Rescue agencies responded to the Linville Gorge area of Burke County this morning and continued their efforts during the afternoon hours to assist an injured hiker. The hiker was suffering from an ankle injury. According to reports, workers got to the hiker in the Bynum Bluff area shortly before 1 p.m. Burke County EMS received the call just after 10 a.m. Rescue workers were still on the scene as of 2 p.m. Several agencies responded.
43-year-old Danny Don Delgado of Rebecca Jane Drive in Mooresville has been charged with one count each of assault on a government official or employee and resisting a public officer.
The incident occurred at the Iredell County Detention Center at about 11 a.m. Monday (January 12) when Deputy Joseph Prevette saw inmate Danny Delgado in violation of Detention Center rules. The Deputy approached Delgado and began to speak to him when Delgado swung at and hit the Deputy. A struggle ensued. Other Detention Officers quickly arrived and assisted in gaining control of the inmate.
Delgado and Deputy Prevette sustained only minor injuries.
Delgado had been in custody since April 26 of last year for assault on a female, violation of a protective order, statutory rape or sex offence and indecent liberties with a child. He is currently being held under a total bond of $150,000. Delgado will appear in District Court on the latest charges on January 28 and in Superior Court on February 2 on the other charges.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are continuing their investigation into a home invasion that occurred in Denver on January 10, first reported on WHKY on Tuesday (January 13).
Investigators have since learned that on the night of the incident, the homeowner made a number of telephone calls to websites that provide escort services. Investigators say the actions of the homeowner led to the home invasion. The homeowner was interviewed at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday and admitted to contacting the escort services. Possible charges are pending.
Major Crimes Unit Detective Lt. Tim Johnson says citizens in the neighborhood should feel safe. Nonetheless, the Sheriff’s Office encourages homeowners to lock their doors, turn on alarm systems and protect their property.
The victim suffered cuts to his lip and face during the incident, but refused treatment when asked if he needed to be checked by E.M.S. Stolen during the break-in were firearms valued at $3,100, electronic equipment valued at $3,500, credit cards and about $1,000 in cash.
36-year-old Jamie Cook Fox and 38-year-old Heath Lee Simmons, who are both listed as homeless persons from Hickory, along with 29-year-old Timothy Ray Whisenant, Jr. of Lick Mountain Drive in Hudson, were all arrested by Hickory Police late Wednesday or early Thursday (January 14 & 15). They were all charged with felony possession or distribution of immediate meth precursor chemicals with intent to manufacture and misdemeanor breaking & entering. Fox was also charged with resisting an officer on a warrant from 2014, while Simmons faces additional charges from Caldwell County dating back to last year for failure to appear on one count each of possession of stolen goods and possession of a stolen automobile.
Their arrests came about as the result of information received by Police regarding subjects using an abandoned warehouse to make meth. Officers on foot patrol on the 900 block of 16th Street N.E. saw a car occupied by a female outside a warehouse on 10th Avenue N.E. As Officers spoke to the woman, two subjects, Fox and Whisenant, came out of the warehouse. Police located a third person, Simmons, inside the building.
When questioned, Simmons showed Officers where the precursor chemicals were located within the structure. Police then cleared the scene and notified the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. S.B.I. Agents arrived yesterday (January 15) and processed the scene.
All three suspects were taken into custody on the scene without incident. The female who Officers encountered in the car was not charged.
The three were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Fox was set at $52,000, secured. Simmons was given a $65,000 secured bond and Whisenant was placed under a $20,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today.
Influenza activity is high across most of the country with the number of flu illness, hospitalizations and deaths elevated. Influenza A (H3N2) viruses are most common so far this season. Accompanying this virus strain is a more severe illness and death rate, especially in older people and young children. Since October 2014, there have been a total of 90 deaths due to influenza in NC. In Caldwell County, there have been zero deaths due to influenza. Flu symptoms include: a 100 degree or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever), cough and/or sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children).
Protect yourself from the flu by getting vaccinated. Contact Caldwell County Health Department (828-426-8400) to make an appointment to receive a flu shot. It has been determined the H3N2 strain is not well matched to the vaccine, therefore reducing the vaccines effectiveness against this strain. While the vaccine may be less effective with viruses not well matched to the vaccine, it can still protect many people and prevent flu-related complications, hospitalizations and death. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is recommending that everyone get the flu vaccine.
Vaccination is particularly important for persons at higher-risk for serious illness, including pregnant/postpartum women, people less than two years old or more than 65 years of age, and persons with certain medical conditions. Anyone six months and older are eligible to get the flu shot. You can also protect yourself from the flu by washing your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, try to avoid close contact with sick people, get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat healthy foods (and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze). If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine. If you would like to receive a flu shot at Caldwell County Health Department, please contact 828-426-8400 to make an appointment. For more information on influenza, please visit www.flu.nc.gov.
