reported Tuesday (December 15) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 124. In addition, 99 new coronavirus cases were reported in Catawba County, increasing the count to 9,377 since the start of the pandemic.…

Drug Charges Lodged Against Claremont Woman

39-year-old Melissa Kim Patterson of Highway 16 North in Claremont was arrested Tuesday (December 15) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, manufacture, sell, deliver or possess a controlled substance…

Hickory Man Arrested By Long View PD On Heroin Charges

26-year-old Dustin Lee Fortenberry of 9th Avenue Drive in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (December 15) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, sale or delivery of heroin, and resisting a…

Maiden Man Charged With Multiple Felony Offenses

32-year-old Nathaniel Roland Gilbo of West School Street in Maiden was arrested Tuesday (December 15) by Probation and Parole Officers. He’s charged with four counts of felony probation violation out-of-county. In addition, Gilbo is charged with failure to appear on…

Area Schools Switch To Remote Learning Today

Due to the forecast of inclement weather, today (December 16) will be a remote learning day in the Catawba County, Newton-Conover, Hickory Public, and Burke County Schools. There will be no school in the Caldwell County system, it will be…

Lenoir Man Charged with Motor Vehicle Theft

35-year-old Joshua Alan Taylor of Sagebrush Trail in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police Sunday (December 13). He was charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle and felony possession of stolen goods or property. Following his arrest, Taylor was…

Iron Station Man Charged With String Of Break-ins, Thefts

49-year-old Michael Wayne Rich of Hillview Drive in Iron Station was arrested Monday (December 14) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, larceny, attempted larceny, possession of stolen goods,…

Lenoir Man Charged With Meth Possession

41-year-old Shannon Lee Benfield of Lenoir was arrested Monday (December 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Benfield was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $3,000 secured bond. A District Court…

Hickory Resident Killed In Asheville Crash

A Hickory man was among two people killed in a crash over the weekend in Asheville. According to published reports out of Asheville, the collision happened at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 40 east between Brevard Road and Hendersonville…

Home Heavily Damaged in Tuesday Morning Fire in Hickory

Hickory Firefighters responded to a residential fire this morning (December 15) on 10th Street Place N.W. in Hickory. Firefighters arrived at about 8 a.m. to find the single-family residence fully involved in smoke and flames. The fire was extinguished about…

Two from Hickory Face Felony Drug Charges

25-year-old Mark Edward Hinson and 30-year-old Kerissa Eller Hahn, both of the same address on 10th Street S.W. in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 last night (December 14). Hinson was charged with trafficking heroin or opium…

Firearm Charges Lodged Against Lenoir Man

47-year-old Ryan Jason Horton of Grogan Drive in Lenoir was arrested Monday (December 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm. Horton was brought to…

Scam Warning Issued By Catawba Sheriff’s Office

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in the number of reported phone scams and other fraudulent acts which have resulted in the loss of money to some area citizens. People who are believed to be operating out…

Tuesday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In Catawba County

Two COVID-19-associated deaths were reported Monday (December 14) in Catawba County, increasing the total to 121 since the start of the pandemic. 159 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Monday, raising the total to 9,278. There were 90 people…

Two Killed In Morganton Crash

Two people were killed and another sustained critical injuries in a Morganton crash. According to Morganton Public Safety, at approximately 7:30 p.m. last Thursday (December 10) officers conducted a traffic stop on East Meeting Street near Bouchelle Street, after observing…

Burke County Schools To Return To All Remote Learning January 4

The Burke County Board of Education decided by a 4-3 vote at its meeting on Monday (December 14) that all Burke County Public Schools will enter into Plan C, which is all remote learning, effective January 4, 2021, through at…

Work Scheduled on Hwy. 73 in Lincoln County in January

The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to intermittently close lanes on N.C. Highway 73 in January to service the bridge that carries the highway over the Catawba River in Lincoln County. Maintenance crews plan to close one side of the…

Hickory Man Arrested on Several Outstanding Warrants

20-year-old Christian Grant Fox of 45th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (December 12) on three outstanding warrants (one felony and two misdemeanors). The warrants were issued on October 27 & 28. Fox faces…

Lenoir Teen Charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretenses

18-year-old Hunter Lee Kersey of Collettsville Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (December 13) on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of stolen property and…

Morganton Man Charged with Murder

63-year-old George Lee Allison, III of Skyland Drive in Morganton was arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (December 13) on a felony murder charge. Events leading to his arrest began when Deputies were dispatched to a shooting at a…

Fire Reported this Morning at Jamestown Flea Market

Morganton Public Safety responded to a fire this morning (December 14) at the Jamestown Flea Market on Jamestown Road in Morganton. A security guard called in the fire at about 9:35 a.m. today. The fire was under control by 9:50…

Hickory Man Faces Felony Drug Charge

45-year-old Darrell Allen Izard of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (December 13) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled…

Hickory Man Arrested Early Today on Felony Drug Charge

32-year-old Lance Christopher Raines of 20th Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (December 14) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested after Officers…

Connelly Springs Man Arrested in Hickory on Felony Warrant from Burke

48-year-old Christopher Allen Tadlock of George Hildebran Drive in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (December 12) on an outstanding felony warrant from Burke County. He was charged with injury to property – obtaining nonferrous metals…

Morganton’s Public Works Director Retiring

Scott Lookadoo is retiring from his position as Morganton’s Public Works Director after more than three decades of service with the city. He began his career in June 1987 as the Administrative Services Manager in the Finance Department. He was…

COVID-19 Update for Monday, Dec. 14

120 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed yesterday (December 13) in Catawba County, raising the total to 9,119 with 119 deaths. There are 89 people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Catawba County. On Saturday (December 12), Caldwell County health officials…

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Marijuana Charge; Failure to Appear [UPDATED 12 noon}

22-year-old Jahmeric D’Amari Smith of 10th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police late Saturday night (December 12) for possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia (two counts), and a review of monies…

Spartanburg Woman Arrested in Lenoir on Burglary Charge

29-year-old Ashley Lauren Kuinnie of Spartanburg, S.C. was arrested by Lenoir Police Saturday (December 12). She was charged with felony first-degree burglary. Following her arrest, Kuinne was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $10,000, secured.…

Most Court Proceedings Placed on Hold for 30 Days

North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley announced Friday (December 11) that North Carolina Courts will postpone non-essential, in-person court proceedings for 30 days, beginning today (December 14). The Chief Justice is expected to enter an order to renew existing Emergency…

Sunday COVID-19 Update

120 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed today (December 13) in Catawba County, lifting the total to 9,119, with 119 deaths. There are 89 people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Catawba County today. On Saturday (December 12), Caldwell County…

Saturday COVID-19 Update

After a pandemic-high of 265 cases of COVID-19 were reported Friday (December 11), 141 new cases of the virus were added today (December 12) in Catawba County. The Overall total is now 8,999, according to Catawba County Public Health. There…

Conover Child Dies from Gunshot Wound

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident involving a ten-year-old boy who suffered a gunshot wound at an address in Conover. The child has died from his injuries. The investigation is ongoing. No further details are available.

