The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating an accident that reportedly sent three people to the hospital. The head-on collision shut down a portion of Highway 64 in Burke County this morning (Monday, June 13).
According to reports, two vehicles were traveling at a high rate of speed on U.S. 64 when one vehicle crossed the center line and collided with the other vehicle. The accident occurred just south of Morganton.
Published reports say three people were transported to the hospital, one by helicopter. The reports say two people remain in critical condition. A spokesman for the State Highway Patrol in Morganton told WHKY that more information on the accident would be released later in the day.
54-year-old Bryan Lee Parks of 7th Avenue Court S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 6 p.m. yesterday (June 12) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested when Police at Kiwanis Park in Hickory saw a large group of people gathered around an individual pushing a moped on 7th Avenue S.E. Officers learned that the man, Bryan Parks, had a knife on his person. As Police secured the knife, they found 1.9 grams of crack cocaine and 1.7 grams of marijuana.
Parks was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (June 13) in Hickory.
20-year-old Kaslyn McMahan Wallace of Williams Drive and 28-year-old Nicholas Brennan Hand of Starnes Lane, both from Taylorsville, were arrested by Hickory Police at 10:20 Saturday night. Wallace was charged with one felony count each of sale of delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver schedule II, III and IV controlled substances, plus on misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Hand faces misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance (two counts).
They were arrested after Officers on patrol at Twin Cedars on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. saw several subjects standing near a vehicle in the parking lot. Nicholas Hand was in the driver’s seat. Officers spoke to Hand a learned that he had a handgun. As they removed Hand from the vehicle, Officers saw several pills in the driver`s side door. Those included one Morphine Sulphate, three Oxycontin and five Clonazepam.
Officers then searched the vehicle. In the glove box, on the passenger side where Kasylyn Wallace had been seated, Police found four Zolpidem Tartrate pills and one syringe containing a dark colored liquid. In addition, Officers found five plastic straws with white powder residue and one syringe in the zipper pouch in Wallace`s green bag. Finally, on Wallace’s person, Police found ten Clonazepam, 29 Morphine Sulfate, oneDiazepam and one Buprenorphine Hydrochloride.
Both subjects were taken into custody without incident. Wallace was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facilty under a $100,000 secured bond, while Hand was given a $1,500 secured bond. Hand has since been released. A first appearance for Wallace was set for today (June 13). Hand will appear in District Court on October 11.
30-year-old Jessica Danielle Laws of NW Harrington Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (June 10) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of LSD. Following the arrest, Laws was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, June 13).
18-year-old Kaitlyn Marie Coronado of Main Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7 p.m. Friday (June 10) on one felony count of first-degree arson and one misdemeanor count of simple assault & battery.
She was arrested after Police responded to a disturbance at Coronado’s residence. Officers arrived to find various household items on fire on the front lawn. They also located a 22-year-old male assault victim in the basement. He had been struck in the face. No medical treatment was required.
Coronado was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention facility where she was initially held without bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (June 13) in Newton.
An officer-involved fatal shooting remains under investigation in Iredell County.
On Friday (June 10) at 9:41 p.m. the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a civil disturbance at 124 Estes Road. Deputies arrived at the scene and it was determined to be a domestic situation.
After deputies arrived they were told the suspect, 29-year-old Clayton Thomas Millsaps of Brookhaven Road in Statesville, was harassing the people who live at that address. Millsaps had also reportedly issued threats earlier in the evening in Harmony.
According to a news release from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, While deputies were speaking with the callers, the suspect ran from a concealed location at the edge of a wooded area. Millsaps was armed with an aluminum ball bat, he immediately began assaulting one of the individuals he had knocked to the ground with the bat. The news release says the suspect then assaulted another victim with the bat who had tried to intervene.
During the assault deputies tried to intervene, at this time Millsaps, who was still armed with the bat, charged them while swinging the bat at deputies. Deputies had been giving and continued to give commands for the suspect to stop and drop the bat during the entire altercation. As Millsaps charged and closed in on deputies they were forced to fire killing the suspect.
The news release says the investigation is ongoing, but it appears the deputies responded appropriately to the threat they and the others were faced with.
The Deputies involved were David Golden, and Danny Wyatt. They both have more than ten years in Law Enforcement and are on administrative leave which is normal procedure. Standard procedure is for the State Bureau of Investigation to investigate the officer involved shooting.
35-year-old Adam Wade Whitt of Hartland Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (June 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with statutory rape when the victim is four to six years younger than the defendant, first degree rape when the victim is 15-years-old or younger, and two counts of indecent liberties with a child. Whitt was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $500,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for July 25.
42-year-old Nathan Eugene Story of Barcose Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (June 10) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony indecent liberties with a child. Story was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 25.
