The Newton Fire Department will conduct a controlled burn on Northwest Boulevard this upcoming Saturday (February 16). Controlled burns are training exercises that allow firefighters to hone their skills for real emergencies. Several firefighting agencies from throughout the area have been invited to participate.
Beginning around 9 a.m. Saturday, firefighters will begin setting fires in a vacant house at 2616 Northwest Boulevard The fires will be extinguished and relit throughout the day. The exercise is expected to end during the afternoon. During the controlled burn, smoke will be visible throughout the area. Smoke will likely remain visible through the evening.
The controlled burn will be held at the future site of James River Equipment, a full-service equipment and tractor dealership scheduled to open this spring. The site was formerly occupied by Slimline Industries. If you have any questions, please contact the Newton Fire Department at 828-695-4314.
An investigation is being conducted into a fatal accident this morning (February 13) in Hickory. The crash involved a passenger car and a police vehicle and a Hickory man was killed in the wreck.
Shortly after 1:00 a.m. today, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the crash on McDonald Parkway at the intersection of 12th Ave Drive NE, also known as Spencer Road. The collision involved a passenger car and a Catawba County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle.
A 2003 Honda Civic was traveling west on 12th Ave Drive NE. The deputy was traveling north on McDonald Parkway in a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe. The vehicles collided in the intersection. The Honda ran off the roadway and collided with a fence. The patrol vehicle came to rest on McDonald Parkway.
The Honda was operated by 27-year-old Hernan Cortez of Hickory. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The deputy was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center with minor injuries and has since been released. There were no other passengers.
The Highway Patrol's Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene, they were assisting with the investigation. The intersection was expected to be closed until approximately 9:00 a.m., a detour was set up by officers.
A portion of McDonald Parkway in Hickory has been closed as a result of an accident early this morning (February 13). The North Carolina State Highway Patrol reports the section closed is near Spencer Road and it is closed in both directions. Reports say the accident occurred at around 1:00 this morning and was a fatal crash. Authorities say they are hoping the road will be reopened by 9 a.m.
41-year-old Sue Ann Chambers of Landmark Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine along with misdemeanor counts of shoplifting, injury to personal property, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond for Chambers was set at $11,500 secured. No court date was listed.
25-year-old Johnathan Allen Kersey of Collettsville Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and speeding to elude arrest along with a misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.
According to published reports, Kersey is charged in connection to a chase that started after an officer attempted to pull a vehicle over. The pursuit reportedly ended when the car hit a home on Setzer's Creek Road. The impact of the crash reportedly caused the roof to collapse. There were no serious injuries as a result of the crash. The suspects attempted to flee on foot but were caught.
Kersey was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (February 13).
36-year-old Terry Lee Chapman, Jr. of Mount Ulla Highway in Mooresville was arrested Tuesday (February 12) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felonious restraint and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Chapman was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center without bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (February 14).
61-year-old Chuck Leslie Brown of Monford Drive in Conover was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony providing contraband to an inmate.
According to a news release issued Tuesday (February 12), on January 30, 2019, Burke County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives were contacted for assistance by Foothills Correctional Institution Administrators regarding the possible delivery of controlled substances to the prison grounds. According to the news release, later that day, at approximately 10:00 p.m., a suspect delivered a schedule III-controlled substance onto the prison grounds.
The substance was found by detectives and correctional officers and secured as evidence. Burke County Sheriff’s Office detectives and patrol deputies conducted an investigative vehicle stop. The driver of that vehicle was the suspect, Chuck Leslie Brown.
Brown was arrested and charged then confined at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $25,000 secured bond. He was no longer listed as an inmate as of today (February 13). The next District Court appearance for Brown is scheduled for February 22.
A man reported missing has been found safe. The Maiden Police Department reports that 42-year-old Shanta Kinte Edwards of Maiden has been located.
Yesterday (February 12) Maiden Police reported that Mr. Edwards had last been seen on Friday, February 1 as he left his workplace, Carolina Nonwovens on J.W. Abernathy Plant Road in Maiden. A news release issued just before 4 p.m. Tuesday by the Maiden Police Department stated that he was found and is safe. No other details were released.
47-year-old Pamela Alice Moses of Coldwater Street in Connelly Springs was arrested February 1 by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce.
According to a news release issued Tuesday (February 12) by the Burke County Sheriff's Office, On February 1, North Carolina Probation and Parole Officers initiated an investigation at a residence on Coldwater Street in Connelly Springs and requested assistance of Burke County Sheriff’s deputies. While at the residence Probation officers and deputies made contact with probationer Pamela Alice Moses.
Officers seized methamphetamine and marijuana from Moses’ residence. Deputies arrested Moses and transported her to the Magistrate’s Office where she was charged with the drug counts. Her bond was set at $5,500 secured, and she was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. Moses remained in jail as of earlier today (February 13). She had District Court appearances scheduled today and February 25.
A Lincoln County man who was reported as missing on Monday (February 11) is now listed as wanted. Deputies were told that 33-year-old Justin Wayne Anthony of Lincolnton ran from a residence on J. Rhyne Reep Road when he learned that Lincoln County EMS was coming to check him out because of a fall. Deputies checked the area but could not locate Anthony.
Today (February 12) Detective Jon Propst received a report that Anthony had been seen at a local retail establishment. Detectives viewed the business security video and confirmed that the person was Anthony. Detectives spoke with Anthony’s girlfriend who admitted Anthony ran from the residence when EMS was called because of outstanding orders for arrest, which are for failing to appear in court on a driving while license revoked charge.
Anthony has been cleared as a missing person and is now considered a wanted person. Additional charges are possible in the case. Anyone with information on Anthony’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.