24-year-old India Mariel Green of Business Highway 74 in Ellenboro, N.C. was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Wednesday (November 23) for two felony probation violations. Green was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $60,000, secured. She’ll appear in Superior Court on December 5 and in District Court on December 6, both in Lenoir. The probation violations come in connection to charges for the sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance.

36-year-old George Andrew Singer of Claremont Road in Newton has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers for failure to appear on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with a probation violation by Probation & Parole Officers in Catawba County.

Singer was jailed Wednesday (November 23) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond was set at $31,000, secured. He’ll appear in Superior Court on Monday (November 28) in Newton.

Hickory City Council has voted to pass a resolution that grants authorization to exceed the original shared cost with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for the repair of the sinkhole at the intersection of U.S. 70 and 7th Street S.E. The vote was taken at a special called meeting on November 22 at the request of the NCDOT.

The terms of the original agreement were based off of an estimated total cost of $3.2 million and included the NCDOT contributing $1 million toward construction, design of the project repair and oversight of construction, with the city making four installation payments to the NCDOT in the amount of $550,000, totaling $2.2 million.

After bids for construction were received by the NCDOT, the city was informed that the lowest bid came in at $4.2 million. The NCDOT and the City of Hickory have agreed to split the additional cost by contributing $500,000 each, following an agreement established in August 2016 stating that each party will equally divide additionally incurred expenses.

The NCDOT anticipates the project being completed in early summer of 2017.  

Although City Council has accepted the agreement with the NCDOT and will pay the amount agreed upon, they are still looking for additional funding to offset the final cost to taxpayers. The North Carolina General Assembly has already designated $250,000 for the project, which will assist with the city’s cost.

Friday, 25 November 2016 06:06

Chestnut Knob Fire Now 75% Contained

The Chestnut Knob fire in South Mountain State Park, about 10 miles south of Morganton, is currently estimated at 6,435 acres. 229 personnel are currently battling the fire, which began on November 6.

As of seven o’clock last night (November 24), the wildfire was listed at 75% contained. Authorities estimate that the fire will be completely contained by midnight tomorrow.

At this time, minimal fire behavior with smoldering is reported. Firefighters plan to continue to hold the line and make improvements in all divisions and continue with mop-up operations. They will continue with structure protection and triage.

15 wildfires are still active in North Carolina, including the Tellico fire, which currently covers nearly 14,000 acres in the Nantahala National Forest.

As the result of smoke from the fires, a Code Orange air quality alert has been issued for the Unifour area today.

35-year-old Justin Daniel Price of Matheson Avenue in Charlotte has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was wanted in Austin, Texas on a charge of assault by strangulation.

Price was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled this past Monday (November 21) in Newton. His next Catawba County court date on the fugitive warrant was set for January 23, 2017 with another appearance on D.W.I. and other traffic charges set for January 12. In addition, Price will appear on a fugitive warrant in a Mecklenburg County courtroom on November 29.

29-year-old Michael Kayleeon McBryde and 34-year-old Sherry Devon McGill, both of the same address on 1st Street S.W. in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police just before 10 p.m. Saturday (November 19). They were each charged with one felony count of possession of cocaine.

They were arrested in connection to an incident on July 29 of this year as Officers on foot patrol at Blue Ridge Heights on the 900 block of 1st Street S.W. observed foot traffic coming and going from a residence in the apartment complex. As Officers approached the residence, they smelled marijuana.

McGill was listed as the tenant and McBryde was an additional resident at the time. A search warrant was executed, leading to the discovery of 0.3 grams of cocaine, 0.1 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

A prosecution summary was submitted, leading to the arrests Saturday. McBryde was jailed under a $7,500 secured bond. McGill was processed and released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. Both suspects were scheduled to appear in Superior Court today (November 21) in Newton.

36-year-old Dequelle Kushawn Williamson of 9th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:40 Sunday evening (November 20) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested after Police received information regarding illegal narcotics activity at the Valley Creek Apartments on 7th Avenue S.W. Officers went to the residence in question where they found five occupants. During a consent search, Williamson allegedly attempted to swallow a baggie that contained 2.2 grams of cocaine.

Two subjects were issued citations for possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. The other two subjects present were not charged or cited.

Williamson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (November 21) in Newton.

39-year-old Rodney Lamont Pounds of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday (November 19) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

He was arrested after Police responded to a possible stabbing at an address on 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory. Officers arrived to find the victim, a 35-year-old black male from Hickory, walking east across 2nd Street S.W. E.M.S. transported the victim to Frye Regional Medical Center.

A knife was found at another nearby residence on 2nd Street S.W. Through the course of the investigation, Officers learned that the victim was injured after an argument between Rodney Pounds and the victim escalated to the point of physical violence.

Pounds was arrested without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (November 21) in Newton.

36-year-old Randy Keith Long and 16-year-old David Wesley Ikerd, both of the same Mary Kate Drive address in Conover, were arrested by Hickory Police late last night (November 17). They were each charged with felony breaking & entering and felony larceny. Ikerd was also charged with felony larceny of a firearm and misdemeanor speeding to elude arrest.

Events leading to the arrests began when Police responded to a break-in in progress at Gold Town USA on 16th Street N.E. in Hickory. As Officers arrived, they saw one subject getting into a silver Dodge truck. The truck pulled out of the parking lot and Police activated their blue lights and siren.

The truck initially did not stop and continued traveling south on 16th Street N.E. Eventually, the truck stopped in the parking lot at the Cupboard Express at 954 16th Street N.E. Ikard was the driver, Long was a passenger and an unnamed male juvenile was a passenger in the rear seat. In the truck, Officers found a number of items stolen from Gold Town USA, including a shotgun, a razor, a box of miscellaneous jewelry, a gift card and two handgun magazines.

Long and Ikerd were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. The juvenile subject was not charged. Long’s bond was set at $16,000, secured, and Ikerd was given a $15,000 secured bond. Both were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.

22-year-old Shyheim Fitzhugh Millsaps of the Muellers Circle Apartments in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on four felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, plus one felony count each of maintaining a place to sell heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and possession of a stolen firearm.  He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of a schedule III controlled substance.

Millsaps was arrested yesterday (November 17) when Iredell County Narcotics Officers and the Special Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at an address on Kite Lane in western Iredell County.  The arrest was the culmination of a month-long investigation into the possession and sale of “China White” heroin in Stony Point and west Statesville.

Narcotics Investigators gathered information regarding the suspect, Shyheim Fitzhugh Millsaps, who allegedly sold heroin somewhere on Midway Road.  Surveillance operations soon identified the house on Kite Lane, which the suspect was using to sell heroin.  Purchases of heroin were made from Millsaps at the Kite Lane location.

Officers executed the search warrant yesterday and seized heroin, money and a handgun.  The handgun had been reported stolen from a location off of Newton Drive.

At the time of his arrest, Millsaps was out of jail under a $300,000 bond on prior drug-related charges filed by the Statesville Police Department.  He is scheduled to appear in court in early 2017 on those charges.

Following his arrest yesterday, Millsaps was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $300,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was set for today.  The Sheriff’s Office has asked the District Attorney to consider revoking the prior $300,000 bond from the earlier charges.

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