67-year-old John Warren Shaffer, Jr. of Indian Hills Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 19) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official along with a count of driving while impaired.
According to police reports, Shaffer allegedly pulled a gun on a Highway Patrol Trooper, leading to the assault charge. Following his arrest, Shaffer was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center in Lenoir under $250,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (June 20).
25-year-old Dace Ben Adams and 23-year-old Destiny Amanda Shatley, both of the same Phelps Lane, Lenoir, address, were arrested Tuesday (June 18) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony credit card fraud. Both suspects were brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $5,000 secured. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (June 20).
26-year-old Bruce Lee Stroud of NW Forest Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (June 18) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He was charged with two counts of felony hit and run with injury and one count of felony possession of a stolen vehicle. Stroud was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $10,000 secured. A District Court date is set for June 25.
A child reported missing in Alexander County this afternoon (June 19) has been found and is safe.
At about 1:50 p.m. Wednesday, Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers responded to the area of Teague Town Road near Fox Den Lane in reference to a missing 12-year-old female. The child's mother was on the scene when Officers arrived. She told them the child was autistic.
A search of the area was conducted by personnel from a number of agencies. At about 3:15 this afternoon, Officers found the missing child near Starnes Circle off of Teague Town Road. The child was in good health and was returned to her mother.
The Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office, the Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, Alexander Rescue Squad, Bethlehem Fire & Rescue, and Alexander County Emergency Management all participated in the search. Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman expressed his appreciation to all involved.
35-year-old Alysia Annette Taylor, 35-year-old Mario Lee Garcia, and 54-year-old Carl Gabriel Coffey, Jr., all from the same address on N.E. Carolina Drive in Lenoir, were arrested yesterday (June 18) by Lenoir Police. Taylor and Coffey were each charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Taylor was also charged with felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Garcia faces felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver meth; plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Coffey was charged with felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance.
At about 9:35 yesterday morning, Narcotics Officers with the Lenoir Police Department served a search warrant at the Carolina Drive residence. Officers found and seized 2.7 grams of meth, 0.1 grams of heroin, and drug paraphernalia. The drugs seized have an estimated value of $430.
The arrests are the result of a month-long investigation. More charges may be forthcoming.
All three suspects were placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond for each set at $100,000, secured. They will make first appearances in District Court tomorrow in Lenoir.
51-year-old Tracy Lloyd Lail of Reid Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday (June 18) on two felony counts each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. He was also charged with single felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of stolen property. In addition, Lail faces two misdemeanor counts of breaking & entering a coin-operated machine with larceny.
Following his arrest, Lail was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $15,000, secured. He has a Superior Court date in Lenoir coming up on July 22 on those charges and additional felony charges in Caldwell County for I.D. theft and attempted obtaining property by false pretense. Lail also has a Superior Court appearance scheduled on the same date in Alexander County on felony counts of habitual larceny, conspiracy, I.D. theft, and obtaining property by false pretense, plus multiple misdemeanor counts of larceny and injury to property.
Hickory Police have released more information regarding an accident in which a vehicle crashed into Panera Bread in Hickory’s Viewmont community yesterday (June 18).
At 11:37 a.m. Tuesday, a 2018 Mazda driven by 77-year-old Evelyn Lewis Terry of Hickory pulled into a parking space at a car wash on 2nd Street N.E., accelerated through the parking space, over a curb, and across 10th Avenue N.E. There, the Mazda hit a metal railing and came to a rest after crashing into the Panera Bread building. According to Police reports, Ms. Terry and another witness gave consistent accounts of the accident, which was confirmed by video footage from the car wash.
Ms. Terry sustained a laceration to her chin and was treated on the scene by Hickory Fire Department personnel. She was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center where she was treated and released. No other injuries were reported.
Ms. Terry was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Damages to the Mazda were estimated at $14,000, according to H.P.D.'s arrest report. Property damage to the Panera Bread building was estimated at $20,000, with approximately $500 in damages to the landscaping at the car wash.
Flash flooding and heavy rains caused a sewer spill in the City of Morganton Tuesday night (June 18).
The spill started Tuesday, at 11:20 pm at a sewer junction box on Vine Arden Road near the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The overflow stopped at 2:47 a.m. today (June 19). Approximately 10,350 gallons spilled into Hunting Creek.
Ronnie Suttles, City of Morganton Water Resources Distribution and Collection Superintendent, said the overflow was mostly rainwater that infiltrated into the sewer system during the storms.
For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
New names were recently added to the Burke County most wanted list.
32-year-old Katia Selina Christian is wanted by authorities in Burke County. She's charged on outstanding post release warrants and also faces a charge of felony assault on a law enforcement officer. Christian's last known address was 3529 Smith Road in Morganton. She was added to the most wanted list on May 24.
21-year-old Samuel Lee Keller was recently added to the Burke County most wanted list. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny along with a misdemeanor count of resisting a public officer. Keller's last known address was 3659 Pea Ridge Road in Morganton. He was placed on the most wanted list on May 17.
22-year-old James Thomas Farr is another suspect wanted by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen property. Farr's last known address was 6270 Byrd Farm Road in Connelly Springs. He was added to the most wanted list on May 10.
