24-year-old Morgan McKinley Sigmon of Connelly Springs Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (June 24) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with felony larceny along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer.
According to Hickory Police reports, Sigmon was arrested at approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday at a business on Highway 70 SW after attempting to resist an officer. McKinley was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 secured bond following the arrest. Her next District Court date is July 1.
33-year-old Michael David Kennedy of 12th Avenue NW in Hickory was arrested Sunday (June 23) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance.
On Sunday, shortly after 1 p.m., Hickory Police responded to a sick or injured person at an address on Springs Road, NE. After responding the scene, police found one gram of methamphetamine and arrested Kennedy.
Kennedy was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (June 26). A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
The Town of Hildebran has hired a new Town Manager. At their Town Council meeting Monday (June 24), council voted to appoint Logan Shook as Hildebran's next Town Manager. He will begin in that position on Monday, July 15. Shook, who is currently Town Manager in Cajah's Mountain in Caldwell County, was selected from a pool of applicants from across the region, state and country.
Shook is a graduate of Appalachian State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with a concentration on public administration. He also earned his Master of Arts in Leadership – General Management from Lenoir-Rhyne University.
The Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) assisted the town with the search process. The WPCOG is a regional planning, service, and economic development agency that is owned by and serves the 28 local governments in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties.
30-year-old Tyrone Octavius Walker of New Haven Drive in Gastonia was arrested Tuesday (June 25) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, sale of heroin, delivery of heroin, manufacture schedule I controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Walker is also charged with single counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine, sale of cocaine, delivery of cocaine, manufacture cocaine, and felony conspiracy.
Walker was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $700,000 bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday (June 27).
A missing teenager from Iredell County was found in Burke County. On June 10 a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office regarding a runaway juvenile. 16-year-old Nathan Lee Holtsclaw, willingly ran away from a group home in the Mooresville area.
Holtsclaw is in the custody of Burke Child Protective Services, and has a history of running away from placement. He was found with family in Georgia the last time he ran.
Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Detectives gathered information saying that the juvenile was safe, however he was actively avoiding being located by law enforcement or Child Protective Services.
Holtsclaw was found at 5 a.m. Tuesday (June 25) in Morganton with a family member. He has been removed from the Missing Persons file by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.
27-year-old Brittany Shae Mayhue of Kycrest Avenue in Shelby was arrested Tuesday (June 25) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises. She's also charged with driving while license revoked and six counts of failure to appear on previous traffic charges. Mayhue was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $21,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today and July 15.
Hickory City Council awarded the final component of the City Walk construction to Neill Grading and Construction Co., Inc.
A special called City Council meeting was held today (June 25) for City Council to award the 1.7-mile City Walk contract. The awarding of the project is contingent upon the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) approval.
The City advertised for bids twice and this second advertisement received two bids from Neill Grading and Construction at $14,275,479 and Crowder Construction at $15,175,530.
The 1.7-mile City Walk multiuse path will run parallel along Main Avenue, starting at Seventh Avenue NE (in front of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church) and traveling through Downtown Hickory to Ninth Street NW (in front of Deluxe Printing Group).
In December 2018, the City started relocating utilities and waterlines in preparation for City Walk. These relocations and infrastructure improvements along Main Avenue NW/NE have been completed. Renovations to Union Square and the downtown block, a planned component of the City Walk project, started on April 8, and are currently on schedule.
The Neill Grading and Construction contract includes the construction of the 10-foot multiuse path, landscaping along the path, fencing between the path and railroad, resurfacing Main Avenue, and the bridges, along the path. The City will work with Duke Energy to incorporate the lighting on the City Walk.
There are two bridges that are incorporated into City Walk. One is an iconic, pedestrian bridge that will cross over Highway 127. The second is a pedestrian bridge over Third Avenue, in Downtown Hickory.
The Engineer for this project was Wood PLC. Additionally, the City worked with NCDOT and Norfolk Southern on City Walk to obtain necessary approvals for construction.
The 18-month contract with Neill Grading and Construction is set to be completed before December 2020.
The two suspects in a triple homicide in Alexander County have been indicted. Earlier today (June 25) a special session of the grand jury met in Alexander County.
That grand jury handed down six bills of indictment against 30-year-old Areli Aguirre-Avilez of Taylorsville. He's indicted on three counts of first-degree murder, along with single counts of statutory rape of a child 15-years-of-age or younger, violation of a domestic violence order with a deadly weapon, and first-degree arson. 16-year-old Heidi Darlene Wolfe of Wilkesboro has been indicted on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson.
