46-year-old Patricia Lemus and 27-year-old Gladis Cardenas Lemus, both of the same address on Buddy Street in Conover, were arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 8). Patricia Lemus was charged with one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and first-degree burglary, plus misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon with a minor present, communicating threats and damage to real property. Gladis Lemus was charged with felony first-degree burglary. Patricia Lemus was also placed on an I.C.E. detainer.
They were arrested after Police responded to an assault call at a residence on 18th Avenue S.E. The assault occurred after the two women and an unknown third suspect allegedly broke into the residence.
They were taken into custody without incident at 2:22 a.m. today at their residence. They were both placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where Patricia Lemus was held without bond. Bond for Gladis Lemus was set at $11,000, secured. Gladis Lemus has since been released. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.
57-year-old Ernest Todd Mudd of Bobby’s Loop in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one count of felony indecent liberties with a child.
Events leading to Mudd’s arrest began on Friday September 14, when a report was filed with the Sheriff’s Office regarding the possible sexual assault of a five-year-old victim. The victim said the abuse happened at Mudd’s residence. During an interview with Investigators, the victim identified Mudd as the suspect.
Mudd was arrested last Thursday (October 4). He was placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today.
Catawba Co. Animal Services has confirmed another case of rabies in the county. It is the tenth case of rabies Catawba County so far this year. Previous cases reported this year were in Maiden, Vale, Newton, Hickory, Sherrills Ford and Claremont.
On October 3, Catawba Co. Animal Services responded to a call from a Newton resident who found a dead skunk in a kennel with his dog. The skunk was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Animal Services on October 5 that the skunk tested positive for rabies.
The dog was current on its rabies vaccines and received a rabies booster after the incident occurred. Per state vaccination guidelines, animals current on their rabies vaccine should receive a rabies booster within 96 hours of possible rabies exposure.
Animal Services reminds pet owners that rabies is present in the local wild animal population and is a threat to pets and humans year-round. The best way to protect pets is to have them properly vaccinated.
For more information, call Catawba Co. Animal Services at 828-464-7686.
31-year-old Tiffany Mae Jones of Excell Drive in Statesville was arrested last Thursday (October 4) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and attempted larceny.
Last Thursday (October 4) at approximately 9:00 a.m., Deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to 206 Dagenhart Farm Road in reference to a breaking and entering in progress. The victim told the deputies, he found a female inside of his detached garage where she was hiding behind items. The victim confronted the female and she fled on foot.
During the investigation detectives discovered a bag which had been filled with several items from the garage including a paintball gun and accessories. The bag was found on the ground next to where the woman was found by the victim. Deputies were also able to collect fingerprints from the scene.
While speaking with neighbors, detectives learned that a female matching the description of the suspect was seen just a few minutes prior in the woods on Dagenhart Farm road. Detectives and Deputies then began to search the area where the female was last seen and were able to find the suspect in a wooded area less than a mile from the victim’s residence.
Detectives were able to identify the female as Tiffany Mae Jones. Her bond was set at $5,000 secured, a District Court appearance is scheduled for October 22. Jones was also served with an outstanding child support warrant.
The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners meets in regular session this evening at 6:00 in the City County Meeting Room at the Alden E. Starnes Building in Lenoir.
At the beginning of the meeting, Caldwell County Sheriff's Deputy Jordan Sherrill, who was shot in the line of duty on July 15, will be recognized by the Commissioners and Sheriff’s Office personnel and given several awards. Also being recognized and receiving honors is Gaither Daniel King. King is the resident that came to help Deputy Sherrill at the time of the shooting.
26-year-old Zachary Keith Ross and 27-year-old Cameron Lynn Webb were arrested Sunday (October 7) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. Both suspects were charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods and safe cracking. Ross is also charged with two counts of felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Webb is additionally charged with felony aid and abet breaking and entering to a motor vehicle.
Sunday at 3:51 a.m. Morganton Public Safety officers responded to an anonymous call behind Big Lots at Fiddler's Run Shopping Center. Officers found two men near the rear of the shopping center. A broken lock was found on a cargo trailer that was being used for storage by Peak Performance Gym. According to a news release from Public Safety, the two men, identified as Zachary Ross and Cameron Webb were found to be in possession of several items stolen from the trailer. Multiple items were recovered which had been partially hidden for apparent later pick up. Officers recovered a motor vehicle which was reported to the Burke County Sheriff's Office.
