Starting Thursday (November 14) 12th Avenue NW (Geitner Road), from Old Lenoir Road to Sixth Street NW in Hickory, will undergo street resurfacing between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Work zones will be established and clearly marked.
The project will take approximately one week to complete. The road will remain open throughout the project; however, delays are to be expected. For the safety of motorists and street crews, drivers are asked to slow down and exercise caution when traveling through the area.
52-year-old Johnny Lee Wilfong of Kilbon Drive in Newton was arrested by Long View Police Officers. He's charged on a magistrate's order with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Wilfong was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (November 13) under $3,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
A guilty plea was entered in a 2016 case involving the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old West Iredell High School graduate. According to multiple published reports, 24-year-old Jason Rashon Tenor pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in an Iredell County courtroom Tuesday. he was sentenced to 13-25 months in prison.
The charge stemmed from an incident on November 7, 2016. Tenor shot 18-year-old Cortney Smith, who reports list as his girlfriend at the time, in a home in the 100 block of Tree Line Drive. The shooting occurred while Tenor was playing with a friend’s gun. Tenor reportedly told authorities that he had never shot a gun before.
A prosecutor with the N.C. Attorney General’s Office, said Tenor waved the gun a few feet from Smith. The published reports say that Smith told him to stop. Pointing at her head, he pulled the trigger three times. The gun went off when Tenor pulled the trigger the third time.
Tenor apologized to Cortney Smith’s family when he was given a chance to speak Tuesday.
A chase covered two counties during the early morning hours today (November 12). Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman says a stolen vehicle was pursued from Caldwell to Alexander County at approximately 3 a.m. today. Stop-sticks were deployed and the suspect or suspects abandoned the vehicle on US 64-90 near Mt. Herman Baptist Church.
The suspect or suspects ran behind a home and into a field and were able to escape. No suspect has been identified according to the Sheriff. Information regarding where the vehicle was stolen from has not been released.
37-year-old Steven Allen Hugh Lowe of Atlanta, Georgia, was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking MDMA by transportation and possession, possession with intent to sell or deliver MDMA, and maintain a dwelling or vehicle for the sale of a controlled substance. He's also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to information released today (November 12), last Wednesday, November 6, Iredell County Sheriff's Officers conducted a traffic stop on a 2015 Chevrolet Impala with a Georgia tag, for a traffic violation.
Deputies approached the car and, made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Steven Allen Hugh Lowe. Lowe said he was traveling from Windsor, Connecticut to his home in Atlanta, Georgia. Lowe appeared to become nervous, and there were inconsistencies in his answers to questions from the deputies. A search of the vehicle was conducted.
Upon searching the vehicle deputies found five plastic containers in the glove box of the vehicle which reportedly contained a large amounts of MDMA or Ecstasy tablets. Deputies also found digital scales along with plastic bags which are consistent with bags used to package illegal drugs for sale. A total of 485 tablets were recovered having a weight of approximately 180 grams.
Lowe was brought to the Iredell County Detention Center where bond was set at $500,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for November 27.
27-year-old Jose Manuel Martinez of Kool Park Road NE in Hickory was arrested today (November 12) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on a count of larceny of a motor vehicle.
Martinez was arrested without incident at an address on Springs Road NE at approximately 1:30 a.m. today. He was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
35-year-old Matthew Meenou Yang of Rhoney School Road in Hickory was arrested Monday (November 11) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on a count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
The incident occurred on October 12. Hickory Police reports say the vehicle was found at The Aquarium at 520 Highway 70 SW. It had been reported stolen from Conover.
Yang was taken into custody at an address on 12th Avenue NE in Hickory and was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (November 12). A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (November 15).
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety reportedly believes that two juveniles who escaped from the Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center in Concord might be in the Hickory area.
The juveniles who escaped are identified as Christopher H. and Mikal M. They were last seen at approximately 2:45 p.m. on Sunday (November 10). The division has notified local law enforcement and is cooperating fully with the investigation.
On Monday (November 11), published reports said that the Department of Public Safety thought the escapees may be heading towards Black Mountain and could be in the Hickory area.
Due to the unpredictability of juvenile behavior during an escape, the Department has a high degree of concern for the safety of the juveniles and the public. Members of the public should report sightings of juveniles to local law enforcement officials.
20-year-old Davon Lavell Williams of 12th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Friday (November 8) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, schedule I, and schedule II controlled substances. Williams was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $32,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled today (November 12).
38-year-old Winter Ruther Wells of Prospect Street NW in Lenoir was arrested Friday (November 8) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Wells was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (November 12).
34-year-old Maston Howard Sanders of Apple Blossom Lane in Lenoir was arrested Friday (November 8) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Sanders was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (November 12).
24-year-old Skylar Mercedes Allen of South Brushwood Circle Drive in Newton was arrested last Friday (November 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Allen was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (November 12).
32-year-old Jerry Glen Selph of Advance, NC, was arrested Monday (November 11) by authorities in Randolph County on charges filed in Catawba County. He's charged with seven counts of break or enter a motor vehicle, five counts of felony larceny, and two counts of misdemeanor larceny. Selph was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for December 6 and December 8.
Seasonal influenza is an illness that can cause serious health complications, including death. The best defense against the flu is vaccination, which is why Catawba County Public Health encourages individuals to visit their medical provider for a flu shot before flu season arrives.
For people who do not have a medical provider or who wish to obtain a shot at Public Health, appointments in our Immunization clinic can be made by calling (828) 695-5881. Flu shots are available at Public Health for individuals age six months and older. The seasonal flu shot costs $38 for individuals age 3 and older and $38 for children ages 6-35 months.
For people 65 and older, the high-dose flu shot is available for $68. Accepted forms of payment include cash, check, debit/credit, Medicare Part B (only), NC Medicaid, and NC HealthChoice. Medicare Advantage and other insurance plans will not be accepted; however, individuals may pay and then file with their insurers for possible reimbursement.
The CDC recommends anyone six months or older get the flu vaccine. The vaccination is highly recommended for individuals who are at a higher risk for flu-related complications, including the following: Anyone with underlying health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or chronic lung disease, pregnant women, people 65 years or older, and caregivers, especially those individuals caring for infants or people with health complications
For more information, please call (828) 695-5800 or visit www.catawbacountync.gov/phealth.