Lenoir Woman Charged with Larceny

33-year-old Leslie Danielle Taylor of Sagebrush Trail in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (December 10) on one felony count each of larceny and possession of stolen property. Following her arrest, Taylor was taken to the Caldwell…

Two Arrested in Hickory on Felony Drug Charges

46-year-old James Dewight Bandy of North Caldwell Avenue in Newton and 44-year-old Brandy Renee Kemp of 16th Avenue S.W. in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police last night (December 10). They were each charged with one felony count of…

Friday Afternoon COVID-19 Update

46 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed today (December 11) in Burke County, increasing the county’s total to 4,946, with 75 deaths. There were 25 people hospitalized in Burke County with the coronavirus. The North Carolina Department of Health…

Newton Man Jailed on Felony Drug Charge

68-year-old Johnathan Christopher Baney of Lazenby Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (December 11) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.…

Lenoir Man Charged With Fleeing From Police

40-year-old Robert Jason Price of Sandy Acres in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (December 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony speeding to elude arrest and two counts of failure to appear on a felony. Price was brought…

Man Charged With 19 Sex Offense Counts

50-year-old Jose Rosendo Marquez of Foster Lane in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with 19 counts of felony first-degree statutory sex offense. On August 21, 2020 the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of…

Hickory Woman Arrested on Felony Meth Charge; Probation Violations

25-year-old Shannon Nicole Hillaker of 14th Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (December 11) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. She was…

Two Area Hospitals Among First Eleven In State To Receive Vaccine

Area hospitals are among the first eleven in North Carolina to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Catawba Valley Medical Center and Caldwell Memorial Hospital are on the list of eleven. In all, 53 hospitals will get the early shipments of…

Friday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In Catawba, Burke, Highest Single Day New Case Count In Caldwell

Three COVID-19-related deaths were reported Thursday (December 10) in Catawba County, increasing the total to 117. 127 new cases of the coronavirus were reported today by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the overall total to 8,593. There were 79 people…

Meth Trafficking Charge Filed Against Woman After Her Vehicle Slides Down Embankment

47-year-old Tonya Cook Baker of Jamestown Road in Morganton was arrested Sunday (December 6) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine along with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance and driving…

Resurfacing Planned For Hickory Roads

Next week, the City of Hickory will begin resurfacing 16th Avenue NW between Fourth Street Drive NW and Sixth Street NW. Depending upon weather, the milling and resurfacing for this section of roadway will take place from Monday, December 14…

Man Arrested In Burke County On Felony Drug Charge

36-year-old Michael Garlen Wheeler was arrested Thursday (December 11) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor driving during revocation. Wheeler was arrested shortly before noon…

Hickory Man Charged With Violating Probation

24-year-old Nicholas Mackenzie Coffey, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested Thursday (December 10) by Probation and Parole Officers. He’s charged with felony probation violation and misdemeanor probation violation. Coffey was placed in the Catawba County…

Troutman Man Faces Child Sex Offense Charges

60-year-old Harry Lee Guin, Jr. of Old Mountain Road in Troutman has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for felony first-degree sex offense with a child and two counts of felony indecent liberties with a child. Events leading to…

Thursday Afternoon COVID-19 Update

Three COVID-19-related deaths were reported today (December 10) in Catawba County, increasing the total to 117. 127 new cases of the coronavirus were reported today by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the overall total to 8,593. There are 79 people…

Two Suspects Charged, One Apprehended After Barricading Himself In Home

36-year-old Roger Lee Sparks of B & D Avenue in Morganton and 34-year-old William Douglas Thomas of Rhodhiss Road in Connelly Springs were arrested Wednesday (December 9) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. Sparks is charged with felony counts of possession…

Granite Falls Man Charged With Stolen Vehicle Offense

31-year-old Logan Nathaniel Brown of Holly Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (December 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Brown was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under…

Lenoir Man Charged With Cocaine and Firearm Offenses

26-year-old Latif Thomas Banner of Arlington Circle NW in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 9) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and possession of a firearm by a…

Hickory Man Jailed on Felony Heroin Charge

41-year-old Yang Gee Ly of View Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:25 yesterday afternoon (December 9) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance (heroin) and misdemeanor counts of injury to personal…

Mooresville Woman Wins $1-Million in N.C.E.L.

Marion Hughes of Mooresville won $1-million Tuesday (December 8) in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s Mega Millions game. Ms. Hughes purchased her winning ticket at Fast Phil’s on Brawley School Road in Mooresville. Her $2 ticket matched the numbers on…

Lenoir Man Arrested And Charged With Statutory Sex Offense

38-year-old Roger Lee Keller of Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony statutory sex offense with a child by an adult. Keller was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a…

Thursday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In Catawba County, Outbreak At Facility In Caldwell

Eight COVID-19-related deaths were reported Wednesday (December 9) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 114 since the start of the pandemic. In addition, 126 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Wednesday, raising the total to 8,466.…

Morganton Residents Charged With Statutory Sexual Offenses

33-year-old Wilbur James Robert Frasher, Jr. and 21-year-old Madison Diana Crisp, both of the same Pleasant View Loop, Morganton address, were arrested Tuesday (December 8) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. Frasher is charged with statutory rape of a person 15-years-old…

Georgia Woman Charged With Violating Probation, Failure To Appear In Catawba County

30-year-old Keyona Shawantae Byrd of Macon, Georgia, was arrested Wednesday (December 9) by Probation and Parole Officers. She was charged with felony probation violation. In addition, Byrd was charged with failure to appear on two counts of felony probation violation…

Two Suspects Arrested After Person Barricades Himself In Home, Full Details Expected Today

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshal’s Service served warrants on two individuals off of Icard School Road Wednesday afternoon (December 9). One of the suspects barricaded himself within the home. Officers closed the road for public safety…

Hickory Man Arrested on Habitual Larceny Charge

50-year-old Kelce Phillip Lytle of Kool Park Road N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (December 5) for felony habitual larceny and two misdemeanor probation violations. Lytle is on probation as he serves a 12-month suspended…

Catawba County Health Officials Report Eight COVID-19-Associated Deaths Today, 126 New Cases

Eight COVID-19-related deaths were reported today (December 9) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 114 since the start of the pandemic. In addition, 126 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed today, raising the total to 8,466.…

Georgia Man Busted for Meth in Hickory

26-year-old Matthew James Griffith of Acworth, Georgia was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (December 8) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). Griffith was taken into custody without incident at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at…

Suspects Arrested Following Traffic Stop During Which Meth & Crack Was Reportedly Seized

32-year-old Donte Lemar Tartt and 29-year-old Shaquill Deon Miller, both of Columbia, South Carolina, were arrested Monday (December 7) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine by possession and transportation, possession with intent…

Hickory Man Arrested for Possession of Meth

40-year-old James Kelly Lynch of Section House Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Tuesday morning (December 8) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). The Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office also charged Lynch with non-support…

Morganton Woman Charged With Forgery, False Pretense Charges In Catawba County

28-year-old Sarah Marie Worth of Jamestown Road in Morganton was arrested today (December 9) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of uttering a forged instrument and obtaining property by false pretense. Worth was jailed in the…

Conover Man Arrested on Stolen Vehicle Warrant; Failure to Appear

32-year-old Johnnie LeeRoy Lail of 4th Avenue Lane N.E. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early Monday morning (December 7) on a felony warrant for arrest, which was issued on October 23 of this year. He’s charged with possession…

Hickory Man Arrested for Assault & Multiple Counts of Failure to Appear

34-year-old Rafael Septine Soto of 21st Street Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Tuesday morning (December 8) on charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, driving while license revoked, and fictitious or altered…

