Just before 10:15 this morning (May 23), Statesville Police responded to a reported home invasion that took place at a mobile home on Park Drive in Statesville.  Officers found an adult male stabbing victim and a female victim across the street at a neighbor’s residence where they went to seek help.

Investigators learned that two suspects kicked open the mobile home’s front door and then kicked open the 43-year-old male victim’s bedroom door.  A struggle ensued in the bedroom and the male victim was stabbed.  The 55-year-old female victim said one of the suspects forced open her bedroom door and dragged her from the bedroom.

Both suspects fled from the mobile home park on foot, headed east, possibly into a wooded area.  The suspects were described as two black males with dark clothing.  They had their hoodies pulled up and may have been wearing bandanas.  One of the suspects may have been armed with a handgun.

The male victim was initially taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital.  He was later transferred, in stable condition, to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem for further treatment.  The female victim was not injured.  The victim’s names have not been released.

The investigation is in its early stages.  Police cannot say at this time if the incident is connected to another home invasion last week at an 81-year-old male victim’s residence on Stockton Street.

Anyone with information should contact Statesville Police at 704-878-3406 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.  Callers can remain anonymous.

On May 19, the Caldwell County Health Department was one of 15 health departments that were awarded reaccredidation status by the North Carolina Local Health Department.

According to Accreditation Administrator Amy Belflower Thomas, the reaccredited agencies “demonstrate a strong commitment to continuously work to improve the quality of services provided to their respective communities”.

North Carolina is the first state in the country to mandate accreditation for its local health departments.  The purpose of the accreditation program is to assure a basic level of capacity and services in each of the local health departments across the state.

In December of last year, the Caldwell County Health Department provided evidence to a site-visit team to show proficiency in 147 benchmarks.  They also participated in an on-site visit on March 9 & 10 of this year.  The team evaluated the evidence provided and determined that Caldwell County Health Department showed competency in 145 of the 147 benchmarks.

For more information, contact Anna Martin with the Caldwell County Health Department at amartin@caldwellcountync.org or 828-426-8506.

41-year-old John Matthew Ward of 20th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 5:50 Sunday morning (May 21) on one felony count of breaking & entering a trailer or aircraft and one misdemeanor count of larceny.

He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a breaking & entering call at the Sears store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall.  The suspect, identified as John Ward, was taking used tires from a trailer that belonged to the business.  Ward was taken into custody without incident on the scene.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $16,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (May 22) with Ward’s next court date coming up on June 12.

50-year-old Raymond Jerome Alford, Jr. of Hickory pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by felon and the sale of marijuana during Catawba Co. Superior Court yesterday (May 22).  He was also convicted as an habitual felon.  The Honorable Lisa C. Bell, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, sentenced Alford to serve six-to-nine years in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

The firearms charges came about in August of 2013 when Catawba County Sheriff‘s Deputies recovered a .380 semiautomatic handgun during a drug search at Alford’s residence.  Sgt. Lance Hopper led the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office.

In November 2015, Long View Undercover Officers purchased marijuana from Alford, leading to his arrest on the drug charges.  Sgt. J.K. Roberts investigated the case for Long View Police Department.

Alford’s habitual felon status included prior felony convictions for breaking & entering (November 1987), larceny after breaking & entering (June 1992) and obtaining property by false pretense (April 2002).  All those convictions were in Gaston County.

Assistant District Attorneys Kyle Smith and Lance Sigmon handled the prosecution for the State.

25-year-old Earl Dean Hill of Fox Run Drive in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of trafficking opium or heroin by possession, trafficking opium or heroin by sale or delivery and possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance.

He was arrested after Narcotics Detectives received information regarding a male subject selling Hydrocodone in the area of the Wilkesboro Highway.  Surveillance was conducted in the area for several weeks and Detectives were able to conduct undercover transactions with Earl Hill.  They purchased prescription pain pills with a street value of $350.

Following his arrest, Hill was placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Facility under a $110,000 secured bond.  He’ll appear in District Court on June 5.

Hill has previous convictions on three counts of misdemeanor larceny and driving while impaired.

24-year-old Caitlin Briana Taylor of Sweet Maple Place and 59-year-old Samuel Lamont Wells, Jr. of Poplar Street N.W., both from Lenoir, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:30 Saturday evening (May 20).  They were each charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.  Taylor was also charged with misdemeanor failure to appear on a larceny charge and a probation violation in connection to a case dating back to 2015.

