Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (February 4). Minutes and second readings were approved. The consent agenda was approved with the removal of one item further discussion and review.
A public hearing was held and City Council approved an economic development agreement with Cataler North America Corporation. As the third tenant in Trivium Corporate Center, Cataler will invest a minimum of $42M and create 151 jobs by December 31, 2026. Another public hearing was held and City Council approved amendments to Section 6-3 of Chapter 6 of the Hickory Code of Ordinances, related to fire limits in the downtown area.
Following another public hearing, City Council approved a resolution confirming the assessment roll for street improvements for a portion of 836 17th Avenue Drive SE. In addition, at last night's Hickory City Council meeting, Assistant City Manager/CFO Rodney Miller presented the Quarterly Financial Report for the second quarter.
33-year-old Angela Marie Dale of Ervindale Lane in Morganton, 42-year-old Troy Noman Powell of West Lenoir Drive in Lenoir, 35-year-old Heather Nicole Swanson of Donihue Place in Lenoir, and 44-year-old Jeremy Matthew Magnus of Gillsville, Georgia, were all arrested Tuesday (February 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers.
All four suspects are charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine. Dale and Magnus are additionally charged with felony counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance.
Following their arrests, all four suspects were placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $500,000 secured bond apiece. They were all scheduled to appear in District Court in Lenoir today (February 5).
39-year-old Christopher Eugene McCrary of Conover, received an active prison sentence of five to seven years following his conviction for two counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny after breaking and entering, and first-degree burglary.
The Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the prison term for McCrary after he pleaded guilty to the offenses during Catawba County Superior Court Tuesday (February 4).
The offenses occurred on August 8, August 19, and December 24 of 2019. They involved breaking into a business and taking a work van and power tools, the theft of vehicles from a local car lot and burglary of a home.
The cases were investigated by officers from Hickory Police Department, Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and Claremont Police Department. Melanie Earles handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
A Catawba man will serve an active prison sentence of six to eight years following his conviction for trafficking opiates by transportation during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (February 4).
58-year-old Ellis Eugene Anderson was given the prison term by the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, after he pleaded guilty to the offense. Anderson also will have to pay a mandatory fine of $50,000.
Anderson was the driver of a vehicle stopped for a fictitious tag in Conover on May 19, 2017. According to the law enforcement report, he tried to exit the vehicle and could not find documentation for it.
He admitted to the officer that he had used and sold drugs earlier that day. Additionally, he told officers he had methamphetamine and oxycodone in the vehicle, pointing out where it was in the vehicle. The oxycodone pills were found in the vehicle, and an analysis by the State Crime Lab confirmed that they were opiates.
Sgt. A.P. Balchev of the Conover Police Department handled the investigation. Assistant District Attorney Jessica Phillips prosecuted the case for the State.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives found a missing 15-year-old girl who was last seen at her home on January 23. A detective went to a location in Morganton Tuesday (February 4) where he found the missing teen, Alexis Pack, at approximately 4:00 p.m.
Detectives spent several hours searching for the missing runaway during the last week-and-a-half traveling to a number of locations in Burke, Catawba, Iredell and Lincoln Counties.
Alexis Pack was reported missing from her residence in the 200 block of Camelot Lane in Vale, by her sister who the teen told she was going to the end of the road to check the mail. After returning to Lincoln County the juvenile was turned over to her parent.
28-year-old Emily Beth Greene of Parker Court in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (February 2) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Greene was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for February 24.
36-year-old Robert Keith Lovins, Jr. of SW Winfield Place in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (February 2) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm, and possession of a stolen firearm. Lovins was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Thursday (February 6).
42-year-old Gerald Issac Lunsford of Lunsford Lane in Union Grove has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers on charges of murder and felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Events leading to his arrest began at 1:15 a.m. on Monday (February 3) when Deputies responded to reports of a possible suicide at Lunsford's residence. Deputies found a female lying in the yard with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. Deputies began C.P.R.
A witness said that two men ran from the residence before Deputies arrived. A perimeter was established as Deputies attempted to locate the men.
