44-year-old Jill Elizabeth Rowell of Valdese was convicted yesterday (April 2) in Caldwell Co. Superior Court for attempted larceny from a merchant by removing anti-theft devices. She was also sentenced as an habitual felon. The Honorable Lisa C. Bell, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, gave Rowell a sentence of four-to-six years. That prison term will begin when Rowell finishes her current sentence for similar shoplifting and larceny incidents.
Rowell's habitual felon status is the result of prior convictions for possession of a schedule II controlled substance (May 2006 and April 2015) and possession of cocaine (July 2011), all in Burke County.
Rowell was convicted yesterday in connection to an incident in July 2017 when she entered a store in Lenoir with her young child. She collected clothing, designer purses, and a large tote bag. Rowell took the items to a secluded area of the store and cut off the security sensors with wire snips. She stuffed the snips, dye packs, clothing, and purses into the large tote bag and exited the store with merchandise valued at $1,300.
Store employees followed her out of the store to a waiting vehicle and managed to take the tote bag from her, but she fled the scene in the vehicle. Lenoir Police store personnel were familiar with Rowell from past incidents. Officers traced the vehicle registration to her mother in Burke County. In the days that followed, Rowell contacted Officers asked them not to prosecute if she paid the store for damages.
The case was investigated by Lt. Mark Barlowe and Sgt. Patrick Moser with the Lenoir Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Jennifer C. Mathews prosecuted the case for the State.
27-year-old Jeffery Nathaniel Shatley of Powell Brickyard Road in Lenoir was arrested by Hudson Police Officers yesterday (April 2) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He’s also charged with failure to appear on a non-support charge.
Shatley was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond, plus $802 for the non-support charge. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
33-year-old Cheng Yang of Hielman Street in Newton was arrested Monday (April 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking in marijuana and trafficking in methamphetamine.
On Monday, the Catawba County Narcotics Unit, assisted by the Hickory and Newton Police Departments conducted a search at a residence on Hielman Street in Newton. According to a news release issued by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, Investigators found approximately ten pounds of marijuana, approximately 11 ounces of methamphetamine and a trafficking amount of opioids.
Following his arrest, the suspect received a $100,000 bond, which Yang posted. Yang was scheduled to appear in District Court Tuesday (April 2). No upcoming court dates were listed. More charges are expected.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday (April 2).
Minutes, second readings, and consent agenda were all approved. Under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings there were three items. Included among them was the consideration of a rezoning petition for property owned by Horizon REI group LLC containing approximately 135 acres. The property is located on Startown Road. In addition, under second reading was the consideration of a rezoning petition for just under eight acres of property on 29th Avenue NE.
Among the items on the consent agenda was the approval of an agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to receive federal funds in the amount of $1,600,000 to construct the 9th Street NW Connector.
Also, during Tuesday's meeting, Assistant to the City Manager Yaidee Fox presented updates on the City’s bond projects. Public Services Director Kevin Greer presented plans for the Book Walk, a multipurpose path from the City Walk in Downtown Hickory through Ridgeview to Hwy 70. City Council voted to move forward with the selected alignment and presented plans for the Book Walk, as recommended by the Bond Commission.
Library Director Sarah Greene and Kim Luke Holden, Executive Director of Catawba County Partnership for Children, announced a partnership where the Hickory Public Library will fund Imagination Library subscriptions for 500 children within the City of Hickory. Kathy Greathouse made a special presentation to Council about a public art piece to commemorate the 1964 Ridgeview football team known as the Untouchables. City Council voted to support the project.
Mayor Hank Guess also encouraged everyone to check out the newly released http://MyHKY.com website.
25-year-old Benjamin Noah McCann of Weaverville, N.C. and 20-year-old Dylan Michael Carroll of Claremont, were arrested Tuesday (April 2) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and false report to a police station. A third suspect was arrested and was also charged with false report to a police station.
Tuesday, at 6:42 p.m., Catawba County Communications received a call in reference to a person who had allegedly been shot on Huffman Farm Road in the Mountain View area of Catawba County. The caller reported that he was in a vehicle with two other people and they picked up a man walking on the road. Inside the vehicle, the individual they picked up attempted to rob the occupants. When they refused to give up property, the man shot the driver of the vehicle through the seat.
Officers from Hickory Police Department found the occupants in a shopping center parking lot on Highway 127 South. They told officers the same story regarding the shooting. They also said the suspect jumped from the vehicle and ran away. The occupants described the suspect as a young, dark skinned male with short, small twisted dreads. The driver of the vehicle was transported to Frye Medical Center with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
Investigators from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. After investigating the alleged occurrence, it was determined that the occupants of the vehicle lied about the facts of the incident in order to cover up that one of the vehicle occupants accidentally shot another occupant.
McCann was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $60,000 bond, Carroll's bond was set at $18,000. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (April 3). No bond or court information was available for the third suspect.
36-year-old Ignacio Cortez Macedo, of Claremont, was given an active prison sentence of six to 12 years following his conviction for sexual crimes involving a minor. Macedo received the sentence after entering a guilty plea during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (April 2).
The Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the prison term for Macedo after he pleaded guilty to second-degree forcible sex offense and indecent liberties with a child. 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 life and is subject to deportation.
The offenses occurred in June 2018 and involved a 13-year-old female victim. During a forensic interview, the victim described three separate incidents when the defendant touched her inappropriately, rubbing her private areas on each occasion.
Captain Allen Long led the investigation for Claremont Police Department, with assistance from Catawba County Department of Social Services and the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center of Catawba County. Assistant District Attorney Scott Lippert prosecuted the matter for the State.