You can see the entire list of suspects wanted by authorities in Burke County at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to email@example.com. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (June 18). Minutes and second readings were approved. The consent agenda was approved after one item was removed for discussion, that item was also approved. City Council also appointed members to boards and commissions.
Councilwoman Jill Patton and Mayor Hank Guess expressed support for commemorating the Miracle of Hickory and clarified that the site of the historic polio hospital is one optional location. Other privately-owned buildings in downtown could be viable alternatives.
Also during Tuesday's meeting, Councilman Brad Lail commented on the excellent service and response from City Public Services crews during the recent storm.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners met Monday night (June 17). Commissioners accepted and appropriated grant funds for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Library Services and the Technology Act Planning Grant awarded to the Catawba County Library.
The board approved a grant contract between the North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources and Catawba County for $250,000 to assist Foothills Conservancy with land acquisition related to the proposed future Wilderness Gateway State Trail.
Commissioners also awarded a design‐build contract for Mountain Creek Park Phase I to JD Goodrum Company, Inc. They also approved a permanent easement & letter agreement w/ Piedmont Natural Gas, and authorized County Manager to execute all documents related.
The board additionally approved the execution of a Quitclaim Deed between Catawba County and Conover Web, LLC in order to release the County’s reversionary interest in Conover Web, LLC’s property.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that SynergyLabs, a manufacturer of specialty pet products, will locate an operation in Hildebran creating 237 jobs and investing $11.2M over the next five years. SynergyLabs will locate in the former PEDS building at 9451 Neuville Avenue.
SynergyLabs, with headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a "concept-to-shelf" manufacturer of more than 150 branded and private brand products for pets. Founded in 1990, SynergyLabs is an innovative developer and manufacturer of products that focus on the health and well-being of pets.
The company sells and distributes products across pet-specialty, veterinary, grocery, farm and feed, mass-merchandisers, and big-box channels in over 50 countries worldwide. The company's pet merchandise lines include grooming aids, stain & odor products, training aids, flea & tick controls, and nutritional supplements.
Although wages will vary depending on position, the average salary for all the new positions will reach $40,568. The current average wage in Burke County is $35,759.
Partnering with N.C. Commerce and the EDPNC on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, Western Piedmont Council of Governments, Burke County, the Town of Hildebran, and Burke Development, Inc.
The project in Burke County will be facilitated, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state's Economic Investment Committee. The JDIG Grant is a performance-based, discretionary incentive program that provides cash grants directly to a company, when the company creates jobs and invests in the state.
Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County. For more information about BDI visit www.BurkeDevInc.com.
The victims in a triple homicide in Alexander County have been identified. Preliminary autopsies were performed at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem today (June 18). The two victims' bodies were found at scene of a fire on Pine Meadows Lane. They are 11-year-old Angel E. Pacheco and 12-year-old America D. Pacheco. The cause of death is pending. 38-year-old Maria Calderon, the mother of the victims, is still reported as missing and is presumed deceased.
At about 8 a.m. today (June 18), the recovery search for Ms. Calderon’s body resumed at River Bend Park in Catawba County. Searches on water, land, and air were conducted without success. The search was scaled back at approximately 3 p.m. A number of agencies from Alexander, Catawba, and Mecklenburg counties, as well as several state agencies, participated in the search. Investigators continue to follow-up on leads at different locations.
30-year-old Areli Aguirre Avilez of Taylorsville and 16-year-old Heidi Darlene Wolfe of Wilkesboro have both been arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder. The murders stem from a mobile home fire that occurred at about 11:30 p.m. on Saturday (June 15).
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Maria Calderon should call the Alexander Co. Sheriff's Office at 828-632-2911 or Crime Stoppers at 828-632-8555. Authorities are also seeking information on the whereabouts of Jose Carlos Mendez and Luis Fernando Sanchez, who are acquaintances of the missing person. Mr. Mendez and Mr. Sanchez are not considered suspects at this time.
A vehicle crashed into a Hickory restaurant this afternoon. According to the Hickory Police Department, injuries were believed to be minor when a car collided with a side wall at Panera Bread on Highway 127. The car sustained extensive damage and was towed. The accident occurred at approximately 12 noon. No other details were available.
31-year-old Cody Ryan Oaks of Clay Hodges Road in Boone and 32-year-old Christy Jade Boone of Joe Shoemaker Road in Vilas were arrested by Watauga County Sheriff’s Officers on Thursday (June 13). Both suspects have been charged with one count of felony trafficking methamphetamine by possession, one count of felony trafficking meth by transportation, and one count of felony maintaining a vehicle to keep a controlled substance.
The two are alleged to be a source of methamphetamine for western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. On Thursday, a team of local law enforcement officers in Watauga County conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle suspected of trafficking a large amount of methamphetamine. During this stop, a narcotics K-9 unit was used to find over 3.5 pounds of crystal meth, which has an estimated street value of over $72,000. A small amount of ecstasy was also found in the vehicle.
Oaks and Boone were placed in the Watauga County Jail with bond for each set at $250,000 secured bond. They are scheduled for first appearances in Watauga District court on July 22.