The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the murder of Hugh Lee Moose earlier this year. The crime occurred on January 10 in his home at 577 Shiloh Road in Statesville. Information regarding a vehicle that could have a connection to the case has been released.
As previously reported several witnesses saw a white male in the area prior to the initial report. He was wearing Carhartt style bibs and a toboggan while carrying a backpack. During the investigation a witness was located who, on the day of the homicide, observed a full size SUV believed to be a Lincoln Navigator/Ford Expedition style vehicle.
The Vehicle was parked off the side of the road at the Third Creek Bridge on Shiloh Road at approximately 4:30 to 4:45 p.m. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate the vehicle and/or the person who was in the vehicle. It’s unknown at this time if the vehicle is connected to the investigation. If anyone who was on Shiloh Road on January 10 has information about the vehicle you are asked to call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Homicide line at (704) 928-9804.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners appointed 11 individuals to serve on the K-64 governing board, which was established to provide practical, executive leadership to the K-64 education initiative. The full board will be comprised of 12 members representing K-64’s founding partners and the local business sector.
The following individuals were appointed during last night's (May 15) Catawba County Board of Commissioners’ meeting.
Larry Aiello, Jr., retired Corning Cable Systems LLC President & CEO, representing the Catawba Valley Community College Board of Trustees.
David Brittain, IRS Enrolled Agent/Manager, and Rita S. Brittain CPA, PA, representing the Catawba County Board of Education.
Sherry Butler, Executive Director of The Green Room Community Theatre, representing the Catawba County Board of Commissioners.
Mike Ellwanger, Director, Global Cable Product Development, Corning Optical Communications.
Kimberly George, Vice President, Communications and Corporate Citizenship, Alex Lee, Inc.
Reginald Hamilton, Department of Corrections, representing the Hickory Board of Education.
Jeanne Jarrett, Assistant Chief Financial Officer, Catawba County, representing the Newton-Conover Board of Education.
Robyn Mingle, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, CommScope.
Tony Rose, President & CEO, Catawba Valley Medical Center.
Stephen Shuford, CEO, Shurtape Technologies LLC, representing the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors.
Sheree Watson, CEO, Graystone Eye, representing the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
The Commissioners expect to make the final board appointment in the near future.
The K-64 board is responsible for establishing a long-term vision for K-64, which includes securing continuous financial support, transparency and accountability for the effective use of public funds; implementation of concrete plans with both tangible and timely goals and outcomes; direction to executive staff hired in conjunction with, and overseen by, the K-64 board; and communication and engagement resulting in continued buy-in by partner organizations and the community at large.
27-year-old Antonio Carnell White of 11th Street SW in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of cocaine, resisting a public officer, and driving while license revoked. White was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Tuesday, May 16) under $35,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today
25-year-old Jennifer Nicole Abee of Coldwater Street in Connelly Springs was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Abee was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Tuesday, May 16) under $5,000 bond. A District Court date is set for Thursday (May 18).
57-year-old Larry Jeffrey Huffman of Montclair Circle NW in Lenoir was arrested Monday (May 15) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Huffman was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, May 16).
35-year-old Jamaica Shanqwon Williams of Lincolnton was arrested Saturday (May 13) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and one misdemeanor count each of resist, delay and obstruct a public officer, failure to stop for a siren, speeding to elude arrest, and displaying fictitious registration plate.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a domestic dispute Saturday where one person was reportedly stabbed during the incident. The suspect in the incident, Jamaica Shanqwon Williams, attempted to flee the Oakwood Circle area in a white vehicle. A deputy gave chase with activated blue lights and sirens. The woman returned to Oakwood Circle and went back to the crime scene. She was removed from the vehicle and placed in custody.
The victim, 32-year-old Ronshawn Marquis Brooks of Oakwood Circle in Iron Station, was found and transported to CHS Lincoln where he received stitches for cuts on both arms and his thumb.
During the investigation Detective Justin Link learned the dispute started when Williams saw that another girl had sent a text to Brooks’ cell phone. According to a news release, during the argument Williams grabbed a baseball bat and struck the victim causing an injury to his hand. The victim took the bat away but Williams then grabbed a knife and cut the victim multiple times causing severe bleeding.
