29-year-old Michelle Nicole Mathis of 19th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (August 24) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and breaking and entering. In addition, Mathis is charged with possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting a public officer. Following the arrest, Mathis was locked up ion the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for September 15 and December 4.
25-year-old Wesley Ryan Shook of Zion Road in Morganton has been arrested by Hickory Police on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged on a warrant from the Department of Probation & Parole.
Records show that Shook was convicted in April of 2012 of felony burglary and common law robbery in Catawba County. He was on parole after being released in February of this year. He had been listed as an absconder from Probation & Parole.
Shook was jailed today (August 25) under a $10,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on September 15 on the drug charge.
41-year-old Tony Wayne Bolick of 40th Avenue N.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, going armed to the terror of the public, disorderly conduct, communicating threats and resisting a public officer.
He was jailed yesterday (August 24) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $70,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for September 15 in Newton.
18-year-old Hunter Wayne McNeely of Gilbert Road in Vale has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count each of statutory sexual offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child.
The incident was first reported in July of this year. The charges involve a five-year-old male who was known by the suspect. McNeely was arrested following an interview at the Sheriff’s Office on August 24. He confessed to inappropriately touching the victim.
The suspect was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (August 25).
Additional charges have been filed in Iredell County against a man already facing a sex offense allegation. 28-year-old Brentley Jason Byers, who lists addresses in Taylorsville and Olin, was charged with felony statutory sex offense with a child and felony child abuse inflicting serious injury. Those charges were filed on Tuesday (August 22).
Byers was originally charged with one count of felony statutory rape of a child on July 22 in connection to an incident that occurred on July 21. The victim is reported to be a seven-year-old female. She reportedly said that the suspect sexually assaulted her. She suffered extensive injuries from the assault and was transported to Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem.
The new charges are based on information that has been gathered from medical sources and interviews since the original charges were filed. An additional $1,000,000 bond was added for the new charges, bringing his total bond to $2,000,500. A District Court appearance is scheduled for September 11. The investigation is still ongoing and more charges may be filed.
Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers continue to investigate the murder of 80-year-old Hugh Lee Moose, who was shot and killed in his Shiloh Road home at about 7 p.m. on January 10 of this year.
A press release from the Sheriff’s Office says Moose came home from work early on the day he was killed. It was a cold day with some snow still on the ground. Investigators are still trying to determine the identity of a man who talked to Mr. Moose just prior to his death. Beginning around 5 p.m., multiple witnesses saw a man described as a white male, 25-to-35 years of age. He was wearing a toboggan, Carhartt-style overalls and carrying a backpack. Witness descriptions of the man’s hair color vary. Most witnesses described him as having a slender-to-medium build, about 5’10” to 6’0” tall.
The man was seen talking to Hugh Moose about an hour-and-a-half before the 9-1-1 call was received. The same man was seen in the area when he went to another home and asked to use the phone. The call was not completed and Investigators have no way to trace it. Investigators believe the same man was seen walking in front of Mr. Moose’s home around the time the 9-1-1 call came in, within minutes of the time Mr. Moose was shot. The unidentified man reportedly told one witness he had been walking all day and had come from the East Broad St area, trying to get to Old Mountain road.
At this point, Investigators have no way of knowing how much of that information is accurate. The accuracy of witness reports in similar situations has a mixed history.
As in any investigation, it is possible for witness descriptions to differ slightly. Witnesses worked with a sketch artist to create a composite sketch, which has been released. The sketch is one person’s recollection of what the suspect looked like and may or may not be consistent with another person’s recollections. A composite is only a general guide of what the suspect might look like and is not intended to be an exact representation of the suspect.
Detectives believe that someone knows who the man is and may not realize the importance of the information they have. Persons in the area should consider if someone might have asked for a ride or if anyone approached a home asking to use the phone on or near Shiloh Road in the hours before or after the murder occurred.
Detectives are considering all options. The unidentified man on foot is not the only possible suspect; however, identifying him remains a high priority.
Anyone with information should contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office hotline at 704-928-9804.
A suspect in a shooting incident earlier this week turned himself in to authorities yesterday (August 24).