They were arrested after Officers responded to a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in reference to possible narcotics violations.  Officers spotted a vehicle in the parking lot and identified the driver as Caitlin Taylor.  Samuel Wells was a passenger.  

A search turned up 2.6 grams of methemphetamine, 168 dosage units of Gabapentin (a pain medication), two dosage units of Ciprofloxacin (an antibiotic), one gram of an unknown brown powder, 123.5 dosage units of Furosemide (for fluid retention), 25 dosage units of amitriptyline (a pain medication and antidepressant) and 28 dosage units of Predinsone.

Both suspects were taken into custody without incident at the hotel.  They were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Taylor set at $23,500 secured bond, while Wells was given a $3,500 secured bond.  Wells has since been released.  First appearances in District Court were scheduled today (May 22) in Newton.  Taylor will also appear in Superior Court on July 12.

46-year-old Robert Shawn Holloway of Lambert Creek Lane in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:30 Friday afternoon (May 19) on one felony count of indecent exposure when the suspect is older than 18 and the victim is less than 16.  He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Events leading to his arrest unfolded on May 17 as Police responded to an indecent exposure complaint at 16th Street N.E.  Holloway was taken into custody without incident two days later at his residence.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $31,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (May 22) in Newton.

The Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) has announced that Kim Green will serve on its Lake Hickory Advisory Council. Ms. Green is the Assistant Director for Lincoln County E.M.S. The Advisory Council serves Caldwell, Burke, Catawba and Lincoln counties.

Green, will be a part of LGFCU’s volunteer-driven initiative intended to educate people on the benefits of credit union membership and to relay feedback to the board of directors regarding products & services, delivery of service and member needs.

For more information, visit lgfcu.org.

33-year-old Eric Javon Mayse of Cromer Street in Charlotte was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers last Thursday (May 18) on 17 counts of breaking & entering to motor vehicles, one count of breaking & entering to a building, five counts of larceny and one count of larceny of a motor vehicle.

Events leading to the arrest began at about 1:35 Thursday morning when Deputies responded to a reported vehicle break-in at a residence on Shiloh Road in Statesville.  The homeowner saw a black male inside one of their vehicles.  When confronted by the homeowner, the man ran, heading down Shiloh Road towards Seven Oaks Road.  Deputies, including a K-9 Unit, searched the area, but were unsuccessful.

At about 5:40 that morning, the Sheriff’s Office began receiving calls from victims on Seven Oaks Lane in Statesville.  The victims said their vehicles had been broken into at some point during the early morning hours Thursday.  Deputies responded and began to gather information and attempted to find the suspect.

Shortly after 7 a.m., a victim on St. Paul Lane in Statesville reported that someone had stolen a blue 2006 Nissan Pathfinder with a transport tag and a sticker with red lettering on the front windshield.  Deputies arrived to find a bicycle in the yard.  They believed the suspect rode the bicycle to the scene before stealing the vehicle.  Deputies shared information about the theft with surrounding law enforcement agencies.

Investigators began to canvas the area and to search for security footage.  In the process, they learned of several additional vehicle break-ins.  Keys had been left in all of the vehicles involved.

At about noon on Thursday, a Deputy found the stolen vehicle on Garner Bagnal Boulevard, near Interstate 77.  The vehicle was driven by a black male with a female passenger.  When the subject realized he was being followed, he pulled in behind a business.  As the Deputy approached, the suspect fled on foot, leaving the female in the vehicle.  The Deputy called in a description of the suspect.

Officers and Statesville Police responded and quickly located the suspect on Garner Bagnal Boulevard.  Mayse was arrested and interviewed, but was not cooperative.  He was charged in connection to the vehicle theft and break-ins.  Mayes was given a $25,000 secured bond and was scheduled to appear in District Court in Mooresville Friday (May 19).  His next court date was set for May 30.

The investigation is ongoing with additional charges likely.

21-year-old Austin Tyler Cotton of Sanford, N.C. has been arrested by Boone Police on a charge of misdemeanor breaking & entering.  

According to a press release issued today (May 19) by the Boone Police Department, shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, Officers responded to a reported home invasion on Green Street in Boone.  On the scene, Officers found a man suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.  

Following an investigation, Cotton was arrested and charged.  He was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where he was given a $5,000 unsecured bond.  He’ll appear in District Court in Boone on June 2.

Investigators and the District Attorney’s Office are continuing to collaborate on the investigation.

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