31-year-old Michael Todd Whitener of Startown Road in Maiden was arrested today (July 9) by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, sale of schedule II controlled substance and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Whitener was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
29-year-old Michelle Nicole Mathis of Gatewood Drive in Hudson was arrested Friday (July 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Mathis was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 9).
24-year-old Jared Richard Messer of NE Circle Drive in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (July 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering and misdemeanor credit card fraud. Messer was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 9).
46-year-old Travis William Holman of Conway Drive in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (July 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony discharge a weapon into occupied property and misdemeanor assault on a female. Holman was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 9).
34-year-old Quinton Javar Davis of Otto Lane in Conover was arrested Saturday (July 7) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Davis was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled today (July 9).
23-year-old Erica Sierra Haas of Western Court in Lenoir was arrested Friday (July 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony second degree murder by distribution of unlawful substance.
The arrest stems from the May 1, 2018 overdose death of Hanna Marie Kincaid. Kincaid was found deceased at 831 Montclair Circle in Lenoir. She had ingested a fatal amount of fentanyl. The investigation revealed that Haas was the person who delivered the drugs to Kincaid. This is still an ongoing investigation and further charges may be forthcoming.
Haas was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $500,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 9).
30-year-old Kasey Elaine Grindstaff of Old Fort and 20-year-old Andrew Lee Cole of Connelly Springs were arrested last Thursday (July 5) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. Grindstaff is charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. In addition, she's charged with two misdemeanor counts of resist, obstruct, and delay a public officer and single misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to wear seatbelt. Cole is charged with felony probation violation out of county.
Last Thursday, detectives with the Burke County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division as well as officers with the NC Probation and Parole Office conducted an investigation at 5484 Miller Bridge Road in Connelly Springs. During the investigation, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were seized. Grindstaff originally provided fictitious identification but was subsequently identified and arrested. Cole was arrested on the probation violation charge. Andrew Lee Cole was also arrested at the residence on a charge of felony probation violation out of county.
Grindstaff was placed in jail in Morganton under $145,000 secured bond, Cole's bond was set at $25,000 secured. Grindstaff remained in jail as of earlier today (July 9), Cole was no longer listed as an inmate in Burke County. Grindstaff was scheduled to appear in District Court today. Cole has a Superior Court date August 13.
The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $34.4 million contract to improve 20 miles of Interstate 40 from mile marker 130 to 150 between Conover and Statesville.
As early as July 30, Contractor Maymead Inc. will start the project that includes milling and resurfacing both directions of the roadway, rebuilding shoulders and installing guardrail within the project limits.
The contract calls for work in one direction to be completed by August 2019, with the other direction to be finished by October 2020.
A man was killed in Caldwell County after a tree struck his vehicle during a storm. According to the Lenoir Police Department, on Friday (July 6) at 2:54 p.m., Officers with the Lenoir Police Department and Lenoir Fire Department responded to the entrance of Green Mountain Park at 2495 Dimmette Road in reference to a tree striking a vehicle.
Early indicators of the investigation have revealed that 78-year-old Sidney Reid Albright was leaving Green Mountain Park in a silver Chevrolet Silverado when a tree fell and struck his vehicle during a storm that was moving through the area. Mr. Albright was pronounced deceased at the scene by Caldwell County EMS at 2:59 p.m.
Two other family members who were inside of the truck with Mr. Albright were transported to Caldwell UNC Healthcare for treatment of minor injuries, they were expected to make a full recovery.
45-year-old Christopher Lee Reynolds of Reepsville Road in Lincolnton was arrested Thursday (July 5) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. He is also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators executed a search warrant at 5017 Reepsville Road on Thursday. During the search, they seized a small amount of heroin and marijuana and arrested one man. Investigators had received a number of complaints about the residence. Neighbors told police there was a lot of traffic in and out of the home. The Sheriff's Office began a covert operation that lasted several weeks and determined heroin was being sold out of the residence.
Reynolds was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. He had a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court scheduled today (July 6). The investigation into the incident is continuing.
67-year-old Leverne Williams of 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 6:15 p.m. yesterday (July 5) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Williams was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
27-year-old Joshua Maurice Lineburg of 23rd Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 6) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested when Officers on a service call in the vicinity of 7th Avenue S.W. and 8th Avenue S.W. saw a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle braked suddenly at the rear of the Officer’s patrol vehicle.
Police identified the driver as Lineburg. During the incident, Officers found 1.2 grams of crack cocaine, 0.7 grams of cocaine, 0.7 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Police also learned that the suspect had an outstanding child support warrant issued by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office.
Lineburg was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond was set at $5,000, secured, on the drug charges, plus a $1,000 bond on the child support warrant. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton with another court date coming up on July 12.
A contract has been awarded to work on a bridge in Iredell County. The bridge that crosses Third Creek on U.S. 21/Shelton Road south of Statesville will soon be improved, thanks to a $3.7 million contract awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation to Eastern Structures LLC of Mocksville.
Built in 1921, the bridge was widened in 1939 and is considered structurally deficient, which means the bridge has speed or weight limits to ensure safety. The contract calls for the bridge to be replaced in stages. Traffic will remain on the existing structure while about 30 feet of the new bridge is built downstream. When that portion is complete, traffic will be shifted to the new bridge while the old one is removed and the remaining portion of the new bridge is completed.
The new bridge will be almost twice as wide, increasing from 32 feet to 59 feet to accommodate bicycle lanes and future sidewalks. Work can get underway as soon as July 30. The new bridge should open to traffic by May 2020, with landscaping and vegetation establishment continuing through October 2020.
50-year-old Charles Franklin Hicks and 27-year-old Clinton Gregory Hicks, both of the same Jason Place, Lenoir address, were each arrested Thursday (July 5) by Lenoir Police Officers. Charles Hicks is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Clinton Hicks is charged on a bill of indictment with common law robbery, on a fugitive warrant from an unspecified state, and with failure to appear on counts of assault inflicting serious injury, breaking and entering, injury to real property, and simple assault.
Charles Hicks' bond was set at $25,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (July 9). Bond for Clinton Hicks was set at $3,000 secured on the failure to appear count and no bond was set on the fugitive charge. District Court appearances are scheduled for Monday and July 31. A Superior Court appearance is set for July 23.