23-year-old Marco Barrera-Zarco of Benfield Drive in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (July 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Barrera-Zarco was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Facility under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Thursday (July 28).
29-year-old Hank Elliot Hefner of George Henry Drive in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (July 26) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance. He's also charged with one felony count of conspire to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Hefner was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $45,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (July 29).
The City of Statesville has suffered a major water line break and caused most of the water customers to be without water. Repairs are being made, but until further notice, customers are advised to boil water before using. It is expected that the boil water advisory will be in place for at least 24 hours.
Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system. Therefore, the Division of Water Resources advises that until water is restored consumers boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water. Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.
The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold two public hearings in August regarding the proposed project to widen of N.C. 150 in Catawba and Iredell Counties to a multi-lane, median divided roadway. The project also includes the reconfiguration of the I-77/N.C. 150 interchange.
The purpose of the project is to improve traffic capacity and reduce congestion along N.C. 150 from the N.C. 16 Bypass to the U.S. 21/N.C. 150 interchange. An Environmental Assessment for this project was approved in March 2016. At this upcoming hearing the design alternatives will be presented to the public for review and comment.
The two Pre-hearing Open Houses and Public Hearings are scheduled at the following times and locations: Monday, August 22 at the Mt. Anderson Family Life Center at 4818 South N.C. Highway 16 in Maiden. And Tuesday, August 23 at Peninsula Baptist Church at 687 Brawley School Road in Mooresville. At both locations there will be an open house from 4-6:30 p.m. and the formal presentation will begin at 7:00 each night.
NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and receive comments regarding the proposed alternatives during the open house portion of the meeting. Interested citizens may attend at any time during the open house hours. The formal presentation will include an explanation of the location and design of each proposed alternative, as well as information about the state-federal relationship, the right of way and relocation requirements, as well as procedures that will be part of the project. The presentation and comments received will be recorded and included in the alternative selection process.
Maps showing the location and design of the project and a copy of the approved Environmental Assessment (EA) are available for public review at the following locations: NCDOT District 2 Engineer’s Office located at 124 Prison Camp Road, Statesville; NCDOT District 3 Engineer’s Office located at 1031 E. Gaston Street, Lincolnton; Town of Mooresville’s Engineering Dept. located at 2523 Charlotte Highway; Catawba County Planning & Parks Dept., located at 100-A South West Blvd., Newton; and
the Iredell County Planning Division, 349 N Center Street in Statesville.
Two more defendants charged in connection with a double homicide in March made their first appearances in Catawba County District Court on Tuesday (July 26).
23-year-old William Crawford Powell Jr., and 23-year-old Reand Pablo-Antonio Rivera, both of Fayetteville, are each charged with two counts of murder for the March 12, 2016, deaths of 34-year-old Mark Anthony Wilson and 39-year-old Deidra LaCarol Ramseur at the couple’s home on Rest Home Road.
Both men appeared before District Court Judge Robert A. Mullinax and were given August 15 as a probable cause hearing date. They are being held without bond and will be appointed counsel by the Capital Defender’s Office.
Powell and Rivera were arrested in Fayetteville last week. They are two of the five defendants in the murder case along with Devin Maurice Ussery, Jordan Alexander Rivera and Arsenio DeWayne Curtis, all from Catawba County. Ussery, Jordan Rivera and Curtis had their first appearances on Monday, July 25.
55-year-old Michael Reid Frye of Alexander Acres Road in Mooresville was arrested Tuesday (July 26) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with murder.
On Monday (July 25), Deputies and first responders were dispatched to 308 Alexander Acres Road to a reported assault. Upon arrival First Responders found 79-year-old Barbara Allen Frye in the residence with severe head injuries. The caller, who also lives at this address, found the victim in her bedroom. Deputies discovered that there had been no forced entry into the home and nothing missing from the home. Deputies also learned that the victim’s son, who also lives at the address, was nowhere to be found. His 2004 Toyota Rav4 was missing from the driveway. The caller told officers that Michael Frye and his mother had been in an argument Sunday evening (July 24).
A message was sent out for Officers to be on the lookout for Michael Reid Frye and his vehicle. Detectives attempted to locate Michael Frye through various sources of information, and they notified other law enforcement agencies in the region.
The victim, Barbara Frye, later died as a result of her head injuries at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. After numerous interviews and from the evidence obtained from the crime scene a warrant was obtained for the arrest of Michael Reid Frye for the murder of his mother. Deputies received a phone call as a result of a media release which aided in the location of Frye. He was found at a friend's home on Old Beatty Ford Road in China Grove.
Detectives questioned Frye but he refused to answer. Frye was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under no bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court August 16. Detectives were able to recover the vehicle that Frye was driving. The investigation is still on going and anyone with information is asked to contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.
38-year-old William Lee Simons of Drive Inn Road in Lincolnton was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 8:30 Saturday night (July 23) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Simons was taken into custody without incident at the Budget Express hotel on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (July 25) in Newton.
28-year-old Jason Chantel Gibbs of Calico Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (July 25) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony common law robbery. Following the arrest, Gibbs was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, July 26).
30-year-old Holly Michelle Pless of 6th Avenue N.E. in Conover and 27-year-old Dustin Lee Jackson of Mylinda Drive in Newton were both arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (July 25). They were each charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. Pless was also charged with three felony counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver and one felony count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. Jackson was charged with one additional count of misdemeanor possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.
The two were taken into custody at the Baymont Inn & Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. According to arrest reports, Jackson was arrested at 11:45 a.m. Monday and Pless was arrested about 30 minutes later. Both were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention facility with bond for Pless set at $102,000, secured. Jackson was given a $5,000 secured bond. He has since been released. They were each scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.
57-year-old William Michael Fowler was arrested Monday (July 25) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of a controlled substance in prison or jail. Bond for Fowler was set at $4,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for September 12.
A Special Meeting of the Hickory City Council will be held on Friday (July 29) at 2 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street, Hickory.
Council will go into closed session to discuss litigation. The case to be discussed is Willie James Grimes vs. the City of Hickory.
In addition, a special meeting of the Hickory Historic Preservation Commission will be held next Tuesday, August 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Planning Conference Room in City Hall. The purpose of this special session is to hold the Commission’s monthly meeting originally scheduled for July.
26-year-old Jessica Keri Price of 1st Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested today (Tuesday, July 26) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods or property. Price was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (July 27).
The Greater Hickory Metro Area remains in an extended period of hot and humid conditions. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s for the rest of the week, with no significant relief until late next week at the soonest. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers these tips to deal with the heat.
Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask your doctor how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.
Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off. Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on: Infants and young children, people aged 65 or older, people who have a mental illness, and those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure.
Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.
If you must be out in the heat: Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours, cut down on exercise, if you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour, try to rest often in shady areas, and protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.
Temperatures in the Hickory Metro are expected to be in the low to mid 90s through Friday (July 29), there is a chance we could see highs only in the upper 80s Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, then back into the 90s next Tuesday and Wednesday before a possible cool-down into the mid 80s next Thursday.
35-year-old Michael Andrew Driver of Salisbury Street NE in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of trafficking opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, and misdemeanor larceny. Driver was incarcerated this morning (Tuesday, July 26) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $51,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today.