A bomb threat was called in to authorities in Iredell County yesterday (November 16).  At about 10:40 a.m., courthouses in Statesville and Mooresville were evacuated.  A press release issued by the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office says the threat appears to have been false.

After both facilities were cleared by Officers using bomb-sniffing dogs, the Statesville courthouse re-opened at about 11 a.m.  The Mooresville facility resumed operations at about 12:20 p.m.

The incident remains under investigation.  No additional information was released.

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is offering training sessions for Catawba County church representatives who are interested in learning about church security.  The Sheriff’s Office suggests that the church security team, greeters, ushers and any other church leadership personnel should attend.  The sessions will be led by the Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Deputy.  

Sheriff Coy Reid says the added sessions are the result of a community outpouring requesting church security following the shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5.

Scheduled training sessions are as follows:

Tuesday, November 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Maiden High School Auditorium, 600 West Main Street in Maiden.

Thursday, December 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Christ Church’s Mountain View campus sanctuary, 2416 Zion Church Road in Hickory.

Tuesday, January 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant U.M.C. Community Center, 4136 Mt. Pleasant Road in Sherrills Ford.

Thursday, January 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Tri City Baptist Church sanctuary, 1409 N.C. Highway 16 North in Conover.

For more information, call Lt. John Helton at 828-465-8336.

20-year-old Nicholas Brian Price of Airport Rhodhiss Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:30 yesterday morning (November 15) on one felony count of larceny.

His arrest stems from an incident shortly after 9 a.m. on November 10.  Officers responded to a reported break-in at Palacio Autos on 11th Street S.W.  Several items, including speakers and batteries, were stolen.

After reviewing surveillance video, Officers stopped a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect vehicle.  Nicholas Brian Price was the driver.  Officers identified Price as the subject who stole property from Palacio Auto.  A search warrant was executed at Price's residence where stolen property was found.

Price was taken into custody without incident and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured.  He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

The investigation is ongoing.

28-year-old Nathaniel Hastens Wood of 2nd Street Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:30 a.m. today (November 16) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear on a charge of driving while license revoked.

Wood’s arrest came after was observed at a business on Highway 70 S.W.  The suspect had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.  Subsequent to his arrest, Police found 21 grams of methamphetamine in Wood's vehicle.

He was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,500 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Today (November 16), Burkemont Avenue will be closed between West Union Street and New Street.  Only local traffic will be allowed through.  The city encourages truck traffic to avoid Burkemont Avenue completely between West Union Street and West Fleming Drive and to use the bypass instead.  Traffic will also be shifted on West Union Street for a water line tie-in.  No left turns will be allowed onto Burkemont Avenue from West Union Street at the intersection.   

Water will also be shut-off in an area that includes Smith Street, Haley Place and Josephine Lane, as well as the area along Burkemont Avenue from West Union Street to Circle Court and West Union Street from North College Street to Silver Creek Road.  Water will remain off until the work is complete.

30-year-old Michael Shane Blansett, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at 2:20 yesterday afternoon (November 14) on one count of possession of cocaine.  Blansett was taken into custody without incident on the 1,000 block of 10th Street Boulevard N.W. in Hickory.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

50-year-old Tonya Deneen Burch of 7th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:45 p.m. yesterday (November 14) for a felony probation violation.  She was arrested on an outstanding warrant issued by another agency.  Burch is on probation following a January 2014 felony conviction in Catawba County for multiple larcenies.

She was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department.  Burch was processed and released under a $30,000 secured bond.  An appearance in District Court was set for November 20 in Newton.

16-year-old Aaron Dequan Whittmore of Park Drive in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of breaking & entering a motor vehicle (55 counts), larceny of a firearm (four counts) and misdemeanor larceny (12 counts).  Two juveniles were taken into custody at the same time.

On Sunday (November 5), the Sheriff’s Office received numerous reports regarding vehicle break-ins that occurred during the late night hours in the area of the Hickory Highway and Ashbrook Drive in western Iredell County.  Deputies, Detectives and crime scene Investigators arrived on scene and began searching for suspects and witnesses and collecting evidence.  Numerous potential witnesses were interviewed.

At about 1:30 a.m. on Friday, November 10, Deputies responded to the area of Bethlehem Road near the Statesville Airport after a homeowner was awakened by a car alarm.  Upon arrival, Deputies learned that there had been a second wave of vehicle break-ins.  They determined that the suspects were most likely still in the area.  A perimeter was established to contain the suspects, who were believed to be on foot.

Deputies were able to corner the suspects in a wooded area.  The suspects attempted to flee on foot, but Deputies captured three male subjects.  It’s possible that other suspects eluded capture.  Two of the subjects taken into custody were juveniles, 14 and 15 years-of-age.  The third suspect was identified as Aaron Dequan Whittmore.  He and the two juveniles were taken to the Sheriff’s Office where they were interviewed.

Investigators determined that the same suspects were responsible for the incidents on November 5 & 10.  Police say the suspects went to various developments and looked for unlocked vehicles that they believed contained valuables.  Break-ins occurred on Ashbrook Drive, Bethlehem Road, Doubletree Drive, Heathrow Lane and Gatwick Court, all in Statesville.

Whittmore was charged accordingly, and juvenile petitions are being sought against the other two subjects.  Whittmore was held under a $50,000 secured bond.  He’ll appear in District Court on December 4.  The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

54-year-old Clifford Dean Kerley, whose last known address was a storage building at the Taylorsville Cemetery, is wanted by the Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office for failure to register as a sex offender.

Kerley is on the Sex Offender Registry as the result of a 2008 conviction in Alexander County for indecent liberties with a minor.  At the time of the offense, Kerley was 44 years old and the victim was six.

Kerley was living in the storage building at the Taylorsville Cemetery when authorities told him that he could no longer live there due to the building’s proximity to a daycare facility.  He has since failed to report an address.

Kerley is a white male with brown hair and blue eyes.  He is 5’7” tall and weighs 142 pounds.

Citizens should never attempt to apprehend a fugitive by themselves.  Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Clifford Dean Kerley should call the Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-1111.

51-year-old Devon Duprea Barry, whose last known address was on Poplar Springs Road in Statesville, is wanted by the Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office. Barry is a registered sex offender in Alexander County. He no longer lives at his registered address.

Barry is on the Sex Offender Registry as the result of a 1983 conviction in Dallas, Texas for aggravated rape. He has outstanding warrants in Alexander, Iredell and Cabarrus counties.

Authorities say Barry may be living in Mecklenburg County or out-of-state. He is a black male with black hair and brown eyes. He is six feet tall and weighs 220 pounds.

Citizens should never attempt to apprehend a fugitive by themselves. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Devon Duprea Barry should call the Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-1111.

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