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Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

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

Statesville Man Charged in Connection to Stabbing

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

Lenoir Man Charged with Drug Possession

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

Hudson Resident Charged with Interfering with an Electronic Monitoring Device

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

Commissioners Sworn In At Alexander Commissioners Meeting

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

Alexander County Health Department Awarded Reaccreditation With Honors

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

Maiden Resident Arrested On Drug Charges

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

Morganton Man Jailed In Catawba County On Charge Of Violating Probation

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

Lincolnton Man Charged With Larceny Offenses In Catawba County

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

Morganton Woman Jailed In Catawba County On Forgery & Robbery Charges

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

Suspect Charged In Connection To Robbery At Store

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

Burke County Commissioners to Appoint a New County Manager

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

Hickory Recognizes 2022 Business. Well Crafted. Award winners

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

Hickory Man Charged With Stealing Vehicle

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

Lenoir Man Charged with Various Drug Charges

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

Connelly Springs Man Charged with Attempted Larceny

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

Lenoir Woman Charged with Drug Possession

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

Catawba County Road Closed For Work On Bridge

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

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

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

Morganton Woman Charged With Meth Possession Following Traffic Stop

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

Heroin Charges Filed Against Hickory Man

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

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

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

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

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

Two Suspects Charged In Case Involving Stolen Vehicles

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

Lenoir Man Charged with Multiple Meth Charges

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

Lenoir Man Charged with Drug Possession

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

Lenoir Woman Arrested for Drug Possession and Failure to Appear

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

Granite Falls Man Charged with Uttering a Forged Instrument

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

Fatal Collision in Wilkes County

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

Catawba County Board Of Education Members Sworn In

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

Suspect Recently Arrested Multiple Times Charged Again

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

Morganton Man Jailed On Meth Charge

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

Hickory Metro Counties See Unemployment Rate Increases

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

Claremont Man Charged With Firearm, Drug Offenses

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

Maiden Man Charged with Indecent Exposure

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

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

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

2022 Castle of Cans Collects 41,787 Pounds of Food

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

Caldwell County To Expand Opioid Response Program

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

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Heroin

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

Body Found Near Troutman, Homicide Investigation Underway

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

Hickory Woman Charged With Meth Offenses

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

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

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

Body Found In Catawba County, Investigation Underway

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

Second Suspect Arrested In Hickory Murder Case

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

Hickory Police Chief to Retire Next Month

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

Hildebran Man Arrested on Felony Warrant from S.C.

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

Hickory Man Arrested for Habitual Larceny

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

Lenoir Woman Charged with Intent to Sell or Distribute Methamphetamine

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

Lenoir Woman Charged with Trafficking Meth & Resisting Officers

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

Lenoir Man Charged with Statutory Rape in The First Degree

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

Morganton Woman Charged with Possession of Cocaine

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

Lenoir Man Arrested for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle

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

Conover Man Charged With Fleeing From Police

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

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

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

Morganton Teenager Charged With Stabbing Sibling

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

Stanley Man Arrested on Charges from Lincoln & Gaston Counties

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

Two Florida Men Arrested in Iredell on Felony Trafficking Charges

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

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

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

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

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

Two Suspects Charged With Sex Offenses Against Child

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

Shooting That Resulted In Critical Injuries Under Investigation

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

Man Reportedly Barricades Himself In Camper, Sets It On Fire

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

Caldwell County Man Killed In Crash

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

Charlotte Man Charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

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

Charlotte Suspect Charged with Stolen Firearm

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

Morganton Man Arrested for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle

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

Hickory PD Announces Promotions

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

Grand Marshals Chosen For Lenoir Christmas Parade

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

Lincolnton Resident Charged With Catawba County Drug Offenses

26-year-old Brandon Michael Nichols of Crest View Drive in Lincolnton was arrested last Tuesday (November 22) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with two counts apiece of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Nichols was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today…

Additional Information Released In Connection To Arrest Following Traffic Stop

More details have been released in connection to the arrest of a Gaston County man on Burke County weapon charges. 44-year-old Timothy Wesley Swink of Park Place Drive in Dallas, N.C., was arrested Saturday (November 26) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm and misdemeanor carrying a concealed…

New Hampshire Woman Jailed In Catawba County On Meth Charge

27-year-old Brittany Jenise Angeles of Salem, New Hampshire was arrested Tuesday (November 29) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine. Angeles was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for December 5.

Maiden Man Jailed On String Of Felony Charges

30-year-old Christian Michael Morgan of Stubbs Place in Maiden was arrested Tuesday (November 29) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with three felony counts of breaking & entering, two felony counts apiece of larceny after breaking & entering and break or enter a motor vehicle, and single felony counts of obtain property by false pretense,…

Hildebran Man Charged With Weapon Offenses

21-year-old Jauhlik Alshion Morrison of Main Avenue East in Hildebran was arrested last Saturday (November 26) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed gun, and resisting a public officer. Morrison was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000 bond. He remained in jail…

Large Quantities of Marijuana & Cash Seized Following Iredell Co. Traffic Stop

Last Tuesday (November 22), Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers stopped a southbound minivan on Interstate 77 at mile marker 61 for vehicular infractions. K-9 Officer Connie was deployed to assist with the stop. The dog gave a positive alert for the presence and odor of narcotics. Deputies searched the vehicle and noticed the strong odor of…

Man Charged In Fatal Monday Wreck

A man was killed in a crash in Iredell County Monday (November 28). The deceased is 66-year-old Patrick Calhoun Mays of Davidson. Charges have been filed in the wreck. On Monday at approximately 6:00 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to I-77 South near Langtree Road (Exit 31). A 2021 Volvo tractor-trailer was…

Suspect Charged with Assault & Probation Violation

39-year-old Kenneth Avery Davis of Cottrell Hill in Lenoir was arrested Monday (November 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with a misdemeanor assault on a female and a felony probation violation and given a $25,000 secured bond. Davis remains in jail as of this morning with District Court scheduled for January 4 and…

Caldwell County Man Charged with Two Probation Violations

35-year-old Brandon Scott Harris of Oak Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (November 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with two counts of felony probation violation and given a $20,000 secured bond. He is not listed in jail as of this morning, but Superior Court was scheduled for January 17. Harris was on…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Breaking & Entering and Larceny

39-year-old William Forrest Wiseman of Lenoir was arrested Monday (November 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, and felony possession of burglary tools. Wiseman remains in jail as of this morning with a $30,000 secured bond and District Court scheduled for November 30.

Granite Falls Man Jailed In Catawba County On Drug Charges

39-year-old Justin Matthew Setzer of Pearl Street in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (November 28) by authorities in Catawba County. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Setzer was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A District Court date is set for…

New Development & Design Director Named In Morganton

The City of Morganton announced that Wendy Smith has been named as Morganton’s new Development and Design Director. She was chosen after an extensive search and selection process from dozens of applicants from around the country. She began her new role in early November. Smith brings an expansive breadth of planning knowledge from across a…

Hickory Woman Charged With Theft Of Firearm

32-year-old Whitney Danielle Snapp of 3rd Street NE in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with larceny of a firearm, resisting a public officer, and failure to appear on a count of resisting a public officer. Snapp was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (November 29) under $7,000…

Man Jailed For Failing To Report New Address As Sex Offender

36-year-old Dale Jason West II, who is listed as a homeless person from Morganton was arrested last Friday (November 25) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony failure to report a change of address as a sex offender. Last Friday, shortly after 2:30 p.m. a Public Safety Officer responded to a shopping plaza…

Morganton Man Jailed For Alleged Bomb Threat At Walmart

29-year-old Tyler Matthew Elliott of Conley Road in Morganton was arrested last Wednesday (November 23) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony false report concerning a destructive device. According to the police report connected to Elliott’s arrest, Public Safety Officers responded to Walmart on Morganton Heights Boulevard shortly after 6 p.m. last Wednesday…

Chairman Pennell Sworn in as NCSBA President

School Board Chairman Darrell Pennell has been sworn in as president of the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA). The swearing in ceremony was held in November at the NCSBA 53rd Annual Conference in Greensboro. Presented at the conference was the entire new slate of NCSBA officers that will serve a one-year term. Pennell completed…

Hickory Woman Jailed On Drug, Nonsupport Charges

30-year-old Emily Brooke Mingus of 31st Street Court NE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (November 26) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and non-support of a child. Mingus was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,500 bond. A District…

Valdese Man Charged with Failure to Appear & Possession of a Stolen Vehicle

30-year-old Nicholas Eugene Bollinger of Leger Street in Valdese was arrested Sunday (November 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with a felony count possession of a stolen motor vehicle and a misdemeanor failure to appear. As of early Monday morning, Bollinger remains in jail with a $12,000 secured bond and a District…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle

18-year-old Kendall Lawayne Mckenna of High West Drive in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (November 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and given a $3,000 secured bond and a District Court date scheduled for today.

Lenoir Man Charged with Trespassing and Drug Possession

35-year-old Brandon Scott Harris of Oak Street in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (November 26) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor second degree trespassing, and misdemeanor communicating threats. Harris was placed under a $13,500 secured bond but as of Monday morning he was not in jail with…

Hickory Man Arrested in Caldwell County on Drug Charges

29-year-old Trai Allen Lockard of Tucker Street in Hickory was arrested Friday (November 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and given a $10,000 secured bond. Lockard remains in jail as of earlier today with District Court scheduled for today.

Attorney General Presents Awards To Individuals In Western N.C.

Attorney General Josh Stein recently awarded the Attorney General’s Dogwood Award to seven people in western North Carolina. Each year, Attorney General Stein recognizes North Carolinians who help to make their communities safer, stronger, and healthier. Recipients in western North Carolina include two individuals from this region. One of those people honored is Johnnie Carswell…

Hickory Man Charged With Felony Drug Offenses

51-year-old James Shawn Phillips of Chestnut Drive in Hickory was arrested Saturday (November 26) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule I controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell & deliver marijuana. Phillips was arrested shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday. He is not listed…

Gaston County Man Charged With Gun Offenses In Burke County

44-year-old Timothy Wesley Swink of Dallas, N.C., was arrested Saturday (November 26) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm and misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun. Swink was arrested shortly after 8:30 p.m. Saturday, he is not listed as an inmate in Burke County. A District Court appearance was…

Woman Charged In Weekend Heroin Arrest

29-year-old Samantha Marie Pledger of Crawley Higgins Avenue in Morganton was arrested Saturday (November 26) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance (heroin). Pledger was arrested shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday. She is not listed as an inmate in Burke County today (November 28). A District Court…

Morganton Man Charged With Meth Trafficking

39-year-old Todd Alan Setzer of Burkemont Avenue in Morganton was arrested Saturday (November 26) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of traffic in methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of possession…

Man Charged In Connection To Eastern Catawba County Shooting (Updated with court date, 5:08 a.m., 11/28/22)

30-year-old Dimario Juwughn Coulter of Catawba was arrested Saturday (November 26) by Catawba Police Officers. He’s charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. On Saturday at 12:47 p.m., Catawba Police Officers and deputies with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a shooting at the…

Madison County Woman Arrested in Connection to Murder of Child in Vale

34-year-old Chelsea Lee Crompton of Marshall in Madison County, North Carolina has been charged with murder in the death of four-year-old Hazel Lidey. Crompton, a girlfriend of Lidey’s father, was apprehended without incident at the residence of a family member in Madison County and is presently incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility. Crompton is…

Hickory Man Charged With Malicious Conduct By Prisoner

27-year-old Derrick Marcel Harold of North Center Street in Hickory was arrested Thursday (November 24) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony malicious conduct by prisoner by throwing bodily fluids, misdemeanor resisting a public officer, and hit and run, fail to stop with property damage. Harold was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility…

Retirement Ceremony Set For Outgoing Sheriff, Public Invited

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office invites the public to a retirement celebration to honor Sheriff Chris Bowman and his 43 years of service to the county on Thursday, December 1, at East Taylorsville Baptist Church. The program begins at 11:00 a.m. in the Jennings Family Ministry Building. There will be a floating light lunch which…

Fire Destroys Building In Alexander County

A small abandoned structure was destroyed by fire on Thanksgiving Day in Alexander County. Firefighters from Ellendale, Taylorsville, Sugar Loaf and the North Carolina Forest Service were called at approximately 7:20 p.m. Thursday (November 24) to a location on All Healing Springs Road. The structure was engulfed in flames when the first units arrived. The…

Morganton Man Arrested for Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Property

19-year-old Joseph Allen Douglas of Smokey Creek Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (November 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied property, failure to appear, and a probation violation. Douglas was on probation as a result of a conviction in April 2020 in Caldwell County on…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

22-year-old Jason Bradley Wallace of Slope Terrace in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (November 23) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine and given a $3,000 secured bond. Wallace remains in jail as of early Friday morning with District Court scheduled for December 14.

