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Hickory Woman Faces Meth & Habitual Larceny Charges

52-year-old Melissa Ann Muncy of Frosty Ridge in Hickory was arrested on April 6 for felony possession of methamphetamine and felony habitual larceny (two counts). She was also charged with failure to appear on one count of soliciting for alms or begging for money. Warrants for her arrest were issued in December of last year…

Man Charged As A Habitual Felon in Caldwell County

32-year-old Steven Wayne Patton of Bee Mountain Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (April 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with three felonies: possession of methamphetamine, habitual felon, and a probation violation. Patton remained in jail under $20,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He is scheduled to appear in…

Lenoir Convicted Felon Charged with Possession of Firearm

33-year-old Gracie Leighann Clontz of Spears Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (April 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with one felony count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Clontz remained in jail as of April 11 under $25,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. She was scheduled…

Granite Falls Woman Charged with Failing to Appear

35-year-old Michelle Nicole Mathis of Water Street in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (April 10) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony failing to appear on a felony probation violation out of county. Mathis remained in jail under $50,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A Superior Court date was…

Hickory Woman Charged With Multiple Counts Of Accessory

54-year-old Anita Gil Banks of 2nd Street SW in Hickory was arrested Monday (April 8) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with three felony counts of accessory after the fact along with a single count of resisting a public officer. Banks was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. She remained in…

Wednesday Night Crash Claims Man’s Life

A man was killed in a Wednesday night (April 10) crash in Lincoln County. The deceased is 59-year-old Timothy Mark Eaker of Cherryville. At approximately 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to N.C. 182 near Sorrells Baxter Road. A 2016 Jeep Cherokee was traveling east on N.C. 182 and struck a…

Comprehensive Plan Approved By Alexander County Commissioners

The Alexander County Board of Commissioners approved the 2045 Alexander County Comprehensive Plan as presented by Planning & Development Director Brian Burgess. The plan was approved at their Monday (April 8) meeting. Burgess also presented a draft copy of the Land Development Code. Burgess said that a county must have a comprehensive plan in order…

Suspect Released From Prison Last Year Jailed This Week On Multiple Charges

44-year-old James Ashley Sweet of Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (April 11) by authorities in Alexander County. He’s charged with felony counts of probation violation and habitual larceny. Sweet was placed in custody on February 16 on a warrant for parole violation. As WHKY previously reported, he had been released from prison in August of 2023…

Man Charged With String Of Sexual Exploitation Counts

39-year-old Joshua Adam Lane was arrested Tuesday (April 9) by Statesville Police Officers. He’s charged with ten felony counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. The Statesville Police Department, in collaboration with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, executed a search warrant Tuesday at an address on Clegg Street in Statesville. The search…

Taylorsville Man Charged With Felony Drug Counts

44-year-old Jeffrey Lynn Mays, Jr. of Taylorsville was arrested Monday (April 8) by Taylorsville Police Officers. He was served a warrant for felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Mays was also charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked. He was…

Alexander County Woman Arrested On Drug Charges

32-year-old Kelly Denise Cook of Taylorsville was arrested Monday (April 8) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Cook was released on $5,000 bond. A first appearance in court is scheduled next Monday (April 15). [Story…

Vale Man Arrested on Multiple Felony Meth Charges

45-year-old Keith Dwayne Dellinger of Maw Huffman Road in Vale was arrested by Lincoln County Narcotics investigators on April 9 on five counts each for the sale & delivery of methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell or deliver meth, along with three counts of maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and one count…

Stanley Man Faces Additional Child Sexual Assault Charges

66-year-old Carl David Holt of Stanley now faces additional child sexual assault charges. He was initially arrested in February of this year. Holt was charged following an investigation that began in October of 2023 after the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report regarding possible child abuse. The investigation uncovered allegations of sexual assault. Detectives…

Man Charged with Altering Criminal Evidence

48-year-old Charles Ray Lindsay Jr. of Hopedale Drive in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony counts of possession of schedule two controlled substance, altering or destroying criminal evidence, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lindsay was jailed under $25,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention…

Granite Falls Man Charged with Discharging a Firearm in an Enclosure

55-year-old Toby Alan Horne of Duke Street in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (April 8) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count discharging a firearm in an enclosure. Horne was given a custody release and was not listed in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He is scheduled to appear in…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Cocaine

52-year-old Lester Cadell Little of Willow Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 8) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver cocaine and conspiring to sell or deliver cocaine. Little was jailed under $25,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A…

Morganton Man Jailed On Felony Drug Charge Following Early Morning Traffic Stop

24-year-old Joshua Caleb Ceragioli of Manley Clark Road in Morganton was arrested today (April 10) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and probation violation. Shortly after midnight this morning, a Public Safety Officer conducted a traffic stop on Burkemont Avenue in Morganton on a…

Hickory Woman Jailed On Meth Charges

35-year-old Lindsay Brooks Watson of Hickory was arrested Tuesday (April 9) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with two counts apiece of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia along with a single count of felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. Watson was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. District…

Lincoln County Man Jailed In Catawba County On Larceny, Stolen Goods Charges

38-year-old Gary Cole Leatherman of Potts Creek Road in Lincolnton was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of larceny, felony possession of stolen goods or property, and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree trespass. Leatherman was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning…

Conover Police Arrest Suspect On Drug, Indecent Exposure Charges

32-year-old Tyler William Coker of South College Avenue in Newton was arrested Monday (April 8) by Conover Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and indecent exposure. Coker was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled Tuesday (April 9).

Newton Man Charged With Drug Offenses By Hickory PD

51-year-old Kelvin McGarrett White of West 13th Street in Newton was arrested Monday (April 8) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. White was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 29.

Statesville Man Faces Multiple Felony Drug Charges in Two Counties

45-year-old Boris Dewan Cunningham of West Front Street in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on April 7 on a long list of felony drug charges. He was charged with 18 counts of trafficking in opium or heroin, four counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, four counts for the sale…

CVCC Recognizes Graduates of Fire Academy

On Monday, April 8th, the CVCC Fire Academy (Class 24-1) celebrated its Spring 2024 Graduation at the CVCC Auditorium. Graduates included Nicholas Arteaga (Hickory Fire Department); Kayce Bailey (Claremont Fire Department); Casey Caywood (Hickory Fire Department); Brandan Daniels (Hickory Fire Department); Corbin Hefner (Maiden Rescue Squad); Landon Reed (Lovelady Fire & Rescue); Jenna Robinson (Hickory…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

38-year-old Melinda Gail South of Hickory Street in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (April 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with two felony counts possession of methamphetamine and jailed under no bond. South remained in jail at the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court date was scheduled for April 22.

Lenoir Man Charged with Assault By Strangulation

25-year-old Darius Isaiah Pope of Kingview Place in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (April 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor counts of communicating threats and domestic violence protection order violation. Pope remained in jail under no bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He was scheduled…

Woman Charged with Methamphetamine Possession

39-year-old Amanda Cherelle Kaylor of Queens Street in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (April 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor failure to comply with a nonsupport case. Kaylor remained in jail under $23 cash and $5,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court…

Man Charged in Caldwell County for Drug Offense

53-year-old Jerry Shayne Elrod of Spencer Lane in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (April 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor driving while license revoked. Elrod remained in jail as of Tuesday (April 9) under $3,500 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court date…

School Bus Overturns in Burke County, Multiple Injuries Reported [UPDATED 11:15 a.m.]

On Tuesday, April 9, at approximately 7:25 a.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a collision involving a Burke County school bus. The accident occurred in Burke County on Johnson Bridge Road near Old N.C. 10. The driver was traveling west on Johnson Bridge Road, lost control, ran off the right side of…

Housing Rehabilitation Programs Offered By City Of Hickory

April is Fair Housing Month, and, according to a news release, the City of Hickory is committed to affirmatively furthering Fair Housing in the community. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale or rental of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap. The City of Hickory offers…

Nebo Woman Charged With Burke County Drug Offenses

32-year-old Haley Alyssa Honeycutt of Nebo was arrested Saturday (April 6) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of controlled substance in prison or jail and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. According to police records Burke County Jail staff found drugs and paraphernalia in Honeycutt’s possession during a search. Bond was set…

Woman Charged With Having Drugs At Jail

58-year-old Robin Beam Surratt of LR Walker Road in Morganton was arrested Saturday (April 6) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of controlled substance in prison or jail. Surratt was arrested shortly before midnight Saturday night and was placed in the Burke County Jail under $7,000 secured bond. A District Court…

Morganton Resident Indicted On Kidnapping Charges

19-year-old Joshua Adam King, Jr. of Nuckolls Drive in Morganton was arrested Monday (April 8) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged on a true bill of indictment with three felony counts of second-degree kidnapping along with single felony counts of first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and larceny. King was arrested…

Federal Firearms Charges Lodged, Suspect Arrested Monday

U.S. Attorney Dena J. King announced federal charges against two individuals charged via criminal indictments with possession of machinegun conversion devices, commonly known as “Glock switches.” One of the suspects is an Iredell County resident. A Glock switch, or “auto sear,” is an illegal conversion device that enables a conventional semi-automatic pistol to function as…

Morganton Man Arrested for Assault on Pregnant Woman

30-year-old Johnnithyn Thomas James Bristol of Jamestown Road in Morganton has been arrested by authorities in Caldwell County on charges out of Catawba County for assault on a pregnant woman and injury to personal property. Bristol was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility on April 8 under a $10,000 bond. An appearance in District…

Taylorsville Man Found with Two Explosive Devices

31-year-old Robert Alan Goins of Taylorsville has been arrested and charged with two counts of possession of a weapon of mass destruction and single counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. He was arrested in connection with…

Following Saturday Outage, Power Restored in Caldwell County

Blue Ridge Energy line technicians worked this weekend to restore power to 6,323 members in northern Caldwell County after a fallen tree tore down a portion of the cooperative’s high voltage, major transmission lines. Outages began at 10:25 a.m. Saturday (April 6). Power was fully restored by 3:31 a.m. Sunday. Caldwell County communities affected include…

Catawba Science Center Celebrates Solar Eclipse with Special Hours & Activities

Quick! The sun and the moon are having a meeting at CSC from 1:00 PM– 4:30 PM on April 8th! It’s going to be a spectacular Eclipse Event with FREE fun-filled activities to enjoy and you don’t want to miss out! Activities on the lawn are FREE and guests can explore the planetarium/aquarium building for…

Lenoir Man Charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine

48-year-old Donald Shawn Bridges of Rusty Lane in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (April 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with three felonies: two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Bridges was jailed under no bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He was scheduled…

Claremont Woman Charged with Trafficking & Maintaining a Place for Controlled Substance

27-year-old Ciara Malana Pierce of Floral Creek Road in Claremont was arrested Saturday (April 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with three felonies: two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Pierce was jailed under $500,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. She…

Hickory Resident Charged with Obtaining Property By False Pretense

40-year-old Evan Andrew Budofsky of Third Avenue Place in Hickory was arrested Friday (April 5) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with two felony counts obtaining property by false pretense and jailed under $2,500 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He remained in jail as of Monday morning with a Superior…

Claremont Man Charged With Fleeing From Police, Break-in Offenses

55-year-old Steven George Bowman of Crystal Street in Claremont was arrested Sunday (April 7) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering, flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, and probation violation out-of-county. Bowman is also charged with larceny after breaking & entering, resisting a public officer, and…

Gastonia Woman Jailed On Catawba County Drug Charges

34-year-old Ashlee Dawn Phillips of Gastonia was arrested Saturday (April 6) by authorities in Catawba County. She’s charged with trafficking, opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, and driving while license revoked. Phillips was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today…

Maiden Woman Charged With Heroin, Meth Possession

29-year-old Candice Renee Swanson of Sierra Drive in Maiden was arrested last Thursday (April 4) on charges filed by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers and Probation & Parole Officers. She’s charged with two counts apiece of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony probation violation along with single counts of possession of heroin, felony…

Morganton Woman Arrested Following Traffic Stop, Meth Seized By Police

32-year-old Melissa Danielle Aldridge of Pea Ridge Road in Morganton was arrested Saturday (April 6) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of failure to return rental property, carrying a concealed weapon and school attendance law violation. Shortly after 8:30 a.m. Saturday a…

Man Killed In Early Morning Crash

A man was killed in a Caldwell County crash. The deceased is 25-year-old David Patterson, Jr. of Lenoir. Today (April 7) at approximately 3:10 a.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to Calico Road near Townsend Place.  A 2006 Ford F-250 was traveling south on Calico Road, crossed the centerline, drove off the left side…

Three Arrested on Drug Charges in Alexander County

44-year-old April Dawn Atwood and 41-year-old Matthew Byron Wood, both of Taylorsville, along with 47-year-old Aaron Lee Horrocks of Granite Falls, have all been arrested in Alexander County on drug charges. Atwood and Wood were charged with maintaining a dwelling to sell a controlled substance, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of meth, simple possession of a…

Conover Man Arrested in Hickory for Felony Probation Violation

44-year-old William Fred Samelwich of 8th Avenue N.W. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early on the morning of April 5 on an outstanding warrant for a felony out-of-county probation violation. The warrant for his arrest was issued in November of last year. Samelwich is on probation as he serves an 18-month suspended sentence…

Lenoir Man Charged with Felony Kidnapping

33-year-old Lonnie Dale Hendrix II of Oakwood Church Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (April 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He is charged with one felony count first-degree kidnapping and jailed under no bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. No other details were released.

