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Wednesday, 23 September 2015 13:20

Authorities Seeking Suspect In Convenience Store Robbery

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The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance from the public in apprehending a suspect in a robbery case.

On Monday (September 21) at approximately 8 p.m. a man with a covered face and wearing sunglasses robbed the Marathon gas station located at 308 Turnersburg Highway in Statesville. The suspect entered the store and displayed a knife to the clerk and demanded money. The suspect left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Anyone with information is asked to call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office (704) 878-3180. You can remain anonymous.

26-year-old Tilden Trymaine Miller of Statesville has been arrested by Statesville Police on two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, injury to personal property, cruelty to animals and two counts of discharging a firearm in the city limits.

Miller’s arrest follows a Statesville Police investigation into two separate incidents involving the use of a firearm. On the morning of August 30, Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 1000 block of Caldwell Street. The victim told Officers her dog had been shot. She said someone had been stealing puppies from her residence in the past and she believed the suspect may have gotten near one of her dogs. She heard her dog barking, followed by the sound of gunfire. She then found the dog had been shot and observed the suspect walking up the street.

The suspect, later identified as Tilden Miller, then shot a neighbor’s vehicle. Based on witness accounts, warrants were issued for Miller’s arrest.

At 1:34 a.m. on September 11, Police Department responded to a “shots fired” complaint on the 1300 block of Old Charlotte Road for reports of shots being fired in the area. Two victims at a party were leaving the residence when they were approached by two suspects who attempted to rob them. One suspect, later identified as Tilden Miller, pointed a gun at the couple and told them to empty their pockets. The second unknown suspect -- identified as a black male, 6’0” tall with a goatee, known as “Coolbreeze” -- attempted to go into the victims’ pockets.

The victims were able to get into their vehicle. They began backing out of the driveway, knocking the suspects to the ground with the vehicle’s open door. Miller stood up and began firing shots at the vehicle with one bullet hitting the driver’s door. Additional warrants for Miller’s arrest were issued.

Following his arrest, Miller was placed in the Iredell County Jail under a $230,000 bond. He’ll appear in District Court on September 29.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information concerning the identity of the second suspect should contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 704-878-3515 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 11:34

Hickory Woman Indicted for Felony I.D. Theft

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27-year-old Michelle Nicole Mathis of 19th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at 2 a.m. today (September 23) on one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretense and identity theft.

The indictment comes in connection to an incident in November 2014 in which Mathis was accused of using the victim’s identity to purchase phones. The victim and Mathis are related.

Following her arrest this morning, Mathis was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was set for Friday (September 25) in Newton.

39-year-old Steven John Ferrell was arrested Tuesday (September 22) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Ferrell is charged with domestic violence protection order. Following the arrest, Ferrell was placed in jail in Morganton under $13,000 secured bond on the larceny and drug charges, and no bond on the domestic violence count. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (September 23).

Several companies and employment agencies will take part in a job fair in Caldwell County next week. According to a news release from the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission, Sealed Air Corporation and Bemis are the latest companies to announce they will be participating in the 11th Caldwell is Hiring that is scheduled for next Thursday, (October 1) from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.

Sealed Air is seeking 15 machine helpers, while Bemis has 4 openings for part-time, second shift machine operators on weekdays, along with 2 positions for part-time, third shift machine operators on weekends. Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living in Boone has openings for first shift CNAs, second shift medication aides, third shift CNAs, and housekeeper.

There are several other companies planning to participate in the event. Those companies include UPS, Glenbrige Health out of Boone, furniture manufacturer Fairfield, BeoCare, Timber Wolf Forest Products, Maurices, Bernhardt Furniture, Caldwell UNC Health Care, JBS USA, Lowes Foods, and NCFI-Barnhardt out of Hickory. All of these companies have openings they’re looking to fill.

Other companies who have announced they’ll be attending next Thursday’s event are Furniture manufacturer Heritage Home Group in Lenoir, Morganton-based electrical components manufacturer Leviton, In & Out Moving & Delivery, Convergys, Google, Home Instead Senior Care and Bottomley Trucking.

There are multiple employment agencies planning to attend the event. Foothills Temporary Employment will be a returning participant to Caldwell is Hiring. Positions that Foothills will be filling include 10 machine operators, 5 inspectors, 10 upholstery, 3 clerical, and 3 data entry. Additional jobs will be posted as the hiring event approaches.