Missing Man Sought By Authorities In Lenoir

The Lenoir Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing person. 72-year-old Jerome Taylor was last seen near his residence on the 1100 Block of Fairview Drive in Lenoir on November 30. He may be in…

Valdese Man Charged In Catawba County With Failing To Appear In Court On Felony Drug Counts

26-year-old Joshua Lee Neal Johnson of Ledger Road in Valdese was arrested last Friday (December 4) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with failure to appear on felony counts of possession of cocaine and schedule II controlled substance. In…

Wednesday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In Catawba County Tuesday, New Cases In All Four Hickory Metro Counties

Three COVID-19-related deaths were reported Tuesday (December 8) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 106 since the start of the pandemic. 248 new cases of the coronavirus were reported Tuesday, increasing the overall total to 8,340. 248…

Claremont Man Indicted On Stolen Vehicle, Heroin Charges

30-year-old Scott Eric Monk of Shook Road in Claremont was arrested Tuesday (December 8) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of heroin. In addition, Monk is charged on bills of indictment with possession of a stolen motor…

Hickory Man Indicted On Heroin Charge

26-year-old Vance Edward Hinson of Hubbard Road in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged on a bill of indictment with possession of heroin. Hinson was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (December 9)…

Three People Killed In Catawba County Collision

There were three fatalities in a Tuesday (December 8) crash in Catawba County. At approximately 2:05 p.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to Balls Creek School Road approximately one mile north of Little Mountain Road and Balls Creek Elementary…

Governor Announces Modified Stay At Home Order Starting Friday

At today’s (December 8) COVID-19 news briefing, Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will enter a modified stay-at-home order Friday (December 11). This requires that citizens stay at home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Businesses will be required…

One Person Shot in Statesville; Investigation Continues

Yesterday (December 7), Iredell County Deputies responded to an area near an address on Old Mountain Road in Statesville where someone had reportedly sustained a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, Deputies were told that a vehicle had wrecked in a field…

Tuesday Afternoon COVID-19 Update

Three COVID-19-related deaths were reported today (December 8) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 106 since the start of the pandemic. 248 new cases of the coronavirus were reported today, increasing the overall total to 8,340. 248…

Olin Man Arrested, Taylorsville Man Sought In Connection To Theft Of Catalytic Converters

27-year-old David Wayne Mecimore of Mount Vernon Church Road in Olin was arrested Sunday (December 6) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny of motor vehicle parts. Authorities are seeking 39-year-old Matthew Scott Johnson of NC Highway…

Woman Arrested By Burke Authorities For Failing To Appear On A Felony

32-year-old Ashley Rebecca Church was arrested Monday (December 7) by authorities in Burke County. She’s charged with a felony count of failure to appear on a felony and a misdemeanor count of interfering with an electronic monitoring device. Church was…

Man Previously On Most Wanted List Taken Into Custody On Felony, Misdemeanor Charges

A man who was on the Burke County most wanted list has been taken into custody. 26-year-old Nicholas Dalton Robinson of East Concord Street in Morganton is charged with felony counts of financial card theft, obtaining property by false pretense,…

Catawba County Commissioners Meet, Chair And Vice Chair Named

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Monday night (December 7). North Carolina State Representative Mitchell Setzer administered the oaths of office to Barbara Beatty and Austin Allran. The Board elected Randy Isenhower as Board Chair and…

Virginia Woman Charged In Catawba County With Violating Probation

32-year-old Wanda Jo Rhyne of Bristol, Virginia, was arrested Monday (December 7) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony probation violation. Rhyne was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. No upcoming court dates were…

Conover Man Jailed This Morning On Felony Charge

26-year-old Brandon Monroe Lindler of East Highway 10 in Conover was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony probation violation. In addition, Lindler was charged with failure to appear on a count of carrying a concealed weapon.…

COVID-19 Monday Afternoon Update

149 new cases of COVID-19 were reported today (December 7) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the overall total to 8,092. The death toll stands at 103. There are 72 people hospitalized with the virus in Catawba County. Seven new…

Reward Offered in Sherrills Ford Arson Case

The owner of Lake Norman R.V. Resort is offering a reward of $5,000 for any information and testimony that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in an arson case. The arson occurred on Saturday,…

Hickory Man Jailed on Assault & Failure to Appear Charges

31-year-old Jerry Lee Price of N.C. Highway 10 West in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police today (December 7) for assault & battery. He was also charged with failure to appear on two counts of larceny by removing, destroying, or…

Granite Falls Man Jailed for Failure to Comply with Non-Support & Failure to Appear

30-year-old Robert Lee Moseley of Spring Lake Mobile Home Park Drive in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Saturday (December 5) for failure to comply with a non-support agreement and for failure to appear. Moseley was taken…

Lenoir Man Faces Felony Stolen Goods Charge

44-year-old Glenn Spencer Boyette, Jr. of Whisnant Road in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (December 6) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for felony possession of stolen goods. Following his arrest, Boyette was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond…

Hickory High Band to Hold Movie Music Concert

The community is invited to a free evening of musical entertainment with the Hickory High Band. Tomorrow (December 8), the band will perform movie scores in the larger parking lot, near the main entrance to the school. The band will…

Claremont Man Jailed on Fugitive Warrant from Michigan

41-year-old Nathan Lee Caudill of Cindi Lane in Claremont was arrested Friday (December 4) by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Caudill is wanted in Saint Joseph County, Michigan for…

Lenoir Man Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

30-year-old Jason Brad Earpe of Nutridge Lane in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Saturday (December 5) for possession of methamphetmine and failure to appear. Following his arrest, Earp was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with…

Burke County Updates Most Wanted List

26-year-old Nicholas Dalton Robinson, whose last known address was on East Concord Street in Morganton, is on the Burke County Most Wanted list. He is wanted for felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Robinson was added to the Most…

Newton Man Arrested for Failure to Appear on Felony Robbery Charge

30-year-old Winford Walter Baldwin of East 1st Street in Newton has been arrested for failure to appear on a felony charge of common law robbery. Baldwin was initially charged in connection to a robbery on August 30 at a gas…

Hickory Man Indicted on Meth Charge; Charged with Failure to Appear

35-year-old James Allen Jones of 8th Avenue S.E. in Hickory has been arrested on multiple counts of failure to appear. Jones allegedly failed to appear in court on charges of resisting a public officer, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, simple possession…

139 New Cases in Catawba County; New Single-Day High for State [UPDATED 7:05 a.m. 12/07]

139 new cases of COVID-19 were reported yesterday (December 6) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the overall total to 7,943 with 103 deaths. There are 77 people hospitalized in Catawba County, the highest single-day total reported thus far. At…

Saturday COVID-19 Update: 158 New Cases In Catawba County, Highest Single-Day Case Total Reported By State Officials

158 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed today (December 5) by Catawba County Public Health, raising the total to 7,804, with 103 deaths. Hospitalizations increased to a pandemic-high of 75 today in Catawba County. The 51st coronavirus-associated death was reported…

COVID-19 Update: Virus-Related Deaths Reported In Catawba, Burke Counties, More Than 200 New Cases In Catawba

A COVID-19-Associated Death was reported today (December 4) in Catawba County, increasing the total to 103. In addition, a pandemic high of 201 new cases were reported today, raising the overall count to 7,646. There are 72 people hospitalized in…

