Sunday, 09 August 2020 08:45

Earthquake Felt Today In Hickory Metro

Residents of the Hickory Metro area reported feeling tremors from a 5.1 magnitude earthquake that hit near Sparta shortly after 8 a.m. today (August 9).

The quake was reported at 8:07 a.m. by the U.S. Geological Survey. Tremors were reportedly felt in locations across the state. 

19 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Saturday (August 8) by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the total to 2,130, with 30 deaths. There were 21 people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Catawba County, down from 23 on Friday (August 7).

12 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Saturday in Burke County, increasing the total to 1750, with 28 deaths. Hospitalizations increased to 14, up from ten the previous day. At least 1,338 patients had recovered. No new coronavirus cases were confirmed Saturday in Alexander County, leaving the total at 289, with two deaths.

No update was issued Saturday by the Caldwell County Health Department, Caldwell County health officials learned of the county's 16th COVID-19-related death Friday. The patient, who was between the ages of 50 and 64, had been hospitalized. The death is related to the outbreak at the Caldwell Correctional Center in Hudson. 15 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Caldwell Friday, increasing the count to 1,208, with 20 hospitalizations.

29-year-old Brandon Scott Whisnant of 24th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Sunday (August 9) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, break or enter a motor vehicle, and misdemeanor simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Whisnant was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (August 10).

Sunday, 09 August 2020 05:55

Claremont Man Charged With Vehicle Theft

42-year-old Jason Wayne Tomlinson of Sandiwood Court in Claremont was arrested Saturday (August 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, agressive driving, and resisting a public officer. Tomlinson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court date is set for Monday (August 10).

30 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed Friday (August 7) in Catawba County, increasing the total to 2,111, with 30 deaths. Coronavirus hospitalizations increased to 23 in Catawba County today, up from 21 on Thursday.

Caldwell County health officials learned of the county's 16th COVID-19-related death Friday. The patient, who was between the ages of 50 and 64, had been hospitalized. The death is related to the outbreak at the Caldwell Correctional Center in Hudson.
15 new coronavirus cases were confirmed Friday, increasing the count to 1,208, with 20 hospitalizations. At least 620 patients had recovered.

Burke County Public Health reported 16 additional cases of COVID-19 Friday, increasing the total to 1738, with 28 deaths. There were ten patients hospitalized Friday and at least 1,279 have recovered.

Six additional coronavirus cases were confirmed Friday in Alexander County, increasing the total to 289, with two deaths. The Alexander County Health Department reports that 31 people are in quarantine with COVID-19 and three people were in the hospital.

The Hickory Police Department Friday (August 7) arrested a pair of suspects in separate shooting cases. 33-year-old Tantae Deon Little of Gregory Road in Sherrills Ford was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle.

Little is charged in connection to the July 29 shooting that occurred in the area of 904 1st Street SW. Little was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility, his bond was listed at $30,000. A District Court appearance is scheduled Monday (August 10).

Craig Anthony Ruff is still wanted in connection to this incident on charges of disharging a weapon into occupied property with serious bodily injury and possession of a firearm by a felon.

A suspect has been taken into custody in connection to the August 3 shooting at 1725 13th Avenue Drive NW. Two people were injured in that incident. 25-year-old Anton Delrico Harris of New London, NC, was arrested by Gastonia Police Department on a warrant for possession of a firearm by a felon.

Harris was transported to the Catawba County Detention Facility. A charge of felony probation violation out of county is also listed and the overall bond for Harris is $200,000. A District Court appearance is next Tuesday and a Superior Court date is August 17. Hickory Police are still looking for Marcus Deontae Williams, who is charged in this case with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon.

The two incidents are not considered to be random and they are not believed to be related. If you have information on the whereabouts of the wanted suspects contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.

Today (August 7) at approximately 10:35 a.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to an overturned tractor-trailer on I-77 South just south of the I-40 interchange. An enclosed tractor-trailer, hauling plastic recyclables, was traveling east on the I-40 off-ramp and lost control while attempting to merge onto I-77 South. The truck collided with a guardrail and overturned in the median of I-77. There are no injuries.

I-77 South is blocked at I-40 and expected to remain closed until 5:00 p.m. The I-40 East exit ramp to I-77 South is open. I-77 South traffic is being diverted to US 21, onto I-40 East, and back to I-77 South. Local traffic should avoid the area due to extensive backups and delays. Crews are working to clear the scene as quickly and safely as possible.

30 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed today (August 7) in Catawba County, increasing the total to 2,111, with 30 deaths. Coronavirus hospitalizations increased to 23 in Catawba County today, up from 21 on Thursday. Since Tuesday (August 4) when two cases were reported, the lowest since May, there have been 137 cases confirmed.

44-year-old Charles David Kincaid of Claremont was arrested today (August 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with undetermined felony offenses in connection to robberies in Hickory and Taylorsville.

At 7:39 a.m. today deputies with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a Robbery at the Propst Superette Convenience store at 3725 Sulphur Springs Road in Hickory.

When deputies arrived they were informed that a person entering that store informed the clerk of their intent to commit a robbery and made a demand for money. This person was described as a white male who was captured on the store’s surveillance footage. This person obtained a small quantity of money before fleeing the store. Investigators with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division initiated an investigation into this incident.

At 10:37 a.m. a Robbery at the Pahal Shop and Save on Highway 16 South in Taylorsville was reported to Taylorsville Police. The person committing that robbery matched the description of the person who committed the robbery at the Propst Superette. Surveillance footage from the Taylorsville robbery captured a dark colored SUV operated by the person committing that robbery.

Shortly after 11:00 a.m. Sheriff's Officers spotted a dark colored SUV matching the description of the vehicle used in the Taylorsville robbery traveling along Hwy 16 North in Catawba County. Investigators stopped that vehicle on I-40 near exit 130. Charles David Kincaid, identified as the driver, matched the appearance of the person committing both robberies and was taken into custody. A quantity of money believed to have been taken from both stores has been recovered.

Kincaid will be charged with felony crimes relating to both robberies. The charges had not been issued by the magistrate when the information was released by the Sheriff's Office this afternoon. Investigators with Taylorsville Police Department, Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and Catawba County Sheriff’s Office are partnering together in these investigations which are ongoing.

48-year-old Christopher Michael Gandt of Thoroughbred Drive in Troutman was arrested Thursday (August 6) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts apiece of possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule I and VI controlled substances, and single felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for the use or storage of a controlled substance.

On Thursday, Narcotics Investigators with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers executed a search warrant looking for illegal narcotics at an address on Thoroughbred Drive near Troutman.

Narcotics investigators had received information about the suspect, Christopher Gandt, possibly being involved in the sale, and distribution of different types of controlled substances in southern Iredell County. Narcotics investigators began a surveillance operation on Gandt. They verified the information and reportedly purchased narcotics directly from Gandt.

Narcotics investigators found 30 Dosage Units of LSD, 116 grams of Marijuana, 482 grams of THC resin or “Wax”, 7.75 grams of powder Cocaine, and 402 grams of Psychedelic Mushrooms during their search. Gandt was arrested at the scene and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where bond was set at $20,000 dollars secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (August 7).

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