Granite Falls Woman Charged with Trafficking Heroin, Maintaining a Place for Controlled Substance

34-year-old Ashley Stinnett Howe of Fowler Road in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (April 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with four felonies: possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver scheduled two controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance, possession of cocaine, and trafficking in heroin or…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of A Stolen Vehicle

38-year-old Samuel David Cook Jr of Forest Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (April 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of a stolen motor vehicle and jailed under $15,000 secured bond. Cook remained in jail as of Friday morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He is…

Local Playwright Directs Butterfly in Overalls Opening at The Green Room

Local playwright and director, Molly Bass, is at the helm of The Green Room’s upcoming production Butterfly in Overalls. Molly wrote this play 30 years ago, and she is very excited to adapt and update the script. Be ready for a unique and magical experience! The show is produced by Azalea Glen and Narrow Gauge…

NCDMV Fees To Increase In July

A number of N.C. Division of Motor Vehicle fees will increase, effective July 1. As directed by state law, the DMV is required to adjust fees and rates every four years, based on the percentage change in the annual Consumer Price Index during the past four years. The increase will be 19.18 percent for about…

Valdese Man Charged With Felony Drug Offense

44-year-old Reggie Allen Day of Hoyle Street SW in Valdese was arrested Wednesday (April 3) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Day was arrested shortly after 10:30 Wednesday night at an address on Henry River Road in Hickory. He was taken to the Burke County Jail…

Cocaine Seized, Suspect Charged In Burke County Case

53-year-old Charles Edward O’Neil of Bouchelle Street in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (April 3) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and probation violation. Shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday, a Public Safety Officer responded to assist with a traffic stop on Bethel Park Lane in Morganton. the…

Meth Trafficker Receives Lengthy Federal Prison Sentence

A Burke County man received a federal prison sentence of more than 15 years in a meth trafficking case. On Thursday (April 4) 34-year-old Jeffrey Scott Ohmer of Morganton was sentenced to 192 months, or 16 years in prison for methamphetamine trafficking. The announcement was made by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western…

Newton Man Arrested in Hickory on Felony & Misdemeanor Drug Charge

38-year-old Christopher Shea Houser of Boundary Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police on March 29 on felony counts of trafficking in heroin or opium and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and resisting a public officer. According to H.P.D.’s arrest…

City of Hickory Celebrates OLLE Art Walk & Riverwalk Ribbon Cutting

On Thursday, April 4, 2024 The City of Hickory held two events to celebrate milestones associated with the Hickory Trail. A groundbreaking ceremony for the OLLE Art Walk was held at 1079 Third Avenue Drive NW along Old Lenoir Road. That event marked the start of construction for this project. Following that, a ribbon cutting…

Hickory Woman Jailed on Felony Probation Violation

33-year-old Whitney Danielle Snapp of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police on March 31 for a federal probation violation. Snapp is on probation following a January 2024 conviction in Catawba County on felony counts of possession of stolen goods and possession of a schedule II controlled substance. She was given a…

Hickory Man Jailed for Felony Failure to Appear

34-year-old Camren Javon Green of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police on March 28 for failure to appear on a felony. He reportedly failed to appear in court on charges of attempting to obtain property by false pretenses and forgery of an instrument. Green was taken into custody without incident at…

Lenoir Man Charged with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine

23-year-old Bryson Lee Smith of Watson Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (April 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of breaking and entering, possession of marijuana up to a half ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia, and second-degree trespass. Smith was jailed in the Caldwell County…

Unemployment Rates Released, Hickory Metro Counties Saw Increases Or Remained Unchanged

Unemployment rates increased or remained steady in Hickory Metro Counties according to the latest update. The report was released Wednesday (April 3) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. It shows the unemployment rates for February. Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 3.6 percent, up from 3.4 percent in January. Alexander…

Suspect Recently Released From Prison Arrested On Felony Drug Charges

31-year-old Zachery George Stephenson of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 1) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, & deliver schedule III controlled substance, and possession of schedule II controlled substance. Stephenson was arrested shortly after 2:00 a.m. at…

Man Charged With Vehicle Theft

22-year-old Nickey Jon Dula of Tammy Lane in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (April 2) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods. He’s also charged with misdemeanor damage to property. Shortly before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday an officer responded to a report of…

Man Sentenced For Murder Of His Mother

An Alexander County man has pleaded guilty to the murder of his mother. 36-year-old Christopher Lee Brown of Taylorsville entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 180-228 months (15 to 19 years) in prison. Brown entered the plea during a session of Alexander County Superior Court last week. On October 14,…

Three Charged in Connection with Prostitution at Statesville Spa

54-year-old Mei Qun Hu, 46-year-old Juhua Wan, and 60-year-old Hong Du have all been arrested by Statesville Police for their involvement in the solicitation of prostitution at Breeze Spa on Signal Hill Drive in Statesville. Mei Qun Hu, who was identified as the manager of the spa, was charged with felony promotion of prostitution and…

More Details in Fatal Shooting in Mountain View

Hickory Police are investigating a homicide that occurred at the Mountain View Car Wash yesterday. The deceased has been identified as 23-year-old Dalton James Flynn of Vale. At 7:03 p.m. Tuesday, Hickory Police responded to reports of a shooting at 2994 Highway 127 South. There, they found Mr. Flynn suffering from a gunshot wound. Mr.…

Cherryville Woman Jailed In Catawba County On Stolen Vehicle Charge

44-year-old Stacy Nicole Cadenhead of Cherryville was arrested last Saturday (March 30) by Conover Police Officers. She’s charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and resisting a public officer. Cadenhead was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 22.

Lenoir Woman Charged With Conspiracy, Aid & Abet In Catawba County

29-year-old Amber Dawn Goforth of Turtle Dove Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 1) by authorities in Catawba County. She’s charged with felony counts of conspiracy and aid and abet. Goforth is also charged with misdemeanor larceny, driving while license revoked, and no liability insurance. Goforth was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility…

Hickory Man Charged With Kidnapping, Assault

44-year-old James Harlen Radford of Hickory was arrested Monday (April 1) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with second-degree kidnapping, assault on a female, simple assault, interfere with emergency communication, and two counts of communicating threats. Radford was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A Superior Court date was scheduled Monday.

Conover Man Charged With Meth, Heroin Possession

39-year-old Quinton Javar Davis of Rifle Range Road in Conover was arrested Tuesday (April 2) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver methamphetamine and heroin. Davis was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. His next District Court date is set…

Morganton Woman Charged With Cocaine Possession

32-year-old Jessica Hope Chambers of Morris Loop in Morganton was arrested Monday (April 1) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (cocaine). Chambers was arrested shortly after midnight Monday morning after a Public Safety Officer responded to an address on Old Hush Puppy Avenue in Morganton. Police…

Fatal Shooting Reported In Mountain View

One person was killed and another sustained injuries following a Tuesday night (April 2) shooting at a Catawba County car wash. According to published reports, the incident occurred at the Mountainview Carwash and Laundry, which is located off N.C. 127. Hickory Police responded to the scene. According to reports, police said two shots were fired…

M.P.S. Hires Full-Time, Female Firefighter

Morganton Public Safety has hired 19-year-old Heaven Henning as the department’s first full-time, female Firefighter since 2017. Ms. Henning is originally from Maryland, but moved to North Carolina during high school. She attended Patton High School and was involved in the school’s Fire Academy. Prior to joining Morganton Public Safety, she served as a volunteer…

Hiddenite Woman Faces Felony Meth Charge

46-year old Carma Cheryl Anne Jurney of Hiddenite was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers on March 30 and charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine. She was also charged with second-degree trespassing. At last report, Jurney remained in the Alexander County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. She’ll…

Local Youth Councils Host Teen Job Fair

Teens looking for part-time work, summer jobs, internships, or new career opportunities are invited to participate in a job fair. The Catawba County and Hickory Youth Councils are partnering to present a Teen Job Fair on Tuesday, April 9, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., at the Workforce Solutions Complex on the campus of Catawba Valley Community College…

Lenoir Man Charged with Felony Larceny

36-year-old Dustin Brian Winebarger of Mystery Trail Lane in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony larceny of more than $1,000 and misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked and displaying fictitious inspection sticker. Winebarger was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond.…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Trafficking in Heroin or Opium

23-year-old Heaven Lee Storm Eller of Warren Place in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (March 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with three felonies: trafficking in heroin or opium, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, and conspiracy. Eller was jailed under $150,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center.…

Morganton Resident Charged with Felony Probation Violation

52-year-old Regina Messer Reid of Playmore Beach Road in Morganton was arrested Thursday (March 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with one felony count probation violation and jailed under $40,000 secured bond. No court dates were listed on the North Carolina Judicial Branch website. Reid was on probation as a result of convictions…

Alexander County Commissioners, Board Of Education Meet To Discuss Budget

The Alexander County Board of Commissioners participated in a joint meeting with the Alexander County Board of Education to discuss the 2024-2025 school system budget which includes budget cuts to address a shortfall of approximately $1.5 million. The meeting agenda included the 2024-2025 state allotment projections, the impact of mandated salary increases for classified staff,…

False Shooting Report Under Investigation By Newton PD

The Newton Police Department is investigating a false shooting report. On Sunday (March 31), at approximately 8:30 P.M., an unknown man contacted the Newton Police Department Communications Center on a non-emergency line and reported that he had just shot an individual and was going to shoot others inside a residence on North Thomas Avenue. As…

15 Year Prison Sentence Imposed In Child Porn Case

50-year-old Jessie Leroy Glass, Jr. of Statesville, was sentenced to 180 months in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for possession and receipt of child pornography. The announcement was made last week by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell also ordered…

Sex Offender Arrested After Being Found At Easter Egg Hunt

64-year-old James Dennis Pearson of Bristol Creek Avenue in Morganton was arrested Saturday (March 30) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony sex offender illegally on premises. Shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday, police responded to Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton. They were informed that a registered sex offender, James Pearson, was at an…

Drug & Weapon Charges Filed Against Morganton Man

64-year-old Ronnie Allen Coleman of Faith Olive Church Road in Morganton was arrested Sunday (March 31) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of stolen goods. He’s also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon. Coleman was arrested…

Stony Point Man Arrested on Felony Firearms Charge

34-year-old Michael James Morgan. Jr. of Stony Point was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Deputies early on the morning of April 1. He was charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convcited felon. Morgan is listed a felon as the result of a 2020 conviction for drug possession. Morgan was placed in the…

H.P.D. Investigating False Active Shooter Report at Hickory High

Hickory Police are investigating a false report of an active shooter at Hickory High School that occurred at about 12:30 on the afternoon of April 1. Officers responded to Hickory High on 3rd Street N.E. after receiving reports of shots fired inside the school. Officers were aware that all students are currently out of school…

False Active Shooter Report Under Investigation in Lincoln County

On April 1, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of an active shooter at East Lincoln High School. Deputies responded to the scene and the Lincoln County active shooter response plan was activated. Upon arrival, Deputies observed no signs of an active shooter. A search of the campus was conducted. The Sheriff’s Office…

Lenoir Man Charged with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine

24-year-old Warren Neal Harryman of Arrowood Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property and larceny. Harryman was jailed under $7,000 secured bond in Caldwell County. A District Court date was scheduled for Monday (March…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Trafficking Heroin or Opium

36-year-old Megan Elizabeth Patton of Bee Mountain Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with four felonies: possession of methamphetamine, trafficking in heroin or opium, and two counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Patton remained jailed as of Monday (April 1) under $75,000…

Man Charged with Trafficking Heroin or Opium & Possession of Methamphetamine

32-year-old Jordan O’Neal Shade of Way Cross Drive in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony counts possession of methamphetamine and trafficking in heroin or opium. Shade was jailed under $50,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court date was scheduled for April…

N.C. DMV Now Requiring Appointment Confirmation

Due to the fact that a lot of people are not showing up for their scheduled appointments at driver license offices, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is now requiring new appointments to be confirmed. In the month of February, 33.5% of appointments were no-shows. Now, when appointments are reserved online at www.SkipTheLine.ncdot.gov, customers will…

Sawmills Woman Charged With Drug Possession, Assault

30-year-old Jessika Alexander Ampie of Benfield Drive in Sawmills was arrested Sunday (March 31) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ampie was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,500 bond. District and Superior Court…

Intersection To Be Closed In Hickory Next Week

City of Hickory crews will close the intersection of Seventh Avenue NE and Fifth Avenue Place NE on April 8 and 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., for tree removal. Detour routes will be established and clearly marked. The city urges citizens to use extreme caution when traveling through or near this intersection to…

Vehicles Broken Into, Investigation Underway

Vehicle break-ins are under investigation in Burke County. Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to a report of multiple cars broken into near Freedom High School on Thursday evening (March 28).  Officers arrived to discover five vehicles had been entered through broken windows and various items such as purses and electronics were reported stolen.  The incident…

Man Charged In Weekend Stabbing

48-year-old David Earl Jones, Jr. of the Wake County Town of Wendell was arrested by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. On Saturday (March 30) at approximately 1:20 a.m., Officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to an address on Park Street for…

Newton Man Charged With Strangulation

35-year-old Michael James Larrieu of Loblolly Lane in Newton was arrested Friday (March 29) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor simple assault. Larrieu was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A District Court date was scheduled Monday (April 1).

