24-year-old Tesla Dawn Lynn of Warlicks Church Road in Connelly Springs was arrested today (Wednesday, November 15) by Long View Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Lynn was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,500 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today.
32-year-old Tabitha Brie Evans was arrested Tuesday (November 15) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of stolen goods. Evans was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Wednesday, November 16).
22-year-old Darscha Jamahl Nichols of Old Conover Startown Road in Newton was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with two counts of break or enter a motor vehicle, along with single counts of larceny of a firearm, felony probation violation, simple possession of schedule III controlled substance, misdemeanor larceny, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Nichols was jailed this morning (Wednesday, November 16) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $63,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
26-year-old Michael Lamar Brice of Gilly Road in Maiden was arrested Tuesday (November 15) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine and resisting a public officer. Brice was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for January 3.
Firefighters continue to battle several wildfires in western North Carolina. The Chestnut Knob fire which is burning at South Mountains State Park in Burke County is currently estimated at 4,600 acres in steep terrain. Inciweb's most recent update, which was issued last night (Tuesday, November 15), says active fire behavior is making firefighting efforts difficult.
According to the inciweb report, containment of the Chestnut Knob fire is estimated at 30%. Residents along Bob Knob Road were advised to evacuate. A shelter is open at Collett Street Recreation Center in Morganton. Aircraft dropped more than 12,000 gallons of fire retardant Tuesday to assist fire crews on the ground with containment efforts.
Donations are being accepted at Foothills Higher Education Center 2128 South Sterling Street in Morganton between the hours of 12-7pm daily. Items needed include beef jerky, protein bars, breakfast bars, 16 ounce bottled water, 12-16 ounce Gatorade, socks, hand wipes, hand lotion, foot powder, hand warmers, bandanas, toboggans/wool caps, wipes and gloves.
Plans for today (Wednesday, November 16) were to continue burn out operations along Rich Mountain Road while improving the line from Rich Mountain Road to upper CCC Trail. In addition, structure protection and triage were also to be continued today.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (November 15).
Public Utilities Director Kevin Greer presented a request for Council to accept a bid & contract with Hickory Sand Company for sanitary sewer improvements for the Central Business District Rehabilitation Project. Council approved the bid and award of the contract unanimously.
In addition Tuesday night, minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda all approved unanimously. Second readings included the approval of the Community Relations Council's Fall 2016 grant recommendations, the approval to award the contract to Buckeye Bridge LLC for the construction of the Random Woods Sewer Project, and the approval of a change order for engineering services for sanitary sewer in multiple subdivisions
Residents of Catawba Springs questioned the the city's use of a right of way that would open access to a property outside city limits. Public Services Director Chuck Hansen showed a map of the property and explains the property could at some point be annexed into the city. The city is not paying for the road/driveway to be constructed. All costs are the responsibility of the property owner. In the past, when property owners have asked that an unopened right of way be opened, the city has obliged. City Council and staff plan to do more research on the topic, have further conversations with the residents, and revisit the issue.
Also during last night's Hickory City Council meeting, Chief Fred Hollar gave an update on the Western NC wildfires and their impact on Catawba County. Council did go into closed session, no action was reported.
21-year-old Michelle Renate Beck was arrested today (Tuesday, November 15) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver controlled substance. Beck was placed in jail in Morganton under $2,500 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for December 12.
23-year-old Alison Zoe Reuteler of Hunting Court in Matthews was arrested today (Tuesday, November 15) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Reuteler was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond. A Superior Court date is set for December 15.
22-year-old Jalen Michael Foote of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before midnight Friday (November 11) on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Officers responded to reports of possible drug violations at Hickory East Apartments on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. Officers located and approached the suspect vehicle, detecting the odor of marijuana as they did so.
A search of the vehicle turned up a Springfield Armory .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun that had been reported stolen from Alexander County. 2.1 grams of marijuana and a marijuana pipe were also found.
Jalen Foote was the driver. A male passenger in the vehicle was not charged.
Foote 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 yesterday (November 14) with another court date coming up on November 29.
23-year-old Landon Scott Treadway of 11th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday (November 12) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance.
He was arrested after Police responded to a single-vehicle accident with injury at Highway 321 N.W. and 2nd Avenue N.W. Officers found the vehicle on the median on Highway 321 where it had hit a “Do Not Enter” sign.
Treadway, the vehicle’s only occupant, was unconscious. Officers saw a bag containing 0.3 grams of heroin and a syringe. E.M.S. arrived and administered Naloxone, which is an opiate antidote. Treadway was revived and taken to Frye Regional Medical Center.
Upon his discharge from the hospital, Treadway was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (November 14). Another court date was scheduled today for D.W.I. and other traffic violations.
Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding 26-year-old Christopher Franklin Russell of Brim Lane in Denver, who has been charged by the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office with felony larceny, injury to personal property and obtaining property by false pretense.
On August 16, a victim reported the theft of landscaping equipment from a landscape trailer in front of the victim’s home on Hidden Harbor Road in Mooresville. The victim also reported damage to a vehicle that was parked behind the trailer on the side of the roadway.
Detectives obtained serial numbers for some of the stolen items from a local business where the equipment was purchased. The equipment was entered into a nationwide database as stolen. Detectives then identified Christopher Franklin Russell as the suspect after he pawned the stolen items at a local pawnshop in Mooresville. Detectives also learned that Russell had relatives who lived a few houses from the victim’s residence.
Russell faces other charges and is currently wanted as an absconder from parole in Buncombe County.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Christopher Franklin Russell should call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or call Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.
26-year-old Jessica Leanne Harris was arrested today (Tuesday, November 15) by authorities in Burke County. She was charged with felony credit card fraud. Harris, who was already facing multiple charges, was placed in jail in Morganton with total bond of $10,000 secured. A court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, November 16).
With wildfires burning in several western counties, Attorney General Roy Cooper has encouraged consumers to report price gouging in the area and be aware of their rights.
Price gouging—or charging too much in times of crisis is against North Carolina law when a disaster, an emergency or an abnormal market disruption for critical goods and services is declared or proclaimed by the Governor. The law also applies to all levels of the supply chain from the manufacturer to the distributor to the retailer.
Under a state of emergency declared last week, the price gouging law is in effect in 25 counties across Western North Carolina: Alexander, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.
Families who rented vacation homes in the North Carolina mountains over the Veterans Day holiday weekend and had those plans changed due to the fires should read their rental agreements carefully. The Vacation Rental Act protects consumers who rent a property in North Carolina for fewer than 90 days. Consumers who have to cancel their rental plans due to wildfires should consult their rental agreement for details on how to cancel and whether or not they are entitled to any money back. Those who reserved hotels and paid in advance need to check on the lodging establishment's policy when it comes to refunds.
To file a complaint about a price gouging incident, or an issue with a North Carolina hotel or vacation rental, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division toll-free within North Carolina at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or visit ncdoj.gov.
24-year-old Elijah Alexander Curtis of Collettsville Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (November 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods or property. Curtis was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for January 9.