Ballfield In Hickory Named For Long Time Coach, Former Police Officer

The ball field at Jaycee Park in Hickory was recently named P.D. Fowler Field in honor of Paul David “P.D.” Fowler. This honor is due to Mr. Fowler’s many years of dedicated service as a Hickory Police Officer and inspirational baseball coach. P.D. Fowler was born in Burke County. He joined the United States Army…

Morganton Man Jailed On Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Charges

26-year-old Khyran Rasaan Littlejohn of Patton Street in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (November 22) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor simple possession of schedule II controlled substance. Shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday, a Public Safety Officer conducted a traffic stop of a green 1999…

Maiden Man Charged With Felony Drug Counts

22-year-old Robert Joshua Miller of North 4th Avenue in Maiden was arrested today (November 25) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Miller is charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Miller was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility…

Break-in, Assault Charges Filed Against Hickory Man

33-year-old Randall Sean Speaks of 21st Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (November 23) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony breaking & entering. In addition, Speaks is charged with misdemeanor counts of assault by pointing a gun and damage to property. He was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility without…

Felony Meth Charge Filed Against Hickory Man

28-year-old Brock Mackie Towery of 20th Avenue Court NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (November 23) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Towery was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,500 bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (November 25). A District Court date is scheduled…

Hickory Man Jailed On Vehicle Break-in Charge

30-year-old Richard Todd Mundy, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested Tuesday (November 22) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony break or enter a motor vehicle, along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Mundy was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility…

Raleigh Man Arrested & Charged with Iredell County Sex Offenses

23-year-old Bryan Aldair Muniz-Cordoba of Raleigh has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on two counts of felony statutory sex offense with a child less than 15 years old and felony disseminating obscenities. Events leading to the arrest began on July 14 of this year when the Sheriff’s Office took a report in reference…

Georgia Man Arrested in Iredell on Stolen Firearms Charges

36-year-old Joseph Jamar Olley of Stockbridge, Georgia has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on felony charges for possession of a stolen firearm (three counts) and the manufacture or possession of a weapon of mass death or destruction, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Olley was arrested…

Wanted Suspects Sought In Area County

Wanted suspects are being sought in Iredell County. The latest list on the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office website shows several individuals being sought on various charges. 53-year-old Tammy Ann Dominick was recently added to the most wanted list in Iredell County. She’s charged with six felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. The last…

Application Period For Small Business Grants Underway

Applications are now being accepted for a new round of grantmaking from the One North Carolina Small Business Program, a key source of capital for North Carolina’s emerging technology companies. The One NC Small Business Program works in conjunction with two federal technology grants, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer…

New EDC Director Named In Caldwell County

Caldwell County Manager Donald Duncan recently named Ashley Bolick as director of the county’s reorganized Economic Development Commission. Duncan said the county is pleased to have Bolick join the team as they bring the EDC back in house. He added that she is a natural leader who will work diligently to recruit new industries and…

N.C. Holiday “Click It Or Ticket” Campaign Underway

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, this year’s Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket campaign is underway in North Carolina. This is a North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s initiative. It runs from November 21-27 and aims to encourage motorists to buckle up through innovative and extensive enforcement and education, including seat belt checks…

Death Of Child Under Investigation, Foul Play Suspected

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a child. Last Thursday (November 17) shortly after 2 p.m. Sheriff’s Deputies and Catawba County EMS responded to a residence on Hill Haven Drive in Vale following a report that a four-year-old female child was unresponsive at that location. The child was transported to an…

Hudson Man Arrested for Resisting a Public Officer

45-year-old Christopher James Chandler of Diamond Street in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (November 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony resisting a public officer with serious bodily injury and two counts of probation violation. Chandler was on probation as a result of a conviction in Watauga County in September 2021. He…

New Assistant Principal Named At Alexander Central

Alexander County Schools has announced that the new assistant principal at Alexander Central High School will be Ed Wills. Wills currently serves as a social studies and physical education teacher and Men’s basketball coach at the school. Wills replaces Brett Huffman who is moving to East Alexander Middle School as principal starting December 1. Wills…

Most Construction Projects Halted In N.C. For Thanksgiving Holiday

The N.C. Department of Transportation has temporarily halted most construction activity along major highways to keep traffic flowing for holiday travel. Construction along interstates, U.S. and key N.C. routes is suspended through the evening of November 28 to reduce anticipated congestion. Some projects will continue with work that doesn’t impact travel lanes, and other long-term…

Conover Man Charged With Felony Drug Offense, More Details Released

32-year-old Pang Yee Vue of Conover Boulevard East in Conover was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of marijuana. WHKY previously reported on this arrest on November 14, more details have been released. According to information released Tuesday (November 22), on November 13, 2022, Burke County Sheriff’s Office deputies were…

Morganton Teenager Charged With Assaulting Detention Officers

18-year-old Wilbert Jonathan Miller of Duckworth Circle in Morganton was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of assault with physical injury on a detention officer. According to information released Tuesday (November 22), on November 13, 2022, an incident occurred at the Burke County Jail in reference to a felony…

Multiple Suspects Face Felony Charges in Burke County

37-year-old Kenneth Lee Potter and 58-year-old Billy Joe Griffey, both of South Fork Avenue in Hickory, along with 49-year-old Robert Eric Hill of Burke Memorial Park Road in Valdese, have all been arrested by authorities in Burke County on a variety of felony charges. Potter faces felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny of…

Lincoln County Woman Faces Felony Assault Charge Following Domestic Dispute

43-year-old Nichole Loraine Chandler has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. She was arrested in connection to a shooting incident early this morning (November 22) that left an Iron Station man hospitalized in critical condition. Events leading…

Connelly Springs Man Arrested on Felony Meth Charges

45-year-old Gary Daniel Walker, Jr. of Edwards Circle in Connelly Springs has been arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver meth. Events leading to his arrest began on November 17 when a Burke County Deputy stopped a 2000 Chevrolet Impala…

Turkey Tuesday Just in Time for Thanksgiving

Mayor Pro Tem Crissy Thomas and Councilman Rev. Ike Perkins will be handing out free turkeys during the Drive-Thru Turkey Tuesday November 22 2022, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center. This is the 8th Annual Turkey Tuesday event. Mayor Pro Tem Thomas, Councilman Perkins, and volunteers will hand out free turkeys to local families…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

30-year-old Rodney Lee Carlton II of Linkside Court in Lenoir was arrested Monday (November 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and given a $5,000 secured bond. As Tuesday morning he is not in jail but has District Court scheduled for November 23.

Lenoir Man Arrested for Possession of A Firearm by A Felon

31-year-old Steven Wayne Patton of Bee Mountain Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (November 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one count probation violation and one count possession of a firearm by a felon. Patton was on probation as a result of a conviction in May 2021 in Caldwell County for…

Lenoir Woman Arrested for Violating Probation

31-year-old Elizabeth Jane Lewis of Rooster Ridge Place in Lenoir was arrested Monday (November 21) by Probation and Parole Officers. She was charged with a felony probation violation. Lewis was on probation as a result of a conviction in April 2022 in Caldwell County on charges of felony trafficking schedule II-controlled substance. She received probation…

Lenoir Man Arrested for A Probation & Parole Violation

33-year-old Willie Ferman Ferguson IV of Grandin Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (November 21) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with two felony counts of probation violation and one count of parole violation. Ferguson’s probation and parole are a result of conviction in Caldwell County in 2021 and 2022 on various charges.…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Failure to Appear & Probation Violation

31-year-old Brittany Michelle Melton of Circle Drive in Hudson was arrested Monday (November 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with a felony probation violation and failure to appear. Melton was on probation as a result of a conviction in Catawba County in January 2021 for felony possession of schedule II-controlled substance. She received…

Catawba County Commissioners Celebrate The Finished Newton EMS Base

Catawba County Commissioners (pictured center L-R) Sherry Butler, Board Vice Chair Barbara Beatty, Board Chair Randy Isenhower, Kitty Barnes and Austin Allran celebrated the completion of the newly-constructed Catawba County EMS base in Newton with a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, November 21. The ceremony was attended by Catawba County EMS staff, construction partners Winstead Architecture,…

Share The Love Event

Jim Armstrong Subaru selected Meals on Wheels of Catawba County as their Hometown Charity for the 2022 Subaru Share the Love Event. From November 17, 2022, through January 3, 2023, when someone buys or leases a new Subaru, the company donates $250 to a charity selected by the customer. Last year, Jim Armstrong Subaru accrued…

Town of Hudson Christmas Tree Lighting

The holidays are rolling into Downtown Hudson on Tuesday November 29th at 6 pm. The Hudson Community Development Association and Hudson businesses are excited to announce the resumption of the annual Christmas Tree Lighting for the first time in 3 years due to Covid! The event will be in front of Hudson Town Hall and…

Travel Expected To Increase For Thanksgiving Holiday

AAA forecasts a strong rebound in holiday travelers this Thanksgiving. The Auto Club Group predicts 53.4 million Americans will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, up 13% from 2020. This brings travel volumes within 5% of pre-pandemic levels for the 2019 holiday. The gap is closing even faster in North Carolina, as total travel figures are…

Hickory Man Charged With Cocaine Possession

45-year-old Andrian Demonz Woods of 7th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Sunday (November 20) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of cocaine, two misdemeanor counts of larceny, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Woods was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A District Court…

Police Reports Say Runaway & Her Boyfriend Have Been Found Safe

Two individuals, including a teenager reported missing have been found. The Statesville Police Department reports that 16-year-old Chloe Hastings and her boyfriend, Ayden Wood, were found safe in Florida. As WHKY reported on November 15, Hastings was reported missing and it was believed that she may have run away with Wood. She was reported missing…

Four Suspects Charged In Connection To Crimes In Multiple Counties

Four suspects in a weapon theft in Yadkin County earlier this month were arrested in Iredell County. 18-year-old Jamarion Malachi Jones of Winston-Salem is charged in Yadkin County with 26 felony counts of larceny of a firearm, three felony counts of conspire to commit felony larceny, and single felony counts of breaking & entering and…

Hiddenite Man Facing Numerous Charges In Two Counties

44-year old Marty Joe Bryan of Hiddenite was arrested last Wednesday (November 16) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and resisting a public officer. Bryan is also charged with failure to appear on counts including felony first-degree burglary and misdemeanor counts of domestic criminal trespass, assault on a female, communicating…

Skunk in Caldwell County Tests Positive for Rabies

Earlier today (November 21), the North Carolina State Laboratory notified Caldwell County Animal Care Enforcement that a skunk submitted for testing was infected with the rabies virus. The skunk was found on Red Oak Road when it contacted a dog. It’s the fourth confirmed rabies case in Caldwell County this year and the second case…

Lincoln County Officers Search for Suspects in Theft of Log Splitter

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects in the theft of equipment from Lowe’s Home Improvement on Highway 73 in Denver. On November 18, a Deputy was dispatched to the Denver Lowe’s store in reference the theft of a log splitter that occurred on November 12. The…

Hudson Woman Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

40-year-old Drema Lee Boocks II of Shoun Drive in Hudson was arrested Saturday (November 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with possession with intent to manufacture sell or distribute methampetamine. As of this morning, Boocks remains in jail with a $10,000 secured bond and District Court scheduled for November 21.

Lenoir Woman Arrested on A Probation Violation

33-year-old Brittany Nicole Bristol of Ward Green Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (November 18) by Probation and Parole Officers. She was charged with a felony probation violation. Bristol was on probation as a result of conviction in January 2019 in Caldwell County for felony possession of schedule II-controlled substance. As of early Monday morning,…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Controlled Substance

29-year-old Kailan Dijon Audrey of Calvary Place in Lenoir was arrested Friday (November 18) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell or distribute a controlled substance on or near a playground. Audrey remains in jail as of Monday morning with a $20,000 secured bond and…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Violating Probation

51-year-old James Edgar Roberts of Pigtail Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (November 18) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with a felony probation violation. Roberts was on probation as a result of a conviction in Caldwell County in April 2019 on felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to…

Accident Reported On Highway 127 In Hickory

Hickory Police reported a traffic accident this morning (November 21) on North Center Street (Highway 127) in Hickory in the area of 26th Avenue NE. The crash was reported to WHKY at approximately 8:30 a.m. today and traffic was reported to be affected in the area. There were reports of traffic being detoured in the…

Conover Man Charged With Forcible Sex Offense

50-year-old Clifton Ray James of Rock Barn Road in Conover was arrested Sunday (November 20) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of first-degree forcible sex offense and assault by strangulation. James was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (November 21).

Man Charged in Connection to Fatal Sunday P.M. Shooting in Hickory [UPDATED TO INCLUDE VICTIM’S IDENTITY 11:05 a.m.]

32-year-old Az Thor of Berry Road in Hickory was arrested Sunday (November 20) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with murder. Shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday, Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a shooting at an address on 14th Avenue S.W. in Hickory. When Deputies arrived, they found an adult male…

Hickory Man Charged With Failing To Register As Sex Offender

58-year-old Hobert Gregory Redmon, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested Friday (November 18) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with failure to register as a sex offender. According to the North Carolina State Bureau Of Investigation Sex Offender website, Redmon was convicted in June, 2009, in Yadkin County of indecent…

Claremont Man Charged With Stolen Vehicle Offense

40-year-old Keith Brandon Tyson of Rock Barn Road in Claremont was arrested Thursday (November 17) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Tyson was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (November 21). A District Court…

Morganton Man Charged In Connection To Vehicle Break-ins At Business

45-year-old Jason Matthew Basnett of Swink Street in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (November 15) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with four counts of felony break or enter a motor vehicle, two felony counts of larceny, and one misdemeanor count of attempt to break or enter a motor vehicle. On Tuesday shortly after 6:30…

Murder, Attempted Murder Charges Filed Against Hickory Man In Connection To Nov. 5 Shootings (updated with more details, 10:10 a.m., 11/18/22)

24-year-old Trevin Ali Brown of 28th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (November 17) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with murder and attempted first-degree murder. Brown is charged in connection to the murder of 20-year-old Khalil Ryhnhart on November 5. He’s also charged in connection to the shooting of 42-year-old Eric Rhynhart during…

Holiday Parade And Tree Lighting Scheduled Today In Hickory

The City of Hickory will host its annual holiday season kick-off event today (November 18), the Lowes Foods Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting. A special procession of the Fallen Heroes ministry to honor fallen soldiers from North Carolina will begin at 5:45 p.m., preceding the parade, which will directly follow at 6 p.m. Kathryn T.…

Man Arrested Following Reported Chase With Police

41-year-old Ya Chue Thor of Rainhill Church Road in Morganton was arrested Thursday (November 17) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Thor is also charged with driving while license revoked, failure to maintain lane control, and expired registration card or tag. At approximately 2:30…

Burke County Man Charged With Theft From Industrial Site

35-year-old David Allen Dawson, Jr., who is listed as a homeless person from Morganton, was arrested Tuesday (November 15) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, and probation violation. Shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday, a Public Safety Officer responded to an address on…

Morganton Man Charged With Strangulation

22-year-old Alexandru Lee Cook of Hogan Street in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (November 15) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female. Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday a Public Safety Officer responded to an address on Hogan Street in reference to…

Hickory Man Faces Felony Drug Charges

32-year-old Larome Donte Foster of Dixie Park Avenue in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police Sunday (November 13) on felony counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance and the sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an…

No Injuries Reported in Catawba County School Bus Accident

At about noon today (November 17), Mountain View Elementary school bus #353 was involved in a traffic accident at the intersection of Starnes Road and N.C. Highway 127. Initial reports indicate that the driver of the bus attempted a left turn into the path of an oncoming vehicle traveling south on Highway 127. 61 third-grade…

Three Sustain Minor Injuries in Wednesday A.M. School Bus Accident

At about 8:50 Wednesday morning (November 16), the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a collision in Catawba County on N.C. Highway 150 near Mount Pleasant Road (in the Sherrills Ford area). An eastbound school bus on Highway 150 stopped for traffic and was rear-ended by an eastbound tractor-trailer. The bus was from the…

Hudson Man Arrested for Breaking & Entering

24-year-old Michael Gold Austin of Hudson was arrested Wednesday (November 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and larceny. Austin remains in jail as of this morning and was given a $10,000 secured bond with District Court scheduled for Thursday.

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Counterfeit Drugs

33-year-old Blake Lee Greene of Kincaid Hill Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (November 16) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with possession with intent to sell or distribute counterfeit controlled substances and possession of schedule II-controlled substances. Kincaid was given a custody release with District Court scheduled for January 9, 2023.

