25-year-old Justin Dennis Lynch of Highway 16 North in Conover was arrested today (July 3) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny and misdemeanor first-degree trespassing. Lynch was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. A District Court date is scheduled Friday (July 5).
21-year-old Marcus Allen Richard Whisnant of Underdown Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (July 2) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony alter, destroy, or steal evidence of criminal conduct. Whisnant was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (July 3).
27-year-old Charles Demetric Nance of Charlotte was arrested Tuesday (July 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Nance was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $3,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 3).
37-year-old Erin Althea-Ernesta Scott and 44-year-old Antonia Nichole Williams, residents of different addresses on NW Corpening Place in Lenoir, were arrested Tuesday by Lenoir Police Officers. Both suspects are charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Scott is also charged with simple possession of schedule II, IV, and VI controlled substance. Both suspects were brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $50,000 secured for Scott and $25,000 secured for Williams. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (July 3).
34-year-old Zachary Allen Clinkscales of Kannapolis was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Deputies Monday (July 1) in connection to a stabbing incident that occurred Saturday (June 29) in Iron Station. Clinkscales was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
The incident occurred at a residence on the 6,300 block of Topaz Lane. When Officers responded to the scene, they found a male victim in a bathroom suffering from several stab wounds. Deputies applied a tourniquet to the wound until Lincoln County E.M.S. arrived. The suspect and three other individuals had already fled the scene.
A warrant for Clinkscales' arrest was issued. The suspect was brought back to Lincoln County yesterday (July 2). He was placed under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for July 22.
21-year-old Lucas Bryan Coulborn of 15th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:15 yesterday afternoon (July 2) on one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle and single misdemeanor counts of assault on a female, communicating threats, injury to real property, and injury to personal property.
Coulborn was taken into custody without incident after Officers responded to a residence on the 1,100 block of 15th Avenue N.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he was initially held without bond. Bond has since been set at $7,000 secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help this Fourth of July Holiday. Boaters that are on Lake Hickory, Lake Lookout, Catawba River, and any waterways surrounding Alexander County are asked to help be on the lookout for anything suspicious located in the water. Boaters are asked to call local authorities if anything is seen in the water.
38-year-old Maria Calderon Martinez was last seen on June 14, 2019 at her residence in the Sugar Loaf Community of Alexander County. On June 15, there was a fire at her home, and two bodies were found inside the residence. The bodies were identified as her children, with Martinez still missing.
33-year-old Juan Carlos Mendez-Pena was last seen on June 14, in the Sugar Loaf Community. Mendez-Pena drives a dark blue 2009 four-door Chevrolet Silverado. 35-year-old Luis Fernando Sanchez was also last seen on June 14 in the Sugar Loaf Community. Mendez-Pena and Sanchez both are involved in construction work and have not been seen or had contact with friends or family since that date.
The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is asking for any assistance or information in reference to the whereabouts of Martinez, Mendez-Pena, and Sanchez, as well as any sightings of the vehicle. Anyone with information should call the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 632-1111, (828) 632-2911 or Alexander County Crimestoppers (828) 632-8555.
36-year-old Helen Alise Blackburn of Boundary Street in Newton was arrested Tuesday (July 2) by Probation & Parole Officers. She's charged with two counts of felony probation violation out of county. Blackburn is also charged with failure to appear on counts of misdemeanor larceny and second-degree trespassing. Blackburn was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $35,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 8, a District Court date is July 15.
To ensure the most efficient travel for North Carolina drivers over the July 4 holiday, the N.C. Department of Transportation will suspend most road construction projects that cause lane closures on major routes across the state.
Where possible, closed lanes were scheduled to be opened starting this morning (July 3), through Friday evening (July 5). There are some locations where the type of construction or the project status will not allow an opening for safety reasons.
Heavy traffic is also expected on Sunday, July 7, particularly on interstates. NCDOT is reviewing any lane closures that may be planned that day for primary routes and could extend the lane closure restrictions at those locations to avoid potential traffic backups.
Drivers can check the status of the route they plan to take in advance by going to DriveNC.gov. They can also follow NCDOT on Twitter to track travel updates by region or route.
NCDOT encourages drivers to follow these tips to navigate the roads safely over the holiday: Leave early. Travel at non-peak hours and use alternative routes to avoid the heaviest traffic congestion. Stay alert. Even when work is paused, you may encounter narrowed lanes, shifts in traffic and lower speed limits through work zones. Be patient. Don’t drive drowsy. For extended drives, take frequent breaks to remain alert. Don’t drive distracted. When drivers are not focused on the road, they react slowly to traffic conditions and are more likely to be involved in a crash.
The July 4 holiday is also the time that law enforcement cracks down on drunk driving. The N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program started its Operation Firecracker campaign this week, geared toward catching people who are driving under the influence.
Sobriety checkpoints will be in place in all 100 counties through Sunday, July 7, to keep impaired drivers off the roads for their safety and the safety of others. If you plan to drink over the holiday period, NCDOT and GHSP strongly urge you to call a friend, use a ride-share service or take a cab, just don’t drive drunk.
51-year-old Desmond Leon Smith of 2nd Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (July 2) by Probation & Parole Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation, possession of a firearm by a felon, and assault on a female. Smith was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (July 8).
Authorities are seeking information on a runaway juvenile. On Sunday (June 30) a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in regards to that runaway.
The juvenile, Kelsie Jane Prevatte, ran away from a group home in the Mooresville area. The juvenile was last seen leaving the area on foot. The juvenile went to a nearby business, where she borrowed a phone from an employee there. The juvenile messaged, and called several subjects.
The juvenile was given money from a patron at the business, then secured a taxi to the Statesville area. Kelsie Prevatte is believed to have since traveled to the Winston-Salem or Greensboro area.
Kelsie is approximately 5 foot 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 210 pounds. She had brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, turquoise fleece pajama pants, and black Vans shoes.
The juvenile is in the custodial care of Currituck Child Protective Services. She has family in Virginia, and may be traveling in that direction.
If you have any information on the location of Kelsie Jane Prevatte, please contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3100 and/or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.
48-year-old David Loransa Young of Main Avenue NW in Hickory was arrested by Long View Police Officers. He's charged on a magistrate's order with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and on an order for arrest with possession of methamphetamine. Young was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (July 3) under $9,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today, a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 22.
18-year-old Breiana Lei McAfee of Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Officers on two felony counts each of obtaining property by false pretenses and identity theft.
On May 7 of this year, a female victim from Denver, N.C. filed a report with the Sheriff’s Office in reference to the unauthorized use of a debit card. The victim told a Detective that she noticed her debit card was missing after a trip to a fast-food restaurant in Denver. After examining her bank statement, she discovered several completed and attempted unauthorized transactions. She contacted her bank and reported the items as fraud.
The victim then contacted the restaurant where she was last in possession of her debit card. She was told that the card was at the restaurant. An investigation led to the identification of restaurant employee Breiana Lei McAfee as the person responsible for making the unauthorized charges.
McAfee was arrested on June 27. She was booked into the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center for and then released after posting a $15,000 secured bond. Her next District Court appearance was set for July 9.
30-year-old Joshua Dent Townsend of Forest Oaks Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (June 29) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Townsend was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $60,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled Monday (July 1).