Wednesday COVID-19 Update: Hospitalizations Decrease In Catawba County, At Highest Level In CaldwellWritten by Rob Eastwood
17 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Tuesday (June 30) in Catawba County, increasing the total to 825, with 14 deaths. Hospitalizations dropped to 12, from 15 Monday (June 29). Tuesday was also the first day since last Wednesday (June 24) that the county did not report at least 30 new cases of the coronavirus. At least 340 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Catawba County, and there have been 3,325 negative test results.
Ten new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Tuesday in Burke County, increasing the total to 1,026, with 20 deaths. There were six people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Burke County, and at least 783 patients had recovered. Caldwell County health officials reported two new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, increasing the total to 412, with four deaths. Hospitalizations increased to 15 in Caldwell, the highest number since the start of the pandemic. No new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Tuesday in Alexander County, leaving the total at 91, with one death.
36-year-old Cody Tenile Gray of Greenbriar Road in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with six counts of felony identity theft and one count of felony uttering a forged instrument.
According to information released Tuesday (June 30), on June 20, 2020, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report in reference to identity theft, and unapproved financial card charges. When officers interviewed the victim, they learned they had been away on a business trip, someone had used his personal information to open various accounts in his name, and his bank card had been used to make various transactions without his knowledge or approval.
A detective met with and interviewed the victim, gathered evidence from various business locations. After compiling all of the evidence, Cody Tenile Gray was identified as the person responsible. Based on this information arrest warrants were obtained for Gray.
She was arrested last Thursday (June 25) and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center. Gray was released on $6,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 17.
40-year-old Demario Jamon Chambers of North Davidson Street in Charlotte was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking heroin by possession and transportation and maintain a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Additionally, Chambers is charged with misdemeanor counts of resist, obstruct, or delay a public officer, possession of marijuana, and driving while license revoked.
Last Saturday (June 27), Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers stopped a Nissan Pathfinder at Mile Marker 62 on Interstate 77 Southbound for a traffic violation. The deputy approached the vehicle and spoke the driver, Demario Jamon Chambers of Charlotte. Chambers told the officer he was travelling from Rochester New York to Charlotte. He then admitted his driver’s license were revoked. The officer went to get his K9 officer to search the vehicle.
While the deputy was approaching the vehicle with the K9, Chambers reportedly fled on foot in an attempt to get back in his vehicle. Deputies gave chase and Chambers ran across the interstate into the median. Once in the median officers gave Chambers commands to stop, and he was then taken into custody. During a search of the vehicle, deputies reportedly found 14 grams of heroin, and five grams of hydroponic marijuana.
Chambers was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (July 1). A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 20.
Man Dies from Gunshot Wound; Caldwell County Sheriff's Office Investigates [EDITED TO CORRECT DAY & DATE]Written by Ralph Mangum
Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Investigators are searching for a person of interest in connection to the death of a Burke County man. The deceased is 29-year-old Donald Scott Young of Connelly Springs. 34-year-old James Allen Jones is wanted for questioning.
Just before midnight Sunday (June 28), Burke County Deputies responded to a residence on South Fork Avenue in Hickory in reference to an individual who was found deceased in a vehicle. The decedent was identified as Mr. Young. He died as a result of an apparent gunshot.
Burke County Deputies conducted on-scene interviews and determined that the death was the result of a confrontation that occurred on Ardmore Lane in Caldwell County's Sawmills community a short time before the initial call. Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers responded to Ardmore Lane and launched an investigation.
They learned that Mr. Young suffered the gunshot wound while in the vehicle and was driven to an associate's home at the South Fork Avenue residence. Investigators believe Mr. Young died in the vehicle while in transit.
Investigators are searching for James Allen Jones. The Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office is consulting with the District Attorney’s Office regarding possible criminal charges.
COVID-19 Hospitalizations Drop In Catawba County, Fewer Than 30 Cases Reported For First Time In Six DaysWritten by Rob Eastwood
17 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed today (June 30) in Catawba County, increasing the total to 825, with 14 deaths. Hospitalizations dropped to 12, from 15 Monday (June 29). Today is also the first day since last Wednesday (June 24) that the county did not report at least 30 new cases of the coronavirus. At least 340 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Catawba County, and there have been 3,325 negative test results.
50-year-old Rhonda Yvette Walton of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:15 yesterday afternoon (June 29) on one felony count of habitual larceny or shoplifting. Walton was taken into custody without incident at Hickory's Valley Hills Mall on Highway 70 S.E. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,000, secured. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
33-year-old Jordan Christopher Brown of Holly Drive in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (June 30) for felony aiding & abetting a felony. Brown was taken into custody at about 7:20 a.m. today at a used car dealership on Highway 70 S.E. No information is available regarding his incarceration, bond, or a court date.
