Statesville Police are investigating a Tuesday morning (January 9) shooting that left three people injured.  Officers responded to the incident on the 1,000 block of Caldwell Street.  Upon arrival, Officers found that a home had been struck by several rounds from gunfire.

A short time later, three victims arrived at Iredell Memorial Hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds.  A nine-year-old female child, a 40-year-old male and another male were shot while at the Caldwell Street residence.  The two men were treated for less serious injuries; however, the child was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem for treatment.  The child is listed in stable condition.

The case remains under investigation.  More information will be released as it becomes available.

Anyone with information regarding the case should contact Statesville Police at 704-878-3406 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.  Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.

35-year-old Michael Ray Burgess, Jr. of White Tail Circle in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:20 yesterday afternoon (January 8) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Burgess was taken into custody without incident at a hotel on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court on the drug charge was scheduled today with another court date coming up on February 6, both in Newton.

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 10:35

Mooresville Man Arrested at Hickory Walmart

63-year-old Lowry Eric Whetstone of Welton Way in Mooresville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:15 yesterday afternoon (January 8) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.

He was arrested after Hickory Police responded yesterday to a shoplifting call at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E.  According to Police, the suspect, Lowry Eric Whetstone, selected items in the store and fraudulently returned them for a store gift card and cash.

Whetstone was taken into custody without incident at the store and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond.  An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

Monday, 08 January 2018 10:37

Convenience Store Robbed in Conover

The Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at about 9:40 last night (January 7) in Conover.

A black male armed with a black semi-automatic handgun entered the Propst Superette store at 5865 Springs Road in Conover.  The suspect robbed the store at gunpoint and then left on foot with an undisclosed sum of cash.

The suspect was described as 5’9” tall, weighing 175 pounds.  He was wearing a black hoodie and black pants.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call the Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-5241 or 828-466-7244.

48-year-old Richard Curtis Campbell of George Hildebran School Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (January 8) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.  The warrant for his arrest was issued on December 13, 2017 in Burke County.

Campbell turned himself in at the Hickory Police Department just before 1 a.m. today.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $30,000, secured.  He has since been released.  An appearance in District Court was scheduled for February 5 in Morganton.

21-year-old Rodney Tyler York of Main Avenue S.W. in Hickory was served bills of indictment by Hickory Police at about nine o’clock Friday night (January 5) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, obtaining property by false pretense and possession of stolen goods or property.

On December 7, 2016, Hickory Police met with a victim regarding the unauthorized use of a credit card.  The suspect was identified as Rodney Tyler York.  He was arrested without incident on warrants issued early in December 2017.

York was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today (January 8) in Newton.

37-year-old Tracy Marie Matthews and 40-year-old Christopher Lee Sawyer, both of the same address in Banner Elk, were arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (January 5).  They were both charged with felony forgery of bank notes and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.  Sawyer was also charged with felony uttering a forged instrument.

On January 4, Hickory Police responded to the Arby’s restaurant on Highway 70 S.E. in reference to a counterfeit bill.  A description of the suspect vehicle was obtained.  The vehicle and the suspects were later found and arrested at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory.

The suspects were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility.  Bond for Matthews was set at $90,000, secured, while Sawyer was given an $80,000 secured bond.  They were both scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.

Friday, 05 January 2018 10:34

Newton Man Sentenced on Cocaine Charges

60-year-old Jimmie Rodgers Fambrough of Newton has been convicted on four counts of selling cocaine.  He was also convicted as an habitual felon.  Fambrough pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six-to-nine years in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.  The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, handed down the sentence during Catawba County Superior Court yesterday (January 4).

Fambrough’s habitual felon status is the result of prior convictions for possession of firearm by a felon (January 1988), possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine (June 2002) and possession of cocaine (February 2007).  All those convictions were in Catawba County.

In September 2015, the defendant sold cocaine to undercover Officers with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division on four separate occasions at the same location in Newton.  The North Carolina State Crime Lab that the substances were cocaine.

Dennis Smith and Jessica McCray investigated the cases for the Sheriff’s Office and Assistant District Attorneys Sean Baetjer and Lance Sigmon handled the prosecution for the state.

With predicted temperatures near single digits and a wind chill near zero, Catawba and Caldwell County Schools have announced that they will operate on a two-hour delay today (Friday, January 5).  That includes Catawba's Quest program and Caldwell's WrapAround program. Other school systems operating on a two-hour delay are the Hickory Public Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools (students and staff), Burke County Public Schools (students and staff) and Alexander County Schools.

43-year-old Eric Eugene Sigmon of Conover will spend at least six years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple assault charges and kidnapping.  The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, handed down the sentence during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (January 2).

Sigmon pleaded guilty to felony counts of first-degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, plus misdemeanor assault on a female and two counts of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon in the presence of a minor.  Sigmon, who had no significant prior criminal history, was sentenced six-to-eight years in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

The charges were the result of a domestic situation between the defendant and a female victim that occurred on March 16 & 17 of last year.  Sigmon stomped the victim with his feet, stabbed her in the leg with a knife and strangled her until she lost consciousness.  He also locked the victim in a bedroom and struck her in the head with a gun.

Three children were in the home at the time of the assault.  The children were interviewed at the Child Advocacy & Protection Center of Catawba County.  Their statements were consistent with those made by the victim.  Sigmon also struck one of the children with a flashlight.  In addition, the defendant held a gun to the victim’s head and hit her with a flashlight and his fists in the presence of at least two of the children.

Stacy Huffman investigated the case for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant District Attorney Jamie Adams handled prosecution for the State.

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