Authorities continue to ask for the public's assistance in locating a missing teen. 15-year-old Alexis Ibarra went missing from Catawba on May 10 of this year.
Ms. Ibarra is an Hispanic female. She is 5'0" tall and weighs about 130 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. She may have traveled to Charlotte, Hickory, or Morganton.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Alexis Ibarra should call the Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office at 828-464-5241 or call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 800-843-5678 (800-THE-LOST).
A runaway has been located and is reported to be safe. 16-year-old Kelsie Jame Prevatte was found by authorities in Greensboro Wednesday (July 3).
Detectives with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit were able to obtain numerous court orders for cellphone, and other electronic communications during the course of this investigation. They were able to use this information to locate Prevatte at the Greensboro Public Library.
36-year-old Shamario Corpening of Link Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (July 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking in heroin or opium. He was jailed under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 18.
A missing kayaker was found unharmed Thursday (July 4). At 4:26 p.m. Thursday Morganton Public Safety officers responded to a call at the Catawba River Greenway near Judges Riverside Restaurant, the call was in reference to a missing kayaker. The father of the missing 15-year-old boy told police that his son, who is an experienced kayaker, did not exit the river at the designated point on Watermill Road with the others in his party. His friends said he had floated downstream around a bend in the river ahead of them and missed the exit point.
Public Safety officers and fire department officials staged at different points along the river in the city and spoke to anyone in the area about having seen the boy. It was quickly determined that the kayaker had not come past the dam and spillway at the city's water treatment plant. Officers changed locations to points at and above the spillway to search for the boy. Burke County Rescue and Emergency Management assisted.
At 4:56 p.m. an officer saw a young man walking away from the river toward a tree nursery off NC 126 about 350 yards above the spillway. Both officers called out to the boy and identified him as the missing teenager. All officials were notified that the missing kayaker had been found safe. Officers ensured the teenager was not injured or suffering any medical issues from the heat. An officer assisted the teen with recovering his kayak and fishing gear, then the officers led the boy out of the woods to the patrol vehicles where they waited. Morganton Public Safety thanked all responding agencies and civilians who assisted in the search.
According to a news release issued by Burke County officials, a few citizens in that county have reported receiving a phone call regarding their tax bills and directing them to a website to pay online.
This is a scam, Burke County does not call citizens regarding their tax bills and while citizens can pay their bills online, the only valid website to do so is www.burkenctax.com.
A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy is recovering following a traffic accident Wednesday (July 3). The crash occurred at approximately 4:20 p.m. on East North Carolina Highway 27.
Deputy Shannon Bridges was responding to a 911 hang up call at a residence in the 3900 block of Highway 27. He was slowing his patrol cruiser to turn into a driveway when he crashed head on with a Honda Odyssey van. The female driver of the van was pinned in the vehicle with leg injuries.
Deputy Bridges and another deputy assisted the woman until help arrived on the scene. She was transported to Caromont Medical Center in Gastonia. Officer Bridges complained of chest pains and was transported to Atrium Health – Lincoln. Once at the hospital it was discovered that he had a lacerated artery and internal bleeding. He was airlifted to Atrium Health-Main in Charlotte where he underwent surgery. The surgery was successful and Deputy Bridges is recovering in the hospital.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol investigated the accident.
44-year-old Michael Shane Reese of Crisp Place, 32-year-old Casey Marie Reese of Frontier Way, 37-year-old Tiffany Nichole Townsend of Link Place, and 23-year-old Chase Nathaniel Webb of Hayes Place, all from Lenoir, were arrested Wednesday (July 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. All four suspects were charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Michael Reese was additionally charged with one count of felony deliver schedule II controlled substance. Townsend was also charged with felony maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of keeping controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Webb was additionally issued traffic citations.
Wednesday, at approximately 12 a.m., the Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Unit, with the assistance of the Lenoir Police Department’s Traffic Unit stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Virginia Street and Bradford Street. The vehicle, a silver 2005 Honda Acura, was stopped for being left of center and not having all the proper mirrors. The driver of the vehicle was Chase Webb. While the traffic stop was being conducted a Lenoir Police Department K-9 Unit was used to conduct a “sniff” of the vehicle. According to the K-9 handler, the dog indicated that there was an odor of drugs emanating from the vehicle.
The vehicle was searched. Officers found 3.1 grams of Marijuana and 2.7 grams of Methamphetamine in various places inside the vehicle and in the occupant’s clothing.
All four suspects received a $25,000 secured bond. They were scheduled to appear in District Court Wednesday, no additional court dates were listed.
33-year-old Rafael Gonzalez of Oxford Way In Claremont was arrested Thursday (July 4) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with possession of methamphetmine, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, obtaining property by false pretense, and driving while impaired. Gonzalez was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $53,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (July 5).
40-year-old Danny Eugene Dean of 8th Avenue Drive SW in Hickory was arrested today (July 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. Dean was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond following the arrest. No court date was listed.
25-year-old Justin Dennis Lynch of Highway 16 North in Conover was arrested today (July 3) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny and misdemeanor first-degree trespassing. Lynch was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. A District Court date is scheduled Friday (July 5).
21-year-old Marcus Allen Richard Whisnant of Underdown Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (July 2) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony alter, destroy, or steal evidence of criminal conduct. Whisnant was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (July 3).
27-year-old Charles Demetric Nance of Charlotte was arrested Tuesday (July 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Nance was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $3,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 3).