Taylorsville Woman Arrested On Fugitive Warrant

31-year-old Amy Nicole Adkins of Taylorsville was arrested Thursday (December 3) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged on a felony fugitive warrant from another state. In addition she faces misdemeanor counts of larceny and second-degree trespassing. Adkins was placed…

Man Arrested In Burke County On Felony Drug Charge

28-year-old Larry Conley Fenner was arrested today (December 4) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Fenner was placed in jail in Morganton without bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for…

Hudson Man Charged With Being No-Show In Court To Answer To Felony Count

35-year-old Dustin Kyle Smith of Sullivan Avenue in Hudson was arrested Thursday (December 3) by Hudson Police Officers. He’s charged with failure to appear on a felony. Smith was previously charged with obtaining property by false pretense. He was released…

Conover Woman Arrested for Fleeing from Police

20-year-old Tiffany Rena Traylor of Eckard Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (December 4) on felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and speeding to elude arrest with two aggravating factors. Following a…

Granite Falls Woman Arrested On Fugitive Warrant

49-year-old Rebecca Lynn Brown of Rock Creek Circle in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (December 3) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She’s charged on a felony warrant as a fugitive from another state. Brown is wanted in Virginia on unspecified…

Friday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In Catawba, Burke Counties

Two COVID-19-associated deaths were reported Thursday (December 3) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the overall total to 102. In addition, 167 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed, increasing the total to 7,445 since the start of the pandemic.…

Woman Charged With Abduction Of Children

24-year-old Gabrielle Nicole Bolick of Delwood Drive in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (December 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony abduction of children. Bolick was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A…

Man Arrested By Burke Authorities On Felony Drug Charge

23-year-old Ryne Joseph Hartung was arrested Thursday (December 3) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Hartung was arrested shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday and placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000…

Robbery Of Items From Disabled Vehicle In Burke County Under Investigation

A reported robbery is under investigation. On Monday (November 30) at 8:24 a.m., the Burke County Emergency Communication Center received a call of a possible armed robbery. A victim’s vehicle had broken down and was left in the west bound…

Conover Man Charged With Meth Trafficking

25-year-old Malik Haven-Selassei Levons of Lyle Haven Drive in Conover was arrested Thursday (December 3) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, and two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled…

COVID-19-Related Deaths Reported In Catawba County, Highest Single-Day Total Of New Cases In County & State

Two COVID-19-associated deaths have been reported today (December 3) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the overall total to 102. In addition, 167 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed, increasing the total to 7,445 since the start of the…

Morganton Woman Charged with Sex Act by a Substitute Parent

26-year-old Mary Caroline Brown of Perkins Avenue in Morganton has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony sex act by a substitute parent. Events leading to her arrest began on November 30 when the Sheriff’s…

Taylorsville Man Charged With Installing Camera In Elementary School Staff Restroom

32-year-old Michael Justin Childers of Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (December 1) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony peeping. On Tuesday, investigators with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office responded to Wittenburg Elementary School in reference to a video…

Lenoir Man Arrested on Drug & Firearms Charge

29-year-old Quadra Echon Kadeem Bonilla of Hawthorne Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (December 2) on felony counts of possession of a stolen firearm, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, and possession with intent…

Thursday Morning COVID-19 Update: New Cases Reported In All Four Hickory Metro Counties

63 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday (December 2) in Catawba County, increasing the overall total to 7,278, with 100 deaths. Hospitalizations rose by one to a pandemic-high of 62. 52 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Wednesday…

Man Charged With Multiple Offenses After Officers Respond To Morganton Address On Assault Call

49-year-old Billy Lee Alman, Jr. was arrested last Saturday (November 28) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with five counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and single counts of possession with intent to sell, manufacture,…

Hickory Man Charged With False Imprisonment, Probation Violation, Failure To Appear

22-year-old Julius Quinton Carson of 10th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (December 1) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony probation violation, false imprisonment, assault on a female, and misdemeanor probation violation. Carson is also charged…

Hickory Man Charged With Felony Drug Offenses

58-year-old Charles Clayton Isaacs of Section House Road in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (December 2) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to…

Human Remains Found in Caldwell County

On Sunday evening (November 29), Caldwell County Deputies responded to a report involving the discovery of human remains in a wooded area on Cheraw Road, near the entrance to the Caldwell County Landfill. An individual walking in a wooded area…

63 New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Catawba County

63 new cases of COVID-19 were reported today (December 2) in Catawba County, increasing the overall total to 7,278, with 100 deaths. Hospitalizations rose by one to a pandemic-high of 62. According to Catawba County Public Health, there have been…

Hickory Man Charged With Escaping From Prison

36-year-old Juan Moises McDonald of 21st Street SE in Hickory was arrested today (December 2) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with escape from state prison, injury to real property, and injury to personal property. McDonald was locked up…

Two People Injured In Lenoir Vehicle Crash

Two people were injured in a crash in Lenoir during which a vehicle caught on fire. On Tuesday (December 1) at 9:08 p.m., the Lenoir Police Department responded to a call of a motor vehicle crash with injuries on Creekway…

Mooresville Man Wins Top Prize in N.C.E.L.’s Ruby Red 7s Game

Kenneth Stewart of Mooresville won the final top prize in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s $4-Million Ruby Red 7s game. He purchased his winning $20 ticket from the Food Lion store on River Highway in Mooresville. Mr. Stewart claimed his…

Hickory Man Again Arrested on Felony Trafficking Charges; More

34-year-old Khalfani Sharron Coulter of Carpenters Cove Road in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police at two o’clock yesterday afternoon (December 1) on one felony count each of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of a schedule II controlled substance (cocaine), possession…

Wednesday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In Catawba, Caldwell Counties, Outbreak In Caldwell

Three COVID-19-related deaths were reported Tuesday (December 1) in Catawba County, increasing the overall total to 100 since the start of the pandemic. In addition, 89 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Tuesday, lifting the overall count to 7,215.…

Catawba County Man Arrested On Heroin Possession Charge

23-year-old Brandon Michael Barbour of Klondale Street in Sherrills Ford was arrested Tuesday (December 1) by Probation and Parole Officers. He’s charged with possession of heroin, maintaining a place for a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Barbour was…

Two Hickory Metro Counties Placed In More Distressed Economic Category For 2021

The North Carolina Department of Commerce released the county tier designations for 2021 this week. The designations, which are mandated by state law, play a role in several programs that assist in economic development. The North Carolina Department of Commerce…

Hickory Man Charged With Meth Trafficking

38-year-old Adam Ray McGalliard of 2nd Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (December 1) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a…

Mooresville Man Wins Big in N.C.E.L.

