19-year-old Johnathon Tyler Queen of Hall Dairy Road in Claremont was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, no operators license, expired or no inspection, fail to burn taillight on a motorcycle, and a registration plate violation. Queen was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (April 23) under $3,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.
33-year-old Zachary Scott Watson of Connelly Springs, pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree kidnapping, possession of firearm by convicted felon, and admitted his status as a habitual felon during Caldwell County Superior Court last Monday (April 15).
The Honorable Eric C. Morgan, Superior Court Judge from Forsyth County, sentenced Watson to an active prison term of 12 to 16 years that will be served in the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. Watson’s sentenced was enhanced by his criminal record and habitual felon status.
Lenoir Police received a report on August 30, 2017, that a pregnant woman and her daughter had been kidnapped by Watson. Watson and the woman had a prior romantic relationship. Upon investigation, police discovered that Watson had tracked down the victim’s Toyota Tundra and approached it at gunpoint. While trying to flee, Watson then jumped into the bed of the victim’s vehicle, busted through the back windshield, and took control of the truck.
An Amber Alert was issued describing the Toyota Tundra. Using phone records, law enforcement was able to quickly locate the Toyota Tundra in Mocksville with the assistance from the Mocksville Police Department. Both victims were found unharmed and the defendant was apprehended shortly thereafter.
Lt. Mark Barlow led the investigation for the Lenoir Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Nancy Lee prosecuted the case for the State.
36-year-old Johnny Tyrone Banks of 2nd Street Court S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Thursday (April 18) for failure to appear in connection to a felony habitual larceny charge. That charge came following an August 2018 larceny at a convenience store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory.
Banks was taken into custody last Thursday without incident at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance was set for April 30 in Newton.
27-year-old Alesia Paulette Killian-Hall of 1st Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested Thursday (April 18) by Hickory Police Officers on one felony count of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. She’s also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Officers responded in reference to a narcotics call from a church on Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. There, Officers found Killian-Hall to be in possession of three dosage units of Oxycodone and 1.5 dosage units of Alprazolam. She was taken into custody without incident at the church.
Killian-Hall was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for April 29 in Newton.
42-year-old Nigel Eugene Terry of Fieldcrest Drive in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:30 Friday evening (April 19) on two orders for arrest; one felony and one misdemeanor. Terry was taken into custody without incident at the intersection of Springs Road N.E. and 26th Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory. He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released to a bail bondsman after posting a $15,000 bond. An appearance in District Court was set for April 23 in Newton.
23-year-old Richard Tyler McKinney of Morningside Lane in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (April 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers one felony fleeing to elude arrest. McKinney was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for June 3.
The National Weather Service confirmed over the weekend that two tornadoes touched down in the region during Friday afternoon's (April 19) severe weather. According to published reports, the agency says the first touched down in Gaston County and traveled into Lincoln County, while the second was recorded in Alexander County. No injuries were reported in either of the two tornadoes.
Reports say what was classified as a weak tornado started in northwest Gaston County at approximately 3:30 p.m. Friday and moved northeast into the Lincolnton area. Officials confirmed a second tornado touched down in Alexander County around 4:10 p.m. near Hiddenite. The Alexander County tornado had maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour and traveled approximately half a mile.
A juvenile is facing an arson charge in a case in which a fire was set at an Iredell County school. Last Wednesday (April 17) at approximately 1:15 p.m., Iredell County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers at Lake Norman High School were alerted by school administration to respond to a fire on the second story 400 Hallway boy’s bathroom.
When a deputy arrived in the area of the fire he discovered the hallway filling with smoke. The fire department was called to the school, which is on Doolie Road in Mooresville. The fire was contained to a trashcan in the bathroom and no injuries were reported.
Due to the smoke activating fire alarms throughout the school, the students and staff were immediately evacuated. Additional Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Patrol units arrived on the scene to assist with the evacuation process, and to assist in the investigation.
Because the incident was caught on video by a juvenile student, and posted to his “Snapchat” social network, the video immediately became viral. Investigators quickly identified the suspect who set the fire, and the person who taped the incident. The suspect is 14-years-old.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office forwarded their investigation findings to Juvenile Services due to the suspect's age. The student, who has been suspended from Lake Norman High School, faces a felony arson charge.
According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved 17 grant requests to local governments totaling $7,068,625. The requests include commitments to create a total of 869 jobs, 623 of which were previously announced. The public investment in these projects will attract more than $96.8 million in private investment.
