50-year-old Robert Steven Hawkins of Pisgah Church Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Hawkins was released on $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 13).
36-year-old Suzanne Lee Penley of Sunset Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and obtaining property by false pretense. Penley was released on $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 13).
42-year-old Tyrone Christian Schmid of Emerald Place S.W. in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (June 13) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed gun.
Schmid was arrested after Officers stopped a vehicle on Highway 321 near 2nd Avenue N.W. During the stop, Police found 19.5 grams of methamphetamine, 6.2 grams of marijuana, a 9mm handgun, ten white pills, and drug paraphernalia.
Schmid was taken into custody without incident at about 12:35 a.m. and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $30,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Morganton Public Safety is investigating an early-morning armed robbery at a convenience store on South Sterling Street.
Just before 5 a.m. today (June 13), the Speedway store on South Sterling Street was robbed by three black males with handguns. All three men were wearing dark clothing. No injuries were reported.
Officers are searching for two suspects on Mineral Springs Mountain Road. The third suspect stole a white 2008 G.M.C. single-cab truck owned by the City of Morganton. The truck is a water department vehicle and has the city seal on the door.
Citizens should not approach the men and should use caution if they encounter the suspects. Anyone with information regarding the suspects should call 9-1-1 or call Morganton Public Safety at 828-437-1211 or Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.
71-year-old Robert Lewis Stephens has been found dead in Denver, N.C. as the result of a gunshot wound. On June 8, Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 4,500 block of N.C. 16 Business Highway North in reference to a subject with a gunshot wound.
Mr. Stephens was found in a sitting position on the sofa with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the chest. No pulse was found. Mr. Stephens was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lincoln County Detectives are conducting an ongoing investigation.
30-year-old Joseph Scott Fielding of Fox Run Drive in Statesville, who had outstanding warrants from Rowan and Cabarrus counties, has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers. He faces felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also charged with a felony probation violation and four domestic violence protection order violations, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, assault by pointing a gun, and failure to heed a light or siren.
On Tuesday (June 11), the Rowan Co. Sheriff’s Office contacted the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office and requested assistance in locating Fielding on the outstanding warrants for the domestic violence protection order violations and firearms-related charges. Officers went to Fielding's last known address in northern Iredell County.
Deputies spoke with Fielding's family, who said the suspect had left the residence early that morning driving a white passenger car. The information was relayed to other Officers in the area, who spotted the vehicle about a half-mile from the Wilkesboro Highway on Snow Creek Road.
Additional Deputies responded and launched a search for Fielding utilizing a number of resources, including an Iredell County K-9 Unit and a drone. After an extensive search, Fielding was found hiding in a field off of the Wilkesboro Highway. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.
Fielding was given a $47,500 secured bond on the narcotics and weapons charges. He was held without bond on the domestic-related charges. District Court appearances in Rowan County were set for June 14 & 24. On August 30, Fielding has District Court dates in Rowan, Iredell, and Cabarrus counties, with a Superior Court appearance scheduled on the same date in Rowan County.
The North Carolina Department of Corrections has verified that Fielding is a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. He has a criminal history that includes felony counts of breaking & entering and possession of a firearm by a felon, plus two misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen goods and single misdemeanor counts of breaking & entering, carrying a concealed weapon, hit & run with failure to stop, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession a spring-loaded knife.
According to a news release issued by Catawba County Officials, from now until June 28, 2019, residents affected by the recent flooding can dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 to register for free cleanup assistance, such as mud-out, tarping and tree-cutting. Calls will be accepted between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. daily.
NC 2-1-1 will share the information with relief agencies in the area who will assist residents as they are able. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed to due expected overwhelming need.
This voluntary relief effort was initiated by Catawba County Emergency Services and is being coordinated by NC 2-1-1, the North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) and the nonprofit organization Crisis Cleanup.
NC 2-1-1 can also provide information about local resources for other needs, such as food, clothing and health and human services.
36-year-old Paul William Kennell was arrested Wednesday (June 12) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of possession of stolen goods and failure to appear on a felony. Kennell was arrested shortly before noon Wednesday at a residence on Devinney Street in Morganton. He was placed in jail under $27,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 8.
46-year-old George Earl Long of Clarks Chapel Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of statutory sex offense with a child by an adult and indecent liberties with a child. Long was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 22.