Meth Trafficking Charges Lodged Against Newton Woman

44-year-old Christina Len Hendrick of S. N.C. 16 Business in Newton was arrested today (March 31) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine along with single counts of felony possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked. Following the arrest Hendrick was jailed in the…

Firearm Charges Filed Following A Traffic Stop

36-year-old Cordara Desmin Moore of Mooresville was arrested by Troutman Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a concealed weapon, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana. On Monday (March 25), Troutman Police conducted a traffic stop of a Nissan Altima near…

Firearm, Drug Trafficking Charges Filed

32-year-old Joshua Aaron Crisp of Ed Bowman Street in Morganton was arrested today (March 29) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with discharging a firearm to incite fear, possession of a firearm by a felon, and trafficking methamphetamine. Hickory Police reportedly arrested Crisp following a report of shots being fired. He was placed in the…

Man Reportedly Leads Officers On Chase, Suffers Critical Injuries In Crash

Today (March 29) approximately 9:20 a.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol attempted to stop a 2011 Toyota Corolla traveling south on US 321 in Lincoln County for speeding.  The driver of the vehicle, a male resident of Lancaster, South Carolina, did not stop, and a vehicle chase was initiated. The Corolla traveled south on US 321…

Conover Man Arrested for Trafficking & Probation Violations

29-year-old Ian Maurice McMahon of Conover has been arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers for two felony probation violations. He was also charged with trafficking in opium or heroin, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of drug paraphernalia. McMahon is on probation following convictions in Catawba County in June of 2022 for…

Remains Found in Catawba County Identified as Those of Missing Winston-Salem Woman

Catawba County Sheriff’s Investigators have identified human remains that were found on March 26. The deceased is 23-year-old Eileen Michelle Lavery. Ms. Lavery’s remains were found on property on the 8,000 block of N.C. Highway 150 East. During the crime scene investigation, Investigators located items connected with Ms. Lavery. The deceased had been listed as…

Lenoir Man Charged with Failure to Appear

37-year-old Brandon Ray Hicks of Jason Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (March 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with four felony counts of failing to appear on counts of conspiracy, larceny after breaking and entering, and breaking and entering, and nonsupport. Hicks is also charged with misdemeanor larceny and injury to personal…

Hickory Resident Arrested in Caldwell County for Failing to Appear

50-year-old Mitchell Todd Bowman of Fourth Street in Court in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with three felony counts of failing to appear on counts of breaking or entering, larceny, and possession of stolen goods. Bowman was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000…

Woman Charged with Felony Probation Violation

42-year-old Erin Althea-Ernesta Scott of Corpening Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (March 27) by Probation and Parole Officers. She was charged with one felony count probation violation and jailed under $50,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A Superior Court date was scheduled for April 1. Scott is on probation as a…

Redhawk Publications Unveils “Cantos 2024”: A Dynamic Showcase of Emerging Talent from Lenoir-Rhyne University

Redhawk Publications announced on Monday, March 25 the collaborative 2024 edition of “Cantos,” the latest in the literary journal series spotlighting the creative ingenuity of Lenoir-Rhyne University students. Comprising a diverse tapestry of literary and visual artistry, “Cantos” stands as a testament to the vibrant creativity thriving within the university’s halls. Spearheaded by the student…

Two Juveniles Charged in Dollar General Robberies; Third Suspect Sought

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives will pursue charges against two juvenile suspects for robbery with a dangerous weapon and kidnapping. The Sheriff’s Office is working with the Department of Juvenile Justice. The charges are in connection with a March 25 armed robbery at the Dollar General store on N.C. Highway 10 North in Vale. On that…

Florida-Based Playwright Speaks On “Eating Blackberries” Premiering at HCT April 5

A California family struggles to navigate the perils of wildfire season, and the emotional upheaval of divorce, in the new play Eating Blackberries. Written by Florida-based playwright Pam Harbaugh, and produced as part of the American Association of Community Theatre’s (AACT) 10th Annual NewPlayFest, Eating Blackberries will have its world premiere at Hickory Community Theatre…

Lenoir Resident Charged with Felony Hit & Run

33-year-old John Alexander Barnhill of Village Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (March 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony hit and run with injury and was jailed under $10,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. No court dates were listed.

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Controlled Substance

30-year-old Varian Deizel Harshwa of Ridgeway Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (March 26) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of schedule two controlled substance and jailed under $1,000 bond. Harshwa remained in jail in the Caldwell County Detention Center with no court dates listed.

Hudson Man Charged with Breaking & Entering

21-year-old Hunter Lee Kersey of Wagon Wheel Drive in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (March 26) by authorities in Burke County. He was charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking or entering. Kersey remained in jail under $10,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He was scheduled to appear…

Public Input Sought By Local Transportation Agency

Greenway Public Transportation is seeking public input. According to a news release issued by Caldwell County Government, Greenway is collecting feedback via a survey for the Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA), an in-depth review of the transportation system. The COA’s purpose is to identify and prioritize projects and needed improvements. This will help recommend proposed solutions…

Scam Warning Issued By Authorities

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office says that they have received a number of recent reports about Captain Penley calling individuals demanding money. The Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that Captain would not call and ask you to deposit money into a bitcoin machine to keep from being arrested. They emphasize that this is…

Hickory Metro County Among Three Eligible For Broadband Expansion Program

Efforts are continuing to bring high-speed internet access to communities across North Carolina. The N.C. Department of Information Technology’s (NCDIT) Division of Broadband and Digital Equity posted Completing Access to Broadband (CAB) program scopes of work to expand high-speed internet access to unserved and underserved homes and businesses in the following counties: Caldwell County (approximately…

Wanted Suspects Sought In Area County

Authorities in Iredell County are seeking multiple suspects wanted on various charges. The Iredell County most wanted list includes 42-year-old Joseph Ray Christian. He’s wanted on an outstanding warrant charging him with four counts of felony statutory sex offense with a child and one count of felony statutory rape of a child by an adult.…

Newton Man Charged With Violating Probation

34-year-old Brandon Seth Greer of Sigmon Dairy Road in Newton was arrested Wednesday (March 27) by Probation and Parole Officers. He’s charged with felony probation violation. Greer is on probation as a result of a conviction in Catawba County on July 26, 2023. He was convicted of felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense…

Claremont Man Charged With Drug Offenses

23-year-old Keavon Deshaun Summers, who is listed as a homeless person from Claremont, was arrested Wednesday (March 27) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Summers was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,800 bond. A District Court date is set for April 16.

Conover Woman Charged With Meth Possession

56-year-old Kimberly Beatty Ramsey of Emmanuel Church Road in Conover was arrested Wednesday (March 27) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ramsey was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. A District Court date is scheduled for April 16.

Shooting Under Investigation In Lincoln County

Lincoln County Sheriff’s officers are investigating a shooting incident that left one man injured. Deputies were dispatched to the incident on Rolling Hills Lane in Denver at approximately 6:20 p.m. Wednesday (March 27). The victim was transported to Atrium Health-Main with a gunshot wound. Sheriff’s Office negotiators convinced the possible suspect to surrender to officers…

Additional Suspect Arrested In Connection To Murder Of Newton Man

A third person has been charged in connection to an Alexander County murder. The victim in the case is 33-year-old Pang Vueyee of Newton. He died at an area hospital Monday morning (March 25) after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest. The most recent individual arrested is 35-year-old Brandon Allan Blevins of Taylorsville. He’s…

Two Top School Admins to Leave Alexander County School System

Dr. Elizabeth Curry, Associate Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction in Alexander County, is moving to Charlotte. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Crystal Hill announced Tuesday (March 26) that Dr. Curry will be Associate Superintendent for Learning & Teaching with the district. Dr. Curry’s exit date from Alexander County Schools is set for July 1. Dr. Curry has…

Two Accused of Having Suboxone Shipped to Iredell Co. Detention Center

37-year-old Wade Wallace Doering of Mooresville and 40-year-old Michael Lamar Gaines of Akron, Ohio have both been charged by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers with felony conspiracy to introduce a controlled substance into a detention center. On March 18, Deputies at the Iredell County Detention Center intercepted a United States Postal Service package that was marked…

Man Charged with Impersonating Firefighter

37-year-old Christopher Victor Miglino of Morganton was arrested today (March 27) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with impersonating a firefighter or medical personnel and resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer, along with a city ordinance violation. At approximately 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, Morganton Public Safety personnel responded to a structure fire at 224…

Man Charged with Failing to Appear In Caldwell County

34-year-old Richard Hunt Wheeler is listed as a homeless person of Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (March 26) by authorities in Caldwell County. He was charged with felony failing to appear on a felony count and misdemeanor larceny. Wheeler was jailed under $40,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A Superior Court date was…

Lenoir Man Charged with Violation of A Protection Order

45-year-old Chad Henry Kaylor of Jason Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (March 26) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with two felony counts domestic order violence protection order violation and jailed under no bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Kaylor is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on Monday (April 1).

Morganton Man Charged with Possession of Drugs At A Jail

38-year-old Shannon Lee Hodge of Playmore Beach Road in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (March 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony possession of controlled substance on a penal institution and a misdemeanor count of failing to appear on a previous larceny charge in Caldwell County. Hodge was jailed in the Caldwell…

Caldwell County Hires New Veterans Services Director

A New Veterans Services Director has been hired in Caldwell County. The county welcomed Joseph Calloway at a swearing-in ceremony earlier this month. He replaces Regina Goforth, who retired in February, as previously reported on WHKY. A First Sergeant in the Army Reserve Unit in Hickory NC, Calloway began his military career with the Marine…

Catawba County Man Dies From Injuries Sustained In Crash

A man was killed as a result of injuries sustained in a Catawba County crash. The deceased is 37-year-old Darryl Marvin Craven of Catawba. On Monday (March 25) shortly after 8:00 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to N.C. 10 near Little Road. A 2020 Alfa Romeo passenger car was traveling east on…

Drug Charges Filed Against Stony Point Man

49-year-old Scottie Wayne Pharr of Stony Point was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers and charged with felony counts of possession of schedule I controlled substance and possession of schedule II controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest was made March 20. According to the North Carolina Department…

Additional Charge Filed Against Suspect Arrested In Alexander County

47-year-old Adam Stephen Warren was arrested by authorities in Alexander County. On Tuesday (March 26) he was charged with felony parole violation. Warren was previously arrested on March 20, as reported by WHKY, and charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He was granted parole after serving…

Taylorsville Man Jailed on Felony Drug Charge

36-year old Matthew Lawton Headden of Taylorsville was arrested by Taylorsville Police on March 25 for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Headden was taken to the Alexander County Detention Center with bond set at $5,000. A first appearance in District…

Second Suspect in Hiddenite Murder Arrested

18-year-old Karla Breanna Freeland of Statesville has been arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers on one count of felony murder. She was taken into custody on March 26 at about 2:15 p.m. Freeland was wanted in connection with the death of Pang Vueyee, who was shot and killed at an address on Old Mountain Village…

WHKY Announces New Programming

WHKY Talk Radio announced today that it will air a 30-minute news program, “First News,” beginning Monday, April 1 at 6 a.m. “First News,” which will air every Monday through Friday, will focus almost exclusively on local content, plus the FOX News Radio update at the top of the hour. FOX News will be followed…

Shelby Woman Sentenced to 20-to-25 Years for 2021 Murder in Hickory

25-year-old Bryana Salymar Martines of Shelby has been sentenced to an active prison term of 20-to-25 years after she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, handed down the sentence on March 25 in Catawba County Superior Court. Martines murdered 72-year-old Robert Bruce Godfrey on December…

Deputy Canine Rex Retires After 10 Years of Service

On Tuesday, March 26, 2024 Iredell County Sheriff’s Office announced Deputy Canine Rex has officially retired after 10 years of service. Canine Rex sustained an eye injury in the performance of his duties, which resulted in removal surgery. He is healing quickly with his partner of 6 years, Sergeant Caskaddon, by his side. Although Canine…

Lincoln County Man Charged with Child Sex Offenses

43-year-old Ricardo Leal Tapia of Reepsville Road in Lincoln County has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives on charges of indecent liberties with a child, statutory sex offense with a child by an adult, and sexual activity by a substitute parent or guardian. He was arrested on March 23 after Detectives responded to reports…

Young Child Dies While Playing in Woods in Burke County

An eight-year-old boy in Burke County has died while playing in the woods with his brother. On March 25, Burke County Deputies were dispatched to an address on Sugar Loaf Road in reference to a cardiac arrest. Upon arrival, Deputies were directed to the location of the incident by a male child who was later…

Caldwell County Schools and NC Welcome New Electric Activity Bus

On Monday, March 26, 2024 Caldwell County Schools proudly unveiled North Carolina’s inaugural electric activity school bus adding to the school district’s white bus fleet. This cutting-edge, 72-passenger electric bus was made possible through grant funding awarded by the Department of Environmental Quality. “In pursuit of grant funds, we were grateful to acquire both an…

Lenoir Man Arrested for Maintaining A Place for Controlled Substance

21-year-old Manuel Alvaroz Martiez of Vine Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (March 22) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of borrowing a license plate, no operators license, no liability insurance, and driving with an altered…

Taylorsville Resident Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

52-year-old Larry Garland Williams of NC Highway 16 South in Taylorsville was arrested Monday (March 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of domestic criminal trespass and harassing phone calls. Williams was jailed under $10,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He is…

Armed Robbery At Dollar General Under Investigation

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an armed robbery at a Dollar General store in western Lincoln County. At 11:40 a.m. Monday (March 25) deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office responded to reports of an armed robbery at Dollar General at 8681 NC Highway 10. Upon arrival deputies learned that two masked suspects entered…

Highway Safety Initiative Launched In N.C. Monday

The N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program has launched a campaign to reduce speeding on the state’s highways. They’re attempting to reinforce that message with its “Speed A Little, Lose A Lot” initiative which got underway Monday (March 25). The campaign will run through the end of March. Law enforcement agencies across the state will increase…

Man Taken Into Custody On Interstate, Charged With Felony Drug Offense

37-year-old Kyle Blackburn Brown of Scott Road in Morganton was arrested Friday (March 22) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony trafficking, opium or heroin along with a count of driving while license revoked. Blackburn was arrested at approximately 10 a.m. Friday after Burke County Sheriff’s Officers responded to Interstate-40, exit 100 in…

Hickory Man Charged With Violating Probation Imposed In 2023

53-year-old Jeffrey Riley Hoke of 19th Avenue Court NE in Hickory was arrested Monday (March 25) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged in Catawba County with single felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle along with two counts of felony probation violation. Hoke is…

Conover Man Charged With Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Offenses

35-year-old Armando Jimenez of 1st Street West in Conover was arrested Saturday (March 23) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Jimenez was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled Monday (March 25).

