29-year-old Whitney Self Herman of Winston Street in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:15 yesterday afternoon (October 9) on a felony warrant out of Lincoln County. She's charged with attempting to obtain property by false pretense.
Herman was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department where she was processed and released under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for October 15 in Lincolnton.
She also has upcoming District Court dates in Catawba County on October 21 for felony obtaining property by false pretense and on November 13 on a number of vehicular offenses. In addition, Herman will appear in Superior Court in Catawba County on January 27 and on July 20 of next year, both on felony counts of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by forgery or fraud.
37-year-old Miguel Angel Pastrano of Conover has been arrested by Narcotics Officers with the Alexander Co. Sheriff's Office and the Taylorsville Police Department. He was charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance.
According to a statement released by the Sheriff's Office this morning (October 10), Pastrano was arrested in connection to an incident on September 19. At that time, Officers conducted a vehicle stop off of the Old Wilkesboro Road in Taylorsville. Pastrano was the driver. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 28 grams of methamphetamine.
Pastrano was arrested and placed the Alexander Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. He made a first appearance in Alexander County District Court on September 23. He'll appear in court again on October 14.
22-year-old Emerald Skye Martin of Highway 268 in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (October 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Bond for Martin was set at $20,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 10).
30-year-old Brittany Sunette Elliott of Knight Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (October 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Elliott was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $25,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled Wednesday.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal wreck Wednesday (October 9) in Iredell County. At approximately 2:20 p.m., Troopers responded to I-40 West between the 156 and 155 mile markers. Westbound traffic had come to a stop due to a brush fire beside the interstate. A 2003 Lexus passenger vehicle was stopped in the right lane.
A 2001 Peterbilt tractor-trailer swerved in an attempt to avoid the stopped traffic but collided with the Lexus. The Peterbilt then also collided with a Chevrolet pickup truck. The Chevrolet was pushed into a 2013 Kenworth tractor trailer. The driver of the Lexus, 65-year-old Ward Beecher Miller, of Winston-Salem, died at the scene. A passenger in the Lexus and the driver of the Chevrolet were transported to the hospital by EMS. Their conditions were not available. The Peterbilt was being driven by a 51-year-old Pennsylvania man.
I-40 West was closed and traffic was detoured onto US 64 at Exit 162; all lanes were reopened by 6:30 p.m. The investigation is ongoing.
36-year-old Kenneth Avery Davis of Miller Hill Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (October 9) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony hit and run resulting in serious injury or death and misdemeanor unauthorized use of a motor conveyance.
Davis was arrested in connection to an accident Monday night (October 7) that claimed the life of 25-year-old Marriah Kelly Warren of Forrest Hill Drive in Lenoir.
Lenoir Police responded to the crash scene at about 6:45 p.m. Monday. The accident occurred at the intersection of Harper Avenue and Fairview Drive in Lenoir. Ms. Warren was driving a 1999 Honda Accord south on Fairview Drive and Davis was driving a 2012 Ford Taurus west on Harper Avenue when the vehicles collided in the intersection.
Ms. Warren was transported to Caldwell U.N.C. Healthcare where she was pronounced dead at 7:22 p.m. Davis fled the scene on foot prior to the arrival of emergency personnel. A passenger, James Andrew Powell, was traveling with Davis. Powell was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries. He was treated and released.
Davis was taken into custody Wednesday shortly before 3 p.m. at the Caldwell County Magistrate’s Office. Bond for Davis was set at $310,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 10). Additional charges related to this case may be filed in the future.
In a special called meeting on Wednesday, (October 9), Hickory City Council approved a grant agreement with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for the 2018 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grant Award.
In 2018, the City of Hickory applied for and was awarded a $17.092 million BUILD grant for its “Hickory Reconnected through Transportation Infrastructure Investment” project, which includes a 1.7-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail and a bridge over U.S. 321, and a 0.9 mile complete streetscape loop in Downtown Hickory.
“The project funded by the BUILD grant is an extension of Hickory’s current bond program to activate various parts of the City through multi-modal path interconnection,” said Hickory City Manager Warren Wood. “This new project connects the City Walk to the Old Lenoir Road streetscape, and complements the City’s Riverwalk by providing a vital link across U.S. 321 to L.P. Frans Stadium, home of the Hickory Crawdads, and the Hickory Regional Airport.”
The grant agreement was drafted by City, state and federal staff to define project goals, establish a mandatory timeline for the project, and set benchmark and reporting requirements for project tracking. Per the agreement, the City will work directly with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to ensure that tracking and reimbursement requirements are achieved for the federal grant. The total grant agreement is for $17,092,608 from USDOT-FHWA, with the City committing to spend at least $4,673,152, for a minimum project value of $21,765,760.
During the special meeting, Hickory City Council also approved a $1.927 million contract with TGS Engineers for planning, permitting, routing, design, and estimating of the “Hickory Reconnected through Transportation Infrastructure Investment” project. This will include delivering to the City a project ready for construction authorization from USDOT-FHWA by September 2020.
For more information about the 2018 BUILD Transportation Grant program, please visit https://www.transportation.gov/BUILDgrants. For more information about the City’s Crafting Hickory projects, please visit https://www.CraftingHickory.com.
53-year-old David Daniel Moore of Maiden, was sentenced to an active prison term of 18 to 27 years following his conviction for two counts of statutory sex offense. The Honorable Athena F. Brooks, Superior Court Judge from Henderson County, imposed the prison term for Moore after he pleaded guilty during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (October 9).
The defendant also will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison. He will serve his incarceration period in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The defendant had been a long-time friend of the victim’s family, as pointed out by her father and grandmother when they addressed the Court.
