The Caldwell County Board of Elections held a Special Called meeting this morning (Monday, October 31). The meeting was scheduled at the request of citizens wishing to discuss an incident that occurred at an Early Voting Site on Saturday, October 22.
The incident reportedly involved a bus of voters arriving at an early voting site. The bus was from Catawba County and there were concerns that the voters were not registered in Caldwell County. It was confirmed that, in fact the voters were properly registered in Caldwell. The voters requested the meeting due to their concerns with procedures followed at the early voting site. No action was taken at today's meeting by the Board of Elections.
19-year-old Austin Lee Hector of 20th Avenue Drive NE in Hickory was arrested Friday (October 28) by Hickory Police Officers. He was charged on warrants from Iredell County with with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance.
Hector was arrested without incident at an address on 2nd Avenue NW in Hickory at 10:20 a.m. Friday. His bond was set at $5,000 secured. He's scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Statesville Tuesday (November 1).
An off-duty Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy who was showing her service weapon to guests at her residence accidentally fired the gun striking her 11 year old daughter. The Sheriff's Office announced this morning that the deputy has been fired.
38-year-old Misty Michelle Flowers, who worked as a deputy at the Lincoln County Courthouse, was showing the weapon to friends at her home on Loop Road when the gun fired and went through a wall striking the 11 year old girl in the next room.
The first deputy arrived on the scene at 11:23 p.m. Saturday and began administering first aid when a second deputy arrived and transported the child to CHS-Lincoln. She was then airlifted to CHS Main in Charlotte where she underwent surgery. The child was last reported to be in stable condition.
Flowers, who previously worked for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, had been with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office since August of 2015. She was terminated today by Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter. He is quoted in a news release saying that gross negligence and the disregard for the safety of others was displayed in the incident Saturday night. The incident is being investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation.
31-year-old Joshua Lee Lowman was arrested Friday (October 28) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Lowman was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, October 31).
38-year-old Alaca Spring Smith of 7th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Friday (October 28) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged on warrants from Caldwell County with felony counts of breaking and entering to a building, larceny, and possession of stolen goods.
Smith was arrested without incident Friday night at an address on 4th Street SW in Hickory. She was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for January 9 in Caldwell County.
A case of arson is under investigation. Hickory Police are investigating an incident that occurred at Academy Sports on Highway 70 SE. On Saturday (October 29) three male suspects set started a fire in the camping section of the store. They burned a shelving unit, the fire was contained to that area. Workers put the fire out and closed the store following the incident. The damage estimate is $500.
No injuries were reported in the incident. The only description given of the suspects is that they are in their late teens or early 20s. The Hickory Police Department is continuing their investigation.
The Hickory Police Department is investigating case in which a man was assaulted with a knife during a robbery attempt. The incident occurred early Saturday morning (October 29), just after midnight. The victim told police he was walking to the Lucky Stop Convenience store on 1st Avenue SW when two unknown black males approached him with a knife on the sidewalk of Club Blue.
The men reportedly cut the victim with the knife. It was not disclosed if any money was taken during the incident. The men fled the scene and the victim was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center. He was treated and released from the hospital. No further description of the suspects was given. The Hickory Police Department is continuing to investigate the case.
An armed robbery that occurred over the weekend is currently under investigation by the Hickory Police Department. At 8:50 p.m. Saturday (October 29) two black males reportedly entered Jack B. Quick on Old Lenoir Road NW in Hickory. One of the men was reportedly armed with a rifle.
The men demanded money from the the clerk. They fled the scene on foot with a undisclosed amount of cash. The clerk was not injured. No further description of the suspects was available. Hickory Police are continuing to investigate the case.
29-year-old William Thomas Ray Miller was arrested Sunday (October 30) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation and two counts of failure to appear. Miller was placed in jail in Morganton, his bond was set at $55,000 secured. A court appearance is scheduled for November 7.
23-year-old Amber Nichole Moretz of Fox Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (October 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession with intent to distribute meth precursor. Following the arrest, Moretz was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for January 9.
27-year-old Lauren Nicole Sherrill of Frye Drive in Newton was arrested Sunday (October 30) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and two counts apiece of driving while license revoked and no operators license. Sherrill was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $24,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for today (Monday, October 31) and November 9.
51-year-old Kathleen Ann Boggs of Buffalo Shoals Road in Catawba was arrested Sunday (October 30) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, felony probation violation, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Boggs was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. Superior Court dates were set for today (Monday, October 31) and January 3.
17-year-old Jonathan Andrew Dwight Carson of Dundee Court in Maiden was arrested Saturday (October 29) by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged with first degree statutory sex offense. Carson was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, October 31).
34-year-old Melissa Ann Austin of Deal Road in Claremont was arrested Friday (October 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and obtaining property by false pretense. Austin was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (Monday, October 31).