Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (February 7) and discussed several items. Council unanimously approved a naming request from the Hickory Kiwanis Club and the Western Catawba County Kiwanis Club for the “Charles D. Dixon Memorial Splash Pad” at Kiwanis Park.
City Attorney John Crone recommended and City Council approved an open application process for filling the Ward 2 seat on City Council. More details on that application process will be posted later this week.
City Manager Warren Wood announced Rick Beasley as the new Assistant City Manager. Beasley has been serving in that position on an interim basis since November 2017, after the departure of Andrea Surratt. Beasley has numerous years of city management experience.
46-year-old Michael Timothy Howard of Mays Chapel Church Road in Newton was arrested Tuesday (February 6) in Catawba County on charges filed by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Howard is charged by the Sheriff's Office with felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and hit and run, along with two counts of driving while license revoked and one count of reckless driving. Highway Patrol charged with Howard with possession of stolen goods, misdemeanor aid and abet larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.
Howard was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,200 total bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for February 27 and March 14.
22-year-old Kasey Lane Pharr of Sherills Ford Road in Sherills Ford was arrested Saturday, January 27, by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged in Iredell County with felony counts of breaking and entering, safecracking and larceny after breaking and entering. Pharr is also charged in Catawba County with possession of marijuana, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to a news release issued today (February 6), on Friday January 26, Iredell County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a break in call on Bostain Lake Road west of Statesville. Deputies were told that the home owner was out of town and it appeared someone had broken into the back window of the residence. The scene was processed and a report was taken, but it was unknown what if anything was stolen.
On Saturday January 27, Sheriff’s Office detectives received a call from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office who told them they had responded to a domestic situation on Sherrills Ford Road and located Kasey Lane Pharr in possession of marijuana and a firearm. Catawba County deputies said Pharr admitted to stealing the firearm from his mother’s residence on Bostain Lake Road.
The homeowner was contacted when she returned home and confirmed Pharr had entered the residence through a window and stole a personal safe containing a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and ammunition. Pharr was given a $5,000.00 secured bond on the Iredell County charges by a magistrate in Catawba County. Pharr was scheduled to appear in District Court in Iredell County yesterday (February 5), he has a District Court date in Catawba County February 19.
25-year-old Roger Joel Harper was arrested Monday (February 5) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a weapon by a felon. Harper was arrested shortly before 6 p.m. Monday and placed in jail in Morganton under $7,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Wednesday (February 7).
49-year-old Melissa Fern Ledford of Lostkey Drive in Connelly Springs was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (February 5) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. In addition, she faces six counts of failure to appear on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, driving while license revoked, providing fictitious information to an officer and fictitious, concealed, revised or altered registration card or tag.
The felony fugitive warrant was issued by Probation Officers in Blount County in eastern Tennessee. Ledford was wanted for a probation violation.
Following her arrest, the suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $80,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today with additional court dates coming up on March 1 & 7, all in Newton.
28-year-old Michael Dale Frandberg was arrested Monday (February 5) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a firearm and possession of a weapon by a felon. Frandberg was arrested shortly after 2:30 p.m. Monday and placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 12.
A shooting Monday afternoon (February 5) in Hickory is under investigation. Yesterday at approximately 2:45 p.m., Hickory Police Officers received a call in reference to a person with a gunshot wound at 1141 Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard SE. While responding, information was received that the victim, 20-year-old Isaiah Markeese Hunt of Hickory, drove to 411 4th Street SE. Hunt was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Anyone with information regarding this on-going investigation is encouraged to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator S. Hudson directly at 828-261-2620 or email@example.com.
Tax time is upon us, and the North Carolina Department of Justice has issued a reminder that identity thieves who specialize in tax-related crimes are cranking up for their busy season.
According to the news release from NCDOJ, these crooks steal money from all of us by pretending to be taxpayers or businesses, filing false tax returns in their names, and claiming big refunds from the government. In some instances crooks earn money that is then reported as another person’s income, leaving that person to pay taxes on money they didn’t earn. In addition to the loss to the US Treasury, these scams bring major headaches for the individuals and businesses whose names are falsely used by the crooks.
Partnering with the IRS and other government agencies, the Federal Trade Commission wants to help you avoid tax ID theft. The FTC held its Tax ID Theft Awareness Week last week with a series of events for consumers, seniors, service members, and businesses.
If you think you might be a victim of identity theft, including tax identity theft, the NCDOJ has information that can help. If you think you've crossed paths with a scammer you can file a complaint or contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.
36-year-old Matthew William Mansfield of Della Drive in Statesville was arrested Monday (February 5) by authorities in Iredell County on charges filed in Catawba County. He's charged on a bill of indictment with possession of methamphetamine. In addition, Mansfield is charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Mansfield was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $19,000 bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court Wednesday (February 7).
37-year-old Lashanda Renee Hill of Winston-Salem was arrested Saturday (February 3) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises, delivery of marijuana, and providing contraband to an inmate. Hill's bond was set at $20,000 secured, her next District Court date is February 26.
On Saturday, Alexander County 911 was notified to dispatch an officer to Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville in reference to a subject bringing contraband into the prison. Officers arrived at the prison and spoke with the prison officials. The suspect was identified as Lashanda Renee Hill of Winston-Salem.
Hill met with an inmate during visitation at the prison, where, according to a news release, she handed over the contraband to the inmate. The contraband is described as one-half gram of marijuana. Hill's bond was set at $20,000 secured, her next District Court date is February 26.
47-year-old Tommy Scott Houston of Hywood Road in Casar was arrested Monday (February 5) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with misdemeanor possession of a gun on educational property.
Monday at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Burke County 911 Center was contacted regarding a man walking on the Catawba River Greenway in Morganton headed towards Freedom High School property carrying a rifle with a scope. Freedom’s Burke County Deputy School Resource Officer found the man on the school’s driving range and ordered that he drop the weapon. The weapon was found to be a Benjamin Prowler .22 caliber air rifle and the suspect, Tommy Houston, told the officer he was squirrel hunting.
Houston was arrested and transported to the Burke County Magistrates Office where he was charged. He was released on a written promise to appear in District Court April 30. Freedom High School was placed on a precautionary soft lock down for eight minutes to ensure no students or employees were at risk.
20-year-old Emmanuel Santiago of 17th Street Place NW in Hickory was arrested Monday (February 5) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny, conspire to commit felony larceny, possession of stolen goods, and misdemeanor stalking. Santiago was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today (February 6) and February 24.
26-year-old Timothy Darryl Sides Jr. of Fairview Drive NW in Lenoir was arrested Monday (February 5) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, forgery of an instrument, uttering a forged instrument, larceny, and possession of stolen goods. Sides was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is March 5.
25-year-old Shawn Forrest Thornburg of Berry Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Monday (February 5) by authorities in Burke County on charges filed in Caldwell County. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods. Thornburg was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 6) in Lenoir.