33-year-old Jacqual Rashad Coward of The Bronx, New York, was arrested Monday (June 29) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a felony warrant as a fugitive from another state and two counts of misdemeanor failure to appear. Coward was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $50,650 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled Wednesday (July 1).
24-year-old Hailey Cheyenne Young of Whispering Pines Drive in Newton was arrested Sunday (June 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of a controlled substance at a penal institution and misdemeanor larceny. Young was released on $11,500 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for Monday (June 29) and July 13.
The 14th COVID-19-related death was reported in Catawba County Monday (June 29). In addition, 32 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed by Catawba County Public Health Monday, increasing the overall total to 808. There were 15 people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Catawba County, two more than Sunday (June 28). At least 338 patients have recovered from COVID-19, and there have been 3,310 negative COVID-19 tests.
The Alexander County Health Department reported the county’s first death related to COVID-19 on Monday. According to Leeanne Whisnant, Director of Consolidated Human Services, Alexander County EMS responded to a call at a residence on Monday morning during which time the patient died as a result of complications associated with COVID-19. The individual, whose age was not released, tested positive 14 days ago and had not been hospitalized for the illness. Other members of the household have also tested positive for COVID-19.
Alexander County health officials reported a total of 91 infections in the county, an increase of three since the last update. Alexander County has 37 people in quarantine with COVID-19, including one in the hospital. 54 people have fully recovered.
The Caldwell County Health Department reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, increasing the total number of infections to 410, with four deaths. Burke County Public Health reported a total of 1,016 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 19 since the last update. There have been 20 coronavirus-related deaths in Burke County.
30-year-old Tiffany Samantha Whitney and 30-year-old Michael Allen Benfield, both of the same Pea Ridge Road, Morganton address, were arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony possession of schedule IV controlled substance (alprazolam). Whitney is also charged with trafficking opium or heroin.
According to information released late last week, last Tuesday (June 23), the North Carolina Probation and Parole Office and Burke County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation at an address on Pea Ridge Road in Morganton. Officers made contact with Michael Allen Benfield and Tiffany Samantha Whitney shortly after they arrived.
The residence was searched, and officers reportedly found and seized a substantial amount of heroin, alprazolam and drug paraphernalia. Whitney's bond was set at $50,000 secured, Benfield received a $25,000 secured bond. Both suspects were placed in the Burke County Jail. They were no longer listed as inmates in Morganton. The next District Court date for both suspects is scheduled for July 16.
31-year-old Johnny Allen Wade and 27-year-old Ashley Dawn Palmer, both of Valdese, were arrested Saturday (June 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. Both suspects are charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine. Wade is additionally charged with simple possession of schedule II controlled substance and simple possession of schedule IV controlled Substance. Palmer is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Saturday, shortly before 10:30 p.m. a patrol deputy with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office saw a passenger car traveling in the 3600 block of Hwy 70 SW whose tail lights were inoperative. The deputy stopped the vehicle in question near the 26th St SW intersection.
During this time officers located and seized 11 grams of methamphetamine, six opiate pills and a small amount of U.S. currency. Johnny Allen Wade and Ashley Dawn Palmer were identified as the driver and passenger of this vehicle.
Both suspects $22,000 secured bonds on the drug charges, they were both scheduled to appear in District Court Monday (June 29). Palmer was also served with outstanding warrants for failing to appear on charges related to a violation of Drug Recovery Court conditions and felony probation violation. Palmer received a $50,000 secured bond on the Drug Court Violation charge and $5,000 on the probation violation. Palmer’s first appearance for those two charges was scheduled today (June 30).
More details have been released on the arrest of a Catawba County man on drug charges, previously reported Monday (June 29) on WHKY. 42-year-old John David Swink of Rifle Range Road in Conover was arrested Sunday (June 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking in heroin by possession, trafficking in heroin by transportation, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance, felony flee to elude arrest, possession of methamphetamine, resisting a public officer, and felony probation violation.
On Sunday at approximately 10:20 a.m., Investigators with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Group attempted to stop a vehicle traveling along Springs Rd for displaying a revoked registration plate.
The driver, John David Swink, reportedly fled from investigators both in his vehicle and on foot before being apprehended. Once the suspect was taken into custody, officers reportedly seized 25.48 grams of heroin, .25 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia from Swink and his vehicle.
Following the arrest, Swink was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $150,000 bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (June 30). A first appearance in District Court was scheduled Monday, his next District Court appearance is scheduled for July 20. A Superior Court date is September 24.
32-year-old Catherine Diane Masten of 17th Street Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:10 Friday afternoon (June 26) for a felony probation violation. Masten is on probation as she serves a 24-month suspended sentence following an August 2019 felony conviction in Catawba County for possession of a schedule II controlled substance. The warrant for her arrest was issued in December of last year.
Masten was taken into custody without incident Friday at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. She has since been released. Masten will appear in District Court on September 24 in Newton.