Two people have been killed in a single-vehicle accident last night (August 16) in Lenoir. The deceased have been identified as 39-year-old Darrell Dean Proffit and 28-year-old Elizabeth Dawn Collins, both from Lenoir.
At approximately 8:03 p.m. Wednesday, Lenoir Police responded to the accident on Valway Road in Lenoir. Police say, based on preliminary findings at the scene, Proffit was driving a white Toyota extended cab pickup truck, traveling northwest on Valway Road. The truck ran off the right side of the road. The vehicle came back onto the roadway and crossed the centerline before over-correcting and leaving the road a second time. The truck then hit a large tree off the right side of the roadway.
Mr. Proffit and Ms. Collins (who was a passenger in the truck) were both wearing their seatbelts and had to be removed from the vehicle by rescue personnel. Both occupants were pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. At last report, Investigators were still working to determine if vehicle speed and weather were factors in the accident.
The investigation is ongoing.
28-year-old David Glen Roberts of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:45 p.m. yesterday (August 16) on one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Roberts was arrested in connection to an incident on August 10 when Police responded to the Gateway Extended Stay on Hotel Drive in Hickory in reference to a stolen motor vehicle. A warrant for Roberts’ arrest was issued yesterday.
He was taken into custody without incident at a business on Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Roberts was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $14,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
22-year-old Melissa Marie Smyle of Autumn Leaf Road in Troutman and 20-year-old Cody Lynn Hairyes of Moonagerie Lane in Stony Point have both been arrested on charges from the Statesville Police Department and the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office. They were each charged with felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor child abuse. Smyle also faces charges for felony larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Hairyes was charged with obtaining property by false pretense.
On August 7, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding the theft of cash and jewelry from a residence on Wildlife Road in Mooresville. Among the items stolen were a coin collection, several rings and $210 in cash, all with a total value of $5,550. The victims told Deputies that Melissa Smyle had been in their home just prior to the theft.
Detective Daniel Stikeleather began an investigation and was able to recover some of the stolen property from Smyle’s home. Det. Stikeleather located three rings that were sold to a pawnshop in Troutman. They were sold by Cody Hairyes, who is Smyle’s boyfriend. The rings, valued at $2,200, were returned to the owner.
Arrest warrants were issued for both suspects. Statesville Police found Smyle and Hairyes passed out in a vehicle in a parking lot on Shelton Avenue. A small child was also in the vehicle. The Department of Social Services was contacted.
Smyle was jailed under a $50,000 secured bond, while Hairyes was given a $19,998 secured bond. Smyle will appear in District Court on August 22. Hairyes has a court date on August 28.
The investigation is ongoing.
34-year-old Monica Nicole Thomas of Plateau Road in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:20 a.m. today (August 15) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear on a D.W.I. charge.
Her arrest comes in connection to an incident on June 23 of this year. Miscellaneous jewelry valued at $1,600 was taken from the victim’s residence. Monica Thomas, who was a visitor in the victim’s home, was identified as the suspect. Thomas pawned the stolen jewelry and a warrant for felony larceny was issued. Thomas was initially arrested on June 24. She was indicted and arrested on that indictment yesterday.
Thomas was taken into custody without incident at a retail establishment on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for tomorrow in Newton. She’ll appear in court on the D.W.I. charge on September 27.
A new restaurant in Hickory’s Viewmont area will hold a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. on Thursday (August 17). WOOD, formerly Bistro 127, is described as a casual restaurant. It is located at 2039 North Center Street in Hickory, next to Bootleggers. WOOD is owned and operated by Matt Miller.
The restaurant will feature pizza from its wood fired pizza oven, slow-smoked beef brisket, six-hour smoked pastrami, hickory-smoked N.C. pork BBQ, hickory-smoked chicken wings, applewood-smoked bacon in bacon-wrapped dates, salads, burgers, and sandwiches.
WOOD serves lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday starting at 11 a.m. and breakfast Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. For more information, call 828-328-3432.
29-year-old Ashley Nicole Horton of Highway 16 North in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early Friday morning (August 11) on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense.
On August 9, a male victim told Hickory Police that Ashley Horton moved money from his account to hers, without permission. The victim is acquainted with the suspect.
Horton was taken into custody without incident at about 4:15 a.m. Friday at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (August 14) in Newton.
32-year-old Samuel Wade Lawrence of 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Friday morning (August 11) on one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a reported vehicle break-in at the Days Inn on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. Nothing was stolen from the vehicle. Upon arrival, Officers spoke to Samuel Lawrence, who was identified as a suspect. While speaking with Officers, Lawrence fled on foot. He was found and taken into custody at 12:50 a.m. Friday.
Lawrence was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,500, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (August 14) in Newton.
22-year-old Steven Jason Greene and 21-year-old Jeremiah Aaron Moore, both of 3rd Avenue Place S.E., and 24-year-old Damani Yero Spearman of 3rd Avenue S.E., all from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police shortly before eleven o’clock Friday morning (August 11). They were each charged with two felony counts of larceny.
The three were arrested in connection to an incident on August 2 when Hickory Police responded to a reported larceny at the Moretz Mills building on 8th Street S.E. Stage monitors, valued at $800 each, were stolen.
The suspects were identified and taken into custody without incident at a restaurant on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. They were all jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $5,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today (August 14) in Newton.
Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating a snatch & grab strong-armed robbery today at Jerry’s One Stop, 3778 East Highway 27 in Iron Station.
Detectives say two black males entered the store at about eight o’clock this morning (August 14). One man pretended to make a small purchase. When the clerk opened the cash register, one man reached into the drawer and grabbed cash. The clerk yelled to the owner, who grabbed the suspect from behind and took him to the ground.
The suspect got away from the owner and he and the other man ran from the store on foot, going east on Highway 27. A customer who was at the gas pumps followed the suspects, who got into a vehicle parked nearby and fled the scene.
No one was seriously injured in the incident. The investigation is ongoing.
Sarah Hinojoza of Claremont has won $110,000 in the N.C. Education Lottery’s Cash 5 game. She beat odds of one in 749,398 to match all five numbers in the July 28 drawing.
Hinojoza bought the winning $1 ticket at the S.M. Mart on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory. She claimed her prize Thursday (August 3) at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, Hinojoza took home $76,451.
For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in Catawba County, click on the “For Education” section at nc-educationlottery.org.