The City of Hickory and the community will be remembering 9/11 at a Patriots Day Remembrance Ceremony on Sunday (September 11), under The Sails on the Square in Downtown Hickory at 4 p.m. WHKY 1290 AM First Talk program host, Hal Row, will emcee the ceremony, as he has in past years, and there will be two guest speakers; Fire Captain James Patrick Auton of the Hickory Fire Department, and Master Police Officer John R Wienbrock, of the Hickory Police Department.
Auton has been with the Hickory Fire Department since 1991, and has had a military career with both the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard and is currently a member of the North Carolina Air National Guard and serves with the civil engineer squadron in Fire Protection and Emergency Services. Auton has served four tours of duty, including deployments for Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and most recently supported air operations for Operation Freedom Sentinal against ISIS targets in the Middle East. Auton is decorated with the Bronze Star Medal, among numerous other medals and badges.
Wienbrock has been with the Hickory Police Department since 2008, and has had a military career with the United States Marine Corps and the North Carolina Army National Guard. He spent a deployment in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 113th Sustainment Brigade. He was awarded two Army Achievement Medals and numerous other medals and badges.
Additional ceremony participants include Hickory City Councilman David Zagaroli, Rev. Antonio Logan, Pastor Andrew Weisner, Hickory High School Band and Junior ROTC Cadets, as well as members of the Hickory Fire and Police Honor Guards and staff.
32-year-old David Alan Hopkins of Barrett Baxter Drive in Newton was arrested Thursday (September 8) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with five counts of felony probation violation. Hopkins was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $200,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (September 12).
39-year-old Chad Allen Hames of Allendale Circle in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (September 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Hames was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a District Court appearance Thursday.
38-year-old James Douglas Whitener of Liberty Trail in Morganton was arrested Thursday (September 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Whitener is also charged with being an habitual felon. Following the arrest, Whitener was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $45,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, September 9).
28-year-old Bradley Jerrell Dorsey of Whitley Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (September 7) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony counts of discharge a weapon into occupied property and possession of a firearm by a felon.
On Wednesday at 5:45 p.m., Public Safety Officers responded to the area of Kirk Street in response to a report of shots being fired. While searching the area, officers were notified of a fight in progress at the Jet Express Convenience Store at 408 Vine Arden Road. When officers arrived, Bradley Jerrell Dorsey and Charles Young were involved in a physical altercation. Young claimed Dorsey had shot into his vehicle while on Kirk Street.
Young reported he was sitting in his vehicle when Dorsey exited the residence at 107 Kirk Street and fired two shots into the drivers side door. Young and Dorsey had been in an argument minutes before the shooting occurred. Further inspection of the vehicle found two bullet holes in the drivers side door. There were no injuries as a result of the shooting.
Dorsey was arrested and placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $60,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make his first District Court appearance yesterday (Thursday, September 8).
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man from Iredell County,54-year-old William Bruce Stewart.
Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for William Bruce Stewart, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Stewart is a white male, 5'9", 160 pounds with black and grey medium length hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a green camo hat, dark colored t-shirt, pants, white socks and brown cowboy boots. He was last seen at a location on Cranfill Road in Harmony.
Anyone with information about William Bruce Stewart should call 704-878-3100 at the Iredell Co Sheriff's Office at 704-878-3100.
48-year-old Steven Louis Russo of South Main Avenue in Maiden was served felony indictments by Hickory Police at 10 a.m. yesterday (September 7) on felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm.
He was initially arrested on the same charges on July 12 of this year after Police were dispatched to the 300 block of 1st Street S.W. where a white male was allegedly attempting to sell a handgun. Officers found the man, Steven Louis Russo, on South Center Street. They found the weapon, a .40-caliber Glock handgun, in his bag. The gun had been reported stolen from Hickory.
Russo was taken into custody without incident yesterday near Frye Regional Medical Center on North Center Street. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.
19-year-old Elijah Paul Fowler of Huntington Hills Drive and 17-year-old Jacob Lee Griffey of River Road, both from Lincolnton, were arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Fowler is charged with two felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, seven felony counts of receiving stolen property, and nine felony counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of preparing to break and enter a Vehicle and eight misdemeanor counts of larceny. Griffey was charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods.
The arrests are in connection with vehicle thefts from a residence on Riverview Road and vehicle break-ins in a nearby area. The incidents occurred during the month of August in the area of Riverview Road, Pete’s Road and Rhodes Rhyne Road.
On August 25, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 1400 block of Riverview Road in connection with the theft of a 2015 Nissan Altima where the doors had been left unlocked and keys left in the vehicle. A Chevrolet pick-up was parked beside where the stolen vehicle was located. It had been rummaged through but nothing reportedly taken. The Nissan Altima was found damaged and abandoned the same day as the theft in the driveway of a residence on Windy Knob Trail. The vehicle was towed to the Sheriff’s Office impound lot.
On August 30, the owner of the Chevrolet pick-up reported it had been stolen from the Riverview Road residence. The truck was found wrecked in Catawba County on Finger Bridge Road. That vehicle was also towed to the Sheriff’s Office impound lot for processing. During the investigation Detective Matt Burgess found items in the vehicles that led to the suspects in the two vehicle theft cases as well as vehicle break-ins that had occurred on Pete’s Road and Rhodes Rhyne Road.
