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A charge has been filed against the Statesville police officer who reportedly struck a four-year-old pedestrian, resulting in injuries.

The incident occurred last Thursday, November 7, at the intersection of South Center Street (N.C. 115) at East Broad Street. The vehicle, a 2010 Dodge Charger, was traveling west on East Broad Street when it stopped for a red light at the intersection.

The child was standing at a marked crosswalk on the southwest corner of the intersection while waiting to cross South Center Street. When the traffic light turned green, the patrol vehicle turned left onto South Center Street as the child began to cross the street. The patrol vehicle struck the pedestrian in the crosswalk. It's not clear if the child was accompanied by an adult.

According to a spokesperson for the N.C. State Highway Patrol, the child's injuries were minor. The patrol vehicle was driven by Officer A.E. Kestler, who was not injured. After consulting with the Iredell County District Attorney's Office, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol charged Kestler with failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian.

The Highway Patrol says Officer Kestler was on-duty and was responding to a call, but did not have a siren or blue lights activated at the time of the accident. The patrol vehicle was traveling below the speed limit.

More information has been released regarding the arrest of 33-year-old Kristen Michelle Hardee of Benfield Drive in Granite Falls, first reported yesterday on WHKY. She was charged with furnishing a controlled substance to an inmate.

Events leading to her arrest began on November 9 when the Caldwell Co. Detention Center received a pair of reading glasses to be given to an inmate. The glasses were searched and a substance believed to be Suboxone was found hidden inside the reading glasses. Investigators with the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office identified the person who provided the glasses as Kristen Michelle Hardee.

She was arrested on November 13 and jailed under a $19,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday in Lenoir.

The incident marks the second time Hardee has been charged with an attempting to provide contraband to an inmate in Caldwell County. She was previously arrested on October 30 and charged with providing a mobile device to an inmate.

25-year-old Dustin Patrick Rhodes of Ronquil Park Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (November 13) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation and misdemeanor defrauding a drug or alcohol screening. Rhodes was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $52,000 secured. A District Court date is December 16.

30-year-old Edgar Flores Lozada of 15th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:45 last night (November 14) for failure to appear on a felony. The warrant for his arrest was issued Tuesday (November 12).

The charges are in connection to an incident on October 21 of this year when Police responded to a break-in at a residence on 14th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was charged with breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. He was initially arrested the following day.

Lozada was taken into custody without incident last night at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

19-year-old Casey James Tola Herren of Noblitt Road in Marion was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (November 15) on a felony warrant for first-degree burglary and larceny after breaking & entering. The warrant was issued in Buncombe County.

Herren was taken into custody without incident at 45 minutes past midnight today at the intersection of 8th Street Drive S.E. and "F" Avenue S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for November 19 in Asheville.

Friday, 15 November 2019 10:08

Lenoir Woman Charged With Financial Card Crimes

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39-year-old Rhonda Jean Weaver of Connelly Springs Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (November 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of financial card theft and financial card fraud. Weaver was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Thursday (November 14).

The Catawba County Register of Deeds will be closed December 5, 6 and 9, 2019, to move to a larger space across the hall from its current offices within the Catawba County Justice Center. The department will reopen December 10 at 8:00 a.m. in its new location. Information and certain services provided by the Register of Deeds may be accessed online anytime at www.catawbacountync.gov.

All four lanes of West Fleming Drive in Morganton will be closed from Burkemont Avenue to the eastern entrance of Morganton Heights Shopping Center Sunday (November 17) from 6 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. The City will be closing the road so crews can work to trim trees away from power lines in the area.

Traffic will be routed around the road closure while work is being performed, but the Morganton Heights Shopping Center will still be accessible during this time. Signage will instruct traffic to use Burkemont Avenue, West Union Street, and Carbon City Road to go around the detour. Semi-trucks will be required to take a longer detour.

Tractor trailers will need to take Fleming Drive to East Union Street, then continue on Kirksey Drive to Sanford Drive, and then proceed around the Highway 64 bypass until they come back around to Morganton Heights on Fleming Drive.

Once the work is completed, all four lanes of Fleming Drive will be reopened.

Beginning Monday, November 18, Third Street NW will be closed from Main Avenue NW to Trade Alley NW in Hickory for the installation of new crosswalks as part of the downtown streetscape project. Trade Alley NW will be accessible from the First Avenue NW end of Third Street NW. Union Square parking will be accessible from the Main Avenue NW end of Third Street NW. The roadway will reopen the evening of Tuesday, November 19.

In addition, also starting Monday, parking on the east side of First Street NW, from Main Avenue NW to First Avenue NW, will be closed for the removal of the retaining wall as part of construction for the One North Center project. This closure will last several months. During this time, First Street NW will remain open, as well as parking on the west side of the street.

 

37-year-old Adam Travis Gravley of Norwood Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (November 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to keep controlled substance. Gravley was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (November 18).

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