Authorities are searching for an inmate who reportedly escaped from the Alexander County Detention Center last evening (Thursday, January 17). The inmate was reportedly a trustee who took off while taking out trash.
According to published reports, authorities said Jason Mullen, who is reported to be from the Statesville area, may have stolen a vehicle from the Catawba Valley Community College Alexander Center for Education and Applied Technology which is adjacent to the jail. The 1987 gray Dodge truck has a license tag reading DKJ 7042.
59-year-old Dennis Blaine Robinson of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Robinson was released this morning (January 18) on $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Wednesday (January 23).
48-year-old Stacie Lea McCraw of Edisto Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged on a felony fugitive warrant from another state. McCraw is wanted on unspecified charges in Richmond Virginia. She's also charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. McCraw was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $110,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Wednesday (January 23).
A transportation plan to continue serving citizens in Burke and Caldwell counties has been put in to action on the Castle Bridge. A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation started repairing the 57-year-old bridge over the Catawba River last week in order to extend its life until a new parallel bridge can be constructed.
Division 13 Resident Engineer Nathan Moneyham said “The goal of making these temporary repairs is to keep the existing bridge open at all times for local residents. These repairs will serve the citizens in the short term while the new bridge will serve everybody for decades to come.”
NCDOT engineers and local officials chose to make the short-terms repairs in order to design and develop a new bridge. Original plans consisted of making structural repairs to the existing bridge that would last about 15 years, but would require a 30-minute detour for more than a year.
Engineers and officials developed a plan following multiple public meetings during which transportation officials addressed the concerns of local leaders and community business owners. A contract for the new bridge is scheduled to be awarded in 2024.
The contract to repair and paint structural steel with Astron General Contracting is worth $488,000 and includes specific restrictions to limit interruptions to local traffic. Lanes may not be closed between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., and the bridge should not be completely closed at any time. Some nighttime lane closures may restrict traffic to one lane. The work should be completed by July to accommodate the average of 9,000 vehicles per day.
33-year-old Michael Scott Constance of Barsdale Lane in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Officers today (January 17) on one felony count of child abuse and one misdemeanor count of assault on a child under 12.
The arrest came after an investigation into reports of a two-year-old child suffering from severe bruising and other injuries. The child had been taken to Atrium Healthcare Hospital on McAlister Road in Lincolnton on January 16.
Deputies responded to the hospital where they spoke with medical staff and to the child's mother. According to a press release issued today by the Sheriff’s Office, the child had been left alone at home with the mother’s live-in boyfriend while the mother ran an errand. When the mother returned home, she noticed severe bruising on the child's head and face. The mother then took the child to the emergency room.
Officers executed a search warrant at the child's home on Barsdale Lane. After searching the residence and conducting an interview, Detective Jon Propst took the boyfriend, Michael Scott Constance, into custody.
Constance was given a $40,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln Co. District Court was set for tomorrow (January 18).
18-year-old Valashia Vernae Boyce of "E" Avenue Court S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday morning (January 16) on one felony count of common law robbery.
She was arrested in connection to an incident on December 31 of last year. At that time, Officers took a report regarding a robbery at a residence on 18th Street N.W. in Hickory. An investigation identified Boyce as one of the suspects. A warrant for her arrest was issued.
Boyce was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the Hickory Police Department. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
23-year-old Dechealyn Montario Goode was arrested Wednesday (January 16) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods. Goode was arrested at 9:38 p.m. Wednesday at an address on Greenbriar Lane in Morganton. He was placed in jail under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (January 18).
48-year-old Wanda Jean Tate of Elberton, Georgia was arrested by Hickory Police at about seven o'clock last night on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.
Tate is wanted by the Sheriff's Office in Walton County, Georgia for a felony probation violation. The original charges against Tate include theft by shoplifting, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and possession or use of drug-related objects.
She was taken into custody without incident at an apartment on 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory. Tate was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (January 17) in Newton.
Companies located in two area counties are among six North Carolina businesses who received 2018 Governor’s Export Awards Monday (January 14). They were honored during a ceremony highlighting their success in increasing overseas sales, as well as the significant role exporting plays in the state’s economy. According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the state's export of goods and services supports more than 400,000 jobs in the state.
The companies receiving 2018 Governor’s Export Awards in a ceremony at the North Carolina Executive Mansion included Bernhardt Furniture Company from Caldwell County and Advanced Detection Technology from Iredell County.
Bernhardt Furniture was named as the Top Rural Exporter. Established in Lenoir in 1889, Bernhardt remains one of the country’s largest family-owned furniture companies. With more than 1,250 employees worldwide, the company manufacturers furniture at eight locations in North Carolina and maintains corporate offices in High Point and six overseas locations.
Advanced Detection Technology in Mooresville was named as Top Small Business Exporter. This company is a world leader in the design and engineering of under-vehicle inspection systems to detect vehicle-borne threats. Advance Detection Technology has sales, marketing and technical support operations in North America, the Middle East, Latin America, Europe and Africa.
The Governor’s Office developed the export award program in collaboration with the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
A second person has been charged in connection to the theft of lawn equipment valued at more than $9,000 from a Lincolnton business. One suspect had already been taken into custody in this case.