On Wednesday, Detectives Burgess and D.S. Snellings went to a residence on Jarrett Road in Catawba County looking for the suspects. After about an hour of knocking on the door and identifying themselves as officers one of the suspects came to the door. They were arrested without incident. Fowler was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $72,500 secured bond. Griffey was placed in jail under a $12,000 secured bond.
The investigation is continuing.
24-year-old William Charles Church, Jr. of Young Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:45 yesterday afternoon (September 7) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest.
Events leading to Church’s arrest began at about 3:25 a.m. yesterday as Officers conducting a property check at the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. saw a Dodge Dakota truck making evasive maneuvers to avoid contact with Police. They followed and attempted to initiate a traffic stop when the truck failed to yield.
The truck did not stop. Officers pursued the vehicle on Highway 127 South, Mountain Grove Road, Old Shelby Road and Bakers Mountain Road. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol assisted with the pursuit.
The Dodge ran into in the back yard of a residence where it hit some cinder blocks and continued about another 150 yards to the edge of a wooded area. At that point, the driver, William Charles Church, Jr., exited the vehicle and ran into the woods. A female passenger in the vehicle was not charged.
Warrants for Church’s arrest were issued. He was taken into custody without incident at an auto parts store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. The suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
30-year-old Stephanie Danielle Metcalf of South “B” Avenue in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at 1:50 this morning (September 8) on failure to appear warrants out of Alexander, Burke and Lincoln counties. She faces one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked (two counts), speeding and displaying a fictitious, revoked or suspended registration.
She was taken into custody at a pool hall on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Metcalf was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $17,000 secured bond. She has court dates at various locations coming up on September 12, 13, 19, 20 & 22; on October 11, 14 & 24; and on January 13 of next year.
40-year-old Eric Daniel Nolen of Nolen Acres Road in Iron Station, 32-year-old Joshua Lee Nolen of Brim Lane in Denver, 38-year-old Antony Dyon Robinson of Waderidge Trail in Iron Station and 38-year-old Ashley Lynn Correll of Preston Lane in Stanley were all arrested Wednesday (September 7) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers.
Eric Nolen was charged with one felony count each of possession of schedule I controlled substance and possession of schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Joshua Nolen was charged with one felony count of possession of schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Robinson was charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Correll was charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of schedule II controlled substance.
On Wednesday the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested the four suspects after seizing multiple types of drugs during a surveillance operation. The operation took place near the 7100 block of Highway 73 in Denver. After receiving complaints about drug activity in the area, narcotics detectives conducted the operation and saw individuals engaging in what appeared to be drug activity. According to detectives, one subject appeared to have been injecting himself with a needle in a nearby parking area while he was a passenger in a vehicle.
Detectives approached the occupied vehicle and saw drugs and drug paraphernalia in plain view. Detectives made a search of the occupants and the vehicle and seized methamphetamine, heroin, oxycodone, Xanax, Subutex, needles, and a pipe. Detectives say all the occupants of the vehicle possessed some type of drugs. Eric Nolen received a $12,000 secured bond.
Joshua Nolen received a $6,000 secured bond. Robinson received a $2,000 secured bond. Correll received a $1,000 secured bond. No court dates were listed.
33-year-old Michael Wayne Proffitt of Poole Road in Archdale was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of identity theft and two counts of financial transaction card theft.
According to a news release issued today (Thursday, September 8) on May 4 the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of identity theft. The victim discovered charges on her credit card statement that were unauthorized. During the investigation Detectives worked with the businesses throughout Iredell County to retrieve the video from the fraudulent transactions.
The victim then later identified the suspect as her ex-boyfriend Michael Proffitt. Proffitt was arrested in West Virginia and extradited back to Iredell County where he received a $15,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is set for next Monday (September 12).
30-year-old Jerry Paul Manuel Jr. of Celeste Eufola Road and 27-year-old Mercedes Leigh Jenkins of Loray Lane, both from Statesville, were both arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Manuel is charged with three counts of identity theft and Jenkins is charged with one count of financial card theft and four counts of identity theft.
According to a news release issued today (Thursday, September 8), on August 14 the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received an incident report of Financial Card Theft. According to the incident report the victim had noticed her credit card missing and when she made contact with the bank there had already been several charges made to the card.
During the investigation Detectives worked with businesses throughout Iredell County to retrieve video from the fraudulent transactions. The victim then later identified one of the suspects as a family member, Mercedes Jenkins. Detectives then identified the second suspect as Jerry Paul Manuel Jr.
Manuel was released on $10,000.00 unsecured bond. Jenkins was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond . Manuel will appear in District Court September 15, Jenkins has a District Court appearance September 26.
An eastern Lincoln County man entered a guilty plea to several sex offense charges in Lincoln County Superior Court Tuesday (September 6) and was sentenced to a minimum of 21 years in prison.
The State Bureau of Investigation, assisted by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, executed a search warrant on January 15, 2013 at the residence of 50-year-old Edward Arthur Peck of the 1700 block of Highway 16 North in Denver in connection with suspected child pornography.
In court on Tuesday, Peck entered a plea of guilty to ten counts of Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. The charges stem from incidents that occurred between July and September 2012.
Judge Forrest D Bridges sentenced Peck to a minimum of 25 to a maximum of 90 months on each charge for a total of 21 to 75 years in prison. The sentences will be served consecutively and Peck will be given credit for 1,339 days spent in jail.