The cyclist who was killed in a collision with a car this morning in Viewmont has been identified as 29-year-old Tyler Finley Sims of Granite Falls. 21-year-old Steffan Aleksander Robinson of Hickory has been arrested in connection to the incident and charged with felony death by vehicle, driving left of center and driving while impaired.
The accident occurred on the 2100 block of North Center Street at about eight o’clock this morning when a 2007 Saturn Aura passenger vehicle driven by Robinson crossed into the southbound lanes, hit the bicycle driven by Sims, then ran into a phone pole and hit a tire can in the Clark Tire parking lot. A Clark Tire van also sustained minor damage.
Mr. Sims was transported by Catawba County E.M.S. to Frye Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.
Robinson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $136,700 secured bond. He’ll make a first appearance in District Court on August 5.
The Hickory Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit is conducting an ongoing investigation.
20-year-old John Ross Shoaf of Emma Lane and 22-year-old Nicholas Dale Johnson of Mock Mill Road, both from Statesville, were arrested Friday (July 31) by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers in connection to a narcotics investigation.
The month-long investigation involved Officers from the Sheriff’s Vice & Narcotics units. Investigators gathered information regarding the sale of heroin and prescription pills in western Iredell County. Undercover Detectives identified Shoaf and Johnson as persons of interest.
Undercover hand-to-hand purchases were made from Shoaf on several occasions. He was arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center on two counts of felony trafficking in opium or heroin and one felony count each for possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, sale & delivery of Oxycodone, possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance, sale & delivery of Alprazolam, possession with intent to sell or deliver a counterfeit controlled substance and sale & delivery of a counterfeit controlled substance.
Shoaf was held under a $250,000 secured bond. He is currently on supervised probation in Iredell County.
Johnson was taken into custody at another location in Iredell County by Officers with the Warrant Squad. He was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was charged with one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense. Bond was set at $2,500, secured.
Both men were scheduled to appear in District Court today. Further charges and arrests are expected as the investigation continues.
33-year-old Jonathan Wayne Curlee of Smynra Lane in Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony first-degree burglary, felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.
At about one o’clock on the morning of July 29, the Sheriff’s Office took a call from a homeowner stating that she was awakened by her dog and found a man kneeling down beside the bed. The homeowner chased the subject out the back door. The suspect ran through the yard and into the woods. The incident occurred on Mallardwood Drive in Mooresville.
Deputies arrived on the scene a short time later and found that the suspect had entered the residence and taken the homeowner’s car keys. He then went back outside and went through the homeowner’s car. The suspect re-entered the residence, went into several rooms and then went into the homeowner’s bedroom.
Detectives attempted to locate potential witnesses and looked at other cases for possible similarities. They learned that Jonathan Curlee had recently been charged with a similar crime. Warrants for his arrest were issued.
On July 30, Curlee was located and taken into custody. An interview was conducted and additional evidence was collected. Curlee was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $35,000 bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.
A third Ridgeview Community Block Party is planned for Thursday, August 6. The free, family-friendly event will be held at the Taft Broome Park, 115 7th Avenue S.W. in Hickory (beside the Ridgeview Recreation Center). It will run from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
The Block Party will be hosted by the KAPPA League of Hickory and the Hickory Police Department. It will be the final block party this summer. This event, along with others held in June and July, is intended to help build positive relationships between Hickory Police Officers and community members.
DJ Lil G & Mike Boogie will make an appearance. Numerous businesses, organizations and community members will provide music, entertainment and food.
19-year-old Marquiya Dashay Dula Witherspoon of Todd Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9 p.m. Friday (July 31) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.
She was arrested in connection to two incidents at the Belk store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. On July 28, a Loss Prevention Officer saw Witherspoon as she allegedly concealed merchandise and left the store without paying. She was not stopped on that occasion, but, three days later, Loss Prevention again saw Witherspoon as she allegedly repeated the process. Clothing items taken included pants, shorts and a sweater.
Witherspoon was taken into custody at the store without incident. She was processed and later released under a $500 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (August 3) in Newton.
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The City of Newton will begin installation of a “smart meter” system on August 10.
The advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system from Utility Metering Solutions will replace the current reading system with a wireless system that collects multiple remote reads per day. The new system will allow for better leak detection, increased billing accuracy, and improved customer service.
AMI works via wireless technology to send readings to regional collectors that transmit usage data to City Hall. Regional collectors are located on existing city water towers and at the Newton Water Treatment Plant.
Changing out all of the meters will take about four months. Customers will receive a phone notification no more than one week prior to installation in their area. Water and electric meters are being installed by different crews and installation may take place at different times. Customers do not need to be at their homes or businesses during installation unless their meter is in a locked area.
Customers may track where installations are taking place by visiting the city’s website at newtonnc.gov. For more information, call 828-695-4301.
30-year-old Angelique Sincell Holloway of Rhony Road in Connelly Springs was arrested at about 2:20 Saturday afternoon on one misdemeanor count of shoplifting and one felony count of failure to appear.
She was arrested in connection to a shoplifting incident at the Goodwill Store on North Center Street. Holloway allegedly put on some shoes from the store and left her old shoes on the rack.
She was in the manager’s office when Police arrived. A routine records check turned up the outstanding felony warrant for her arrest. That warrant was issued in Burke County on July 20.
Holloway was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $135,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for September 21 in Morganton.
One person was killed this morning in an accident involving a bicycle and a motor vehicle. The incident occurred at approximately 8 a.m. on the 2100 block of North Center Street, near Clark Tire.
A northbound gold Saturn sedan reportedly crossed into the southbound lanes, hit the bicycle, then ran into a phone pole and hit a tire can in the Clark Tire parking lot. A Clark Tire van also sustained minor damage. 21-year-old Steffan Alexander Robinson has been arrested in connection to the incident. He was charged with D.W.I.
Hickory Police were still on the scene late this morning.
The victim is a 29-year-old male. His identity has not been released.
31-year-old Derek Scott Frenceschini of East Avenue S.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on four counts of failure to appear in court as the result of charges dating back to last year. Those charges include fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle; hit & run – failure to stop for property damage; possession of a schedule II controlled substance; and felony possession of a schedule VI controlled substance. He also faces current charges for simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Frenceschini was jailed yesterday (August 2) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $40,000, secured. He will appear in District Court today and on September 16 on the latest drug charges. A Superior Court date was set for August 7 on the 2014 charges.
30-year-old Bobby Ray Abshire of Poovey Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (July 31) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony breaking & entering, felony larceny after breaking & entering and felony possession of stolen goods or property.
Following his arrest, Abshire was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000 secured. He’ll appear in Superior Court on August 31 in Lenoir.