37-year-old Erin Althea-Ernesta Scott and 44-year-old Antonia Nichole Williams, residents of different addresses on NW Corpening Place in Lenoir, were arrested Tuesday by Lenoir Police Officers. Both suspects are charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Scott is also charged with simple possession of schedule II, IV, and VI controlled substance. Both suspects were brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $50,000 secured for Scott and $25,000 secured for Williams. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (July 3).
34-year-old Zachary Allen Clinkscales of Kannapolis was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Deputies Monday (July 1) in connection to a stabbing incident that occurred Saturday (June 29) in Iron Station. Clinkscales was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
The incident occurred at a residence on the 6,300 block of Topaz Lane. When Officers responded to the scene, they found a male victim in a bathroom suffering from several stab wounds. Deputies applied a tourniquet to the wound until Lincoln County E.M.S. arrived. The suspect and three other individuals had already fled the scene.
A warrant for Clinkscales' arrest was issued. The suspect was brought back to Lincoln County yesterday (July 2). He was placed under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for July 22.
21-year-old Lucas Bryan Coulborn of 15th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:15 yesterday afternoon (July 2) on one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle and single misdemeanor counts of assault on a female, communicating threats, injury to real property, and injury to personal property.
Coulborn was taken into custody without incident after Officers responded to a residence on the 1,100 block of 15th Avenue N.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he was initially held without bond. Bond has since been set at $7,000 secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help this Fourth of July Holiday. Boaters that are on Lake Hickory, Lake Lookout, Catawba River, and any waterways surrounding Alexander County are asked to help be on the lookout for anything suspicious located in the water. Boaters are asked to call local authorities if anything is seen in the water.
38-year-old Maria Calderon Martinez was last seen on June 14, 2019 at her residence in the Sugar Loaf Community of Alexander County. On June 15, there was a fire at her home, and two bodies were found inside the residence. The bodies were identified as her children, with Martinez still missing.
33-year-old Juan Carlos Mendez-Pena was last seen on June 14, in the Sugar Loaf Community. Mendez-Pena drives a dark blue 2009 four-door Chevrolet Silverado. 35-year-old Luis Fernando Sanchez was also last seen on June 14 in the Sugar Loaf Community. Mendez-Pena and Sanchez both are involved in construction work and have not been seen or had contact with friends or family since that date.
The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is asking for any assistance or information in reference to the whereabouts of Martinez, Mendez-Pena, and Sanchez, as well as any sightings of the vehicle. Anyone with information should call the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 632-1111, (828) 632-2911 or Alexander County Crimestoppers (828) 632-8555.
36-year-old Helen Alise Blackburn of Boundary Street in Newton was arrested Tuesday (July 2) by Probation & Parole Officers. She's charged with two counts of felony probation violation out of county. Blackburn is also charged with failure to appear on counts of misdemeanor larceny and second-degree trespassing. Blackburn was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $35,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 8, a District Court date is July 15.
To ensure the most efficient travel for North Carolina drivers over the July 4 holiday, the N.C. Department of Transportation will suspend most road construction projects that cause lane closures on major routes across the state.
Where possible, closed lanes were scheduled to be opened starting this morning (July 3), through Friday evening (July 5). There are some locations where the type of construction or the project status will not allow an opening for safety reasons.
Heavy traffic is also expected on Sunday, July 7, particularly on interstates. NCDOT is reviewing any lane closures that may be planned that day for primary routes and could extend the lane closure restrictions at those locations to avoid potential traffic backups.
Drivers can check the status of the route they plan to take in advance by going to DriveNC.gov. They can also follow NCDOT on Twitter to track travel updates by region or route.
NCDOT encourages drivers to follow these tips to navigate the roads safely over the holiday: Leave early. Travel at non-peak hours and use alternative routes to avoid the heaviest traffic congestion. Stay alert. Even when work is paused, you may encounter narrowed lanes, shifts in traffic and lower speed limits through work zones. Be patient. Don’t drive drowsy. For extended drives, take frequent breaks to remain alert. Don’t drive distracted. When drivers are not focused on the road, they react slowly to traffic conditions and are more likely to be involved in a crash.
The July 4 holiday is also the time that law enforcement cracks down on drunk driving. The N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program started its Operation Firecracker campaign this week, geared toward catching people who are driving under the influence.
Sobriety checkpoints will be in place in all 100 counties through Sunday, July 7, to keep impaired drivers off the roads for their safety and the safety of others. If you plan to drink over the holiday period, NCDOT and GHSP strongly urge you to call a friend, use a ride-share service or take a cab, just don’t drive drunk.
51-year-old Desmond Leon Smith of 2nd Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (July 2) by Probation & Parole Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation, possession of a firearm by a felon, and assault on a female. Smith was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (July 8).
Authorities are seeking information on a runaway juvenile. On Sunday (June 30) a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in regards to that runaway.
The juvenile, Kelsie Jane Prevatte, ran away from a group home in the Mooresville area. The juvenile was last seen leaving the area on foot. The juvenile went to a nearby business, where she borrowed a phone from an employee there. The juvenile messaged, and called several subjects.
The juvenile was given money from a patron at the business, then secured a taxi to the Statesville area. Kelsie Prevatte is believed to have since traveled to the Winston-Salem or Greensboro area.
Kelsie is approximately 5 foot 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 210 pounds. She had brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, turquoise fleece pajama pants, and black Vans shoes.
The juvenile is in the custodial care of Currituck Child Protective Services. She has family in Virginia, and may be traveling in that direction.
If you have any information on the location of Kelsie Jane Prevatte, please contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3100 and/or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.