A Clean Wilson Creek Benefit, hosted by Food Factory Craft Diner in Hickory will be held Saturday, March 30, from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Enjoy an evening of great socializing and music with Musician Jamie Trollinger, Sweet Green Society and DJ Tim Moose. A Clean Wilson Creek is a non profit organization dedicated to keeping Wilson Creek, a National Wild and Scenic river in Northwestern Caldwell County, clean and beautiful for future generations.
The event will include a brief information session about the organization. There’s no cover charge, donations are encouraged. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Betsey's Store in Mortimer, N. C. (828) 758-5051.
49-year-old Deven Kirby Ward of River Road in Hickory, also known as Deven Kirby Deal, was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before three o'clock yesterday afternoon (March 20) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver heroin.
Ward was taken into custody without incident at another address on River Road (not her residence). She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
35-year-old Neal Raymond Audet of Bonneau, S.C. was arrested yesterday (March 20) by Lenoir Police Officers on two misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired and driving with license revoked. He’s also charged with one felony count of aggravated death by a vehicle.
According to published reports, Audet was responsible for a January 2013 accident near Zacks Fork Road that resulted in the death of 30-year-old Brian Christian Carroll. Audet was initially hospitalized with serious injuries, but left the hospital before he was charged. Six years after the accident, Lenoir Police Officers arrested Audet near Charleston, S.C.
Audet was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $200,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for April 29.
One person suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg while working on a crane tower at the Lake Norman Quarry.
Lincoln County Communications took a call around 7:50 last night (March 20) regarding shots fired in the area. The caller said there seemed to be two weapons and it sounded like someone was doing target practice. Deputies checked the nearby roads in an attempt to locate the shooter.
Deputies transported the injured person to the main gate at the quarry where they met Lincoln County E.M.S. No additional information regarding the victim's current condition or identity has been released.
Detectives are interviewing a person of interest in the case. The investigation is ongoing.
30-year-old Michelle Nicole Mathis of Waters Street in Granite Falls was arrested yesterday (March 20) by Granite Falls Police Officers on three felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and obtaining property by false pretense.
Mathis was taken to Caldwell County Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for April 29.
45-year-old Jeffery Allen Stevens was arrested Tuesday (March 19) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. He was arrested shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday an address on Rainhill Drive in Morganton. He was placed in jail under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 21).
41-year-old Jason Matthew Basnett was arrested Tuesday (March 19) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He was charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a building, larceny after breaking and entering, and probation violation. In addition, Basnett is charged with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Basnett was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday on Morganton Heights Boulevard and placed in jail under $15,500 secured bond. A District Court date is set for April 10.
A Hickory man who fatally stabbed his cousin received a minimum six year prison sentence.
54-year-old Arthur Lee Robinson was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to an active prison term of six to nine years by the Honorable George C. Bell, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (March 20).
The defendant pleaded guilty to the October 2, 2016, stabbing death of 63-year-old Kester Hewitt, his cousin and roommate, a result of an argument between the two men. Officers from the Hickory Police Department responded to several calls about a civil disturbance between the two family members at the residence, but Robinson was not there each time. Officers advised Hewitt to lock the door and call law enforcement if Robinson returned.
Around 4:45 a.m. on the date of the incident, a 911 call regarding a stabbing at the residence was received. Robinson was at the residence when HPD officers arrived and found Hewitt deceased in the living room with multiple stab wounds to his head and chest.
Robinson denied any involvement in the fatal stabbing, but investigators noticed blood on his sock when they interviewed him. Executing a search warrant at the residence, they found a knife in the defendant’s bedroom, and a DNA analysis of the blood on the knife confirmed it to be the murder weapon.
The autopsy report from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center determined Hewitt’s cause of death as sharp force injuries to the head and chest. The Hickory Police Department investigated the fatal stabbing. Assistant District Attorney Nolan Hancock prosecuted the case for the State.
Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating an early morning carjacking on Sage Court in Denver.
Shortly after 5 a.m. today (March 20), Deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 3,800 block of Sage Court. The victim told Officers he was walking to his vehicle in the driveway at his home when he noticed a small S.U.V. parked on a nearby street and three black males walking around the street.
When the victim got into his vehicle (a tan 2014 Honda Accord), two of the men walked up the driveway as the third pulled the S.U.V. into the driveway, blocking the victim's car. The suspects, who had their faces covered, banged on the victim's car window. One of suspects pulled out a handgun and ordered the victim out of the vehicle.
The suspects demanded the victim's money, wallet, and the keys to the Honda. One of the suspects drove the victim's vehicle away while another suspect got back into the small S.U.V.
No one was injured during the incident.
Deputies canvassed the neighborhood and found other vehicles that appeared to have been broken into. Only one additional break-in has been reported.
The stolen Honda has a North Carolina tag number CHL-4376. Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
28-year-old Tara Nicole Wood of Henry Place in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (March 20) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Wood was arrested after Officers conducted a traffic stop on the 1,100 block of 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. According to Police, Wood, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was found to have 0.4 grams of methamphetamine on her person.
Wood was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office is investigating break-ins to residences in Vale. Several firearms were among the items stolen.
On March 12 at shortly before 1 p.m., Catawba County Communications received a call about the breaking and entering to a residence located at 6751 West 10 NC Highway in Vale. The caller was able to give a vehicle description for the suspect vehicle.
On the same date shortly before 9 p.m., Catawba County Communications received a call about someone trespassing at 3144 Old Shelby Road in Vale. Deputies made contact with the trespassing subject and observed that the vehicle the subject was driving matched the vehicle description given earlier in the day at the break-in on Highway 10.
The suspect admitted to Deputies that he had broken into several homes, as well as having stolen firearms in his vehicle. Deputies recovered eight stolen firearms, as well as other stolen property taken from residences in Catawba County.
Catawba County Investigators have worked to identify the stolen property and return various items to the rightful owners. The investigation is continuing and charges in this case are pending. The suspect was not named in the news release issued this afternoon (March 20).
33-year-old Jeremy Curtis Setzer of Norwood Street in Lenoir and 22-year-old Destinee Kay Smith of 1st Avenue in Hickory were arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (March 19). They were each charged with two felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and one felony count each of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance.
Both Setzer and Smith were placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Bond for Setzer was set at $100,000, secured, and bond for Smith was set at $30,000, secured. Both were scheduled to appear in District Court today.
47-year-old Christopher Matthew Hambrick of Floral Drive in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (March 19) by Hickory Police Officers on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Hambrick was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. A District Court Appearance was scheduled today.
23-year-old Austin Lane Ervin of Dudley Shoals Road in Granite Falls was arrested yesterday (March 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm. Ervin was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $50,000, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.