38-year-old Grady Scott Bumgarner of 18th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (April 5) on one felony count of failure to appear. It is not clear on which charges Bumgarner failed to appear, but he does have upcoming District Court appearances scheduled for April 25 & 26 on misdemeanor counts of larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia, and 2nd-degree trespassing. The warrant for his arrest was issued on March 18.
Bumgarner was taken into custody without incident at about 12:30 a.m. today at a convenience store on 16th Street N.E. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,000. He was longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of 11 a.m. today. According to H.P.D.'s arrest report, an appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for May 6 in Newton.
33-year-old Alicha Leann Hamby of Stirewalt Drive in Granite Falls was arrested yesterday (April 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of assault inflicting physical injury to emergency or medical staff.
Hamby was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $5,000, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for April 18.
Lincoln County Deputies are investigating the theft of commercial equipment from a work site on Christalina Lane in Denver, N.C.
Deputies were dispatched to the site Wednesday (April 3) where they were told that two skid steers were stolen from the construction site between April 2 and the morning of April 3.
The skid steers are a black & yellow 2003 John Deere 260 and a black & yellow 1998 New Holland LX865. The equipment is valued at $24,000. Both skid steers have been entered into the National Crime Information Center's (N.C.I.S.) database as stolen.
Anyone with information regarding the theft should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
30-year-old Jesus Diaz Guzman of Woodland Hill Trail in Lincolnton was arrested Thursday (April 4) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of statutory rape of a child by an adult and two felony counts of taking indecent liberties with child.
On January 24, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the Lincoln County Department of Social Services. The report detailed the statutory rape of two children that were between the ages of seven and eleven-years-old when the incidents occurred.
During the investigation a detective discovered the suspect had intercourse with one of victims and inappropriately touched both children who were known to the suspect. A news release says Guzman confessed to inappropriately touching the children.
He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $150,000 bond. He was scheduled to have a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today.
Unemployment rates decreased across the Hickory Metro and across most of the state, according to the report released this week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The figures are for the month of February.
Catawba County's unemployment rate is 3.8 percent, down from 4 percent even in January. Alexander County's jobless rate dipped to 3.6 percent, down from 3.7 in the last report. Burke County has an unemployment rate of 3.9 percent, that's down from 4.1 percent in January. Caldwell County's unemployment rate dropped from 4.8 percent in the last report to 4.5 percent.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 4 percent even, down from 4.2 percent in the previous report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied with the 6th lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.
The statewide unemployment rate is 4.2 percent, down from 4.5 in January. Unemployment rates decreased in 99 of North Carolina's 100 counties and increased in one. Dare County saw a slight increase in the jobless rate. When compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates decreased in 96 counties, increased in three, and remained unchanged in one. Hyde County currently has the state's highest unemployment rate at 12.5 percent and Buncombe County has the lowest at 3.2 percent.
The Newton Police Department says a report of a robbery filed by a Domino's Pizza delivery driver was false and that individual now faces charges.
As WHKY previously reported, the Newton Police Department responded to Domino’s Pizza, on Highway 10 West, on March 12 in reference to the reported armed robbery of a delivery driver. Officers were told that a delivery driver was sitting at the intersection of U.S. 321 Business and Highway 10 West in Newton, waiting for the traffic light to turn green, when a black male ran up to his car. The suspect pointed a gun at the delivery driver and demanded money.
Police were told after the suspect was given an undisclosed amount of cash, he got into a dark colored SUV that was last seen traveling north on U.S. 321 Business. The delivery driver immediately made contact with the store manager who called 911 for the driver.
On Thursday (April 4) after a full investigation, it was discovered that the reported robbery did not occur. After an interview of the delivery driver, Newton Police received a full confession stating the robbery did not occur. The victim said he needed money for personal expenses so he made up the story of the robbery. 35-year-old William Edward Keen of Hickory, the driver, will be charged with filing a false police report, and larceny by employee.
Duke Energy will be performing work at a power substation it shares with the City of Morganton this weekend in order to replace some of its equipment. The City has worked ahead to prepare for this work being performed by Duke Energy, and has made arrangements to backfeed power to all City customers who are supplied power by this substation.
