46-year-old Marcus Ray Story of Line Drive in Morganton was arrested Thursday (September 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny by employee. Story was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets in regular session Monday (October 3), however the location and time of the meeting have changed.
Commissioners will meet at 7:30 a.m. in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room of the Catawba County Government Center at 100A Southwest Boulevard in Newton. A strategic planning work session will precede the board's regular agenda.
Among the items on the regular agenda is the presentation of a proclamation recognizing Fire Prevention Week. In addition, in Departmental Reports, the expansion of one-stop voting to 17 days will be discussed. That presentation will be made by Board of Elections Director Amanda Duncan.
The Lenoir Police Department is investigating a break-in with larceny that occurred Monday morning (September 26) at 430 NW Woodsway Lane, a residence located beside Smith Memorial Church. The residence, which serves as the church parsonage, had been entered and numerous sound and electronic equipment along with other items had been removed from inside of the residence.
Anyone with information relating to this or any other crime is asked to contact Lenoir Caldwell Crime Stoppers at 758-8300 or the Lenoir Police Department at 757-2100.
16-year-old Makenzie Rae Hedrick of Shannon Drive in Conover was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with financial card theft, misdemeanor larceny, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Hedrick was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Friday, September 30) under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
Unemployment rates increased in the Hickory Metro and across much of the state according to the most recent report. The latest employment figures were released on Thursday (September 29) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The numbers reflect the statistics for August.
Catawba County's unemployment rate is 4.9 percent, up from 4.7 in the last report. Alexander County has a jobless rate of 4.5 percent, which is an increase from 4.3 percent in July. Burke County's unemployment rate is 5.1 percent, up from 4.9 in the last report. Caldwell County has a jobless rate of 5.3 percent, up from 5.1.
The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA has an unemployment rate of 5 percent even. That's up from 4.8 percent in the July report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is right in the middle of the 15 MSAs in the state, ranking 8th.
The statewide unemployment rate is 5 percent even, up from 4.9 percent in the last report. Unemployment increased in 68 of North Carolina's 100 counties, decreased in 14, and remained unchanged in 18. Scotland County has the highest unemployment rate at 8.8 percent, while Buncombe County has the lowest at 3.9 percent.
Authorities in Burke County are seeking information on a pair of suspects who were caught on camera prior to stealing items from an ABC store.
The Valdese Police Department reports the incident occurred on September 17 at approximately 10 a.m. at the ABC store on Main Street in Valdese. The man and woman left the scene in a four-door, silver-colored car.
Anyone who recognizes the subjects in the photo provided with this story or has information on the case is asked to call Valdese Police at 828-879-2100 or call Burke County Communications at 828-879-2101.
31-year-old Phillip Eugene Thomas of Sun Valley Trail in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one misdemeanor count of driving while licensed revoked. He was also charged by the N.C. Dept. of Probation & Parole with three probation violations, two felony counts and one misdemeanor.
He was arrested yesterday (September 28) during a traffic stop on the Gastonia Highway, near Highway 321. Narcotics Detectives say the man was driving a vehicle that had a fictitious registration plate. Detectives recognized the driver and ran a license check. They confirmed that the man's license had been suspended and stopped the vehicle.
Detectives say it appeared the man, Phillip Thomas, was trying to hide something behind the seat during the stop. Investigators conducted a consent search of the vehicle. Behind the seat, they found a 20-gauge shotgun with a modified pistol-grip stock.
Thomas was jailed under a $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (September 29).
Thomas does have an August 2016 felony conviction in Gaston County for the manufacture of methamphetamine and he currently faces multiple felony drug charges in Cleveland County.
35-year-old Shaun Michael Simons of Green Acres Road in Lincolnton has been charged by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers with one felony count of indecent liberties with a child.
He was arrested after Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detective Kelsey Harrington received a report on August 23 in reference an incident involving a young female child. The victim and the suspect are related. Following an investigation, warrants for Simons arrest were issued on September 23.
Simons was arrested on September 26 by Albemarle Police. He was taken before a magistrate and released under a $7,500 secured bond. He’ll appear in Lincoln County District Court on October 13.
47-year-old Scott Allen Sherbert of Davis Road in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (September 28) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor.