The two suspects are charged in connection to the deaths of 11-year-old Angel E. Pacheco and 12-year-old America D. Pacheco, whose bodies were found in a burned home on Pine Meadows Lane on June 15. The body of the third victim, 38-year-old Maria Calderon, had still not been found, she is presumed deceased.
31-year-old Christopher Armond Bowers of Warrior Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (June 23) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a controlled substance at a penal institution, along with misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer and intoxicated and disruptive behavior. Bowers was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $11,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Monday (June 24).
34-year-old Michael Allen Thompson of Grandin Road and 33-year-old Amanda Ruth Herald of Piper Place, both from Lenoir, were arrested last Friday (June 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to an automobile and larceny. Following their arrests, both suspects were placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond apiece. They were scheduled to appear in District Court Monday (June 24).
A man wanted in connection to an armed robbery in May in Morganton was caught Monday (June 24) with the help of a citizen. At 11:40 a.m. Monday, the Burke County Emergency Communications Center received a call from a concerned citizen reporting a man matching the description of a wanted fugitive. That man, 23-year-old Ezra Harold Patton, was at a veterinarian clinic on Enola Road. Morganton Public Safety Officers arrived and positively identified Ezra Patton taking him into custody.
According to a news release, Patton had been on the run since May 18, 2019. He was wanted on a charge of armed robbery. Patton was indicted by a grand jury after three people were injured at a Lenoir Road address during the robbery. Authorities served a true bill of indictment for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and assault by pointing a gun.
Patton was placed in the Burke-Catawba Detention Facility under a $500,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in Burke County Superior Court on July 29.
31-year-old Brittany Danielle Boykin of Parker Avenue in Connelly Springs and 33-year-old Justin Alan Hammonds of Abernathy Street in Lenoir were arrested last Friday (June 21) by Hickory Police Officers. Boykin is charged with felony probation violation and Hammonds is charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of schedule II controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Last Friday, Hickory Police responded to a business on Highway 321 NW in reference to a report of a stolen vehicle. The vehicle in question was reported to have been stolen from Caldwell County. During the investigation, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found and the suspects, Boykin, and Hammonds were arrested.
Both suspects were placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility. Bond for Boykin was set at $25,000 secured, Hammonds received a $10,000 secured bond. They both remained in jail as of earlier today (June 25). Boykin has a Superior Court date August 22. Hammonds was scheduled to appear in District Court yesterday (June 24).
We have more information on the arrest of a Caldwell County man in a drug case. As we previously reported, the Lenoir Police Department arrested 37-year-old Joshua Norman Chandler of Winchester Drive in Lenoir. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and heroin, possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Last Thursday (June 20) at 11:30 p.m. Lenoir Police Officers served a search warrant at a residence on Carolina Drive in Lenoir. While conducting the search of the residence investigators found and seized 4.5 dosage units of Buprenorphine, nine dosage units of Alprazolam, three dosage units of Morphabond ER, eight dosage units of Clonazepam, one Fentanyl patch, 0.8 grams of Fentanyl, 0.2 grams of Cocaine, and 2.4 grams of Methamphetamine.
Investigators also seized a 9mm AK-47 pistol and $210 in cash. According to North Carolina State guidelines, the seized drugs were valued at $1,445. Chandler received an $85,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Monday (June 24). This arrest was the result of a month long investigation. More charges are expected.
34-year-old Juwan Anthony Hester of Hickory Highway in Statesville was arrested Friday (June 21) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of maintaining a dwelling, vehicle, or place for a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a felon.
On Friday, members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office executed a narcotics search warrant at a residence on Hickory Highway west of Statesville. Earlier this month, narcotics investigators received information in reference to Hester distributing crack cocaine from his residence.
Narcotics investigators were already familiar with Hester after conducting a undercover investigation in June of 2018 where a search warrant was executed at this same residence. Hester reportedly sold crack cocaine to undercover investigators at that time.
Based on this new information, undercover investigators again began surveillance on the residence, and as in the prior investigation, they were reportedly able to purchase crack cocaine from Hester which led them to obtain, and execute this search warrant.
Hester, who was out on $80,000 secured bond on the previous charges, was jailed under $20,000 secured bond on the new counts. His next District Court date is July 9.