South Carolina Woman Jailed On Felony Charge In Alexander County

40-year-old Jessica Marie Kelsey of Sumpter, South Carolina, was arrested Tuesday (November 15) by Taylorsville Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of heroin along with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen goods or property. Kelsey was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center…

Hickory Man Charged With Fleeing From Police

37-year-old George Maurice Hill of 2nd Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested today (November 17) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, reckless driving to endanger, speeding, fail to yield for a stop sign or flashing red light, and driving left of center. Hill was incarcerated in…

Missing Teenager From Alexander County Sought

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that 17-year-old Michael Damien Brown of Taylorsville is missing. He was last seen at approximately 8:30 a.m. on November 11. He is approximately 6’3″ and weighs between 205 and 215 pounds. The missing teen was last seen wearing a white shirt, dark blue sweatpants and a blue Columbia…

Hickory Man Charged With Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Offenses

44-year-old Antonio Darrell Saddler of 7th Street SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (November 16) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Saddler is also charged with driving while license revoked. Following the arrest, the suspect was jailed in the Catawba County…

Conover Woman Charged With Meth Possession

35-year-old Amanda Marie Locklear, who is listed as a homeless person from Conover, was arrested Wednesday (November 16) by Newton Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and disorderly conduct. Locklear was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,500 bond. A District Court date was…

Hickory Woman Jailed On Multiple Drug Charges

35-year-old Linda Gale Boyett of 4th Street Place SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (November 16) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with trafficking, opium, or heroin, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed gun. Boyett was jailed in…

Hickory Woman Charged With Cocaine Possession, Habitual Larceny

53-year-old Mavis Fountain Clark of 26th Street Drive NE in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of possession of cocaine and habitual larceny along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Clark was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (November 17) under $4,000 bond.…

Man Who Crashed Into Jail In 2021 Arrested Again This Week

A man who crashed into a jail after leading officers on a chase in Alexander County last year was taken back into custody this week. He’s charged with violating the probation agreement that was imposed in connection to that 2021 incident. 34-year old Brantly Lee Minton of Stony Point was arrested Wednesday (November 16) and…

Catawba Valley Medical Center Receives High Safety Grade

Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) has received an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for Fall 2022. This national distinction recognizes CVMC’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital, as well as meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. This marks the thirteenth consecutive ‘A’ grade for safety that…

Hickory Hospital Receives High Ranking From National Publication

Frye Regional Medical Center, a Duke LifePoint hospital, has been named a 2022-2023 High Performing Hospital for Heart Attack, Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) by U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice. This is the highest award a hospital can earn for U.S. News’ Best…

Four Suspects Charged In Connection To Crimes In Burke County

27-year-old Chad Michael Sampson of Rogers Road in Hickory, 28-year-old Autumn Marie Burhans of Jacobs Lane in Morganton, 40-year-old Terry Joseph Brown, who is listed as a homeless person from Morganton, and 30-year-old Michael Edward Monn of Foresthaven Road in Morganton were all arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. Sampson is charged with felony counts…

Fire Causes Extensive Damage To Hickory Home

A Hickory home sustained major damage in a fire Tuesday evening (November 15). Shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday, Hickory firefighters were dispatched to the area of 3715 9th Street Circle NE. Upon arrival, firefighters reported a working fire with heavy smoke and fire coming from the residence. Firefighters confirmed there was no one at home…

U.S. Marshals Offer Reward In Conover Murder Case

The U.S. Marshals are offering up to $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted by the Conover Police Department for murder. The investigation to find and arrest 49-year-old Donald Ray Hodges has been designated a U.S. Marshals Major Case by the U.S. Marshals-led Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force. They took…

Lincoln County Sheriff Warns Citizens of Scam

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office continues to receive complaints from citizens who have been targeted by scammers claiming to represent the Sheriff’s Office. Victims are receiving phone calls from a number that shows up on Caller I.D. as a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office number or a local landline number. On November 14, one local resident…

Lenoir Man Charged with Forgery

33-year-old Calvin Smith Jones of Taylor Farm Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (November 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with two felonies: one count forgery of an instrument and one count uttering a forged instrument. Jones was given a $10,000 secured bond and a District Court date scheduled for November 16.

Lenoir Woman Charged with Forgery

39-year-old Jennifer Lynn Anderson of Jennings Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (November 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with two felonies: one count forgery of an instrument and one count uttering a forged instrument. She was also charged with a misdemeanor of possessing stolen property but was given a custody release. Anderson…

Lenoir Woman Arrested on Probation Violation

35-year-old Jessica Kay Bernice Locklear of Abington Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (November 14) by Probation and Parole Officers. She was charged with two felonies: one count probation violation and one count breaking and entering. Locklear also was charged with four misdemeanors: failure to appear, simple assault, injury to real property, and communicating threats.…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Drug Possession

33-year-old Michael William Watkins of Prospect Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (November 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with a felony possession of a controlled substance on a penal institution and two misdemeanor counts of breaking and entering and communicating threats. Watkins remains in jail as of this morning with a $17,500…

Claremont Man Arrested On Charge Of Assault With Intent To Kill

56-year-old Jimmy Ray Green of Dawn Court in Claremont was arrested Monday (November 14) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury along with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female and interfere with emergency communication. Green was incarcerated in the Catawba…

Maiden Woman Jailed On Meth Charge

37-year-old Erica Beaver of David Cox Road in Maiden was arrested today (November 15) by authorities in Catawba County. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Beaver was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. District and Superior Court appearances are scheduled Wednesday (November 16).

Hudson Man Charged for Fleeing Arrest with A Motor Vehicle

55-year-old William Randall Cannon of Herman Road in Hudson was arrested Monday (November 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with fleeing or eluding arrest with a motor vehicle and given a $25,000 secured bond. As of this morning he remains in jail with District Court scheduled for November 16.

Lenoir Man Arrested for Breaking & Entering

33-year-old Larry William Keller III of Tumbleweed Drive in Lenoir was arrested Monday (November 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with two felony counts of breaking and entering, one felony count of larceny after breaking and entering, a misdemeanor failure to appear, and a felony offense of failure to appear. As of…

Morganton Woman Charged With Felony Drug Offense Following Shoplifting Complaint

45-year-old Kimberly Norma Killough of Valdese Avenue in Morganton was arrested Saturday (November 12) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and misdemeanor larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods. Shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday a Morganton Public Safety Officer responded to a retail store…

Authorities Seeking Missing Teenager

A teenager has been reported missing by authorities and it is believed she may have run away with her boyfriend. The Statesville Police Department reports they are seeking 16-year-old Chloe Hastings. She is a white female, 5’5″, 115-120 pounds with red hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing grey sweatpants and an oversized…

Taylorsville Man Jailed On Sex Offense Charge

68-year-old Stanley John Johnson of Old Landfill Road in Taylorsville was arrested Monday (November 14) by authorities in Alexander County. He’s charged with one felony count of registered sex offender on child premises. Johnson is a registered sex offender as a result of a conviction in December, 2019 in Alexander County. He was convicted of…

Man Charged With String Of Sex Offenses Appears In Court

A suspect charged with ten felony sex offense counts in Alexander County appeared in court Monday (November 14). Following that court date, the suspect remained in jail under a different bond amount. 41-year-old Carol Henry Maloney of the Cleveland County town of Grover was arrested November 2 by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. Police charged him…

Dewey’s Bakery Store in Newton to Benefit Corner Table During Holidays

The Corner Table will operate a Dewey’s Bakery fundraising location in Newton for the holiday season. The store will be open from November 11 through December 24 and will operate Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The store will be closed on Sunday. The…

One Person Killed in Collision in Viewmont Saturday

The Hickory Police Department is investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred on Saturday (November 12). The deceased is 46-year-old Gerald Ray Fulbright of Hickory. At 6:07 p.m. Saturday, a box truck was traveling south on N.C. 127 when it moved into the middle turning lane to turn left onto 31st Avenue Court N.E., just…

Hickory Woman Charged With Heroin Possession

33-year-old Brittney Nicole Roseboro of 10th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of heroin along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana paraphernalia and possession of drug paraphernalia. Roseboro was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (November 14) under $2,500 bond. A District…

Hickory Man Charged With Stolen Vehicle, Drug Offenses

33-year-old Zong Shia Yang of Fairgrove Church Road in Hickory was arrested by Conover Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of stolen goods or property, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Yang was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility…

Suspect Jailed On Burke County Drug Charges

34-year-old Justin Alexander Rudisill who is listed as a homeless person was arrested last Wednesday (November 9) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Last Wednesday a Public Safety Officer responded to a report of a suspicious person. The officer…

Conover Man Jailed In Burke County On Felony Drug Charge

32-year-old Pang Yee Vue of Conover Boulevard East in Conover was arrested Sunday (November 13) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana). Vue was arrested shortly after midnight Sunday morning at an address on Hickory Airport Road in Hickory. Following his arrest, Vue was placed in…

Alexander County Man Jailed In Catawba County On Meth, Stolen Goods Charges

33-year-old Cody Adam Bateman of Leroy Road in Taylorsville was arrested Friday (November 11) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of stolen goods, possession of drug paraphernalia, and misdemeanor larceny. Bateman is also charged by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office with financial card fraud. Following the arrest, the suspect was…

Suspect In 1992 Murder Apprehended, Placed In Jail

A suspect in a 30-year-old double homicide has been extradited to Iredell County to face felony charges. The Statesville Police Department announced Friday (November 11) that 54-year-old Sheldon Demetrius Summers was being held in the Iredell County Detention Center following his extradition from New Jersey. Summers, one of two suspects in the 1992 slaying of…

One Person Killed in Iredell County Crash

One man was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Iredell County yesterday (November 10). The deceased is 33-year-old Shaun Michael Pace of Salisbury. At about 7:15 p.m. Thursday, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal collision in Iredell County on U.S. Highway 70 near Triplett Road. A 2018 Chevrolet Traverse driven by…

Grant Awarded to Revitalize Newton’s Central Rec Center

The City of Newton recently received a $950,000 grant award from the North Carolina Department of Commerce to fund revitalization efforts at the Central Recreation Center. The center is located on South Erwin Avenue in east Newton. The award will support renovation projects at a space that’s used for education, recreation, and public gatherings. The…

Morganton Man Jailed On Sexual Exploitation Charges

21-year-old Chauncey Ellis Miller of N.C. 126 in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (November 9) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with three felony counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Miller was arrested at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday at an address on Icard Church of God Road in Connelly Springs. He was placed in…

Woman Jailed In Alexander County On Alleghany County Charges

35-year-old Natasha Dezary Turner was arrested Wednesday (November 9) by authorities in Alexander County. She was served a warrant from Alleghany County for felony larceny and felony probation violation. Turner is on probation as a result of a conviction in Wilkes County in January, 2021 for felony counts of breaking & entering and possession of…

Public Meeting Scheduled To Discuss I-40 Interchange In Eastern Burke County

The N.C. Department of Transportation invites the public to provide input on a proposed project to improve safety and mobility at the interchange of Interstate 40 and Old N.C. 10 in Burke County. The informal, drop-in meeting will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, November 17 at First Baptist Church-Hildebran, 8831 Old N.C. 10. With…

Veterans Day Events Scheduled In Hickory Metro

Today (November 11) is Veterans Day and there are events scheduled across the Hickory Metro to commemorate those who have served. An event hosted by the Carolina Caring, Catawba County Veterans Service Office, and Hickory Elks Lodge was scheduled for 11 a.m. today at L.P. Frans Stadium. Doors were scheduled to open at 10:30 a.m.…

Morganton Woman Struck And Killed By Vehicle

A pedestrian was struck and killed Thursday (November 10) in Morganton. The deceased is 29-year-old Shamika Louise Lyles of Morganton. Thursday, at 8:05 a.m., Officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to a motor vehicle collision with a pedestrian near 800 North Green Street. The pedestrian was identified as Shamika Louise Lyles. Lyles…

Prison Escapee From Lenoir Captured

An escaped North Carolina Prison inmate from Caldwell County has been captured. 32-year old Joshua Phillip Ostwalt of Lenoir escaped from the Robeson CRV Center in Lumberton on Wednesday (November 9) at approximately 3 p.m. He was serving a two-year, six-month sentence for felony breaking and entering and a parole violation. Ostwalt has multiple recent…

Two Arrested on Felony Drug Charges in Lincoln County

51-year-old Jonathan Micheal Boggs of South Laurel Street in Lincolnton and 37-year-old Matthew Paul Starnes of Hickory have both been arrested on felony drug charges by Lincoln County Narcotics Officers in connection to separate incidents. Boggs was charged with two felony counts each of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession with the…

Hickory Man Charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretenses

25-year-old Jervane Joshua Allen Parsons of Spring Meadow Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Tuesday (November 8) on felony and misdemeanor warrants. He faces one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses and one misdemeanor count of common law uttering. The warrants were issued on November 7. Parsons was taken into custody…

Gastonia Man Jailed in Catawba County on Assault, Parole Violation Charges [UPDATED 11:30 a.m.]

36-year-old Ausburn Jerry Bridges of Gastonia was arrested yesterday (November 9) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony assault with physical injury on emergency personnel. He was also charged with a parole violation. Bridges is on parole as the result of a conviction in April of 2021 in Gaston County on a felony count…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Intimidating A Witness

42-year-old Kequan Termaine Kincaid of Glendale Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (November 9) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with failure to appear and a felony count of intimidating a witness. Kincaid remains in jail with a $100,500 secured bond and District Court scheduled for Thursday (November 10).  

Catawba Man Arrested On Felony Assault, Firearm Charges

42-year-old Kaw Yang of Cheng Drive in Catawba was arrested Wednesday (November 9) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon. Yang is additionally charged with assault with a deadly weapon, and…

Business Development Programs Offered By City Of Hickory

The City of Hickory offers a range of incentives and business development programs to support new and expanding businesses. City officials recently issued a news release outlining those opportunities. In October 2018, the City of Hickory launched its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Business Loan Program with the intent to increase opportunities for entrepreneurship…

Newton Man Charged With Habitual Larceny

43-year-old Jonathan Glenn Wilson of Conley Street in Newton was arrested Wednesday (November 9) by Conover Police Officers. He’s charged with felony habitual larceny. Wilson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (November 10).

Conover Man Charged With Burglary

63-year-old Donnie Blaine Spence of Herman Sipe Road in Conover was arrested Wednesday (November 9) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with first-degree burglary. Spence was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (November 10).