William Stanley of Mooresville has won $100,000 in the N.C. Education Lottery’s $4-million Gold Rush game. Mr. Stanley purchased a single $20 ticket at the Walmart store on Supercenter Drive Northeast in Kannapolis. He claimed his prize yesterday (November 30)…

Claremont Woman Arrested on Felony Drug Charge

41-year-old April Grace Cosby of Ringtail Road in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:30 last night (November 30) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to…

COVID-19-Related Deaths Reach 100 In Catawba County, 89 Cases Reported Today

Three COVID-19-related deaths have been reported today (December 1) in Catawba County, increasing the overall total to 100 since the start of the pandemic. In addition, 89 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed today, lifting the overall count to…

Lincolnton Woman Charged With Stealing And Using Debit Card

39-year-old Shea Amber Borland of Confederate Road in Lincolnton was arrested Monday (November 30) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with one felony count of financial card theft and three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses in…

Granite Falls Man Charged With Violating Probation

35-year-old Joshua Eugene McClure of Campground Road in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (November 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony probation violation. McClure was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center in Lenoir under a $2,500…

Lenoir Woman Charged With Break-in-Related Offense

44-year-old Becky Diane Kersey of Collettsville Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (November 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony breaking and entering. Kersey was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.…

Break-in Charge Lodged Against Lenoir Man

21-year-old Joshua Michael Shukis of Woodmont Court in Lenoir was arrested Monday (November 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony breaking and entering. Shukis is also charged with failure to appear on felony counts of larceny of…

Marion Man Arrested in Hickory for Felony Probation Violation; More

40-year-old Timothy Eugene Saulman of West Cross Street in Marion was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 last night (November 30) on two misdemeanor counts of breaking & entering a coin-operated machine and single misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use…

Conover Man Arrested On Meth Charge

47-year-old Jason Lee Kearney of Emmanuel Church Road in Conover was arrested today (December 1) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. In addition, Kearney is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts…

Missing Hickory Man Found, Safe

The Silver Alert for Joseph O’Neal Crump has been canceled. The Catawba Co. Sheriffs Office says Mr. Crump was found Monday morning (November 30) at a lumber company in Alexander County. He is safe and is back with his family…

Police Investigate Incident Involving Handgun at Grocery Store in Hudson

Hudson Police are investigating a domestic disturbance involving a handgun. The incident occurred at 6:15 p.m. yesterday (November 30) at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Hickory Boulevard in Hudson. The dispute involved a man and woman who were formerly married.…

Tuesday Morning COVID-19 Update: Two Deaths Reported In Caldwell County, 54 New Cases In Catawba

54 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Monday (November 30) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the overall total to 7,126 since the start of the pandemic. 97 coronavirus-associated deaths have been reported in Catawba County and hospitalizations increased to…

Alexander County Man Charged With String Of Drug Offenses Following Traffic Stop, Authorities Say Suspect Is Gang Member

35-year-old Jason Todd Mullen of Rink Dam Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine by possession and transport, possession with intent to sell and deliver meth, and maintain a…

Hickory Man Charged With Failing To Report Address Change As Sex Offender

35-year-old Pedro Nicholas Nunez of 8th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Monday (November 30) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony fail to report a new address as a sex offender. In addition, Nunez is charged with…

Brookford Police Arrest Man On Conspiracy, Vehicle Theft Charges

35-year-old Mario Eduardo Diaz Quintino, whose address was not listed, was arrested Monday (November 30) by Brookford Police Officers. He’s charged with felony conspiracy, larceny of a motor vehicle, and second-degree trespassing. Quintino was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention…

Conover Man Jailed This Morning On Burglary, Kidnapping Charges

42-year-old Jimmy Dale Watts of Manor Street in Conover was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree kidnapping, and communicating threats. Watts was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (December 1) without bond.…

Hickory Man Re-Arrested in Connection to August Robbery

30-year-old Winford Walter Baldwin of 21st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early last Thursday morning (November 26) on an outstanding warrant issued on November 12 of this year. He was charged with felony common law robbery.…

Newland Woman Arrested in Hickory on Warrants from Watauga and Avery

37-year-old Carrie Elaine Townsend of Cecil Lane in Newland was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:30 Friday morning (November 27) for failure to appear on a felony, failure to appear on a misdemeanor, and a misdemeanor probation violation. Townsend…

Snowman Stroll in Downtown Hickory

Shoppers are encouraged to visit downtown Hickory this holiday season for the city’s first Snowman Stroll. Participating downtown businesses will display unique snowmen for the family to enjoy as downtown merchants kick-off the holiday season. Maps are available at participating…

Vale Man Faces Felony Firearms Charges

31-year-old Richard Allen Champion of Maybank Lane in Vale has been arrested by Hickory Police on two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. Champion was jailed Saturday (November 28) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a…

Hickory Man Arrested for Breaking & Entering

30-year-old Brandon Scott Whisnant of 24th Street S.W. in Hickory has been arrested by Long View Police on charges of breaking & entering and second-degree trespassing. The Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office also charged Whisnant with injury to personal property. The…

Conover Man Jailed on Hit & Run and Drug Charges

31-year-old Armando Jimenez of Adams Circle in Conover has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also…

Hudson Woman Faces Felony Meth Charge

31-year-old Cynthia Dessie Wood of Graystone Place in Hudson was arrested by Hudson Police Saturday (November 28) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. Following her arrest, Wood was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set…

Lincolnton Man Charged with Fleeing to Elude Arrest

31-year-old Chadbourne Lee Dillard of Highland Bluff Court in Lincolnton was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (November 27) on one felony count of fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Dillard was taken to the Caldwell Co.…

Denver Mobile Home Fire Claims One Life

A Denver man died in a mobile home fire early Friday morning (November 27). The deceased has been identified as 41-year-old David Thomas Sherrill. At approximately 3:09 a.m., the East Lincoln and Denver fire departments were dispatched to a structure…

Lenoir Man Jailed on Felony Meth Charges

38-year-old Thomas Eugene Howell, Jr. of Spainhour Street S.W. in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (November 29) on charges from the Lenoir Police Department and the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office. Howell was charged with failure to appear and violation of a…

Silver Alert Issued for Catawba County Man

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man. He is 78-year-old Joseph O’Neal Crump. Mr. Crump is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment. Mr. Crump is a…

COVID-19 Numbers Continue to Rise Across the Unifour

Two COVID-19-related deaths were reported over the weekend by Catawba County health officials. 97 people have died in the county since the start of the pandemic. 121 new cases of the coronavirus were reported Sunday, increasing the total to 7,072.…

Maiden Man Faces Felony Drug Charges

37-year-old Deon Thompson of Bud Arndt Road in Maiden has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place…

Sunday COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In Catawba County, More Than 100 New Cases For Third Straight Day

Two COVID-19-related deaths were reported today (November 29) in Catawba County, increasing the overall total to 97. 121 new coronavirus cases were reported as well, raising the total to 7,072. There are 59 people hospitalized with COVID in Catawba County.…

Saturday COVID-19 Update: More Than 100 New Cases Reported In Catawba County For Second Straight Day

114 new cases of COVID-19 were reported today (November 28) by Catawba County Public Health, raising the overall total to 6,951, with 95 deaths. There are 60 people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Catawba County, the highest single-day total reported…

Friday Afternoon COVID-19 Update (Updated With Catawba County Numbers, 6:33 p.m., 11/27/20)

Two coronavirus-associated deaths were reported today (November 27) in Catawba County, raising the overall total to 95. In addition, 141 new cases of COVID-19 were reported today by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 6,837. 58 people were…

Strangulation Charge Lodged Against Man Arrested In Burke County

61-year-old Eric Keith Bean was arrested Thursday (November 26) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony assault inflicting serious injury by strangulation. Bean was arrested at 5:15 p.m. and placed in jail in Morganton under no bond on…

Granite Falls Woman Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

28-year-old Victoria Logan Vines of Quarry Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Hudson Police Wednesday (November 25) for felony possession of methamphetamine. Vines was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $7,500, secured. She was…

Connelly Springs Man Arrested on Vehicle Theft Charge

43-year-old Jason Wayne Tomlinson of Shady Grove Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by authorities in Catawba County yesterday (November 26) on a charge out of Caldwell County for felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Tomlinson was placed in the…

