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39-year-old Donald Ray Fitzgerald of Deer Chase Circle in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on two felony counts each of sexual offense with a child by an adult offender and statutory rape of a child by an adult offender.

On April 19, the Sheriff’s Office took a report in reference to a juvenile who was sexually assaulted by a family member.  The incidents allegedly took place from January 2010 through January 2011 in Statesville.  Witnesses were identified and interviewed.  As a result of information gathered, Donald Ray Fitzgerald was arrested and charged.  Additional charges are forthcoming.

Fitzgerald was taken to the Iredell Co. Detention Center where he was processed and given a $500,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (April 24).

Fitzgerald has a criminal history including possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct, communicating threats and trespassing.

53-year-old Brian Clifton Hoyle, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:20 p.m. Friday (April 21) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hoyle was arrested after interacting with Police at Catawba Valley Medical Center.  0.4 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia were found on his person.

Hoyle was taken into custody without incident at the hospital and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond.  An appearance in District Court was set for today (April 24) in Newton.

23-year-old Joshua Ray Lambert was arrested Friday (April 21) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Lambert was placed in jail in Morganton, his bond was set at $20,000 secured. A District Court date was scheduled for today (Monday, April 24).

38-year-old James Clyde Billings of North Fairview Drive, 20-year-old Sierra Teague of Laytown Road, and 37-year-old John R. White Jr. of Fairview Drive NW, all from Lenoir, were all arrested Friday (April 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're all charged with felony counts of first degree burglary and common law robbery. All three suspects were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond apiece. They were all scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today (Monday, April 24) in Lenoir.

A shooting suspect was scheduled to make a first court appearance today in Burke County.

68-year-old Robert Lee Hall was arrested Saturday (April 22) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felonious assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury.

Public Safety was dispatched to a cell phone, 911 “open line” call in the area of Summit Street Saturday evening. As officers were en-route, dispatch advised that a person has been shot at 211 Summit Street. When officers arrived at the residence, they encountered a person near the front door. Officers detained and identified the male as Robert Lee Hall.

Officers entered the residence to conduct a “safety sweep” and found a victim lying in the floor, suffering from gun shot wounds. Medics were on scene to stabilize the victim, 44-year-old Jonathan B. Dula before transporting him to CHS in Morganton. Dula suffered gunshot wounds to his lower extremities. He was transferred to Frye Regional Medical Center where he was last reported to be in serious condition, but was expected to survive.

Two firearms were seized as evidence from the residence. Hall was transported to Morganton Public Safety and questioned about the shooting. Following the arrest, Hall was detained in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $50,000 bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Burke County District Court today (Monday, April 24).

Monday, 24 April 2017 05:09

Cocaine Charge Filed Against Hickory Man

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28-year-old Joshua Nathaniel Jones of 11th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (April 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with felony counts of sale of cocaine and probation violation. In addition, Jones was charged with failure to appear for driving while license revoked. He was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $91,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for June 15, a District Court appearance is scheduled for June 29.

33-year-old Laura Christina Dayton of Crossing Creek Drive in Claremont was arrested Saturday (April 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on bills of indictment with two counts of identity theft and one count of financial card fraud. Dayton was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, April 24).

A Catawba County man being sought in connection with an April 10 break-in committed in eastern Lincoln County has been arrested. WHKY previously reported on this case and the suspect arrested last week in connection with the crime.

29-year-old Dustin Dwight Suggs of Claremont was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers over the weekend. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a building, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, larceny of a firearm, speeding to elude arrest, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. He is also charged with misdemeanor Possession of schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies had been looking for Suggs in connection to the break-in to a residence in the 6500 block of Wingate Hill Road in Denver. The homeowner returned home to find her front door closed but unlocked. Deputies cleared the residence and the homeowner pointed out items that had been stolen in the break-in. The missing items included a flat screen TV, rifle, and cash valued at more than $1,500.

On Friday (April 21) officers had gone to a residence in the 6200 block of Ballard Road in an attempt to locate Suggs. As deputies were nearing the residence an officer encountered a vehicle operated by him. The deputy turned around and pursued the vehicle in a chase that reached 85 miles an hour in a 45 mile per hour zone. A news release says the chase was terminated because of the suspect’s erratic driving.