Wanted Suspects Sought In Area County

Authorities in Iredell County are continuing to seek wanted suspects. New names were recently added to the Iredell County most wanted list. 21-year-old Azariah Rafael Alicea is wanted by authorities in Iredell County on a charge of felony cruelty to animals. Alicea’s last known address was 44 Sunset Pointe Drive in Clayton, N.C. 32-year-old Scott…

Microsoft To Invest $1 Billion In Catawba County, Add New Jobs

Leaders of Catawba County, the Cities of Conover and Hickory, the Town of Maiden, and the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced Wednesday (November 9) that Microsoft Corp. plans to invest a minimum of $1 billion in the phased development of four datacenters in Catawba County over the next 10 years. The datacenters will…

Two Arrested in Connection to Lincoln County Bank Robbery

24-year-old Jaylen Shamari Rowell and 28-year-old Christopher D’Michah Tarrant, both from Charlotte, have been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives in connection to a bank robbery. They’re accused of robbing the State Employees Credit Union on N.C. Highway 73 on November 7, as reported by WHKY on that date. Both men were charged with felony…

Lenoir Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

31-year-old Zachary Tyler King of Candace Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with a felony for possession of a schedule two controlled substance. King remains in jail with a $10,000 secured bond and District Court scheduled for Wednesday (November 9).

Area Park To See Improvements Following Approval

Alexander County residents will enjoy enhanced recreational opportunities at Bethlehem Park once the improvement project is complete. The Alexander County Board of Commissioners approved West Consultants PLLC as the engineering firm for the project at the November 7 meeting. Benjie Thomas with West Consultants presented a preliminary drawing of the Bethlehem Park improvement project, which…

Catawba County Company To Expand, Add New Jobs

Pregis®, a manufacturer and provider of innovative and protective packaging products for a wide range of end markets, plans to expand its existing manufacturing facility in Newton where it produces temporary protective films. Over the next three years, Pregis plans to create 10 new jobs and invest more than $11 million in new production lines…

Lenoir Woman Pleads Guilty In Murder Case, Sentenced To Minimum Of Ten Years

A Caldwell County woman will serve 10-13 years in prison after pleading guilty in connection to a fatal shooting in the Ferguson Community of Wilkes County. 36-year-old Chasity Starr Davis of Lenoir was sentenced in Wilkes County Superior Court last week after she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder without regard for human life. Davis also…

Men Charged With Felony, Misdemeanor Offenses After Alleged Unsafe Target Practice

Grant Sydney Martin of Newton and Stephen Perry Howland of Cornelius were arrested last Friday (November 4) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with felony discharging a weapon into occupied property. In addition, both suspects are charged with misdemeanor counts of injury to real property and injury to personal property. The two men…

November 8, 2022 Final Election Results

Election Results: (** indicates winner) Catawba County Board of Commissioners (Top 3) Final Result- 40 of 40 precincts reporting **Randy Isenhower  29.55% **Cole Setzer  28.08% **Robert Abernethy, Jr.  29.00% Wendy Kennedy  12.38% Catawba County Schools Board of Education Winners Michelle Teague, Don Sigmon, Tim Settlemyre, Leslie H. Barnette (Four candidates below Barnette finished less than…

Crash Early Tuesday Morning In Catawba County Claims Man’s Life

A Catawba County man was killed in a crash early Tuesday morning (November 8). The deceased is 58-year-old Jerry Wayne Lail of Newton. Tuesday at approximately 5:40 a.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Robinson Road near Shuford Road in Catawba County. A 2013 Ford Focus was traveling south on Robinson Road, lost…

Connelly Springs Man Arrested on Warrant for Obtaining Property by False Pretenses

38-year-old Bradley Monroe Melton of Sparrow Trail in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police last Thursday (November 3) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses. He was also served with another unspecified felony warrant. Both warrants were issued on October 20 of this year. Melton was taken into custody without incident…

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Cocaine & Pot Charges

50-year-old Bryant Devon Little of 9th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police last Saturday (November 5) on felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver marijuana. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Little was taken into…

Hickory Man Charged With Kidnapping, Assault

34-year-old Jonathan Oliver Doyle of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested Monday (November 7) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony second-degree kidnapping along with misdemeanor counts of domestic criminal trespass and assault on a female. Doyle was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A District Court date…

Hickory Man Jailed On Habitual Larceny Charges

27-year-old Mark Edward Hinson of Meadowbrook Lane in Hickory was arrested Monday (November 7) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of habitual larceny, one count of habitual larceny that is not specified as a felony or misdemeanor, and one misdemeanor count of financial card fraud. Following the arrest, Hinson was…

Lenoir Man Charged with Breaking & Entering a Motor Vehicle

33-year-old Adam David Burleson of Rocky Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (November 7) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count breaking and entering into a motor vehicle and given a $3,000 secured bond. Burleson remains in jail with District court scheduled for Wednesday (November 9).

Defendant In Federal Meth Trafficking Case Involving Hickory Metro Sentenced To More Than 17 Years In Prison

33-year-old Jonathan Corey Daniel of Monroe, Georgia, was sentenced Monday (November 7) by U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell to 210 months in prison and five years of supervised release for trafficking methamphetamine, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. In July 2021, Daniel pleaded guilty to methamphetamine trafficking…

Suspect Sought In Vehicle Break-in

Authorities are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in a vehicle break-in. On Wednesday, October 26, 2022, Iredell County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Taylorsville Highway in Western Iredell County to investigate a break-in to a vehicle. The suspect gained access to the vehicle by breaking out a window. The purse containing the…

Election Day Today, Races To Be Decided Across Hickory Metro

Election Day is today (November 8) and there are contested races in all of the Hickory Metro counties. In Catawba County, there are four candidates for three seats on the Board of Commissioners. In addition there are twelve candidates vying for four seats on the Catawba County Schools Board of Education. There is a contested…

Bank Robbery Suspects Sought in Lincoln County

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are looking for two men who robbed a bank in Denver today (November 7). Deputies were dispatched to the State Employees Credit Union on the 6500 block of North Carolina Highway 73 at about 11:10 this morning after receiving a report from the bank’s alarm company. Two men armed with handguns…

Lenoir Man Charged with Felony Probation Violation

25-year-old Eugene Henderson Hester of Tilton Place in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (November 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with a probation violation and given a $50,000 secured bond. Hester is on probation as a result of a conviction in February 2021 in New Hanover County for felony counts of possession of schedule…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Probation Violations

31-year-old Joshua Colby Stamey of Kirkland Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (November 6) by Probation & Parole Officers. He was charged with two counts of probation violation and one count misdemeanor larceny. Stamey is on probation as a result of a conviction in Caldwell County in April 2021 for felony counts of receiving a…

Unemployment Rates Fall Across Hickory Metro, State

Unemployment rates fell across the Hickory Metro and throughout much of North Carolina according to the latest update. The report was issued last week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The Statistics are from September. Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 3.1 percent, down from 3.6 in the August report.…

Wilkes County Man Charged with Breaking & Entering

25-year-old Drake Montana Dillard of Moravian Falls in Wilkes County was arrested Sunday (November 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with breaking and entering to a vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, and a misdemeanor of possessing stolen property. Dillard was given a custody release but remains in jail with Superior Court dates set for…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Possession of a Stolen Firearm

47-year-old Jeffrey Alan Price of Stone Wall Street in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (November 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. Price was charged with a felony possession of a stolen firearm and given a custody release. As of this morning (November 7) he is not in jail and has District Court scheduled for today.

Granite Falls Man Arrested for Drug Possession

51-year-old Michael Adam Jennings of Lee Pearson Road in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (November 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine and given a $5,000 secured bond. As of this morning (November 7) Jennings remains in jail with District Court scheduled for today.

Hickory Woman Charged With Drug Offenses, Resisting Officer

37-year-old Cristal Danell Perryman of 13th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested today (November 7) by Newton Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, resisting a public officer, possession of marijuana, simple possession of schedule III controlled substance, and failure to appear on a count of second-degree trespassing. Perryman was jailed in the Catawba…

Hickory Man Charged With Meth Possession, Stolen Goods Offense

24-year-old Nicholas Scott Hefner of 2nd Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Sunday (November 6) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of stolen goods or property, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hefner was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date…

Hickory Man Charged With Strangulation

31-year-old David Alexander Santos of 5th Street NW in Hickory was arrested Saturday (November 5) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female. Santos was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (November 7).

Fatal Shooting Under Investigation In Hickory (Updated 4:14 a.m., 11/7/22)

A fatal shooting is under investigation. Saturday (November 5) shortly before 3:00 a.m., Hickory Police Officers responded to the 900 Block of Highland Avenue NE after receiving a 911 call from a citizen. The caller was driving on Highland Avenue NE and spotted a vehicle that had driven off the roadway. The caller said there…

Daylight Saving Time Ends This Weekend, Turn Clocks Back Sunday

It’s time to “fall back” this weekend as we switch from Daylight Saving Time to Eastern Standard Time. Turn clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday (November 6). Many cellphones and other electronic devices do this automatically. Fire officials also recommend changing batteries in detectors this time of year.

One Person Killed in Early Morning Crash in Catawba County

One person was killed in a two-collision in Catawba County early this morning (November 4). The deceased is 30-year-old Gabrielle Christine Dyal of Hickory. At about 6:15 a.m. today, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the accident scene on N.C. Highway 16 at Mount Olive Church Road. A northbound 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser…

Lenoir Man Arrested For A Probation Violation

56-year-old William Gregory Brookshire of Clarks Chapel Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (November 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with a probation violation and given a $25,000 secured bond. Brookshire is on probation as a result of a conviction on July 20, 2022, in Caldwell County for felony possession of schedule II-controlled…

Alexander County Man Charged With Felony For Allegedly Posting Private Image On Social Media

52-year-old Richard Eric Speagle of Taylorsville was arrested Thursday (November 3) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony disclosure of a private image. On October 24, 2022, Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies received a report from the victim that a private image of the individual had been posted to a public social media page.…

Bridge Closure Scheduled For Monday In Catawba County

The N.C. Department of Transportation will close a bridge on Grace Church Road over Haas Creek in Newton next week. The closure will begin at 7 a.m. on Monday (November 7) and is scheduled to end by the afternoon of November 23. Maintenance crews will be replacing the bridge deck during the closure. The three-mile…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Drug Possession

31-year-old Jonathan Robert Triplett of Playmore Beach Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (November 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with possession of schedule II-controlled substance and remains in jail as of this morning (November 4) with a $5,000 secured bond. District Court is scheduled for Monday (November 7).

Man Arrested In Connection To Multiple Break-ins

35-year-old Mauricio Samuel Christian of Rougemont, N.C., which is a community in Durham and Person Counties, was arrested Wednesday (November 2) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering, breaking & entering to terrorize or injure, and larceny after breaking & entering. Christian is also charged with misdemeanor counts…

Lenoir Man Charged for Malicious Conduct

25-year-old Mekhi Aundrel Dula of Dulatown Heights Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (November 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with a felony count of malicious conduct by prisoner throwing bodily fluids. Dula was given a $20,000 secured bond and remains in jail as of this morning (November 4) with District Court…

Granite Falls Man Arrested on Probation Violation, Defrauding a Drug Screening

51-year-old Jeffrey Brian Price of Peachtree Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (November 3) by Probation & Parole Officers. He was charged with a felony probation violation and a Superior Court date was set for Monday (December 5). Price is on probation as a result of a conviction in Caldwell County on September 26,…

Deep Gap Man Jailed In Catawba County On Heroin Charge

29-year-old Wesley Alan Cox of the Watauga County community of Deep Gap, N.C. was arrested Thursday (November 3) by Alcohol Law Enforcement Officers. He’s charged with possession of heroin, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Cox was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District…

Rabies Case Confirmed Thursday In Caldwell County

Caldwell County’s third rabies case of 2022 has been confirmed. On Thursday (November 3) the North Carolina State Laboratory notified Caldwell County Animal Care Enforcement (ACE) that a cat submitted for testing was infected with the rabies virus. The cat, whose owners live in the Red Oak Road area of Granite Falls, is believed to…

Taylorsville Woman Sentenced To Federal Prison Time For Embezzling More Than $15 Million

53-year-old Donna Osowitt Steele of Taylorsville was sentenced Thursday (November 3) to eight years in federal prison for embezzling more than $15 million from her former employer. The announcement was made by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell also ordered Steele to serve…

More Details Released In Connection To Burke County Arrest Of Man On Felony Drug Charges

33-year-old Jeffrey Scott Ohmer of Putnam Street in Morganton was arrested last Friday (October 28) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver meth, and possession of a firearm by a felon along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.…

Lenoir Man Charged for Trafficking Methamphetamine

29-year-old Seth Allen Thornburg of Rusty Lane in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (November 2) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with a felony trafficking in methamphetamine and given a $40,000 secured bond. As of this morning (November 3) Thornburg is not in jail with District Court scheduled for today also.

More Info Released in Arrest of Hickory Man on Child Porn Charges

More information has been released in connection to the arrest of 49-year-old Dwayne Mark Duncan of 33rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory, first reported yesterday (November 2) by WHKY. Duncan was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers Tuesday (November 1) on one felony count each of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and third-degree sexual exploitation…

Lenoir Woman Arrested for A Probation Violation

29-year-old Chasity Nichole Carpenter of Horseford Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (November 2) by Probation & Parole Officers. She was charged with a probation violation and given a $10,000 secured bond. As of this morning (November 3) she remains in jail with Superior Court scheduled for Monday (December 5). Carpenter is on probation as…

Morganton Man Arrested on Felony Trafficking Charges in Lenoir

35-year-old Daniel Jerod Perkins of Highway 18/U.S. 64 in Morganton was arrested yesterday (November 2) and charged with felony counts of trafficking in cocaine and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. He was arrested by Deputies and Narcotics Agents with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and Boone Police. At about 9 a.m. yesterday, Officers…

Burke County Woman Jailed In Catawba County On Probation Violation Charge

35-year-old Elizabeth Raye Anderson of Walker Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (November 2) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony probation violation out of county. Anderson is on probation as a result of a conviction in September of this year in Guilford County for felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Anderson received a…

Newton Man Charged With Larceny, Possessing Stolen Goods

29-year-old Christopher Lee Eric Watson of 16th Avenue SE in Newton was arrested today (November 3) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny, larceny from a merchant, and possession of stolen goods. Watson was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled next Monday (November…

Cleveland County Man Jailed In Alexander County On String Of Sex Offense Charges (Updated with additional information, 11:15 a.m., 11/3/22)

41-year-old Carol Henry Maloney of the Cleveland County town of Grover was arrested Wednesday (November 2) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with five felony counts apiece of statutory rape and sex offense in a parental role. Alexander County Deputies arrested Maloney in Cleveland County following an investigation. He was placed in the Alexander…

Arkansas Man Charged With Sexual Exploitation By Hickory PD

49-year-old Cannon Earl Kress of Van Buren, Arkansas, was arrested Wednesday (November 2) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with five counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, three counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, and one count of solicitation by computer. Kress was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under…

Missing Man Sought By Burke County Authorities

Authorities are asking for help in finding a man reported missing from Burke County. On October 22, 2022, Burke County Sheriff’s Officers took a report for a missing person at 8211 Teague Avenue, Lot 2, in Connelly Springs. 31-year-old Jason James Lee Sheffield was reported missing and was last seen by family on August 28,…

Suspect Charged Following Reported Chase With Police

19-year-old Anthony James Sadler of Cambridge Place in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Sadler is also charged with reckless driving, speeding, registration plate not displayed, no operators license, driving left of…

Lenoir Man Charged with Third Degree Sexual Exploitation

36-year-old Matthew Grady Logsdon of Deerhaven Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 1) by Caldwell Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with two felonies: third degree sexual exploitation of a minor and failure to register as a sex offender. As of today (November 2) he remains in jail with a $200,000 secured bond and a…

Granite Falls Woman Arrested on Three Felonies

30-year-old Haley Leann Hargus of Sawmills School Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (November 1). She was charged with three felonies: larceny, possession of stolen property, and obtaining property by false pretense. Hargus was given a $5,000 secured bond and she is not in jail as of this morning (November 2). District Court was…

Lenoir Man Charged with Credit Card Theft

31-year-old Cody Wayne Miller of Spainhour Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 1) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged for three felony counts of credit card theft and given a custody release. As of this morning (November 2) he was not in jail and a Superior Court date was scheduled for Monday (January…

Hendersonville Man Arrested on Methamphetamine Possession

47-year-old Lloyd Gene Seal of Hendersonville was arrested Tuesday (November 1) by Caldwell Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with a felony possession of methamphetamine and given a custody release. As of early this morning (November 2) he is still in jail and District Court was scheduled for today.

