46-year-old Erskine Wells Arnold of Summers Road in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (August 13) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony hit and run with injury and is also charged with being a fugitive from South Carolina.
At approximately 9:30 Tuesday morning, Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to the area of Rand Street at West Fleming Drive to investigate a motor vehicle crash with injuries. When officers arrived, they found two vehicles, a 2004 Nissan Armada and a 2017 Ford Transit Van. Each vehicle was occupied by only the driver. Witnesses told police that a man left the scene right after after the crash. The driver of the Ford was complaining of neck pain.
The suspect, Arnold, was found near Mighty Dollar on West Fleming Drive where he was detained. During the investigation, it was determined that the Nissan, driven by Arnold, was traveling west on West Fleming Drive when the other driver failed to see before turning into the roadway from Rand Street. Rosas collided with Arnold near Rand Street at West Fleming Drive. After the collision, Arnold fled on foot.
Police suspected that Arnold was impaired while driving. In addition, he was a wanted person from Greenville, South Carolina. He was wanted on a fugitive warrant for first degree domestic violence. Arnold was wearing an ankle monitor at the time of his arrest. No other people involved in the accident were charged with felony offenses. Those injured were treated at the scene, nobody was brought to the hospital.
Arnold was transported to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility to be held pending extradition to South Carolina. Bond for the felony hit and run charge was set at $3,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (August 14).
A juvenile will be charged with issuing a threat at a school in Iredell County. Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies received information of a plan of a possible threat of a school shooting at West Iredell High School on Monday (August 12).
Deputies received this information while investigating another incident in the area of the Iredell/Alexander County Line. The information was received from a parent, who heard that a student issued a threat regarding a school shooting on Monday when the students return to school.
An investigation was immediately initiated, officers contacted school officials, and the School Resource Officer. Deputies found the suspect and spoke with the juvenile, and the parent.
An appointment was scheduled for the juvenile and parent to meet with West Iredell High School officials and Detectives with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. During the investigation, numerous students who had knowledge of the threat were interviewed.
During the interviews it was discovered the suspect had been talking about the threat during the previous week. The student told others not to come to school on Monday.
Based on all the information gathered the juvenile was charged with communicating a false report of mass violence on educational property, a Class H Felony. All of the evidence obtained has been submitted to the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and the District Attorney’s Office. This student has a history of repeated incidents similar to this in the Iredell-Statesville School System.
39-year-old Corey David Combs of Ponder Lane in Statesville was arrested last Friday (August 9) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts apiece of failure to appear on narcotics violations and failure to appear on charges of communicating threats. Combs is also charged with misdemeanor counts of breaking and entering and damage to property.
According to information released by the Sheriff's Office Tuesday (August 13), on Friday, an officer was attempting to serve failure to appear Warrants on Combs at his residence. As the officer was attempting to serve the warrants, Combs ran out the back door of his residence. Another officer arrived along with his canine partner “Bosco”.
They were able to immediately pick up Comb’s trail, and Bosco began actively tracking. Bosco led Deputy Clay and Deputy Robbins from Ponder Lane to Mitchell Trail Road, then to Bacon Road. Along the way concerned citizens asked the deputies if they were looking for a baldheaded man in red underwear, which was the description of Combs, and pointed in the direction Combs ran.
Bosco tracked Combs to a camper on Cowboy Trail. Combs had reportedly broken in to the camper in an attempt to hide. Officers could hear movement inside the camper and ordered Combs to come out of the camper, which he did without incident.
Bond for Combs was set at $20,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 20.
Heavy storms moved through the area Tuesday afternoon (August 13) and damaged property in some parts of the region. Alexander County was hit hard by the stormy weather.
As a result of the severe thunderstorms, there were several reports of trees falling onto homes. Homes on Shiloh Church Road and Skyline Church Road, both in the Bethlehem community, were damaged when trees fell on them.
Wind caused damage to the front of Bethlehem Pharmacy. According to published reports, customers were moved to the back of the store until the storm passed. No serious injuries were reported as a result of Tuesday's storms.
34-year-old Alan Grant Drake of 10th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after noon Friday (August 9) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of a schedule III controlled substance.
Drake was arrested after Police were called to remove a subject from a convenience store on Springs Road N.E. During the incident, Officers found 0.5 grams of methamphetamine and two dosage units of Subutex.
Drake was taken into custody and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (August 12) with his next court date coming up on August 30 in Newton.
22-year-old Andrew Michael Davis of Pax Hill Road in Morganton is charged with felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a firearm, and possession of a stolen firearm.
