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19-year-old Erica Sierra Reid of Western Court in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:45 last night (September 4) on one felony count each for possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. She was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree trespass.

She was arrested after her mother, 56-year-old Deborah Hass, was spotted concealing something in her purse at the Belk store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. Mother and daughter were taken to the Loss Prevention office where it was learned that the two had previously been banned from the store.

Their purses were searched, leading to the discovery of eight pills in Reid’s purse. They were oxymorphone, Klonopin and Percocet. A grinder was also found. The mother was cited for taking a bracelet valued at $16.

Reid was processed at H.P.D. and then released on a $600 secured bond. She will appear in District Court on October 7 in Hickory.

39-year-old Christopher Scott Fore of Goff Street in Charlotte has been charged by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detective Greg Hager with one felony count each of breaking & entering, kidnapping with serious bodily harm, assault with serious injury, larceny and common law robbery. Fore is accused of assaulting and kidnapping a 41-year-old woman he had been dating.

The incident leading to Fore’s arrest occurred on September 3 at the woman’s residence on Chase Drive in Iron Station. Fore allegedly began calling and texting the woman, accusing her of having another man at her residence. She told Fore not to come to her residence and explained that she was home due to an injury. Fore came to the residence and was told the leave. A short time later, the victim heard someone break through the back door and encountered Fore.

Fore allegedly assaulted the woman with his fists as he dragged her around the residence. She was able to escape from him and pick up her Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver as she ran into the back yard. The suspect caught the woman, assaulted her again with his fists and took the firearm.

He forced the woman into his vehicle and left the scene. After going to a location in Hickory, Fore took the woman to his mother’s house in Charlotte. He refused to release the woman and initially refused to take her to the hospital. Fore’s mother later convinced him to take the woman to Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) in Charlotte where he forced the victim to tell hospital personnel that she had been “jumped on” by someone in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

The next morning, Fore left the hospital. CMC Domestic Violence representatives met with the victim, who was able to tell the hospital staff what really had happened to her.

Fore was arrested at his mother’s home by Charlotte Mecklenburg Police and turned over to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives. He was taken before a magistrate and placed under a $150,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

Investigation into the incident is ongoing and more charges are expected.

As part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) requirements, area emergency personnel conducted a full-scale drill on August 23 at the Hickory Regional Airport. The drill scenario simulated a crash between a landing aircraft and a vehicle on the ground on airport property.

A total of 40 personnel representing 13 different agencies participated in the drill. The participating agencies were Hickory Fire, Hickory Police, the Hickory Airport, the Hickory control tower, Catawba County E.M.S., Catawba County Emergency Management, North Carolina Emergency Management, Granite Falls Fire, Long View Fire, Hickory Rescue, the North Carolina Forest Service, the Civil Air Patrol and the Red Cross.

The drill focused heavily on the use of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Randy McKinney, who specializes in training, planning and conducting drills, assisted and instructed the drill participants in the use of the NIMS.

The drill scenario included a crash with fire involved; several injured persons to triage, treat and transport; a fuel spill; the need for additional water supply to the scene; and the required notification of several different agencies.

The Hickory Fire Department expressed its appreciation to each agency and each individual who participated in the emergency drill.

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office has released more details in an apparent murder-suicide in the Ellendale Community last night. The deceased have been identified as 32-year-old Jonathan Wayne Thompson and 34-year-old Brandy Nicole Thompson of Chestnut Hunting Lodge Drive.

At 7:21p.m. Thursday, the Alexander County Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call from an address on Chestnut Hunting Lodge Drive. The caller said she and two others at the residence had been shot. Officers were dispatched to the scene where they found 54-year-old Mary Darlene Tarlton at the residence, alert but suffering from a gunshot wound to the facial area. The Thompsons’ bodies were found with gunshot wounds outside the residence.

Medical personnel on the scene rushed Ms. Tarlton to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries, which were described as “serious.” She was later transferred to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for surgery. She was reported to be in stable condition last night.

A four-month-old child was inside the residence when the shooting occurred; however, the infant was not injured. The Alexander County Department of Social Services made arrangements for the care of the infant.

Ms. Tarlton, who also lives in the Chestnut Hunting Lodge community, was Brandy Thompson’s mother. The infant is the deceased couple’s child.

