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18-year-old Austin Michael Neece of Mount Gilead Church Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Friday (June 12) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

According to a news release issued Monday (June 15) by the Burke County Sheriff's Office, On Friday, Officers received information that Austin Michael Neece was at his residence and that he may be in possession of a firearm. Neece was wanted for several pending Indictments and other outstanding warrants.

Detectives approached the rear of the residence through the woods and waited for uniform deputies to approach from the front. When the uniformed deputies approached Neece, he tried to remove a handgun from his waistband, but he was quickly taken into custody prior to fully removing the weapon. The serial number of the handgun had been removed making it illegal. Also during the arrest, a small baggy was found in his wallet that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Following the arrest, Neece was placed in jail under $184,000 bond. He was scheduled to make a District Court appearance Monday, his next appearance in District Court is July 6. Neece is also scheduled to appear in Superior Court July 13 and 27.

21-year-old Brandon Lee Buchanan of Halman Drive in Crouse was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4 a.m. today (June 15) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while impaired and careless & reckless driving.

Buchanan was arrested after Police responded to an incident in which a vehicle struck a light pole at Highway 70 S.E. and 8th Street Drive S.E. No one was injured. At the conclusion of the accident investigation, a search was conducted, leading to the discovery of one gram of methamphetamine and a pipe.

Buchanan was arrested and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,500, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.

Monday, 15 June 2015 13:58

Vehicle Stop Leads to Felony Cocaine Arrest

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52-year-old Dennis Cary Starnes of Corkie Drive in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:30 Friday afternoon (June 12) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He was arrested when Police spotted a 2005 GMC Envoy driven by Starnes due to the vehicle’s tinted windows. The vehicle was pulled in the Sub Station II parking lot on Highway 70 S.W. A search turned up 0.4 grams of crack cocaine and one acetaminophen-hydrocodone pill.

Starnes was taken into custody without incident and the vehicle was impounded. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $6,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (June 15) in Newton.

43-year-old Michael Dean Campbell of 10th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:15 a.m. Friday (June 12). He was charged as an habitual felon.

The charges stem from an arrest in October of 2014 when Officers responded to a suspicious vehicle behind an apartment on the 700 block of “F” Avenue S.E. in Hickory. A subsequent search led to the discovery of 0.5 grams of crack cocaine and one gram of marijuana.

Christopher Andrew Godrey was also arrested at the time.

Following his arrest Friday, Campbell was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court on June 19 in Newton on the habitual felon and felony crack cocaine charges.

Carolina Nonwovens has announced plans to create 62 new jobs at a new manufacturing facility in Maiden. The company will consolidate two current facilities from outside Catawba County into the new location. The new 100,000 square foot facility in Catawba County will be the home for another supplier to the automotive industry.

Carolina Nonwovens, a subsidiary of National Spinning Company in operation since 1921, develops and produces thermo bonded nonwovens for acoustic insulation for the automotive and appliance industries, thermal and acoustical insulation for the building industry, and foam replacements for the institutional and juvenile bedding market.

The announcement was made possible in part by a One NC Fund grant of $70,000 announced today by Governor McCrory, the Economic Development Partnership of NC and NC Department of Commerce. Local incentives will be based on job creation and investment performance standard and will be considered in public session at the local governing boards’ next regularly scheduled meetings.

Monday, 15 June 2015 11:06

Man Arrested On Strangulation Charge

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48-year-old Tommy Wilson Wiley of Elmwood Road in Statesville was arrested Saturday (June 13) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation.

On Saturday Deputy D.C. Neill and Deputy William Goforth were dispatched by communications to investigate a domestic dispute at 133 Elmwood Road in Statesville. When Deputy Neill arrived on the scene he spoke with Rebekah Lynn Brewster. Ms. Brewster advised that her boyfriend’s father, Tommy Wilson Wiley had become angry and choked her with both hands while she was lying in bed that morning. Ms. Brewster had visible marks around her neck from where she was choked. Ms. Brewster stated that while she was being choked she was unable to breathe.