Iredell County E.M.S. arrived and pronounced the female victim deceased at 2:05 a.m. The victim is 40-year-old Jera Lee Wagoner of North Wilkesboro. Crime Scene Investigators and Detectives were called to the scene.
A short time later, a man came to the crime scene and told Investigators his son had called him needing a ride. Investigators spoke to Aaron Patrick Reavis on the phone and then met with Reavis on Ridgeline Road. Reavis told Investigators that Gerald Issac Lunsford shot the female. Reavis said he ran from the residence for fear of being shot, as well.
Later that morning, Lunsford arrived at the Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed by Investigators. Lunsford said that he fired a rifle. He told Investigators that he ran because he is a convicted felon.
Based on statements made by witnesses and by Lunsford, as well as evidence gathered at the crime scene, Investigators charged Lunsford with murder. He was jailed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center without bond. He'll appear in District Court on February 24.
Lunsford has a criminal history that includes felony breaking & entering and misdemeanor counts of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a residence, assault, two counts possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, assault on a female, and resisting a public officer.
54-year-old Darrin Derrick Johnson of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday (February 3) on a magistrate's order for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). He was also served an order for arrest for second-degree trespassing.
Johnson was taken into custody without incident at the Salvation Army Hickory Corps on 3rd Avenue Place S.E. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $2,500, secured. Johnson was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton. He'll appear in court on the trespassing charge on February 17.
36-year-old Leonardo Omar Martinez-Zarate of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 7:20 last night (February 3) on a felony warrant out of Iredell County for larceny of a motor vehicle. Martinez-Zarate was taken into custody without incident at a business address on Fairgrove Church Road S.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. Martinez-Zarate was no longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of this morning. He'll appear in District Court tomorrow in Statesville.
29-year-old Qinnlinn Jerel Thomas of 3rd Street Place S.W. and 47-year-old Yuronna Jamell Bonds of 8th Avenue Drive S.E., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon (February 3). Thomas was charged with a felony probation violation. Bonds faces one felony count each of defeating an anti-shoplifting device and habitual larceny. She was also charged with a felony parole violation.
Thomas is on probation as he serves a 36-month suspended sentence following a July 2019 felony conviction in Catawba County for breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. He had been listed as an absconder from probation.
Bonds was charged in connection to an incident on January 29 when Hickory Police responded to a larceny call at the Hollister store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. Warrants were issued for two suspects. 61-year-old Gary Donell Vinson of Hickory was arrested on January 31 in connection to the same incident, as reported by WHKY on that date. Bonds is on parole following a habitual larceny conviction in Catawba County in December of last year.
Thomas and Bonds were both taken into custody without incident at Bonds' residence. They were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Thomas set at $50,000, secured. Bonds was given a $20,000 secured bond. Appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.
State correctional and local law enforcement officers were seeking Caldwell Correctional Center minimum custody offender 47-year-old Kevin B. Adams, who was reported missing from his work release assignment Monday afternoon (February 3). Adams was last seen around 1:15 p.m. on Cranberry Road in Lenoir.
He has tattoos on his chest, left arm, right arm and right wrist. Adams, is a white male from Fairview who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs about 202 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He is serving a three year, nine month sentence for obtaining property under false pretenses. After conviction in Polk County, he was admitted to prison on Aug. 9, 2019. He was scheduled for release on March 19, 2021.
If you see Adams, call the Caldwell Correctional Center at 828-726-2509 or the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 754-1518.
23-year-old Jeremy Shayne Baldridge of Valdese, was given an active prison term of 28 to 35 years following his conviction for second-degree murder during Burke County Superior Court on Monday (February 3).
The Honorable Marvin P. Pope, Superior Court Judge from Buncombe County, imposed the sentence for Baldridge, who pleaded guilty to the charge just eight months after the shooting death of 18-year-old Caitlyn Alexis Truax.
Baldridge shot and killed Truax, his former girlfriend, at her residence on June 3, 2019. He called 911, told the dispatcher where he was, that he had shot his ex-girlfriend and wanted to turn himself in. Officers responded to that location and detained the defendant. He told officers where they could find a revolver with ammunition, and they seized those items from the location Baldridge gave them.