On Saturday (April 22) while on routine patrol, a deputy located the vehicle involved in Friday's chase at a residence at 6283 Ballard Road. After waiting on back-up and receiving permission from the homeowner to make entry, officers attempted to make contact with Suggs inside a garage on the property.  A female exited the garage and was placed in custody. Deputies then entered the garage where they arrested Suggs without incident. Also recovered in the garage were 93 prescription pills that were identified as Tramadol and various drug paraphernalia. Also seized during the arrest was Sugg’s vehicle.

The female, 22-year-old Jessica Leigh Huffman of Ballard Road in Denver was charged with felony accessory after the fact of a felony, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Huffman was jailed under a $15,000 secured bond. Suggs was jailed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $65,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, April 24).

As WHKY previously reported, 27-year-old Garry Dale Dolin II of Shaw Estates Lane in Lincolnton was arrested in connection with this case last Tuesday (April 18).

Sunday, 23 April 2017 19:16

Shooting In Morganton Results In Arrest

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68-year-old Robert Lee Hall was arrested Saturday (April 22) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felonious assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury. 

Officers were dispatched to a cell phone, 911 “open line” call in the area of Summit Street Saturday evening.  As PSO’s were enroute, dispatch advised that a person has been shot at 211 Summit Street.  When officers arrived at the residence, they encountered a person near the front door.  Officers detained and identified the male as Robert Lee Hall. 

Officers entered the residence to conduct a “safety sweep” and encountered a victim lying in the floor, suffering from gun shot wounds.  Medics were on scene to stabilize the victim, 44-year-old Jonathan B. Dula before transporting him to CHS in Morganton.  Dula suffered gunshot wounds to his lower extremities.  He was transferred to Frye Regional Medical Center where he was last reported to be in serious condition, but is expected to survive.

Two firearms were seized as evidence from the residence. Hall was transported to Morganton Public Safety and questioned about the shooting.

Following the arrest, Hall was detained in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $50,000 bond. He has a first appearance in Burke County District Court Monday (April 24). 

 

Catawba County is celebrating Earth Day by hosting a new one-day residential household hazardous waste collection event Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bandys High School, located at 5040 E. Bandys XRd. in Catawba. The event is open to Catawba County residents only and is free of charge.

Types of residential household hazardous waste accepted at the event include the following:
• Household cleaners such as drain openers, toilet bowl cleaners, oven cleaners, disinfectants, and pine cleaners
• Paint products such as latex and oil-based paints, solvents, thinners, shellacs, varnishes, wood preservatives, and sealers
• Automotive products such as lead-acid batteries, used motor oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, and auto starter fluid
• Pesticides and insecticides such as poisons and aerosols
• Other chemical-based products such as acids, bases, kerosene, household batteries, photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, gas cylinders and mercury thermometers
• Electronics such as computer monitors and intact televisions, laptops, floppy drives, hard drives, ink/toner cartridges, modems, cell phones, answering machines, CD players, tape players, calculators, copiers, duplicators, microwaves, electronic typewriters, pagers, radios, remote controls, scanners, stereos, and VCRs

Plastic bag recycling will also be provided at the event courtesy of Keep Catawba County Beautiful. The first 200 people who bring plastic bags to be recycled will receive a reusable bag.

“Our annual fall collection event in Hickory is extremely popular with residents,” said Amanda Kain, Catawba County’s Recycling and Waste Reduction Coordinator. “We’ve added this second event to help make household hazardous waste recycling more convenient for residents in the southeastern part of the county. We appreciate the efforts of all our residents to help properly dispose of materials that can harm our health and our environment.”

For safety reasons, the event will not accept tires, radioactive waste, biologically active or infectious waste, unknown gases or chemicals, dioxin-related waste, explosives, household garbage, or TVs with internal parts removed. Prescription and over-the-counter medications also will not be accepted at this event; however, they are accepted at the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies year-round through the Operation Pillstoppers program.

To assist with electronics recycling and disposal, the county contracts with electronics recycling companies who are certified to ensure proper handling and security of the electronic waste collected. All data and data-bearing devices on electronic equipment will be destroyed, but the County cannot guarantee the non-disclosure of any information left on equipment. Additionally, please note that other vendors who may be set up outside the event are not associated with the event or Catawba County.

The one-day event is sponsored by Catawba County Utilities & Engineering and is co-sponsored by Republic Services, Keep Catawba County Beautiful and the NC State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. For more information, please contact Catawba County Utilities and Engineering at (828) 465-8217.

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