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Tuesday, 28 July 2020 10:09

Hickory Woman Indicted on Felony Meth Charge

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48-year-old Tracy Renee Miller (a.k.a. Tracy Miller Martin) of 23rd Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was served an indictment by Hickory Police at about 10:20 a.m. yesterday (July 27) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Miller was taken into custody without incident at a hotel on Fairgrove Church Road in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. She has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.

22-year-old Marcus Allen Whisnant of Bee Mountain Ridge Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (July 27) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony counts of violation of house arrest and probation violation, along with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female, larceny, and false imprisonment. Whisnant was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center in Lenoir under $75,000 secured bond. He has upcoming District Court appearances August 31 and September 14.

On Sunday (July 26) at approximately 2:30 a.m., Statesville Police Patrol Officers responded to a vehicle collision in the 500 block of Elam Avenue. After arriving on scene, Officers found a Chevrolet Avalanche which had crashed into a tree. Upon further investigation, officers determined the vehicle left the roadway, then struck a telephone pole, before crashing into the tree.

The driver, who was later identified as 39-year-old Courtney Deshawn Bradshaw of Statesville, was found in the vehicle. Iredell County EMS arrived on scene and determined that Mr. Bradshaw had passed away as a result of his injuries. Officers found what appeared to be numerous gunshot holes in the vehicle the victim was driving, along with injuries to Mr. Bradshaw.

Members of the Statesville Police Department Investigations Division and Agents with the State Bureau of Investigations, (SBI) arrived on scene. SBI Agents processed the crime scene, collecting evidence. Members of the Statesville Police Department Investigations Division canvassed the area and conducted interviews throughout the afternoon Sunday.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Statesville Police Department Investigations Division directly at 704-878-3515. You can also call Statesville Police at 704-878-3406 or Iredell Crime Stoppers 704-662-1340.

17 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Monday (July 27) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 1,767, with 24 deaths. Hospitalizations increased to 19, up one from Sunday (July 26).

69 new COVID-19 infections were reported in Caldwell County between late Saturday (July 25) and Monday afternoon, increasing the total to 989, with 11 deaths. There were 19 Caldwell County residents hospitalized and at least 456 patients had recovered.

The number of cases associated with outbreaks in the Caldwell County also increased. As of Monday, there were 65 cases at Brockford Assisted Living. Caldwell Correctional Facility had 14 cases; Hickory Falls had three; and Gateway Rehabilitation and Healthcare had three. Shaire Center and Lenoir Health Care remained at two cases each.

Burke County Public Health reported 1,524 positive cases of the coronavirus Monday. That total is 46 more than the previous update issued by the county on Saturday. There have been 25 COVID-19-related deaths in Burke County. Eight people were hospitalized as of Monday and at least 1,153 patients had recovered.

In their media briefing on Monday, Burke County Public Health said that a test-based strategy (requiring negative tests) is no longer recommended to discontinue isolation except for very specific reasons in consultation with Public Health staff. For people who were previously positive for COVID-19 and who continue to have no symptoms, retesting is not recommended within 6 to 12 weeks after the date of initial test or date symptoms began.

Some who have been positive for COVID-19 could test positive for up to 12 weeks after the recovery period but people DO NOT continue to shed the virus after ten days from the first day of symptoms or if asymptomatic 10 days after positive test result.

16 new coronavirus cases were confirmed Monday in Alexander County, increasing the total to 254, with two deaths. 48 people were quarantined with COVID-19, one person was in the hospital. Of the 254 total cases, 203 people had fully recovered.

35-year-old Tracy Rae Givens of Gastonia was arrested Saturday (July 25) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of trafficking heroin by possession, transport, and manufacturing, possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin and methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

A Crime Stoppers tip led to a surveillance operation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division. Surveillance was conducted Saturday by narcotics investigators and during the course of the operation a traffic stop was conducted. A K-9 officer alerted officers to the presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle and its occupants was conducted reportedly and led to the seizure of 12 grams of heroin, two grams of meth, a fully loaded Smith and Wesson 38 special handgun and U. S. currency. Givens was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $225,000 secured bond. She remained in jail as of earlier today (July 28). Her next District Court date is August 17. The investigation is continuing and more charges could be filed.

56-year-old Robert William Davis of Mabel Street in Catawba was arrested last Thursday (July 23) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and larceny.

According to information released Monday (July 27), on June 21, 2020, Patrol Deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff Office responded to a vehicle break-in call on Lookout Dam Road. When deputies arrived, they determined that a window of the victim's vehicle was broken and a purse was stolen. Investigators interviewed witnesses in the area, who gave a description of a possible suspect vehicle that was spotted in the area just prior to the break-in.

During the course of the investigation, detectives received information on a North Carolina Registration Plate Number, which belonged to the possible suspect. They ran the tag number through the Vehicle Registration Database and it came back to Robert William Davis from Catawba County.

Detectives verified that Davis was driving the vehicle at the time of the break-in. Based on all of the evidence gathered through this investigation, Investigators obtained felony arrest warrants against Davis.

Last Thursday, Davis was seen driving on Lookout Dam Road in a red Dodge Ram truck. Deputies ran the plate and confirmed it was the suspect. Deputies stopped Davis, and arrested him without incident. His bond was set at $25,000 secured. Davis was not listed as an inmate in Iredell County today (July 28). His next District Court date is August 10.



The Burke County Board of Education held a special called meeting today (July 27) to discuss the upcoming school year. As a result of the continued increases in positive COVID-19 tests in the county, the board voted to begin the school year with remote & virtual learning only. This would stay in effect until September 14, when it will be revisited. The school year starts August 17. The initial plan was in accordance with the state’s “Plan B”, a combination of remote & in-person learning. 

17 new cases of COVID-19 were reported today (July 27) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 1,767, with 24 deaths. Hospitalizations increased to 19, up one from Sunday (July 26). Catawba County updates its COVID-19 dashboard every day by 2 p.m. at

31-year-old Christopher Allen Miller of Strawberry Lane in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with six counts of felony third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

In June of 2020, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Department received a Cybertip through the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The Cybertip included information about an individual who was possibly in possession of child pornography.

A detective with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Special Victim’s Unit reviewed the information and obtained several search warrants related to this investigation. Based upon the evidence obtained through the investigation, Christopher Allen Miller was arrested and charged. He was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 3.

Monday, 27 July 2020 13:23

Suspects Sought In Church Break-in, Robbery

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A church break-in that occurred earlier this month in Maiden is under investigation. Between July 15 and July 18, First Freewill Baptist Church at 313 South Main Avenue in Maiden was broken into and two speakers were stolen along with several microphones.

Surveillance camera footage captured two suspects pawning one of the speakers at a Pawn Shop in Hickory. The Maiden Police Department is asking for assistance from the public in identifying the two suspects from the still shots. Both males are white and in their 20s. One has long black hair and the other is wearing a ball cap. The speakers are approximately four feet tall with two microphones.

If you have any information, please contact the Lieutenant Jason Wagner at the Maiden Police Department at (828) 428-5005.

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