Just before 1:00 a.m. today (August 13), a white male, later identified as Andrew Michael Davis, entered the Shop and Save #3 Convenience Store on NC 18-US 64 at Pax Hill Road in Morganton, with a handgun. Davis asked the store clerk for a carton of cigarettes, took the cash from the register, and left the store on foot walking toward Lenoir.
A customer in the store followed Davis in their personal vehicle. Davis was struck and injured by the customer's vehicle. A Burke County Deputy responding to the robbery scene was made aware of a male laying it the ditch on Pax Hill Road. The deputy found the man, who was later identified as Davis.
The deputy seized a handgun, cash, a carton of cigarettes and a mask from, or near, Davis. The subject was detained by the deputy and subsequently transported by Burke County EMS to a hospital where he was admitted. Warrants for Davis have been issued, they were to be served upon his release from the hospital.
27-year-old Alexander Rodney Herbert of 9th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:20 Sunday morning (August 11) on one felony count of possession of heroin.
Events leading to his arrest began when Officers saw a vehicle being driven recklessly on Robinson Road. Police stopped the vehicle. During the stop, Officers found 0.2 grams of heroin.
Herbert was taken into custody without incident. He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (August 13) in Newton.
30-year-old Thomas Matiral Izard of 7th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 4 p.m. yesterday (August 12) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance (cocaine) and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule I controlled substance (heroin). He was also charged with misdemeanor larceny, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, and driving while license revoked. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office also charged him with non-support.
Izard was taken into custody without incident at a residential address in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $13,000 secured bond, plus a $330 cash bond on the non-support charge. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton. An additional court date on the non-support charge is coming up on Thursday (August 15).
23-year-old Richard Tyler McKinney of Burnette Drive in Lenoir was arrested Monday (August 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle. In addition, McKinney is charged with four misdemeanor counts of failure to appear, two misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer, and single counts of fail to stop for a blue light or siren and reckless driving to endanger. McKinney was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $44,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (August 14).
51-year-old Ben Wallace Dean Robinson, Jr., who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at two o'clock this morning (August 13) on one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and first-degree burglary, plus one misdemeanor count of assault on a female. The warrants for his arrest were issued on July 7 of this year. He was also served bills of indictment for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance (cocaine) and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Those warrants were issued on June 24.
The assault charges stem from an incident on July 6 when Police responded to a domestic assault at an address on 9th Street S.W. The drug charges are from a case dating back to October of 2018.
Robinson was taken into custody without incident today at a skill games establishment on 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $109,000 secured bond. He'll appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton.
26-year-old Brandon Charles O’Keefe of Houston Mill Road in Conover has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff's Officers on charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and no operator’s license.
At about 8:20 a.m. Saturday (August 10), Catawba County Deputies patrolling the Bethany Church Road area in Claremont saw a vehicle without a registration plate. Deputies stopped the vehicle. The driver was identified as Brandon O’Keefe.
During the investigation, O’Keefe told Officers he had a meth pipe and methamphetamine on his person. Deputies found the meth pipe and four bags containing 10.4 grams of meth. Digital scales and two firearms were also found in the vehicle.
A male from Denver, N.C. was cited for failure to register the vehicle.
O’Keefe was arrested and placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He'll appear in District Court on August 30 in Newton.
An Alexander County man is charged with multiple sex offenses. 73-year-old Roger Ray Hollar of Union Grove was arrested Monday (August 12) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with ten counts apiece of statutory sex offense and ten counts of indecent liberties with a child.
Hollar was arrested following a lengthy investigation and placed in jail under a $1,000,000 secured bond. His first appearance in Alexander County District Court is scheduled for next Monday (August 19). This case is still under investigation.
Three people were reportedly killed in a domestic incident in Hickory. On Monday (August 12) shortly after 9:00 p.m., Hickory Police Officers responded to an address on 17th Avenue NE in reference to reports of a woman lying in the yard injured as a result of a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, officers found 32-year-old Roxanne Auton Mitchem deceased in the yard.
Officers were notified that a second victim; 32-year-old Dorrian Doral Pearson had fled from the residence on foot and was located at an address on 16th Avenue NE. He was suffering from injuries as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. Pearson was transported by paramedics to a local hospital was being treated for his injuries.
Officers were informed of possible additional victims inside an apartment at the address on 17th Avenue NE. They found 34-year old Jessica Rose Fowler deceased as a result of a gunshot wound and her estranged husband, 37-year-old David Christopher Covington deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Two small children were inside the home at the time of the incident, but were not injured. Anyone with information regarding this on-going investigation is encouraged to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or contact Inv. C. De Los Santos directly at 828-261-2621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
17-year-old Logan Daniel Watson of 36th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Monday (August 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. In addition, Watson is charged with reckless driving with wanton disregard and fictitious or altered title, registration card, or tag. He was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Monday.