Sunday evening, Public Safety Officers responded to Interstate 40 at the request of crews working there in reference to having several of their vehicles having been broken into. Officers interviewed Ross and Webb and developed information that led to the vehicle break-in charges being filed
Ross was jailed under $40,000 bond, Webb's bond was set at $33,500. Both suspects were scheduled to appear in court today (October 8). The Broughton Police Department assisted with the investigation and arrests.
53-year-old Tracy Yvette Robinson of U.S. 70 West in Morganton was arrested last Wednesday (October 3) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a news release issued Friday (October 5), in September 2018, an investigation was initiated by Burke County Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators on Tracy Yvette Robinson who was suspected of selling heroin and crack cocaine from a residence on U.S. 70 West in Morganton. A search warrant was obtained for 1376 U.S. 70 West.
Last Wednesday, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team assisted the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division in the execution of the search warrant. The search resulted in the discovery of approximately two grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Robinson was arrested and brought to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. Her bond was set at $2,500 secured. She was not listed as an inmate in Burke County today (October 8). Her next District Court date is October 22.
52-year-old Jeraine Ray Wilson of Vale, was sentenced to serve an active prison term of three to five years following her conviction for attempted larceny after breaking and entering and admitting her habitual felon status during Catawba County Superior Court.
The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the sentence for Wilson after she pleaded guilty to the crime last Thursday (October 4). She will serve the sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Wilson’s sentence was enhanced by her habitual felon status that included prior convictions for attempted breaking and entering (December 2011), breaking or entering a motor vehicle (January 2007) and larceny of chose in action (March 1999), all in Catawba County.
The defendant concealed multiple items and tried to remove them from a local business on October 3, 2016. She previously had been banned from the premises of the business.
Darren Bailey investigated the case for Hickory Police Department. Scott Lippert and Michael Van Buren handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
On Sunday (October 7) shortly before 5 p.m., Boone Police, Fire, and Watauga Medics responded to a report of a stabbing in the vicinity of 1620 Blowing Rock Road, which is the address for the Publix Supermarket. A 25-year-old man was found suffering from a stab wound. The victim was transported for medical treatment. No additional information concerning his condition was available. The other person involved in the altercation, a male, is currently being interviewed by Boone Police Investigators.
50-year-old Ben Wallace Robinson, Jr. of Browning View Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:50 yesterday afternoon (October 4) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
While responding to a call for service at an address on 15th Street S.W. in Hikcory, Officers saw two suspicious subjects. After identifying them, Robinson was served with an outstanding warrant from Catawba County for misdemeanor unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. During the arrest, Police found 0.1 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia on Robinson's person.
He was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. Appearances in District Court were scheduled for October 8 and November 7.
43-year-old Nowlin Powell Crooks of 19th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:40 yesterday afternonn (October 4) on one felony count of failure to appear. He allegedly failed to appear on a charge of felony possession of a firearm by a felon.
Crooks was taken into custody without incident at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. He has since been released. A Superior Court date in Newton was scheduled for December 3.
41-year-old Timothy Lamont Stewart of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after noon yesterday (October 4) on two felony counts of failure to appear and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was charged after failing to appear in court on a previous failure to appear charge and for breaking & entering a motor vehicle. The Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office also charged Stewart with non-support of a child.
He was arrested after Police were approached by an employee at the Waffle House on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. regarding a suspicious person inside the restaurant. Officers found the man and identified him as Timothy Lamont Stewart, who had outstanding warrants for his arrest. As Officers attempted to serve the warrants, Stewart fled on foot. He was taken into custody after a brief foot chase.
Stewart was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $31,000 secured bond, plus a $500 bond on the child support charge. He'll appear in Superior Court on October 22 and in District Court on November 14. A court date on the child support charge was set for October 11.
32-year-old Davie Wade Shuping was arrested Thursday (October 4) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of failure to register as a sex offender, along with two misdemeanor counts of probation violation. Shuping was arrested shortly after 9 a.m. and placed in jail in Morganton under $68,000 secured bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for October 22, Superior Court appearances are scheduled for November 26 and January 14.
