27-year-old Keisha Danielle Lute of White Oak Farm Road in Cherryville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:50 Saturday afternoon (August 19) on misdemeanor counts of larceny and resisting delaying or obstructing a public officer.  She was also charged with felony failure to appear on a felony for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lute was arrested after she concealed merchandise and exited past the last point of sale at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E.  She was also charged on the outstanding felony warrant, which was issued in Lincoln County on August 15.

Lute initially gave Police two false names before she was correctly identified.  She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $17,000, secured.  She’ll appear in Superior Court on September 5 in Lincolnton and in District Court on September 20 in Newton.

26-year-old Darryl Rashad Covington, Jr. of Long Island Road in Catawba, 25-year-old Tykevious Owan Thomas of Bessie Willis Lane in Vale and 18-year-old Ryhiem Kristyle Snipes of 3rd Street S.E. in Hickory were all arrested by Hickory Police Friday evening (August 18). Covington and Thomas were each charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misemeanor carrying a concealed gun. Covington was also charged with simple assault, communicating threats and discharging a firearm in the city limits. Thomas faces an additional charge of using the telephone to threaten. Snipes faces one misdemeanor count of discharging a firearm in the city limits.

They were arrested after Hickory Police responded to a shots fired call on the 300 block of South Center Street. Covington and Thomas were located and arrested on the 200 block of 3rd Avenue S.E. at about 5:20 p.m. Friday and Snipes was taken into custody on 3rd Avenue S.E. about 90 minutes later. According to H.P.D.’s arrest reports, all three were armed with a handgun at the time of their arrests. Thomas reportedly became combative as he was taken into custody.

The suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Covington set at $30,000, secured, while Thomas was given a $25,000 secured bond. Snipes’ bond was set at $500, secured. Only Covington remained in custody as of this afternoon. Covington and Thomas were scheduled to appear in District Court today (August 21), while Snipes has a court date set for September 20.

The Hickory Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in its investigation into a fatal hit & run that occurred at about 5:40 this morning (August 21) in Hickory.  The incident happened near the intersection of Startown Road and 23rd Street Drive S.E.  

54-year-old Ricky James Yelton was hit by the suspect vehicle after he wrecked his moped.  The suspect vehicle is believed to be a red 2007 Daewoo Optra with damage to the front driver’s side.  Mr. Yelton was pronounced deceased on the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anyone with information should call 828-328-5551 or email dfrye@hickorync.gov.

Monday, 21 August 2017 11:02

Vendors Sought for Hudson Arts Fest

The Town of Hudson is seeking artists and food & beverage vendors for the 2nd Annual Hudson Festival of the Arts to be held on September 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Central Street in downtown Hudson.  The festival will showcase fine arts, live music, gourmet food, craft beer and local wine.

The vendor fee is $35 for a 10’X10’ space or $55 for space with electricity.  Vendor application forms are available at mylocalbean.com/festivalofthearts.html or at facebook.com/HudsonFestivalOfTheArts.

For more information, email Hudson.ArtsFest@gmail.com.

34-year-old Candice Jean Lewis and 38-year-old Christopher Wilbert Simmons, both of East Main Street in Lincolnton, have been arrested by Lincolnton Police. Both suspects were charged with maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, manufacturing crack cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Lewis was also charged with trafficking opiates by possession, trafficking opiates by transport and felony possession of cocaine. In addition, Simmons was charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Early last Tuesday morning (August 15), an Officer stopped a suspicious vehicle on East Main Street in the Boger City area. The Officer searched the vehicle and found various forms of controlled substances in the vehicle, including crack cocaine, marijuana and various opiates. The driver was identified as Candice Jean Lewis, who was living at a local motel. Lewis was arrested at that time.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for the motel room. Lewis’ boyfriend, Christopher Wilbert Simmons, was at the room when the search was conducted. Additional evidence was found at the motel, including crack cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and more than $4,000 in cash. Also found were computers, cell phones and handwritten record-keeping documents. Another vehicle at the motel was searched, leading to the discovery of additional evidence. The drugs seized have an approximate street value of $1,000 to $1,500.

