26-year-old Jessie Lynn Dakota Anders of S.W. Waycross Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday (August 14) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. No further information is available. Following his arrest, Anders was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $300,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.
28-year-old Ronnie Franklin Boughman, Jr. of 35th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (August 14) for felony possession of methamphetamine and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. Following his arrest, Boughman was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $10,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday in Lenoir.
At about 6:37 a.m. yesterday (August 14), Hickory Firefighters responded to a fire alarm at CTH/Sherrill Occasional, 2425 Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Firefighters responded with two engines, a ladder truck, and one command unit.
Upon arrival at 6:40 a.m., Firefighters found the building had been evacuated and the sprinkler system had activated. A fire in the building's break room was contained by the sprinkler system. Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire and determine its source.
No injuries were reported. Damages to the break room were considered moderate. Fire Investigators determined that the fire was caused by a lighting strike.
38-year-old Kristin Leigh Benfield of Winchester Drive S.E. in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday for possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of stolen property, misdemeanor larceny, and resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer. Following her arrest, Benfield was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $17,500 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.
32-year-old Brittany Anne McCarty of Balls Creek Road in Newton has been arrested by Maiden Police on charges of possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was jailed yesterday (August 14) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
27-year-old Garon Christopher Bean of Sassafras Lane in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:15 Tuesday night (August 13) for two felony probation violations and four counts of failure to appear. Bean failed to appear in court on charges of D.W.I., uttering a forged instrument, obtaining property by false pretense, and a felony probation violation. The case dates back to December of 2017 with Bean's initial arrest coming in March of 2018. The suspect is on probation as he serves a 30-month suspended sentence following a July 2018 felony conviction in Catawba County for uttering a forged instrument and obtaining property by false pretense.
Bean was taken into custody without incident Tuesday at a grocery store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $41,500, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for August 19 in Newton. He has another Superior Court date coming up on September 19 and a District Court appearance set for September 23.
31-year-old Marcus Allen Rudisill, 37-year-old Jason Keith Reichard, 29-year-old Brittany Danielle Sain, 42-year-old Billy Clay Everhart, and 36-year-old Kasey Lea Hice have all been arrested by authorities in Caldwell County. Three of the suspects are from the same address on Spruce Street in Rhodhiss. Reichard is from Peace Haven Drive in Newton and Everhart has an address on Everhart Court in Lenoir.
Rudisill was charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance. Reichard faces felony counts of trafficking in meth and maintaining a vehicle to keep or store a controlled substance. Sain was charged with felony possession of meth. Everhart was arrested for failure to pay child support and Hice was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
They were arrested early Wednesday morning (August 14) when a multi-agency search warrant operation was executed by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s SWAT Team at an address on Spruce Street in Rhodhiss. Assisting were the Hickory Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. The search warrant was issued following an undercover controlled purchase of methamphetamine.
Agents found a total of approximately 56 grams of meth. Also seized were digital scales, baggies, and other paraphernalia. The meth has an estimated street value of $8,400.
All four suspects were taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center. Bond for Rudisill was set at $30,000, secured. Reichard was held under a $40,000 secured bond. Sain’s bond was set at $10,000, secured. Everhart was given a $1,618 cash bond, while Hice was placed under a $2,000 secured bond. Rudisill, Reichard, and Sain will make first appearances in District Court today (August 15) in Lenoir. Everhart will appear in court on August 27 and Hice has a court date set for September 16.
The City of Lenoir has opened a new fire station, which is the city’s third. Fire Station No. 3 is located at 1015 Wilkesboro Boulevard N.E. in Lenoir.
About 100 people gathered on the lawn at the station Monday afternoon (August 12) to dedicate and officially open the new facility. After Fire Chaplain Jason Hines blessed the station, Fire Chief Ken Hair and retired City of Lenoir Fire Chief Bobby Coffey uncoupled a fire hose and officially opened Fire Station No. 3. Attendees were welcomed in to tour the station.
Station No. 3 will house one fire engine, four Firefighters, and a Battalion Chief. The new firehouse will provide faster response to the eastern part of the city. The new station has five bedrooms, a conference room, a commercial kitchen, and a multi-bay garage to house Engine No. 3 and other equipment. The building also incorporates natural gas heating.
City staff had planned to build a new fire station on Tremont Park Drive N.E., but the initial bids came in over budget. As an alternative, City Manager Scott Hildebran, City Council, and staff worked out a deal with Mac Martin to purchase his property on Wilkseboro Boulevard. The building was up-fitted for the new fire station
The city also received a $1,360,000 zero-interest, 10-year loan from Blue Ridge Energy to help fund the station. Blue Ridge Energy secured funding for the loan through the U.S.D.A.'s Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant program.
Blue Ridge Energy Board of Directors President Jeff Joines said the company also helped fund new fire trucks for the Gamewell Volunteer Fire Department and Patterson Volunteer Fire Department. Joines lives about a mile from the new station.
Chief Hair plans to host an open house at Station No. 3 during Fire Prevention Week in October.
29-year-old Willie Furman Ferguson IV of NW Calvary Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Ferguson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Thursday (August 15).
28-year-old Siegfred Albert Jackson of Carefree Court in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (August 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Following the arrest, Jackson was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (August 14).
22-year-old Emerald Skye Martin of Highway 268 in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and possession of a stolen firearm. Martin was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (August 15).
31-year-old Amanda Renee Miller of Dunn Road in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (August 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Miller was given a custody release, a Superior Court date is set for September 9.
28-year-old Michael Alan Foster of NC 16 South in Newton was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with felony counts of uttering a forged instrument and obtaining property by false pretense. Foster was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (August 14) under $1,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled Thursday (August 15).
35-year-old Kenneth Lee McBride of NW Corpening Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of conspire to traffic in methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. McBride was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $202,500 secured bond. A Superior Court date is September 9.