According to the news release, StaffMasters has a range of openings that includes inside sales, maintenance techs, warehouse and shipping, sewers, inside upholstery, and machine operators. Other employers looking to fill positions are Exela Pharma Sciences and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Friday Staffing will be on hand at Caldwell is hiring with 54 immediate and 45 future openings for its employers. Spartan Staffing also will be at the event and is seeking employees for manufacturing, logistics, traffic flagging, and recycle specialists.

Foothills Temporary Employment will be a returning participant to Caldwell is Hiring. Positions that Foothills will be filling include 10 machine operators, 5 inspectors, 10 upholstery, 3 clerical, and 3 data entry. Additional jobs will be posted as the hiring event approaches.

Meanwhile, Onin Staffing will be hiring for more than 17 immediate full-time jobs and an additional 17 future positions for its clients. The jobs include production operators, clean-up staff, CNC metal machinists, general laborers, and band saw operators.

Check for updates on companies planning to attend Caldwell is Hiring at www.caldwelledc.org.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 05:30

Caldwell County Man Charged With Drug Trafficking

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25-year-old Dillion Ray Byrd of Sandy Acres Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (September 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of trafficking, opium or heroin. Byrd was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (September 24).

30-year-old Robert Wayne Whitener and 25-year-old Rebekah Marie Koleski, both of the same 1st Avenue NW, Hickory address, were arrested Tuesday (September 22) by Long View Police Officers. Whitener is charged with three felony counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, sell and deliver marijuana, and maintain a vehicle dwelling or place to keep controlled substance. Koleski is charged with two felony counts of conspire to sell or deliver marijuana.

Following their arrests, both suspects were incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility. Whitener’s bond is $25,000, Koleski’s bond is $5,000. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (Wednesday, September 23).

The Iredell County Sheriff's Office says a husband was shot by his wife Tuesday afternoon on the campus of Central Elementary School near Statesville. The victim's name has been released, it is 33-year-old Michael Andrew Callicut.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the incident occurred at around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. Officials said the wife went into the school for help after the shooting. The couple has a child in the third grade at the school and they had come to pick the child up. Officials said it appears, based on their investigation, that the shooting happened inside the couple's truck.

The husband was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He was last reported to be in critical condition. Students at the school were not involved and not injured, according to officials. Authorities estimated close to 70 students were still on scene for after school activities.

The incident happened around 30 minutes after school let out for the day. The superintendent said as soon as they got the scene secured they called parents to pick up their kids.

At this point investigators are still tracing all events that led up to the incident yesterday. The Sheriff's Office says they are still very involved in this investigation and at this point are not releasing the name of the wife due to where they are in their probe into the incident, and no charges have been filed at this time. The person of interest is cooperating fully with the investigation.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 04:52

Trial Date Set in 25-Year-Old Double Murder Case

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During a hearing before the Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, on Monday (September 21) in Caldwell County Superior Court, the State and defense attorney for 56-year-old William Eugene Murphy agreed to a January 11, 2016, trial date for his murder charges.

Murphy is accused of committing the 1990 murders of Mark Randall Seacrest and his wife Jeanie Diane Seacrest inside their Caldwell County home. The case was investigated at that time but not solved. New evidence surfaced that implicated Murphy in the case, and he was arrested and charged with their murders in April 2010.

Defense Attorney Lisa Dubs made a motion to have a bond set for Murphy, who has been incarcerated at the Caldwell County Detention Center without bond since 2010. Judge Poovey set the bond at $500,000.

The judge also granted a motion allowing Julie Boyer to withdraw as one of Murphy’s defense attorneys. Boyer had been appointed last year by the Capital Defender’s Office to assist Dubs. The case was deemed non-capital in February 2015, therefore, there is no need for two defense attorneys, an argument that District Attorney David Learner and Assistant District Attorney Michael Van Buren raised at a prior hearing in August.

As indicated in August, Poovey retains jurisdiction for the case and will preside over the trial when it begins.

The State has been prepared to try the Murphy case on two previous occasions in the last year only to have it continued both times by the defense attorneys.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 14:39

Silver Alert Issued for Nebo Woman

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The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman, 35-year-old Rebecca Ann Upton of Nebo. Ms. Upton is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Ms. Upton is a white female. She is 5' 6", weighing 185 pounds. She has medium length blond hair and green eyes.

Ms. Upton was last seen at 1267 Pinnacle Church Road in Nebo

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Rebecca Ann Upton should contact Det. Paul Alkire with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 828-652-2235.