Lenoir Man Jailed on Felony Meth Charge

40-year-old Jamie Brian Fox of Roby Fox Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Wednesday (November 25) on felony counts each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine), failure to appear on a felony, and…

Two Lenoir Residents Charged with B&E and Larceny

37-year-old Jennifer Lynn Anderson of Northwood Drive and 31-year-old Calvin Smith Jones of Jennings Street, both from Lenoir, were arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Wednesday (November 25). They were charged with one felony count each of breaking & entering,…

NCDOT Suspends Most Construction Activity Through Holiday Weekend

Though traffic was expected to be lighter than usual for the Thanksgiving holiday due to COVID-19, the N.C. Department of Transportation wants to assist drivers who are traveling by suspending most construction activity along its major highways. The work shutdown…

“First Talk On WHKY” Celebrates 20 Years On The Air

WHKY’s local morning radio program “First Talk With Hal Row” is celebrating 20 years on the air today (November 27). The show made it’s debut the day after Thanksgiving in 2000 and has been on the air weekdays from 7-9…

Man Charged With Felony Offenses Following Reported Chase

31-year-old Joseph Lee Hughes of Frank’s Road in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (November 25) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, flee to elude a law…

Man Charged By Morganton Authorities With Statutory Rape

27-year-old Anastacio Ajin Mejia was arrested Thursday (November 26) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with statutory rape of a person 15-years-old or younger. In April 2019, Morganton Public Safety began an investigation into the statutory rape of a…

Friday Morning COVID-19 Update: Virus-Related Deaths Reported In Catawba County Thursday, New Cases In All Four Hickory Metro Counties

Two COVID-19-related deaths were reported Thursday (November 26) by Catawba County health officials, increasing the total to 93. 78 new cases of the coronavirus were reported Thursday by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 6,696. 56 people were…

Robbery, Kidnapping Charges Lodged Against Conover Man

37-year-old Dustin Neal Cooke of Raleigh Street in Conover was arrested Thursday (November 26) by Conover Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping, and first-degree burglary. He’s also charged with misdemeanor counts…

Runaway Teenager Found And Returned Home

A missing Lincoln County teenager has been located and is safe. After tips from the public, 16-year-old Diamond Paradyse Ross of Highland Bluff Court in Lincolnton, was located in Charlotte. She reportedly ran away from home earlier this week. She…

Thursday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In Catawba, Caldwell Counties

The Caldwell County Health Department reported four COVID-19-related deaths Wednesday (November 25), increasing the total to 45. Three patients were over the age of 75 and one patient was between 65 and 74. All of the patients were hospitalized and…

Two Arrested in Hickory on Felony Meth Charges

28-year-old Tyler Lee Gragg of Sulphur Springs Road in Hickory and 30-year-old Michael James Porter of N.C. Highway 27 in Lincolnton have both been arrested by Hickory Police. They were each charged with one felony count of possession of a…

Newton Man Arrested in Hickory on Felony Marijuana Charge

24-year-old Thomas Kinta Corperning of Spencer Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:15 last night (November 24) on one count of felony possession of marijuana. Corpening was arrested following a traffic stop at 5th Street N.E.…

Lincolnton Man Charged With Statutory Rape In Alexander County

19-year old Jancovien Daquion Peterson of Lincolnton was arrested Tuesday (November 24) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony statutory rape of a child age 15 or younger. Deputies took Peterson into custody Tuesday afternoon. Following the arrest,…

Wednesday Afternoon COVID-19 Update: Two Deaths Reported In Catawba, 50 New Cases Reported Today In Burke County

Catawba County Public Health reported two COVID-19-related deaths today (November 25), increasing the total to 91. 71 new cases of the coronavirus were reported today, raising the total to 6,618. There are 56 people hospitalized with the virus in Catawba…

Catawba Man Arrested on Stolen Vehicle & Meth Charges

55-year-old Steven Millard Zepp of Carlos Road in Catawba was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 8 a.m. yesterday (November 24) on one felony count each of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and possession…

Lincolnton Man Charged With Attacking His Mother With A Knife

24-year-old Tyreke Dreshawn Alexander of Buffalo Shoals Road in Lincolnton was arrested Tuesday (November 24) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. At approximately 9:00 a.m. Tuesday Lincoln County Sheriff’s…

Holiday Events Scheduled For Downtown Morganton

Downtown Morganton will be holding events for the rest of this month and in December to help you celebrate the holiday season. The annual Memorial Tree Lighting and Winter Carnival, Breakfast with Santa, and visits with Santa in Downtown Morganton…

Wanted Suspects Sought In Burke County

Authorities in Burke County are continuing to seek suspects on the county’s most wanted list. 35-year-old Kevin Matthew Revis is wanted on several felony indictments for selling methamphetamine and trafficking methamphetamine. The last known address for Revis was 3811 Bennett…

Area Sheriff Offers Holiday Shopping Tips

Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam is offering tips for holiday shoppers. The Sheriff says this time of year attracts more shopping-related criminal activity because of the larger crowds and the extended store hours. These factors and the usual distraction of…

Man Aquitted In 1990 Murder Case Arrested After Reportedly Being Stabbed

More information has been released regarding the arrest of a Caldwell County man. 61-year-old William Eugene Murphy of Hollywood Ridge Road in Lenoir was arrested last Thursday (November 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony counts…

Runaway Teenager Sought In Lincoln County

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway juvenile. 16-year-old Diamond Paradyse Ross of Highland Bluff Court in Lincolnton, was last seen on November 21, 2020 at the residence by her mother. At the…

Wednesday Morning COVID-19 Update: Deaths Reported In All Four Counties, Highest Single-Day Case Totals In Catawba, Caldwell

Two COVID-19-associated deaths were reported Tuesday (November 24) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 89. In addition, 123 new cases of the coronavirus were reported, increasing the total to 6,547. 123 is the highest single-day total of…

Hickory Man Indicted On Larceny Charges

67-year-old Daniel Ussery of 6th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (November 24) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged on bills of indictment with felony larceny and habitual larceny. Ussery was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility…

Maiden Man Indicted On Statutory Sex Offense Charge

21-year-old Kyllian James O’Brien of Vanover Lane in Maiden was arrested Tuesday (November 24) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged on a bill of indictment with felony statutory sex offense with a child 15-years-old or younger. O’Brien is also…

More Details Released On Arrest Of Lenoir Woman On Felony Drug Charges

29-year-old Elizabeth Jane Lewis of Small Circle in Lenoir was arrested last Friday (November 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. The charges listed against her are felony counts of trafficking in opium or heroin, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to…

COVID-19-Related Deaths Reported In Catawba County, Highest Single Day Case Count

Two COVID-19-associated deaths have been reported today (November 24) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 89. In addition, 123 new cases of the coronavirus have been reported, increasing the total to 6,547. 123 is the highest single-day…

Runaway Teenager Found, Returned Home

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has located a 15-year-old male who was reported missing Saturday (November 21). Isaiah Richardson returned home on Monday night (November 23). Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of Hudson White Trail…

Rutherford College Woman Faces Felony Meth Charge

40-year-old Emily Annette Moore of Spann Street in Rutherford College was arrested by Hickory Police shortly early Saturday morning (November 21) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and one misdemeanor count of possession…

