55-year-old Fred Thomas Wright of Tammy Drive in Mooresville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of felony cruelty to animals.
According to a news release issued Monday by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, on Sunday, December 30, 2018, deputies responded to a residence on Tammy Drive in Mooresville in reference to a civil disturbance concerning two dogs being shot. Upon arrival officers spoke to a woman who told the deputies her dog had been shot and was severely injured.
After further investigation and an interview with the suspect, Fred Thomas Wright, officers determined that Wright had shot the two dogs. The suspect told police the dogs killed one of his roosters. Deputies went to the residence and found a deceased dog, which had been shot, on Wright’s property but did not locate a rooster or any signs of a rooster being killed.
Wright was released on a written promise. A District Court appearance is scheduled for January 16.
16-year-old Siah Jamar Shaquiez Cornwell of 8th Street Place SE in Hickory was arrested Monday (January 7) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Cornwell is also charged with no operators license and failure to stop for a stop sign or flashing red light. Cornwell was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled Monday.
35-year-old Bobby Jonathan Ferguson III of College Avenue SW in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (January 5) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Ferguson was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Monday (January 7).
21-year-old Stephen Timothy Wilcox of Spartan Drive in Hudson was arrested Saturday (January 5) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of attempted breaking and entering and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of possession of schedule V controlled substance. Wilcox was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $17,500 secured bond. District Court dates are scheduled for March 4 and March 21.
37-year-old Jarvis Ledon McCullough of 13th Avenue Drive N.W. in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police late last night (January 6) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture a schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with felony failure to appear. In addition, a second subject, a 33-year-old Hickory woman, was also arrested for misdemeanor failure to appear.
They were arrested when Officers on foot patrol at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. noticed the odor of marijuana coming from a room at the hotel. Officers made contact with the room's two occupants and found 2.6 grams of heroin, 3.3 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident at the hotel.
McCullough was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Faclity with bond set at $80,000, secured. The female was processed and released under a $3,500 secured bond. McCullough has a first appearance in District Court coming up tomorrow in Newton. The female has a court date on January 23.
36-year-old Kimberly Michelle Hobbs of Tarrington Drive in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and misdemeanor assault in the presence of a minor.
According to a news release issued today (January 7), on December 23, deputies responded to a residence on Tarrington Drive in Statesville, in reference to a domestic assault between a male and female at this residence.
When deputies arrived they discovered Kimberly Michelle Hobbs had stabbed the male subject in the stomach with a knife after a verbal argument. The victim was treated at a local hospital and released. The argument and the assault occurred in front of a minor child who lived at the home.
Hobbs was taken into custody and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where she was jailed a no bond Domestic Hold. She has a District Court appearance January 16.
Hickory City Manager Warren Wood has appointed Matt Hutchinson to be the City of Hickory’s next Fire Chief. Mr. Wood said that more than 60 applications were submitted from across the country for the position. Hutchinson began his firefighting career as a volunteer firefighter, and in 2003, he was hired as a full-time firefighter with the Hickory Fire Department. He moved through the ranks, eventually serving as Battalion Chief over Logistics, and is currently Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal over the Fire & Life Safety Division.
Hutchinson has certifications as a Fire Service Instructor Level II, Level II Firefighter, Fire & Life Safety Educator I-III, and Technical Rescuer through the North Carolina Fire & Rescue Commission. Hutchinson continues to maintain his certifications as an Emergency Medical Technician and as a Fire Inspector. He is currently working to obtain his certification as a Certified Fire Investigator. In 1994, he graduated from UNC-Asheville with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. In December 2008, he completed his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Appalachian State University.
In April 2017, Hutchinson completed the prestigious four-year Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy (NFA). He has North Carolina Fire Officer I, II, & III certifications, Incident Command System 100-400 certifications, and the Chief 101 certification. Hutchison is also a graduate of the Fire and Rescue Management Institute through UNC-Charlotte, which provides instruction in leadership, team building, management skills, strategic planning, communication skills, and personnel management. The program is designed to prepare participants to become more effective in the increasingly challenging and complex world of fire and rescue management.