Claremont Man Charged With Drug Offenses In Two Counties

35-year-old Christopher Roy Mitchell of Kemp Street in Claremont was arrested Monday (March 25) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged in Catawba County with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of possession of…

One Arrested & One At-Large Following Homicide in Hiddenite

46-year-old Jason Henry Fidler of Hiddenite has been arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers on a felony murder charge. Also wanted for felony murder is 18-year-old Karla Breanna Freeland of Iredell County. They were charged in connection with an incident at about 1:30 a.m. on March 25. At that time, Alexander County 9-1-1 took a…

Lenoir Man Charged with Failing to Appear

31-year-old Harley Dillion Green of Carlton Mobile Home Park in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (March 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with two counts of felony failing to appear in court on felony counts and jailed under $10,000 secured bond. Green was previously charged in Caldwell County for felony breaking and entering.…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Failing to Appear in Court

41-year-old Crystal Lea Perkins of Summerway Lane in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (March 24) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with one felony count failing to appear in court on a felony charge. Perkins remained in jail at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date was scheduled for…

Convicted Felon Charged with Possession of A Firearm

35-year-old Lanardo Drayton Jones of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (March 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Jones was jailed under $60,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. No court dates were listed.

Hickory Residence Destroyed In Weekend Fire

Fire destroyed a Hickory mobile home over the weekend. Sunday (March 24) at approximately 12:30 p.m., the Hickory Fire Department responded to a fire at Butler Mobile Home Park. On arrival, firefighters observed smoke and fire coming from the residence. All occupants were able to safely evacuate the home. The structure suffered significant damage and…

Newton Man Jailed On Felony & Misdemeanor Charges

44-year-old Jonathan Wilson of Conley Street in Newton was arrested Sunday (March 24) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense along with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female and false report to a police station. Wilson was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A…

Conover Woman Charged With Aid & Abet Larceny

45-year-old Jessica Alvena Stewart of Lee Cline Road in Conover was arrested Friday (March 22) by authorities in Catawba County. She’s charged with felony aid & abet larceny. Stewart was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 25) in Newton.

Woman Charged By Hickory PD With Cocaine, Break-in Offenses

56-year-old Mary Ann White, who is listed as a homeless person, was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of cocaine and break or enter a motor vehicle. White was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (March 25) under $5,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.

Interim County Manager Appointed In Alexander County

The Alexander County Board of Commissioners appointed Ben Faulkenberry to serve as Interim County Manager. The appointment was made at a special called meeting last Thursday. The board met in closed session to discuss possible candidates for the interim manager position following the recent news about County Manager Shane Fox’s resignation. Faulkenberry will be working…

Meth, Trespassing Charges Filed Against Suspect Arrested In Burke County

38-year-old Jeffery Daniel Rudisill, who is listed as a homeless person from Morganton, was arrested Thursday (March 21) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and misdemeanor second-degree trespassing. At 12:40 a.m. Thursday a Public Safety Officer responded to McDonalds on West Union Street in reference…

Morganton Residents Charged After Reportedly Being Found With Meth In Their Possession

36-year-old Terry Leon Holland, Jr. of Morganton Heights Boulevard and 34-year-old Kellia Rebecca Jamison, who is listed as a homeless person, both from Morganton, were arrested last Thursday (March 21) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. Holland is charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) along with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule…

Burke County Man Faces Drug Trafficking, Possession Charges

31-year-old Michael Edward Monn of Foresthaven Road in Morganton was arrested Thursday (March 21) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with four felony counts of larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods along with single felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine and possession of schedule II controlled substance. Monn is also charged with resist,…

Granite Falls Woman Arrested in Hickory on Drug & Firearms Charges

26-year-old Bethany Shea Rutherford of Drum Lane in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 11 p.m. on March 14 on a felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed gun. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, Rutherford was armed with a handgun at…

Hickory Woman Indicted on Felony Fentanyl Charge

29-year-old Ashley Nicole Miller of 1st Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police on March 16 at about 3:40 p.m. on a felony warrant issued on February 5. She currently faces one felony count of possession of fentanyl and a misdemeanor count of failure to appear for possession of drug paraphernalia. Miller was…

Conover Man Charged with Felony Failure to Appear

30-year-old Stephenson Eugene Clark of Springs Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police on March 19 at about 7:15 p.m. He was arrested on a warrant issued March 6 for felony failure to appear. Clark turned himself in at the Hickory Police Department where he was processed and released under a $7,500 secured bond.…

Search Warrant at Harmony Residence Leads to Three Drug Arrests

61-year-old Darlene Sherrill Campbell of Gaither Park Drive in Harmony, 65-year-old Lenzell Boddie, Jr. of West McNeely Avenue in Mooresville, and 56-year-old John Fitzgerald Smyre of Eagle Mills Road in Hamptonville have all been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. All three suspects were charged with felony counts of possession of cocaine and maintaining a…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Controlled Substance at Jail

37-year-old Matthew James Leonard of Abington Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 21) by Hudson Police Officers. He was charged with felony possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises. Leonard was given a custody release and was not listed in jail at the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court appearance was…

Man Charged with Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

47-year-old Maple Christopher James of Spears Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony failure to register as a sex offender and failure to appear on a nonsupport case. James was jailed under $1,000 cash and $50,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center.…

Lenoir Man Jailed Under No Bond for Attempted Breaking & Entering

20-year-old Zachary David Lee Foster of Starcross Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 21) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count attempted breaking or entering and jailed under no bond. Foster was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with a District Court date scheduled for Monday (March 25).

Man Charged with Attempted Breaking and Entering

18-year-old Christian Nathaniel Roland of Beach Tree Drive in Hudson was arrested Thursday (March 21) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count attempted breaking or entering and jailed under no bond. Roland was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with a District Court date scheduled for Monday (March 25).

Burke County Sheriff Graduates From Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute

The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association hosted sheriffs newly elected in November, 2022 for the fourth and final week of the Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute in Chapel Hill. Sheriffs from across the state including Burke County Sheriff Banks Hinceman attended. The Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute is held at the Rizzo Center of the University of North Carolina at…

Conover Woman Charged With Identity Theft, Conspiracy

43-year-old April Dawn Butler of Hall Street in Conover was arrested Thursday (March 21) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of identity theft and obtain property by false pretense along with a count of conspiracy to commit identity theft. Butler was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A…

Hickory Man Charged With Multiple Sexual Exploitation Counts

62-year-old Luke Andrew Hemond of 13th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 20) by Long View Police Officers. He’s charged with four felony counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Hemond was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $251,500 bond. His next District Court date is scheduled for April 11.

Taylorsville Man Charged With Catawba County Break-in, Theft Offenses

30-year-old Justin Allen Franklin of Hollar Lane in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny. Franklin was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (March 22) under $1,500 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.

Hickory Receives Grant For Park Improvements

The City of Hickory has been selected to receive a $50,000 Hometown Grant from T-Mobile to make improvements at Taft Broome Park. In honor of this grant award, the Hickory community is invited to a celebration at Samuel William Davis, Sr. Multipurpose Field on Wednesday, March 27, at 6 p.m. The event will feature music,…

More Details Released In Church Break-in Case

28-year-old Eric Harlan Queen of Icard Rhodhiss Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering to a place of worship, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen property. Queen is also charged with misdemeanor unlawful use of game land access. WHKY…

More Details Released In Case Involving Arrest Of Hickory Man Charged In Break-in Case

41-year-old Michael Joseph Ford of Cape Hickory Road in Hickory was arrested by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen property. WHKY previously reported on this arrest, more details have been released. On March 6, 2024, the Burke County Sheriff’s…

Lion of Judah Homeless Shelter to Hold Silent Auction

The Lion of Judah Homeless Shelter will hold a silent auction on Saturday, May 4 next to the Butterfly Festival in Hudson at the Fairway Shopping Center. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be a dog show at 10 a.m. There is no entry fee for the dog…

Search Leads to Arrest of Lincolnton Man on Drug & Firearms Charges

57-year-old Blake Douglas Hopkins of Old Lake Road in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincoln County Narcotics Officers on March 19 on felony counts of possession of a stolen firearm, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, possession with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance, and the sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled…

The Green Room Community Theatre Offers Two Scholarship Opportunities

On Wednesday March 20, 2024 The Green Room Community Theatre, Inc. announced the opening of their annual Mary Catherine Shivers Scholarship and the Bob & Michele McCreary Scholarship. Applications are currently open with all requirements listed on thegreenroomtheatre.org. Please note, all applicants must be a graduating high school senior from any high school or home…

Hickory Resident Charged with Drug Possession

59-year-old Charles Michael Smith of West View Street in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 20) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of methamphetamine. Smith was jailed under $10,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. No court dates were listed.

Lenoir Man Charged with Probation Violation

44-year-old Brian Edward Drew of Vance Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (March 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony probation violation and jailed under $10,000 secured bond. Drew remained in jail with a Superior Court date scheduled for March 29. He was on probation as a result of convictions in Caldwell…

False Pretense Charge Filed Against Suspect Jailed Wednesday

50-year-old Kermit Shane Hammonds was arrested Wednesday (March 20) by authorities in Alexander County. He’s charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Hammonds was confined in the Alexander County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for next Monday (March 25) in Taylorsville.

Suspect Jailed On Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Charges

47-year-old Adam Stephen Warren was arrested Wednesday (March 20) by authorities in Alexander County. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Warren was incarcerated in the Alexander County Detention Center without bond. A District Court date is scheduled next Monday (March 25).

Alexander County Man Killed In Wednesday Night Crash (Updated 3/21/24 at 5:53 a.m.)