Two Arrested in Hickory on Stolen Vehicle Charge

55-year-old Robert Bane Long, Jr. of Carlton Drive in Claremont and 35-year-old Cristal Danell Perryman of 13th Avenue N.E. in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police shortly before two o’clock Saturday morning (November 21). They were each charged with…

Hickory Man Indicted on Stolen Vehicle Charge

34-year-old Jonathan Todd Griffin of Liberty Church Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (November 22). He was served a bill of indictment for larceny of a motor vehicle. Following his arrest, Griffin was placed in…

Lenoir Woman Charged With Meth Possession, Failure To Appear

32-year-old Christy Lynn Owens Rodriguez of Rolling Hills Court in Lenoir was arrested Friday (November 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine. In addition, Rodriguez is charged with failure to appear on counts of larceny of…

Tuesday Morning COVID-19 Update: Virus-Related Deaths Reported In Three Hickory Metro Counties

Five COVID-19-related deaths were reported Monday (November 23) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 87 since the start of the pandemic. 60 new cases of the coronavirus were reported, increasing the total to 6,424, and hospitalizations dropped…

Man Charged With Setting Fire To Neighbor’s Vehicle

35-year-old David William Reeves of Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton was arrested Sunday (November 22) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of burning personal property and breaking and entering to a motor vehicle along with a misdemeanor…

Maiden Man Arrested on Fugitive Warrant from Texas

36-year-old Jeremie Jacque Holloway of Ramseur Road in Maiden was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (November 20) on a felony fugitive warrant. He was also arrested on a “show cause” order, and he was charged with possession of…

Maiden Man Jailed on Fugitive Warrant from S.C.

36-year-old Brian Alan Good of East Carpenter Street in Maiden was arrested by Maiden Police Friday (November 20) on a felony fugitive warrant. Good is wanted by the Surfside Beach Police Department in Horry County, South Carolina for third-degree assault…

Five Coronavirus-Associated Deaths Reported Today In Catawba County, State Places Catawba Into “Red” Category On Alert Map

Five COVID-19-related deaths have been reported today (November 23) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 87 since the start of the pandemic. 60 new cases of the coronavirus were reported today, increasing the total to 6,424, and…

Hickory Woman Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

55-year-old Ann Pauline Ferraro of 14th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after nine o’clock last night (November 22) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Ferraro was arrested after Officers conducted a…

Man Charged In Connection To Theft Of Vehicle Following Reported Chase

22-year-old Levi Otis McCutcheon of Crouse was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle by the Sheriff’s Office. The North Carolina State Highway…

Teenager Runs Away For Second Time In A Week, Authorities Asking For Assistance

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating Isaiah Richardson, a missing 15-year-old male who ran away from home over the weekend. Deputies were dispatched to a residence at 542 Hudson White Trail in Lincolnton Saturday…

Granite Falls Woman Busted for Heroin in Hickory

30-year-old Kimberly Arlene Hall of Hurricane Hill Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:15 Saturday night (November 21) for felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Hall was…

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Charges from Wilkes & Caldwell Counties

39-year-old Ricky Eugene Lewis of River Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before ten o’clock Friday night (November 20) on several outstanding felony warrants. He faces a felony methamphetamine charge in Wilkes County and, in Caldwell County,…

Claremont Man Arrested in Hickory on Trafficking & Firearms Charges

34-year-old Khalfani Sharron Coulter of Carpenters Cove Road in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:35 Saturday night (November 21) on one felony count each of trafficking in opium or heroin and possession of a firearm by a…

Inmate At Alexander County Prison Dies After Testing Positive For Coronavirus

An Alexander Correctional Institution offender with pre-existing medical conditions, who tested positive for COVID-19, has died at a hospital. The offender tested positive for COVID-19 on November 9, when he was hospitalized. His condition worsened, and he died on Nov.…

Hickory Man Arrested for Assault on Officers

28-year-old Jordan Lee Kennedy of 21st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:35 last night (November 22) on two felony counts of assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury, along with one misdemeanor count…

Heroin Trafficking Charge Lodged Against Lenoir Woman

29-year-old Elizabeth Jane Lewis of Small Circle in Lenoir was arrested Friday (November 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged with felony trafficking in opium or heroin and misdemeanor driving while license revoked. Lewis was brought to the Caldwell County…

Mount Holly Man Arrested On Stolen Vehicle Charge In Caldwell County

30-year-old Jonathan David Shamblin of Mount Holly was arrested Saturday (November 21) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Shamblin was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $40,000 secured…

Monday Morning COVID-19 Update: 99 New Cases Reported Sunday In Catawba County, 95 In Burke

99 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Sunday (November 22) by Catawba County Public Health, lifting the overall total to 6,364, with 82 deaths. There were 57 people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Catawba County Sunday, one more than the…

Hudson Man Arrested By Catawba County Authorities On Drug Charges

31-year-old Wa Xiong of Cedar Avenue in Hudson was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of methampetamine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule…

Conover Resident Identified As Person Killed In Friday Crash In Newton

The Newton Police Department has identified the person killed in a vehicle crash on N.C. Highway 10 East last Thursday (November 19). 19-year-old Cierra Leigh Bailey of Conover was the driver of a 2009 Hyundai Sonata that struck a 2003…

Sunday COVID-19 Update: 99 New Cases In Catawba County, Highest Single Day Total In NC

99 new cases of COVID-19 were reported today (November 22) by Catawba County Public Health, lifting the overall total to 6,364, with 82 deaths. There are 57 people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Catawba County today, one more than the…

Suspect Charged In Morganton Shooting

21-year-old Mykel Lee Bennett of Table Rock Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (November 20) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.  Friday at 6:52 p.m., the Burke County Emergency Communications…

Saturday COVID-19 Update: Pandemic High 120 Cases Reported In Catawba County Friday, 53 Today

A day after Catawba County Public Health reported a pandemic high amount of new COVID-19 cases in the county with 120, 53 additional cases were reported today (November 21), raising the overall total to 6,265 since the start of the…

Lenoir Man Arrested on Stolen Vehicle Charges

40-year-old Brian Edward Drew of Abington Road in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (November 19) on felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and fleeing to elude arrest with a motor…

Hickory Man Arrested for Habitual Larceny

25-year-old Mark Edward Hinson of Meadowbrook Lane in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before nine o’clock last Saturday morning (November 14) on one felony count of habitual larceny. He was arrested in connection to a November 12 larceny…

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

36-year-old Brandon Cadelt Clouse of 23rd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:45 Tuesday night (November 17) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession…

Lenoir Man Charged With Felony Assault

61-year-old William Eugene Murphy of Hollywood Ridge Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (November 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Murphy was brought to the Caldwell County Detention…

South Carolina Man Arrested Following Wreck In Lincoln County

39-year-old Ernest Jemaar Elder of Lancaster, South Carolina, was arrested Thursday (November 19) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of stolen property, along with two misdemeanor counts of damage to real property and resisting a public…

Catawba County Man Sentenced To More Than 11 Years In Prison In Federal Drug Case

31-year-old Ryan Eugene Farley of Catawba was sentenced in Federal Court Thursday (November 19) to 135 months (11 years, three months) in the United States Bureau of Prisons system. This sentence follows Farley’s conviction in Federal Court on July 24,…

Statesville Woman Arrested for Statutory Rape

27-year-old Katherine Rose Stewart of Brawley Park Drive in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of statutory rape of a child age 15 or younger and indecent liberties with a child. Events leading to…