Chief Hutchinson stated, “I am excited to be chosen to lead this exceptional department and to continue to work with City Management to provide the best emergency services possible to Hickory citizens. I am eager to lead our employees in a transparent and innovative environment. It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve as the Fire Chief in the community I grew up in.”
Hutchinson lives in Hickory with his wife, Millie, and daughter, Rebecca, and son, Matthew. They attend First United Methodist Church in Granite Falls. In his free time, he and his family serve in missions locally and abroad. Chief Hutchinson will start in his new role effective immediately.
37-year-old Jeremiah Paul Bunch of Quarry Road in Granite Falls was arrested Sunday (January 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and probation violation out of county. In addition, Bunch is charged with failure to appear. He was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $77,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 7).
38-year-old Robert Jason Price of Sandy Acres Lane in Lenoir was arrested Friday (January 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a weapon of mass destruction along with a count of probation violation. Price was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (January 7).
31-year-old Joshua Heath Lester of Dairy Farm Road in Icard, 38-year-old Christopher Eugene McCrary of Fairway Drive S.W. in Conover and 28-year-old Angel Elizabeth Gibbs of Finger Bridge Road in Hickory were all arrested by Hickory Police at about 11 o'clock Friday night (January 4). They're each charged with one felony count of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons. On Monday (January 7), McCrary was charged with misdemeanor probation violation.
They were arrested in connection to an incident on Friday at a hotel on 8th Street Drive S.E., just off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. The victim reported being robbed after arriving to pick up Gibbs. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, the suspects were in possession of at least one firearm at the time of their arrests.
All three suspects were taken into custody without incident at the hotel. They were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Lester set at $100,000, secured, McCrary’s bond is now $150,000, and Gibbs was given a $75,000 secured bond. All three suspects had District Court dates Monday, McCrary also had a District Court date scheduled today (January 8).
A shooting incident is under investigation in Burke County. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division responded to a residence on Mill Race Road last Friday (January 4), at approximately 8:00 p.m. The victim in this case has been identified as 25-year-old Jeremy Nathaniel Smith of Denver, North Carolina. Smith suffered two gunshot wounds to the back and was transported to CHS Morganton for medical treatment. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the case.
27-year-old Demetric Dewayne Michaux of 13th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Sunday (January 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Michaux is also charged with resisting a public officer and failure to appear. Michaux was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $104,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 7).
A stabbing incident that appears to have two victims is under investigation in Catawba County. According to a news release issued last Friday (January 4), Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the scene of a reported stabbing at 11:04 p.m. last Thursday (January 3). The incident occurred on Edna Street in Catawba. When they arrived, deputies found a man in the street suffering from multiple stab wounds.
The man was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center where he was last reported to be in stable condition.
Shortly thereafter, Deputies were dispatched to another address in Catawba regarding another man suffering from injuries suspected to be sustained from the same incident on Edna Street. That man was transported to Lincoln County Medical Center where he was last reported to be in stable condition.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation. Anyone with any relevant information to this case, is encouraged to contact the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-5241.
45-year-old Jason Lee Kearney of Chapman Point Circle in Dallas, NC, was arrested Sunday (January 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, and parole violation.
Sunday at approximately 12:50 p.m., Catawba County Deputies initiated a traffic stop with a vehicle driven by a suspect known to have an outstanding felony warrant. Deputies spotted the suspect, Kearney, driving near the intersection of North Carolina Highway 16 South near Buffalo Shoals Road.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the suspect fled from officers. Deputies gave chase and followed the vehicle through Maiden and Newton. The chase ended just north of the intersection of NC 16 South and NC 16 Business. Police reports say when Kearney was being taken into custody, meth was found in the front passenger area of his vehicle.
Kearney was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond on the flee to elude and drug charges and no bond on the parole violation count. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 7). More charges are expected.