39-year-old Jason Donald Buchanan of Doc Pugh Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday (April 23) on one felony count each of possession of cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.
Buchanan was taken into custody without incident at the bar where he works on 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory. He was processed and released under a $3,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Road closures are reported in Caldwell County due to flooding. As of this morning (April 24), according to Caldwell County Emergency Services, Brown Mountain Beach Road is closed at the intersection with Adako Road. Wilson Creek has risen to cover Brown Mountain Beach Road about 100 yards from the intersection.
In addition, Emergency Services reports the Old Johns River Road is closed at the second bridge. The road is flooded, not the bridge. Caldwell County officials say that the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is en route to assess the area. Area fire departments were putting up closure signs.
48-year-old William Andrew South of East Frank Dillard Road in Jefferson was arrested Monday (April 23) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule two controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear on a count of driving while license revoked. South was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for Friday (April 27) and May 24.
21-year-old Richard Anderson Burnette of Melrose Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin. Bond for Burnette was set at $2,000 secured. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 23.
24-year-old Kevin Brandon Avery of Pax Hill Road in Morganton was arrested by authorities in Burke County on charges filed in Caldwell County. Avery is charged with felony counts of auto larceny and obtaining property by false pretense. Avery was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 3.
Rainfall continued overnight with the Upper Catawba River area seeing the heaviest rainfall of the region. The forecast was for continuing showers through the day today (April 24), heavy at times. The Upper Catawba could see up to an additional inch of rain today. Wednesday (April 25) should be clear with showers moving in again on Thursday with an additional one-quarter to one-half inch of rain possible.
The conditions of the Upper Catawba as of 9 a.m. today were as follows:
Bridgewater/Lake James was at 99.57 feet rising slightly with spilling expected but should not exceed 102 feet based on conditions this morning. Lake Rhodhiss was at 97.43 feet and rising with strong inflows from John’s River. Lake Rhodhiss was expected to spill but was not expected to exceed 102 feet based on this morning's conditions.
Oxford/Lake Hickory was at 95.6 feet, maintaining a five-and-a-half gate. Inflows from Rhodhiss may dictate an increased gate later today. Lookout was at 97.2 feet, spilling was anticipated later today with additional gate movement at Oxford. Cowan’s Ford was at 99.08 feet, additional generation will be used as inflows begin raising the basin level.
25-year-old Zachery George Stephenson of Norwood Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of methamphetamine. Stephenson is also charged with failure to appear. Bond was set at $20,750 secured, a District Court date was scheduled today (April 24).
32-year-old James Allen Jones of Stamey Road in Hudson was arrested Monday (April 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Jones was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for Thursday (April 26).
29-year-old Tabitha Christine Robinson was arrested Monday (April 23) by authorities in Burke County. The North Carolina Court System website says Robinson is charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Robinson was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for Wednesday (April 25).
37-year-old Buckey Ray Bolden of South 2nd Avenue in Maiden was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. The charges against Bolden include possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon, and create counterfeit controlled substance. Bolden was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (April 24) under $36,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (April 26).
69-year-old Frank Eugene Caldwell of Morganton was arrested Saturday (April 21) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substances.
According to information released Monday (April 23), on Saturday, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Morganton Public Safety Officers participated in a license checking station on Hogan Street, Near Cross Street. When the driver of a black Chrysler 300, Frank Eugene Caldwell, showed officers his license, a strong odor of marijuana was detected coming from the vehicle.
Caldwell was asked to exit the vehicle. A probable cause search was conducted. Several marijuana “blunts” were found in a small bag. During a search of the vehicle, a pill bottle containing 48 dosage units of hydrocodone that were not prescribed, was found, along with 14.2 grams of marijuana. $735 in cash and the illegal drugs were seized. According to Public Safety, the quantity of hydrocodone pills found was probable cause to charge Caldwell with trafficking opiates.
Caldwell’s bond was set at $50,000 secured, he was not listed as an inmate in Morganton as of today (April 24). A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
A man was critically injured after being involved in a crash while operating what authorities say was a stolen motorcycle. According to information released Monday (April 23) by the Morganton Department of Public Safety, last Friday (April 20) at approximately 9:45 a.m., Public Safety Officers were dispatched to the area of College Street and West Fleming Drive in reference to a stolen motor vehicle. Burke County Investigators received information that a stolen 2017 Suzuki motorcycle was seen in that area by the victim.
The motorcycle was not in that area. A black dual sport motorcycle resembling the one reported stolen was seen turning right out of the Belk entrance of the Morganton Heights shopping center. An officer attempted to get the motorcycle's tag number, it was traveling well above the posted speed limit. A pursuit followed during which the motorcycle reportedly traveled up to 75 miles per hour. The officer spotted a motorcycle lying in the intersection of Burkemont Avenue at the entrance to Lowes Hardware. It was apparent the motorcycle collided with a box truck in the intersection. The operator of the motorcycle was lying in the roadway.
Two witnesses told police that the motorcycle had entered the intersection at a high rate of speed, with a red light in the motorcycle's direction of travel, and collided with the box truck. The motorcycle operator was transported by medical helicopter to CHS in Charlotte. The driver was later identified as 32-year-old Johnathon Andrew Mayfield of Valdese. The motorcycle Mayfield was driving, a 2017 Suzuki DR 650, had been reported stolen on April 18 by a Valdese resident. It received extensive damages, the 2103 box truck sustained minimal damage.
Mayfield remained in critical condition at CHS Charlotte. Charges for the traffic violations, along with larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods, are pending against Mayfield.
Former Hickory Police Sergeant Charged On Federal Indictment With Using Excessive Force (Updated, 4:53 a.m. Tues. 4/24)Written by Rob Eastwood
The Department of Justice Monday (April 23) announced that 45-year-old Robert George of Hickory, a former sergeant with the Hickory Police Department, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of using excessive force against a female arrestee, and for obstructing justice.
According to a news release issued Monday, the indictment alleges that on Nov. 11, 2013, George assaulted a female victim, identified in the indictment by the initials C.D., by slamming her face-first to the ground, causing her to suffer bodily injury. The following day, George allegedly wrote a false police report to cover up the offense.
George was arraigned on these charges in federal court. This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Department of Justice Assistant United States Attorney Kimlani Ford and Civil Rights Division Trial Attorney Sanjay Patel.
According to a news release from the District Attorney's Office, George was indicted in 2014 by the DA's Office in Catawba County on State-level felony charges of assault inflicting serious injury. The news release says the Catawba County charges were never tried because every time the State calendared the case for trial, Mr. George’s lawyer requested continuances that were allowed.
When Federal charges are brought on the same incident, State charges are dismissed in deference to the Federal prosecution.
17-year-old Michael Bryce Kelly of Matlen Drive in Mooresville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony making a false report of mass violence on educational property.
On Tuesday April 10, 2018, a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office after a student at Lake Norman High School received threatening text messages from multiple unknown numbers. It was discovered early in the investigation that a second student had also received a threatening message.
During the course of the investigation detectives learned the phone numbers from the incoming messages were false or “spoof” numbers. Detectives served several search warrants for electronic evidence that was collected by the telecommunications companies the threats were sent by, and received through. Based on these records it was determined that one of the students, Michael Bryce Kelly, who was also a current student at Lake Norman High School, received a threatening message and was also the sender of the messages.
Kelly was arrested without incident and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where bond was set at $100,000 secured. In addition to this new charge, Kelly has pending charges for making a false report of mass violence on educational property in May, 2017 and impersonating a law enforcement officer in February, 2017. Kelly was scheduled to appear in District Court today (April 23) on the new charge.