Trafficking Charge Lodged Against Lenoir Man

61-year-old George Lemar Smith of Poplar Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (November 19) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony trafficking in heroin or opium. Smith was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured…

Vehicle Break-in, Burglary Charges Filed Against Catawba County Woman

23-year-old Heather Danielle Green of Bolton Road in Catawba was arrested Thursday (November 19) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and first-degree burglary. Green was jailed in the Catawba County Detention…

Lenoir’s First African-American Firefighter Passes Away

William Harper, who was the City of Lenoir’s first African-American Firefighter, passed away last Saturday (November 14) at the age of 76. Mr. Harper retired from the Lenoir Fire Department in 1999 after 30 years of service. Mr. Harper was…

More Information Released On Arrests Of Three Suspects In Trafficking Case

24-year-old Jaylon Chance Long of North Wilkesboro, 18-year-old Ashley Ramona Horton of Boomer, and 23-year-old Nicholas Collin Greene of North Wilkesboro, were all arrested Wednesday (November 18) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. All three are charged with two counts of…

Woman Charged With Drug & Stolen Firearm Charges Following Traffic Stop

37-year-old Jessica Lynn Foreman of Stanley, N.C., was arrested Wednesday (November 18) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of a stolen firearm along with misdemeanor counts of…

Friday Morning COVID-19 Update: New Cases Reported In All Four Hickory Metro Counties, Death Reported In Catawba

A COVID-19-associated death was reported Thursday (November 19) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the overall total to 82. In addition, 101 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed Thursday in Catawba County, pushing the overall total past 6,000 to…

Catawba County Man Receives Minimum Prison Term Of Six Years In Trafficking Case

A Conover man will spend six to eight years in prison following his conviction on drug trafficking charges. The defendant entered a guilty plea in Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (November 18). 37-year-old George Kellen Albert was given the…

Fatal Crash In Newton Under Investigation

On Thursday (November 19) just before 6 a.m., Newton Police responded to a reported motor vehicle crash with injuries in the 1400 block of East N.C. Highway 10. Upon arrival, officers discovered a multi-vehicle accident in an area east of…

Lincolnton Man Charged with Indecent Liberties

30-year-old Erick Richard Cardenas of Beard Road in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with indecent liberties with a child. Cardenas was charged in connection to a child sexual assault that occurred earlier this year.…

Statesville Man Arrested for Interfering with Monitoring Device

31-year-old Charles David Gilmore, Jr. of Sonja Drive in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police at about three o’clock Tuesday afternoon (November 17) on one felony count of interference with electronic monitoring devices. The warrant for his arrest was issued…

COVID-19-Related Death Reported In Catawba County, Overall Cases Surpass 6,000

A COVID-19-associated death was reported today (November 19) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the overall total to 82. In addition, 101 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed today in Catawba County, pushing the overall total past 6,000 to…

Lenoir Man Charged With Felony Drug Offense

24-year-old Christian Andrew Coffey of Tablerock Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (November 18) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of marijuana and two counts of failure to appear. Bond for Coffey was set at $2,000…

Hickory Man Re-Arrested in Connection to Dec. 2019 Church Break-In

43-year-old Joseph Ray Durance of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:30 Tuesday morning (November 17) on outstanding felony warrants for breaking & entering a place of worship and two counts of larceny…

Morganton Man Charged With Meth Possession In Caldwell County

28-year-old Wesley Watson Cole of Playmore Beach Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (November 18) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Cole was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond.…

Hickory Woman Arrested for Habitual Larceny

33-year-old Whitney Takeyla Harris of 7th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:10 p.m. yesterday (November 18) on an outstanding felony warrant for habitual larceny. The warrant was issued on November 2. Harris was taken…

Hickory Man Arrested on Drug Trafficking Charges

23-year-old Victor Alexis Castillo Montoya of 34th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before seven o’clock last night (November 18) on one felony count each of trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent…

Wilkes County Residents Charged With Trafficking In Caldwell County

24-year-old Jaylon Chance Long of North Wilkesboro, 18-year-old Ashley Ramona Horton of Boomer, and 23-year-old Nicholas Collin Greene of North Wilkesboro, were all arrested Wednesday (November 18) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. All three are charged with two counts of…

Thursday Morning COVID-19 Update: Three Deaths Reported In Catawba, Outbreak At Caldwell Facility

For the second straight day Wednesday (November 18), Catawba County Public Health reported three COVID-19-related deaths. The additional fatalities reported increased the overall total to 81. In addition, 67 new cases of the coronavirus were reported Wednesday, raising the total…

NCDOT Releases List Of Alexander County Damage Sites

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has provided a list of damage sites from last week’s flooding resulting in road closures in Alexander County. There are also minor damage areas across the county that did not result in closures. Crews…

Hickory Man Arrested on Multiple Felony Drug Charges

38-year-old Victor Eugene Leatherman of 14th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:20 last night (November 17) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. He was also served with an outstanding warrant from July…

Lenoir Man Arrested in Hickory on Cocaine & Firearms Charges

45-year-old Elijah Rashard Gibbs of Hibriten Drive S.W. in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police at about three o’clock yesterday afternoon (November 17) on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and possession with…

Three Coronavirus-Associated Deaths Reported In Catawba County For Second Day In A Row

For the second straight day, Catawba County Public Health has reported three COVID-19-related deaths. The additional fatalities reported today (November 18) increase the overall total to 81. In addition, 67 new cases of the coronavirus were reported today, raising the…

Retiring Catawba County Commissioner Recognized

Retiring Catawba County Commissioner Dan Hunsucker was recognized for his 20 years of service prior to his last official Board of Commissioners meeting Monday (November 16). Hunsucker’s fellow commissioners presented him with a Distinguished Public Service Award, a $2,000 check…

New Road Closure Begins Thursday In Hickory

As part of Hickory’s City Walk construction, a new road closure and detour route will go into effect beginning Thursday (November 19). Crews will begin construction on the roundabout portion of the project located at the intersection of Main Avenue…

Victim of Flood-Related Crash in Alexander County Identified

The N.C. State Highway Patrol has released the identity of the victim in a fatal crash associated with last Thursday’s (November 12) flooding in Alexander County. The deceased is 64-year-old Daniel Keith Ballew of Hiddenite. The Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office…

Lenoir Woman Charged With Being No Show In Court To Answer To Multiple Charges

39-year-old Winter Ruth Wells of NW Prospect Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony failure to appear on a felony. In addition, Wells is charged with failure to appear on…

Stolen Vehicle Charge Lodged Against Caldwell County Man

24-year-old Joseph Mark Greene of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 17) on a charge filed by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle. Greene was jailed in the Caldwell…

Fourth Suspect Charged In Connection To October Shooting In Alexander County

A Rowan County man is facing charges related to a shooting incident that occurred in October in the Wittenburg Community of Alexander County. 20-year old Mathew Hunter Clark of Spencer is charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell,…

Fatal Wreck Reported In Catawba County

One person was reportedly killed in a Tuesday evening (November 17) wreck in Conover. Catawba County EMS and the Conover Fire and Police Departments responded to the scene of the crash on Thornburg Drive. Reports say a box truck and…

Hickory City Council Meets, Various Items Approved, Christmas Tree Lighting Cancelled

Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday (November 17). City Manager Warren Wood announced that the City’s Christmas Tree Lighting has been cancelled in the interest of public safety. Minutes, second readings, and