Lenoir Woman Arrested in Hickory on Felony Drug Charge

26-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Powell of British Woods Drive S.W. in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police late last night (November 1) for felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance. According to H.P.D.’s incident report, the controlled substance was heroin. Powell was taken into custody without incident just before midnight Tuesday at the intersection of…

Lawndale Man Arrested in Hickory for Failure to Appear; Multiple Additional Charges

38-year-old Clinton Collins Tipps of Pea Ridge Road in Lawndale was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (November 2) on two felony counts of failure to appear. The arrest warrants were issued in February of this year. Tipps reportedly failed to appear in court for felony possession of cocaine and a felony probation violation.…

Conover Man Arrested for Third Time on Fugitive Warrant

38-year-old Cory Lee Close of 29th Street Place S.W. in Conover has been arrested for a third time on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Close was taken into custody by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (November 1). He is wanted by the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office in Portsmouth, Ohio…

Sexual Exploitation Charges Lodged Against Hickory Man

49-year-old Dwayne Mark Duncan of 33rd Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (November 1) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Duncan was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court date…

Hickory Teenager Jailed On Firearm Charge

18-year-old David Wayne Weeks of Propst Drive in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (November 1) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon. Weeks was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (November 2).

Grant Announced To Fund Additional School Resource Officers In Alexander County

Alexander County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Hefner announced Tuesday (November 1), along with county Sheriff Chris Bowman, the receipt of a state grant to help fund school resource officers (SROs) at the district’s elementary schools. Currently the district receives funding for one officer that splits time between Hiddenite and Stony Point Elementary. The goal of…

Newton Man Sentenced To Minimum Of 66 Years In Prison Following Sex Offense Trial

A Catawba County jury convicted 35-year-old Jonathan Ray Lail of Newton of multiple sexual offenses on Tuesday (November 1), concluding a seven-day trial in Catawba County Superior Court. Lail was given an active prison sentence of 66 to 95 years after he was found guilty of statutory rape of a child by an adult, statutory…

Morganton Man Convicted In Fatal Shooting Of Man In 2020

A Burke County man was convicted of second-degree murder by a Burke County jury last Friday (October 28) at the conclusion of a week-long trial. The jury found 65-year-old George Lee Allison of Morganton guilty in the shooting death of Brandon Adams. The Honorable Jacqueline D. Grant, Superior Court Judge from Buncombe County, sentenced Allison…

Two Suspects Arrested On Felony Charges Following Traffic Stops

28-year-old Antonio Dejuan Hall of Charlotte and 22-year-old John Lewis Sheppard, Jr. of Gastonia were arrested Sunday (October 30) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. Hall is charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of cocaine. He’s also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, possession of…

Charlotte Man Arrested On Lincoln County Trafficking Charges

26-year-old Fidel Gutierrez of Charlotte was arrested last Friday (October 28) by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with three felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, two felony counts of trafficking in heroin, and one felony count of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. On Friday, Lincoln County Narcotics Investigators were conducting surveillance on…

Statesville Man Arrested on Felony Assault & Kidnapping Charges

51-year-old Antonio Noda Delgado of Elmwood Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on four counts of felony second-degree kidnapping and one count of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was also charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon. Last Friday (October 29), Deputies responded to the 100 block…

Frye Regional Medical Opens Today in Caldwell County

Frye Regional Medical Center has announced the opening of a new facility in Caldwell County. Frye Regional HealthPark was slated to open today (November 1) at 1041 Morganton Boulevard S.W. in Lenoir. It is a 25,000-square-foot, multi-specialty outpatient facility that offers cardiology and family medicine practices. A Caldwell Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting celebration will be…

Rape Charges Filed Against Man Arrested Monday

44-year-old Thomas Avery Graham was arrested Monday (October 31) by authorities in Iredell County. He’s charged with two felony counts of second-degree forcible rape and one felony count of second-degree forcible sex offense. Graham was arrested at 4:30 p.m. Monday and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. A District Court…

Morganton Man Indicted On Drug Charges

33-year-old Vicente Omar Forney of Robey Street in Morganton was arrested last Thursday (October 27) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged on true bills of indictment with felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin and possession with intent to sell and deliver fentanyl. Shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday, a Public Safety Officer responded to…

Granite Falls Woman Arrested for Violating Probation

31-year-old Amber Ruby Jean Snipes of Helton Road in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (October 31) by Probation and Parole Officers. She is charged with a felony probation violation with a $20,000 secured bond. Snipes was on probation as a result of a conviction in Caldwell County in March 2022 for felony larceny and received…

Lenoir Woman Arrested on Probation Violation

42-year-old Jessica Lou Parsons of Hartland Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (October 31) by Probation and Parole Officers. She is charged with a felony probation violation with a $20,000 secured bond. Parsons was on probation as a result of a conviction in Caldwell County in January 2020 in connection to a firearm offense committed…

Cleveland County Man Charged With Missing Court Dates In Catawba County

28-year-old Brandon Lee Buchanan of Lawndale was arrested last Thursday (October 27) by Maiden Police Officers. He’s charged with two counts of failure to appear on a felony probation violation. Buchanan is on probation as a result of a conviction in Lincoln County in June, 2020, for felony breaking & entering and larceny after breaking…

Wreck Claims Life Of Sugar Grove Man, Charges Filed In Crash

A Watauga County man was killed in a Monday (October 31) crash and an individual has been charged in the case. The deceased is 43-year-old Raymond Jefferidge Kerley III of Sugar Grove. On Monday at approximately 8:15 a.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to U.S. 321 near Phillips Branch Road in Watauga County. A…

Taylorsville Man Charged With Meth Possession

33-year-old Nicholas Winston Gamewell of Taylorsville was arrested Friday (October 28) by authorities in Alexander County. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Gamewell was released from custody under $3,000 bond. His next District Court date is scheduled for November 21. [Story and photo courtesy of Rick Gilbert, WACB]

Police Arrest Man Asleep In Vehicle On Drug Charges

37-year-old Charles Nicholas Bradley of Helton Hartley Place in Lenoir was arrested last Friday (October 28) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Shortly before 4 a.m. Friday a Public Safety Officer was patrolling on Catawba Meadows Drive. When the…

Morganton Man Jailed On Heroin Trafficking Charge

37-year-old Kerry Vincent Saunders of Harry Drive in Morganton was arrested Saturday (October 29) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of trafficking, opium or heroin and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance. On Saturday, shortly before 8 p.m., a Public Safety Officer conducted a traffic stop on Carbon…

Fatal Shooting In Hickory In 2021 Remains Under Investigation

Authorities are continuing to seek the person or people responsible for the death of a woman in Hickory nearly a year-and-a-half ago. The victim was killed in a drive-by shooting. 27-year-old India Kynar “Semaj” Rice was fatally shot on May 12, 2021. Just before 11 p.m. on that date, Hickory Police Officers responded to an…

Stony Point Man Pleads Guilty to Second-Degree Murder

24-year-old Adam Thomas Morgan of Stony Point pleaded guilty today (October 31) to two counts of second-degree murder. Morgan was sentenced to 221-to-278 months (approximately 18-to-23 years) of active prison time with credit for time served. Morgan has been incarcerated at the Alexander County Detention Center since March 2019 when he was arrested and charged…

Lenoir Man Arrested on Breaking & Entering and Probation Violation

32-year-old Joshua Phillip Ostwalt of Pleasant Hill Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (October 30) by Hudson Police Officers. He was charged with two felonies: one count breaking & entering and one count larceny after breaking and entering. Ostwalt was also charged on a failure to appear on counts of driving while license revoked and…

Charlotte Man Arrested for Fleeing Arrest with a Motor Vehicle

32-year-old David John Carson of Bridgewood Lane in Charlotte was arrested Saturday (October 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with a felony of fleeing or eluding arrest with a motor vehicle. Carson was given a $10,000 secured bond but as of this morning (October 31) he is not in jail. District Court…

Catawba Woman Jailed On Meth, Probation Violation Charges

25-year-old Heather Danielle Green of Long Island Road in Catawba was arrested today (October 31) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with five counts of felony probation violation along with two counts apiece of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Green is on probation as a result of convictions in March and…

Hickory Man Charged With Felony Drug Offense

30-year-old Charles Douglas Benson of Old Greedy Highway in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Benson was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (October 31) under $3,500 bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled Tuesday…

Paving Planned On Streets In City Of Lenoir

Contractors working for the City of Lenoir plan to pave three streets this week. Contractors will pave Swanson Drive from Norwood Street to Central Drive, Ronquil Park Place, and Stage Street. The paving is expected to start on Swanson Drive on Tuesday (November 1) weather permitting, and then move to Ronquil Park Place and Stage…

Conover Man Charged With Meth Possession, Firearm And B&E Offenses

33-year-old Noah Allen Miller of Rifle Range Road in Conover was arrested Friday (October 28) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon, felonious breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon, and resisting a public officer. Miller was jailed in the…

Hickory Man Charged With Cocaine, Meth Possession

56-year-old Gary Lee Porter of 10th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Sunday (October 30) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Porter was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,500 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (October 31).

Claremont Man Convicted Of Bank Robbery, Fraud & ID Theft In Federal Case

A federal grand jury sitting in Statesville has convicted 35-year-old Spenc’r Denard Rickerson of Claremont of bank robbery, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. The announcement was made by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell presided over the two-day trial which ended Friday.…

Hickory Teen Charged with Credit Card Fraud

19-year-old Jayden Maniyan Annette Ashford of 10th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Wednesday (October 26) on two felony counts of credit card fraud and one felony count of financial transaction card fraud. Credit cards and debit cards were reportedly stolen from an 89-year-old female in the Snow Creek area on 21st…

Statesville Man Charged with Indecent Liberties

64-year-old Guy V. Welch II of Strawberry Lane in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on two felony counts of indecent liberties with children. Events leading to his arrest began on October 4 when the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding a minor alleging to have been sexually assaulted. The victim was…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Fleeing Arrest with A Stolen Motor Vehicle

35-year-old Emmitt Steven Loges of Fiesta Court in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (October 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with two felonies: one count fleeing or eluding arrest with a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Loges was still in jail as of this morning (October 28) with a…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Stealing a Motor Vehicle

32-year-old Dillon Ray Byrd of Landmark Lane in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (October 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with three felonies: failure to appear, auto larceny, and possession of a stolen vehicle. Byrd was still in jail as of this morning (October 28) with a $60,000 secured bond and a District…

Lenoir Woman Arrested on Probation Violation

35-year-old Jessica Kay Bernice Locklear of Abington Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (October 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with two felonies: probation violation and failure to appear on a nonsupport case. Locklear was still in jail as of this morning (October 28) with a $5,000 secured and $300 cash bond…

Conover Woman Charged With Felony Drug Offense

50-year-old Robin Diane Stines of Zebulon Drive in Conover was arrested today (October 28) by authorities in Haywood County on charges from Catawba County. She’s charged in Catawba with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and failure to appear on a misdemeanor count of assault with a deadly weapon. Following today’s arrest Stines was…

Taylorsville Man Arrested For Third Time Since August

48-year-old Christopher Lynn Bailey of Taylorsville was arrested Wednesday (October 26) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with failure to appear on a count of attempted breaking and entering. Bailey is also charged with two counts of probation violation. Bailey is on probation as a result of convictions in Alexander County in June, 2021…

Burke County Man Jailed In Alexander County On Charge Of Violating Probation

40-year-old Joseph Cory Choate of Morganton was arrested Wednesday (October 26) by authorities in Alexander County. He’s charged with felony probation violation. Choate is on probation as a result of a conviction in September, 2020 in Burke County for felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Choate received a suspended sentence following that conviction. He…

Morganton Man Charged In Catawba County With Malicious Conduct By Prisoner

29-year-old Jerome Allen Mason of Charles Avenue in Morganton was arrested Thursday (October 27) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony malicious conduct by prisoner, throwing bodily fluids. In addition, Mason is charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer, second-degree trespassing, and disorderly conduct. Mason was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention…

Hickory Man Charged With Violating Parole

47-year-old Larry Eugene Allen of 1st Street SW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (October 26) by Probation and Parole Officers. He’s charged with parole violation. Allen is on parole following a conviction in Catawba County in July, 2021 for felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. He was released from custody on May 14, 2022…

Claremont Man Arrested On Drug Charges, Probation Violation

44-year-old Shawn Ray Matthews of Bolick Road in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (October 26) by Probation & Parole Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony probation violation. Matthews is on probation as a result of a conviction in Catawba County on April 5, 2022 for felony possession of schedule…

Vale Man Jailed In Catawba County On Probation Violation Charge

43-year-old Joshua Eric Spears of Wildlife Road in Vale was arrested Thursday (October 27) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with probation violation. Spears is on probation as a result of a conviction in Catawba County in July, 2022 for felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. He received a 24 month suspended sentence…

Habitual Larceny Charge Filed Against Connelly Springs Woman

38-year-old Priscilla Dawn Moody of Old Blue Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs was arrested today (October 28) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony habitual larceny. Moody was arrested shortly after 3 a.m. today and placed in jail in Morganton under $1,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for next Monday…

Morganton Man Jailed On Meth Trafficking Charge

33-year-old Jeffrey Scott Ohmer of Putnam Street in Morganton was arrested today (October 28) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony trafficking methamphetamine. Ohmer was arrested shortly after 2 a.m. today and was placed in jail in Morganton under $250,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.