Deputy Neill then spoke with Edith Marlene Wiley, who was a witness to the assault. Mrs. Wiley stated when she heard the dispute taking place she walked into the bedroom and saw Wiley on top of the victim. Deputy Neill collected written statements from both Ms. Brewster and Ms. Wiley.

Deputies Neill and Goforth then placed Tommy Wilson Wiley under arrest. He was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where bond was set at $2500. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

Monday, 15 June 2015 11:02

Harmony Man Faces Felony B&E Charge

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33-year-old Anthony Lee Fletcher of Kimmon Road in Harmony has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on May 6 when Sheriff’s Officers responded to a reported breaking & entering at an address on “B” Street in Statesville. The victim reported that his jewelry and medication had been stolen.

Detectives spoke to several witnesses and were able to develop Anthony Lee Fletcher as a suspect. Detectives attempted several times to locate the suspect for questioning, but Fletcher was able to avoid the Officers. Detectives then located a friend of the suspect who provided information about Fletcher’s whereabouts.

Detectives found and questioned Fletcher, who confessed to breaking into the home and stealing the victim’s jewelry, medication and $50 in cash.

Fletcher was arrested and given a $5,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for last Friday (June 12) in Statesville. His next court date is scheduled for July 1.

22-year-old Michael Davone Jones of Far Rockaway, New York was arrested at about 3 p.m. last Tuesday (June 9) on a fugitive warrant for possession of firearms.

He was arrested when Officers with Iredell County’s Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team stopped a Mitsubishi passenger car for traffic violations on I-77 South at Tomlin Mill Road. The vehicle was driven by Michael Davone Jones. Jones was headed from Surry County to Charlotte to visit friends.

During the course of the stop, Jones said he had left his license at home in New York. While talking to Jones, Deputies saw a Pennsylvania ID on the console. After further investigation, Deputies learned that Jones was entered by New York City Police in a national database as a person wanted on gun charges with full extradition anywhere in the United States.

Jones was arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was held under a $100,000 bond. He is awaiting extradition back to New York to stand trial.

The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the 2015-16 Fiscal Year budget at tonight’s (Monday, June 15) regular meeting. There is no tax increase in the proposed financial plan for the upcoming year. In addition tonight, under items for decision, Commissioners will vote on displaying the national motto on the county office plaza and courthouse facades, they’ll vote on the appointment of an interim Library Director, and the proposed Fiscal Year 2015-16 Health Department Fee Schedule. This evening’s Caldwell County Board of Commissioners meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the City/County Meeting Room at the Alden E. Starnes Administration Building in downtown Lenoir.

It's not even officially summer yet but forecasters are calling for an extended stretch of hot weather with temperatures expected to climb into the 90s for the next several days. Highs are predicted to reach at least the lower 90s through at least next Monday, the mercury could rise into the mid to upper 90s some days during that stretch.

Health officials offer some tips to deal with the extreme heat. During heat waves, people can run into some serious heat-related health problems, especially children under four, people over 65, and those who are obese, already ill, or taking medications. And heat can be a problem indoors or outdoors.

Medical professionals say prolonged exposure to heat and insufficient body fluid can result in heat exhaustion. It's symptoms can include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness headache and nausea or vomiting.

Heat exhaustion can affect the elderly, people with high blood pressure, and those who work outside.

Heat can also lead to other, more serious problems. Normally, our bodies can cool down by sweating, but in extreme heat, the body can lose its ability to regulate temperature. The sweating function fails, and body temperature rises rapidly, resulting in heat stroke. Heat stroke is a serious medical condition that can damage the brain and other organs, and even be fatal. Heat stroke symptoms can vary, but you want to watch out for red, hot and dry skin; rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion and unconsciousness.

To avoid heat-related illness, drink plenty of nonalcoholic fluids, pace yourself when working outdoors, replace salts and minerals, wear lightweight clothing, seek air conditioning, and take cold showers. Use common sense. Schedule your outdoor activities to avoid the hottest parts of the day, and use a buddy system if necessary to keep watch on those at high risk.

If you don't have air conditioning where you live, try to find a public place that does, such as a mall or library. Even just a few hours of air conditioning a day can reduce the risk of heat-related illness.