The Maiden Police Department is requesting assistance in identifying a suspect in a theft. Sunday (June 30) at 10:00 a.m. the theft of a Stihl weed eater was reported in the 400 block of East Klutz Street in Maiden. The suspect vehicle is described as a charcoal or silver 2002-2008 Dodge Ram single cab truck with chrome wheels and a black or blue camper shell.
Surveillance cameras captured a white female passenger exit the truck and remove the weed eater from the victim’s property. The woman then leaves the property with an unknown driver.
The Maiden Police Department is asking for your help identifying the female and vehicle in the photos. If you have information, please call the Maiden Police Department at (828) 428-5005.
36-year-old Scott Allen Strickland of Wilderness Trace in Claremont was arrested Monday (July 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Strickland was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled today (July 2).
A Lincoln County Detention Center inmate attempted to hang himself in his cell on Friday (June 28). The man was discovered by his cell mate around 1:30 p.m. hanging from a sheet he had put around his neck and tied off to his cell bed. The inmate alerted the jail staff and they quickly responded by cutting the sheet down from the bed.
Detention officers began CPR until Lincoln County EMS arrived. EMS detected a pulse and transported the inmate to Atrium Health – Lincoln for further treatment then transferred him to Atrium Health in Charlotte where he remains in critical condition.
As WHKY previously reported, 34-year-old Jeremy Samuel Paris Sartin was arrested June 19 on charges of kidnapping, assault inflicting serious injury, assault by strangulation and assault on a female. He is being held under a $100,000 secured bond.
46-year-old Jamie Leann Potter of Ted Little Drive in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police Friday morning (June 28) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, and possessing stolen goods. The warrants for her arrest were issued by the West Jefferson Police Department in September of 2004.
Potter was taken into custody at about 8:45 a.m. Friday at the intersection of 33rd Avenue N.W. and Highway 127 in Hickory. She was processed at the Hickory Police Department and later released under a $30,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for July 11 in West Jefferson.
48-year-old Tammy Hildebrand Taylor of Chestnut Street in Stanley has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Officers on three counts of felony larceny by employee.
She was charged in connection to incidents that occurred between March of 2018 and May of 2019. Detective Richard Calhoun took Taylor into custody after she gave a confession regarding multiple fraudulent financial transactions. Those transactions occurred when the suspect was employed by Future Solutions Recycling in Denver.
Taylor was arrested at her residence on June 26. She was given a $10,000 secured bond. Her next appearance in District Court was scheduled for July 18.
Suspects have been charged in a pair of unrelated stabbing incidents over the weekend. On Friday (June 28) at 8:45 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the 5300 block of Silver Lane in Iron Station in reference to a domestic dispute. When deputies arrived they found Kendrick Chazz Prather sitting in the driveway with several stab wounds that were being treated by his girlfriend.
Deputies learned that 51-year-old Brian Keith McDonald of Iron Station struck a female at the residence causing her to lose consciousness. Prather attempted to intervene which lead a physical altercation and he was reportedly stabbed by McDonald.
McDonald fled into a wooded area nearby and was apprehended Saturday (June 29). He is charged with misdemeanor assault on a female and felony assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill and inflicting serious injury. Following the arrest, McDonald was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (July 1).
On Saturday (June 29) deputies responded to a stabbing incident at a residence in the 6300 block of Topaz Lane. When they arrived on the scene officers discovered the victim, Barron Lynn Smith, in a bathroom with several stab wounds. Deputies applied a tourniquet to the wound until Lincoln County EMS arrived on the scene. The suspect and three other people had already fled the scene. A warrant was issued charging 34-year-old Zachary Allen Clinkscales of Kannapolis with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. As of this afternoon, he had not been apprehended.
51-year-old David Bynam Walsh of Stone Mountain Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (June 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a felony out-of-state fugitive warrant and with driving while license revoked. Walsh is wanted in Wisconsin on unspecified charges. He was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (July 1).
51-year-old Debra Kay Eden of Cara Drive in Connelly Springs and 39-year-old Michael James Teague of Magnum Road in Hickory were arrested Sunday (June 30) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Both suspects were jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility. Eden's bond was set at $15,000, Teague received a $4,000 bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (July 1).
32-year-old Salisha Michelle Cox of West 19th Street SW in Newton was arrested Friday (June 28) by authorities in Catawba County. She's charged with felony probation violation. Cox was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for this Friday (July 5).
On Sunday (June 30) shortly before 12 noon, the Burke County Emergency Communications Center received a call that a rock climber had fallen approximately 80 feet from Shortoff Mountain.
Shortly after 1:00 p.m., rescue crews reached the victim utilizing rappelling equipment while other climbers were performing CPR. The victim, 31-year-old Austin Howell of Chicago, Illinois, was pronounced deceased at approximately 2:30 p.m.
Mr. Howell was reportedly free climbing in one of the most difficult portions of the Linville Gorge. The specific details of the accident are unknown at this time.
Rescuers from Burke County Rescue Squad, Burke County Emergency Medical Service, Burke County Emergency Management, Burke County REACT, Lake James Fire Rescue, Chesterfield Fire Rescue, South Mountain Fire Rescue, Oak Hill Fire Rescue, Glen Alpine Fire Department, Avery County Rescue Squad, Parkway Fire Rescue, North Carolina Emergency Management, North Carolina National Guard, North Carolina Helo Aquatic Rescue Team, US Forest Service utilized equipment and manpower to extricate the victim.
The US Forest Service is investigating the accident.
28-year-old Christopher Lee Apperson of Donovan Street in Conover was arrested Saturday (June 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of schedule III controlled substance. Apperson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 1).
26-year-old Jada Blair Mitchem, whose address was not listed, was arrested Saturday by Maiden Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Mitchem is charged with misdemeanor possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 1).
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is making low-interest disaster loans available to residents and businesses affected by the flooding that occurred in Catawba and Mecklenburg Counties in June. This is in response to a disaster declaration request from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.
SBA loans are designed to help home and business owners where insurance does not fully cover the cost of repairs to a home or business. The loan can also be used to reduce the economic injury, or replace machinery, equipment and inventory loss caused by the storm.
Disaster Recovery Centers will be open at these locations for affected residents to submit applications from July 2 through July 11. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Centers will be closed on July 4th.
The Catawba County Disaster Recovery Center is at Springs Road Baptist Church, 3580 Springs Rd. NE, Hickory. In Mecklenburg County the Disaster Recovery Center is at the Fire Department at 2001 Mt Holly-Huntersville Road in Charlotte. The centers will be available to serve affected residents from all the counties included in the Governor’s requested disaster declaration: Mecklenburg, Catawba, Alexander, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, and Union.
Applicants may apply online now using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov. Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov.
Completed applications should be returned to the Disaster Recovery Centers or mailed to:
U.S. Small Business Administration
Processing and Disbursement Center
14925 Kingsport Road
Fort Worth, TX 76155
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Aug. 26, 2019. The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 27, 2020.
34-year-old Dustin Marshall Boggess was arrested Thursday (June 27) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony larceny along with misdemeanor counts of non-support, failure to appear, and probation violation. Boggess was arrested just before 2:30 a.m. Thursday. He was being held in jail in Lincolnton under $72,000 secured bond. A court date is scheduled for July 9.