CoMPAS Cable in Morganton will be installing conduit in the alley behind Yianni's restaurant next Tuesday (January 20) and the work may interfere with foot traffic and several parking spots in the lot. CoMPAS is installing the conduit to provide services to several businesses on the block. The work will take about six to eight hours, barring any unforeseen issues. Bill Harkins, CoMPAS General Manager said "We've notified all the businesses on the block, and they are all aware. We'll start at 8:00 am and we may have to block some parking spots while completing the work."
Tenth District Congressman Patrick McHenry will make three stops during a visit to Hickory on Monday (January 19). His first stop of the day will be a tour of the historic Lyerly Full Fashioned Mill at 10:30 a.m. Monday afternoon, McHenry will visit Lenoir Rhyne University at 1:30 p.m. and then tour Olde Hickory Brewery at 3:15 p.m.
While at Lyerly Full Fashioned Mill, Congressman McHenry will tour the premises and observe progress on the renovation project ongoing. The historic mill is currently being transformed into the corporate campus for Hickory third-party logistics company Transportation Insight. The historic Lyerly Full Fashioned Mill is located at 56 Third Street SE in Hickory.
Congressman McHenry will begin the afternoon at Lenoir Rhyne University (LRU). McHenry will begin his visit by meeting with Dr. Wayne B. Powell, the President of LRU. Following his meeting with Dr. Powell, McHenry will tour the campus including visits to Grace Chapel and the Social Entrepreneurship and Commercial Center. After visiting LRU, Congressman McHenry will tour Olde Hickory Brewery beginning at 3:15 p.m. While at Olde Hickory, McHenry will be led on a tour of their brewing facility by Brew Master Steven Lyerly. Olde Hickory Brewery is located at 2 Third Street SW in Hickory.
These appearances are not open to the general public.
26-year-old Jason Tyler Mosley of Glenn Robin Court in Charlotte was arrested Thursday (January 15) by Conover Police Officers. He’s charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a place to keep controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, injury to personal property, and shoplifting with concealment of goods. Following the arrest, Mosley was incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, January 16).
The North Carolina Child Fatality Review Team released its final report Thursday in response to the death of Zahra Baker. The 10-year-old Hickory girl was murdered by her stepmother in October of 2010. The victim’s remains were buried in Caldwell County. The team is part of the state’s Division of Social Services. During the team’s investigation, they looked into the factors that led up to the 10-year-old's murder and issued recommendations.
According to published reports, the report outlines several recommendations for Caldwell County’s Department of Social Services. One of the suggestions is to develop and implement community training on reporting suspected child abuse and neglect in the county. This comes after-school personnel became concerned about Zahra, but those concerns were not reflected in reports made to DSS. The reports say another recommendation is for the state Department of Health and Human Services to expedite the development of a statewide automated child welfare case management system. This will give county Social Services divisions across the state access to current and past child welfare reports.
Zahra Baker’s stepmother Elisa Baker entered a guilty plea in connection with Baker’s death and dismemberment and is currently serving a 15 to 17 year prison sentence.
Authorities are enforcing temporary parking restrictions during the renovation of the Catawba County Justice Center. Currently, visitors to the Justice Center must avoid parking adjacent to the chain-link fencing that surrounds the ongoing construction. Signs posted on the fencing advise against parking near it. Additional no-parking zones may be created during construction. Drivers must avoid parking in areas designated by signs as no-parking zones. Drivers who park in no-parking zones may face citations, towing or both. The new parking deck off Northwest Boulevard at the southwest corner of the Justice Center is now open to visitors and will compensate for the loss of parking spaces during the renovation.
The parking restrictions are aimed at ensuring emergency vehicles remain able to navigate the roads surrounding the Justice Center. The ongoing renovation of the Catawba County Justice Center will require parking restrictions until construction is complete. Citizens wishing to visit the Justice Center or Sheriff’s Office will need to enter the campus from Highway 321 while the project continues because they will no longer be able to reach the Justice Center from Radio Station Road. Citizens wishing to visit the Government Center or Jail and Magistrate’s Office will need to enter the campus from Radio Station Road. Construction began earlier this month and is expected to take approximately two years.
The expansion will result in three new courtrooms and space for court support functions; a new 911 Communications Center with ten consoles; a new Emergency Operations Center; expanded Clerk of Court space; offices for Emergency Services, District Attorney and Community Corrections; and the creation of “shell space” that can be used for any necessary future expansion to save costs should further expansion of the building be needed.