The charges are in connection with incidents that occurred between January 2005 and December 2009. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report on September 16, in reference to the incidents in question. Following an interview with the suspect Wednesday, he was arrested and charged.
The victim and suspect are related. Sherbert was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. He made his first court appearance today (Thursday, September 29) in Lincoln County District Court.
22-year-old Ashley Jordan Lambert of Spencer Lane in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (September 29) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance.
She was taken into custody without incident at about 4:20 a.m. on the 200 block of Highway 70 S.E., near Everett Chevrolet. There is no information available regarding her bond or a court date. Lambert is not currently in custody in Catawba County.
29-year-old John Scott Miller, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested on a true bill of indictment by Hickory Police shortly before 2 p.m. yesterday (September 28). He faces one count of felony larceny by anti-inventory device and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
Miller was taken into custody without incident at the Bojangles restaurant on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled today in Newton.
16-year-old John Dalton Coleman of Elk Drive SW in Conover was arrested Wednesday (September 28) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony sell or deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Coleman was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, September 29).
47-year-old Scott Eugene Dellinger of Highway 16 South in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:20 last night (September 28) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
He was taken into custody during a traffic crash investigation on the 300 block of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. The Catawba Co. Clerk of Court is listed as the complainant on H.P.D.’s arrest report.
Dellinger was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
28-year-old Gregory Allen Shell was arrested Wednesday (September 28) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony forced breaking and entering. Shell was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for November 14.
38-year-old James Daniel Terry of 32nd Street SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (September 28) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Terry was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, September 29).
49-year-old Bryan Keith Simmons of Enoree, South Carolina was arrested Wednesday (September 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant from another state. Simmons is wanted in South Carolina on unspecified charges. Following the arrest, Simmons was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $500,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, September 29).
The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the whereabouts of a registered sex offender who has failed to file a change of address notice with the Sheriffs Office. Arrest warrants are currently outstanding on Bobby Lee Minton Sr. for Failing to Change his Address while Being a Convicted Sex Offender. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Bobby Lee Minton Sr. is asked to call 828-632-2911. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online at www.AlexanderSheriff.org or by calling the Crime Stopper’s Tip Line at 828-632-8555.
18-year-old Nathan Dale Deyton of 26th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (September 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with first degree kidnapping. Following the arrest, Deyton was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for Wednesday.
27-year-old Corey Alan Hamby of Morganton, pleaded guilty to multiple drug charges, breaking and entering a motor vehicle and larceny, and admitted his status as a habitual felon during Burke County Superior Court last Friday (September 23), and was given an active prison sentence.
The Honorable William T. Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County, sentenced Hamby to serve six to eight years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections following his guilty plea to two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, breaking and entering a motor vehicle and larceny.
That sentence was enhanced by Hamby’s habitual felon status brought on by three felony convictions in Burke County (May 2006, February 2009 and July 2012) for breaking or entering of a motor vehicle.
The first drug offense occurred when Hamby was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, digital scales, baggies and rolling papers during a traffic stop conducted by Glen Alpine Police Department on June 28, 2014. Rob Milton of Glen Alpine Police Department and Noah Spencer of the Burke County Narcotics Task Force investigated the case.
A second offense occurred August 7, 2014, again during a traffic stop, this time conducted by officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety. Similar drug items were found again along with marijuana. Nick Edwards and Scott Lanning of Morganton Department of Public Safety and Dustin Jones of the Burke County Narcotics Task Force investigated the case.
On December 30, 2015, Hamby broke into a vehicle and stole a camera that was found at a pawn shop after being sold by his girlfriend. There were pictures on the camera of Hamby and his girlfriend. Stephen Ritchie of Burke County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Frank Webster handled prosecution of the cases for the District Attorney’s Office.
An 11-year-old Catawba County girl who had been missing for more than a day is now back home. Emily Dowdle, a student at Catawba Elementary School, went missing after getting off the bus at approximately 2:40 p.m. Tuesday (September 27). According to various reports, Dowdle walked out of a wooded area behind her home Wednesday evening (September 28). She had reportedly been hiding in those woods. One published report says, according to investigators, Dowdle did not go to school for several days prior to attending class on Tuesday.
No additional details were available as of this morning (Thursday, September 29).