Williams was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $26,000 secured bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for June 5, 8, and 13.
28-year-old Kelly Michelle Anderson of Link Drive in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (May 14) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
She was arrested after Hickory Police stopped a 2004 Volkswagon Jetta at an auto dealership on Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. Anderson was a passenger in the vehicle. Officers reportedly found nine grams of meth and ten 2-mg Xanax pills.
Anderson was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (May 15) in Newton.
32-year-old Travis Lee McMurtrie of Mission Road in Hudson was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after seven o’clock last night on one felony count of failure to appear.
McMurtrie was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. He has since been released. No court date is currently listed.
23-year-old Dustin Lee Fortenberry of Forest City, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 11 o’clock last night (May 14) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hickory Officers approached a suspicious 1996 Honda Accord last night in the parking lot at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. Fortenberry was a passenger in the front seat. On his person and in the passenger area, Police found 1.7 grams of meth, 2.8 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Two other people in the vehicle were not arrested.
Fortenberry was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
There was a memorial service for Hickory Mayor, Rudy Wright this morning in downtown Hickory at Sails on the Square. There was a large crowd in attendance, including Officers, City Council members, and the Wright Family.
Reverend Whit Malone of First Presbyterian Church gave opening comments and spoke at other times during the ceremony. Rudy's sister Becky Stevenson shared stories of Rudy's childhood. The Reverend David E. Roberts of Morning Star First Baptist Church presented scripture readings. First Presbyterian Associate Pastor Heather Wood Davis offered the Prayer of Thanksgiving and the Lords Prayer.
Mandy Pitts Hildebrand and John Link shared stories about Rudy Wright as well. Music was provided by Secondhand Still and Betty Ikerd. After the service on the square, the family received friends at First Presbyterian Church. The family walked through downtown to the church following the service.
Rudy Wright was found deceased last Thursday afternoon (May 11) at his home. He had served as Hickory's Mayor since 2001.
At the request of the Lenoir Police Department , the N.C. Center for Missing Persons has cancelled the Silver Alert for Rodney Earl Macon. Macon had been reported missing just before 9 p.m. Sunday (May 14).
The Lenoir Police Department reports that Macon was found safe and was not harmed during the time he was missing. He has been returned home.
Just after three o’clock Thursday afternoon (May 11), Statesville Police responded to a reported shooting just off of westbound Interstate 40, near the I-77 interchange. Statesville Police arrived to find Troopers with the N.C. State Highway Patrol and personnel with Iredell County E.M.S. on scene. A 61-year-old man from Greensboro had already been declared deceased.
Investigators processed the scene, which was in a wooded area at the interchange. Investigators also interviewed the decedent’s brother and a close friend of the decedent. The decedent had been riding with his brother and the friend was following them. They were all traveling from the Greensboro area.
Preliminary findings from the scene and from the interviews indicate that the victim died of a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound. An autopsy was scheduled for today (May 15).
The decedent was recently the victim of a reported kidnapping, assault and robbery that allegedly took place last Monday morning (May 8) in Catawba County. That case is currently under investigation by the Maiden Police Department, with assistance from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office, the Statesville Police Department, the Hickory Police Department and the Greensboro Police Department.
25-year-old Kegan Ryan Walker of East First Street in Cherryville was arrested Friday (May 12) by Gaston County Sheriff's Officers. One of the warrants was filed by the Lincolnton Police Department. That warrant from Lincolnton charges Walker with felony obtaining property by false pretense. He's charged in Gaston County with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny.
The Lincolnton warrant was the result of a criminal investigation into Walker allegedly pawning stolen property at a local pawn shop. The owner of the pawn shop contacted the Lincolnton Police Department after being contacted by authorities in Gaston County. Stolen property had also been pawned at a business in that county.
The stolen property was seized and will be returned to the initial victim in Gaston County. No bond information was given for Walker, he's scheduled to appear in District Court Wednesday (May 17).
27-year-old Cari Rene Mcfall was arrested Friday (May 12) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with two felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana paraphernalia and possession of stolen goods. Mcfall was placed in jail under $66,500 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (May 15).