35-year-old Daniel Sherman King and 29-year-old Teresa Nicole Gouge, both of the same 8th Street NE, Hickory address, were both arrested Wednesday (June 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. King is charged with felony counts of forgery of an instrument, obtaining property by false pretense, and identity theft. Gouge is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense. Both suspects were locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. King was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Thursday, June 23). No court date was listed for Gouge.
36-year-old Michael Dale Biddix of Ocean Court in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (June 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony indecent liberties with a child and disseminating obscene material. Biddix was jailed at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 25.
24-year-old Tykevious Owan Thomas of 3rd Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (June 22) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle.
Thomas was taken into custody without incident at about 1:30 Wednesday afternoon at his residence. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, he was armed with a handgun at the time of his arrest.
Thomas was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for next Monday (June 27).
32-year-old Kevin Adam Morris of Tabor Road in Statesville was arrested last Wednesday (June 15) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with assault on a female and two counts of interfering with emergency communications.
According to a news release issued Wednesday (June 22), deputies responded to 670 Tabor Road in Statesville last Wednesday in reference to a domestic assault. After Deputies investigated the matter they arrested Kevin Adam Morris for assault on a female. According to the news release, Morris struck the female victim in her head multiple times. Morris was taken to the Iredell County Jail and bond was set at $2.500.
The report was then forwarded to the Special Victims Unit where Deputy Nathan Rash followed up with the victim. Deputy Rash discovered that in the process of the assault the victim attempted two times to call 911 to request emergency assistance. The victim was able to gain access to two different cell phones that were in different locations at the residence. Morris took the phone from her each time and broke the phones.
Deputy Rash charged Morris with two separate counts of interfering with emergency communications. The victim did not want any charges filed for the damage to her phones.
Morris was arrested on the new charges and given an additional bond of $3,500 making his total bond amount $6,000. Morris has previous convictions in the State of Ohio for Aggravated Burglary, Felonious Assault, and Violation of a Domestic Violence Protection Order. His next appearance on the charges will be August 29 in District Court.
Temperatures in the Greater Hickory Metro Area are expected to be in the mid to upper 90s today (Thursday, June 23). 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 Friday (June 24) and in the low 90s Saturday before a brief cool down into the 80s Sunday and Monday.
A World of Discovery, the childcare center that Zane Vest attended, will sell t-shirts in honor of Zane, who died as the result of an accident Monday night (June 20) on Hartland Road in Gamewell. He was five years old.
All proceeds will go to the child’s mother, Alivia Ashley, to help with expenses. Zack Vest, Zane’s father, was also killed in the accident.
The shirts will be priced at $12 each. Those interested should contact the childcare center. Email Discoverycdcpreschool@gmail.com or call 828-728-7590 between 6 a.m. & 6 p.m. Include a name, size and contact number. Shirts will be ready for pick up at the center next week. The shirts are available in a number of youth and adult sizes.
Receiving will be this Saturday, June 25, at Mountain Grove Baptist Church from 3 until 4:30 p.m. Services for Zack and Zane Vest will follow.
27-year-old Timothy Alan McBee was arrested today (Wednesday, June 22) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony child abuse and felony forced breaking and entering. McBee was placed in jail in Morganton under $85,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (June 24).
We have more information on an arrest we first reported this morning (Wednesday, June 22). 59-year-old Johnny Ray Campbell Sr. of Wheeler Hollow Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (June 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of trafficking in heroin or opium. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit made the arrest after investigating Campbell for suspicion of selling and distributing illegal prescription pills.
On the day of the arrest, Ice Unit Agents began conducting surveillance on Campbell and witnessed him meet with someone at Cubbard Express on Beecher Anderson Road in Lenoir. Agents suspected he was conducting a drug transaction and approached him, seizing forty-six (46) 10 mg prescription Percocet pills. Agents discovered the pills Campbell had possessed were not prescribed to him.
The street value of the Percocet is $630 according to North Carolina State Guidelines. Following the arrest, Campbell was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
38-year-old Christopher Burton Drake of Baldwin Lane in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincolnton Police Monday (June 20) on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
He was arrested after patrol Officers responded to a business on the 1600 block of East Main Street in Lincolnton to perform a welfare check on a man who was asleep in his vehicle. The man did not initially respond to Officers, who then contacted Lincoln County E.M.S.
Officers were eventually successful in making contact with the man, who was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. The man was identified as Christopher Burton Drake. Officers found meth and various prescription controlled substances in his possession. Those items were seized as evidence.
