30-year-old Jordan William Cahoon of Grantsboro in Pamlico County, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:20 Friday morning (January 10) on three felony counts each of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretenses. The warrants for his arrest were issued the previous day in Craven County, N.C.
Cahoon was taken into custody without incident on Tate Boulevard S.E., near Fairgrove Church Road S.E. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for January 22 in Craven County.
26-year-old Stephenson Eugene Clark of Section House Road and 25-year-old Brianna Dawn Perry of 14th Avenue S.W., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (January 11). Both suspects were charged with felony counts of possession of heroin, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, plus one misdemeanor count each for possession of stolen property.
Events leading to the arrests began on January 7 when Police responded to reports of a vehicle that was stolen from a residence on 7th Avenue S.W. in Hickory. The vehicle belonged to Hillside Motors on U.S. Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. On the same date, the stolen vehicle was located at a hotel on Fairgrove Church Road S.E. During the investigation, Officers found the suspects in a room at the hotel. Perry was initially arrested on the seventh on outstanding warrants.
Officers submitted their information to the District Attorney's office. Warrants were issued and Clark and Perry were both taken into custody without incident at about 12:15 a.m. Saturday at a restaurant on 16th Street N.E. in Hickory. During the arrests, Police found 18.2 grams of heroin, 0.01 grams of methamphetamine, and a safe containing miscellaneous documents.
Both suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Clark was set at $15,500, secured, while Perry was given a $12,500 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today (January 13) in Newton.
A Sunday night (January 12) armed robbery at a Catawba County convenience store is under investigation. At 7:56 p.m. Sunday, Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a robbery at the Lookout Market, which is a convenience store located at the corner of Oxford School Road and River Bend Road. When deputies arrived they learned that a person, whose face was obscured by a mask with a skeletal face imprinted on it, entered the store armed with a handgun and demanded money.
The suspect obtained a quantity of U S currency and fled on foot. A patron arriving at this store as the suspect was fleeing gave chase but was not able to apprehend them. Deputies utilized a K-9 in an effort to track this suspect but were unable to locate them.
This suspect is believed to be a man whose race and age are unknown at this time. The suspect has a medium build and appears to be between 5' 8" to 5'10". The suspect was wearing a tan hoodie style sweat shirt, camouflage pants and tennis shoes. The suspect was also wearing latex gloves which appeared to be blue.
The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is looking into the case. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-3112.
A bicyclist was killed in a weekend crash in Iredell County. On Sunday (January 12) at approximately 4:30 p.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to a collision on NC 115 also known as Mecklenburg Highway near Bridges Farm Road. A bicyclist was traveling south on NC 115 in the southbound lane. A 2005 Porsche 911 was also traveling south.
As the Porsche attempted to pass the bicyclist on a straight, flat section of roadway marked with a double yellow line, the cyclist suddenly turned left into the path of the passing vehicle. The Porsche and bicyclist collided and the cyclist was ejected from the bicycle. The Porsche continued off the roadway and struck a mailbox.
The cyclist, 64-year-old Earl Douglas Gillon of Mooresville, died at the scene. The driver of the Porsche, a 47-year-old Mooresville man, was not injured. Neither excessive speed nor alcohol are suspected. The driver is cooperating with investigators. Troopers will present their findings to the Iredell County District Attorney’s Office.
Unemployment rates in the Hickory Metro area and across most of the state decreased according to the latest report issued by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor & Economic Analysis Division. The most recent report shows the November unemployment rates.
Catawba County's jobless rate is 3.2 percent, that's down from 3.4 percent in October. Alexander County is showing a 2.8 percent unemployment rate for November, following a 3.2 percent figure in the previous report. Burke County shows a jobless rate of 3.3 percent, down from 3.5. Caldwell County's unemployment rate fell from 3.8 percent in October to its current 3.5 percent.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.2 percent, down from 3.5 percent in the previous report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the sixth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.
The statewide unemployment rate is 3.4 percent, down from 3.6 percent in the previous report. Jobless rates decreased in 92 of the North Carolina's 100 counties in November, increased in four, and remained the same in four. Hyde County has the highest unemployment rate at 9.8 percent and Buncombe County has the lowest at 2.5 percent.
A firefighter was reportedly injured while fighting a Sunday morning (January 12) blaze in Caldwell County. According to published reports, the fire broke out at a home on Sheriff's Road near Lenoir shortly before 8 a.m. The home sustained heavy damage, nobody was in the residence when firefighters arrived. A firefighter was hurt when a set of steps reportedly gave way. He was treated and released from the hospital. Investigators were seeking information on the occupants of the home.
52-year-old Robert Allan Bolick of Liberty Church Street in Hickory was arrested Friday (January 10) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Bolick was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $2,500 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 13).
22-year-old Jordan Tyler Wike of Turner Road in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (January 10) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of methamphetamine. Wike is also charged with failure to appear on a count of nonsupport. He was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond and $576 cash bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 13).
53-year-old Eddie Lee Nunn of Murrays Mill Road in Catawba was arrested Saturday (January 11) on charges filed by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He was arrested by Sheriff's Officers on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. The Highway Patrol charged Nunn with hit & run with failure to stop for property damage, driving while impaired, and driving while license revoked. Nunn is wanted in Darlington County, South Carolina for harassing communications.
Nunn was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility where he was held without bond on the fugitive warrant. Bond on the other charges was set at $2,000. District Court appearances were scheduled today (January 13) and January 27.
37-year-old Perry Charles Earwood of Cartersville, Georgia was arrested Sunday (January 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with Trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and resisting a public officer. Earwood was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (January 13).
One Dead, Others Injured Following Ammonia Leak At Statesville Facility (Updated With Name Of Deceased, 10:07 a.m., 1/13/20)Written by Rob Eastwood
On Friday, (January 10), Iredell County Emergency Services and area Hazardous Material Response Teams responded to a hazardous material release at Lineage Logistics in Statesville.
Plant personnel called Iredell Emergency Communications just before 2:00 p.m. to report an incident involving an anhydrous ammonia leak inside their facility on Taylorsville Highway. One worker at the plant was pronounced dead at the scene and one worker was transported to a Winston Salem hospital in critical condition.
35-year-old Anthony Edward Lamattino of Woodstock, Georgia, died as a result of the ammonia release and was an employee of a contractor working at the Lineage Logistics facility in Statesville. Two Iredell County emergency responders were evaluated at a local hospital as a precaution for their exposure to the chemical. They were released early Friday evening.
Hazardous Material Response Teams and Emergency Services staff continued to monitor conditions inside the plant and in the area around the plant. Air monitoring outside the plant in the aftermath of the incident showed levels well below the threshold for concern to area residents and was not expected to cause health issues. Emergency responders remained on the scene through Saturday (January 11). Lineage Logistics is a warehousing and cold storage facility.
Agencies at the scene included Iredell County Emergency Management, Monticello Fire Department, Statesville Fire and Hazardous Material Response Team, Mooresville Fire and Hazardous Material Response Team, Regional Response Team – 7 Hazardous Materials Response Team from Charlotte Fire Department, Iredell County EMS, Iredell County Rescue Squad, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, NC State Highway Patrol, and US EPA.
43-year-old Misty Ann Greene of Dale Bowman Place in Morganton was arrested Thursday (January 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Greene was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for January 30.
37-year-old Jason Shiloh Parsons of Norwood Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 9) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine. Parsons was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Thursday.
23-year-old Monica Marie Santos of Small Circle in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Santos was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (January 13).