39-year-old John Curtis Mellon of Meadowland Drive and 32-year-old Seth Ross Seeber of Putnam Street, both from Lincolnton, have been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies in connection to the theft of a vehicle. Mellon was charged with one felony count of buying or receiving stolen property, while Seeber faces charges for larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods.
The vehicle, a 1992 Ford F-250, was reported stolen from the driveway at a residence on Fran Avenue around September 28 of this year. The victim told Officers the key had been left in the vehicle because it had a damaged engine.
Deputies watched surveillance footage from a nearby residence and saw a subject on the front porch of the residence. The man then got in the truck and left. Deputies found the vehicle parked at Mellon's residence on October 4.
Both suspects were arrested and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center. Bond for Mellon was set at $15,000, secured, while Seeber was given a $9,000 secured bond. Mellon will appear in District Court on December 3. Seeber has a court date on October 24.
In an unrelated case, Seeber was also charged in connection to a break-in that occurred on September 20 on the 700 block of Clark’s Creek Road in Lincolnton. Tools and other equipment were stolen from an outbuilding. The stolen items were valued at $4,483. Seeber was charged with one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, and possession of stolen goods.
The City of Hickory will hold a primary election Tuesday (October 8) for three Wards in the Board of Alderman or City Council race. Only residents of the Ward may vote in each contest.
In all three cases, the top two winners from each race move on to the November election. Ward 1 City Council candidates are Carmen Eckard, Dustin Strickland, and Tony Wood. In Ward 2 the candidates running are Ernie Masche, Louis Wetmore, and Charlotte Williams. The Ward 3 race features Nathan Hefner, Daria Jackson, and Danny Seaver.
You can go to the Board of Elections site on the Catawba County website to get voting information including a list of precincts involved in Tuesday's primary. The polls will open Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.
The canvass of the City of Hickory primary will be next Monday, October 14. Election Day is November 5. One-Stop Early Voting starts on Wednesday, October 16 and ends at 5 p.m. Friday, November 1.
An Iredell County man was killed in an early morning highway collision in Catawba County, A Catawba man has been charged in the crash.
At approximately 5:25 a.m. today (October 7), the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal collision on NC 150 near Sherrills Ford Road. A 2010 Dodge pickup was traveling east on NC 150 when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a westbound 1993 Ford pickup.
The Dodge was being driven by 39-year-old Michael Brandon Edwards of Catawba. Edwards received minor injuries and was transported by EMS to Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. He has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle. The Ford was being driving by 44-year-old Jody Crawford Adams of Statesville. Adams died at the scene. He was not restrained by a seatbelt.
Neither speeding nor impairment is suspected. The roadway was reopened by 8:15 a.m.
25-year-old Anastacia Zhane Wilfong of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at at 6:25 Friday evening (October 4) on two felony counts of failure to appear. She reportedly failed to appear in court on charges of felony larceny by employee and a felony probation violation.
The original larceny by employee offense dates back to September of 2015. Wilfong was initially arrested in connection to that case in April of 2016.
Following her arrest Friday, Wilfong was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. She'll appear in Superior Court on October 21 in Newton.
40-year-old Patrick Thomas Havens of Sugarfarm Road in Catawba was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 7 p.m. Friday (October 4) on felony counts of trafficking heroin or opium and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Police responded to a call regarding a suspicious person at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. During the incident, Officers found one gram of methamphetamine, 21.4 grams of heroin, one gram of marijuana, 11.5 dosage units of Alprazolam, and drug paraphernalia. Havens was taken into custody without incident at the hotel.
The suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $60,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (October 7) in Newton.
38-year-old Kenneth Charles Philyaw of Landmark Lane in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday (October 6) on felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, breaking & entering, larceny, possession of stolen property, larceny of a motor vehicle, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen property.
Following his arrest, Philyaw was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $90,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.
39-year-old Elizabeth Kathleen Byrd of 18th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested last Thursday (October 3) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). The HPD report says the original incident and arrest occurred on November 12, 2018.