The Caldwell County Health Department has rescheduled the annual “Flu Drive-Thru Clinic” for Saturday, October 20. It will be held at the Caldwell County Health Department at 2345 Morganton Boulevard SW in Lenoir. The drive-thru clinic is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on that date. The flu vaccine being administered this year is the quadrivalent vaccine and is designed to protect against four different flu viruses: two influenza A, or H1N1 viruses and two influenza B viruses.
Caldwell County Health Department accepts most insurances (Medicare part B card, current Medicaid card or any other private insurance card). Please provide a front and back copy of your insurance card, at time of service. Uninsured patients can receive a flu shot for $30. We accept cash and check at time of service.
For your convenience and to save time at the clinic, flu consent forms can be found online at caldwellcountync.org or can be picked up at both the Caldwell County Health Department and at any of the Caldwell County library branches in Lenoir, Hudson and Granite Falls.
For more information regarding the flu or the annual flu drive-thru, contact 828-426-8461.
The City of Hickory had a discharge of untreated wastewater on Thursday (October 4) of an estimated 2,600 gallons at 310 Cloninger Mill Road NW. The untreated wastewater was discharged into Falling Creek. A news release from the city says the water remains safe after the overflow.
The Division of Water Resources was notified of the event Thursday and is reviewing the matter. General Statute requires that a news release be issued when an untreated wastewater discharge of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters. For more information contact the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department at (828) 323-7427.
47-year-old Gregory Dean Scott of North Olivers Cross Roads in Maiden was arrested Thursday (October 4) by authorities in Burke County on a Catawba County charge. Scott is charged with possession of methamphetamine. Following his arrest, Scott was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 5).
33-year-old Stacy Dawn Minton of Wilderness Trace in Claremont was arrested Thursday (October 4) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Minton was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (October 8).
One person was shot and airlifted to the hospital in a reported road-rage incident in Valdese. According to multiple published reports, the incident occurred Thursday afternoon (October 4) in the downtown section of Valdese.
The published reports say that the incident occurred on East Main Street and 20-year-old Joshua Max Barnes sustained a shoulder injury in the incident. Barnes reportedly got out of his car to question why the driver of the vehicle in front of him continued to hit his brakes. That driver then reportedly shot Barnes.
It was not believed that the injuries to Barnes were life-threatening. He was transported to a local hospital then airlifted to a second facility for treatment. No charges had been filed as of late Thursday.
47-year-old Jerry Grant Oxford, Jr., of Denver, N.C., was sentenced to an active prison term of five to seven years following his conviction for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury during Catawba County Superior Court.
The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed the sentence for Oxford following his guilty plea on Wednesday (October 3). The defendant will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The crime occurred Aug. 25, 2017, around 8:40 p.m. when Oxford went to the Denver residence of the 36-year-old victim and fired a shot with a handgun that struck him in the head. The incident started when a female acquaintance of Oxford’s engaged in a verbal altercation with the victim and another subject at a local business that spilled over into the shooting.
Michael Hoyle led the investigation for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith prosecuted the case for the State.
49-year-old Stephen Eugene Carrigan and 49-year-old Laura Mary Nardone, both of the same Reno Lane, Troutman, address, were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Carrigan is charged with three felony counts apiece of trafficking heroin by sale, possession, and transport, along with one felony count of conspire to traffic heroin. Nardone is charged with two felony counts apiece of trafficking heroin by sale, possession, and transport, along with single felony counts of conspire to traffic heroin and possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin.
After receiving complaints from several citizens in the area of Reno Lane south of Troutman regarding suspects possibly selling drugs, the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Investigation Unit was assigned to investigate the case. Detectives began surveillance in the area, and determined Stephen Carrigan was selling heroin and began an undercover operation.
According to a news release, undercover purchases of heroin were made from Carrigan. Once the purchase of heroin, was made, the undercover detective noticed that the heroin was greyish in color. The detective asked Carrigan about this, and he stated it was pure heroin.
Heroin in its pure state is either white or brown, not grey. A new drug called “Grey Death” which is heroin and fentanyl are mixed together and is being sold. This combination has been reported to be responsible for several overdoses and deaths across America. Fentanyl alone can cause death just by coming into contact with it.
Narcotics detectives purchased more than 70 grams of heroin, which they believe may be “Grey Death” with a street value of $14,020. Carrigan and Nardone were arrested following the sale of heroin to an undercover detective. They were each jailed under $600,000 secured bond. They are both scheduled to appear in District Court October 15.