As WHKY previously reported, 27-year-old Dustin Lee Mullinax of North Lincoln Street in High Shoals was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers and charged with two felony counts apiece of breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering, conspiracy and possession of stolen goods. He's also charged with one misdemeanor count apiece of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and larceny. 28-year-old Christopher Brian Bell of Dallas has been named as the second suspect in the case, he is being sought by authorities and faces the same charges as Mullinax.
On January 3, 2019 deputies responded a residence on Prince Drive in Lincolnton in reference to a burglary. The victim told officers that he had been on vacation and when he returned his building, truck and house had been broken into. The victim runs a lawn care business and a number of items were reported stolen. Stolen in the break-in were two 60 inch cut zero turn mowers, two brush cutters, two backpack blowers, an air compressor and other items including a laptop and approximately $200 in change.
During the investigation detectives learned that a neighbor saw a silver or blue van pull into the driveway of the home on Christmas Eve. Two people exited the vehicle and started loading equipment in the van and on a trailer. The neighbor did not find that suspicious because the van had been there before. A former employee, Dustin Lee Mullinax, was developed as one of the suspects and officers discovered that some of the items had been pawned at area pawn shops in Gaston County. All of the stolen property was recovered except for a zero turn mower and a utility trailer. A generator and an IPad were recovered from the Mullinax residence in High Shoals, NC.
Detective Justin Link continued the investigation and identified the second suspect as Christopher Brian Bell. Mullinax was arrested on January 6 and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. He had a District Court appearance scheduled today (January 17). Deputies were continuing their search for Bell. If you have information on this case contact the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
An Alexander County woman is among new supsects added to the Iredell County most wanted list. 24-year-old Shakyra Lashay Smith is wanted for felony obtaining property by false pretense. The last known address for Smith was 193 4th Street Northeast in Taylorsville.
24-year-old Robert John Mazzullo is another new name on the Iredell County most wanted list. He's wanted for nine counts of felony stalking, and felony possession of a stolen vehicle. Mazzullo's last known address was 178 Woodwinds Drive in Mooresville.
27-year-old Patricia Yates was also recently added to the most wanted list. She's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and conspiracy to sell controlled substance. The last known address for Yates was 197 Austin Road in Statesville.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects with their photos at www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call any tips into the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at their Statesville location, 704-878-3180, or the Mooresville office, 704-664-7500.
58-year-old Joel Nicholas Baker of Freezer Locker Road in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (January 16) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. In addition, Baker is charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 17).
24-year-old Samantha Jean Taylor of Little Road in Newton was arrested Wednesday (January 16) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two counts of the sale of methamphetamine, along with single counts of the sale of heroin, felony probation violation, and misdemeanor larceny. Taylor was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $121,000 bond. A District Court date is set for February 4, a Superior Court appearance is scheduled March 21.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (January 15). Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were all approved. City Council approved the proposed expansion of the Oakwood National Register Historic District. Taylor Dellinger, Senior Data Analyst for the Western Piedmont Council of Governments, presented traffic count data for the Hickory region.
Tom Kennedy, Land Protection Director for Foothills Conservancy, made a special presentation to City Council about the proposed new state park along the Henry Fork and Jacobs Fork Rivers. City Council then approved a resolution to allow the City Manager to execute a letter of intent and an option to purchase for the Foothills Conservancy to purchase City land in relation to the proposed new state park.
Mayor Hank Guess welcomed new Fire Chief Matt Hutchinson and also congratulated Hickory Police Department Captain Vidal Sipe for being appointed as the new Police Chief for the City of Newton.
The City’s Business Development Committee presented the Business. Well Crafted. Legacy Award to First Security Insurance in honor of its 100th Anniversary.
41-year-old Christopher Lee Prater of Johnson City, Tennessee was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after one o'clock yesterday afternoon (January 15) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Prater is wanted in Virginia on unspecified charges. He was also arrested on misdemeanor warrants out of Lincoln County for D.W.I. and failure to appear in court for failure to comply with the terms of community service. The warrants were issued in June of last year.
Prater was taken into custody without incident at the Budget Inn Express on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $13,266.75, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton. A Lincoln County court date was set for February 5.
29-year-old Brandon Eugene Scronce of River Run Circle in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Tuesday morning (January 15) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.
He was arrested when Police responded to HKY Customs on Startown Road where items had been stolen from several vehicles. Officers then located a suspicious person on the McDonald Parkway. That person, Brandon Eugene Scronce, had items with him that Officers believed were stolen from HKY Customs. The items were later confirmed as stolen. Scronce was then taken into custody without incident at an address on North College Avenue in Newton.
He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (January 16) in Newton.
23-year-old Mikal Jerome Gray of Cranford Drive in Conover was arrested today (January 16) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with break or enter a motor vehicle, possession of stolen goods, misdemeanor larceny, resisting a public officer, second degree trespassing, and obstructing justice. Gray was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $22,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled for Thursday (January 17) and January 28.
18-year-old Megan Taylor Dula of Three Way Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (January 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Bond for Dula was set at $10,000 secured. She posted bond shortly after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (January 17).
38-year-old Colby Michael Cline of McKay Road in Newton was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon, felony possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises, possession of drug paraphernalia, and littering. Cline was jailed this morning (January 16) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
43-year-old Melody Elaine Poarch Ray of Maple Street in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (January 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon. Ray was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 16).