41-year-old Ryan Eller McRee of South Second Avenue in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (June 21) on charges of fictitious or altered registration card or tag, driving while license revoked, resisting a public officer, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle (three counts) and altering or destroying a serial number or motor number. He was also charged with three counts of failure to appear, two for driving while license revoked and one for no inspection.
McRee was taken into custody without incident at about 3 a.m. today at an auto dealership on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $19,000, secured. Appearances in District Court were set for June 25, July 12, August 1 and August 2.
41-year-old Jamie Edward Lewis of Hope Road in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police at 6:10 p.m. yesterday for a felony probation violation. Lewis is on probation as he serves an 18-month suspended sentence following a May 2017 conviction in Catawba County for possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Lewis was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for June 25 in Newton.
45-year-old John Paul Hammer of Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (June 19) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers with assistance from the Taylorsville Police Department. He was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The charges stem from an investigation into an accidental 911 call from Hammer’s residence. When officers arrived and made contact with Hammer, a meth pipe was found in his possession, resulting in the charges being filed. A news release says Hammer was found to be in possession of 2.6 grams of meth, 113 dosage units of alprazolam, and marijuana.
Hammer was arrested without incident and transported to the Alexander County Detention Center where he was placed under a $35,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 25).
Two people are dead as a result of an early morning crash in Caldwell County. According to multiple published reports, the North Carolina Highway Patrol says the wreck occurred at around 4 a.m. on U.S. 321 near Waterfalls road in northern Caldwell County.
The Highway Patrol reports that two men from Florida were killed when the tractor-trailer they were traveling in ran off the road into a runaway truck ramp on the southbound side of U.S. 321. Both men were thrown from the tractor-trailer. The truck was reportedly hauling several spools of metal when it crashed. The men who were killed have not been identified. Investigators were expected to remain at the scene of the crash until at least noon.
37-year-old Joel Columbus Williams of 8th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (June 20) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia. Williams is also charged with possession of stolen goods and driving while license revoked on warrants from Burke County, and misdemeanor larceny and possession of stolen goods on Caldwell County warrants.
Following his arrest, Williams was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,300 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for next Monday (June 25), July 12, July 18, and August 29.
40-year-old Mickey Joe Calloway of Moss Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (June 20) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony counts of identity fraud and financial card theft along with a misdemeanor count of financial card fraud. Calloway was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 23.
28-year-old Kristen Price Niewiera of Stagecoach Trail in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and failure to appear on a count of simple assault. Niewiera was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (June 25).
Photos have been released of a truck that may be connected to a death case in Burke County. At 7:31 p.m. Sunday (June 17), Burke County Deputies were dispatched to a reported assault at an address on U.S. Highway 70 in Connelly Springs. The incident was reported by a family member. When Deputies arrived, they found 63-year-old Robin Berry Teague deceased in the residence. The case is being investigated as a homicide. Reports stated that the deceased showed indications of blunt force trauma.
The truck appears to be a Nissan Frontier, possibly gray or a similar color, model year around 1999. It was in the area on Highway 70 near the crime scene around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Anyone with any information about the truck or driver is asked not to engage the person but to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333. All Crimestoppers tips are anonymous, and anyone with information leading to an arrest may receive a cash reward.
The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Burke County Sheriff's Office with the investigation.
The Falling Creek Road bridge replacement project in Hickory is now complete and open to traffic. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) conducted the final inspection and approval on Wednesday (June 20) prior to reopening the structure.
Falling Creek Road bridge has been closed for replacement since June 12, 2017, following a structural deficiency determination by engineers. The project was expected to take one year to complete.
Caldwell County Water Customers are seeing sediment in their water in several areas of the county due to several different incidents. Customers around the new William Lenoir Middle School have been seeing sediment in their water due to construction and replacement of water lines near the Roundabout being built on Highway 90. Customers in the Dudley Shoals area are seeing sediment due to low water levels in the Draco Holding Tank. Customers in the Grace Chapel area are seeing sediment due to the Caldwell County Water Department testing hydrants in the area.
All three of these areas water should clear over the next few days. County staff have tested the water in all three areas and have determined the water is safe. Any customers still having concerns can boil the water for two minutes before consumption or drink bottled water. Anyone with questions can contact the Caldwell County Water Department at 828-757-5758.
After nearly five months, Lincoln County authorities continue to ask for the public’s assistance in locating 53-year-old Richard Keith Perdue. On January 22, Mr. Perdue walked away from the Boger City Rest Home on Little Valley Trail in Lincolnton and disappeared.
He was last seen at about 8:30 p.m. on that date leaving through a side door at the facility. He was not reported missing until two hours later by the rest home staff. Deputies searched the area, but were unable to find Mr. Perdue.
On January 31, the Lincoln Co. Special Operations Land Search Team, Sheriff’s Deputies & Detectives and a drone operator from the Cleveland Co. Sheriff’s Office searched a 300-meter diameter around the rest home. The drone was used to show aerial views of locations that are difficult to access due to the terrain.
Mr. Perdue is a white male with black hair and blue eyes. He is 5’5” tall and weighs 135 pounds. He suffers from several medical conditions, including autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia. Mr. Perdue does not have relatives in North Carolina and is not familiar with the area.
According to a press release issued by the Sheriff’s Office, authorities have exhausted every available lead in the case. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Richard Keith Perdue should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln Co. Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
23-year-old Hannah Marie Miles of Eagle Mills Road in Hamptonville was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (June 20) on one felony count of possession of cocaine.
Miles was arrested without incident after Officers conducted a traffic stop on the 1,600 block of 20th Avenue Drive N.W. and found 2.5 grams of crack cocaine. She was also given a citation for driving with a revoked license.
Miles was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for June 25 in Newton.
18-year-old Trystan Lee McClain of 27th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police this morning (June 20) on one felony count of common law robbery. McClain was taken into custody without incident at about 7:40 a.m. today at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for June 25 in Newton.
32-year-old Melinda Gail South of SW Dulatown Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (June 19) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of obtain property by false pretense and financial card withholding. South was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 20).