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45-year-old Michele Renae Yount of 10th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (June 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and possession of stolen property along with a misdemeanor count of larceny after breaking and entering. Yount was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 23.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 04:50

New Name Added To Iredell Most Wanted List

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There's a new name on the Iredell County most wanted list.

29-year-old Brooke Leanna Speaks is wanted by authorities in Iredell County, she was recently added to the most wanted list. Speaks is wanted for felony counts of safecracking and larceny of a firearm. Her last known address was 1411 Pearl Street in Statesville.

56-year-old Freddie L. Daye Jr. remains on the Iredell County most wanted list. He's charged with fail to comply with a court order. Daye's last known address was 1150 Mohogany Road in Statesville.

45-year-old Robert Brice also remains on the Iredell County most wanted list. He's wanted for failure to report as a sex offender. The last known address for Brice was 923 Belinda Street in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

You can see the entire list of wanted suspects with their photos at If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list you can e-mail You can also call any tips into the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at their Statesville location, 704-878-3180, or the Mooresville office, 704-664-7500.

22-year-old Cody Lee Lowdermilk of Lloyd Beaver Road in Morganton, 20-year-old Katlynn Amanda McGovern of Hallyburton Road in Morganton, and 32-year-old Beverly Denise Freeman of Bentbrook Drive in Valdese were all arrested June 6 by Burke County Sheriff's Officers.

Lowdermilk is charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce and larceny. McGovern is charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Freeman is charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. She's also charged with hit and run leave the scene with property damage, reckless driving to endanger, and driving while license revoked.

According to a news release issued Tuesday (June 19), on June 6, a Burke County Deputy initiated a traffic stop after recognizing Cody Lowdermilk, who had an active warrant for arrest, get into the vehicle. An investigation resulted in the discovery that the vehicle was stolen. In addition, drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine were found in the vehicle. The three suspects were arrested and transported to the Burke–Catawba District Confinement Facility.

Lowdermilk's bond was set at $10,500 secured, McGovern received a $2,000 secured bond, and Freeman's bond was set at $13,500 secured. Lowdermilk's next court date is June 27. McGovern had a court date this past Monday (June 18). No court dates were listed for Freeman.

Hickory City Council met Tuesday (June 19). Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were all approved. The second readings included the City Manager's Fiscal Year 2018-2019 budget, which had been approved unanimously on first reading. The budget totals $103,801,956, the property tax rate remains the same for the coming year, while utility rates increase 2.1% in accordance with the Consumer Price Index, and the monthly sanitation rate increases $2, from $20.50 to $22.50.

The consent agenda included the acceptance of the 2018 Urgent Repair Program Grant from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency in the amount of $50,000 and the approval of the Assistance and Procurement Policies. In addition, the approval to issue a permit for a fireworks display at Hickory Motor Speedway was on the consent agenda. That display will take place Saturday, July 7.

Council approved the Community Development Block Grant 2018 Annual Action Plan. In program year 2018, the City of Hickory will receive $307,542 through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and approximately $110,000 in program income for a total of $417,542. Funds will be used to develop stronger communities by providing decent housing, creating suitable living environments, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for people of low and moderate incomes. 

Several citizens came forward to speak during the public comment period. Comments included concerns about junk vehicles in neighborhoods, concerns in the Ridgeview community, and a proposed veteran program. Communications and Marketing Manager Dana Kaminske presented the City’s latest quality of life video, which is all about living well. During a closed session, council approved a resolution to request grant assistance from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Rural Economic Development Division from the Building Reuse Program.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 17:38

Missing Person from Morganton Found, Safe

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A Silver Alert that had been issued for 24-year-old Michael Joseph Morin has been canceled. According to the Morganton Dept. of Safety, Mr. Morin was found at about 8:30 this morning (June 19) at a friend’s house. He has been returned unharmed to the Northwood Group Home in Morganton.

41-year-old Freddie Lee Davis and 49-year-old Beth Wright Stanley, both of the same Christmas Lane, Olin, address, were arrested Saturday (June 16) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Davis is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or distribute methamphetamine and possession of meth. He's also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Stanley is charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Saturday, Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers spotted Beth Wright Stanley driving a vehicle southbound on Wilkesboro Highway towards Statesville. They knew she had active warrants for her arrest. The deputies stopped the vehicle at the Dollar General Store at 4276 Wilkesboro Highway. Stanley was taken into custody without incident. While in the arrest process a male in the vehicle was identified as Freddie Lee Davis. He said he was Stanley’s boyfriend.

Davis was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Both suspects were transported to the Iredell County Detention Center. Davis was given a $10,000 secured bond, Stanley's bond was set at $1,000 secured. Davis was scheduled to appear in District Court today (June 19), Stanley has a District Court date July 10.

21-year-old Noah Elijah Courtney of Milford Circle in Mooresville was arrested Friday (June 15) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, single felony counts of first degree burglary, larceny, and larceny of a motor vehicle, and two counts of misdemeanor larceny.

On June 5 a burglary was reported at 209 Waitsfield Court in Mooresville. Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers were dispatched to the scene. During the initial investigation it was determined, in addition to the burglary to the home, two vehicles at the residence were broken into and a third vehicle was stolen.

The stolen vehicle was found parked in a parking lot across the cove from the victim’s residence. Some of the stolen property was found, it had been discarded in Lake Norman directly behind where the stolen vehicle was abandoned. The home and vehicle were processed for evidence by Crime Scene Investigators. As the investigation continued, a neighbor discovered through reviewing their home security cameras that the suspect entered their boat and stole an alcoholic beverage from their outside refrigerator.

Fingerprint evidence confirmed the identity of the suspect as Noah Elijah Courtney. On Friday Courtney was notified of the outstanding warrants and he turned himself into the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. His bond was set at $50,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for June 27.

62-year-old Jessie Edward Jeffries of Za Hunter Road in Bessemer City was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:15 Sunday afternoon (June 17) on one felony count of possession of stolen property.

He was arrested when Hickory Police stopped a 2002 Dodge RAM on 2nd Street N.E. (north of Fire Station #1) when they noticed it was towing a trailer that didn’t have a North Carolina registration plate. During the stop, Officers learned that the trailer was stolen out of Gaston County. Jeffries was taken into custody without incident.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (June 19) in Newton.

36-year-old Jason Keith Reichard of Danial Street in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday (June 16) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, plus a misdemeanor open container violation.

He was arrested after Hickory Police stopped a stolen vehicle at the intersection of Highway 70 S.E. and 8th Street S.E. During the stop, Officers found an open beer on the driver’s side floorboard. The driver, Jason Reichard, was taken into custody without incident.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (June 19) in Newton.

46-year-old Earl Linkous O’Quinn of Sherrills Ford Road in Catawba was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (June 15) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was wanted in Buchanan County, Virginia for felony possession of methamphetamine and failure to appear for sentencing.

O’Quinn was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court today (June 19) in Newton.

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