A Wednesday night (March 20) crash in Alexander County resulted in a fatality. The deceased is 27-year-old Devante Milik Clark of Hiddenite. Wednesday at approximately 8:00 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Kirby Lackey Road near Shew Road. A 2007 Honda motorcycle was traveling northeast on Kirby Lackey Road when the driver…

Spring Litter Sweep Coming Up In North Carolina

As spring starts, the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is gearing up for its annual Spring Litter Sweep which will run from April 13-27. The Spring Litter Sweep, one of NCDOT’s roadside litter removal initiatives, utilizes the power of community engagement to tackle the issue of roadside litter. During the two-week period, residents are encouraged…

Man Who Recently Served Jail Time Arrested On Charge Of Violating Probation

45-year-old Joseph Elwood Jones of Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (March 19) by authorities in Alexander County. He’s charged with felony probation violation. Jones was recently released from jail after being sentenced to 90 days in August, 2023 for felony counts of probation violation and receiving a stolen vehicle. The offense date is listed as September…

Connelly Springs Woman Charged With Violating Probation

43-year-old Marcia Caponi Bean of Lowman Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Tuesday (March 19) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony probation violation out of county. Bean is on probation as a result of a conviction in Caldwell County in December, 2021. She was convicted of felony possession of schedule II controlled…

Morganton Man Charged With Fleeing From Police

31-year-old John Juan Jose of Valdese Avenue in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (March 20) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle along with misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired resist, delay and obstruct an officer, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of…

Suspect Charged In Connection To Break-in To Alexander County Hardware Store

40-year-old Dustin Mark Bryson was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, possession of burglary tools, and possession of methamphetamine along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. On Monday (March 18), Ace Hardware in Bethlehem reported a break-in with…

Three-Vehicle Crash in Catawba County Involves Activity Bus from Stokes County

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating an accident Wednesday afternoon (March 20) that involved two passenger vehicles and an activity bus. At about 3:20 p.m. on March 20, the Highway Patrol responded to the collision in Catawba County on Interstate-40 East near mile marker 129. Two eastbound passenger vehicles struck each other. The…

Yadkin County Man Sentenced in Case Involving Sexual Assault of Elderly Woman

38-year-old Julius Santez Williams of Boonville in Yadkin County has been sentenced to 240-to-360 months (20-30 years) in state prison. Williams entered a guilty plea in Alexander County Superior Court on March 18. Williams was convicted in connection with a July 2020 rape and home invasion in Alexander County. In that incident, an elderly female…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

35-year-old Sonny Leanne Greene of Martin Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (March 19) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor failing to appear. She has previous charges in Caldwell County for misdemeanor cyberstalking and injury to personal property. Greene was jailed under no bond in the Caldwell…

Granite Falls Resident Charged with Drug Possession & Violation of Probation

55-year-old Regina Diane Cannon of Cannon Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (March 19) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with one felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor probation violation. Cannon was jailed under $10,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. She has Superior Court dates scheduled for March 1 and…

Morganton Man Charged with Credit Card Fraud

31-year-old Wesley Watson Cole of Playmore Beach Road in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (March 19) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and felony credit card fraud of more than $5,000. Cole was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $12,500 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled…

Conover Man Charged With Being No-Show In Court To Answer To Felony, Misdemeanor Charges

35-year-old Richard Matthew Shew of Eastway Lane SW in Conover was arrested Tuesday (March 19) by Conover Police Officers. He’s charged with failure to appear on counts of possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor probation violation, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Shew is on probation as a result of a conviction in Catawba County in October, 2022…

Hickory Man Charged With Fleeing From Police

33-year-old Kyle Damian Wilson of Kool Park Road NE in Hickory was arrested Monday (March 18) by authorities in Catawba County. He’s charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, hit & run fail to stop with property damage, and reckless driving to endanger. Wilson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention…

Davie County Man Charged With Attempted Break-in, Drug Possession In Catawba County

47-year-old Aaron Joseph Aragon of the Davie County community of Advance, N.C. was arrested Tuesday (March 19) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of attempted larceny and possession of schedule I controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of larceny. Aragon was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond.…

Hickory Woman Sentenced In Embezzlement Case

A Hickory woman received a minimum prison sentence of more than four years after pleading no contest in an embezzlement case. 56-year-old Lisa Ann McCool entered that plea in connection to the embezzlement of $600,000 from a Hickory church. A no contest plea is defined as the defendant neither admitting nor disputing a charge. McCool…

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

28-year-old Eric Harlan Queen of Edwards Circle in Connelly Springs was arrested Tuesday (March 19) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony breaking & entering to a place of worship and misdemeanor unlawful use of a boat access area. Queen was arrested just before 1 a.m. Tuesdayand placed in the Burke County Jail…

McDowell County Resident Charged With Burke County Drug Offense

22-year-old Sarah Kirstin Greene of the McDowell County town of Old Fort, N.C. was arrested Monday (March 18) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of controlled substance in prison or jail and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Greene was arrested just after 9 p.m. Monday and placed in the Burke County…

Work Planned For Roads In Catawba, Iredell Counties

The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $4.8 million contract to improve nearly 19 miles of Catawba County roads. Contractor Maymead Inc. out of Tennessee can start the project as soon as April 1 to mill, resurface and rebuild shoulders on 2.5 miles of U.S. 70 West from U.S. 321 to the Burke County…

Vehicle Strikes Hickory Pharmacy

A vehicle struck a business in Hickory. Today (March 19) shortly before 9:30 a.m., the Hickory Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle that had struck a business at 126 N. Center Street, Medical Center Pharmacy. Upon arrival, firefighters found a passenger vehicle had struck the building, causing significant structural damage. As a…

Vale Woman Arrested on Meth Trafficking Charges

42-year-old Lisa Clinton Gaither of Macedonia Church Road in Vale has been arrested by Lincoln County Narcotics Investigators and charged with three counts each of trafficking in methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. She was also served a warrant for failure to appear. Gaither was arrested…

Sisters Share the Limelight in Town of Hudson 34th Dinner Theatre Production

The 34th dinner theatre production of the Town of Hudson opens this Thursday, March 21st with dinner at 6:30, and the show to follow at 7:30 PM.  The play is “The Miracle Worker,” the story of Helen Keller and her teacher, mentor and friend, Annie Sullivan.  Helen is deaf and blind, and Miss Sullivan herself is legally blind;…

Morganton Man Charged with Breaking & Entering

41-year-old Michael Joseph Ford of Cape Hickory Road in Morganton was arrested Monday (March 18) by Authorities in Burke County. He was charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Ford was jailed under $5,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He has District…

Lenoir Resident Charged with Larceny By Employee

48-year-old Sandra Leigh Hudson of Walt Arney Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (March 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with one felony count larceny by employee and jailed under $5,000 secured bond. Hudson was not listed in jail in the Caldwell County Detention Center with a District Court date scheduled for…

Hudson Man Charged with Maintaining a Place for Controlled Substance

34-year-old John Luke McDaris of Gilland Lane in Hudson was arrested Friday (March 15) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with three felonies: possession of schedule two controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance, and probation violation. McDaris was jailed under $30,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center.…

Public Comment Period Underway For Energy Assistance Program

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comment on the proposed Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program waiver. According to a news release from Caldwell County Government, this will allow an increase in allotted funds available for the Weatherization Assistance Program and Heating and Air Repair and Replacement Program from…

Valdese Man Charged With Multiple Sexual Exploitation Counts

27-year-old Zebulon Robert Lingafelt of Ramblewoods Drive in Valdese was arrested Monday (March 18) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with five felony counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and three felony counts of first degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Lingafelt was arrested just before noon Monday and placed in the…

Connelly Springs Man Charged With Felony Drug Offense

39-year-old Josten Key Mobley of Knobs Landing in Connelly Springs was arrested Saturday (March 16) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Mobley was arrested shortly after 3:30 a.m. Saturday at an address on Icard School Road in Connelly Springs. He was brought to the Burke County…

Morganton Woman Charged In Theft Case

38-year-old Sharica Euniece Carson of Ross Street in Morganton was arrested last Thursday (March 14) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. The charge is in connection to an incident last Thursday in which $80 in cash was stolen from the victim. Carson was taken into custody shortly…

Charlotte Man Charged With Attempted Burglary In Burke County

25-year-old Ramiro Marcelo Cruz of Charlotte was arrested Monday (March 18) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony attempted first-degree burglary and misdemeanor second-degree trespassing. On Monday, Morganton Department of Public Safety officers received a 911 call in regards to a break-in in progress. The caller reported her ex-boyfriend was attempting to gain…

Alexander County Woman Charged With Meth Possession In Catawba County

57-year-old Christine Carol Blackburn of Vance Lane in the Alexander County community of Ellendale was arrested Monday (March 18) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia. Blackburn also faces charges in Alexander County…

Fire Causes Major Damage To Hickory Home

A home was heavily damaged in a weekend fire. According to a news release from the Hickory Fire Department, at approximately 10:25 p.m. on Saturday (March 16) Hickory firefighters responded to a possible mobile home fire at 940 27th St NE, Paradise Valley Mobile Home Park. Hickory firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one…

Maiden Man Arrested on Fugitive Warrant for Assault on Pregnant Person

39-year-old Jeremie Jaque Holloway of Ramseur Road in Maiden was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers on March 15 on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He is wanted by the Irving Police Department in Dallas County, Texas for assault on a pregnant person, which is classified as a third-degree…

Nine Catawba County Students Selected to Attend NC Governor’s School

Nine students from Catawba County Schools have been selected to attend the 2024 session of the prestigious North Carolina Governor’s School. Held annually at two sites, Governor’s School East is at Meredith College in Raleigh, and Governor’s School West is at Greensboro College. The program runs June 23 – July 20, 2024. Governor’s School is…

Hickory Woman Jailed on Fugitive Warrant from Florida

39-year-old Jennifer Michelle Ikard of 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers on March 17 on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. She is wanted by the Duval County Sheriff’s Office in Jacksonville, Florida for a probation violation. Ikard is on probation following a conviction…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Probation Violations

42-year-old Stacy Lynn Erickson of Forest Hill Park Place in Lenoir was arrested Friday (March 15) by Probation and Parole Officers. She was charged with three felony probation violations and one misdemeanor probation violation. Erickson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $80,000 secured bond. A superior Court appearance was scheduled for April…

Lenoir Man Charged with Trafficking in Heroin

33-year-old Phillip Mark Holsclaw of Warren Place in Lenoir was arrested Friday (March 15) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with four felonies: trafficking in heroin or opium, conspiracy, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Holsclaw was jailed under $260,000 secured bond…

Hudson Man Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

27-year-old Tyler Dean Turnmire of Central Street in Hudson was arrested Saturday (March 16) by Alcohol Law Enforcement Officers. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Turnmire was jailed under no bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A…

Mulch Sales Underway In Hickory

The City of Hickory has started selling mulch for the spring season. Single ground mulch became available starting last Friday (March 15). The City of Hickory’s Yard Waste Facility hours are 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Fridays only. The facility is located on Cloninger Mill Road, which is off N.C. 127, near the bridge…

Man Charged In Connection To Fatal Shooting

43-year-old James Adrian Griffin, Jr. of Statesville was arrested Friday (March 15) by U.S. Marshals. He’s charged with felony counts of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. The charges were filed following an incident in Statesville last Wednesday. Statesville Police say 47-year-old Tasheka Reid Aleryani was pronounced deceased approximately 12 hours…

Suspect Charged With Financial Card Theft

41-year-old Gary Wayne Hurt of Spainhour Road in Morganton was arrested Thursday (March 14) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony financial card theft along with misdemeanor counts of larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods, concealment of merchandise, and financial card fraud. Hurt was arrested shortly before 2:30 p.m. Thursday at…

Kidnapping Charge Filed In Burke County Case

36-year-old Vincent Martell Surrat Ervin of St. Mary’s Church Road in Morganton was arrested Friday (March 15) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of second-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary along with a misdemeanor count of assault by pointing a gun. Ervin was arrested shortly before 2 p.m. Friday and brought to…

Morganton Woman Charged With Drug, Theft Offenses

28-year-old Michelle Renate Beck of Jessie Street in Morganton was arrested Thursday (March 14) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods. At 11:20 a.m. Thursday, an officer responded to an address on Carbon City Road in reference…

Man Charged With Malicious Conduct By Prisoner Following Reported Scuffle With Police

28-year-old Michael Henry Robinson of Falls Avenue in Valdese was arrested Saturday (March 16) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony malicious conduct by a prisoner along with single misdemeanor counts of assault on a governmental officer and intoxicated or disruptive behavior, plus three misdemeanor counts of resist, delay or obstruct a public…

Burke County Woman Killed In Early Morning Crash

A woman was killed in an early morning crash in Burke County. The deceased is Jessie Johnson Wilkerson of Morganton. Today (March 17) at approximately 3:50 a.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to N.C. 114 near Cook Road. A 2000 Buick Century was traveling north on N.C. 114, the driver lost control, drove…

Pedestrian Struck & Killed Thursday Evening in Lenoir

A motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on March 14 in Lenoir has claimed the life of a Lenoir man. The deceased is 35-year-old Deshon Alfred Oneil Chester. The accident happened just before 8:15 Thursday evening on the 500 block of Wilkesboro Boulevard, just east of Hibriten. The initial investigation into the crash indicates that…

“Murder on the Orient Express” on Stage at The Green Room

An adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express will be brought to life on The Green Room Community Theatre’s stage. The show is directed by Christian Underwood and is produced by Cargo Transporters, Ken Wilkinson, and Allen Wood. Murder on the Orient Express is widely regarded as one of Agatha Christie’s greatest literary achievements. This theatrical…

Lenoir Man Charged with Felony Failing to Appear

50-year-old James Wayne Mcrary of Kenny Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (March 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony failing to appear on a felony count. McRary remained in jail as of this morning under $150,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. He has previous convictions from…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Failing to Appear

38-year-old Chasity Gardner Travis of Huffman Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 14) by Probation and Parole Officers. She was charged with felony failure to appear on a felony count and three misdemeanor counts of failing to appear. Travis remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000…

Woman Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

51-year-old Crystal Searle Silvernale of East Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with one felony count possession of methamphetamine and jailed under $10,000 secured bond. Silvernale remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court date was scheduled for…

Catawba Man Arrested on 18 Counts of Sexual Offenses Against Minors

On March 14, 57-year-old Jeffery Dean Griffin of Catawba was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers on 18 counts of sexual offenses against minors. He was charged with one count of 1st-degree forcible sex offense, three counts of 1st-degree statutory sex offense, one count of statutory sex offense with a person who is 15 years…

Public Meeting Scheduled To Discuss NC 127 Widening Project

The North Carolina Department of Transportation invites the public to learn more about a project in development to improve traffic flow on N.C. 127 between Huffman Farm Road and Zion Church Road in Catawba County. The project team has been developing preliminary designs to reduce congestion along 3.1 miles of the corridor, including widening the…

