22-year-old Austin Lee Hector of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (May 24) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Police stopped a silver 2008 Volkswagen Jetta near a parking lot at a hotel on Fairgrove Church Road S.E. During the stop, Officers found 3.6 grams of heroin and drug paraphernalia.
Hector was taken into custody without incident at about 12:30 a.m. and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. He will make a first appearance in District Court Tuesday (May 28) in Newton.
52-year-old Leroy Eugene Lineberger of 1st Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (May 24) for a felony probation violation. Lineberger is on probation as he serves an 18-month suspended sentence following an October 2018 felony conviction in Franklin County for uttering a forged instrument. He had been listed as an absconder from probation.
Lineberger was taken into custody without incident at just before 6 a.m. today at an apartment on 2nd Street Court S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. He'll appear in Superior Court on June 3 in Franklin County.
Authorities in Gaston County are asking for the public's help in locating a missing teenager. She is 16-year-old Sarah Anne Gravley, who went missing from Gastonia on May 3.
Ms. Gravley is a white female. She is 5'2" tall and weighs 110 pounds. She has blonde hair and hazel eyes.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Sarah Anne Gravley should call the Ranlo Police Department at 704-866-3300, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678), or call 9-1-1.
28-year-old James Dewey Pennington of 9th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested yesterday (May 23) by Probation & Parole Officers for one felony probation violation. Pennington is on probation as he serves a 30-month suspended sentence following a November 2017 felony conviction in Burke County for breaking and entering. Pennington was taken to the Catawba County Detention Facility. No bond amount is currently listed, no court date was listed.
49-year-old Shannon Thomas Propst of College Avenue in Newton was arrested today (May 24) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with assault on a female, communicating threats, and false imprisonment. Propst was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility. No bond amount was listed. A District Court appearance was scheduled for June 10.
23-year-old Chadrick Ty-Quan McGee of Newton Drive in Statesville was arrested yesterday (May 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers on single felony counts of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. McGee was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled yesterday.
19-year-old Jamie Marcel Graham of Charlotte was arrested by Claremont Police Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with three counts of felony break or enter a motor vehicle, and single counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, robbery with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, and larceny after breaking and entering. He's also charged on bills of indictment with misdemeanor counts.
Charges against Graham filed by Claremont Police not included among the bills of indictment are felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods, along with misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer, and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. The Newton Police Department charged Graham with felony probation violation.
He was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (May 24) under $107,000 bond. Superior Court dates are scheduled for May 29 and June 10. A District Court appearance is set for June 10.
A home was destroyed as a result of a fire in the Little River Community of Caldwell County. The fire is under investigation by law enforcement agencies. Thursday (May 23) just before 3 a.m., the Little River Fire Department, with assistance from the Grace Chapel Fire Department, responded to a residential structure fire at 6102 Log Cabin Place, which is just off Taylorsville Road between Lenoir and Taylorsville.
Upon their arrival, firefighters discovered heavy fire from the rear of the residence. The Ellendale Fire Department from Alexander County responded, along with the Sawmills, Hudson, Valmead, Kings Creek and Granite Falls Fire Departments from Caldwell County. Caldwell County EMS provided medical coverage and the American Red Cross provided assistance to the family. Firefighters worked to extinguish the flames.
Residents were alerted to the fire by the smell of smoke. They found fire in the rear of the residence on the enclosed porch and attempted to extinguish it with buckets of water before becoming overwhelmed by smoke and heat. It took firefighters approximately 30-45 minutes to bring the fire under control. There were no injuries to residents, their animals or the first responders. The home is considered a total loss.
The Caldwell County Fire Marshal’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, the NC State Bureau of Investigation and ATF are actively investigating this incident. A news release from Caldwell County Emergency Services says at this time, the fire has been deemed incendiary in nature, a fire by human hands, and is considered an active investigation.
Any information that may assist these agencies with their investigation should be reported to Caldwell County Crime Stoppers at (828)758-8300. You do not have to reveal your name. The Crime Stoppers phone line is operated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
With an estimated 37.6 million motorists taking to the roadways this Memorial Day weekend, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol is encouraging drivers to plan ahead before traveling.
