35-year-old Bobby Jonathan Ferguson III of College Avenue SW in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (January 5) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Ferguson was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Monday (January 7).
21-year-old Stephen Timothy Wilcox of Spartan Drive in Hudson was arrested Saturday (January 5) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of attempted breaking and entering and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of possession of schedule V controlled substance. Wilcox was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $17,500 secured bond. District Court dates are scheduled for March 4 and March 21.
37-year-old Jarvis Ledon McCullough of 13th Avenue Drive N.W. in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police late last night (January 6) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture a schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with felony failure to appear. In addition, a second subject, a 33-year-old Hickory woman, was also arrested for misdemeanor failure to appear.
They were arrested when Officers on foot patrol at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. noticed the odor of marijuana coming from a room at the hotel. Officers made contact with the room's two occupants and found 2.6 grams of heroin, 3.3 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident at the hotel.
McCullough was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Faclity with bond set at $80,000, secured. The female was processed and released under a $3,500 secured bond. McCullough has a first appearance in District Court coming up tomorrow in Newton. The female has a court date on January 23.
36-year-old Kimberly Michelle Hobbs of Tarrington Drive in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and misdemeanor assault in the presence of a minor.
According to a news release issued today (January 7), on December 23, deputies responded to a residence on Tarrington Drive in Statesville, in reference to a domestic assault between a male and female at this residence.
When deputies arrived they discovered Kimberly Michelle Hobbs had stabbed the male subject in the stomach with a knife after a verbal argument. The victim was treated at a local hospital and released. The argument and the assault occurred in front of a minor child who lived at the home.
Hobbs was taken into custody and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where she was jailed a no bond Domestic Hold. She has a District Court appearance January 16.
Hickory City Manager Warren Wood has appointed Matt Hutchinson to be the City of Hickory’s next Fire Chief. Mr. Wood said that more than 60 applications were submitted from across the country for the position. Hutchinson began his firefighting career as a volunteer firefighter, and in 2003, he was hired as a full-time firefighter with the Hickory Fire Department. He moved through the ranks, eventually serving as Battalion Chief over Logistics, and is currently Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal over the Fire & Life Safety Division.
Hutchinson has certifications as a Fire Service Instructor Level II, Level II Firefighter, Fire & Life Safety Educator I-III, and Technical Rescuer through the North Carolina Fire & Rescue Commission. Hutchinson continues to maintain his certifications as an Emergency Medical Technician and as a Fire Inspector. He is currently working to obtain his certification as a Certified Fire Investigator. In 1994, he graduated from UNC-Asheville with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. In December 2008, he completed his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Appalachian State University.
In April 2017, Hutchinson completed the prestigious four-year Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy (NFA). He has North Carolina Fire Officer I, II, & III certifications, Incident Command System 100-400 certifications, and the Chief 101 certification. Hutchison is also a graduate of the Fire and Rescue Management Institute through UNC-Charlotte, which provides instruction in leadership, team building, management skills, strategic planning, communication skills, and personnel management. The program is designed to prepare participants to become more effective in the increasingly challenging and complex world of fire and rescue management.
Chief Hutchinson stated, “I am excited to be chosen to lead this exceptional department and to continue to work with City Management to provide the best emergency services possible to Hickory citizens. I am eager to lead our employees in a transparent and innovative environment. It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve as the Fire Chief in the community I grew up in.”
Hutchinson lives in Hickory with his wife, Millie, and daughter, Rebecca, and son, Matthew. They attend First United Methodist Church in Granite Falls. In his free time, he and his family serve in missions locally and abroad. Chief Hutchinson will start in his new role effective immediately.
37-year-old Jeremiah Paul Bunch of Quarry Road in Granite Falls was arrested Sunday (January 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and probation violation out of county. In addition, Bunch is charged with failure to appear. He was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $77,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 7).
38-year-old Robert Jason Price of Sandy Acres Lane in Lenoir was arrested Friday (January 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a weapon of mass destruction along with a count of probation violation. Price was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (January 7).
