34-year-old Justin Alan Hammonds of Melrose Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (October 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Hammonds was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 15).
Catawba County Public Health Assistant Director Jennifer McCracken was named Interim Director by the Catawba County Board of Health on October 14. Ms. McCracken will step into the position on October 24 following the departure of current director Doug Urland. As Interim Director, McCracken will provide organizational leadership for Public Health while the Board of Health conducts a search for a new director.
Ms. McCracken joined Public Health in 1998 and was named Assistant Director in 2016. She supervises professional, clinical, and administrative functions in the planning, organizing, and direction of the department. A registered nurse, McCracken’s Public Health career includes the oversight of clinical and care management programs as Health Services Manager and leadership of the department’s Children’s Services division and Early Childhood Support Team.
During her tenure with Public Health, McCracken has contributed significant leadership toward several award-winning initiatives, including innovative health services partnerships with Catawba Valley Health System, Catawba Pediatric Associates, and Gaston Family Health Services. She has also been a key leader on Public Health’s accreditation team, which recently earned a perfect score from the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board.
McCracken earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Certificate in Public Health Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration from Appalachian State University.
35-year-old Brittany Miquel Ford of Eastview Street in Hudson was arrested Monday (October 14) by Hudson Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and three counts of failure to appear. Ford was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $6,000 secured bond. District Court dates are scheduled for Wednesday (October 16) and November 4.
21-year-old Rocky Dwain Fowler III of Woodcrest Drive in Lenoir was arrested Monday (October 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle. Fowler was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Monday.
36-year-old Jamie Lee Call of Glenn Dancy Road in Hays was arrested Monday (October 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of speeding to elude arrest and possession of a stolen motor vehicle along with two counts of resisting a public officer. Call was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $53,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Monday (October 14).
54-year-old Carl Gabriel Coffey, Jr. and 21-year-old Katie Lynn Woody, both of the same NE Carolina Drive, Lenoir, address, were arrested Monday (October 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. Coffey is charged with felony counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, and manufacture, sale, or delivery of controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school. Woody is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine.
Following their arrests, both suspects were brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center. Coffey's bond was set at $250,000 secured, Woody received a $10,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (October 15).
51-year-old Jonathan Darrell Barus of Pope Drive in Newton was arrested Monday (October 14) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Barus was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for November 4.
A photo of the possible suspect in a fatal hit and run collision involving a bicyclist in northern Caldwell County has been released. The incident occurred last Thursday (October 10) on U.S. 221 near Grandfather Mountain. 61-year-old Ignacio Giraldo was struck by a minivan while he was cycling with a group including his daughter. Giraldo passed away over the weekend.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol obtained images of the suspect and vehicle after receiving a tip that the minivan was spotted at a gas station in Boone. The charcoal gray 2005-2010 Toyota Sienna minivan will be missing a large piece of the right front bumper, has a significantly damaged windshield on the passenger side, and damage to the passenger side mirror. The rear of the minivan contains numerous stickers to include Batman, YETI, and UNC Tarheel stickers.
The possible suspect is a white male, 50-60 years of age, with a white or gray beard, and may be wearing glasses. Anyone with information in encouraged to contact the SHP Troop F Communications Center at 828-466-5500.
A man who authorities say is a validated gang member is being sought on multiple charges. 26-year-old Maurice Dennard Jacobs of Red Oak Drive in Statesville is wanted for three felony counts of financial card theft, two felony counts of identity theft, and a single felony count of breaking and entering.
On August 28, 2019 the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported larceny of a debit card from a residence on East Greenbriar Road. The victim told the responding deputies that her debit card was stolen, and it had been used at a local business on August 26 for an unauthorized transaction of $150.
While detectives were investigating the larceny of the debit card the victim had the debit card replaced by the bank. On September 13, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a breaking and entering during which two debit cards had been stolen from the same residence off East Greenbriar Road.
It was determined that one of the debit cards was used shortly after the victim left her residence at a local business for an unauthorized transaction of $120. Detectives identified the suspect as Maurice Dennard Jacobs, the victim’s former boyfriend.
Jacobs is a validated blood gang member by the North Carolina Department of Corrections, he is also listed as an absconder by the North Carolina Department of Probation and Parole.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Jacobs, contact the Iredell/Statesville Crime Stoppers at (704) 662-1340 or the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at (704) 878-3100.
25-year-old James Wallace Clark of Stagecoach Trail in Lenoir was arrested last Thursday (October 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Clark was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 14).
The final spot has been determined in the City of Hickory Board of Alderman or Council election. Nathan Hefner will match up with Danny Seaver in Ward 3. Hefner won a coin toss against Daria Jackson today (October 14) after the two gained the same amount of votes in last Tuesday's primary election.
The Ward 1 race is between Carmen Eckard and Tony Wood and in Ward 2 Charlotte Williams competes against Ernie Masche. Listen to "First Talk With Hal Row" this week on WHKY Radio for interviews with all of the candidates. In addition, candidates will appear on WHKY-TV News throughout the week.
UPDATE: At the request of the Hickory Police Department, the Silver Alert for Brooke Elise Stephens has been canceled. A Police spokesperson told WHKY that she is safe and is back with her family. The notice of cancellation was issued shortly after 10 a.m. today (October 14). No further details are available.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman. She is 20-year-old Brooke Elise Stephens, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Ms. Stephens is a white female. She is 5'4" and weighs 115 pounds. She has long black hair and brown eyes. Ms. Stephens was wearing jeans, a brown belt with a large silver buckle, and black high heels. She was last seen at a residence on Fourth Avenue N.W. in Hickory.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Brooke Elise Stephens should call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.
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41-year-old Eric Lee Bentley of Black Oak Ridge Road in Taylorsville was arrested Sunday (October 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Bentley was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 14).
24-year-old Gonzalo Salinas-Cisheros of St. James Church Road in Conover was arrested this morning (October 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of murder.
Sunday at 11:44 p.m. deputies responded to a report of people being shot at a residence on White Tail Circle in Conover. When deputies arrived they discovered two people deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. The victims were identified as 43-year-old Brandi Rodriguez and 24-year-old Jessie Rodriguez, who were mother and son. Next of Kin has been notified.
Salinas–Cisheros was arrested early this morning at the White Tail Circle residence and was charged with the two counts of Murder. He was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility where he was being held without bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today. The investigation is continuing as authorities work to determine a motive.