Another road closing is announced due to flooding in Caldwell County.
Cottrell Hill Road at the intersection of Severt Circle is closed to the flooding of Lower Creek. Residents can access the western end of Cottrell Road by the Zacks Fork Road and the eastern end by Wildwood Road.
The Indian Grave Road at the intersection of highway 321 north of Lenoir in Caldwell County remains closed due to flooding. Residents driving in the area are advised to use the northern entrance to Indian Grave Road at either Steele Town Road or Highway 268.
There are unofficial reports that up to three inches of rain has fallen around Caldwell County. Citizens are advised to use extreme caution while driving.
25-year-old Gideon Adedotun Aderounmu of Winterberry Ridge Court in Winston Salem has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for felony first-degree kidnapping. He also faces charges for D.W.I., driving while license revoked and an open container violation.
He was arrested at about 10:45 Monday morning (February 1) after Deputies were notified of a domestic dispute in a vehicle traveling eastbound on Interstate 40. Deputy W.H. Goforth stopped the vehicle at mile-marker 157.
Dep. Goforth spoke to the vehicle’s two occupants, who were ex-boyfriend and girlfriend. The female was from Asheville and the male was from Winston-Salem. The female told Deputies that she and the male, Gideon Aderounmu, had gotten into an argument and pulled to the side of the interstate. When the woman got out of the vehicle, Aderounmu locked her out and got into the driver’s seat.
After a brief time, the suspect unlocked the vehicle. The woman said that as she was getting into the vehicle, Aderounmu accelerated quickly while her legs were still outside. The woman said she repeatedly told the suspect to stop the vehicle, but he refused.
Aderounmu was arrested and charged accordingly. He was placed in the Iredell County jail without bond on the kidnapping charge, with bond for the D.W.I. set at $1,000, secured. He will appear in District Court on February 15.
Due to heavy rainfall and flooding along the Old Johns River Road in Collettsville, some students living in that area are being released early from school. Approximately four families are affected by the increase in water levels.
Students living in this area will be released from school early and transported safely home. Parents have been contacted by the school and are aware of the early dismissal.
The district is in close communication with Caldwell Emergency Services for advisement on other releases and modifications to bus transportation.
The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for Caldwell County that is in effect until 4:45 pm. Caldwell County Emergency Services reported that approximately two inches of rain has fallen in the area since early morning.
Citizens are advised to use extreme caution while driving.
51-year-old Byron Bernard Knox was arrested Tuesday (February 2) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts of statutory sex offense.
On January 10, 2016, a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office that alleged a 15 year old child had been sexually assaulted by an acquaintance. The report was assigned to Detective Sergeant Jason Lowrance of the Special Victims Unit. The victim was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center.
During the course of the investigation, Detective Lowrance interviewed additional witnesses. As a result of the investigation Knox was arrested and charged. Following the arrest, Knox was taken before a magistrate where he received a bond of $75,000. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, February 3).
Indian Grave Road north of Lenoir in Caldwell County is closed due to flooding. The road is closed at the intersection with Highway 321 North. Residents driving in the area are advised to use the northern entrance to Indian Grave Road at either Steele Town Road or Highway 268. Around two inches of rain has fallen in the area since early morning according to Caldwell County Emergency Services. Citizens are advised to use extreme caution while driving.
35-year-old Joshua Ray Denton was arrested Tuesday (February 2) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of controlled substance in prison or jail. Following his arrest, Denton was placed in jail under $5,500 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for Thursday (February 4) in Morganton.
Hickory Police are investigating the theft of a large quantity of pain medication from a local nursing home.
Between November 11 of last year and yesterday (February 2), nearly 600 pills, including hydrocodone and oxycodone, were taken from the Brookdale Hickory Northeast assisted living facility on 16th Street N.E. The value of the stolen pills was estimated at $11,400.
An acquaintance first noticed the missing pills. Management looked into the situation and confirmed that various meds had come up missing. Medication was taken from multiple persons. Several people may have had access to the medication. There are no confirmed suspects at this time.
Management filed a report with Hickory Police yesterday. The investigation is ongoing.
45-year-old James Allen Norville was arrested Tuesday (February 3) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Norville was placed in jail in Morganton where he is being held under $78,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for March 14.
27-year-old Dominique Terrell Stinson of 1st Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (February 2) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony probation violation. The probation was imposed on a charge of possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Stinson was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 3.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to seek suspects on the agency’s Most Wanted List.
32-year-old Lenard Cowan is wanted for fail to report address as a sex offender, obtaining property by false pretense, larceny, and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Cowan's last known address was 112 Ashleybrook Lane in Statesville.
39-year-old Audie Williams is wanted on a charge of felony larceny. Williams' last known address was 115 Fred Lane in Mooresville.
48-year-old Craig Wilson is wanted by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of fail to register as a sex offender. Wilson’s last known address was 439 Rinehardt Road in Mooresville.
You can see the entire Most Wanted List at www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on the whereabouts of any of these most wanted suspects contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180.