Wednesday, 12 April 2017 05:53

Identity of Boone Assault Victim Released

The victim in a fatal assault that occurred on April 9 in Boone has been identified as 55-year-old Gary Robert Caddell of Fisk Court in Raleigh.

Shortly before 2 a.m. on the ninth, Boone Police responded to 137 Stoneybrook Court in Boone regarding a traumatic injury resulting from a reported assault.  Mr. Caddell was transported to Watauga Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.  The other involved party in the case is the victim’s son.

An autopsy was completed yesterday (April 11) at Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.  A complete autopsy report is not anticipated for several weeks.

The investigation is continuing.  No charges have been filed at this time.  According to Boone Police, the suspect is cooperating with Police and is not believed to be a danger to the community.  The suspect’s identity has not been released.

In Catawba County Superior Court today (April 11), 37-year-old Bradley Scott Adams of Hickory was sentenced to 25-35 years in prison by the Honorable Casey M. Viser, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County. The defendant also will be required to register as a sex offender and enroll in satellite-based monitoring for the remainder of his life. Adams pleaded guilty to 15 counts of sexual offense with a child and eight counts of indecent liberties with a child.

In July 2013, Adams sexually assaulted an 11-year-old victim each day over a seven-day period. During a forensic interview with the Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center of Catawba County, the victim said Adams gave the child pills that caused drowsiness and then sexually assaulted the child each day.

The defendant committed a second offense on a six-year-old victim in December 2013, entering a bedroom and sexually assaulting the sleeping child. The victim shared those details in a forensic interview with the Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center.

Marisa Rogers investigated the case for Hickory Police Department with assistance from the Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center. Jamie Adams handled the prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.

26-year-old Brittany Chantais Orgeron of Cinnabar Lane in Iron Station has been charged with one felony count each of larceny by servant and possession of stolen goods.

She’s accused of stealing more than $1,200 worth of North Carolina Education Lottery tickets from the convenience store where she was an employee. The incident occurred at the Jetway convenience store on Highway 27, east of Lincolnton. The theft occurred between March 17 and April 4 of this year.

Store officials discovered the missing lottery tickets and a few scratched off tickets that were placed back in the slot to be sold. Surveillance video shows the employee allegedly placing a stack of lottery tickets in her purse then taking the purse out to her car.

One of the scratch-off tickets valued at $500 and another $50 ticket were redeemed on March 25. Two other tickets had been redeemed on March 17.

During an interview, Orgeron admitted to taking the scratch off tickets. Detectives arrested the suspect when she reported for work on April 4. Orgeron was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $3,000 secured bond. Her next appearance in District Court was set for April 25.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 11:58

Water Shut Off on Watermill Road Today

City workers in Morganton have shut off water service to a section of Watermill Road today (April 11) to repair a water line break.  About 50 customers on Watermill Road are affected, from Frank Whisnant Road to the Watermill Road Bridge.  Workers expect to make repairs and restore water service by no later than 4:30 this afternoon, barring any unforeseen problems.  For more information, call the city’s Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.

28-year-old Christian Uribe Nava of Kool Park Road N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:40 Friday afternoon (April 7) on felony indictments for possession with intent to sell or deliver methaqualone and the sale or delivery of a schedule I controlled substance.  The original warrants for his arrest were issued on May 23, 2016.

Nava was arrested at the Hickory Police Department without incident.  He was processed and released under an $11,500 secured bond.  An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled yesterday (April 10) in Newton.

26-year-old Amanda Danielle Forth of McDaniel Street in Newton was arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers this morning (April 11) on three counts of failure to appear in connection to charges dating back to last year for possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The original charges stem from an incident in April 2016 at the Red Roof Inn, just off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory.  Hickory Police responded to find E.M.S. personnel administering C.P.R. to a male subject.  The man was revived and was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.

There were two other occupants in the room.  A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of one Clonazepam pill, three syringes and 0.2 grams of methamphetamine in Amanda Forth’s purse.  0.3 grams of meth was found on her person.

Following her arrest today, Forth was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond.  No court date is currently listed in Catawba County; however, Forth does have a number of Burke County appearances scheduled in May and June for multiple vehicular infractions, a container violation and drug paraphernalia charges.

49-year-old James Walter Dunn, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:40 yesterday afternoon (April 10) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

Dunn was taken into custody without incident at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory.  He had previously been banned from all Walmart stores.

Dunn was locked up in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,000, secured.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

45-year-old Charles Lewis Abernethy, Jr. of 11th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday (April 8) for two felony probation violations.  He was also charged by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office with failure to appear on a child support charge.

Abernethy is on probation as he serves a 36-month suspended sentence following a March 2015 conviction in Catawba County for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and felony larceny.

He was taken into custody without incident at about 9:45 Saturday night in a residential area on 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory.  Abernethy was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond.  An appearance in Superior Court was set for May 19 in Newton.  He’ll also appear in court on the child support charge on April 13.

Catawba Valley Medical Group will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for their new 7,200 square foot facility at 3114 West Main Street in Claremont.  The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 27.

The new facility will have capacity for additional medical providers and will be able to expand patient volumes to meet the needs of Claremont and the surrounding area.  Some of the services offered include:  minor procedures, diabetes education, allergy services, extended hours and more.  CVMC mobile mammography will visit the facility bimonthly.

For more information, contact Kim Hudson at 828-315-0427.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 07:28

Morganton Man Wins Big Prize in NCEL

James Wilson of Morganton is the second player to claim one of two winning tickets in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s Carolina Cash 5 game.  Wilson won a $326,084 jackpot.

Wilson, who bought the $1 ticket at the Salem Express on Salem Road in Morganton, beat the odds of 1 in 749,398 to match all five numbers in the March 27 drawing.  He split the jackpot and received $163,042.  The other half was won by a Wake County man.

Wilson claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.  After required state and federal tax withholdings, Wilson took home $113,316.

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