23-year-old Erica Sierra Haas of Western Court in Lenoir was arrested Friday (July 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony second degree murder by distribution of unlawful substance.
The arrest stems from the May 1, 2018 overdose death of Hanna Marie Kincaid. Kincaid was found deceased at 831 Montclair Circle in Lenoir. She had ingested a fatal amount of fentanyl. The investigation revealed that Haas was the person who delivered the drugs to Kincaid. This is still an ongoing investigation and further charges may be forthcoming.
Haas was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $500,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 9).
30-year-old Kasey Elaine Grindstaff of Old Fort and 20-year-old Andrew Lee Cole of Connelly Springs were arrested last Thursday (July 5) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. Grindstaff is charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. In addition, she's charged with two misdemeanor counts of resist, obstruct, and delay a public officer and single misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to wear seatbelt. Cole is charged with felony probation violation out of county.
Last Thursday, detectives with the Burke County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division as well as officers with the NC Probation and Parole Office conducted an investigation at 5484 Miller Bridge Road in Connelly Springs. During the investigation, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were seized. Grindstaff originally provided fictitious identification but was subsequently identified and arrested. Cole was arrested on the probation violation charge. Andrew Lee Cole was also arrested at the residence on a charge of felony probation violation out of county.
Grindstaff was placed in jail in Morganton under $145,000 secured bond, Cole's bond was set at $25,000 secured. Grindstaff remained in jail as of earlier today (July 9), Cole was no longer listed as an inmate in Burke County. Grindstaff was scheduled to appear in District Court today. Cole has a Superior Court date August 13.
The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $34.4 million contract to improve 20 miles of Interstate 40 from mile marker 130 to 150 between Conover and Statesville.
As early as July 30, Contractor Maymead Inc. will start the project that includes milling and resurfacing both directions of the roadway, rebuilding shoulders and installing guardrail within the project limits.
The contract calls for work in one direction to be completed by August 2019, with the other direction to be finished by October 2020.
A man was killed in Caldwell County after a tree struck his vehicle during a storm. According to the Lenoir Police Department, on Friday (July 6) at 2:54 p.m., Officers with the Lenoir Police Department and Lenoir Fire Department responded to the entrance of Green Mountain Park at 2495 Dimmette Road in reference to a tree striking a vehicle.
Early indicators of the investigation have revealed that 78-year-old Sidney Reid Albright was leaving Green Mountain Park in a silver Chevrolet Silverado when a tree fell and struck his vehicle during a storm that was moving through the area. Mr. Albright was pronounced deceased at the scene by Caldwell County EMS at 2:59 p.m.
Two other family members who were inside of the truck with Mr. Albright were transported to Caldwell UNC Healthcare for treatment of minor injuries, they were expected to make a full recovery.
45-year-old Christopher Lee Reynolds of Reepsville Road in Lincolnton was arrested Thursday (July 5) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. He is also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators executed a search warrant at 5017 Reepsville Road on Thursday. During the search, they seized a small amount of heroin and marijuana and arrested one man. Investigators had received a number of complaints about the residence. Neighbors told police there was a lot of traffic in and out of the home. The Sheriff's Office began a covert operation that lasted several weeks and determined heroin was being sold out of the residence.
Reynolds was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. He had a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court scheduled today (July 6). The investigation into the incident is continuing.
67-year-old Leverne Williams of 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 6:15 p.m. yesterday (July 5) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Williams was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
27-year-old Joshua Maurice Lineburg of 23rd Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 6) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested when Officers on a service call in the vicinity of 7th Avenue S.W. and 8th Avenue S.W. saw a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle braked suddenly at the rear of the Officer’s patrol vehicle.
Police identified the driver as Lineburg. During the incident, Officers found 1.2 grams of crack cocaine, 0.7 grams of cocaine, 0.7 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Police also learned that the suspect had an outstanding child support warrant issued by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office.
Lineburg was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond was set at $5,000, secured, on the drug charges, plus a $1,000 bond on the child support warrant. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton with another court date coming up on July 12.
A contract has been awarded to work on a bridge in Iredell County. The bridge that crosses Third Creek on U.S. 21/Shelton Road south of Statesville will soon be improved, thanks to a $3.7 million contract awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation to Eastern Structures LLC of Mocksville.
Built in 1921, the bridge was widened in 1939 and is considered structurally deficient, which means the bridge has speed or weight limits to ensure safety. The contract calls for the bridge to be replaced in stages. Traffic will remain on the existing structure while about 30 feet of the new bridge is built downstream. When that portion is complete, traffic will be shifted to the new bridge while the old one is removed and the remaining portion of the new bridge is completed.
The new bridge will be almost twice as wide, increasing from 32 feet to 59 feet to accommodate bicycle lanes and future sidewalks. Work can get underway as soon as July 30. The new bridge should open to traffic by May 2020, with landscaping and vegetation establishment continuing through October 2020.