Drake was taken to the emergency room at Carolinas Healthcare System-Lincoln, where he was treated and released. He was then placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was scheduled for today (June 22).
Drake has prior convictions on a variety of felony drug charges, plus convictions for breaking & entering, larceny, assault with a deadly weapon and more. Additionally, the suspect is currently awaiting trial on a charge of making threatening phone calls in Burke County.
24-year-old Nikki Dee Worley of East N.C. Highway 10 in Catawba was arrested by Hickory Police at 7:10 last night (June 21) on one count each of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia and injury to personal property. She was also charged on an outstanding warrant from the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear on a careless & reckless driving charge.
Worley was arrested after Officers responded to the Save More store on 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory where they found a Ford Taurus in the middle of the parking lot. Nikki Dee Worley was slumped over the steering wheel.
A Save More employee told Police Worley had entered the store and opened and partially consumed various products, including gummy worms, pork rinds and Butterfingers candy bars, as well as two Slushee drinks and two Red Bull energy drinks. She left the products on shelves and countertops before exiting the store. The store was forced to temporarily close as employees cleaned up the mess and put the shelves back in order.
In the parking lot, Officers shook Worley and woke her. In her lap, they saw a baggie containing 0.8 grams of marijuana and three Xanax pills. Police removed the suspect from the vehicle. A search turned up an additional 1.2 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in Worley’s purse.
She was taken into custody without further incident, though she refused to provide information regarding next-of-kin and a current address. Worley was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. Appearances in District Court were scheduled for July 12 & 13 in Newton.
56-year-old Russell Franklin Trewyn of Siler City, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 2 p.m. yesterday (June 21) on one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on June 20 in which Police responded to the Red Roof Inn on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. where a Domino’s delivery vehicle had just been stolen. The delivery driver had left the vehicle to make a delivery at a hotel room, leaving the keys in the vehicle. The suspect got in the vehicle and drove away.
Yesterday, Mooresville Police found the stolen vehicle’s license tag, but not the vehicle itself. An investigation led to the identification of Russell Trewyn as the suspect. He was taken into custody without incident at the same hotel where the theft occurred. It’s not clear if the vehicle was recovered or not.
Trewyn was processed and then released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for June 27 in Newton.
32-year-old Christopher Stephen Williams of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:45 p.m. yesterday (June 21) on one felony count of breaking & entering.
Events leading to his arrest unfolded on June 19 as Police responded to a business on 2nd Street N.W. in Hickory. A front glass door was smashed and a cash box was found, open and empty, on a countertop. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the box. No one was at the business at the time of the break-in. The property was last known to be secure at about 7 p.m. the previous day.
In the course of the investigation, the business owner recognized the suspect, Christopher Williams, as someone who had been hired to do maintenance work at the property in the past. He was also suspected in previous break-ins.
Williams was taken into custody without incident on the 200 block of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for June 27 in Newton.
60-year-old Kelvin Wayne England of Newton was arrested Tuesday (June 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. England was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, June 22).
The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a pair of contracts worth $7.2 million to replace 11 bridges in Caldwell and Wilkes counties. The projects are part of the state bridge program that targets structures in need of rehabilitation or replacement.
The 2015 budget signed by Governor McCrory included funding to replace 540 bridges across the state. Infrastructure improvements such as bridge replacements are part of Governor McCrory’s 25-year transportation vision to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation.
A $4.4 million contract with Mountain Creek Contractors in Catawba calls for the replacement of six bridges in Wilkes County and one in Caldwell County.
The bridge to be replaced in Caldwell County is on Old Johns River Road and crosses Elijah Estes Mill Creek. Three bridges in Wilkes County are on Longbottom Road and cross Dungeon Creek each time. Two bridges cross Little Creek on Casey’s Branch Road, and one crosses West Palm Roaring River on Shumate Mountain Road.
The other contract was awarded R.E. Burns & Sons Company of Statesville at a cost of $2.8 million. It will replace one bridge in Caldwell County and three in Wilkes County.
The bridge in Caldwell County runs on Georgetown Road over Zacks Fork Creek. One bridge in Wilkes County crosses Tucker Hole Creek on Congo Road, while the two others cross Moravian Creek on Lowe Creek Road, and cross Cub Creek on Meadows Road.
Both contracts allow work to start as early as June 27 and could take until November of 2018 to wrap up. The contractors will have to schedule around the state trout moratorium, which doesn’t allow work to be done within 25 feet of a watershed holding naturally reproducing trout between April 15 and October 15. You can get more information on these projects at www.ncdot.gov.