Regardless of the intended destination, an increase in motor vehicle travel is expected which may lead to congestion on major interstates, US and NC highways. With this in mind, troopers will be out in full force to monitor driver behavior in an attempt to reduce collisions that occur from high speed, impaired and distracted driving, and lack of seat belt use. Using the Vision Zero approach, law enforcement officials hope to report zero fatal collisions throughout the holiday weekend.
In an attempt to discourage impaired driving on both roadways and waterways, SHP has combined forces with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission’s Law Enforcement Division, participating in the annual On the Road, On the Water campaign. The campaign will be conducted throughout the weekend with an intense focus on removing impaired motorists who are operating boats and motor vehicles.
Motorists are encouraged to follow these suggestions:
Expect Delays - research routes in advance to include secondary routes, detours and possible road closures. This can be done by visiting www.DriveNC.gov.
Monitor Speed - speeding is still the top contributing factor to vehicle collisions.
Wear Seat Belts – seat belts must be worn in both front and back seats if available.
Avoid Road Rage - use patience when driving and avoid other motorists who may contribute to road rage situations.
Don't Drive Distracted - avoid any distraction(s) while driving that reduces your ability to drive safely.
Collision Reporting - motorists involved in a property damage collision are asked to remove their vehicles from the roadway to the shoulder or emergency strip. Motorists involved in injury-related collisions should immediately contact 911 or *HP (*47) for emergency assistance.
Reporting Dangerous Drivers or Other Emergencies - motorists are encouraged to dial *HP or 911.
For non-emergency information, motorists are requested to contact the local SHP office and avoid using *HP or 911. A list of local district offices can be obtained by visiting www.NCDPS.gov. For more information about NC Quick Pass transponder options, customers can visit www.ncquickpass.com or follow NC Quick Pass on Twitter @NC_QuickPass.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will pause most road construction activities that require lane closures on interstate, U.S. and N.C. routes from early this morning (May 24), through Tuesday evening, May 28. The actual times depend on the projects.
Lane closures will remain in place for safety reasons in some locations where conditions do not allow for lanes or roads to be re-opened, such as many bridge replacement projects or where there is no pavement or shoulder. In addition, work that does not interfere with the travel lanes can still take place over the extended weekend.
For key routes where closures will remain in place go to ncdot.gov. Travelers can check ahead on the status of the routes they plan to use by going to DriveNC.gov, where conditions can be checked by route number, county or region.
Here are some additional tips for safely navigating the highways during the holiday weekend:
Buckle Up. Every seat, every time. The Governor’s Highway Safety Program and the Highway Patrol will be conducting their annual Click It or Ticket campaign, enforcing passenger safety laws.
Stay alert when going through work zones, as even if work is suspended, you may encounter narrowed lanes and traffic shifts;
Be patient and obey the posted speed limit;
Avoid distracted driving;
Don’t tailgate. Give yourself space in case traffic in front of you suddenly stops or slows down;
Travel at non-peak hours when possible, and leave early to allow extra time to reach your destination;
Consider using alternate routes to avoid usual traffic congestion locations such as near a major city; and
Obey the “Move Over Law” – which requires motorists to move over one lane, if possible, or reduce speed when emergency and construction vehicles with flashing lights are on the shoulder of the highway.
Additionally, drivers who choose to use the Monroe Expressway or Triangle Expressway are reminded they can save money on tolls using a prepaid NC Quick Pass transponder. NC Quick Pass is the North Carolina Turnpike Authority's toll collection program. It offers drivers two ways to pay for tolls: a prepaid transponder account or the Bill by Mail program. Transponders automatically deduct tolls from a prepaid balance and provide drivers up to a 35% savings, including on the future express lanes on Interstate 77. The NC Quick Pass E-ZPass transponder can also be used for toll facilities in Florida (SunPass), Georgia (Peach Pass) and states where E-ZPass is accepted.