Area County Lists New Suspects On Most Wanted List

Wanted suspects are being sought in Iredell County. The latest list on the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office website shows several new wanted suspects. 55-year-old Avery Camero Brandon is wanted by authorities in Iredell County. He’s charged with felony counts of assault by pointing a gun and possession of a firearm by a felon. In addition,…

Stabbing Under Investigation in Burke County

At about nine o’clock last night (October 26), Burke County Sheriff’s Officers responded to an address on George Hildebran School Road in reference to a stabbing. Deputies found Michael Winstead sitting in a vehicle with a stab wound to the abdomen. Officers with the Burke County Criminal Investigations Division responded and conducted interviews. Winstead was…

Hickory Woman Arrested on Drug Charges

26-year-old Sierra Alexis Locklear-Jenkins of 14th Street Drive in Hickory was arrested yesterday (October 26) on charges filed by Probation & Parole and Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. Jenkins was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, attempt to traffic meth by possession, possession with intent to sell or distribute meth, possession with intent to sell or distribute cocaine,…

Four Suspects Arrested On Felony Charges

Four people have been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on a variety of felony charges. 36-year-old Jonathan Ray Lowman and 26-year-old Brandon Hugh Bell, both of the same address on Lundy Road in Statesville, and 26-year-old Dakota Ray Ferguson of County Line Road in Harmony, and 47-year-old Marie Cleary Dugger of Hatteras Trail in…

Morganton Woman Charged With Drug Offenses, Several Counts Of Failure To Appear, Following Traffic Stop

48-year-old Margie Marie Cantrell, who is listed as a homeless person from Morganton, was arrested today (October 27) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II (methamphetamine) and possession of schedule VI controlled substance, misdemeanor larceny by trick, and seven counts of failure to appear for failure to…

Upcoming Road Closure Announced In Hickory

Contractors will install new utilities and construct a new railroad crossing across 2nd Avenue NW in Hickory. This work will require the closure of 2nd Avenue NW from 9th Street NW to 12th Street NW, beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, October 31. The section of 11th Street NW between Main Avenue and Old Lenoir…

One-Time Board Of Education Candidate Acquitted In Indecent Liberties Case

A former political candidate who was charged with indecent liberties in 2020 was acquitted earlier this month of the charges filed against him. According to a published report this week out of Alexander County, on Monday, October 17, an Alexander County Superior Court jury returned a not guilty verdict in the case against former Taylorsville…

Area Police Department Investigating Break-ins, Thefts

The Taylorsville Police Department is investigating multiple break-ins. According to reports, there were three recent incidents involving breaking, entering and larceny. All of the incidents occurred in East Taylorsville and took place during the overnight hours Monday (October 24) into Tuesday (October 25). According to police reports, Lackey Plumbing on East Main Avenue reported the…

Wastewater Discharge Reported In Hickory

The City of Hickory had a discharge of untreated wastewater Tuesday (October 25) of an estimated 1,800 gallons at 1030 Old Lenoir Road. The untreated wastewater was discharged into Frye Creek due to a pipe failure. The Division of Water Resources was notified of the event on Tuesday and is reviewing the matter. City officials…

Large Project Underway At Alexander Industrial Park

The Alexander County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is currently overseeing a significant site development project in the Alexander Industrial Park. The project will result in a 16-acre graded construction pad which will be marketed as a rail site to be serviced by the Alexander Railroad Company. Following two rounds of bidding earlier this year, a…

Suspect Charged With Strangulation, Kidnapping

29-year-old Cosean Patrick Patterson of Boone was arrested by Boone Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of assault by strangulation and first-degree kidnapping. In addition, Patterson is charged with misdemeanor counts of communicating threats, assault on a female, interfering with emergency communication, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. According to information released Wednesday…

Suspect Sought in Statesville Bomb Threat

At about 2:20 yesterday afternoon (October 25), an Iredell County Clerk of Court staffer took a call stating there were explosive devices in the Iredell County Courthouse on Stockton Street in Statesville and in the District Attorney’s Office. The caller said he placed the explosive devices in both buildings because a family member had recently…

Resource Officer Hit by Vehicle at Table Rock Middle School

At about 7:30 a.m. on October 20, a School Resource Officer directing traffic in the roadway at Table Rock Middle School was struck by the mirror of a vehicle dropping off a student. The Officer was able to continue directing traffic until the traffic was cleared. The Officer then tried to locate the vehicle that…

Hickory Man Charged With Larceny, ID Theft, Assault

35-year-old Joshua Dwayne Shatley of 3rd Avenue Drive In Hickory was arrested today (October 26) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny, identity theft, assault inflicting serious injury and two counts apiece of misdemeanor larceny and second-degree trespassing. Shatley was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $13,500 bond. As of…

New Economic Development Specialist To Join Catawba EDC

Kimberly Propst will be joining the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation as Economic Development Specialist starting November 1, 2022. In this newly created position, Ms. Propst will primarily be responsible for developing and directing an effective program of outreach, communications, support services, and technical problem solving to support and cause the growth of existing industries…

Suspects Arrested by Lenoir PD on Stolen Property

39-year-old Jamey Dwight Coffey of Abington Road in Lenoir and 35-year-old Ada Michelle Osborne of Stonewall Street in Lenoir were arrested Tuesday (October 25) by Lenoir Police Officers. Coffey and Osborne are charged with possession of stolen property. Osborne was given additional charges of three counts of failure to appear on misdemeanors of no operator’s…

New Principal Named At Alexander County School

Alexander County Schools announces Wittenburg Elementary School principal Ashley Weber is moving to a coaching position with the state to focus on early literacy. Weber has been with Wittenburg since June of 2021. The Department of Public Instruction position is one North Carolina has put in place in each county to help with early reading…

Two Hickory Metro Governments Receive Grants Leading To New Jobs

Last week, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved 17 grant requests to local governments, including two in the Hickory Metro, totaling $5,710,255. The requests include commitments to create a total of 1,382 jobs, 1,097 of which were previously announced. The public investment in these projects involved more…

Gastonia Man Jailed In Catawba County On Charges Including Vehicle Theft

27-year-old Anton Delrico Harris of Gastonia was arrested Tuesday (October 25) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, along with single counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, break or enter a motor vehicle, felony larceny, misdemeanor larceny, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance,…

Man Charged In Crash That Claimed Life Of His Child

24-year-old Caliu Axian was arrested Tuesday (October 25) by Statesville Police Officers. He’s charged with felony death by vehicle and misdemeanor driving while impaired. He’s charged in connection to a crash Tuesday morning that claimed the life of his child. Three-year-old Caliu Alexis Alehandro died following the single vehicle crash, which was reported at approximately…

Morganton Woman Charged with Dissemination of Obscene Material

35-year-old Kendra Nichole Sprouse of Jenkins Road in Morganton has been charged with felony counts of indecent liberties with a child and dissemination of obscene material to a juvenile under 13 years of age, along with a misdemeanor count of dissemination of harmful material to a minor. Events leading to Sprouse’s arrest began on October…

Hickory Man Jailed On Drug, Theft Charges

45-year-old Bradley Wayne Misenheimer of George Hildebran School Road in Hickory was arrested Monday (October 24) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver meth, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance, simple possession of schedule III controlled substance, breaking or entering, possession of…

Suspects Arrested By Newton PD On Heroin, Meth Charges

38-year-old Robert Shaun Ingle of Mulberry Street SW in Lenoir and 44-year-old Mary Brooke Roberts of Skyline Road in Hickory were arrested today (October 25) by Newton Police Officers. They’re each charged with possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both suspects were jailed…

Crash Results In Hospitalizations, Road Closure

Two were injured in a highway accident in Alexander County this morning (October 25). The crash occurred east of Taylorsville and multiple injuries were reported. The crash occurred on U.S. 64/90 at McClain Road. Two helicopters were requested. During the investigation, U.S. 64/90 was closed from Lentz Road to Old Mountain road. That highway re-opened…

Piney Creek Man Charged with Drug Possession

29-year-old Beau Brenton Davis of Topia Road in Piney Creek was arrested Monday (October 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with two felonies: possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine. Davis was given a $20,000 secured bond and District Court on Wednesday (October 26). As of this morning (October 25) he…

Halloween Highway Safety Initiative Underway

To discourage drivers from getting behind the wheel after drinking this Halloween, law enforcement are stepping up patrols and using checkpoints and saturation patrols as part of the statewide Booze It & Lose It​ campaign now through October 31. The initiative got underway Monday (October 24). In a news release from the North Carolina Department…

eRecording Training To Be Available In Catawba County

The Secretary of State of the Land Records Management Division will be presenting a training session in Catawba County on Tuesday, November 29 at a time to be announced. The session will be held in the classroom of the Catawba County Board of Elections at 145 Government Drive in Newton. It’s being held in anticipation…

Long View PD Arrest Hickory Man On Drug Charges

41-year-old Jerry Yang of 39th Street Place SW in Hickory was arrested Sunday (October 23) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Yang was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond. He has a District Court date November 14.

Hildebran Man Indicted On Felony Drug Charge

41-year-old John Victor Freeman of Clarence Towery Circle in Hildebran was arrested Sunday (October 23) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged on a true bill of indictment with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). Freeman was arrested shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday on the indictment. The warrant is dated May 30, 2022.…

Morganton Man Charged With Larceny, Having Drugs At Jail

36-year-old John Harry Mueller, who is listed as a homeless person from Morganton, was arrested Sunday (October 23) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of stolen goods and possession of a controlled substance in prison or jail. Mueller is also charged with misdemeanor larceny by trick. Shortly after 7…

Lenoir Man Arrested In Burke County On Felony Drug Charge From Caldwell County

58-year-old Mark Alexander Hood of Hoods Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (October 21) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. The charge is from a Caldwell County warrant. A Public Safety Officer conducted a traffic stop of a red 1998 Chevy Sport Van on Carbon…

Valdese Man Charged With Failing To Register As Sex Offender

35-year-old Matthew Alan Ayotte of Lowman Street in Valdese was arrested Monday (October 24) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with one count of felony failure to register as a sex offender. Ayotte is on the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry as a result of a conviction in Burke County on August 27, 2012.…

Sherrills Ford Man Arrested on Fugitive Warrant from Georgia

21-year-old Joshua Julia Ynsuela-Rodgers of Dog Leg Road in Sherrills Ford was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers for breaking in to a coin or currency operated machine. He is also wanted on an outstanding warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Ynsuela-Rodgers is wanted in Gwinnett County, Georgia for aggravated assault with…

Mooresville Man Arrested on Secret Peeping Charges

50-year-old Chad Allen Krantz of Breezeview Place in Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on 11 counts of felony secret peeping. Events leading to the arrest began on September 26 when the Sheriff’s Office took a report from a Mooresville homeowner after they discovered hidden cameras in their home disguised as smoke…

Hudson Woman Arrested for Obtaining Property by False Pretense

31-year-old Brittany Michelle Melton of Circle Drive in Hudson was arrested on Sunday (October 23) by Hudson Police Officers. She was charged with a felony of obtaining property by false pretense and given a $5,000 secured bond and a District Court date scheduled for October 24. Melton was not in jail as of today (October…

Lenoir Man Charged with Maintaining a Vehicle for A Controlled Substance

35-year-old Brandon Scott Harris of Oak Street in Lenoir was arrested on Saturday (October 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with a felony of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. Harris was given a $20,000 secured bond but as of this morning (October 24) he is not in jail…

Charlotte Woman Arrested for Having Drugs on Jail Premises

58-year-old Ginger Carol Hamby of Eastburn Road in Charlotte was arrested on Saturday (October 22) by Hudson Police Officers. She was charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises. Hamby is in jail with a $20,000 secured bond as of early Monday (October 24) and District Court…

Lenoir Man Charged with Methamphetamine Possession

51-year-old Johnny Daryl Mooney of Brixton Place in Lenoir was arrested on Friday (October 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. He is charged with failure to appear on nonsupport, felony possession methamphetamine, misdemeanor cyberstalking, and a misdemeanor of criminal trespass. He was placed in jail with no bond, $7,500 secured bond, and $484 cash bond with…

Morganton Man Charged with Drug Possession

41-year-old Isaac Dwight Teague of Antioch Road in Morganton was arrested on Friday (October 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with a felony of possession with intent to sell or distribute methamphetamine and a felony of possession with intent to sell or distribute on or near a playground. Teague was placed under…

Employee And Team Of Year Recognized In Catawba County

Catawba County celebrated its 2022 Employee of the Year and Team of the Year at a recognition event last Tuesday (October 18). Georganna Stephens, Administrative Assistant II for the Catawba County Tax Office, has been selected by her peers as the county’s 2022 Employee of the Year. Stephens has worked for Catawba County for 27…

Taylorsville Man Charged With Drug Trafficking

28-year-old Jordan Lance Killian of Taylorsville was arrested last Thursday (October 20) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Office Deputies. He’s charged with felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin, possession of schedule I controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for controlled substance. Killian is also charged with two misdemeanor counts of possession of…

Conover Man Charged With Meth Trafficking In Alexander County

22-year-old Noah Anthony Bradshaw of Conover was arrested last Thursday (October 20) by Taylorsville Police Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, single felony counts of maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth, along with a misdemeanor count of…

Hickory Man Charged With Break-in, Theft Offenses

46-year-old Latron Edward Clark of 1st Street SE in Hickory was arrested Friday (October 21) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering along with misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property and larceny. Clark was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under…

Man Charged With Assaulting Officer Following Reported Chase In Two Counties

38-year-old Adam Keith Jones of Statesville was arrested Friday (October 21) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official along with two misdemeanor counts of assault on a government official or law enforcement officer. In addition, Jones is charged with flee to elude arrest with…

Cherryville Man Charged with B&E; Larceny; Vehicle Theft

28-year-old DeBoyce Davis III of Cherryville has been arrested on felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, possession of stolen goods, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, and possession of a firearm by a felon. Davis was arrested in connection to a residential break-in that occurred yesterday…

Suspect Jailed Under 500K Bond On Sex Offense Charges

53-year-old Robert Jackson Harris III from the Rowan County town of Cleveland, N.C. was arrested Tuesday (October 18) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of statutory rape of a child 15-years-old or younger, first-degree statutory sex offense, statutory sex offense with a child 15-years-old or younger, statutory sex offense with a…

Granite Falls Woman Arrested on Drug Charges

51-year-old Crystal Rash Collins of River Trail Lane in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (October 20). She was charged with a felony possession with intent to sell or distribute a schedule two controlled substance. She remains in jail under a $10,000 secured bond and District Court on Monday (October 24).

Lenoir Man Charged with Failure to Appear

43-year-old Danny Carl Lackey of Small Circle in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (October 20). He was charged with two counts of failure to appear on trafficking methamphetamine. Lackey remains in jail as of today (October 21) with a $200,000 secured bond and a Superior Court date Monday (November 28).

