19-year-old Moelic Shiquam Lowrance of Bristol Creek Avenue in Morganton was arrested Sunday (December 18) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with indecent liberties with a child. The warrant is from 2015. Following the arrest, Lowrance was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for Tuesday (December 20).
One man has been charged in connection with a vehicle theft and chase. A three-year-old child was in the vehicle when it was stolen from a convenience store parking lot near High Shoals.
The incident occurred at Will’s Food Store in High Shoals around 9:45 a.m. Saturday (December 17) when two men arrived on the scene in a red passenger car. The driver of a white Chevrolet Silverado with the child inside pulled in to the gas pumps and went inside the store. One of the men in the passenger car jumped in the truck and left the scene driving toward Gaston County.
Lincoln County Communications notified Gaston County and the North Carolina Highway Patrol about the situation. Gaston County officers got behind the vehicle on Highway 321 and chased the truck over several roads before it entered South Carolina on Highway 321 just past Robinson Road. York County officers assisted in the chase of the stolen truck before it came back into North Carolina where Gaston County officers initiated a traffic stop on Myrtle School Road and the driver fled the scene on foot. Gaston County officers chased the driver for a short distance before taking him in custody. Officers estimated speeds in the chase exceeded 100 miles per hour.
An ambulance was dispatched to the scene to check out the three-year-old and the child was in good condition. Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies transported the parents to Gaston County to pick up the child and the stolen vehicle.
Detective Kelly Paris charged 39-year-old Timothy David French of Hartman Street in Gastonia with one felony count each of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen goods, and abduction of a child. He is also charged with one misdemeanor count of child abuse. Bond for French was set at $60,000 secured. He also faces charges in Gaston County. French was scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court today (Monday, December 19).
Four people have been charged with breaking into several Lincoln County churches. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office filed the charges Friday (December 16).
On Friday, Detectives Matt Burgess and Dan Snellings secured warrants in connection with church break-ins at Howard’s Creek Baptist Church, Long Shoals Wesleyan Church and Trinity Second Chance Church.
18-year-old Jesse Lee Lankford of Charleston Trail in Cherryville is charged with three counts apiece of breaking and entering to a place of worship, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, and conspiracy. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond.
26-year-old Kathrine Stewart Norrick of Black Street in Cherryville and 21-year-old Jonathan Tyler Beavers of Henderson Road in Bessemer City are both charged with three counts of breaking and entering to a place of worship, two counts of burglary and one count of conspiracy. Their Bond was set at $20,000 secured as well.
16-year-old Joshua Cody Ayers of Cherryville is charged with breaking and entering a place of worship, burglary, possession of stolen goods, and conspiracy to commit breaking and entering. Ayers was being held in Gaston County on separate charges. Lankford and Ayers were arrested Friday, Norrick and Beavers were arrested today (Monday, December 19).
During the investigation of the crimes, fingerprints were located that led to a suspect in the Breaking and Entering at Webb’s Chapel Church in Gaston County. The suspect was interviewed and that led to the identity of the suspects in the Lincoln County break-ins.
A suspect in the case also confessed to breaking into and stealing from two other area churches on December 4, 2016 but the names and locations of these churches are unknown by the suspects and no reports have been filed in these cases with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Lankford, Beavers, and Ayers were all scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court today. Norrick has a District Court date tomorrow (Tuesday, December 20).
Officials report there was an officer-involved shooting in southern Caldwell County early this morning (Monday, December 19).
Deputies with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic call at 1211 Dudley Shoals Road at 1:23 a.m. today.
There was an officer involved shooting during the call. No sheriff’s deputies were injured in the event.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) is in charge of the investigation. No further details were released. WHKY will keep you updated as we receive information.
The Hickory Police Department has released surveillance photos of the suspect involved in a December 14 robbery at the Holiday Inn Express on Highway 70 S.E. (first reported yesterday on WHKY).
Just after 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, Hickory Police responded to the hotel where a clerk said the suspect initially requested a room. The clerk asked for I.D. and credit card information. At that point, the suspect rushed around the front desk. He told the clerk he had a knife and demanded money. He left the hotel with an undisclosed sum of cash.
The suspect is described as a short, black male with a slim build. He has long dreads, a thin mustache and hair under his lip. The suspect fled the scene in a light-colored, four-door passenger car.
25-year-old Damon Shane Simpson of Dale Avenue in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives on one felony count each of uttering a forged instrument, possession of a counterfeit instrument and obtaining property by false pretenses.
Simpson is accused of passing a fraudulent check at Jones Exxon on Highway 16 South in Denver on October 20 of this year. On November 29, the victim notified the Sheriff’s Office that his bank had rejected the check because it was written on a non-existent account in the amount of $485. Simpson obtained goods and cash when he passed the fraudulent check.
Detective Greg Hager confirmed that Simpson passed the fraudulent check and obtained warrants for his arrest. Simpson was processed in the Haven A. Crouse Detention Center. He was released after posting a $7,500 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on January 5.
A press release issued at about 11:30 this morning (December 16) states that Morganton City workers are working to shut off water service on a section of Pax Hill Road to repair a water line break. About 40 customers on Pax Hill from Wagner Road to Jay Clark Road will be affected. Workers expect to have the line repaired in four to five hours, barring any unforeseen problems.
