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Monday, 16 March 2015 10:28

Wastewater Discharge Reported In Hickory

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The City of Hickory had a discharge of untreated wastewater Sunday (March 15) of an estimated 3,300 gallons in the 500 block of 11th Avenue Circle, NW. The untreated wastewater was discharged into Cripple Creek, in the Catawba River basin. A news release from the City of Hickory states that the water remains safe.

The Division of Water Resources was notified of the event today (Monday, March 16) and is reviewing the matter. For more information contact the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department at 828-323-7427.

The man who was being sought in connection with a shooting in Lenoir has turned himself into authorities. 44-year-old William “Bill” Edgar Mudd Jr. of Lee Roy Lane in Lenoir turned himself into police this morning (Monday, March 16). He’s charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

On Sunday (March 15) at 6:58 a.m, Lenoir Police Officers responded to a 911 call from Food Lion on Wilkesboro Boulevard reporting a shooting in the parking lot. Upon arrival, Officers found the victim lying in the parking lot suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to various parts of the body. The suspect, later identified as Mudd, fled the scene prior to Officers’ arrival.

The victim was transported to Caldwell UNC Healthcare by Caldwell County EMS and then flown to Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte. He underwent surgery Sunday. Investigation into the incident by the Lenoir Police Department Criminal Investigations Division has determined that the suspect was known to the victim. The victim, 50-year-old Michael Ray Keller of Lenoir, is a Market Manager at Food Lion and was reporting to work when the incident occurred. However, there is no indication that the incident was related to Food Lion in any way other than location. Keller, who was last reported to be in stable condition, is expected to survive. Investigators believe the motive for the the incident was domestic in nature.

Mudd is being held at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $250,000 secured bond. A first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (March 17).

The Investigation into this matter is continuing. Anyone with information about the case should call the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100 or report anonymously to Lenoir/Caldwell County Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300.

20-year-old Zachary J. Jentz of Sundown Road in Mooresville was arrested Thursday (March 12) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with Manufacture Schedule VI Marijuana, three counts of Possession with intent to sell or deliver Marijuana, Sell and Deliver Marijuana, Possession with intent to sell or deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance, Maintain a Vehicle, Dwelling for Selling Controlled Substance, Possession of Non Tax Paid Liquor, Simple Possession of Schedule VI and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia .

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigation Unit received numerous neighborhood complaints about suspected narcotics related traffic at 286 Sundown Road, Mooresville in the month of December. An undercover operation of surveillance was initiated in the area. During the investigation, information was gathered showing the suspect; Zachary Jentz was selling marijuana and other controlled substances in the Mooresville and Lake Norman Area.

Undercover purchases were made from the suspect as detectives built their case. A Search Warrant was executed at the suspect’s residence on Thursday, March 12. Detectives located a large amount of Butane Hash Oil (BHO) otherwise known as Dabbing, Honey Oil or Wax worth $5250, Hydroponic Marijuana worth $798, numerous pills, a bottle of Codeine, two gallons or non-tax-paid liquor (Moonshine), numerous pipes used to smoke the BHO and Marijuana as well as over $4500 in cash were seized.

Zachary Jentz was taken into custody and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was placed under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 30. This investigation in ongoing and may result in further charges.

Monday, 16 March 2015 06:00

Lenoir Man Charged With Rape

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22-year-old Joshua O’Neal Dula of Corpening Place NW in Lenoir was arrested Friday (March 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. Dula is charged with second degree rape. Following the arrest, Dula was detained at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 16).

The search is continuing for a suspect authorities believe is responsible for a shooting in a grocery store parking lot in Caldwell County over the weekend. On Sunday (March 15) at 6:58 a.m, Lenoir Police Officers responded to a 911 call from Food Lion on Wilkesboro Boulevard reporting a shooting in the parking lot. Upon arrival, Officers found the victim lying in the parking lot suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to various parts of the body. The suspect, later identified as 44-year-old William “Bill” Edgar Mudd, Jr. of Lee Roy Lane in Lenoir, fled the scene prior to Officers’ arrival.

The victim was transported to Caldwell UNC Healthcare by Caldwell County EMS and then flown to Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte. He underwent surgery Sunday. Investigation into the incident by the Lenoir Police Department Criminal Investigations Division has determined that the suspect was known to the victim. A news release from the Lenoir Police Department says the motive for the assault cannot be discussed at this time. The victim, 50-year-old Michael Ray Keller of Lenoir, is a Market Manager at Food Lion and was reporting to work when the incident occurred. However, there is no indication that the incident was related to Food Lion in any way other than location.