Investigation of the offenses by Conover Police Department started in April 2018 when the female victim divulged that the defendant had touched her private area in an inappropriate manner. The victim was then referred to the Children’s’ Advocacy and Protection Center (CAPC) of Catawba County. The CAPC conducted a forensic interview of the victim, which led to a full disclosure of the defendant’s crimes and precipitated the investigation into Moore.
Moore was interviewed by law enforcement and admitted to committing the acts on the victim, indicating that they started in November 2017 and happened on several occasions. The victim’s father and grandmother both expressed their thanks to Conover Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office and the Court for their efforts in handling the case.
Jerry LaPage led the investigation for Conover Police Department. Melissa Ammons with the CAPC performed the victim’s forensic interview and assisted the victim’s family in her role as a victim’s advocate as the case progressed through court. Scott Lippert prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
24-year-old Aaron Lineberger of Maiden was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Newton early this morning (October 9). The N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to the crash scene at 4:45 a.m. today.
According to the Highway Patrol, the accident occurred as Mr. Lineberger was driving a 2009 Toyota Corolla southbound on Saint James Church Road at an excessive rate of speed. He ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected, ran off the right side of the road again, and hit a phone junction box, a utility pole, and a tree. The Toyota came to rest on the right shoulder of the road.
Mr. Lineberger was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt. It is unknown at this time whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash, pending the results of an autopsy.
53-year-old Edwin Jerry Hiatt of Burke County has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder with a special allegation of using a heavy decorative object during the commission of the crime. He is accused of murdering TV director Barry Crane in 1985.
Hiatt entered the not guilty plea yesterday (October 8) in a courtroom in Van Nuys (Los Angeles). He will next appear in court on December 17.
Crane directed a number of popular T.V. shows in the 1970s and 80s. He was 57 when he was killed.
Hiatt allegedly bludgeoned Crane to death with a ceramic statue and wrapped a telephone cord around his neck. He was linked to the crime when D.N.A. evidence found at the crime scene was retested in 2006 and 2018. Hiatt was arrested in North Carolina in May of this year and extradited to California in August.
31-year-old Whitney Jana'e Gatewood of 14th Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after 2:30 yesterday afternoon (October 8) on one felony count each of trafficking opium or heroin and possession of heroin, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to appear, and resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer.
Gatewood was arrested as Officers serving a warrant for failure to appear found 5.19 grams of heroin and drug parapheranlia. According to police reports, she resisted arrest by pulling away and refusing to comply with the Officer's instructions. She was forced to the ground and restrained.
Gatewood was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $31,000, secured. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
The annexation of new property into Maiden will allow for the growth of a major industry. According to a news release issued today (October 9), Maiden Town Council approved the annexation of 260 acres into the Town at the September 9 meeting. The acreage, directly adjacent to and owned by Apple Inc., will allow Apple to grow their data center operations.
Max Bumgarner, Jr., Mayor Pro Tem, said in the news release, “Apple’s contributions to the Town of Maiden started out almost ten years ago, and this annexation will provide the opportunity for them to grow. The citizens of Maiden have benefited from a new taxpayer and the upgrade in facilities we have been able to develop in the last ten years, and we look forward to continued growth in the coming ten years.”
27-year-old Cody John Adam Clark of Grandview Lane in Lincolnton was arrested Monday (October 7) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill and inflicting serious injury.
Deputies were dispatched to a physical disturbance call at a residence on Grandview Lane in Lincolnton Monday. When they arrived on the scene, deputies learned that the suspect, Clark and another resident of Grandview Lane, got into a fight and the victim was struck in the head with a machete.
The altercation occurred after one of the men used a stick trying to break up a fight between dogs owned by the two men. The victim, who was injured, fled the scene and was later found by Lincolnton Police on Lithia Inn Road. He had a laceration on the head from being hit by the machete and was transported to Atrium Health–Lincoln for treatment.
Following his arrest, Clark was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $35,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (October 9). Clark's next District Court date is scheduled for October 22.
Four individuals have been charged by officers with the Burke County Sheriff's Office and other agencies with felony counts in connection to the operation of gaming locations in Burke County. Misdemeanor charges have been filed against four additional suspects.
46-year-old Freddie W. Nickols and 48-year-old Tammy Nichols, both of Mocksville, are each charged with felonious operation of five or more video gaming machines at two different locations, one in Morganton and one in Valdese. They're also charged with misdemeanor gambling at those two locations.
38-year-old Rebecca Allendria McCloud of Connelly Springs is charged with felonious operation of five or more video gaming machines and misdemeanor gambling at a location in Morganton. 56-year-old Lisa Byrd Branch of Morganton is charged with felonious operation of five or more video gaming machines and misdemeanor gambling at a location in Valdese.
Working with the District Attorney’s Office and the NC Department of Public Safety Alcohol Law Enforcement, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office issued search warrants on four gaming locations. The gaming businesses were at 1460 US 70 West in Valdese; 1575 US 70 West in Valdese; 2210 US 70 East in Morganton; and 2000 Johns River Loop in Morganton. The warrants were served on August 23, 2019. The searches were conducted simultaneously by over 50 officers from the BCSO; ALE; NC DPS Probation; NC DPS Corrections; and officers from Morganton Department Public Safety, Valdese, Drexel and Glen Alpine Police Departments.
The BCSO and ALE have conducted undercover operations determining that the machines in these locations were being operated in violation of the N.C. Statutes. The gaming machines were seized and stored as evidence pending court proceedings.
The BCSO and other Burke County law enforcement agencies have received complaints from citizens alleging crimes at or near these gaming sites ranging from solicitation of prostitution, illegal sale and use of controlled substances, possession of firearms, and possible sales of stolen property. Complaints have also included break-ins and larcenies of property, trespassers on private property, and residents living near these properties being concerned about their family’s safety.