For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
26-year-old Cody Aaron Creel of Alabama was arrested Thursday (December 15) by Raleigh Police officers. He's charged in connection with a robbery that occurred in Raleigh Wednesday night (December 14), and was also identified as a suspect in a Statesville convenience store robbery.
Creel was stopped shortly after the Raleigh robbery in a black 2002 Toyota Tundra pickup truck. He had a black BB pistol in his possession. Creel was arrested by the Raleigh Police Department for Robbery and jailed under a $30,000 secured bond.
Based on the description of the suspect, the method used in the robbery, and after seeing the suspect’s photo, Creel was readily identified as the suspect in a robbery that occurred at Fast Phil's Citgo in Statesville.
Earlier today (Friday December 16), Corporal Garrett Deal of the Statesville Police Department obtained a warrant on Creel for robbery with a dangerous weapon. The Statesville charge will be filed against Creel in Raleigh at the Wake County Detention Center.
A Special Meeting of the City of Hickory's Bond Implementation Commission will be held on Tuesday (December 20) at 4:30 p.m. in the third floor conference room at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in Hickory.
The purpose of this Special Meeting is to review the latest conceptual drawings for the City Walk and Gateways.
24-year-old Matthew Larry Shumate of Parrots Chapel Road in Sevierville, Tennessee has been charged by the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers with second-degree kidnapping, breaking & entering a motor vehicle, felony possession of methamphetamine, felony attempted common law robbery, resisting a public officer, damage to real property, damage to personal property and possession of drug paraphernalia.
His arrest stems from a motor vehicle chase earlier this week involving Officers with the Sheriff’s Interstate Criminal Enforcement (I.C.E.) Team. Shumate was arrested at the dead end on Carl Austin Road in Statesville. Witness statements were gathered and surveillance video and in-car video were reviewed, resulting in the latest charges against Shumate.
Various local charges and out-of-state fugitive warrants were filed against Shumate earlier this week. Those charges include two counts each of fleeing to elude arrest and larceny of a motor vehicle. He was given a $15,000 secured bond for the local charges and was held without bond on the out-of-state warrants. Following yesterday’s (December 15) charges, bond was increased to $200,000, secured. Shumate was scheduled to appear in District Court in Iredell County today and again on January 3.
37-year-old Shane Edward Brazell of 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:40 yesterday afternoon on three felony counts of failure to appear and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear.
The charges come in connection to an April 2015 larceny at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. As a result of that incident, Brazell faces felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Brazell was taken into custody without incident yesterday on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for February 6 in Newton.
17-year-old Sulayman Admeer Williams of 23rd Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:30 last night (December 15) on one felony count of breaking & entering and one misdemeanor count of breaking & entering.
He was charged in connection to a break-in to the activity building at Mount Olive Lutheran Church on North Center Street in Hickory. The break-in occurred sometime after December 4. The suspect made entry through an unsecured window that was damaged as the result of a previous break-in.
In the most recent incident, the building was vandalized with graffiti. Paint was spilled on the floor and equipment in the kitchen was damaged. It’s not clear how Williams was identified as a suspect or if any other suspects were involved.
Williams was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today in Newton.
42-year-old Donnie Ellis Ward of Swan Drive in Lenoir was found unresponsive in his cell just after midnight Thursday morning (December 15) at Central Prison in Raleigh. Corrections and medical staff initiated CPR, but Ward was later declared dead, the result of an apparent suicide.
The State Capitol Police Department is investigating Ward’s death.
Ward was being held at Central Prison as a pre-trial detainee. He had been scheduled to appear in Superior Court on January 9 in Wilkes County.
Ward was awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge for the November 2015 shooting death of Eleuterio Vasquez Petrez of Abernathy Street in Lenoir. Mr. Petrez, who was 38 at the time of his death, was killed in Wilkes County’s Mount Zion community.
Prysmian Group, a global cable producer serving the energy and telecom industries, is expanding its manufacturing facility in Claremont, North Carolina. The company’s $20 million investment is expected to create 50 new jobs over the next three years, with an average wage of approximately $47,000. These new jobs will be a mix of hourly production workers, hourly technicians and salaried managers/engineers.
Prysmian’s expansion in Catawba County is facilitated in part by a $500,000 grant to the City of Claremont from the Building Reuse Program, under the Rural Development Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce. This grant will aid Prysmian in undertaking a significant renovation at their existing facility. Local incentives will be based on job creation and an investment performance standard and will be considered in a public session by local governing boards.
Prysmian’s expansion will continue to restore fiber optical operations that were previously discontinued in 2003. The project builds from a pilot phase that was successfully completed in 2015, with new state-of-the-art preform and fiber drawing operations and will reach full capability within three years. The new equipment is expected to provide supply chain advantages and improved quality control for the Catawba County operation due to less reliance on external suppliers of preform assemblies.
Hiring will begin immediately. To apply for employment contact the Catawba County office of the NC Works Career Center at 828-466-5535. They're located at 403 Conover Station SE in Conover. You can also apply online at www.ncworks.gov.