50-year-old Charles Franklin Hicks and 27-year-old Clinton Gregory Hicks, both of the same Jason Place, Lenoir address, were each arrested Thursday (July 5) by Lenoir Police Officers. Charles Hicks is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Clinton Hicks is charged on a bill of indictment with common law robbery, on a fugitive warrant from an unspecified state, and with failure to appear on counts of assault inflicting serious injury, breaking and entering, injury to real property, and simple assault.
Charles Hicks' bond was set at $25,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (July 9). Bond for Clinton Hicks was set at $3,000 secured on the failure to appear count and no bond was set on the fugitive charge. District Court appearances are scheduled for Monday and July 31. A Superior Court appearance is set for July 23.
41-year-old Angela Hope Bennett of Cajahs Mountain Road in Hudson was arrested Thursday (July 5) by Hudson Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of cocaine. Bennett was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (July 9).
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is warning local residents about a scam in which the caller impersonates a law enforcement officer. According to a news release, the Sheriff's Office has received multiple reports of citizens receiving phone calls where the caller uses the name of Sgt. Larry Turner, Deputy Wood, or some other name, who claims to be with the Burke County Sheriff's Office.
This scammer tells the person they are speaking with that they have a legal matter, such as failure to report to court, or some other situation that can be resolved over the phone by sending money, purchasing a green dot card, or by some other means of payment. The scammer threatens that if the person receiving the call does not pay, the citizen will be arrested.
The Burke County Sheriff's Office says that this is a scam. The Sheriff's Office or any other law enforcement agency would never settle a legal matter over the phone by requesting money or asking for you to purchase a card for payment. If you get a phone call like this, simply hang up.
20-year-old Cameron Jamal Witherspoon of Shinnville Road in Cleveland, NC, was arrested last Friday (June 29) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony statutory rape of a child 15-years-old or less.
According to a news release issued Thursday (July 5), on June 9, 2018 a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in reference to possible sexual assault involving a 15-year-old female victim. The assault allegedly occurred at 140 Nile Circle in Mooresville.
The case was assigned to Detective Sergeant Katie Harwell of the Special Victims Unit for further investigation. During the course of the investigation the victim was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center where she identified Cameron Jamal Witherspoon as the suspect.
Based on interviews and statements gathered in the investigation, detectives obtained a felony warrant charging Witherspoon with the crime. Bond for Witherspoon was set at $20,000 secured, A District Court date is set for July 23.
37-year-old Jossie Jane Lester of 24th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (July 5) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony probation violation. Lester was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 20.
42-year-old Neil Curtis Barnett of Burlington, NC was arrested Thursday (July 5) by Claremont Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Barnett was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 6).
37-year-old Floyd Elmer Tate IV of U.S. 70 West in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (July 4) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony arson, along with misdemeanor counts of communicating threats and child abuse.
On Wednesday at 5:31 p.m. Burke County 911 dispatched Sheriff's Deputies to a mobile home park on Pritchard Drive off U.S. 70 West in Morganton. The caller said that a man poured gasoline in a mobile home, locked himself and five kids in the house and set it on fire. When officers arrived, the mobile home was not on fire and the caller and suspect were outside.
When the deputy made entry into the home, he smelled a strong odor of gasoline and removed the five children, who were ages five through 12, from the home. The investigation revealed that the suspect, Tate, poured gasoline in the mobile home and lit it. Before much damage was done, the suspect extinguished the fire.
The Burke County Fire Marshal came to the scene and collected evidence in the suspected arson. Tate was confined in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $100,000 secured bond. His first District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 5) in Morganton.
32-year-old Nathaniel Richard Spears of Gateway Drive in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police late Tuesday morning on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. 33-year-old Felecia Marie Elwell of the same address was also arrested at the same time on a misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear on a larceny charge.
The arrests came as Officers on foot patrol at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. noticed the strong odor of marijuana coming from a room at the hotel. During the investigation, Police found 1.8 grams of methamphetamine, 1.0 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Spears and Elwell were both taken into custody without incident at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday. Spears was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released about two hours later under a $5,000 unsecured bond. Elwell was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. She has since been released. Spears was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 5), while Elwell has a court date coming up on July 11, both in Newton.
33-year-old Jason Richard Horton of Raintree Drive in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (July 4) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine along with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Horton was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 5).
23-year-old Aleck Keaton Beard of 33rd Street Lane NE in Conover was arrested Wednesday (July 4) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony break and entering to a motor vehicle. In addition, Beard is charged with three misdemeanor counts of breaking and entering and one misdemeanor count of injury to real property. Probation and Parole filed a count of probation violation against Beard. He was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 5).
43-year-old Ikey Ray Gibson of Hickman Avenue in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (July 3) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation. Gibson was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $13,000 secured bond. A District Court date is July 24.
35-year-old Ashley Nicole Price of Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (July 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm, and possession of a stolen firearm. Price was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $35,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 24.