27-year-old Ashley Stacey Holt of Clark’s Creek Road in Lincolnton has been charged with one felony count of negligent child abuse with serious bodily injury. She was charged in connection to a lawn mower accident that injured her eight-year-old son.
On March 19, Holt was mowing the lawn at her residence while holding a small child on her lap. An eight-year-old boy was riding on the zero-turn lawn mower's deck. The parent stopped the lawn mower, but the blades failed to disengage. The young boy fell from the deck and was struck by the blades on his left leg and both hands.
He was airlifted to Atrium Health-Charlotte by Med Center Air where he underwent surgery for his injuries. The child remains in the hospital undergoing further treatment.
Holt was arrested yesterday (April 1) and then released after posting a $2,500 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln Co. District Court today.
52-year-old Lisa Renee Edwards of Hansford, West Virginia, was arrested Monday (April 1) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin by possession and transportation and possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance. Edwards is also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Monday deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a Dodge passenger vehicle for traffic violations on Interstate 77 North at Mile Marker 60. Deputies then made contact with the occupants of the vehicle to include passenger, Lisa Edwards, a resident of West Virginia, who told them she was traveling from Charlotte back to West Virginia.
After further investigation stemming from suspicious behavior, deputies conducted a search of Edwards’s vehicle. As a result of the search deputies were able to locate, and seize several unlabeled plastic bottles containing Methadone in both powder and liquid forms as well as drug paraphernalia. The items belonged to Edwards.
Edwards was jailed under $350,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 23.
Newton Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Circle K convenience store on East 20th Street in Newton.
The incident occurred at about 12:50 this morning (April 2). A man entered the store and asked for two packs of cigarettes. The man was wearing a green or brown toboggan with a black & white bandana covering his mouth and nose. The clerk asked the suspect to remove his bandana while in the store. At that time, the suspect displayed a stun gun device and told the clerk he was robbing the store. The suspect engaged the device several times to prove to the clerk it was real.
The clerk gave the suspect the cigarettes and money from the register. The suspect then fled the store on foot, heading southeast. Officers searched the area with the assistance of a K-9 from the Hickory Police Department, but were unable to locate the suspect. There were no injuries.
The suspect was described as a light-skinned male. He is 5’8" to 5’10" tall with long blonde hair and a mole on his upper cheek. He was wearing a black jacket and light-colored pants.
Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call Newton Police Investigator Adkins at 828-465-7430.
36-year-old Justin Ryan Day of Sharon Avenue in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (April 1) by Lenoir Police Officers on felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle or place to keep a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a felon.
The Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Unit along with deputies from the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office had been investigating drug sales centered around the suspect. During surveillance of Day’s activities, investigators report that they learned that he was selling and transporting illegal narcotics.
On Monday, officers found Day in a parking lot on Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir in a Dodge Dart passenger car. The suspect was arrested and the vehicle was searched. During the search methamphetamine was located both within his shorts pockets and in the floorboard of the vehicle. The total weight of the meth was 19.4 grams. Officers also found 0.7 grams of crack cocaine in Day’s shorts pockets and a Smith and Wesson M&P 45 caliber pistol belonging to Day in the car.
According to North Carolina State guidelines, the seized drugs were valued at $3,050. The arrest followed a two week long investigation. Day was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $310,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in District Court tomorrow (April 3).
36-year-old Denard Anthony Blakeney of German Street in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police Officers yesterday (April 1) on felony counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny, and possession of stolen goods. He’s also charged with a felony probation violation.
Blakeney was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $60,000, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for tomorrow (April 3).
31-year-old Richard Lee McDonald III of Tommy Drive in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana paraphernalia. A second suspect, a 19-year-old male from Statesville, was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Both suspects were charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
At about 10:35 Sunday morning (March 31), Deputies responded to Shumaker Drive at Nixon Road where multiple subjects were opening and searching mailboxes. A Deputy found the subjects on Shumaker Drive. While questioning the subjects about the mailboxes, the Deputy noticed that McDonald and the younger male were behaving nervously. Both were searched for weapons and were found to be in possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.
They were arrested and taken to the Iredell Co. Detention Center. McDonald was given a $10,000 secured bond. Bond for the other suspect was set at $1,500, secured. McDonald will appear in District Court on April 17 and May 9. The younger suspect is due in court on May 20.
McDonald has a criminal history that includes felony counts of possession of a stolen firearm, larceny, obtaining property by false pretense, and attempting trafficking in opium or heroin, plus misdemeanor counts of simple affray, breaking & entering, larceny (three counts), carrying a concealed gun, assault on a female, possession of drug paraphernalia (three counts), and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
A 13-year-old eighth-grade student from Northview Middle School passed away yesterday (April 1) after suffering serious injuries on March 25. The student lost his balance, causing him to fall down an open stairwell at Northview Middle. Shortly after the accident, the student was airlifted to Charlotte for emergency treatment.
The family has requested privacy. The student's name has not been released. Hickory Public Schools says counseling support will be available at Northview Middle School throughout the week.
The school is located at 302 28th Avenue N.E. in Hickory.
39-year-old David Franklin McQueen of Presnell Drive in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (April 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of possession of stolen goods, one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense, and one misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was also charged with failure to appear twice on a non-support charge and failure to appear on two traffic charges.
McQueen was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $23,000 secured bond, plus $4,400 on the non-support charges. District Court appearances were scheduled yesterday and for April 25.