Arkansas Man Arrested In Hickory Sentenced In Child Pornography Case

A man who was arrested by authorities in Hickory has received a federal prison sentence in a child porn case. 50-year-old Cannon Earl Kress of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday (March 14) for distribution of child pornography. The announcement was made by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the…

Burke County Man Charged With Felony Drug Offense

41-year-old Todd Andrew Williams of Williams Loop in Morganton was arrested Thursday (March 14) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance along with a count of driving during revocation. Williams was arrested shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday and placed in the Burke County Jail under a 48-hour…

Valdese Woman Jailed On Multiple Charges

29-year-old Harley Nichole Smith of Ivory Pass in Valdese was arrested Thursday (March 14) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with two felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of failure to pay monies. One of the drug charges is on a warrant from 2023, the other…

Drug, Break-in Charges Filed In Burke County Case

43-year-old Yasmin Velasquez Hernandez, who is listed as a homeless person from Morganton was arrested Tuesday (March 12) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and misdemeanor breaking and entering to a building.  At 1 p.m. Tuesday, a Public Safety Officer responded to an address on…

Woman Arrested On Felony Drug Charge

35-year-old Kayla Marie Whisnant of Carbon City Road in Morganton was arrested Monday (March 11) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Whisnant was placed in the Burke County Jail without bond. She was not listed as an inmate as of earlier today (March…

Newton Man Sentenced for Assaulting Man in Hospital

23-year-old Joseph Lee Rosales of Newton will serve an active prison term of six-to-eight years following his conviction for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Rosales pleaded guilty during Catawba County Superior Court on March 13 with the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, presiding.…

Stony Point Man Jailed in Newton for Attempted B&E

40-year-old Dana Dewayne Mitchem of County Line Road in Stony Point has been charged in Catawba County with felony attempted breaking & entering. He was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility Monday (March 11) with no bond amount listed. He remained in jail as of this afternoon (March 14). A first appearance in District…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Possession of Stolen Property

36-year-old Kayla Leann Miller of Fairview Drive in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (March 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with one felony possession of stolen property and jailed under $3,000 secured bond. Miller remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court date was scheduled for…

Lenoir Man Charged with Breaking & Entering, Larceny

35-year-old Timothy Juan Bush of Warren Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (March 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with three felonies: breaking and entering, auto larceny, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Bush remained in jail at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. No court dates were…

Granite Falls Woman Charged with Failing to Appear

51-year-old Cristal Michelle Jackson of Buick Branch Circle in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (March 12) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She was charged with one felony count failing to appear and jailed under $25,000 secured bond. Jackson remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center with a Superior Court…

Unemployment Rates Increase In Latest Report

Unemployment rates increased across the Hickory Metro and in every county statewide according to the latest update. The report was issued Wednesday (March 14) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The update shows the unemployment rates for January. Catawba County’s unemployment rate is 3.4 percent, up from 3.1 percent…

Suspect Charged With Offenses In Multiple Counties

29-year-old Steven Michael Day of Conley Road in Morganton was arrested Sunday (March 10) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged in Burke County with three failure to appear warrants for felony breaking & entering to a motor vehicle along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods. He’s also charged in Catawba…

Connelly Springs Man Charged With Drug Offense, Failure To Appear

26-year-old Lukas Dalton Houston of Icard School Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Tuesday (March 12) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor failure to appear. Houston was incarcerated in the Burke County Jail under $9,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled Tuesday.

Morganton Woman Charged With Drug Offenses

40-year-old Teri Ann Thomas of McDowell Church Road in Morganton was arrested Sunday (March 10) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of controlled substance in prison or jail. Police records say that Burke County Jail staff found suspected methamphetamine and later filed the charges against…

Suspect Charged With Having Drugs At Jail

25-year-old Tory Jerome Benjamin, who is listed as a homeless person from Morganton, was arrested Monday (March 11) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance in prison or jail and possession of methamphetamine. According to the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction Offender Public Information Website,…

Police Arrest Wife Of Murder Suspect Fatally Shot During Standoff

A second suspect has been arrested in connection to a murder case. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit arrested and charged 40-year-old Ashlee Louise Klepfer of Ostwalt Amity Road, Troutman, who is the wife of the suspect who was shot and killed late last week, 39-year-old Justin Michael Strawser of Cleveland, N.C. WHKY previously…

Police Investigating Shooting on Gay Street in Statesville

Statesville Police are investigating a shooting on Gay Street in Statesville this morning (March 13). At about 8 a.m. today, Statesville Police responded to the scene on the 1900 block of Gay Street. Upon arrival, Officers found 43-year-old James Adrian Griffin in the roadway with an injury to his head. Officers also found 47-year-old Tasheka…

South Carolina Woman Charged in Caldwell CO. for Drug Possession

35-year-old Amber Jalisa Myers of Rhett Street in Columbia South Carolina was arrested Tuesday (March 12) by Hudson Police Officers. She was charged with felony possession of scheduled one controlled substance and felony obtaining controlled substance by fraud or forgery. Myers remained in the Caldwell County Detention Center as of this morning under $75,000 secured…

Connelly Springs Man Charged with Probation Violation

37-year-old Derek Shea Enloe Jr of McDuffy Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Tuesday (March 12) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with felony probation violation out of county and was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of this morning with a Superior…

Lenoir Man Charged with Drug Possession

41-year-old Christopher Scott Travis of Huffman Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (March 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of scheduled two controlled substance and jailed under $10,000 secured bond. Travis remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A District Court…

Man Charged with Indecent Liberties with A Child

30-year-old Justin Douglas Wilson of Pennton Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Monday (March 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count indecent liberties with a child and jailed under $50,000 secured bond. Wilson remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A Superior Court date…

Alexander County Manager Announces Resignation

During a closed session of the March 4 meeting of the Alexander County Board of Commissioners, County Manager Shane Fox announced his resignation. Fox, who began duties in Alexander County on June 8, 2023, stated personal reasons for his resignation. He will serve a 60-day notice to complete the 2024-2025 budget process and to allow…

Lenoir Announces Hire Of New Main Street Director

The City of Lenoir has hired Brenda Floyd to serve as the next Downtown Economic Development Main Street Director. As Main Street Director, Mrs. Floyd will oversee the City’s Main Street Program, downtown events, and various local grant programs. She will supervise one staff member and serve as liaison between the City and the Downtown…

Morganton Man Stopped By Police, Charged With Drug, Firearm Offenses (Updated, 10:15 a.m., 3/13/24)

46-year-old Jeremiah Lane Hightower of Morganton was arrested by the Morganton Department of Public Safety. He’s charged with offenses including felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a felon. Hightower is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, fictitious registration plate among other traffic offenses. On…

Charges Filed In Drug Case

Brady Guin IV was arrested Sunday (March 10) by Troutman Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell & deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon. On Sunday, Troutman Police Officers…

Florida Resident Charged In Iredell County Stolen Vehicle Case

31-year-old Gerald Deon Pendergrass of Lauderhill, Florida, was arrested Monday (March 11) by Mooresville Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle along with counts of hit and run, resisting a public officer, no operators license, breaking and entering, driving…

Prison Sentence Imposed In Catawba County Assault Case

46-year-old Richard Eugene Jordan of Hiddenite, was sentenced to an active prison term of six to eight years following his guilty plea to felony assault inflicting serious injury by strangulation and admission of his status as a habitual felon. The plea was entered during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (March 11). The Honorable Daniel…

Man Charged With Sex Offenses, Child Abuse, Another Suspect Arrested & Third Person Sought

26-year-old Christopher Jose Torres and 28-year-old Tiffany Marie Roman, both of Statesville, were arrested by Statesville Police Officers. Torres is charged with ten felony counts of statutory rape of a child 15-years-old or younger along with a single count of felony intentional child abuse inflicting serious physical injury. Roman is charged with felony accessory after…

Caldwell Co. Veterans Services Director Steps Down

After 32 years of service to Caldwell County, Veterans Services Director Regina Goforth retired on February 29. Ms. Goforth began her career with the county as the secretary in the Fire Marshal’s Office. From there she served as Emergency Medical Services secretary, Information Technology technician, and Human Resources administrative assistant before being named Veterans Services…

CVCC Opens Applications for Instructors of High School Equivalency Program at Alexander Correctional

On Tuesday, March 11, 2024 Catawba Valley Community College announced they are accepting applications for instructors of high school equivalency program at Alexander Correctional. The CVCC high school equivalency classroom at Alexander Correctional (AXCI) shines a light of hope into what is otherwise a bleak prison existence. Although dealing with the realities of incarceration is…

Runaway Teen from Morganton Found, Safe

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office reports that 16-year-old Madysin Lashea Moore has been located and is safe. Ms. Moore was reported missing after she ran away from her home on Tommy Norman Avenue in Morganton on Saturday, March 2. No further information will be released.

Hickory Man Killed In Three-Vehicle Crash Monday

Three vehicles were involved in a fatal traffic crash Monday (March 11). According to the Hickory Police Department, shortly before 4:30 p.m., a red 2007 Nissan Titan pickup truck, driven by 46-year-old Sebastian Remigio of Hickory, was traveling west in the 1900 block of Highland Avenue NE. The Nissan went left of center into oncoming…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

37-year-old Rhonda Jane Murray of Mopar Way in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (March 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count failing to appear. Murray remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured and $600 cash bond.…

Lenoir Resident Charged with Possession of Schedule Two Controlled Substance

30-year-old Jake Tyler Greene of Frank Martin Lane in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (March 10) by Hudson Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of scheduled two controlled substance and jailed under $10,000 secured bond. Greene was not listed in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center. No…

Lenoir Man Charged with Failing to Appear

54-year-old Darrell Eric Corpening of Abington Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (March 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count failing to appear on a previous felony charge and misdemeanor counts of resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer, larceny, and assault on a female. Corpening remained in jail…

Input Sought For Wilson Creek Plan

The U.S. Forest Service is requesting public input to assist in building the Wilson Creek Action Plan. The plan will provide a vision for outdoor recreation infrastructure development along Wilson Creek and present recommendations for parking areas, river accesses, and support facilities such as restrooms and picnic areas. Over the past three years, the community…

Arrest Made In Larceny Case

35-year-old Curtis West Moore, Jr. of Oakhill Drive in Morganton was arrested Friday (March 8) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny after breaking & entering. Moore was arrested shortly after 4 p.m. Friday and placed in the Burke County Jail under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Monday…

Meth Possession Charge Lodged In Burke County Case

48-year-old Shannon Wayne Beach of Creekwood Drive in Morganton was arrested Friday (March 8) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). Beach was arrested shortly after 11 p.m. Friday. He was not listed as an inmate in Burke County as of earlier today (March 12). A…

Man Charged In Connection To Overdose Death Has Monday Court Date

A Taylorsville Man charged last week in connection to an overdose death was scheduled to make a court appearance Monday (March 11). 24-year-old Jacob Isaiah Parson was set to appear Monday in Alexander County District Court on a charge of felony death by distribution. Parson was already in custody on multiple probation violation charges when…

Woman Arrested On Felony Drug Charges

27-year-old Rebecca Lynn Parton of Shuffler Road in Morganton was arrested Friday (March 8) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of controlled substance in prison or jail along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Parton was arrested shortly after…

Connelly Springs Woman Charged With Assault, Domestic Violence Counts

20-year-old Ashlynn Minnie Yutzy of Spann Street in Connelly Springs was arrested Monday (March 11) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. Yutzy was placed in the Burke County Jail under no bond on a 48-hour hold. A District…

Morganton Man Charged With Having Drugs At Jail

34-year-old Jeremiah Adam Jubin of Byrd Road in Morganton was arrested Sunday (March 10) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of controlled substance in prison or jail. Jubin was arrested shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday and placed in the Burke County Jail under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court date was…

Water Issue at Alexander Central is Resolved

As of approximately 2:50 this afternoon (March 11), the water problem at Alexander Central High School has been corrected. The high school and the Student Success Center will run on a regular schedule tomorrow. Alexander Central and the Student Success Center were dismissed at 9:30 this morning as a result of the water problem, as…

Frye Regional Medical Center Honored for Significant Enhancements in Talent, Quality & Service Line Growth

Frye Regional Medical Center was honored recently by Lifepoint Health with the company’s first ever Growth Award at an annual awards ceremony held in Dallas, Texas on February 27. The Lifepoint Health Growth Award, which will be presented annually moving forward, recognizes a hospital that has delivered impressive results in service line expansion and growth…

Conover Man Jailed on Domestic Violence Fugitive Warrant from Florida

32-year-old Timothy Edmond Tysdal of Monford Drive in Conover was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers Friday (March 8) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He is wanted by the Titusville Police Department in Brevard County, Florida on charges of battery including domestic violence and tampering with a witness,…

Morganton Man Charged with Firearm Possession

44-year-old Gregory Lee Reynolds of Bost Road in Morganton was arrested Friday (March 8) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession or purchase of a firearm in violation of domestic order. Reynolds was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000 secured bond. He was not listed in jail…

Wilkes County Woman Charged with Breaking & Entering

34-year-old Elizabeth Virginia Watson of Austin Traphill Road in Northeastern Wilkes County was arrested Friday (March 8) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with felony breaking and entering and jailed under $10,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Watson was not listed in jail as of this morning with a District Court…

Lenoir Man Charged with Breaking & Entering

31-year-old Adam Daly Christopher of Hospital Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Friday (March 8) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count breaking and entering into an auto vehicle and jailed under $25,000 secured bond. Christopher remains in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center with a District…

Alexander Central High School, SSC Dismissed Due To Water Issue

Alexander Central High School and Student Success Center (SSC) dismissed at 9:30 this morning (March 11) due to a water problem. It will take some time to repair. Students will complete the day working from home.