The Department of Commerce’s team of rural economic development professionals supports the RIA’s work. RIA members review and approve funding requests from local communities. Funding comes from a variety of specialized grant and loan programs offered and managed by N.C. Commerce’s Rural Economic Development Division. Grants can support a variety of activities, including infrastructure development, building renovation, expansion and demolition, and site improvements.
The RIA approved 11 grants under the state’s Building Reuse Program in two categories, the Vacant Building Category and the Existing Building Category. In this region there are two projects listed under the Existing Building Category. In Burke County, a $312,000 grant will support the expansion of a building in Hildebran occupied by Marves Industries, a manufacturer of non-woven fabrics, acoustical materials, felt and composite materials. The company plans to add 10,000 square feet to the facility, while creating 25 jobs and investing $1,865,315 in this project.
In the City of Statesville, A $300,000 grant will support the renovation of a 343,184-square-foot building occupied by Badger Sportswear, a provider of team uniforms and performance athletic wear. The company plans to create 82 jobs and invest $3,693,802 in this project, which consolidates its operations from two other states into the Statesville facility.
A 19-year-old Lincoln County resident who had been reported missing has been located and is safe. Last Thursday (April 18) the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office contacted the foster parent who said that Noah Andrew Ayers of Lincolnton had been located and is safe.
Last Wednesday (April 17), the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing person. Noah Andrew Ayers was last seen leaving his residence around 2:00 p.m. in an unknown vehicle with unknown occupants. Ayers was possibly on his way to a baseball game at North Lincoln High School.
According to published reports, one person was injured in a shooting incident in Conover Friday morning (April 19). As of Sunday morning (April 21), the suspect was still being sought. The published reports say that, according to Conover Police, the shooter was driving a black Chevrolet SUV that has front-end damage.
Information regarding the extent of the victim's injuries had not been released. According to the reports, officers with the Conover Police Department and Catawba County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the shooting. The reports say that two possible crime scenes were the focus of the investigation. One is on Second Street SW. The other possible scene is the corner of Second Street SW and Sixth Avenue Drive SW.
48-year-old James Thomas Caviness of Dysartsville Road in Morganton was arrested Friday (April 19) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Caviness was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Monday (April 22).
A fatal crash in Catawba County that claimed the life of a Burke County woman is under investigation. According to a news release issued Friday (April 19) by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, on Thursday (April 18) at approximately 1:40 p.m., troopers responded to and investigated a collision in Catawba County on NC 127 at Medical Park Drive.
A 2011 Ford Focus was traveling south on NC 127 and attempted to turn left onto Medical Park Drive. A 2004 Nissan Titan pickup truck was traveling north on NC 127 while towing an enclosed trailer. The driver of the Ford failed to yield the right of way while making the left turn and collided with the Nissan on NC 127.
The driver of the Ford was 86-year-old Katherine Glover Fulton of Connelly Springs. Ms. Fulton was transported by EMS to Frye Regional Medical Center but was pronounced dead a short time later. The driver of the Nissan was 27-year-old Steven Tyler Baird of Hickory. Mr. Baird was not injured. The initial investigation revealed no factors of speed, alcohol, or distracted driving; both drivers were wearing seatbelts.
50-year-old Antonio Hernandez Aparicio of Catawba, was given an active prison sentence of five to 11 years following his conviction for a sex crime involving a female relative during Catawba County Superior Court last Tuesday (April 16).
The Honorable George C. Bell, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, imposed the prison term for Aparicio after he pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree forcible sex offense. The defendant will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections, be required to register as a sex offender for 30 years, and is subject to deportation.
The crime occurred at the end of last year at the defendant’s residence, and involved the defendant’s non-biological granddaughter. Aparicio’s wife discovered the defendant on top of the victim in a bedroom on December 22, 2018, and immediately called 911. The defendant hastily gathered his belongings and fled the residence before police arrived.
Aparicio was apprehended hours after the incident in Little Rock, Arkansas. The victim revealed in an interview that the defendant had performed oral sex on her without her consent. DNA evidence submitted to the State Crime Lab helped secure the conviction against the defendant. Due to the age of the victim, no statutory sex offenses were implicated by the defendant’s conduct.
Investigator Mike Crisp, Jr., handled the investigation for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County. Assistant District Attorney Scott Lippert prosecuted the matter for the State.