An armed robbery at a Burke County convenience store is under investigation. Wednesday (May 22) at 10:46 p.m. the Burke County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a robbery that had just occurred at The Cubbard Express #3 at 8838 Old NC Highway 10 in Hildebran.
Deputies and a detective responded and gathered information from the clerk and got footage from security cameras. The suspects were described as two black males, possibly in their 20s. They displayed handguns during the robbery and had fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. The investigation is ongoing and the Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333. All Crimestoppers tips are anonymous, and anyone with information leading to an arrest may receive a cash reward.
40-year-old Marty Allen Teague and 36-year-old Heather Shea Jonas, both from Taylorsville, have been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff's Officers. Teague was charged with felony counts of motor vehicle theft, breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, and fleeing to elude arrest. He was also charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest, failure to appear, a felony probation violation, and numerous traffic violations. Jonas faces one felony count of obstruction of justice and misdemeanor harboring a fugitive. In addition, she was served a child support warrant from Catawba County.
At about noon yesterday (May 22), Officers spotted a vehicle driven by Marty Allen Teague on Teague Town Road in the Wittenburg community. Teague was wanted by the Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina Department of Probation & Parole. The Officer activated his blue lights and siren, but Teague refused to stop and turned onto Church Road. A chase ensued, ultimately ending in the Chesterfield Acres housing development. At that point, Teague drove through a fence and into a pasture, where the vehicle became stuck in a ditch.
Heather Shea Jonas, who is Teague’s girlfriend, was a passenger in the vehicle. Teague and Jonas exited the vehicle and ran into a wooded area. Jonas was taken into custody a short time later at the end of Fox Valley Court.
A perimeter was set up around the area. A number of other agencies, including a North Carolina State Highway Patrol helicopter and several K-9 units, responded to assist with the search. At approximately 1:45 p.m., Teague was found hiding beside a log in a wooded area less than a quarter mile from the vehicle. He was taken into custody without incident. Alexander County E.M.S. was brought in to check on the well-being of both suspects.
Teague and Jonas were both taken to the Alexander Co. Detention Center. Bond for Teague was set at $141,000, secured, while Jonas was held under a $31,000 secured bond. Both suspects were scheduled to make first appearances in Alexander Co. District Court on June 3.
Previously, when Sheriff's Officers went to serve warrants on Teague, they were told that he would be armed with a pistol and that he would not go back to prison. As a result, authorities emphasized the necessity to establish a perimeter and quickly apprehend the suspect. Sheriff Chris Bowman expressed his appreciation to all the assisting agencies for their quick response and also to the citizens of the Wittenburg community.
34-year-old Jamie Clifton Jarvis, who is listed as a homeless person in Statesville, was arrested Monday (May 20) on one felony count of failure by a sex offender to notify the Iredell Co. Sheriff's Office of a change of address, and he was charged with failure to register an address in Alexander County. He’s also charged with violating his probation. Jarvis is on probation as he serves a 30-month suspended sentence following a November 2018 felony conviction in Iredell County for disseminating obscene materials to a minor.
Jarvis was arrested after the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office received an alert that a registered sex offender was not in compliance with the stipulations of the North Carolina Sex Offender & Public Protection Registration Program. Officers received information from a Probation Officer that a satellite-based monitoring device indicated that Jarvis was living on Cattle Drive in Hiddenite. Jarvis had not submitted an address change from his Iredell County address, nor did he register his new address in Alexander County.
Following his arrest, Jarvis was jailed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond on the charge from Iredell County, along with a $35,000 secured bond on the other charges. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for May 28. District Court appearances were scheduled for June 3 and June 10.
The Burke County Sheriff's Office has provided an update on a story we first reported Wednesday (May 22) on WHKY regarding an officer-involved shooting. The incident occurred at a residence on Airport-Rhodhiss Road in Hickory. The suspect reportedly would not comply with officers commands and made a move under a bed cover that resulted in a Burke County SWAT officer firing a shot.
