32-year-old Joshua Rick Bass of Oak Tree Drive in Mocksville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers Friday (June 7) on four felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle. He was also charged with felony counts of larceny of a firearm, breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, forgery or possession of a counterfeit instrument, and fleeing to elude arrest, plus one misdemeanor count of resisting, obstructing, or delaying a public officer. Bass had been listed as one of the Iredell County Sheriff’s “Most Wanted Persons”.

He is the suspect in at least five cases in which A.T.V.s were stolen from eastern Iredell County. Bass already had multiple outstanding felony warrants for larceny of a firearm and possession of counterfeit instruments.

He was arrested as Deputies in the area of Duck Creek Road attempted to locate Bass on Friday. Deputies spotted the suspect riding a four-wheeler on Skyuka Road, heading toward Moose Club Road. Deputies attempted to stop Bass, but he avoided them by driving the four-wheeler off-road and onto trails in the woods.

After pursuing Bass through the woods, Deputies apprehended Bass and took him into custody without further incident. The VIN number on the four-wheeler was a match for a vehicle that had been reported stolen on June 5 of this year.

Bass was held under an $83,000 secured bond. On Saturday (June 8), Deputies served the warrant for fleeing to elude arrest. In the process, Bass became belligerent in the Magistrate’s Office and began resisting, screaming and refusing to comply with Deputies' commands. The suspect was charged with resisting and was given an additional $50,000 secured bond, bringing the total to $133,000. He'll appear in District Court on July 1.

Bass has a criminal history that includes misdemeanor counts of harassing phone calls, two counts of larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana, as well as felony counts of larceny, possession of a schedule I controlled substance, larceny after breaking & entering, possession of heroin, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Monday, 10 June 2019 17:33

Hickory Teen Jailed on Assault Charge

19-year-old Thailia Divine Carson of 22nd Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 8 p.m. Friday (June 7) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. She was taken into custody without incident after Police responded to a domestic assault at her residence. Carson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention facility where she is being held without bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (June 10) in Newton.

31-year-old Vincent Martel Surratt Ervin of Saint Mary Church Road in Morganton and 34-year-old Priscilla Dawn Moody of Rhodhiss Road in Connelly Springs were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:40 p.m. Friday (June 7). They were each charged with one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Ervin and Moody were arrested after Police were called to perform a health check on a male and a female in the parking lot at a business on Old Lenoir Road N.W. Upon arrival, Officers learned that the silver 2000 Dodge Durango had been reported stolen out of Burke County.

Both suspects were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $7,500, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today (June 10) in Newton.

57-year-old Billy Jay Blankenship of Linker Lane in Stony Point has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff's Officers and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

At about 5:30 p.m. last Thursday (June 6), members of the Sheriff’s Special Response Team, along with an Iredell County K-9 Unit, executed a search warrant at Blankenship's residence. Officers seized one gram of methamphetamine, five ounces of marijuana, $500 in cash, and drug paraphernalia.

Blankenship was taken to the Alexander Co. Detention Center where he was placed under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Alexander County District Court was scheduled today (June 10).

To assist with recovery efforts, Catawba County Emergency Services is asking Catawba County residents with storm-related damage to their homes to complete a Catawba County Damage Assessment Program application online. Click here for the application. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, June 14.

The purpose of the Damage Assessment Program is to gather preliminary data about people and property affected by natural disasters in Catawba County. The application allows affected residents to send information directly to Catawba County Emergency Services. A County representative will either contact the resident or visit their location within 48 hours of receiving the application.

Residents without internet access should call 828-466-7213 to complete a Damage Assessment Program application during business hours. Callers should be prepared for busy signals or longer hold times due to high call volume.

29-year-old Roger Dale White, Jr. of Wells Road in Lawndale has been arrested by authorities in Cleveland County on warrants out of Catawba County for felony larceny by removing or tampering with an anti-shoplifting device. He was also served a felony warrant by Catawba Co. Sheriff's Officers as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

White is wanted by the Sheriff's Office in Tazewell County, Virginia for shoplifting with concealment of goods valued at less than $200. He was taken into custody on Saturday (June 8).

