44-year-old Rhonda Lee Little of Zeb Haynes Road in Maiden was arrested by Conover Police today (November 17) on charges of identity theft, driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, providing fictitious information to an officer and a misdemeanor probation violation.
Following her arrest, Little was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $6,000. She will appear in District Court Monday (November 20) and again on February 21, both in Newton.
The City of Newton’s “Light Up the Town” celebration begins at 5 p.m. Sunday, November 26, on the 1924 Courthouse Square in downtown Newton.
Thousands of lights in the downtown area will be lit; Santa and his elves will pose for free photos with children in the Courthouse; several community groups will perform seasonal music; and other groups will offer concessions.
For more information about “Light Up the Town”, contact Shannon Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-695-4360.
Michelle Shuffler of Granite Falls was a two-time winner in the North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL). One ticket was a $1-million winner and the other was good for $10,000.
Shuffler and her husband made a last-second decision to buy a ticket in the lottery’s Million Dollar Fever game Sunday night (November 12) at the Cubbard Express store on Beecher Anderson Road in Lenoir. That ticket was worth $10,000.
Later that same night, they decided to try to beat the odds again. They stopped at the Murphy Express on Hickory Boulevard in Granite Falls and bought another Million Dollar Fever ticket. That ticket was good for $1-million.
The stores where the two winning tickets were purchased are just 22 miles apart.
Shuffler claimed both prizes Monday afternoon at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. For the $1-million prize, she had the choice of taking an annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. She chose the annuity and received her first payment of $50,000. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $34,753. Shuffler plans to use the money to save for retirement and add to her children’s college funds.
Ticket sales from the NCEL make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $600 million a year for the state. For details on how lottery funds have been used in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “For Education” section of the lottery’s website, www.nclottery.com.
30-year-old Jordan Nichole Robinson of Collettsville Road in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (November 16) on charges of driving while license revoked and possession of methamphetamine in a local confinement facility. Robinson was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $11,000, secured. No court date is currently listed.
28-year-old Cari Rene McFall of Kincaid Hill Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (November 16) on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
She was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $50,000, secured. District Court appearances were scheduled today in both Lenoir and Morganton.
52-year-old Gerald Wayne Booth of Campground Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (November 16) for felony indecent liberties with a child. Following his arrest, Booth was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center where he was held under a $50,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court Monday (November 20) in Lenoir.
Starting Monday, November 20, the main entrance to the new Catawba County Justice Center in Newton will be open for public access to the Register of Deeds, Community Corrections, Clerk of Court, Superior & District Court offices, the District Attorney’s office and all courtrooms currently in use. The temporary public entrance located behind the new building will be closed beginning Monday.
Those offices will move into their new spaces in the Justice Center building over the next 30 days. Directional signage is posted inside the main entrance to assist visitors.
The new Justice Center is located at the Catawba County Government Complex on Business Highway 321 in Newton. Vehicles may enter the complex from driveways on Business Highway 321 and Radio Station Road. Parking for the Justice Center is available in adjacent lots and in the parking deck.
The bus stop serving the Government Center Complex is being relocated to the front of the Government Center and will be operational on November 20.
A grand opening will be scheduled in early January.
30-year-old Obryan Tyquawn Glaspy of Statesville was arrested by Statesville Police yesterday (November 16) on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
Yesterday afternoon, Statesville Police responded to a reported shooting on the 1800 block of Ora Drive. Officers found the victim, a 36-year-old Statesville man, suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. Iredell County E.M.S. responded to the scene and took the victim directly to Baptist Hospital for further treatment.
Investigators interviewed witnesses and the victim. As a result, they obtained a description of the suspect and the suspect vehicle. A short time later, Statesville Police found the suspect vehicle behind a residence on the 300 block of North Tradd Street. The vehicle was processed and the persons in the vehicle were interviewed.
The investigation led to the identification of Obryan Tyquawn Glaspy as the suspect. Warrants were issued and Glaspy was taken into custody without incident on Stockton Street a short time later.
No bond amount or court dates are currently listed. Investigators will confer with the District Attorney’s office. Additional charges may be pending.
Police say the cooperation of family members and witnesses was instrumental in aiding Police with the speedy identification and arrest of the suspect.
27-year-old Geoffrey Alan York of Drexel Road in Valdese has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods.
On September 25, the principal at East Burke High School contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report the larceny of a 1990 Chevrolet activity bus that was missing from the school parking lot. During the course of the investigation, the bus was found in a neighboring county and the suspect was identified as Geoffrey Alan York.
On November 15, York was taken into custody without incident at a home in Drexel. He was confined at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (November 17).
A bomb threat was called in to authorities in Iredell County yesterday (November 16). At about 10:40 a.m., courthouses in Statesville and Mooresville were evacuated. A press release issued by the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office says the threat appears to have been false.
After both facilities were cleared by Officers using bomb-sniffing dogs, the Statesville courthouse re-opened at about 11 a.m. The Mooresville facility resumed operations at about 12:20 p.m.
The incident remains under investigation. No additional information was released.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is offering training sessions for Catawba County church representatives who are interested in learning about church security. The Sheriff’s Office suggests that the church security team, greeters, ushers and any other church leadership personnel should attend. The sessions will be led by the Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Deputy.
Sheriff Coy Reid says the added sessions are the result of a community outpouring requesting church security following the shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5.
Scheduled training sessions are as follows:
Tuesday, November 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Maiden High School Auditorium, 600 West Main Street in Maiden.
Thursday, December 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Christ Church’s Mountain View campus sanctuary, 2416 Zion Church Road in Hickory.
Tuesday, January 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant U.M.C. Community Center, 4136 Mt. Pleasant Road in Sherrills Ford.
Thursday, January 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Tri City Baptist Church sanctuary, 1409 N.C. Highway 16 North in Conover.
For more information, call Lt. John Helton at 828-465-8336.
20-year-old Nicholas Brian Price of Airport Rhodhiss Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:30 yesterday morning (November 15) on one felony count of larceny.
His arrest stems from an incident shortly after 9 a.m. on November 10. Officers responded to a reported break-in at Palacio Autos on 11th Street S.W. Several items, including speakers and batteries, were stolen.
After reviewing surveillance video, Officers stopped a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect vehicle. Nicholas Brian Price was the driver. Officers identified Price as the subject who stole property from Palacio Auto. A search warrant was executed at Price's residence where stolen property was found.
Price was taken into custody without incident and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.
The investigation is ongoing.
28-year-old Nathaniel Hastens Wood of 2nd Street Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:30 a.m. today (November 16) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear on a charge of driving while license revoked.
Wood’s arrest came after was observed at a business on Highway 70 S.W. The suspect had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. Subsequent to his arrest, Police found 21 grams of methamphetamine in Wood's vehicle.
He was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
45-year-old Frances Rogers Hicks of 39th Street NW in Hickory was arrested today (November 16) by Long View Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of identity theft and breaking and entering. Hicks was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow (November 17).