With the school year now over for students, North Carolinians will be starting to hit the road for their summer vacations. The North Carolina Department of Justice has issued a news release giving citizens tips to assist them if their travel plans include renting a vacation property. NCDOJ wants travelers to be sure to know their rights as a vacation renter.
North Carolina’s Vacation Rental Act , which protects consumers who rent a vacation property for fewer than 90 days, requires that you receive a written rental agreement detailing your rights and obligations as a tenant, including what you’ll pay, the rights and obligations of the landlord and/or real estate brokers, the amount of security deposit required and how the deposit will be held, and any additional fees required to rent the property. With your signature, you agree to abide by the terms of the rental agreement. The landlord must do the same, and is also required to keep the property safe and habitable.
When nature interrupts your vacation there are certain things travelers need to know. If the threat of a hurricane, wildfire or other disaster causes a mandatory evacuation and the landlord didn’t offer you rental insurance, you must be refunded for each night you can’t stay at the property. If you declined the insurance, no refund is required. For North Carolinians who will be vacationing out of state it is recommended that you check with the Attorney General’s Office or a consumer protection agency in that state to determine your rights.
Consumers can file complaints about vacation rental problems with Cooper’s office by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within North Carolina or by filing a complaint online at ncdoj.gov. Consumers who rented a property through a real estate or property management company can also contact the North Carolina Real Estate Commission at www.ncrec.gov or (919) 875-3700 with questions or complaints.
Three suspects on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List have been arrested. All three suspects were arrested last Tuesday (June 7).
29-year-old Jeffrey Scott Icard of Connelly Springs, who had been on the Most Wanted List since June 3, is charged with misdemeanor failure to appear, along with felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, forgery of an instrument, and uttering a forged instrument. Icard is not listed as an inmate in Burke County. He's scheduled to appear in Superior Court July 11.
27-year-old Marshall Shane Freeman of Windy Hill Drive in Valdese, who had been on the Most Wanted List since April 16, faces multiple charges following his arrest. Those charges include larceny, forgery and uttering, failure to appear, and probation violation. Freeman was being held in jail under $98,000 secured bond. His next appearance is scheduled for District Court on Wednesday (June 15).
31-year-old Alicia Nicole Freeman of Fat Avenue in Valdese, who had also been on the Most Wanted List since April 16, was arrested and is now facing several charges. Those charges include larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, four counts of larceny, two counts of failure to appear, forgery and uttering, and obtaining property by false pretense. Freeman was jailed in Morganton under $121,000 secured bond. Her next appearance is scheduled for District Court June 27.
You can see the Most Wanted List at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, you can call the Burke County Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500 or e-mail email@example.com. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers.
27-year-old Christopher Markel Propst of 1st Street SE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (June 11) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with six counts of trafficking in cocaine, and single counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Propst was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $300,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, June 13).
A seven-year-old boy was killed over the weekend in Catawba County in an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle. According to published reports, the incident occurred just before 6 p.m. on Friday. Reports say Travis Belton was at his great-grandfather's house on Golden Apple Way in Conover. He was helping his uncle unload an ATV from a truck and put it in the garage, when he asked if he could hop on for the short ride.
According to reports, within minutes, his family said something happened and the ATV flipped over onto Travis. The boy was transported to the hospital, where he later died from head injuries. Travis was not wearing a helmet when the accident occurred, one report says it is believed a helmet could have saved his life.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident, they have determined that alcohol was not involved.
A memorial was held for Travis Belton at his school, Lyle Creek Elementary.
25-year-old Kyle Clifton Jones of Balls Creek School Road in Newton was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers Wednesday (June 8) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Jones was wanted in Saint Tammany Parish, Louisiana for a probation violation in connection to a charge of possession of Oxycodone, which is a schedule II controlled substance.
Jones was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. He’ll appear in District Court on June 16 in Newton.
25-year-old William Joseph McCurdy of Statesville and 35-year-old Jeremy David Gullett of West Virginia were both arrested this morning (Friday, June 10) by Statesville Police Officers. They're each charged with first degree burglary and armed robbery.
This morning at 12:06, Statesville Police Officers responded to a reported home invasion and armed robbery at a residence in the 2300 Block of James Way Drive. It was discovered that the homeowners awoke to find two suspects wearing masks in the living room of their residence. One suspect was holding a machine gun style weapon and the other suspect was armed with a knife. The suspects took various jewelry and other valuable items and then fled the scene. No one in the residence was injured.
Investigators responded to the scene and began a follow up investigation. During their investigation, the two suspects were developed and questioned. McCurdy and Gullett were each placed in the Iredell County Jail under $150,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.