31-year-old Joshua Heath Lester of Dairy Farm Road in Icard, 38-year-old Christopher Eugene McCrary of Fairway Drive S.W. in Conover and 28-year-old Angel Elizabeth Gibbs of Finger Bridge Road in Hickory were all arrested by Hickory Police at about 11 o'clock Friday night (January 4). They're each charged with one felony count of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons. On Monday (January 7), McCrary was charged with misdemeanor probation violation.
They were arrested in connection to an incident on Friday at a hotel on 8th Street Drive S.E., just off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. The victim reported being robbed after arriving to pick up Gibbs. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, the suspects were in possession of at least one firearm at the time of their arrests.
All three suspects were taken into custody without incident at the hotel. They were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Lester set at $100,000, secured, McCrary’s bond is now $150,000, and Gibbs was given a $75,000 secured bond. All three suspects had District Court dates Monday, McCrary also had a District Court date scheduled today (January 8).
A shooting incident is under investigation in Burke County. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division responded to a residence on Mill Race Road last Friday (January 4), at approximately 8:00 p.m. The victim in this case has been identified as 25-year-old Jeremy Nathaniel Smith of Denver, North Carolina. Smith suffered two gunshot wounds to the back and was transported to CHS Morganton for medical treatment. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the case.
27-year-old Demetric Dewayne Michaux of 13th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Sunday (January 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Michaux is also charged with resisting a public officer and failure to appear. Michaux was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $104,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 7).
A stabbing incident that appears to have two victims is under investigation in Catawba County. According to a news release issued last Friday (January 4), Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the scene of a reported stabbing at 11:04 p.m. last Thursday (January 3). The incident occurred on Edna Street in Catawba. When they arrived, deputies found a man in the street suffering from multiple stab wounds.
The man was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center where he was last reported to be in stable condition.
Shortly thereafter, Deputies were dispatched to another address in Catawba regarding another man suffering from injuries suspected to be sustained from the same incident on Edna Street. That man was transported to Lincoln County Medical Center where he was last reported to be in stable condition.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation. Anyone with any relevant information to this case, is encouraged to contact the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-5241.
45-year-old Jason Lee Kearney of Chapman Point Circle in Dallas, NC, was arrested Sunday (January 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, and parole violation.
Sunday at approximately 12:50 p.m., Catawba County Deputies initiated a traffic stop with a vehicle driven by a suspect known to have an outstanding felony warrant. Deputies spotted the suspect, Kearney, driving near the intersection of North Carolina Highway 16 South near Buffalo Shoals Road.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the suspect fled from officers. Deputies gave chase and followed the vehicle through Maiden and Newton. The chase ended just north of the intersection of NC 16 South and NC 16 Business. Police reports say when Kearney was being taken into custody, meth was found in the front passenger area of his vehicle.
Kearney was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond on the flee to elude and drug charges and no bond on the parole violation count. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 7). More charges are expected.
Authorities say a man serving a 40-year sentence for his role in a international child pornography ring which included a Catawba County man, died following a fight in prison. The incident involved seven inmates at a federal detention center in southeastern Michigan.
According to published reports out of Michigan, a statement Friday (January 4) from the Federal Bureau of Prisons says Christian Maire of New York died as a result of injuries sustained during the altercation last Tuesday (January 1) at the Milan detention center, which is located about 50 miles southwest of Detroit.
The case drew national attention as federal prosecutors illustrated how nine men lured hundreds of teenage girls onto the dark web and convinced them to perform sex acts on a webcam. The men pretended to be teenage boys using fake profiles and stolen pictures then scoured popular social media sites looking for targets. Their hunting grounds included Gifyo, Periscope, YouNow, and MyLOL.com, which describes itself as "the No. 1 teen dating site in the U.S., Australia, U.K. and Canada."
36-year-old Brett Jonathan Sinta of Hickory was one of the men convicted, he received a 30-1/2 year sentence. The men were caught by the FBI in 2017 and sentenced last month.
29-year-old Noah Daniel Pace of Harper Avenue in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (January 3) on one felony count each of attempted breaking & entering and possession of burglary tools, plus one misdemeanor count of breaking into a coin operated machine.