Connelly Springs Man Arrested On Drug, Failure To Appear Charges

42-year-old Joshua Lee Parsons of River Rock Drive in Connelly Springs was arrested Thursday (October 20) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. According to online records, he’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Parsons is charged with failure to appear on counts including failure to comply. The failure to appear charges…

Morganton Woman Charged In Case Involving Theft Of Financial Card

30-year-old Mercedes Angeleen Sloan of South Sterling Street in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (October 19) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with eight felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. Sloan is charged in connection to the theft of a financial card which was used to purchase items at a convenience store on…

New Jobs To Be Created As Burke County Company Expands

A Burke County company is expanding and jobs will be created as a result. According to Burke Development, Incorporated (BDI), Governor Roy Cooper’s Office and the North Carolina Department of Commerce announced the award of a $200,000 Building Reuse grant to support the growth of Morganton and Burke County manufacturer Molded Fiber Glass Co. (MFG).…

Major Damage Reported To Home In Hickory House Fire

A home sustained heavy damage and two pets were killed in a fire Thursday (October 20) in Hickory. Shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, Hickory firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire located in the area of 534 25th Avenue NW. Upon arrival, firefighters reported heavy smoke and fire coming from the split-level residence. It was…

Benefit for Dialysis Patient Planned in Lawndale

A “Benefit for Timmy” will be held on October 28 & 29 in Cleveland County. Proceeds will go towards medical expenses for Timmy Hoyle of Caser. Mr. Hoyle has been on dialysis for three years. James Hatfield and Feudshine are sponsoring the event. The event will be held at 1110 Warlick Road in Lawndale, between…

Burke Co. Sheriff Investigating Alleged Dissemination of Obscene Material [UPDATED 10/21/22 11:20 a.m.]

On October 10, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding the alleged dissemination of obscene material by a Y.M.C.A. daycare employee. According to police reports, the incident or incidents occurred at 1329 Salem Road in Morganton, which is the address listed for Salem Elementary School and Salem Day Care. The Y.M.C.A. of Catawba…

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

63-year-old Luther Dowdy of Lincolnton won a $235,001 jackpot Monday (October 17) in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s Cash 5 game. Mr. Dowdy, a NASCAR fan, bought three $1 Cash 5 tickets in tribute to Dale Earnhardt. Mr. Dowdy said it was the first time he had played the Cash 5 game and said he…

Two Suspects Charged with Motor Vehicle Theft

40-year-old Crystal Dawn Olsen and 45-year-old David Randal Lackey, both of Charlie Triplett Road in Lenoir, were arrested Wednesday (October 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with one count of felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Lackey was charged with three additional felonies: one count of breaking & entering, one count of…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Drug Possession

27-year-old Carey Annaleigh Philyaw of Coy Miller Road in Lenoir was arrested by Probation & Parole Officers yesterday (October 19). She is charged with one count felony possession of a schedule two substance. Philyaw was given a custody release and a Superior Court date on (January 9).

Newton Man Charged With Larceny, Violating Parole

29-year-old Jamie Aker Stamper of Mount Olive Church Road in Newton was arrested Wednesday (October 19) by Probation and Parole Officers. he’s charged with felony larceny and parole violation. Stamper is on parole as a result of a conviction in Lincoln County in June, 2021 on charges of felony breaking & entering and misdemeanor possession…

Catawba Man Charged With Assault, Firearm Offenses

42-year-old Kaw Yang of Cheng Drive in Catawba was arrested Wednesday (October 19) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon. Yang was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond.…

Development Of Downtown Plan Approved For Lenoir

Lenoir City staff will soon start developing a new Master Plan for Downtown Lenoir. The Downtown Master Plan will establish a cohesive vision for the downtown section of the city and guide future development in the heart of the city. The Downtown Master Plan will be a document that establishes goals for redevelopment and improvements…

Catawba County Man Charged With Felony Drug Crimes Following Search At Residence

41-year-old Jamar Monte James of Claremont was arrested Wednesday (October 19) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance, along with a misdemeanor count of…

Early Voting For 2022 General Election Begins Today

One-Stop Early Voting gets underway today (October 20) for the 2022 general election. There are contested races in all of the Hickory Metro counties. In Catawba County, there are four candidates for three seats on the Board of Commissioners. In addition there are twelve candidates vying for four seats on the Catawba County Schools Board…

Missing Statesville Woman Found Deceased

A Statesville woman for whom a Silver Alert was issued was found deceased following a traffic crash in Wilkes County. The deceased is 74-year-old Barbara Houser Bellamy. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, her car ran off of Brushy Mountain Road and went down a mountainside in Wilkes County, approximately 25 miles away…

Taylorsville Man Arrested in Hickory on Felony Meth Charge

43-year-old Kristofer Dale Williams of N.C. Highway 127 in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police last Friday (October 14) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested in connection to a 2021 case with warrants issued in June of this year. Williams was taken…

Lenoir Man Charged with Breaking & Entering to A Vehicle

44-year-old Christopher Robert Auton of Lenoir was arrested yesterday (October 18) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with one count felony breaking & entering to a motor vehicle one count misdemeanor larceny and one count possession of stolen goods. Auton was still in jail as of this morning (October 19) with a $15,000 secured…

Conover Man Arrested in Hickory on Felony Assault Charge

35-year-old Antonio Montrellus Benjamin Darden of Goshawk Lane in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday (October 15) for felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. The victim is listed on police reports as a 39-year-old male. Darden was taken into custody without incident shortly after ten o’clock Saturday night at a restaurant…

Tennessee Man Arrested in Catawba County on Fugitive Warrant

50-year-old Brian Scott Smith of Bristol, Tennessee was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers today (October 19) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was also charged with resisting a public officer and possession of stolen goods. Smith is wanted by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office in Blountville, Tennessee…

Alexander County Woman Jailed On Felony Theft Charge

27-year-old Courtney Danielle Anderson of Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (October 18) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony larceny and is also charged on a warrant for failure to appear on counts of injury to real property and injury to personal property. Anderson was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under $11,000…

Hickory Man Arrested By Maiden PD On String Of Charges

39-year-old Jammy Lee Carswell of Hickory was arrested Tuesday (October 18) by Maiden Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, and simple possession of schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Carswell is charged with two counts apiece of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and felony probation…

Lenoir Man Charged with Larceny

32-year-old Justin Drew Coffey of Prospect Street in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police Officers yesterday (October 18) on a felony larceny of a motor vehicle. He is in jail as of this morning (October 19) with a $50,000 secured bond and District court today.

Update: Authorities Cancel Silver Alert Issued For Woman Missing From Statesville (Updated at 12:19 p.m., 10/19/22)

A Silver Alert issued for a woman missing from Statesville has been canceled. Earlier today (October 19), the N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for 74-year-old Barbara Houser Bellamy. Citizens were asked to be on the lookout for this missing woman, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other…

Hickory Man Arrested On Morganton Drug Charges

36-year-old William Ryan Wimbish of 12th Street Drive NW in Hickory was arrested Monday (October 17) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Shortly before 8 p.m. Monday a Public Safety Officer responded to Walmart on Morganton Heights Boulevard in Morganton…

Connelly Springs Man Charged With Break-in To Place Of Worship

52-year-old Brian Patrick Crone of George Hildebran Drive in Connelly Springs was arrested Tuesday (October 18) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony breaking and entering to a place of worship. Crone was arrested shortly before midnight Tuesday night and placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance…

Morganton Man Arrested On Stolen Vehicle Charge

36-year-old Michael Travis Clark of Mclean Street in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (October 18) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Clark was arrested at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday at an address on Seitz Road in Morganton. He was confined in the Burke County Jail under $5,000 secured…

Woman Convicted Of Embezzling More Than $15 Million To Be Sentenced In Early November

A former Taylorsville resident convicted of embezzling over $15 million from her former company will be sentenced in Federal Court on November 3rd. 53-year-old Donna Osowitt Steele pleaded guilty to wire fraud in January. She faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of $250,000. She has already agreed to pay restitution by selling…

Sherrills Ford Woman Jailed on Fugitive Warrant from Georgia

21-year-old Jada Leann Jarrell of Azalea Road in Sherrills Ford was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (October 17) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Jarrell is wanted by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office in Lawrenceville, Georgia for larceny from an auto. Following her arrest, Jarrell was placed…

Hickory Man Charged With Murder [UPDATED 2 p.m. 10/18]

40-year-old Shaun Patrick Duncan of 5th Street SE in Hickory was arrested yesterday (October 17) by Hickory Police Officers. He  has been charged with murder. The fatal shooting occurred Monday evening. At approximately 6:45 p.m., Hickory Police Officers responded to an apartment building on the 900 Block of 5th Street S.E. after receiving a 9-1-1…

Leaf Collection Scheduled For City Of Lenoir

City of Lenoir Public Works will start leaf collection in November. Residents will get three pickups between November and January 2023. Residents should rake leaves into piles behind the curb or ditch line, and remove all bricks, rocks, sticks, or glass. Such items may cause personal injury to employees and damage equipment. Depending on their…

Alexander County Man Arrested On Wilkes County Assault Charges

23-year-old Andrew James Mullins of Taylorsville was arrested Friday (October 14) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged in Wilkes County with felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury, misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, and traffic offenses. Following his arrest, Mullins was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under a secured bond of $15,000.…

Two Suspects Charged In Connection To Residential Break-in

22-year-old Donte Antonio Norwood of View Street in Morganton and 27-year-old Gene Darryl Kendrick, Jr. of Gastonia were arrested Sunday (October 16) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. They’re each charged with two felony counts of breaking and entering. The suspects are charged in connection to a break-in at a residence Sunday afternoon. Shortly after 3…

Hickory Man Arrested In Connection To Fatal Shooting In Long View

31-year-old Antwaine Derrell Beatty of Spencer Lane in Hickory was arrested Sunday (October 16) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with murder. The charge is in connection to a fatal shooting over the weekend. On Saturday, 33-year-old Joshua Tremaine Miles of Long View was fatally shot. According to a news release, at approximately 10:30…

Fatal Shooting In Hickory Under Investigation

A fatal shooting Monday evening (October 17) in Hickory is under investigation and an individual was taken into custody in the case. On Monday at approximately 6:45 p.m., Hickory Police Officers responded to an apartment building in the 900 Block of 5th Street SE after receiving a 911 call from a man who said he…

Missing Child Found, Safe

At about 5:45 this morning (October 17), Alexander County Communications took a call in reference to a missing child. The call came from a residence on Deal Farm Lane in the Wittenburg Community. The missing child was identified as two-year-old Mya Platt. Sheriff’s Officers and Taylorsville Police responded and began to search for the child.…

Charlotte Residents Jailed In Burke County Following Reported High Speed Chase

24-year-old Jer’Michael Stefon Davidson and 20-year-old Lee Edward Owens, both of Charlotte, were arrested last Thursday (October 13) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. Davidson is charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest and possession of firearm by a felon and Owens is charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor…

Lenoir Man Charged with Breaking & Entering

29-year-old James Andrew Powell of Abington Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (October 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with two felonies: one count of breaking and entering and one count of larceny. Powell was also charged with a misdemeanor resisting a public officer. As of Monday (October 17) morning he was still…

Newton Man Charged With Meth Possession

44-year-old Franklin Laquin Wilkerson of George Drive in Newton was arrested Sunday (October 16) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine. Wilkerson was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 17).

Charlotte Man Jailed In Catawba County On Felony Drug, Firearm Charges

51-year-old Willie Bernard Clark of Charlotte was arrested Sunday (October 16) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a felon. In addition, Clark is charged with misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting a public officer.…

Hickory Man Jailed On Felony Drug Charge

48-year-old Richard Lenoir Church, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested Saturday (October 15) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor injury to personal property. Church was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,100 bond. He remained in jail as…

Hickory Man Charged With Burning Property

72-year-old Mark Lewis Burton of 17th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Friday (October 14) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony burning personal property. In addition, Burton is charged with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and injury to real property. Burton was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond. He…

Truck Crashes Into Area Walmart Store

The driver of a pickup truck sustained minor injuries when the vehicle he was operating crashed into the wall of the Taylorsville Walmart Sunday morning (October 16). The driver was taken to an area hospital according to Taylorsville Police Chief Doug Bowman. No other injuries were reported. The incident is under investigation. The store was…

Man Faces Multiple Felony Charges In Connection To Theft Of Mail

44-year-old Matthew Carl Winner, Sr. of Ridge Court in Morganton was arrested Thursday (October 13) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with six counts of felony larceny of chose in action and two counts of misdemeanor larceny. Last Thursday, at approximately 11:00 a.m. the Burke County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of the larceny…

Reports State Man Told Authorities He Buried Body

According to published reports, a Conover man told police he buried a man in the backyard of his home after the deceased suffered a fatal overdose. The information was released by our news partner, WACB, who cites another published report. According to the reports, Robert Vaughn Pippin told Catawba County Sheriff’s Office investigators in September…

Suspects In Vehicle Theft In Burke County Taken Into Custody

33-year-old Dustin Fernandez Leone Brewton of Cedar Street in Connelly Springs and 25-year-old Bridget Anne Bessette, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, were arrested Thursday (October 13) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods. The suspects are…

Lenoir Man Charged with Drugs & Larceny

33-year-old Joshua James Severt of Tiffany Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (October 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with one count of felony possession of a schedule one controlled substance and one count misdemeanor larceny. Severt is being held under a secured $15,000 bond with court dates set for Monday (October 17) and…

Veterans To Be Honored During “Operation Green Light” Initiative

In advance of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, Alexander County Government has announced that some county buildings will be illuminated green from November 7-13 as part of “Operation Green Light,” a new national collaborative initiative of the National Association of Counties (NACo). The initiative is designed to support military veterans, as well as raise awareness…

Hickory Man Charged With Vehicle Theft

24-year-old Justin Conner Hicks of Pittstown Road in Hickory was arrested Thursday (October 13) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with larceny of a motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Hicks was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,500 bond. A District Court date is scheduled for next Monday (October 17).