Update: Pedestrian Struck And Killed Sunday Morning Identified By Authorities

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has released the identity of a pedestrian who was killed in an early Sunday morning (March 10) crash in Burke County. The deceased has been identified as 31-year-old Chang Ching Yang of Hickory. At approximately midnight Sunday morning, Highway Patrol responded to the incident on George Hildebran School Road…

Statewide “Booze It & Lose It” Campaign Underway

Today (March 11) until March 17, statewide law enforcement officials will increase saturation patrols and driver checkpoints, with a focus on rural roads, to keep travelers safe. The St. Patricks Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign is underway. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office hosted the statewide kickoff event Friday (March 8) in Louisburg for…

Granite Falls Man Charged With Fleeing From Police

37-year-old Jerry Duane Anderson of Sigmon Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (March 9) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and larceny, possession or receiving goods from a construction site. Anderson was confined in the Burke County Jail under no bond…

Hickory Man Charged With Break-in, Theft

41-year-old Michael Joseph Ford of Cape Hickory Road in Hickory was arrested Friday (March 8) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking & entering to a building, larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods, and possession of stolen goods. Ford was arrested in connection to an incident at an…

Woman Charged In Burke County Drug Case

29-year-old Hannah Nicole Miller of the Watauga County community of Vilas was arrested Friday (March 8) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with two felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance. On Thursday (March 7), an officer with the Morganton Department of Public…

Meth Trafficking Arrest Reported By Authorities In Caldwell County

57-year-old Billy Ray Potter of Pioneer Trail in Hudson was arrested Friday (March 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony trafficking methamphetamine by possession. On Friday, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office ICE Unit responded to a residence that they believed was being used for selling methamphetamine. Officers searched a home on Pioneer…

Former Hickory Metro Resident Charged After Allegedly Being Caught With Minor

A former Alexander County resident has been charged with child-sex related crimes in another county. According to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, On March 5, Deputies responded to a report of a breaking or entering in progress. When they arrived, the resident informed them that when he got home, he found a male, identified as…

Pedestrian Struck And Killed In Burke County, Authorities Attempting To Identify Victim

A pedestrian was killed in an early morning crash in Burke County. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is seeking assistance from the public in identifying the victim. At approximately midnight this morning (March 10), Highway Patrol responded to the incident on George Hildebran School Road near Wilkies Grove Church Road. The pedestrian is an…

Man Suspected In Double-Murder Case Shot And Killed By Police

A man suspected in a double murder case was killed after reportedly firing shots at police. The murder victims were identified as  22-year-old Eduardo Cordova of Mooresville and 24-year-old Caleb Loper of Lincolnton. The suspect was identified as 39-year-old Justin Michael Strawser of Cleveland, N.C. On Saturday the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received information about…

Obituary: Roberta “Susie” Shuford Long

Roberta “Susie” Shuford Long, 83, of Hickory passed away Sunday, March 3, 2024. Born November 5th, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Edmund Showalter Long and Roberta Shuford Long. Susie was a distinguished 1963 graduate of Lenoir Rhyne University with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medical Science. As a devoted member of Chi…

Highway Patrol Investigating Incident Wednesday on I-40 in Catawba County

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating an incident that occurred Wednesday (March 6) in Catawba County. At about 3:10 p.m. Wednesday, Troopers responded to a collision on Interstate-40 East near mile marker 132. According to the Highway Patrol, an orange Dodge Charger with a newer body-style and tinted windows was traveling east on…

Granite Falls Woman Charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretense

29-year-old Britney Nicole Cantrell of Pembrook Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (March 7) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She was charged with a single felony count of obtaining property by false pretense and jailed under $20,000 secured bond. Cantrell was not listed in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention…

Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday, Set Clocks Ahead This Weekend

It’s time to “spring forward” once again. This weekend we will return to daylight saving time. At 2 a.m. Sunday (March 10) clocks are to be moved ahead by one hour. Fire officials also recommend that you check batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors during this time of year. Daylight saving time will…

New Comprehensive Plan Presented In Alexander County

Alexander County will soon have a new “road map” for the future upon approval of the new comprehensive plan. Brian Burgess, Director of Planning & Development, presented an update at the Monday (March 4) meeting of the Alexander County Board of Commissioners. Burgess said the new plan was completed in-house with input from the public,…

Morganton Man Indicted On Felony Drug Charges

34-year-old Homer Lee Cook of Iron Lane in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (March 5) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged on a true bill of indictment with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance. According to the North Carolina Department Of Adult Correction Offender Public…

Valdese Woman Jailed On Meth Possession Charge

39-year-old Lora Elease Netherton of Clarks Avenue in Valdese was arrested Wednesday (March 6) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). Netherton was arrested just after 11 p.m. Wednesday at an address on South Sterling Street in Morganton. During the investigation, an officer seized .75 grams…

Three Suspects Arrested, Drugs Seized From Room At Lodging Establishment

38-year-old Jacquelyn Michelle Moss, 46-year-old Ronald Shawn Griffith, and 28-year-old Zachary Tylor Hartness were all arrested Tuesday (March 5) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. Moss was charged with felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture or sell schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture or sell methamphetamine, possession…

Shooting Under Investigation in Statesville

Statesville Police are investigating a shooting that occurred Tuesday (March 5) in Statesville. At about 5:25 p.m. Tuesday, Officers responded to the incident at a residence on the 600 block of West Bell Street. Officers found 33-year-old Cameron Connor of Statesville in the residence suffering from a single gunshot wound to the torso. The Statesville…

Steel Warehouse to Open Facility in Hickory

Steel Warehouse, a steel service center with distribution, shipping, and processing capabilities, has announced that it will open a state-of-the-art facility in Hickory. The initiative will create 58 jobs with an investment of $27-million over the next four years, significantly enhancing the company’s presence and operational capabilities in the southeastern United States. Steel Warehouse Company…

Four Suspects Wanted on Felony Warrants from Unicoi Co., Tennessee

25-year-old Chad Austin Hughes of Bessemer City, 42-year-old Shawn Elizabeth Styers of Gastonia, 18-year-old Okeem Lamar Hunter of Gastonia, and 18-year-old Chase Austin Simmons of Dallas NC were arrested Wednesday (March 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. All four suspects were arrested on felony warrants as fugitives awaiting extradition to Unicoi County, Tennessee. Hughes has…

Hickory Man Charged With B & E, Conspiracy

44-year-old Christopher Allen Bost of 21st Street SE in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony breaking & entering, felony conspiracy, and larceny after breaking & entering. Bost was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (March 7) under no bond. A District Court date is scheduled next…

Conover Man Charged With Arson

48-year-old Tad Aaron Navey of Paris Drive in Conover was arrested Wednesday (March 6) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with second-degree arson and felony probation violation. Navey is on probation as a result of a conviction in Alexander County in July, 2022 for felony larceny after breaking & entering. He received probation and…

Hickory Man Receives Minimum Six Year Sentence Following Conviction On Several Charges

47-year-old Latron Edward Clark of Hickory, will serve six to nine years in prison following his conviction for multiple criminal offenses and admission of habitual felon status. Clark entered a guilty plea during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (March 6). The Honorable William A. Wood, Superior Court Judge from Guilford County, imposed the prison…

Newton Man Charged With Drug Offenses

60-year-old Wallace Randolph Fitzgerald of South NC 16 Highway in Newton was arrested Wednesday (March 6) by authorities in Catawba County. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Fitzgerald was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,500 bond. A District Court appearance…

Meth & Marijuana Charges Filed Against Claremont Woman

65-year-old Mary Linda Christopher of Sutton Lane in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (March 6) by authorities in Catawba County. She’s charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Christopher was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled…

Vehicle Theft Charge Lodged Against Lenoir Woman

28-year-old Kristen Nichole Mosley of Abington Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (March 6) by authorities in Caldwell County on a charge from Catawba County. She’s charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Mosley was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 7).

Hickory Man Charged With Multiple Counts Of Meth Possession

42-year-old Timothy Wayne Trivette of Section House Road in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (March 5) by authorities in Catawba County. He’s charged with two counts of possession of methamphetamine along with single counts of felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver counterfeit controlled substance, and possession of drug…

“Lucky Leprechaun Hunt” Thursday in Valdese

A “Lucky Leprechaun Hunt” will be held in Valdese tomorrow (March 7). The event will run from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Italy Street to the Old Rock School. Anyone who finds a lucky leprechaun should take him to the Old Rock School for a “Pot O’ Gold.” One leprechaun per child, please. For…

Texas Woman Arrested on Iredell County Larceny Charge

25-year-old Athena Lian Wattanakone of Richland Hills, Texas has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Deputies on a felony larceny charge. Events leading to her arrest began on January 10 when Deputies responded to a home on Fern Hill Road near Mooresville. The victim said several thousand dollars worth of jewelry and clothing had been…

Sanford Man Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping & Indecent Liberties

23-year-old Cameron Michael Blair of Sanford, North Carolina has pleaded guilty to first-degree kidnapping and indecent liberties with a child. He entered the plea in Catawba County Superior Court yesterday (March 5). Blair was sentenced to serve 52-123 months and 16-29 months concurrently in the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections. The conviction stems from…

Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center Holds a Kidz Market on March 9

Join Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center on Saturday, March 9, 2024 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex for the Kidz Market. This event was created to support young entrepreneurs. Attendees can purchase shopping passes on hiddenitearts.org. Admission to shop is $5 adults, $2 for Children 3-12, 2 and under FREE. This…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

57-year-old Christopher Ray Combs of Knight Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (March 5) by Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of methamphetamine and jailed under $5,000 secured bond. Combs was not listed in the Caldwell County Detention Center as of this morning. A District Court date was scheduled for…

Granite Falls Woman Charged with Probation Violation

32-year-old Amber Ruby Snipes of Helton Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (March 5) by Probation and Parole and Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with one felony probation violation and jailed under $20,000 secured bond. Snipes remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center with no court dates…

Hickory Man Charged with Assault By Strangulation

35-year-old Brooks William Atkins of Third Street in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (March 5) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with five felonies: habitual felon, assault by strangulation, and three counts habitual assault. Atkins remained in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,001 secured bond. A District…

Drug, Firearm Charges Filed Against Suspect Arrested Following Traffic Stop

22-year-old Tamyaa Altavia Holland of Buffalo Shoals Road in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm and misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun. Last Wednesday, February 28, an officer with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) team conducted a traffic stop on a…

Traffic Stop Leads To Arrest, Seizure Of Meth

43-year-old Cesar Chavez Santibanez of Dogwood Estates Circle in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle for the use or sale of controlled substance. In addition, Santibanez is charged with misdemeanor counts of…

Man Charged In Connection To Armed Robbery At Business

40-year-old Jonathan Wesley Mays of Walt Arney Road in Lenoir was arrested by authorities in Caldwell County on a charge from Burke County. He’s charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon. This past Saturday (March 2), shortly after 3 p.m., Morganton Public Safety officers responded to Lowe’s Home Improvement on Burkemont Avenue in reference…

Scam Reports Under Investigation By Authorities

Residents in Lincoln County continue to receive jury duty phone call scams and bank fraud scams. On March 4, 2024, a report was filed with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office by a resident who was the victim of the jury duty scam. The individual said he received a phone call from two people who claimed…

Suspect Arrested On Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop, Seizure Of Marijuana

22-year-old Cortney Sirron Phifer, Jr. of Winston-Salem was arrested Saturday (March 2) by Statesville Police Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possesion of marijuana, possession with intent to sell & deliver marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance. Additionally, Phifer was found to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest for felony probation…

Primary Election Results

Election Returns, Tuesday March 5, 2024 (** indicates winners) Catawba County Board of Commissioners (Republican, top two advance to November) Final- 40 of 40 precincts reporting **Austin Allran 39.37% **Barbara Gale Beatty 34.57% Eric Dunn 26.06% Catawba County Schools Board of Education (Republican, top three advance to November) Final- 28 of 28 precincts reporting **David…

Crash Claims Life Of Juvenile On Skateboard

A juvenile was killed in a Catawba County crash. Today (March 5) at approximately 3:50 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to Caleb Road near East Maiden Road in Maiden. A 15-year-old juvenile riding a makeshift skateboard exited his driveway, entered the roadway, and was struck by a 2011 Freightliner truck traveling south.…

Old Colony Players Presents “The Diary of Anne Frank”

On Thursday March 7, 2024 Old Colony Players will open their production of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” The new adaptation for a new generation continues shows at 7:30 p.m. on March 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16 at Waldensian Presbyterian Church (109 Main St E | Valdese, NC 28690). In this transcendentally powerful new…

Burke County Sex Offender Investigations Net Eight Arrests

In February, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and several other federal and state agencies conducted two joint operations, targeting potential sexual predators and repeat or recidivist sex offenders. During Operation Heart Breaker, Burke County Investigators and agents from the F.B.I. and the U.S. Marshals Service conducted investigations based on cybertips received from the Internet Crimes…

