32-year-old Davie Wade Shuping was arrested Thursday (October 4) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of failure to register as a sex offender, along with two misdemeanor counts of probation violation. Shuping was arrested shortly after 9 a.m. and placed in jail in Morganton under $68,000 secured bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for October 22, Superior Court appearances are scheduled for November 26 and January 14.
The Caldwell County Health Department has rescheduled the annual “Flu Drive-Thru Clinic” for Saturday, October 20. It will be held at the Caldwell County Health Department at 2345 Morganton Boulevard SW in Lenoir. The drive-thru clinic is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on that date. The flu vaccine being administered this year is the quadrivalent vaccine and is designed to protect against four different flu viruses: two influenza A, or H1N1 viruses and two influenza B viruses.
Caldwell County Health Department accepts most insurances (Medicare part B card, current Medicaid card or any other private insurance card). Please provide a front and back copy of your insurance card, at time of service. Uninsured patients can receive a flu shot for $30. We accept cash and check at time of service.
For your convenience and to save time at the clinic, flu consent forms can be found online at caldwellcountync.org or can be picked up at both the Caldwell County Health Department and at any of the Caldwell County library branches in Lenoir, Hudson and Granite Falls.
For more information regarding the flu or the annual flu drive-thru, contact 828-426-8461.
The City of Hickory had a discharge of untreated wastewater on Thursday (October 4) of an estimated 2,600 gallons at 310 Cloninger Mill Road NW. The untreated wastewater was discharged into Falling Creek. A news release from the city says the water remains safe after the overflow.
The Division of Water Resources was notified of the event Thursday and is reviewing the matter. General Statute requires that a news release be issued when an untreated wastewater discharge of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters. For more information contact the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department at (828) 323-7427.
47-year-old Gregory Dean Scott of North Olivers Cross Roads in Maiden was arrested Thursday (October 4) by authorities in Burke County on a Catawba County charge. Scott is charged with possession of methamphetamine. Following his arrest, Scott was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 5).
33-year-old Stacy Dawn Minton of Wilderness Trace in Claremont was arrested Thursday (October 4) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Minton was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (October 8).
One person was shot and airlifted to the hospital in a reported road-rage incident in Valdese. According to multiple published reports, the incident occurred Thursday afternoon (October 4) in the downtown section of Valdese.
The published reports say that the incident occurred on East Main Street and 20-year-old Joshua Max Barnes sustained a shoulder injury in the incident. Barnes reportedly got out of his car to question why the driver of the vehicle in front of him continued to hit his brakes. That driver then reportedly shot Barnes.
It was not believed that the injuries to Barnes were life-threatening. He was transported to a local hospital then airlifted to a second facility for treatment. No charges had been filed as of late Thursday.
47-year-old Jerry Grant Oxford, Jr., of Denver, N.C., was sentenced to an active prison term of five to seven years following his conviction for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury during Catawba County Superior Court.
The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the sentence for Oxford following his guilty plea on Wednesday (October 3). The defendant will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The crime occurred Aug. 25, 2017, around 8:40 p.m. when Oxford went to the Denver residence of the 36-year-old victim and fired a shot with a handgun that struck him in the head. The incident started when a female acquaintance of Oxford’s engaged in a verbal altercation with the victim and another subject at a local business that spilled over into the shooting.
Michael Hoyle led the investigation for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith prosecuted the case for the State.
49-year-old Stephen Eugene Carrigan and 49-year-old Laura Mary Nardone, both of the same Reno Lane, Troutman, address, were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Carrigan is charged with three felony counts apiece of trafficking heroin by sale, possession, and transport, along with one felony count of conspire to traffic heroin. Nardone is charged with two felony counts apiece of trafficking heroin by sale, possession, and transport, along with single felony counts of conspire to traffic heroin and possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin.
After receiving complaints from several citizens in the area of Reno Lane south of Troutman regarding suspects possibly selling drugs, the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Investigation Unit was assigned to investigate the case. Detectives began surveillance in the area, and determined Stephen Carrigan was selling heroin and began an undercover operation.
According to a news release, undercover purchases of heroin were made from Carrigan. Once the purchase of heroin, was made, the undercover detective noticed that the heroin was greyish in color. The detective asked Carrigan about this, and he stated it was pure heroin.
Heroin in its pure state is either white or brown, not grey. A new drug called “Grey Death” which is heroin and fentanyl are mixed together and is being sold. This combination has been reported to be responsible for several overdoses and deaths across America. Fentanyl alone can cause death just by coming into contact with it.
Narcotics detectives purchased more than 70 grams of heroin, which they believe may be “Grey Death” with a street value of $14,020. Carrigan and Nardone were arrested following the sale of heroin to an undercover detective. They were each jailed under $600,000 secured bond. They are both scheduled to appear in District Court October 15.
Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 42-year-old Reginald Aaron Ballard of Lincolnton. Ballard is accused of kidnapping a Lincoln County woman and forcing her to attempt to withdraw money from a local bank. He faces charges for felony first-degree kidnapping, felonious restraint, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats.
On September 25, Ballard allegedly held the victim against her will and forced her to drive to a local bank and attempt to withdraw $5,000. The suspect was able to elude Officers as he fled on foot from an area near the intersection of Highway 150 and Highway 27 West.
Ballard is a white male, six feet tall, weighing 160 pounds. He has hazel eyes and brown hair, sometimes worn in a ponytail.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Reginald Aaron Ballard should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.
32-year-old Terry Drew Warden II of Mission Drive in Lincolnton and 27-year-old Kimbra Leigh Hicks of Lee Cline Road in Conover, were arrested Wednesday (October 3) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine by possession and transport, possession of meth, trafficking opium or heroin by possession and transport, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana.
The suspects are additionally charged with two misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, and single misdemeanor counts of concealed gun after or while consuming, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Wednesday, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were conducting a license checkpoint at the intersection of Perth Road and Autumn Leaf Road. At approximately 12:30 a.m., a black Volkswagen Jetta came to the checkpoint occupied by the suspects, Warden and Hicks. Hicks was unable to provide a driver’s license and was asked to pull to the side of the road to verify that she had a valid license.
While speaking with her, an officer detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the inside of the vehicle. After further investigation a search of the vehicle was conducted. During the search deputies found 36.9 grams of Methamphetamine, 67.5 grams of Marijuana, 39 dosage units of Oxycodone Hydrochloride, Acetaminophen Hydrocodone, Adderall, multiple items of drug paraphernalia, a concealed handgun and $962 in U.S. currency.
Hicks and Warden were each issued a $150,000 secured bond. They both have District Court appearances scheduled for next Monday (October 8).
39-year-old Donnie Edward Stevens of Chantilly Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (October 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Stevens was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 4).
Unemployment rates decreased in the Hickory Metro area and across much of the state according to the latest report, released Wednesday (October 3) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The numbers released Wednesday reflect jobless rates for August.
Alexander County's unemployment rate is 3.2 percent, which is the same as in the July report. Burke County's jobless rate dipped to 3.6 percent, from 3.8 percent in the last report. Caldwell County has a 3.9 percent unemployment rate, down from 4 percent even in July. Catawba County's jobless rate fell to 3.6 percent, from 3.7 percent in July.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area, or MSA, is 3.6 percent according to Wednesday's report. That's down from 3.7 percent in July. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the fourth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in North Carolina.
The statewide unemployment rate is 3.9 percent, down from 4.1 in July. Unemployment rates decreased in 88 of North Carolina's 100 counties, increased in four, and remained unchanged in eight. Scotland County has the state's highest unemployment rate at 7.6 percent while Buncombe County has the lowest at 3.1 percent. Compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates in all 100 counties and all 15 MSAs are down.
28-year-old Tyrell Montice Tate of 4th Street in Statesville was arrested Wednesday (October 3) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of second degree kidnapping, assault by strangulation, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of cocaine, and possession of a stolen firearm. Tate is also charged with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female, assault by pointing a gun, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, assault on a child under 12-years-old, and communicating threats.
According to a news release from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, on Wednesday, the agency received a 911 call from a woman who told them someone had shot a gun at her and was following her in another vehicle. The victim described the suspect and his vehicle. She told the 911 Operator that the suspect was hanging out the window of his vehicle pointing the firearm at her vehicle while she was driving on Eastway Drive turning onto East Broad Street.
Officers with the Iredell County Sheriff's Office and Statesville Police Department responded to the area. The suspect and victim were spotted at the intersection of East Broad Street and Brierwood Road. The victim and her three-year-old child were taken into safety by officers. The suspect refused to stop for police and a chase began.
The suspect, later identified as Tyrell Montice Tate, turned back onto East Broad Street and continued through congested downtown Statesville before crashing into a retaining wall in front of Mitchell Community College. Deputies took the suspect into custody. While clearing the vehicle to determine if any other people were inside, a 9mm handgun was located along with a small amount of cocaine.
A data base search of the handgun indicated the gun was stolen from a location in Mooresville. According to the news release, after interviewing the victim, detectives learned the original incident occurred at 1102 King Street. Tate reportedly fired a handgun, assaulted, and kidnapped the victim before she was able to get away. The victim told detectives Tate shot at her when she and she and her daughter fled the scene.
A criminal records check of Tate showed there were outstanding warrants for two counts of felony probation violation. Additional charges were expected from the Statesville Police Department in connection to the chase. Tate's bond was set at $300,000 secured. Tate is scheduled to appear in District Court next Monday (October 8).
52-year-old William Gregory Brookshire of NW Palmer Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (October 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Brookshire was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for October 23.