White was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where was held without bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (June 10) in Newton.

Blue Ridge Energy reports that, as of 11 o'clock last night (June 9), 219 customers were without power, 79 of those in Caldwell County's Edgemont and Brown Mountain Beach communities. Flooding has made those areas totally impassable.

Power restoration work was expected to continue into the day today as crews use ATVs to reach any accessible areas after heavy rain and flooding washed out roads and brought down trees on power lines, causing damage to the electric system. So far, Blue Ridge says approximately 3,000 members have been affected.

Monday, 10 June 2019 07:04

Three Killed in Lincoln County Crash

At about 7:50 Saturday night (June 8), a single-vehicle collision in Lincoln County resulted in three fatalities. The accident happened on N.C. Highway 27 in the area of Rock Dam Road. The deceased have been identified as 52-year-old Loyde J. Neal of Lincolnton, 22-year-old Sebastian Lee Fredell of Lincolnton, and 46-year-old Andrew Jacob Abernathy of Shelby.

The preliminary investigation indicates that a 2008 Ford Escape driven by Mr. Neal was traveling west on Highway 27 when it hydroplaned and ran off the road, collided with a tree, and overturned in Rockdam Creek. All three occupants were trapped in the vehicle, which was on its side and submerged in approximately six feet of water. The creek waters were higher than normal due to heavy rainfall. Rescue efforts were greatly hindered by extremely heavy rainfall at the time.

In response to localized flooding at the Ridgecrest Apartments on 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory, Catawba County is relocating affected residents to a temporary shelter set up at Catawba Valley Community College's Tarlton Complex, 2550 U.S. Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory.

The shelter is open for residents and their pets who have been relocated due to the storm. The shelter is staffed by County personnel and American Red Cross volunteers and is providing cots, blankets, restrooms, showers, food and a mobile pet shelter. For more information, call 828-466-7213.

Residents seeking shelter at the CVCC Tarlton Complex are advised to bring the following:

  • Medications and related medical supplies;
  • Personal care items (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.);
  • A change of clothes;
  • Pet vaccination records & supplies, including pet food & meds;
  • Food (for those with special dietary needs);
  • A pillow and blanket (for those who prefer to use their own).

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners declared a state of emergency in Catawba County at 8 a.m. yesterday (June 9) due to excessive rainfall in the county that began on Friday (June 7). The excessive rainfall has resulted in numerous water rescues, hazardous travel conditions, and the potential for widespread power outages. The declaration enables Emergency Services to implement coordinated response and recovery efforts in all affected unincorporated areas of the county.

Visit catawbacountync.gov and other Catawba County social media for additional updates. For a list of road closures, click here.

In addition, a state of emergency was declared in Caldwell County yesterday. The declaration became effective at 10 a.m. on June 9. For more information, contact Caldwell County Interim Public Information Officer Anna Martin at amartin@caldwellcountync.org

And, the City of Hickory declared an official state of emergency yesterday in response to flooding that resulted in significant damage to streets, bridges, and other public infrastructure. Some citizens have been displaced from their homes.

The emergency declaration activates the Hickory Emergency Operations Plan for all departments. The declaration also authorizes the City to apply for financial assistance, if needed, through state or federal agencies.

The City of Hickory plans to keep citizens informed via media releases, website updates, and social media platforms. Follow the city on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofhickory and on Twitter at @CityofHickory. To receive important storm information and local emergency notifications, sign up for CodeRED emergency notification alerts under the “How Do I” navigation tab at www.HickoryNC.gov.

There will be no school today (June 10) for Catawba County Schools. It is an optional teacher workday.

All Hickory City parks will be closed today to allow city staff to fully inspect park areas to ensure the safety of visitors. Recreation centers will operate on normal hours.

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