Based on the results of a preliminary investigation, Detectives believe Jonathan Wayne Thompson to be the only shooter. A final determination will be made following the medical examiner’s investigation and the conclusion of a full investigation by Detectives.

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Alexander County E.M.S., the Alexander County Rescue Squad, the Ellendale Volunteer Fire Department, Alexander County D.S.S. and Caldwell County E.M.S.

20-year-old Troyshawn Nicholas Williams of Statesville has been arrested by Statesville Police on a charge of murder.

At 12:03 this morning (September 5), Statesville Police responded to a report of a shooting on the 200 block of Chambers Street. Officers found the victim, Keith Levan Keaton, Jr., suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Iredell County EMS responded and transported Mr. Keaton to Iredell Memorial Hospital where he died.

Investigators determined that Keaton and the suspect, later identified as Troyshawn Nicholas Williams, were involved in an altercation earlier Thursday night. Williams later returned to the residence and shot Keaton.

Investigators obtained a murder warrant for Williams. At six o’clock this morning, Williams was found in an apartment on Simonton Road, hiding under a bed. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Statesville Police Department for processing.

No bond amount or court date was listed as of early Friday morning.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should contact the Statesville Police Criminal Investigations Division at 704-878-3515 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.

According to published reports, two people are dead and a third person is injured in what authorities are describing as a murder-suicide in the Ellendale community, west of Taylorsville near the Caldwell County line. The shootings occurred yesterday (September 4) at approximately 7:30 p.m. off of Dover Church Road and Chestnut Hunting Lodge Road.

The Alexander County Sheriff's Office says a two-year-old child was at the scene at the time of the shootings. The child was not harmed.

The investigation is in its preliminary stages and is ongoing. No information has been released regarding the victims.

Friday, 05 September 2014 06:53

Morganton Triple Homicide Suspect Hospitalized

56-year-old Donald Eric Kincaid, the suspect in a triple homicide in Morganton, has been hospitalized. Kincaid was arrested Wednesday night and charged with first-degree murder in connection to the deaths of 54-year-old Barbara Ann Johnson, her son, 21-year-old Freddie Charles Thompson, Jr. and family friend, 75-year-old Zakiya El Bey.

According to published reports, Kincaid’s provisional attorney said Kincaid has had pneumonia and other illnesses since the victims were found dead on August 10. A judge has allowed Kincaid to go to a hospital.

The N.C. Department of Transportation has scheduled another blasting operation at 10 a.m. this Sunday (September 7) along Interstate 85 in Gaston County as part of construction for a new weigh station near Bessemer City. The work follows a similar operation last Sunday (August 31).

The blast is part of excavation plans for the $19.7 million weigh station. People standing outside during the blast will likely hear a low rumble, similar to thunder. The blast itself should last only a few seconds, but crews will begin closing down a portion of I-85 near the construction site about 30 minutes before the blast is set to begin.

For southbound traffic, crews will close the entrance ramp from Exit 13 to I-85 south and pace traffic starting just past Exit 14 (N.C. 274). For northbound traffic, both exits from N.C. 74 onto I-85 north at Exit 10 will be closed to traffic. They will pace traffic starting at Exit 8 (N.C. 161).

When all traffic in both directions is clear of the blasting area, the project contractor will begin the blasting work. After the blasting, the contractor will make sure I-85 is clear of any debris before releasing traffic to its normal flow.

The new weigh station includes construction of the truck scale building and booth, as well as grading, drainage and paving around the new facility. Sloan Construction, a division of Reeves Construction Company, was awarded the contract.

Once completed, the new weigh station will have space for five offices, three unisex restrooms and a lobby with a vending area for truck drivers. The existing weigh station on I-85 northbound about 10 miles southwest of Charlotte will close after the new facility opens.

The project is scheduled for completion in November 2016.

Thursday, 04 September 2014 14:41

Caldwell County Home Heavily Damaged by Fire

A home on Union Grove Road just south of Lenoir was heavily damaged by fire last night (September 3).

After checking with the National Weather Service, Investigators used GPS data to determine that the fire was most likely caused by a lightning strike. It appears that lightning struck the chimney and traveled down to the roof. The home sustained more than $200,000 in damages.

No injuries were reported.

33-year-old Amy Inman Helton of North Caldwell Avenue in Newton has been arrested by Newton Police on two counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

She was confined this morning (September 4) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $4,250 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow with another court date on the resisting charge coming up on September 22, both in Newton.