Wednesday, 19 September 2018 05:40

Hickory Man Charged With Forgery-Related Offense

33-year-old Kenneth Charles Knight of 3rd Avenue Place SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (September 18) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony uttering a forged instrument. In addition, Knight is charged with failure to appear on a count of driving while license revoked. Knight was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for Thursday (September 20) and October 1.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 05:23

Newton Woman Arrested On String Of Drug Charges

36-year-old Krystal Nicole Davis of North College Avenue in Newton was arrested Tuesday (September 18) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with two counts apiece of possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Davis is also charged with single counts of possession of heroin, simple possession of schedule II and III controlled substance, resisting a public officer, driving while license revoked, and fictitious or altered title, registration card, or tag.

Following the arrest, Davis was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $31,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today (September 19) and October 29.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 05:04

Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrest

43-year-old Mose Edward Carter II of Fairfax Drive in Gastonia was arrested Tuesday (September 18) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and expired registration.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies were behind a 2008 Infiniti on US 321 northbound near High Shoals at approximately 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. The vehicle was reportedly being driven by the suspect. The officers learned that the vehicle's license tag had expired. They conducted a traffic stop on Gastonia Highway near the Salem Church Road intersection.

As officers approached the vehicle and spoke to the driver, the suspect Carter, they detected the odor of marijuana. The owner gave officers permission to search the car where they found a book bag in the trunk. According to a news release issued by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, officers found a plastic baggie containing cocaine, a plastic baggie containing marijuana and digital scales in the book bag.

Carter was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for October 8.


23-year-old Nicholas Cage Cordell of Waterglyn Way in Nebo was arrested last Thursday (September 13) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of a controlled substance in prison or jail premises. He's also charged with misdemeanor counts of driving while license revoked, reckless driving to endanger, possession of a vehicle with an altered VIN, and resisting a public officer.

According to a news release issued Tuesday (September 18), last Thursday, shortly after 10 a.m., detectives with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a Kawasaki motorcycle in the area of NC 126 and Cobb Avenue for traffic violations. The motorcycle failed to stop for blue lights and siren. A pursuit began reaching speeds up to 90 miles per hour leading detectives on a 25-mile chase into McDowell County where the suspect attempted to flee on foot.

Detectives apprehended the suspect, Cordell, and, according to the news release, found meth in his possession. Further investigation determined the motorcycle was stolen and the vehicle identification number (VIN) had been altered. Police say additional narcotics were found on Cordell during a search at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. His bond was set at $50,500 secured. Cordell was no longer listed as an inmate in Burke County, he's scheduled to appear in District Court September 25, October 2, and October 16.

A Claremont man will spend at least six years in prison following his conviction for four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of common law robbery during Catawba County Superior Court Monday (September 17).

22-year-old Quintin Latrell Abernethy was given an active prison term of six to nine years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections following his guilty plea. The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the sentence.

Abernethy committed the criminal acts between December 28, 2017, and February 27, 2018. He was arrested in Iredell County in April 2018 for similar offenses and admitted his involvement in the Catawba County crimes. On each of five occasions in Catawba County, the defendant approached clerks of various stores with a gun and demanded money.

At least three times he was captured on video surveillance committing robberies. On one occasion a fingerprint was taken from a register that matched Abernethy, and a mask that was recovered near the location of one of the crimes had DNA on it matching that of the defendant.

The cases were investigated by officers with Hickory Police Department, Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Catawba Police Department and Conover Police Department. Kyle Smith handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.

25-year-old Jakime Raheim Whiteside was arrested this morning (September 18) by the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office and Lenoir Police Department. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking in heroin, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, and maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance.

At approximately 5:00 a.m. today, SWAT and Narcotic Agents with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit and Lenoir Police Department executed a drug search warrant at 106 Virginia Street in Lenoir. The suspect, Whiteside, was taken into custody without incident.

The search warrant was issued after narcotic agents conducted several undercover buys from him. Agents searched the residence and seized approximately 24 grams of meth, 18 grams of cocaine, 19 grams of heroin, 35 grams of marijuana, a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, and $3,150 in cash. The drugs have a street value of $19,910 according to North Carolina State Guidelines.

Whiteside was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. His first appearance in District Court is scheduled for Thursday (September 20). Agents say that additional charges are likely in the future.

Hospital Avenue in Lenoir was closed to through traffic this morning (September 18) as the result of a large, fallen tree. The tree fell between Wilson Street N.W. and Taubrook Place N.W., taking down utility lines and breaking a utility pole. As of 1:30 this afternoon, Hospital Avenue remained closed from Wilson Street N.W. to Westbrook Street N.W.

The tree knocked out telephone and internet services at the Main Branch of the Caldwell County Library and the Caldwell County Water Department. Due to the nature of the damage, it could be several days before phone and internet systems are restored.

Water bills can only be paid in person at the Alden E. Starnes County Plaza at the tax department payment widows on the street-level front of the building. The Caldwell County Library Main Branch is open to customers at regular hours; however, there is no phone or internet service. Internet services are available at library branches in Granite Falls and Hudson.

Public Works Director Jared Wright said crews have cleared the tree from the road, but the road would remain closed to through traffic while contractors with Duke Energy set a new utility pole and repair lines. Contractors with Charter and AT&T are onsite. Wright said the tree appeared to be rotted inside.

62-year-old Elmer Owen Grose of East Lackey Farm Road in Scotts, NC, was arrested Friday (September 14) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, along with misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon, assault by pointing a gun, and communicating threats.

On Friday, at approximately 8:45 a.m., Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to the area of East Lackey Farm Road off of Highway 64 in western Iredell County for an assault in progress. One of the individuals at the scene was armed with a gun.

According to a news release issued by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, after arriving and locating all parties involved, it was determined that the suspect had gotten involved in an argument with an individual and threatened to kill him. At some point, Grose retrieved a shotgun from his vehicle and came towards the victim aiming the weapon at him. Grose then struck the victim in the side of the head with the butt of the shotgun.

Grose was taken into custody at the scene. His bond was set at $25,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for October 2.

17-year-old Austin Chase Gallington was arrested Monday (September 17) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance, manufacturing marijuana, possession of schedule VI controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for controlled substance. He's also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gallington was arrested shortly after 10 p.m. Monday at an address on Burkemont Avenue in Morganton. He was not listed as an inmate in Burke County today (September 18). He has a District Court date scheduled for November 5.

Hickory City Manager Warren Wood has appointed Deputy Chief Steve Moore to serve as Interim Fire Chief, effective October 1, following the retirement of Fire Chief Fred Hollar, which was announced earlier this year.

Deputy Chief Moore will serve as Interim Fire Chief until the search for a permanent Fire Chief is completed later this year. Moore began his career with the City of Hickory in 1999. Since 2009, he has served in the position of Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention, as well as Operations.

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