A fatal hit and run in Long View is under investigation. According to the North Carolina News Network, the incident occurred on Highway 70 near the Fran Mar Motel just before 6 a.m. today (May 16). A male pedestrian was struck and killed. The victim's name has not been released. The Long View Police Department is hoping the debris left behind in the collision will help them identify the vehicle make and model.
30-year-old Whitney Takalya Harris of 7th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was served a bill of indictment by Hickory Police shortly after ten o’clock last night (May 15) on one felony count of habitual larceny. The Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office also charged her with non-support of a child.
She was arrested in connection to an incident on January 15 of this year when Hickory Police responded to the Belk store in reference to a subject who concealed items and exited past the last point of sale. Loss Prevention detained Harris and recovered the stolen items. She was initially arrested on that date.
Harris was taken into custody without incident last night at the Sunny Valley public housing complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton. Harris was also given a $110 cash bond on the non-support charge with a court date on May 24.
33-year-old Nicole Ruth Mahaffey of Old Mocksville Road in Statesville was arrested May 8 by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of trafficking opium, possession of methamphetamine, and possession with intent to sell and deliver meth. She's also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
According to a news release issued today (May 16), the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office had received numerous complaints from citizens about the amount of vehicle traffic, large numbers of people and possible drug sales at 1826 Old Mocksville Road. Surveillance operations were established on the residence and detectives quickly verified the large amount of activity at the residence.
On May 8 narcotics detectives went to the residence and spoke with Nicole Ruth Mahaffey. Detectives were given permission to search the residence. They found eleven grams of meth hidden in a vent in a bathroom and a glass jar filled with marijuana. They found hydrocodone pills totalling 4.8 grams inside that jar.
Mahaffey was jailed under $200,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for May 30.
The Lincolnton Police Department is requesting the public’s help in solving a homicide that took place on May 4 at approximately 11:48 p.m. The victim, Johnny Ray “Nuke” Izard, Jr., was walking on the 200 block of New Bold Street Lincolnton when he was shot. Mr. Izard later died at the hospital.
Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects. Anyone with information should call Lincolnton Police at 704-736-8900 or contact Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
The N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close two ramps at the Interstate 40 interchange and the Old Mocksville Highway (Exit 154) for resurfacing work, weather permitting.
The first closure will affect the exit ramp from I-40 East to the Old Mocksville Highway, starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20. The ramp is scheduled to reopen by 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 22.
Next, crews will close the entrance ramp from the Old Mocksville Highway to I-40 West, starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. Work is scheduled to wrap up by 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 24.
17-year-old Marcus Anthony Chavez of 34th Street Place NE in Hickory was arrested today (May 16) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three felony counts of break or enter a motor vehicle. Chavez was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A Superior Court date is scheduled for tomorrow (May 17).
35-year-old Ryan Walter Kirby of Blue Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (May 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny. Kirby was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 23.
33-year-old Ian Ashley Gragg of Buzy Bee Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (May 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female. Gragg was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court date is set for May 27.
28-year-old Joe Clifford Tipps of Pea Ridge Road in Lawndale was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, felony possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and felony probation violation. Tipps is also charged on bills of indictment with possession of a firearm by a felon and habitual felon. He was detained this morning (May 16) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. District and Superior Court appearances were scheduled today, another Superior Court date is set for May 21.
The teacher rally is being held today (May 16) in Raleigh, and some area school systems are closed for students. The Alexander County, Caldwell County, and Hickory City Schools are all closed today for students. All three systems have an optional teacher workday.
Two Catawba County residents were killed in a motorcycle crash in Burke County Tuesday. According to published reports, the accident happened shortly after noon on Interstate 40 eastbound at mile marker 114. The reports identify the victims as 35-year-old Kaa Yang of Newton and 36-year-old Roger Lee of Hickory. Both men reportedly died on the scene.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol reports the men were traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour when one tapped the other, resulting in both motorcycles losing control. They reportedly crashed into each other, collided with a guardrail, flipped and then slid 100 feet. Two other people on separate motorcycles were not hurt.
New names have been added to the Burke County most wanted list.
21-year-old Austin Michael Neece is wanted by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of parole violation and probation violation. The last known address for Neece is 6492 Prysock Avenue in Connelly Springs. He's been on the most wanted list since May 4.
25-year-old Tracey Diane Teague was added to the Burke County most wanted list. She's charged with parole violation. Teague's last known address was 1774 Dearborn Street Extension, Lot 1 in Morganton. She was added to the list Monday (May 14).
40-year-old Jason Wayne Tomlinson is also wanted by authorities in Burke County. He's also charged with parole violation. Tomlinson's last known address was 7821 River Rock Drive in Hickory. He was also added to the most wanted list Monday.
You can see the entire list of suspects wanted by authorities in Burke County at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to email@example.com. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
Hickory City Manager Warren Wood presented his Fiscal Year 2018-2019 recommended budget to City Council on Tuesday (May 15). The recommended budget totals $103,801,956 for all City operations, capital improvements, and debt service requirements for the upcoming year. The property tax rate will remain the same. Hickory City Council will hold a public hearing on the FY 2018-2019 recommended budget on Tuesday, June 5, at 7 p.m. during its regular City Council meeting at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building in Council Chambers.
In the City’s General Fund, its main operating fund, property tax revenues are expected to increase 3.5% over the prior year. This is due to commercial and residential growth in the City’s tax base over the past twelve months. Additionally, sales tax revenues are projected to increase by 4.0%, as Hickory continues to be a hub of retail activity in the region.
In the Water and Sewer fund, which is fully supported by user fees, a 2.1% increase in utility rates is recommended based on the Consumer Price Index and to maintain its infrastructure.
In an ongoing effort to promote self-sufficiency within the Solid Waste Fund, the monthly sanitation rate will increase from $20.50 to $22.50, while still maintaining a lower cost than many municipalities across the state. With this increase, the Solid Waste Fund will be 100% self-supporting in Fiscal Year 2018-2019.
Hickory’s recommended budget for the upcoming fiscal year and Hickory City Council’s 2018-2019 Priorities and Action Plan that will detail the many goals and specific spending recommendations for the coming year is available for public review at the City of Hickory's website, to be directed to that site click here. Additionally, a copy of the budget can be viewed at City Hall, Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, or the Ridgeview Branch Library. City Council welcomes public input regarding the recommended budget at the June 5 Council meeting.
On Monday (May 14), Deputies with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at 3990 Tom Calloway Lane in Hudson due to reports of Chop Shop Activity.
Multiple stolen vehicles and stolen registration plates were found at this location. Property that was recovered was reported stolen from Catawba, Caldwell, Lincoln and Wilkes Counties in North Carolina, and from Simpsonville South Carolina.
The investigation is still ongoing at this time and charges are pending. If anyone has any further information regarding this matter, contact Crimestoppers at (828) 758-8300.