Chatham CO. Man Charged with Larceny of Motor Vehicle & Firearm Possession

58-year-old Randy Paul Ayers of Williams Pond Road in Pittsboro was arrested Friday (March 1) by Probation and Parole and Lenoir Police Officers. He was charged with three felonies: larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and probation violation. Ayers remained in jail as of this morning under $80,000…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Assault Using A Deadly Weapon

46-year-old Rebecca Hicks Coburn of Lovejoy Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (March 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with one felony count assault with a deadly weapon and jailed under $5,000 bond. Coburn was not listed in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center. She was scheduled…

Conover Woman Charged with Probation Violations

37-year-old Crystal Bryan Cruz of Emmanuel Church Road in Conover was arrested Friday (March 1) by Probation and Parole Officers. She was charged with three felony counts probation violation and jailed under $3,000 secured bond. She was not listed in jail as of this morning in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Cruz was on probation…

Runaway Morganton Teenager Sought By Authorities

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in finding a runaway juvenile. 16-year-old Madysin Lashea Moore of 5596 Tommy Norman Avenue in Morganton ran away from her home on Saturday, March 2, 2024. She was last seen walking toward Tommy Norman Avenue wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans. Madysin Lashea…

Priorities Determined By Catawba County Public Health

After more than a year of gathering and analyzing community feedback and available statistical data for our county, Catawba County Public Health and its community partners have decided on three health priorities to focus on for the next several years. Access to healthy foods; brain health; and ensuring safe, engaging and active spaces emerged as…

Man Recently Released From Prison Charged With Rape

42-year-old Kenneth Anthony Elliott of Airport Rhodhiss Road in Hickory was arrested Sunday (March 3) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony second-degree forcible rape. According to the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections Offender Public Information website, Elliott was released from prison earlier this year after serving a sentence for a felony…

Caldwell County Man Charged With Burke County Drug Offense

36-year-old Gary Daniel Stallings II of Montclair Avenue in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (March 2) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Stallings was arrested shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday and placed in the Burke County Jail under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was…

Primary Election Today, Coverage Of Returns On WHKY

North Carolina’s Primary Election is today (March 5) and there are contested races in all of the Hickory Metro and surrounding counties. WHKY will be covering several of those contests on all of our platforms. In the Catawba County Board of Commissioners race, there are three Republican candidates running for two spots in the November…

Burke County Woman Arrested On Felony Drug Charge

29-year-old Kayla Dawn Yelton of Hollywood Drive in Connelly Springs was arrested Sunday (March 3) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). Yelton was arrested just after 1 a.m. Sunday. She was not listed as an inmate as of earlier today (March 5). A District Court…

Suspect Arrested, Meth Seized In Morganton Case

32-year-old Steven Tyler Burnette of Conley Road in Morganton was arrested Monday (March 4) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor failure to appear on a count of failure to comply. Burnette was arrested shortly after 2 a.m. Monday…

Taylorsville Man Charged with Indecent Liberties

71-year-old Marc Edwin Ottinger of Taylorsville was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers Saturday (March 2). He was charged with felony indecent liberties with a child. Ottinger was given a $75,000 secured bond and was released from custody Sunday. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for March 25.

W.H.K.Y. Part Owner Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash Sunday

Hickory Police investigated a fatal traffic crash involving a single vehicle on Sunday, March 3. The deceased is 83-year-old Roberta “Susie” Shuford Long of Hickory. At 11:25 a.m. Sunday, a northbound 2018 Ford Edge S.E. traveling on Highway 127 South near 3rd Avenue S.E. crossed the center line, ran off the roadway, and struck a…

Morganton Woman Charged with Methamphetamine Possession

46-year-old April Dawn Rhea of Antioch Road in Morganton was arrested Friday (March 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count possession of methamphetamine and jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. Rhea was not listed in jail as of this morning with a District Court…

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of Stolen Property & Violating Probation

27-year-old Seth Lynn Hubner of Quail Ridge Court in Lenoir was arrested Friday (March 1) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with felony possession of stolen property and misdemeanor probation violation. Hubner remained in jail as of this morning under $20,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. A Superior Court date…

Lenoir Woman Charged with Intimidating A Witness

36-year-old Amanda Kaye Rojo of Aleses Way in Lenoir was arrested Friday (March 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. She was charged with one felony count intimidating or interfering with a witness and jailed under $20,000 secured bond in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Rojo was not listed in jail as of this morning with…

Voters To Cast Ballots In Primary Tuesday, Several Local Races On Ballots

North Carolina’s Primary Election is Tuesday (March 5) and there are contested races in all of the Hickory Metro and surrounding counties. WHKY will be covering several of those contests on all of our platforms. In the Catawba County Board of Commissioners race, there are three Republican candidates running for two spots in the November…

Suspects Charged With Drug Offenses Following Traffic Stop

51-year-old Angela Powell Carpenter of Powerhouse Road and 65-year-old Clyde Oliver Crawford of Lail Road, both from Morganton, were arrested Saturday (March 2) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. Carpenter is charged with possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and traffic offenses. Crawford is charged with possession of cocaine, possession with intent…

Newton Man Charged With Multiple Counts Of Violating Probation

21-year-old Corey Lee Fox of Dun Romin Lane in Newton was arrested Friday (March 1) by authorities in Catawba County. He’s charged with three counts of felony probation violation out-of-county along with a count of driving while impaired. Fox is on probation as a result of a conviction in Rutherford County on January 17 of…

Newton PD Reports Meth Possession Arrest

53-year-old Gregory Dean Scott, whose address was not listed, was arrested last Thursday (February 29) by Newton Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine. Scott was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,000 bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (March 4). A court date is set for March 21.

Drug Charges Lodged Against Burke County Woman

31-year-old Elizabeth Denise Self of U.S. 70 West in Morganton was arrested Saturday (March 2) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of schedule II, III or IV controlled substance. Self is also charged with expired vehicle inspection. Self was arrested shortly before 3…

Conover Man Arrested On Multiple Charges

36-year-old Joshua Lewis Stamey of Lynell Street in Conover was arrested Sunday (March 3) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Stamey was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A court date was scheduled today (March 4).

Newton Man Charged With Meth Possession

36-year-old Caleb Albert Bollinger of Northwest Boulevard in Newton was arrested Sunday (March 3) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bollinger was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,500 bond. A court date was scheduled today (March 4).

Scam Under Investigation By Burke County Authorities

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office reports that they’ve been contacted regarding a scam being committed in the community. The agency was told that someone is calling local residents claiming to be a Burke County Sheriff’s Deputy, Sergeant Brian Collins. The scammer is telling the citizens that they have missed a court date and they need…

Former McDowell County Employee & Coach Faces Sex Offense Charges

29-year-old Jessica Patrick Finley has been arrested by McDowell County Sheriff’s Officers and charged with felony counts of statutory sex act with a student and felony sex offense with a child under the age of 15. The victim is reported to be 14 years old. Finley was listed as a guidance counselor and volleyball coach…

Statesville Man Arrested on Felony Meth Charges

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

Two Country Music Stars to Perform at North Wilkesboro Speedway

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

Catawba County Library Hosted New York Times Bestselling Author Visit

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

Lenoir Woman Charged with Failing to Appear & Larceny

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

Woman Charged on Fugitive Warrant to South Carolina

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

Granite Falls Man Charged with Two Felony Probation Violations

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

Suspect Arrested On Strangulation Charge

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

Catawba Woman Charged With Felony Drug Offenses

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

First Aid Kits Provided For Caldwell County Classrooms

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

Drug Charges Filed Against Woman Arrested Thursday

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

Suspect Charged With Having Drugs At Jail

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

Morganton Man Arrested On Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Charges

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

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

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

Child Seriously Injured in Watauga County Accident

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

Lenoir Resident Charged with Failing to Appear in Court

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

Lenoir Man Charged with Probation Violation & Assault

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

Portion Of Hickory Road To Close Tonight

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

Teen Killed In Caldwell County Crash

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

Hickory Metro Area School Systems Among Those To Receive Breakfast Grants

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

Suspect Facing Charges In Three Hickory Metro Counties

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

Motorcyclist Charged With Drug Offenses Following Traffic Stop

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

Sex Offender Charged With Failing To Register

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

Connelly Springs Woman Jailed for Failure to Appear on Trafficking Charge

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

Hiddenite Man Arrested after Brief Vehicle Pursuit

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

Teachers & Staff Refining Skills in Caldwell County

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

Morganton Man Charged with Probation Violation

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

Granite Falls Woman Charged with Four Counts Failure to Appear

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

Morganton Resident Charged with Drug Possession in Caldwell County

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

Three Suspects Arrested In Catawba County Drug Investigation

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

North Carolina To Observe Severe Weather Preparedness Week In Early March

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

Hildebran Resident Arrested On Firearm Charges

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

Suspect Charged With Felony, Misdemeanor Drug Offenses

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

Morganton Man Arrested On SC Fugitive Warrant

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

Newton, Hickory Residents Among Drug Suspects Arrested In Recent Roundup

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

CVCC Announced Second Annual Open House Event on March 23

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

Probation Absconder Arrested on Trafficking Charge

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

Lenoir Man Faces Charges for Meth; Failure to Appear

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

Granite Falls Man Jailed on Larceny & Stolen Goods Charges

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

Lenoir Man Charged with Possession of A Stolen Motor Vehicle

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

Man Charged with Felony Probation Violation

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

Man Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

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

Lenoir Woman Charged with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine

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

Hickory Teenager Charged In Connection To Reported Chase In Newton

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

Area Board Of Elections Conducting Voter Survey

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

Police Seeking Suspect Who Reportedly Led Officers On Chase Monday

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

Sex Offender Wanted In Florida In Custody In Burke County

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

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

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

Stony Point Woman Jailed on Multiple Assault Charges & Probation Violation

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

Connelly Springs Man Arrested for Possession of Firearm by Felon

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

Homeless Hickory Woman Charged with Attempted Vehicle Break-In

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

Lenoir Man Jailed on Felony Fugitive Warrant; More

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

Caldwell County Schools Announces New CTE Director

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

Lenoir Man Faces Felony Drug & Firearms Charges

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

Lenoir Man Again Arrested on Felony Meth Charge

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

Lenoir Resident Charged with Fugitive Extradition to South Carolina

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

Hudson Man Charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine

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

Lenoir Man Charged with Failing to Appear

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

Woman Charged with Three Counts Failing to Appear

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

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

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

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

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

Suspects Charged Following Traffic Stop, Seizure Of Fentanyl

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

Investigation Into Late January Homicide In Hickory Continues

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

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

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

Morganton Woman Jailed On Catawba County Drug Charges

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

Robbery Charge Lodged Against Hickory Man

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

Cocaine, Firearm Charges Filed In Weekend Arrest

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

Hickory Woman Arrested On Drug, Trespassing Charges

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

Lane Closure Announced In Morganton

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

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

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

Two Arrested on Drug Charges in Alexander County

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

Taylorsville Man Charged with Hit & Run

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

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

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

Granite Falls Man Charged with Injury To Property

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

Stony Point Woman Charged with Probation Violation& Trespassing

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

Assistance From Public Sought For Old Rock School Renovation Efforts

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

Two Suspects Charged With Firearm Offenses Following Traffic Stop

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

Charges Filed In Child Pornography Case

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

Man Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting, Investigation Being Conducted

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

Catawba Man Arrested on Felony Warrant

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

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

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

Lincoln County Sheriff Continues to Investigate Scam Calls

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

Catawba Man Charged After Drugs, Guns Seized Following Search

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

Hickory Police Arrest Woman On Kidnapping, Robbery Charges

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

Woman Charged With Having Drugs At Jail

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

Park In Alexander County To Close Soon For Renovations

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

Burke County Woman Indicted On Drug Charges

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

Suspect Charged In Connection To Burglary

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

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

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

Man Reported Missing Found Safe

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

Conover Man Charged with Felony & Misdemeanor Larceny

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

Claremont Woman Again Arrested on a Felony Drug Charge

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

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

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

Lenoir Man Charged with Interfering with Electronic Monitoring Device

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

Lenoir Resident Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

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

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

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

Connelly Springs Man Charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine

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

Lenoir Woman Charged with Failing to Appear in Court

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

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

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

Man Charged with Methamphetamine Possession

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

Authorities Seeking Assistance In Finding Man Reported Missing Following Crash

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

City Of Hickory Seeking Grant For New Park

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

Conover Man Charged With Stealing From Employer

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

Hickory Man Jailed On Drug Charges

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

Claremont Woman Arrested On Felony Drug Charge

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

Robbery, Firearm Charges Filed Against Hickory Man

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

Alexander County Man Recently Released From Prison Faces New Charges

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

Black History Month Celebration this Saturday in Hiddenite

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

Man on Federal Probation Faces Felony Drug & Firearms Charges

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

Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Announced New Smartphone App

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

Connelly Springs Man Charged with Possession of Methamphetamine

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

Hudson Man Charged with Larceny

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

Lenoir Man Charged with Maintaining a Place for Controlled Substance

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

Woman Killed In Crash, Charges Filed

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

Development Teams Sought In Caldwell County

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