24-year-old Craig Alan Blackwell Jr. of Statesville turned himself in to Statesville Police Thursday at approximately 5 p.m. at SPD headquarters. Blackwell was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon, and discharging a firearm in the city.
The incident occurred at about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday (August 22) on the 800 block of Park Drive at Bristol Road in Statesville. When Officers arrived at the scene, they found a 26-year-old Statesville man suffering from gunshot wounds. Iredell County E.M.S. and the Statesville Fire Department treated the victim at the scene. The victim was then transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
Investigators learned that the victim was on a moped at the intersection when a suspect operating a red & black moped drove by and shot the victim. The suspect continued to travel south on Park Drive, away from the area. Officers searched the area and continued to search throughout the night, but the suspect was not found. Investigators were able to identify Blackwell as the suspect and warrants for his arrest were issued.
Following his arrest yesterday, Blackwell was placed in jail under $275,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 25).
60-year-old William Keith Sanders of Corner Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (August 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Sanders was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Monday (August 28).
19-year-old Grayson Phillip Spann of Spann Hill Circle in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (August 24) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a firearm along with simple possession of schedule VI and IV controlled substance. Bond for Spann was set at $10,000 secured. District Court appearances are scheduled for Monday (August 28) and November 2.
42-year-old Christopher Wayne Haynes of Abington Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (August 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. Haynes was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (August 28).
33-year-old Brian Dean Mitchem of Shiloh Road in Statesville was arrested Thursday (August 24) by authorities in Alexander County. He's facing charges in three other counties. Mitchem is charged in Catawba County with breaking and entering, larceny after B&E, and possession of stolen goods, and is also charged with those three offenses on grand jury indictments. Mitchem also faces a count of obtaining property by false pretense in Catawba County.
Mitchem is charged by authorities in Iredell County with nine counts of financial card fraud along with single counts of breaking and entering and larceny of a firearm. In Mecklenburg County, Mitchem is charged with breaking and entering, larceny after B&E, larceny of a firearm, and possession of stolen goods.
Following the arrest, Mitchem was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $71,000 bond. Upcoming court dates are scheduled for October 24, November 7, and November 9.
38-year-old Joey Dale Goble of Edwards Road in Claremont was arrested Thursday (August 24) on charges filed by the Conover Police Department and Catawba County Sheriff's Office. He's charged by Conover Police on grand jury indictments with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office charged Goble with non-support of a child. Goble was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. Court dates were scheduled for today (August 25) and September 6.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged an eastern Lincoln County man with the sexual assault of a child.
34-year-old Brandon Scott Cecil of North NC Highway 16 Business in Denver is charged with one felony each of statutory sex offense of a child and indecent liberties with a child. Detective Dan Renn received a report on August 4, that the suspect had been inappropriately touching a female juvenile. The incident occurred at his residence and involved a relative.
Deputies executed a search warrant at the residence on Wednesday (August 23) and arrested the suspect. Cecil was detained in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under an $80,000 secured bond. He remained in custody as of earlier today (August 25). Cecil made his first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on Thursday (August 24). His next District Court appearance is scheduled for September 14.
The opening of a new business in Newton today (August 24) has added new jobs in Catawba County. According to a news release from the company, Love’s Travel Stops added a new location to its network of stores in North Carolina with the opening of a travel stop in Newton at 1760 Southfork Drive, which is at exit 37 off U.S. 321. The new travel stop adds approximately 60 jobs to Catawba County.
The 24/7 facility offers gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, name-brand snacks and a Hardee’s restaurant. The opening of the Newton store marks Love’s fifth travel stop in North Carolina. Nationwide, Love’s has more than 430 stores in 41 states.
In celebration of the new store, Love’s will hold a ribbon cutting in conjunction with the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 29. During the ceremony, Love’s will present a $2,000 donation to the Foothills Folk Art Festival taking place Saturday, Oct. 2 in Newton.
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Founded in 1964, Love’s provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, travel items, electronics, snacks and more, as well as a selection of restaurant offerings. On-site Love’s Truck Tire Care centers offer roadside assistance, tire care and light mechanical services for professional truck drivers. Showers, CAT scales and other services for professional truck drivers are also available. Love’s, which remains family-owned and operated, employs more than 17,000 people. To learn more, visit www.loves.com.