No City customers are expected to lose power as a result of this work, which will begin at 12 a.m. Sunday (April 7) and is expected to last approximately six hours. Some customers may experience a power blink that will last a few seconds when the work begins. In the event the work does cause a power outage, City crews will be on standby to restore power to City customers as rapidly as possible. The substation, located on Industrial Boulevard, supplies power to approximately 1,500 City customers. The planned work will be completed unless heavy rains hit the area.
The following locations are supplied power by the substation where the work is being performed: Creekside Drive, Cedarbrook Apartments, Mimosa Hills Drive, Greenbriar Lane, Grandview Court, Highlander Street, Country Club Drive, Jamestown Road, Hopewell Road, Industrial Boulevard, Silver Creek Road, Reep Drive, Walton Road, Dixie Boulevard, West Park Drive, Jamestown Village Apartments, Rockview Lane, Raintree Lane, Asheville Street, Raintree Drive, Colony Drive, Knob Creek Lane, Patton Street, Riverhills Drive, Edgewood Avenue, Romarco Road, Bolick Place, Independence Boulevard, Rhyne Street, Courtney Street, Burkemont Avenue, Morgan Hills Apartments, Forest Hill Street, Riverhills Drive, Falls Street, West Fleming Drive from Morganton Heights Shopping Center to Mull Oil, Ann Street, Carbon City Road, Cedar Street, Golf Course Road, Elm Street, Whitley Road, Oak Bluff Lane, Carbon Drive, Case Street, Cline Street, Normandy Drive, Air Park Drive, Glendale Street, Bowers Place, Brittain Drive, Brookwood Place, White Pine Lane, McEntire Avenue, Calvin Heights Street, Murphy Street, Coulter Street, Carbondale Lane, Myrtle Street, Greenlee Ford Road and Poplar Street.
34-year-old Matthew Dean McCarter of Evans Drive in Connelly Springs was arrested yesterday (April 3) by Hickory Police Officers on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
McCarter was arrested without incident at a business on U.S. Highway 70 and was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $3,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled yesterday in Newton.
47-year-old Reginald Mott Little of 12th Street Court S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 1 a.m. today (April 4) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest with three aggravating factors, plus misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired and driving while license revoked. Little was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,000 secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
39-year-old Cynthia Ann Macy of Hotel Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:15 this morning (April 4) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). Macy was taken into custody without incident at her residence. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
22-year-old Jacob Andrew Watham, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:25 yesterday afternoon (April 3) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Watham is wanted by the Pottawatomie Co. Sheriff's Office in Shawnee, Oklahoma for failure to appear on charges of assault by strangulation, assault in the presence of a minor, and possession of a controlled substance in jail.
Watham was taken into custody yesterday at a medical facility on Fairgrove Church Road after he was given Thorazine and discharged by doctors. According to H.P.D.'s arrest reports and a spokesperson for the Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office, the suspect was uncooperative at the police department and at the detention facility and could not be photographed or fingerprinted at either location.
He is being held in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
33-year-old Samuel David Cook Jr. of McGee Drive in Granite Falls was arrested yesterday (April 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of identity fraud. He’s also charged with misdemeanor failure to appear in court.
Cook was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $4,500 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today and for April 22.
32-year-old Daquan Blalark of Troy, New York, was arrested Tuesday (April 2) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking marijuana by possession and transport and possession with intent to sell, manufacture, or distribute schedule VI controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of assault on a government official and resist, obstruct, or delay a public officer.
On Tuesday, Deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on an Enterprise rental vehicle, a 2017 Nissan Altima for traffic violations.
The vehicle was occupied by Daquan Blalark, who it was determined through criminal data systems verifications, is a known drug violator residing in Troy New York. During the traffic stop Blalark became extremely nervous. A narcotics detecting canine was called to assist with the stop, and gave a positive indication on the vehicle.
While attempting to search the vehicle, Blalark reportedly assaulted the deputies, striking one of them in the head. Blalark then attempted to flee in the vehicle but was stopped. He fled through the woods where he again attempted to assault the deputies. The deputies deployed a Taser and took him into custody. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of ten individually vacuumed packaged bags of high grade marijuana buds.
Bond was set at $75,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 24.
35-year-old Ashley Sylvester Butler was arrested Wednesday (April 3) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of stolen goods. Butler was arrested shortly after midnight Wednesday morning and placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled Wednesday.