35-year-old Jody Dean Wilson of North Fairview Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before ten o’clock last night (August 25) on one misdemeanor count of driving while impaired. He was charged in connection to a collision with a school bus.  The accident was reported at 9:27 p.m. Tuesday.

A 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by Wilson reportedly rear-ended a Caldwell County school bus that had stopped at a railway crossing near the bridge over the Catawba River on Highway 321 North in Hickory. The bus was carrying 29 soccer players from South Caldwell High School.

One student and two coaches were “checked out” on the scene by E.M.S. personnel. No serious injuries were reported.

Following his arrest, Wilson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. He has since been released. Wilson will appear in District Court on October 29 in Newton.

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office has released more information regarding a fatal shooting Tuesday morning in Lenoir.

At 8:31 a.m. on August 25, Caldwell County Deputies responded to a report of gunshots at 1630 Wheeler Hollow Place in Lenoir. Officers found the body of 26-year-old Heidi Lyn Hamilton in a white Ford truck in the driveway. 33-year-old Edward Lee Price, Jr. was also found in the driveway in close proximity to the truck.

Both individuals suffered from apparent gunshot wounds. Price was airlifted to Mission Memorial Hospital. He was last reported to be in critical condition.  

According to the Sheriff’s statement, the incident appears to be domestic-related and is being viewed as a murder and attempted suicide.

33-year-old Romel Barta McDonald of Statesville has been arrested by Statesville Police on charges of breaking & entering a business and breaking & entering a motor vehicle, as well as two counts of larceny and first-degree trespass.

Yesterday morning (August 24), Statesville Police responded to two separate break-ins at C&M Used Tires & Wheels on Newton Drive and LaFamilia Mexican Restaurant on West Front Street. Officers first responded to LaFamilia, where someone had thrown a car stereo through a glass door to gain entry. The suspect stole two iPods and some groceries from inside the establishment.

Officers reviewed video surveillance footage and obtained images of the suspect entering the building at 5 a.m. The suspect was a black male with a beard, wearing gray sweatpants and a white t-shirt.

Officers were then dispatched to a vehicle break in and larceny at C&M Used Tires & Wheels. The owner said that the suspect entered his fenced-in parking area and broke into a truck. The suspect stole a car stereo and two toolboxes containing various tools.

Video surveillance confirmed that the suspect entered the lot at 3:57 a.m. and that the suspect was the same person who had committed the break in at La Familia. Officers also confirmed that the stolen car stereo was the same item used to break the glass at LaFamilia.

Officers found the suspect, later identified as Romel McDonald, at a location on West Front Street. The suspect was still wearing the same clothing from both incidents. Officers found the two stolen iPods in McDonald’s pants pocket.

McDonald was arrested at about 10 a.m. and placed in the Iredell County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (August 25).

47-year-old Karen Dauler Holleman of Bethlehem, 38-year-old Daniel Shane Russell of Hiddenite and 34-year-old Tanya Gail Hoke of Hiddenite have all been arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers on drug charges. Assisting in the arrests were the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Team, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Holleman was charged with four counts each for sale & delivery of Methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver meth and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. She was also charged with two counts each for simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance and for simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, as well as one count of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

Russell faces charges for possession of a schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver meth, while Hoke was charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

The charges come after a two-month undercover narcotics investigation into the sale and delivery of illegal narcotics from Holleman’s residence. At the conclusion of the investigation, a search warrant was executed at the residence, resulting in the discovery and seizure of a large amount of prescription medication, along with over a half ounce of methamphetamine.

All three suspects were placed in the Alexander County Detention Center with Holleman’s bond set at $10,000, secured. Russell was given a $4,000 secured bond, while Hoke was held under a $2,500 secured bond.

The investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending.

According to a published report, two people were shot near Lenoir this morning (August 25). One of the victims, a female, has died. A male victim was critically injured. Sheriff’s Officers responded to the scene after multiple gunshots were reported shortly before 9 a.m. today on Wheeler Hollow Place.

According to the report, the female victim was found dead inside a car. The male victim was found near the car. He was transported to Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville.

No further details are available.

44-year-old Tyrone Javelle Bowens of North Fairview Drive in Lenoir was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at about 9:25 Friday night (August 21) on one felony count for possession of cocaine. He also faces one misdemeanor count for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police served the indictment after they conducted a traffic stop on the 1800 block of 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Officers confirmed that the driver, Tyrone Bowens, was wanted on the felony indictment.

Bowens then fled on foot. He was tracked by a K-9 Officer and taken into custody a short time later in a wooded area on 20th Street N.E. In addition to the outstanding warrants, Bowens was charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

The suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was set for August 28 with a District Court appearance on the resisting charge coming up on September 23.

43-year-old Jacquelyn Elizabeth Counts of Village Circle in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:30 Friday night (August 21) on a felony warrant out of Iredell County for larceny of a motor vehicle and as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

She was processed and then released about an hour later under a $7,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for yesterday (August 24) in Statesville.

Monday, 24 August 2015 15:18

Burke County Teen Reported Missing

Investigators with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing teen. Hannah Olivia Secrest was last seen in the Morganton area on August 18.

She was driving a blue, four-door 2006 Toyota Corolla with tag number DBK-7241. Authorities say Ms. Secrest may be in the Nebo area.

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Hannah Secrest should contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500.

31-year-old Donald Ray Guest II of 29th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before midnight Friday (August 21) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Officers on foot patrol on the 900 block of South Center Street saw a group of suspicious individuals gathered in the area. Police observed as several people come in and out of the crowd.

Officers stopped Donald Guest on foot and conducted a search of his person. They found 4.5 grams of marijuana, 1.4 grams of powder cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Guest was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $22,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (August 24) in Newton on the felony charge with another court date on the misdemeanor charges coming up on September 22.

37-year-old Branden Lowell Benson of Carriage Lane in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of failure by a convicted sex offender to notify of a change of address.

On August 18, Deputy D.C. Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit attempted to verify a valid address for Benson. Deputy Price was unable to locate Benson at the Carriage Road address. The Deputy learned that Benson had been living in the woods in Hickory, but had failed to report the change of address, as required by law.

Benson was taken into custody and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $150,000 bond. He’ll appear in an Iredell County courtroom on September 2.

Benson also has a pending court date on a 2014 second-degree rape charge in Catawba County.