Following surgery, the suspect, 50-year-old Johnny Allen Kaylor, is in critical, but stable condition at an unnamed hospital. A Ruger semi-automatic handgun, 273 grams of methamphetamine, an assortment of prescription medications, and a small amount of marijuana were seized from the mobile home. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) street value guidelines, the meth had a value of $27,300.
The handgun and meth were located beside the bed that the suspect was in. The SBI is continuing their investigation regarding the shooting incident and the Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the violations involving the drug charges, possessing a firearm by a convicted felon and other crimes. Kaylor has not yet been charged.
52-year-old Mark Rex Bowers of Warrior Road in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (May 22) by Lenoir Police Officers on one felony count of possession of cocaine. Bowers was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $5,000, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (May 23).
42-year-old Nathan Jacob Pike of Abington Road in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (May 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He’s charged with one felony count of statutory rape of a 15-year-old child. Pike was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $1,000,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (May 23).
A Taylorsville man was assaulted and robbed after meeting a man at the Lincoln County Walking Trail in the 2600 block of Laboratory Road. The incident occurred Wednesday (May 22).
The 34-year-old victim, who met the man on a social dating website, agreed to meet with the suspect around 4:00 a.m. Wednesday. The victim told deputies that after the two met in a parking lot they walked down the trail for about five minutes before going through a wooded area to the South Fork River. They sat on the river bank talking until the suspect said he needed to go to the restroom.
The suspect walked behind the victim and struck him in the left side of the face. The victim blacked out for a short period of time and when he woke up he saw the suspect running down the path where they had walked in. The victim said the suspect took his cap and head light, $300 in cash and vape pen and tubes.
Because he was not familiar with the area he drove around for about 30 minutes before stopping at a convenience store in the 1400 block of East Main Street in Lincolnton. Law enforcement and Lincoln County EMS were dispatched to the scene. The victim was treated on the scene then transferred to Atrium–Lincoln for additional treatment for a laceration over his eye.
The suspect goes by the profile name of “Ethan” on the dating website. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
38-year-old Bobby Lewis Cloer of Sulphur Springs Road NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (May 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, obtaining property by false pretense, and transferring a stolen vehicle. Cloer was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Friday (May 24).
28-year-old Kennin Shammel Burns and 28-year-old Shaffon Keari Stokes, both of Jesup, Georgia, were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, trafficking meth by possession and transport, possession of ecstasy, maintain a vehicle for the use and sale of controlled substances, and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. They're also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
According to a news release issued Wednesday, last Saturday (May 18) deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a hotel on Sullivan Road in reference to a narcotics complaint. Upon arriving at the scene, the deputies made contact with Burns and Stokes. While speaking with them the deputies noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from their hotel room. The deputies also spotted marijuana in plain view inside of the hotel room.
After speaking with both suspects, the deputies received consent in writing to search the room. During the search of the hotel room, they found three individual baggies of marijuana, and ecstasy pills. A canine officer gave a positive indication to the odor of narcotics on the driver’s side door of the suspect's vehicle. During a search of the vehicle deputies found a plastic cup with crystal methamphetamine residue.
Burns and Stokes were brought to the Iredell County Detention Center where bond was set at $750,000 secured for each suspect. Burns was scheduled to appear in District Court today (May 23). Stokes has a District Court date June 11.
The Hickory Police Department is investigating the theft of money from area ATMs.
On May 18, 2019 an unknown white female and white male fraudulently accessed funds from three Wells Fargo ATMs in Hickory. The unknown white female and white male are also suspected of fraudulently obtaining funds from ATMs in the Asheville area. The suspects are possibly using “skimmers” placed at certain ATMs, obtaining the victim’s information and accessing funds with the victim's stolen debit/credit card information.
The white female appears to wear several wigs of varying length and colors, a black & white athletic jacket and dark colored hat. The suspects may be driving a dark gray or smoke colored Ford pickup truck.
Hickory Police have received multiple reports regarding these crimes. Anyone with information reference these incidents are asked to contact Investigator Anthony Horton at 828-261-2686, firstname.lastname@example.org or our communications center at 828-328-5551.