Beginning this Wednesday (January 2), cell phones will no longer be allowed in the Lincoln County Courthouse, however there are exceptions. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Forrest D. Bridges and Chief District Court Judge Larry J. Wilson signed an Administrative Order last Friday (December 28) banning cell phones and other personal communications devices in Lincoln County District and Superior Courtrooms.
The intent of the Administrative Order is to prevent unauthorized videos and photographs of witnesses, jurors and attorneys as well as recording the proceedings. It also states that certain devices or devices similar in appearance have the capability to injure or incapacitate and that it is in the interest of justice and safety.
The order did list exceptions including valid identification cards issued by Lincoln County for employees of the courthouse who are not required to go through the security process, attorneys with a current North Carolina State Bar identification, federal, state and local law enforcement officers; probation and parole officers with credentials, persons with jury summons, judges, commissioners and other government officials for the purpose of conducting court; Social Services and Guardian Ad Litem personnel appearing in court.
Signs will be posted at the Lincoln County Courthouse advising of the new requirements for cell phones.
Authorities in Iredell County are continuing to seek suspects on the most wanted list.
51-year-old John Allen Karis is being sought by authorities in Iredell County. He's wanted on a charge of felony breaking and entering. The last known address for Karis is 61 Jay Stafford Lane in Taylorsville.
45-year-old Gregory Allen Liechty is still being sought by authorities in Iredell County. He's wanted on charges of trafficking in heroin, and maintaining a dwelling to sell controlled substance. Liechty's last known address was 137 Arrowbrook Road in Harmony.
56-year-old Freddie L. Daye, Jr. remains on the Iredell County most wanted list. He's wanted on a charge of fail to comply with a court order. Daye's last known address was 1150 Mohogany Road in Statesville.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects with their photos at www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
54-year-old Scott Randall Benfield of Sharon School Road in Statesville was arrested Saturday (December 29) by Catawba Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Benfield was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is set for Thursday (January 3).
27-year-old Cory Andrew Birchfield of 12th Street Place NE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (December 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and failure to appear on counts of misdemeanor larceny and second degree trespassing. Birchfield was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for Thursday (January 3) and February 4.
17-year-old Dalton Chandler Reed of South Fork Avenue in Hickory was arrested Saturday (December 29) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Reed is also charged with driving while license revoked. Reed was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for January 7 and January 17.
The City of Hickory had a discharge of untreated wastewater on Friday (December 28) of an estimated 5,300 gallons at Murry Basin Outfall. The untreated wastewater was discharged into Lyle Creek. The Division of Water Resources was notified of the event on 12/28/18 and is reviewing the matter. A news release issued by the city says the water remains safe following the overflow. For more information contact the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department at 828-323-7427.
28-year-old Jatorie Ciday Dixon of North Tradd Street in Statesville was arrested December 21 by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In addition, Dixon is charged with carrying a concealed gun, carrying a concealed weapon, and driving while license revoked.
According to a news release issued over the weekend, on Friday December 21, a Sergeant with the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team stopped a vehicle on Interstate 40 Westbound near Old Mountain Road for a traffic violation.
While checking the driver, Jatorie Ciday Dixon, for weapons, the Sergeant found a pair of brass knuckles concealed in his pocket. Deputies then searched the vehicle and found a handgun along with several high capacity magazines loaded with ammo hidden in the vehicle.
Bond For Dixon was set at $50,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (December 31).
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a stabbing incident at approximately 1:40 p.m. Sunday (December 30). The incident occurred in the yard of a residence in the 900 block of Ivey Church Road in Maiden. One person was stabbed and transported to CHS-Lincoln. He was then transferred to CHS-Main and was listed in critical condition.
The name of the person who was injured is not being released at this time. Witnesses were interviewed at the scene but no arrest has been made. The investigation into the incident is continuing.
29-year-old Jack Daniel Smith of Aquoni Road in Cherokee was arrested Saturday (December 29) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, felony probation violation, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Smith was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $130,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (January 3), a Superior Court date is February 26.
45-year-old Timothy Sean Dishman of Campground Road in Denver was arrested Friday (December 28) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony second degree kidnapping.
On September 25, 2018, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding the sexual assault of a 13-year-old female. The victim, a distant relative of the suspect, was interviewed at the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center where she accused Timothy Sean Dishman with sexually assaulting her. The alleged sexual assaults occurred in Catawba County but the victim was transported from Lincoln County by Dishman.
On Friday, Detective Harrington with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Detective Yang with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office interviewed Dishman who admitted to kidnapping the victim on September 15, 2018 with the intent to commit sexual offenses. He was taken into custody following the interview and placed in the Haven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.
Dishman was scheduled to have a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (December 31). Catawba County Sheriff’s Detectives are continuing the investigation and are expected to pursue charges against Dishman.
Due to the persistent rainfall some roads in the region have flooded. According to the Caldwell County Emergency Services Facebook Page, authorities have received multiple reports of localized flooding and roadways covered by flood waters in Caldwell County.
There have also been reports of flooding on roadways elsewhere in the region, including Highway 18 between Lenoir and Morganton in Burke County. As of 1 p.m. today (December 28), Highway 18 North was impassable due to flooding just below Chesterfield Fire and Rescue.
In addition, there was flooding on Hartland Road at Bristol Creek. A bridge was partially underwater according to reports from Chesterfield Fire and Rescue. Authorities remind drivers, when you encounter flooded roadways, turn around, do not attempt to travel through them.
A missing 23-year-old Lincoln County woman, Katlyn Marie Combs, is safe and has returned home. Ms. Combs had been missing from a residence on the 800 block of Old Lincolnton Crouse Road since November 19 of this year.
The Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office expressed its appreciation to the public and the media for helping to bring Ms. Combs' case to a successful conclusion.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman. Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 800 block of Old Lincolnton Crouse Road and spoke to the reporting party, Tammy Holcomb, who told them her step-daughter, 23-year-old Katlyn Marie Combs had been missing since November 19, 2018.
Ms. Holcomb told officers Katlyn left at approximately 5:00 p.m. on November 19, stating she was going to dinner. She left with a white male driving a full size white pickup truck. Katlyn Marie Combs is described as a white female with brown hair and green eyes. She is 4' 8" and weighs 180 pounds.
Anyone with information on Ms. Combs whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
35-year-old Lesle Gevan Beach, Jr. of Connelly Springs Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday (December 27) on one felony count of possession of stolen property. Following his arrest, Beach was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $10,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for January 3 in Lenoir.