Firearm Charge Lodged Against Taylorsville Man

65-year-old Gary Wilburn Sweet of Taylorsville was arrested October 7 by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon. Sweet has multiple prior convictions in Alexander and Catawba Counties dating back to 1984, with the most recent felony conviction occurring in 1987. Bond for Sweet was set at…

Stony Point Man Charged With Fleeing From Police

20-year-old Trenton James Wilder of Stony Point was arrested Sunday (October 9) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and misdemeanor resisting arrest. Following the arrest, Wilder was brought to the Alexander County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. He is not listed as an…

Woman Jailed On Drug Trafficking Charges

23-year-old Tiatana Howell of Mooresville was arrested October 5 by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with two felony counts of trafficking, opium or heroin along with misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia. Howell was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond. She remained…

Statesville Man Jailed On Alexander County Drug Charges

33-year-old Michael Darrell Garvin of Statesville was arrested October 5 by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of trafficking, opium or heroin, one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Garvin was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center…

Teenager Charged With More Than 20 Counts Of Sexual Exploitation

18-year-old Antony Dylan Martinez-Hernandez of Taylorsville was arrested Thursday (October 13) by Taylorsville Police Officers. He’s charged with 21 additional counts of felony second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Martinez-Hernandez was previously arrested on August 8 by the same agency on a charge of felony second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Police Chief Douglas Bowman…

Newton Man Arrested for Possession of Meth

58-year-old Anthony Wayne Duncan of Herman Road in Newton was arrested Wednesday (October 12). He was charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. Duncan is also charged with driving while license was revoked and tag expired. A secured bond of $4,000 has been set with all District Court dates set for Tuesday (November 15).

Three Suspects Arrested in Connection to Drug Deal Gone Bad

20-year-old Yash Rahul Vaidya of Mooresville, 22-year-old Cecil Tyler Smith of Gastonia, and 20-year-old Sage Perry Wright of Cherryville have all been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers in connection to a shooting last month in Mooresville. All three suspects were charged with felony conspiracy to sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance. Vaidya…

Newton Man Arrested on Multiple Counts

22-year-old Austin Scott Grant of Orangewood Lane in Newton was arrested Wednesday (October 12) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with false imprisonment, communicating threats, assault by pointing a gun, and assault with a deadly weapon. Grant was also charged with three counts of failure to appear. He failed to appear in court…

Sex Offender Jailed On Charge Of Failing To Report Address Change

43-year-old John Edward Zeletski was arrested Wednesday (October 12) by authorities in Iredell County. He’s charged with felony failure to report a new address as a sex offender. Zeletski is on the North Carolina sex offender registry as a result of a conviction in September of this year in Iredell County on a charge of…

Alexander County Man Charged With Failing To Register As Sex Offender

33-year-old Michael Christopher Fisher of Taylorsville was arrested October 7 by authorities in Alexander County. He’s charged with felony failure to register as a sex offender. According to our news partner WACB, Fisher was convicted of first and second-degree kidnapping against a minor in 2010. Following the October 7 arrest Fisher was incarcerated in the…

HVAC System To Be Replaced At Area School

The Alexander County Board Of Education approved funding for replacement of the heating ventilation and air system at West Alexander Middle School during their meeting Tuesday evening (October 11). Facilities chair of the school board, Scott Bowman, asked the board about moving forward with upgrades and repairs. After some discussion, the board approved unanimously to…

Morganton Man Arrested On Weapon Charge

43-year-old Harry Jason Gardner of Virginia Street in Morganton was arrested Monday (October 10) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Gardner is a convicted felon as a result of being found guilty of numerous charges…

Morganton Man Charged With Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Offenses

32-year-old Brent Nicolas Webb of Bollinger Loop in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (October 11) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance and driving during revocation. Webb was arrested shortly before midnight Tuesday night at a…

Convicted Felon Charged With Illegal Possession Of Weapon, Assault

42-year-old David Wesley Shafer of West Avenue in Troutman was arrested Tuesday (October 11) by Troutman Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor assault on a female. On Tuesday, officers with the Troutman Police Department responded to a domestic violence incident on West Avenue. During the investigation,…

Body Found Last Month in Conover Identified

A body that was found buried at a residence on the 300 block of 4th Avenue S.W. in Conover on September 16 of this year has been identified as 54-year-old Richard Lee Morris of Conover. Mr. Morris was reported missing to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office on August 26, 2021. Mr. Morris’ body was sent…

Granite Falls Man arrested on Drug and Stolen Vehicle Charges

32-year-old Rodney Dale Reese JR of Lee Parsons Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (October 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He is charged with two felonies; possession of a stolen vehicle and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or distribute a schedule II controlled substance. Reese was taken to the Caldwell County Detention…

Lenoir Man Arrested on Eluding Arrest with A Motor Vehicle

31-year-old Michael William Watkins of Prospect Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (October 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He is charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Watkins was given a custody release. A District Court date has been scheduled for today (October 12).

Hickory Man Jailed In Burke County On Stolen Vehicle Charge

62-year-old Donnie Blaine Spence of Martin Mill Road in Hickory was arrested Monday (October 10) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Spence was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. Monday an address on Old N.C. 10 in Hickory. He was brought to the Burke County Jail under…

Morganton Man Charged With B&E, Larceny

39-year-old Michael Steven Goins of Jacobs Lane in Morganton was arrested last Friday (October 7) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to an automobile, trailer, boat, aircraft, or watercraft and larceny by trick. Goins was arrested shortly after 2:30 p.m. on October 7 at his residence. He…

Statesville Man Arrested on Vehicle Theft Counts

54-year-old Scotty Eugene Shoemaker of Shoemaker Farm Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on three counts of felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Last Friday (October 7), a Deputy responded to an address on Shoemaker Farm Road regarding the larceny of three motor vehicles. During the investigation, the Deputy saw…

Granite Falls Man Arrested on Out of State Fugitive Warrant

42-year-old Adam Jordan Pritchard of Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (October 11) by Granite Falls Police. He is being held on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He is wanted on felony charges in Davidson County, Tennessee. There, he is charged with two counts of statutory rape and eight counts…

Morganton Woman Arrested Following Reported Chase With Police

28-year-old Autumn Marie Burhans of Jacobs Lane in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (October 11) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle along with a misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. She’s also charged with traffic offenses.…

Newton Man Charged With Violating Probation

25-year-old Javario Quansell Prunty of Blue Sky Court in Newton was arrested Tuesday (October 11) by Probation and Parole officers. He’s charged with felony probation violation. Prunty is on probation as a result of a conviction in Catawba County on March 25, 2022, for felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. He received a 30…

Granite Falls Man Charged With Being No-Show In Court To Answer To Drug Counts

34-year-old Lance Robert Barrett of Archer Street in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (October 11) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with failure to appear on counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Barrett was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled…

Vale Woman Jailed In Catawba County On Kidnapping, Robbery Charges

52-year-old Melissa Rene Swift of Keeneland Trail in Vale was arrested Tuesday (October 11) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon. In addition, Swift is charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon. Swift was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility without…

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

34-year-old Maynor Javier Yanez-Basquez of 22nd Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (October 11) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with two counts of trafficking, opium or heroin along with single counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, conspire to traffic meth, maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, flee to elude…

Missing Lincoln County Man Found, Deceased

A man reported missing on October 6 has been found, deceased. The deceased is 47-year-old Michael Chad Taylor of Janice Road in Lincolnton. During a search early today (October 11), Lincoln County Detectives and the Lincoln County Land Search team found Mr. Taylor’s body in a heavily wooded area about a quarter of a mile…

Fatal Crash Claims Woman’s Life

A Vale resident was killed in a crash Monday (October 10) in Lincoln County. The deceased is 88-year-old Willie Richardson Richard. On Monday, at approximately 11:00 a.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Reeps Grove Church Road at Hulls Grove Church Road. A 2009 Kia Spectra was traveling north on Hulls Grove Church…

Alexander County Teen Killed In Dirt Bike Collision

A teenager was killed in a dirt bike accident in Alexander County. The deceased is 13-year-old Skyler Alan Chapman of Taylorsville. On Sunday (October 9), at approximately 4:05 p.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to Barrett Mountain Road. A dirt bike motorcycle was traveling south on Barrett Mountain Road, drove left of center, and…

Hickory Man Jailed for Drug Charges & Larceny

45-year-old Bradley Wayne Misenheimer of Hickory was arrested Tuesday (October 11) for two felonies of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver and larceny. He was also charged with maintaining a vehicle dwelling or place for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possessing stolen goods. Misenheimer remains in jail…

Morganton Man Charged with Drug Possession & Assault

28-year-old Jordan Darren Britt of Zion Road in Morganton was arrested Monday (October 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s. He is charged with a felony possession for methamphetamine with a $10,000 secured bond. Britt is also facing a felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and two misdemeanor charges of larceny and possessing…

Officials Explain Differences Between Early Voting & Election Day Voting

The early voting period begins Thursday, October 20, and ends Saturday, November 5 at 3:00 p.m. While early voting and election day voting are both forms of in-person voting, there are specific rules and procedures between these two voting methods. Voters should be aware of these key differences to avoid common frustrations that can be…

Hickory Man Charged With Drug Possession, Assault

35-year-old Joshua Sean Riser of 3rd Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Sunday (October 9) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Riser is additionally charged with misdemeanor counts of assault inflicting serious injury, resisting a public officer, communicating threats, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Riser was jailed…

Crash Closes Alexander County Highway, Two People Airlifted

A head-on collision in Alexander County closed a roadway Monday morning (October 10). The crash happened on Highway 64-90 east of Taylorsville, between Adams Pond Lane and Millersville Road. The collision occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. Monday. As a result of the crash, two people were airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, one person…

Suspects Sought In Connection To Vehicle Theft

Authorities are seeking two suspects wanted on multiple charges in Burke County. On September 26, 2022, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Cubbard Express convenience store on Old NC 10 in Hildebran, regarding a motor vehicle theft. Deputies spoke to the victim and learned that a black male and white female had stolen…

Guilty Plea Entered In 2020 Catawba County Murder Case

A Charlotte man entered a guilty plea in connection to a fatal shooting in Catawba County in 2020. During Monday’s session of Catawba County Superior Court, 33-year old Steven Razelle Staples pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection to the death of 23-year-old Andres Osvaldo Moscotte on on January 23, 2020. Staples will serve a…

Communications Director for H.P.S. to Retire

Hickory Public Schools has announced that Director of Communications, Beverly Snowden, will retire from her position on October 28. She has served in this role at H.P.S. for 12 years. Ms. Snowden landed her first position in education with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 1974. In addition to her work with H.P.S., Ms. Snowden led communications for…

Granite Falls Man Facing Felony Methamphetamine Charges

33-year-old Jeremy Wade Preston of Lazy Creek Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Sunday (October 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He is charged with felony trafficking methamphetamine and failure to appear for nonsupport. Preston was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured and $810 cash bond. He remained in jail…

Lenoir Woman Faces Felony Drug Charge

28-year-old Tiera Lashay Carpenter of Crown Court in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (October 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She is charged with a felony for possession of methamphetamine. Carpenter was given a custody release. A district Court date has been scheduled for today (October 10) in Lenoir.

Hickory Man Arrested on Meth & Stolen Vehicle Charges

44-year-old Carl Lawrence Wyatt of Mountain View Road in Hickory was arrested Sunday (October 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He is charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine and a felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Wyatt was also charged with failure to appear on a…

Lenoir Man Charged With Having Drugs At Jail

43-year-old Travis Grant Hodges of Collettsville Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (October 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises along with misdemeanor counts of false report to a police station and resisting a public officer. Hodges was jailed in the Caldwell…

Highway Patrol to Conduct Operation Stop Arm

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol will conduct “Operation Stop Arm” during the week of October 17-21 in conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week. The operation is intended to promote traffic safety around schools, school buses, and school bus stops. Nearly 3,000 motorists disregard school bus stop arms each day in North Carolina. “Operation…

Tennessee Resident Charged With Fleeing From Police In Caldwell County

19-year-old Makayla Renee Carroll of Telford, Tennessee, was arrested Saturday (October 8) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. She’s charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Carroll was released on $15,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (October 10).

Caldwell County Resident Charged With Vehicle Theft, Fleeing From Police

19-year-old Reid Christopher Bowman of Lenoir was arrested Saturday (October 8) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Bowman is also charged with misdemeanor counts of failure to stop for a blue light…

Lenoir Man Charged With Fleeing From Police

46-year-old Dion Miguel Parsons of Dixon Hill Place in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (October 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, single felony counts of larceny and common law robbery, two misdemeanor counts of larceny, and one misdemeanor count of injury…

Hickory PD Arrests Man & Woman On Drug Charges

27-year-old Phillip Todd Francis of Lucky Lane in Newton and 26-year-old Mazie Grace Francis of Buckskin Trail in Vale were arrested Friday (October 7) by Hickory Police Officers. They’re each charged with trafficking, opium or heroin, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Phillip Francis was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under…

Claremont Woman Jailed On Drug Charges

51-year-old Melinda Dorrine Yoder, who is listed as a homeless person from Claremont, was arrested Sunday (October 9) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia along with a count of failure to appear on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Yoder was incarcerated in…

More Charges Filed In Shooting Case

Additional charges have been filed in connection to a shooting last month. WHKY previously reported on this case on September 23. The new charges were filed on October 6. 21-year-old Jaheim Tavares Vandiver and 18-year-old Tahilyia Amari Mitchell, both of Charlotte, were arrested by Statesville Police Officers. Vandiver is now charged with felony counts of…

Iredell County Sheriff’s Deputy Passes Away Following Medical Incident While On Duty

On Friday (October 7) the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office announced the death of Deputy Marty Joe Lewis. Deputy Lewis was on duty Friday serving the staff and students of Scotts Elementary School as a Resource Officer when he experienced a critical medical incident. School Staff members, members of the Iredell County Rescue Squad, and various…

Two Men Plead Guilty In Federal Case Investigated By Area Agencies

Two individuals have entered guilty pleas in a federal drug case that was investigated by area law enforcement agencies. 27-year-old Salvador Barrera, Jr. and 27-year-old Ricardo Jonathan Gomez, both of Charlotte, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge David C. Keesler Friday (October 10) and pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more…

No Injuries Reported Following Early Morning Collision Involving School Bus

At about 7:30 this morning (October 7), Bunker Hill High School bus #202 was involved in a rear-end collision at the intersection of Oxford School Road and Lookout Dam Road. Another vehicle hit the bus while it was stopped at a stop sign. Two students were on the bus at the time of the accident.…

Lincoln County Man Reported Missing

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Lincoln County man. He is 47-year-old Michael Chad Taylor. On October 6, Deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 1400 block of Janice Road in Lincolnton in reference to a missing person. The reporting party, a family member, said that…

Hickory Man Faces Felony Firearms Charge

42-year-old Tarnaka Kennard Counslor of 2nd Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Monday (October 3) on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and carrying a concealed weapon. Counslor was taken into custody without incident at about…

Caldwell County Resident Charged With Stolen Vehicle Offense

33-year-old Misty Lee Beach of Virginia Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (October 6) by Hudson Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Beach was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled Thursday.

Lenoir Woman Charged With Firearm Offense

37-year-old Melissa Ann Abernathy of SW Waycross Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (October 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm. Abernathy was released on $20,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday (October 6).

Lenoir Man Charged With Meth Possession

61-year-old Timmy Avery of NW Beall Street in Leno