Lewis received a $171,500 secured bond and Simmons was given a $50,000 secured bond. Both were scheduled to appear in Lincoln Co. District Court last Wednesday (August 16) with another court date set for August 31. Lewis is also due in court today (August 21) on unrelated drug charges.

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.

34-year-old Amanda Lee Coker Goldsmith of Oxford School Road in Catawba has been arrested on charges from the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle.

On August 11, a vehicle break-in was reported at a residence on Henderson Drive in Statesville.  Someone entered the vehicle and attempted to steal it by shoving an unknown object into the ignition.  The suspect, Amanda Lee Coker Goldsmith, was visiting the home at the time the break-in occurred and was at the home alone.  

Detectives canvassed the neighborhood and spoke with two eyewitnesses who saw Goldsmith in the vehicle’s driver’s seat.  A warrant for Goldsmith’s arrest was issued.

Goldsmith was arrested by Conover Police last Thursday (August 17).  She was jailed under a $5,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in an Iredell County courtroom was scheduled today (August 21).

The Moon will pass between the Earth and the Sun today, resulting in and an eclipse of the Sun that will be visible from North Carolina.  In the western part of the state, there will be a total solar eclipse (the Moon will completely cover the Sun), while the rest of the state will see a partial solar eclipse (the Moon will cover only part of the Sun).

At the SALT Block today, there will be live streaming of the eclipse in the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, planetarium shows on the eclipse in the Millholland Planetarium, a video on the eclipse in the Drendel Auditorium, crafts and face painting with the Hickory Museum of Art and more.  All activities are family-friendly and are free of charge.

In the Catawba Valley, the eclipse will begin at 1:10 p.m.  Maximum coverage will occur at 2:39 p.m. and the event will end at 4:02 p.m.  Exact times may vary, depending on location.

Looking directly at the Sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (known as “totality”) when the Moon entirely blocks the Sun.  The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses”.  Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun.

The SALT Block is located at 243 3rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory.

Three suspects on the Burke County Most Wanted list have been arrested.

21-year-old Allayah Danielle Ridings, whose last known address was on Sparrow Drive in Granite Falls, was arrested by Drexel Police on August 13.  She had been wanted for felony larceny of a motor vehicle.  Ridings will appear in District Court on August 28.  She also has a Superior Court date coming up on October 30 on felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.

21-year-old Dillon Dwight Norris was arrested by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol on August 13.  He was wanted for larceny and possession of stolen goods.  Norris also faces charges for misdemeanor possession of a schedule II controlled substance, two misdemeanor probation violations and a long list of vehicular violations.  Norris is currently in jail under a $21,000 secured bond.  He’ll appear in court on August 28 with multiple additional Burke County court dates in September, October and December.

26-year-old Matthew Eugene South, whose last known address was on Putnam Street in Morganton, has been arrested by Boone Police.  He was wanted in Burke County for a misdemeanor out-of-county probation violation.  His only currently listed court dates are on September 19 & 27 in Watauga County for felony larceny and misdemeanor counts of larceny and death by vehicle.

56-year-old Karl Philip Smith of Morganton faces an additional charge for failure to disclose to any law enforcement officer that the person holds a valid permit and is carrying a concealed handgun when approached or addressed by the officer, which is an infraction under North Carolina state law.  He was charged last Thursday (August 17).

As previously reported on WHKY, Smith was initially charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault in connection to the pepper spraying of Confederate re-enactors during the 2017 Soldiers Reunion parade.

Smith, who is a former principal at East Burke High School and W.A. Young Elementary School in Burke County, will appear in District Court on October 11 in Newton.

29-year-old Devan Hawk Enloe of Gosnell Place in Hudson has been arrested by Hickory Police on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance; possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana; possession of a firearm by a felon, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance (two counts) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Enloe was jailed this morning (August 21) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured.  He’ll make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

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