As of Monday morning, Mudd had not been located – he is considered armed and dangerous. The Lenoir Police Department holds an outstanding Warrant for Arrest on the charge of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury. The suspect was last seen immediately after the shooting driving southeast on Taylorsville Road in a white 2011 Ford F-150 Crewcab Pickup with NC license plate EJ4110. The pickup has black wheels, a Washington Redskins tag on the front, and UNC Tarheels decals on the tailgate.

Investigation into this matter is continuing – no further information is available for release at this time. Anyone with information about the case should call the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100 or report anonymously to Lenoir/Caldwell County Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300.

17-year-old Javario Quansell Prunty of Blue Sky Court SE in Newton was arrested Sunday (March 15) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with assault inflicting serious injury, breaking and or entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and two counts of second degree trespass. Following the arrest, Prunty was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for April 20. 

17-year-old John David Fluhr of Ole Country Lane in Claremont was arrested Sunday (March 15) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, break or enter a motor vehicle, and larceny of a firearm. Following the arrest, Fluhr was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $23,000 bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today.

The City of Morganton Main Street Department is hosting the N.C. Main Street Conference this Wednesday through Friday, March 18-20. The conference is drawing record attendance by community leaders from across the state who want to visit Morganton and see how the city's Main Street Department has worked to turn downtown into one of the most vibrant districts in the state.

Morganton hosted the N.C. Main Street Conference seven years ago, and set an attendance record then, and city officials believe this year's event will likely set another record. So far, more than 500 people have registered for the conference including mayors, council members, city managers, planners, finance directors and other leaders from towns across the state.

In a news release, a spokesperson for the city says that she believes attendance is up for the conference because people want to visit Morganton, look around, and learn how Morganton has worked to maintain and improve the downtown district during the last three decades. Morganton was designated as an N.C. Main Street Community in 1982, and since then the Main Street Department has been working to apply the four-point approach of organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring to our downtown. The goal is and has always been to bring business, employment and economic activity into the downtown district while maintaining the character and charm of Morganton.

Mel Cohen, now Mayor, began his service to the city of Morganton as the part-time Main Street Coordinator, and he organized the first Historic Morganton Festival. After serving as the Main Street Coordinator, Cohen decided to run for local office, and he was elected as Mayor in 1985. Cohen has been a staunch supporter of the Main Street program and downtown Morganton ever since, as have the City Councilmen who have served throughout the years.

The N.C. Secretary of Commerce, Assistant Secretary of Commerce along with other officials including elected leaders plan to attend the conference. You can Find out more about the N.C. Main Street Conference at www.ncmainstreetcenter.com.

A suspect is being sought in connection with a shooting in a grocery store parking lot in Caldwell County. On Sunday (March 15) at 6:58 a.m, Lenoir Police Officers responded to a 911 call from Food Lion on Wilkesboro Boulevard reporting a shooting in the parking lot. Upon arrival, Officers found the listed victim lying in the parking lot suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to various parts of the body. The suspect, later identified as William “Bill” Edgar Mudd, Jr., had fled the scene prior to Officers’ arrival.

The victim was transported to Caldwell UNC Healthcare by Caldwell County EMS and then flown to Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte. As of 1:30 PM this date, he was reported to be in surgery. Investigation into this incident by the Lenoir Police Department Criminal Investigations Division has determined that the suspect was known to the victim. The motive for the assault cannot be discussed at this time. The victim is a Market Manager at Food Lion and was reporting to work when the incident occurred. However, there is no indication that the incident was related to Food Lion in any way other than location.

As of late Sunday afternoon, the suspect in this incident had not been located – he is considered armed and dangerous. The Lenoir Police Department holds an outstanding Warrant for Arrest on the charge of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury. The suspect was last seen immediately after the shooting driving southeast on Taylorsville Road in a white 2011 Ford F-150 Crewcab Pickup with NC license plate EJ4110. The pickup has black wheels, a Washington Redskins tag on the front, and UNC Tarheels decals on the tailgate.

Investigation into this matter is continuing – no further information is available for release at this time. Anyone with information about the case should call the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100 or report anonymously to Lenoir/Caldwell County Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in several motor vehicle break-ins that occurred in eastern Burke County. The images shown here were captured by security video at a nearby store.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect should contact Detective Sgt. John Huffman at 828-438-5500.