At about 8:40 last night, Officers responded to a larceny call at the Bonnie Mist Car Wash #4 on Harper Avenue. Four vacuum cleaners and a combination fragrance & vacuum cleaner were damaged when someone forced open the back panels. A credit card scanner attached to one of the wash bays was also ripped off the wall and the door to the boiler room was damaged. Damages were estimated at $5,500. $85.75 in change was stolen.
Officers viewed security video and obtained a detailed description of the suspect. Throughout the night, Officers continued to check on other Bonnie Mist Car Wash locations in Lenoir.
At 1:09 this morning, a Lenoir Police Officer saw someone standing near the vacuums at the Bonnie Mist Car Wash #2 on Morganton Boulevard. That subject matched the description of the suspect from the earlier call. He was later identified as Noah Daniel Pace.
While talking to Pace, Officers noticed that he had what appeared to be burglary tools inside his jacket and backpack. Upon further questioning, Pace admitted to the crimes committed at the Harper Avenue location. The stolen change was recovered.
Pace was arrested and given a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.
Additional charges may be forthcoming.
28-year-old Morgan Richard Edwards of Creekside Place in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:30 a.m. yesterday (January 3) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense. The warrant for his arrest was issued on December 13. He was held on a full extradition warrant out of Kansas.
Edwards was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $30,000, secured. As of this morning, he was no longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
47-year-old Pamela Alice Moses was arrested Thursday (January 3) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. Moses was arrested in Morganton shortly before noon Thursday. She was not listed as an inmate in Burke County as of today (January 4). A District Court date is set for Monday (January 7).
32-year-old Joshua Michael Campbell was arrested today (January 4) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to an automobile, trailer, boat, aircraft, or watercraft, larceny of property, and receiving or possessing stolen goods. Campbell was arrested at an address on Fisher Davis Road in Morganton at 2:43 a.m. today. He was placed in jail under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (January 7).
31-year-old Elijah David Reese of Tom Fox Street in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:25 yesterday afternoon (January 3) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. According to H.P.D.'s arrest report, Reese was in possession of seven-tenths of a gram of heroin at the time of his arrest.
Reese was taken into custody without incident at a retail store on Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
The Morganton Department of Public Safety responded Wednesday (January 2) to a fire at the Molded Fiberglass plant at 213 Reep Drive. Firefighters were dispatched at 9:07 a.m. Wednesday, upon arrival, responding units were met with smoke and flames coming from the roof and around one of the ovens inside the plant. All employees had evacuated after trying initially to knock down the flames with a fire extinguisher.
The sprinkler system activated when the fire blew out the top of an oven used to mold fiberglass vehicle parts and ignited dust and resin collected on the building’s structural beams above. The fire spread to the ceiling and through a wall to the roof quickly. There were no injuries and property damage was confined to one section of the roof and a vent system.
Morganton fire units were on the scene for over two hours extinguishing the blaze and checking for fire extension. Burke County EMS responded to assist Morganton with any medical issues or injuries. The damage to the building was minimal and plant operations resumed as soon as the fire equipment and personnel were removed from the roof and oven room. A news release says the fire does not appear to be suspicious.
41-year-old James Jason Sparks and 40-year-old Joshua Shane Steffey were both arrested Thursday (January 3) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. Sparks is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by felon and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance. He was also served with five unrelated outstanding warrants for failure to appear on a felony, obtaining property by false pretense and threatening phone calls. Steffey is charged on two outstanding warrants for failure to appear.
The arrests came at the conclusion of a two month investigation into drug activity at a Morganton residence. On Thursday, Public Safety Officers searched the residence of James Jason Sparks on Edgewood Avenue. With the assistance of the State Bureau of Investigation, the Burke County Narcotics Unit and the Morganton SWAT Team, Investigators seized over seven grams of methamphetamine, eleven dosage units of morphine, drug paraphernalia, a shotgun and cash.
Both suspects were placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility, Sparks' bond was set at $115,000 secured, Steffey received a $15,000 secured bond. They both remained in jail as of earlier today (January 4). Sparks was scheduled to appear in District Court today, Steffey has a Superior Court date February 18.
Jennifer Nichole Steffey was issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia and released. This investigation is still ongoing and may result in additional drug related charges.