Henry Fork River Regional Recreation Park and the boardwalk at Glenn C. Hilton,
Jr. Memorial Park in Hickory have been reopened. All Hickory City parks are now open. However, the following park amenities remain closed until further notice:
The soccer fields at Henry Fork Regional Recreation Park are closed. The lower parking lot of Glenn C. Hilton, Jr. Memorial Park is closed until mud and debris can be removed. The Winkler Park hiking trail is closed for bridge repair.
Park visitors are asked to use caution around the playgrounds. Crews are in the process of replacing washed out ground cover in those areas and removing fallen trees from Fairbrook Optimist Dog Park and Cliff Teague Park.
Hickory Firefighters responded to a local fast food restaurant Wednesday (June 12). At 9:57 a.m. Wednesday, firefighters responded to Checkers at 1304 2nd Street NE. The first Hickory Fire Department engine arrived on the scene three minutes after the call and reported fire on the roof. They responded with three engines, one ladder truck, two command units, and additional support staff.
Firefighters were able to quickly contain and extinguish the fire. Catawba County EMS and the Hickory Police Department responded to assist with traffic control. No injuries were reported. Damages were reported to the grill, hood, and ventilation system. Fire investigators determined the cause of the fire to be cooking related.
A juvenile was apprehended in connection to an Alexander County stabbing incident. On Wednesday (June 12) shortly before 5 p.m., 911 received a call of a stabbing on Wood Road off Three Forks Church Road. Officers arrived on the scene and found a 39-year-old man with several stab wounds to the chest area.
Witnesses confirmed that a 14-year-old white juvenile female ran from the scene before officers arrived. Alexander County Sheriff's Officers established a perimeter on Wood Road, Three Forks Church Road and Highway 90 West. Off duty officers as well as on duty officers, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the Taylorsville Police Department, and Probation & Parole assisted with setting up the perimeter.
The Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit along with the NC Department of Public Safety blood hound K-9 assisted with the search. Shortly before 6:30 p.m. officers found the juvenile in a wooded area near the scene of the stabbing. She was taken into custody without incident.
Alexander County EMS was called to the scene to check the physical well-being of the juvenile. The victim was transported via helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries. The Juvenile Court Counselors Office from the Department of Juvenile Justice was contacted in reference to the incident. The investigation is continuing.
42-year-old Larry Van Clark and 42-year-old Bill Casey Hinson, both of Hickory, have been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Officers. They were each charged with larceny, possession of stolen goods, and conspiracy. Clark also faces charges for possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, & deliver a schedule I controlled substance, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Clark and Hinson are accused of taking property from the Lowe’s hardware and Walmart stores in Denver, N.C. An off-duty Officer reported that one of the men loaded a generator onto the back of a pickup truck at Lowe’s and then drove across the street to Walmart.
Deputies found the truck with the generator in the Walmart parking lot at about 8:30 p.m. on June 11. As Officers approached the truck, they saw the driver making suspicious movements in the vehicle. Deputies removed the man from the truck without incident. Multiple needles, a black pouch, and digital scales were found in the glove compartment. In the pouch, Deputies found various pills and possible illegal drugs in clear plastic bags. They also found a loaded .22 caliber handgun in the truck. The truck's driver, Larry Van Clark, was arrested and charged.
A witness told Officers a male and female had left the truck and gone into the store. Officers and Walmart security found the man, Bill Casey Hinson, as he was leaving the store. The female was still inside on a bench. On Hinson's person, Officers found two Gerber knives that had been taken from the sporting goods department. Hinson was taken into custody and charged. The female was not charged.
Clark was jailed under a $43,000 secured bond, while Hinson's bond was set at $10,000, secured. No court dates are currently listed.
A robbery at a Domino's Pizza in Newton is currently under investigation. This morning (June 12) shortly before 1:30, the The Newton Police Department responded to Domino’s at 2392 West NC 10 Highway, in reference to an armed robbery. Upon arrival, officers were told that a delivery driver was exiting the business when he was approached by two armed suspects who forced him back inside the store.
Once inside the store, the delivery driver was forced to the floor while the suspects encountered the store manager who was in the office. They forced the store manager to open the safe, but there was no money inside. The manager was then forced back to the office where the cash drawer and bank bags were found.
The suspects took an undisclosed amount of money from the office and left the business. Upon arrival officers began a search of the area but were unable to find the suspects. They were described as two men wearing Nike hoodies, masks and gloves. Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Lt. Nikki Lineberger of the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.