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40 new COVID-19 cases were reported Saturday (July 11) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the overall total in the county to 1,172, with 14 deaths. Coronavirus hospitalizations increased to 23, the highest number reported since the start of the pandemic. At least 516 COVID-19 patients had recovered and there were 3,786 negative test results.

30 additional coronavirus cases were reported Saturday in Burke County, increasing the overall total to 1,194, with 21 deaths. At least 911 patients had recovered from COVID-19 in Burke County, and there were eight people hospitalized with the coronavirus.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services listed 156 cases overall in Alexander County, one more than the county's Friday report. The state agency listed Caldwell County with 601 cases, ten more than the county's update Friday. The 2,462 new cases reported statewide Saturday represents the highest one-day total during the pandemic.

33-year-old Joe Henry Furr of Eastridge Lane in Mooresville was arrested Friday (July 10) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with first-degree murder. 

He's charged in connection to the fatal shooting earlier in the week that claimed the life of 56-year-old Shaun Michael Loughrey. On Tuesday (July 7) at 1:40 p.m. deputies with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a deceased person at residence on Hopewell Church Road in Sherrills Ford. When deputies arrived they discovered Shaun Michael Loughrey dead inside his residence. It appears that Loughery died after suffering one or more gunshot wounds. Furr was taken into custody in the parking lot of a business along Freedom Drive in Charlotte on Friday at approximately 8:00 p.m.

His arrest was effected through a collaborative effort between the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (SBI-VCAT) Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (CMPD-VCAT) Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Group (SEG) and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID).The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office also thanks the Mooresville Police Department, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and Sherrills Ford Terrell Fire Rescue for their assistance with this investigation.

Furr was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility in Newton where he was being held without bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (July 13).

23 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Friday (July 10) by Catawba County Public Health. The overall total increased to 1,132, with 14 deaths. There were 17 people hospitalized in Catawba County, and 509 patients had recovered.23 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Friday (July 10) by Catawba County Public Health. The overall total increased to 1,132, with 14 deaths. There were 17 people hospitalized in Catawba County, and 509 patients had recovered.

Seventeen COVID-19 cases were reported today in Caldwell County, increasing the overall total to 591, with six deaths. 340 patients had recovered and there were 16 patients hospitalized in Caldwell County with the coronavirus. One additional case of COVID-19 was reported at Brockford Inn Assisted Living. The total number of cases at the facility now stands at 61, (42 residents and 19 employees).  

31 new cases of COVID-19 were added Friday in Burke County, the county's dashboard showed a total of 1,164 cases, with 21 deaths. There were seven people hospitalized and 875 coronavirus patients had recovered. Five new COVID-19 infections were confirmed Friday in Alexander County, increasing the overall total to 155 with one death. Two people were hospitalized in Alexander County.

24-year-old Robert Torrence Spears of Ed Perry Lane in Banner Elk has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff's Officers for felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Spears was arrested in connection to an incident on June 12 when the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office took a call regarding a possible road rage incident on Highway 181 near Avery County. One vehicle stuck another vehicle multiple times and it was reported that a shot might have been fired. Deputies in Avery County stopped the vehicle, which was driven by Robert Spears.

A Burke County investigation found evidence indicating that Spears intentionally struck the victim’s vehicle several times with his own vehicle. On July 8, the Avery Co. Sheriff’s Office served Spears with the felony warrant from Burke County.

Spears was in placed in the Burke County Jail on July 9 under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 10) in Morganton.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol also assisted in the investigation.

Friday, 10 July 2020 09:48

Hickory Woman Faces Felony Cocaine Charge

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20-year-old Britney Sierra Vereen of 10th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:25 p.m. yesterday (July 9) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

Vereen was arrested after Officers conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of 13th Avenue Drive S.E. and 10th Avenue Drive S.E. During the stop Officers found 0.1 grams of cocaine.

Vereen was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,500, secured. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (July 10) in Newton.

18-year-old Caeson Shayne Cannon of Duncan Hill Lane in Taylorsville was arrested early this morning (July 10) by Hickory Police on one felony count of possession, sale, or purchase of a gun with an altered serial number. A second suspect, an 18-year-old male from Hickory, was also arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

The arrests came after Hickory Police conducted a traffic stop at a business on 2nd Avenue S.E. During the stop, Officers were told of a shots-fired call in the same area. Cannon’s vehicle matched the vehicle description from the shots-fired call. During the investigation, Officers found an AR-15 with no serial number. Cannon and the other suspect said the discharge was accidental. 2.9 grams of marijuana was also found during the incident.

Both suspects were arrested shortly after 2 a.m. today. Cannon was processed and released to his father's custody. He'll make a first appearance in District Court Monday (July 13) in Newton. The other suspect was released under a $1,000 unsecured bond with a District Court date on August 3.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an early morning robbery at a business on North Business Highway 16 in Denver. Detectives say someone entered the Seven-Eleven at 2821 N. NC 16 Business at approximately 5:15 a.m. today (July 10), 2020, pulled what is believed to be a weapon from the waistband and pointed it at the clerk.

The suspect demanded money and forced the clerk to open the cash register drawers. The clerk placed an undisclosed amount of money into a bag the suspect was carrying. The suspect then fled southbound on Business Highway 16 on foot. A K-9 was called in and tracked the suspect for a short distance before losing the scent.

The suspect was wearing a mask, a blueish gray hoodie and dark jeans. The investigation into the robbery is continuing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

49-year-old Tonya Lynn Rector of Jamestown Road in Morganton was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance (methampetamine) and possession of LSD. She's also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

On June 30, 2020, NC Probation and Parole and Burke County Sheriff’s Office detectives went to an address on Jamestown Road in Morganton where they made contact with Tonya Lynn Rector, who was currently on probation. A search of the residence and of Rector reportedly resulted in the seizure of meth, LSD, and drug paraphernalia.

Rector was taken into custody and placed in the Burke County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond. She was no longer listed as an inmate in Burke County. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 20.

Friday, 10 July 2020 08:50

Weapon Charges Filed Against Lenoir Woman

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31-year-old Meranda Leeann Waycaster of NW Scroggs Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (July 9) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a concealed weapon. Waycaster was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for August 5.

40-year-old Keith James Ledford of Midas Bolick Road in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (July 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged in Catawba County with felony speeding to elude arrest. Ledford was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (July 13) in Newton.

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