39-year-old Emiel Eugene McCullough of Washington Lane in Catawba was arrested by Hickory Police for a felony probation violation. McCullough was taken into custody without incident at a grocery store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He had been listed as an absconder from probation.
McCullough was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for Monday, October 22 in Newton.
25-year-old Joshua Brian Price of Pineview Court in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before noon yesterday (October 18) for felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was also charged on orders for arrest out of Caldwell County for driving while license revoked and failure to stop for a steady red light.
He was arrested after Officers responded to reports of a suspicious person in the parking lot at a fast-food restaurant on Highway 321 in Hickory. During the incident, Police found 2.7 grams of heroin and drug paraphernalia.
Price was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $19,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton. A court date in Lenoir was set for November 5.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the theft of a mini excavator from a bridge construction work site in western Lincoln County.
The rental equipment belonging to a Cleveland County company, Herc Rental Company, was stolen from a location in the 2900 block of Trinity Church Road sometime between 7:30 p.m. on October 17, 2018 and 7:00 a.m. on October 18, 2018. The vehicle is described as a Takeuchi mini excavator mostly gray in color with some red markings.
Detectives asked that residents living or driving in areas where construction is ongoing to watch for any unusual activity around the sites. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
Taylorsville Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Abigail Jordan Serrill. According to the Police Department’s Facebook page, she is a runaway. Ms. Serrill is a white female who was last seen at Domino's in Taylorsville around seven o’clock last night (October 18).
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Abigail Jordan Serrill should contact the Taylorsville Police Department at 828-632-2911 or Crime Stoppers at 828-632-8555.
The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved 21 grant requests totaling $6,935,250, N.C. Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland announced yesterday (October 18). Two of those are in the Greater Hickory Metro. The requests include commitments to create a total of 616 jobs, 304 of which were previously announced. The public investment in those projects will attract more than $594 million in private investment.
In the vacant building category, the Town of Long View was awarded a $250,000 grant that will support the renovation of an 80,000-square-foot building. OneH2, which manufactures zero-emission hydrogen gas along with gas storage & dispensing equipment, plans to make the facility a hub for serving its customers throughout the Southeast, creating an expected 21 jobs and investing $262,875 in the project.
In the rural health category, the City of Lenoir was awarded a $500,000 grant that will support the new construction of a health facility. For more information, click here.
41-year-old Heather Renee Jones Hensely of McLean Street in Gastonia was arrested Thursday (October 18) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with five felony counts apiece of identity theft and uttering a forged instrument.
Hensley is charged in connection to the theft of a checkbook and her daughter’s driver’s license. The items were stolen from the daughter’s Lincolnton address. The suspect was charged with using both to make fraudulent purchases in and around Lincoln County.
Detective Richard Calhoun reported the checks totaled $2,505.28 and the fraudulent purchases were made between August 24, 2018 and September 10, 2018. Detective Calhoun located and arrested Hensley Thursday in Gastonia with the assistance of the Gastonia Police Department. A news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says Hensley admitted to making the fraudulent purchases.
Hensley was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 19).
33-year-old Kelly Renea Silcox of Old Shelby Road in Hickory was arrested Thursday (October 18) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises, and failure to appear on counts of possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Silcox was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today (October 19) and November 26.
45-year-old Robert Shannon Salyer of Woodstock, Georgia, was arrested Thursday (October 18) on charges filed by the Conover Police Department and Catawba County Sheriff's Office. Salyer is charged on Grand Jury Indictments with embezzlement and larceny by employee. The embezzlement charge was filed by Conover Police and the larceny allegation is on a warrant from the Sheriff's Office. Salyer was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled today (October 19).
According to published reports, a federally-mandated advocacy and protection group is looking into allegations of abuse and neglect at the J. Iverson Riddle Development Center, a state-run facility in Morganton that cares for the disabled. According to those reports, state officials said eight employees were fired after officials received reports of misconduct at one of the cottages at the facility.
The Human Rights Advisory Council at J. Iverson Riddle has reportedly looked into some of the allegations involving those fired employees. The published reports say that the Department of Health and Human Services says those workers were fired for conduct that was unacceptable. The conduct of the eight workers was brought to light by other employees at the facility. State officials say no disabled residents received any injuries.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office investigation regarding the whereabouts of 36-year-old Jason Edward Shuford is still ongoing. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a missing person and spoke with the family members of Jason Edward Shuford. Shuford was reportedly last seen on August 27, 2018, in the Icard area of Burke County wearing blue jeans and a red T-Shirt.
Jason Shuford is a white male, 5'7", 180 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. His address is 7566 Spann Hill in Connelly Springs. Anyone with any information that may be helpful to the Sheriff’s Office in locating Jason Shuford would be appreciated. If you have information, call the Burke County Emergency Communications Center’s non-emergency number of 828-438-5500 or call Morganton-Burke CrimeStoppers at 828-437-3333.