Byrd was arrested without incident just after 8 p.m. Thursday at an address on Springs Road NE in Hickory. She was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,000 secured bond. Byrd remained in jail as of earlier today (October 7). A Superior Court date is set for November 4.
53-year-old Richard Lee Morris of Claremont was arrested last Thursday (October 3) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged on a felony order for arrest charging him with three counts of failure to appear. Morris allegedly failed to show up in court to answer to counts of possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and misdemeanor larceny.
Morris was arrested Thursday at approximately 7:30 p.m. at an address on Highway 70 SE. He was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $14,000 secured bond. Morris remained in jail as of earlier today (October 7). A District Court date is set for October 18.
36-year-old Nathan Douglas Wilkins and 38-year-old Jennifer Dawn Lilly, both of the same Winston-Salem address, were arrested last Wednesday (October 2) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers.
Both suspects were charged with felony counts of level two trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana, and possession of schedule I controlled substance along with two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Wilkins is additionally charged with felony possession of heroin. Lilly also faces felony count of possession of methamphetamine.
On Wednesday, an Iredell County Sheriff's Officer conducted a traffic stop on a purple Honda Civic on Highway 70 East at Keller Lane in Eastern Iredell County. The officer approached the car, and spoke with the driver Nathan Wilkins. As Wilkins was getting out of his vehicle, the officer reportedly saw him attempt to conceal heroin by dropping the packets inside the vehicle before exiting.
Wilkins was taken into custody and a search of his vehicle was conducted. Another officer arrived and asked the passenger, Jennifer Lilly, to step out of the vehicle.
During the search of the vehicle, an officer reportedly found 30ml of liquid morphine, meth, fentanyl patches, 64 grams of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
Both Wilkins, and Lilly was placed under arrest, and transported to the Iredell County Detention Facility.
Wilkins and Lilly were each issued a bond of $400.000 secured. They're both scheduled to appear in District Court October 23.
28-year-old Terrence Eric Andrade of Powe Street in Morganton was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of providing contraband to an inmate and conspiracy to provide contraband to an inmate along with a misdemeanor count of furnishing tobacco products to an inmate.
According to a news release issued Friday (October 4), in August 2019, Burke County Sheriff’s Office detectives and Foothills Correctional Institution officers in Morganton, began a narcotics investigation into controlled substances possibly being smuggled into the institution. The investigation was conducted over the course of several weeks and lead to tobacco products and suspected suboxone being seized.
Terrence Eric Andrade was arrested September 19 in connection to the crimes and was transported to the Burke County magistrate where he was issued a $20,000 secured bond. Andrade was still listed as an inmate in Burke County as of earlier today (October 7), and he was still being held under that bond amount. A District Court appearance is scheduled for this Friday (October 11).
22-year-old Edgar Guadelupe Mejia-Guzman of 9th Street Place SE and 23-year-old Sierra Alexis Locklear-Jenkins of 21st Avenue NE, both from Hickory, were arrested Saturday (October 5) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Both suspects were placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 7).
41-year-old Jennifer Lynn Abernathy of East Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested early this morning (October 4) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with trafficking opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was arrested after Officers stopped a grey 2004 Hyundai Sonata at the intersection of 21st Street Lane S.E. and Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. During the stop, Officers found 7.6 grams of heroin, 168.5 dosage units of Alprazolam, and drug paraphernalia.
Abernathy was taken into custody without incident at about 1:45 a.m. today and jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton with another court date set for October 24.
The City of Morganton Finance Department is being recognized for the 32nd year in a row by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its excellence in financial reporting.
The City recently received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the association for its most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). It is the highest form of recognition for governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management, according to GFOA.
The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet stringent criteria, including demonstrating a spirit of full disclosure in order to clearly communicate the city’s financial story.
The Government Finance Officers Association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and is a major professional association servicing the needs of more than 20,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners.
52-year-old Carl David Everhart of Deerbrook Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (October 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle. Everhart was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $7,500 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (October 7).