The fatal shooting occurred after Baldridge and Truax had been engaged in communication earlier that evening that led to a dispute of some kind. He went to Truax’s location where he shot her with the revolver. Authorities say the victim's cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head from an intermediate range.
Rocky Xiong handled the investigation for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office along with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Michelle Lippert and Jonathan Greer prosecuted the matter for the District Attorney’s Office, aided by Legal Assistant David DiMaggio.
32-year-old Cody Grant Groce of Yadkinville and 31-year-old Bobby Wayne Potts, Jr. of Hamptonville were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of breaking & entering and breaking & entering to a motor vehicle along with misdemeanor first-degree trespassing.
According to information released Monday (February 3), on January 23, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives responded to the area of North Meadow Road off of East Houstonville Road in northern Iredell County in reference to a break-in.
When the deputies arrived, tire tracks were found showing where the suspects had driven around a gated drive which led to several barns on the property. One of the barns contained an antique vehicle which showed signed of being tampered with.
As a result of the investigation, two suspects were identified, Cody Grant Groce and Bobby Wayne Potts Jr. Groce was being held in the Yadkin County Jail on a charge of parole violation. He was served with the Iredell County warrants there. Potts was arrested at his home in Yadkin County by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers.
Bond for Groce was set at $3,000 secured, Potts received a $2,500 secured bond. Potts was released on bond. Groce has a District Court date Wednesday (February 5), Potts is scheduled to be in an Iredell County courtroom February 12.
19-year-old Cam Lee Rowland of Fairport Drive SE in Concord was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts apiece of burning personal property and breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, single felony counts of second-degree arson, breaking and entering, and six misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Two male juveniles, 16 and 14-years-old, were also charged in this case.
Early Saturday morning (February 1) Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to 788 Shinnville Road near Mooresville to assist with an arson investigation. The residence that burned was vacant, and had not been lived in for some time. A witness who was driving by noticed the flames and saw a vehicle parked in front of the residence. The witness, who called 911, saw the vehicle leave the scene at a high rate of speed.
An investigation involving Iredell County Sheriff’s Office detectives, the Iredell County Fire Marshall’s Office, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation resulted in the conclusion that the fire was intentionally set. Three individuals were identified as suspects in this, and possibly other fires in Mooresville.
All charges are from the investigation on Shinnville Road and Rowland's alleged involvement in incidents on January 30 when two vehicles were set on fire in the area of Coddle Creek Highway. He was incarcerated in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for February 19. The two juvenile males from Mooresville will be charged for their alleged involvement with the Shinnville Road fire.
28-year-old Jordan O'Neal Shade and 27-year-old Jalen Michael-Marquis Shade, both of the same address on North Davis Avenue in Newton, have been arrested by Hickory Police. Jordan Shade was arrested just before 5 a.m. today (February 3) on an outstanding felony warrant from Caldwell County for failure to appear on a charge of fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Jalen Shade was arrested at about 2:30 Saturday afternoon (February 1) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.
Following their arrests, both men were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Jordan Shade set at $25,000, secured, while Jalen Shade was given a $3,000 secured bond. Neither man was listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of this morning. Jordan Shade will make an appearance in Superior Court on March 2 in Lenoir. Jalen Shade was scheduled to a make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
36-year-old Pa Khang of Anderson, California was arrested by Maiden Police yesterday (February 2) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. She is wanted by the Rochester Police Department in Olmsted County, Minnesota for felony second-degree sale of drugs and felony possession of drugs. Following her arrest, Khang was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $800,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
23-year-old Emerald Skye Martin of Highway 268 in Lenoir was arrested Friday (January 31) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering. Martin was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 3).
33-year-old Joshua Sean Riser of 3rd Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 3) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and one misdemeanor count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and simple affray. A second suspect, 57-year-old David Sean Eugene Riser of the same address, was also arrested on misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and simple affray.
They were taken into custody without incident at about 2:45 a.m. today at a video arcade on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. The Risers were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Joshua Riser set at $5,600, secured, while David Riser was given a $600 bond. Joshua Riser was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton. David Riser has a court date on February 10.
32-year-old Russell Bruce Franklin of Mountainside Court in Hickory was arrested Friday (January 31) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering. Franklin was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $45,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 3).