A $500,000 North Carolina Rural Hope Grant has been awarded to a Caldwell UNC Health Care project that will create 50 new jobs in Caldwell County with an average salary of more than $54,000 per job.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Rural Division announced the grant Thursday (October 18). Assisted by the Caldwell EDC and awarded to the City of Lenoir on behalf of Caldwell UNC Health Care, the funding will help in completion of the $7.2 million Behavioral Health Pavilion project.
The Rural Hope Grant will help fund the construction of the 17,200-square-foot facility, which will provide a 27-bed adult in-patient unit, an outpatient clinic and an outdoor “Healing Commons” area. The facility will be located adjacent to Caldwell UNC Health Care’s main facility on Mulberry Street in Lenoir.
In addition to the grant, the project funding will be matched by contributions from the Caldwell Hospital Foundation, the Cannon Foundation and $4 million in funding from the North Carolina General Assembly. Among the 50 new jobs that are scheduled for creation by 2020 are: a medical doctor, a psychologist, nurses, medical assistants, security officers and support staff. The total annual wages generated by the 50 new jobs will total more than $2.7 million.
31-year-old Angela Marie Dale of Ervindale Lane in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before one o’clock yesterday afternoon (October 17) on one felony count each of trafficking heroin or opium and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance.
Dale was arrested in connection to an incident on July 22 of this year when Police responded to a possible overdose at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. At that time, Police found 25 grams of methamphetamine and 5.8 grams of heroin.
Dale was taken into custody without incident yesterday on Old Shelby Road near I-40. She was processed and released on a written promise to appear. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
35-year-old Crystal Faith Lincoln of Iron Station Road in Dallas was arrested Wednesday (October 17) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts of attempted common law robbery.
At approximately 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, a white female entered Lynn’s Stop and Shop at 5161 E NC 27 Hwy and handed the clerk a note stating “put the money in a bag and no one would get hurt.” The store clerk told the suspect she could not get the cash register open. The clerk picked up the phone to call 9-1-1 and the suspect fled the store traveling southeast on E NC 27 Hwy in a dark colored Chrysler Pacifica minivan.
When detectives arrived on the scene still photos were obtained from security cameras in the store which depicted a white female with brown hair and wearing a blue tee shirt with the name of “King” and the number “01” in white characters on the back. During the investigation Gaston County Police found the woman a short distance inside Gaston County on the side of Highway 27.
Detectives responded to that location and positively identified the woman as the suspect. It was also discovered by Gaston County Police that the suspect attempted a similar incident at a convenience store in Alexis. After leaving that location the vehicle the suspect was driving ran out of gas.
Following her arrest, Lincoln was detained in the Gaston County Jail under $20,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in Gaston County District Court today (October 18).
43-year-old Lisa Rhom Barlow was arrested Wednesday (October 17) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony motor vehicle theft and misdemeanor probation violation. Barlow was arrested shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday at an address on Lloyd Beaver Road in Morganton. She was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is Friday (October 19).
47-year-old Arney Lewis J. Bryant was arrested this morning (October 18) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Bryant was arrested shortly before 1 a.m. today and placed in jail in Morganton under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Friday (October 19).
37-year-old Amanda Kay Loftin of 4th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (October 17) by Probation & Parole Officers. She's charged with two counts of felony probation violation. Loftin was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (October 22).
36-year-old Daniel Ray Chavez of 34th Street Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (October 17) on felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. He was also charged with three misdemeanor counts each of larceny and failure to appear, plus one count of driving while license revoked. Chavez was also charged on orders for arrest out of Lincoln County for possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and the sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, plus additional orders for arrest out of Catawba County for driving while license revoked and fictitious or altered title, registration card or tag.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on June 26 of this year when Officers responded to a reported larceny at a grocery store on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory. Three days later, the suspect was identified as Daniel Ray Chavez, leading to his arrest yesterday.
Chavez was taken into custody without incident shortly after noon Wednesday at a convenience store on South Center Street. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $71,000 secured bond. District Court appearances were set for today and November 5. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled tomorrow (October 19) in Lincoln County.
North Carolina Department of Transportation contract crews will continue resurfacing a section of Interstate 40 East from mile marker 146 to 150, as part of a $34.4 million contract to improve 20 miles of the highway between Conover and Statesville. Weather permitting, lane closures will be in place from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting tonight, (October 18) and continuing through November 15. A news release from NCDOT says drivers will have a smoother riding surface when work is completed.
26-year-old Robbie Octavion Little of 3rd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested early this morning (October 17) by Hickory Police on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each for possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Little was taken into custody without incident just before 2 a.m. today at an address on Highway 127 South in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
20-year-old Hunter Logan Wise of Oak Ridge Road in Gaffney, SC was arrested today (October 17) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny, misdemeanor larceny, and five counts of break or enter a motor vehicle. Wise was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (October 18).