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Tuesday, 14 July 2015 10:45

Lane on Highway 150 Remains Closed

The eastbound lane of the N.C. Highway 150 Bridge over Lake Norman between Catawba and Iredell counties will remain closed today (Tuesday, July 14) after overnight issues with equipment and storm damage delayed the reopening of the eastbound lane.

Crews continued to work on the bridge preservation project last night when their equipment malfunctioned and a passing storm delayed progress. Because daytime heat prevents the work from taking place during the day, the lane closure must remain in place today until crews can resume work tonight.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes, if possible. Delays are expected.

The eastbound lane on the N.C. 150 bridge over Lake Norman between Catawba and Iredell counties will remain closed today (Monday, July 13). Crews encountered multiple delays during weekend work on the bridge's deck, necessitating the daytime closure until the work can resume tonight.

Crews have been working overnight and during weekends to complete the rehabilitation project, which will extend the life of the bridge. During this weekend's work, however, crews encountered several issues that delayed their progress and prevented them from completing the work before the lane closure could be removed.

Daytime heat prevents the bridge work from being done during the day, so the eastbound lane closure must remain in place today.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes, if possible, and expect delays.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying three people that were involved in a breaking & entering and two counts of first-degree trespassing. Surveillance photos were provided by the Sheriff's Office. The pictures are from a pool located on Castle Pine Lane in Statesville.

One suspect appears to be a white male with numerous tattoos. The second suspect looks to be either a Hispanic or black male with short hair and facial hair. The third suspect is a white female who appears to be short and heavyset.  

The suspects in the first incident broke into the pump room and bathrooms, causing damage to the doors. In the second incident, all three suspects crossed over the fence. A short time later, they saw the camera system and left without stealing or damaging anything.

Anyone with information should call Iredell County Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340 or Detective Sergeant Cameron Jones at 704-878-3180.

21-year-old Taylor James Nichols of 4th Street Drive N.W. was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest.

His arrest came about when Police responded to reports of a possible armed robbery in the parking lot at the Taco Bell restaurant on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. As Officers arrived, they saw three motorcycles leaving the parking lot.

A high-speed chase ensued on Highway 70, the McDonald Parkway and I-40. Police abandoned the chase when they determined it to be a safety risk for themselves, the suspects and the public.

A short time later, Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers spotted the motorcycles on Springs Road. Officers pursued the bikes until one driver, Taylor Nichols, crashed. He was not injured.

Hickory Police say the subject who reported the armed robbery was intoxicated. Police learned that the victim was, in fact, not robbed, but was assaulted. He was taken to a local hospital to be sure that sutures from a previous injury had not ruptured during the altercation. The victim did not sustain any serious injuries.

Nichols was taken into custody at about 4:20 a.m. Saturday and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. He was released about an hour later under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Hickory.

Hickory Police are investigating two robberies on successive days at Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina on 2nd Street N.E. in Viewmont. The first incident occurred at about 2:35 Saturday afternoon (July 11). The second robbery took place about 24 hours later at 2:20 on Sunday.

Police say the suspect is the same person in both incidents. He is described as a white male in his early 20s. He has a slim build, blond hair and pierced ears. He did not wear a mask and wore different clothing during each robbery.

In the first incident, the suspect entered the restaurant, approached the register and presented a note, which he then took back. The note contained threatening language, and the suspect also made verbal threats. The man implied that he was armed, but never displayed a weapon.

It’s not clear if the suspect presented a note during the second incident, but the manager, a 38-year-old male from Hickory, was on-duty during both incidents and immediately recognized the suspect the second time.

Customers were present in the restaurant during both robberies. No one was injured.

Anyone with information regarding the robberies should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

56-year-old Alex Forrest Moore of Lithia Inn Road and 35-year-old Jon Clayton Willett of Lincoln Street, both from Lincolnton, have been arrested by Lincolnton Police. Moore was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of heroin, while Willett faces charges for common law robbery and possession of stolen goods.

From Monday of this week through yesterday (July 6-9), Police conducted an investigation into possible drug activity involving Moore and Willett. Citizens’ complaints centered around two addresses in Lincolnton, one on South Poplar Street and the other on Lithia Inn Road.

Police Department conducted surveillance operations and monitored on-going traffic at both locations. On Tuesday, Officers searched and found less than one gram of methamphetamine at the South Poplar Street address. Officers searched the Lithia Inn Road residence on Thursday where they found 33 grams of methamphetamine, one gram of heroin, several prescription pills, several firearms and drug paraphernalia.

In addition, Officers found evidence related to a strong-arm robbery case dating back to June 9. This evidence was also seized as part of the investigation. Willett had been a suspect in that case. Evidence found at the residence concretely tied him to the crime.

Both suspects were placed in the Lincoln County Jail with bond for Moore set at $19,800, secured. Willet was given a $25,000 secured bond. They were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today (July 10). More was out on bond at the time of his arrest. Both men have previous criminal records.

During the searches, evidence was found linking other individuals to both narcotics and criminal cases currently under investigation. Additional charges are expected.

23-year-old William Glenn Johnson of Tuckers Grove Road in Statesville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on July 7 on one felony count each of indecent liberties with a child and first-degree sex offense with a child.

He was arrested after Sgt. Jason Lowrance with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit received a report regarding a young child who had been sexually assaulted on June 25 of this year. The child said the abuse occurred while she was visiting William Glenn Johnson’s residence.

The victim was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. After further investigation and after additional witnesses were interviewed, warrants were obtained for Johnson’s arrest.

Johnson was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond. He will appear in District Court on July 28.

47-year-old John Randall Jones of Huntersville and 44-year-old Bennie Dean Sellards of Lincolnton have both been arrested by Lincolnton Police on sex offense charges. They are each charged with felony soliciting of a minor by computer and appearing at the meeting place. Jones was arrested on July 7 and Sellards was arrested on June 22.

Each suspect was held under a $100,000 secured bond. Jones will appear in District Court on July 28, while Sellards has a court date on July 16.

22-year-old Thomas Tyler Matthews of North Brushwood Circle in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:40 last night on charges out of Burke County for felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle, felony transaction card fraud and misdemeanor larceny.

Matthews was taken into custody without incident on Tate Boulevard S.E. in Hickory and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for July 13 in Morganton.

The KAPPA League of Hickory is sponsoring a Block Party for the Ridgeview community this evening (Thursday, July 9) from 6 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The event will be held at Taft Broome Park, 115 7th Avenue S.W. in Hickory, beside the Ridgeview Recreation Center.

The Block Party will be the second such event held in Ridgeview this summer, following a previous event held in mid-June. The gatherings are intended to help build positive relationships between the Hickory Police Department and community members.

The family-friendly event is free to the community. The Block Party features fellowship, music, food and games with entertainment provided by “DJ Lil G & Mike Boogie” along with many other local businesses, organizations and community members.