35-year-old Todd Andrew Williams was arrested Wednesday (March 7) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance in prison or jail and possession with intent to distribute meth precursor. Bond for Williams was set at $30,000 secured. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 8).
The City of Newton Fire Department recently received a $2,000 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.
The award will be used to assist with prefire planning to efficiently collect and track data related to local community buildings with iPads and related technology. The information will assist the Newton Fire Department in their response to emergency situations.
Because fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide, during the past 40 years FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in fire prevention grants to fire service organizations around the globe. Locally, the company has awarded grants to a number of North Carolina-based organizations.
Through its Fire Prevention Grant Program, FM Global awards grants to fire departments—as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations worldwide—that best demonstrate a need for funding, where dollars can have the most demonstrable impact on preventing fire, or mitigating the damage it can quickly cause.
To learn more about FM Global’s Fire Prevention Grant Program and other resources for the fire service, please visit www.fmglobal.com/fireservice.
27-year-old Julian Giavanni Johnson of Burnham Court in Winston-Salem was arrested last Saturday (March 3) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm. Johnson is also charged with misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of schedule V controlled substance.
According to a news release issued Wednesday (March 7), last Saturday at approximately 10:25 p.m., deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (A.C.E) Team, along with the North Carolina Highway Patrol stopped a vehicle on Interstate 77 South at Mile Marker 37 for a traffic violation.
According to the news release, while speaking with the driver, Julian Giavanni Johnson, officers could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Deputies searched the vehicle and found a loaded firearm hidden along with promethazine, which is a classified as a Schedule V drug. Deputies learned the firearm was stolen from Greensboro, and Johnson has multiple felony convictions which prohibits him from possessing firearms.
Johnson received a $20,000 secured bond. He has a District Court date March 20.
38-year-old Anthony Jamille Lewis of Salisbury was arrested Wednesday (March 7) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged in Alexander County with flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, failure to display a registration plate and driving while license revoked. Lewis is also charged on a felony fugitive warrant from Virginia.
Shortly after midnight Wednesday morning an Alexander County deputy saw a white Isuzu Rodeo without a tag displayed in the area of US 64 and Church Road. The deputy activated his blue lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The driver failed to pull over and turned onto Church Road then on to Turner Teague Drive, which is a dead end Road.
The suspect, Anthony Jamille Lewis, stopped the vehicle, got out, and ran from the car. The deputy found the suspect caught in some thorns in a wooded area and took him into custody. After the suspect was taken into custody the deputy learned that Lewis was wanted in Virginia for attempted murder and arson.
Lewis was locked up in the Alexander County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court date is scheduled for next Monday (March 12). The investigation is continuing.
24-year-old Crystal Nicole Connell was arrested late Wednesday night (March 7) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She's charged with felony counts of larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods and obtaining property by false pretense. Connell is also charged with misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia. Connell was arrested at 11:44 p.m. Wednesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $30,500 secured bond. No court date was listed.
37-year-old Anita Michelle McGee of 23rd Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, felony possession of schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and misdemeanor child abuse. McGee was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $68,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 8).
17-year-old Jose Luis Ramirez-Berreto of Cody Court in Newton was arrested today (March 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. Ramirez-Berreto was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.
33-year-old Heather Renee Crawley of Hawk Drive in Claremont was arrested today (March 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of heroin. In addition, Crawley is charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and two misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule III controlled substance. Crawley was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. A District Court date is set for Thursday (March 8).
35-year-old George Charles Wright of 19th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested today (March 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering with intent to terrorize or injure, and misdemeanor counts of assault on a female, injury to real property, and communicating threats. Wright was initially detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond, as of this afternoon he was no longer listed as an inmate. No court date was listed.
25-year-old Adam Kyle Ramsey of 18th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was served an indictment by Hickory Police early this morning (March 7) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Ramsey’s arrest stems from an incident on November 20 of last year. At that time, Hickory Police received a report of a vehicle stolen from an address on 15th Avenue N.W. The next day, an Officer saw the stolen vehicle traveling east on Highway 70 S.W., near 19th Street N.W. The Officer stopped the vehicle and took the driver, Adam Ramsey, into custody.
He was taken into custody without incident at 1:50 a.m. at a service station at the intersection of Highway 70 S.E. and Fairgrove Church Road. Ramsey was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
28-year-old Necole Elizabeth Lusk of Zebulon Drive in Conover was arrested Tuesday (March 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two counts of trafficking, opium or heroin. Lusk was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $35,000 bond. A Superior Court date was set for today (March 7).
44-year-old Stephanie Renee Sweet was arrested Tuesday (March 6) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sweet was arrested at an address on George Hildebran Drive in Connelly Springs at 9:37 a.m. Tuesday. She was not listed as an inmate in Burke County. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 7).
There are multiple suspects on Burke County's most wanted list.
26-year-old Steve Wayne Patton is wanted by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with several felony probation violations. Patton's last known address was 2509 Highway 18/U.S. 64, Lot 6, in Morganton. He's been on Burke County's most wanted list since October 6, 2017.
20-year-old David Yoseph Mally is wanted on a probation violation warrant. The probation was imposed for a prior felony breaking and entering charge. Mally's last known address was 202 State Road in Morganton. He's been on the most wanted list since September 22, 2017.
37-year-old Andrew Lee Fox is wanted by authorities in Burke County for felony probation violation, the probation imposed on a charge of possession with intent to sell schedule II controlled substance. The last known address for Fox was 4019 Smawley Street in Morganton.
You can see the entire list of suspects wanted by authorities in Burke County at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
56-year-old Timothy Lee Smith of JM Craig Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (March 6) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with failure to appear on a count of felony possession of cocaine. The case dates back to 2010. Smith was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for April 30.
Hickory City Council met in regular session last night (March 6), and the Ward 2 council seat vacancy was one of the items that council addressed.
Last Thursday (March 1), City Council held a special meeting to interview eight candidates for the vacant Ward 2 seat. City Council met in regular session last night and voted on the Ward 2 vacancy. Charlotte Williams received three votes, Ryan Edwards received two votes and Nancy Meek received one vote. The candidates receiving the lowest number of votes were eliminated and City Council voted again, this time resulting in a 3-3 tie between Charlotte Williams and Ryan Edwards. Given that a majority vote of four is required for the appointment, City Council voted to hold a special meeting on March 14 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers to interview the remaining two candidates. A point system will be used to score the candidates.
Also during last night’s City Council meeting, Freese and Nichols presented the Bond Implementation Commission’s latest City Walk plans and recommendations for putting the project out to bid. Hickory City Council approved the presented plans for the multi-use, linear path portion of the City Walk that extends approximately 1.7 miles from 9th Street NW through downtown to Lenoir-Rhyne University. Council unanimously voted to fast-track the bidding for the main spine, while opting to bid out Union Square and several other project elements in a separate package. NCDOT and the Federal Highway Administration will review the plans in March and April. The project is expected to be bid out in May with groundbreaking to hopefully follow in late summer.
24-year-old Markeith Kane Phifer of Nahcotta Drive in Mooresville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Possession of schedule VI controlled substance (hashish), possession of schedule I controlled substance (psychedelic mushrooms), maintain a vehicle for the sale of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and possession with intent to sell and deliver hashish. He's also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Phifer was initially charged on February 25 during a traffic stop that was initiated due to the suspicion of driving while impaired. That stop occurred at Faith Road and Black Angus Lane. A search of Phifer's vehicle resulted in the discovery of a loaded handgun as well as drug paraphernalia.
While processing the arrest paperwork it was learned that Phifer was a convicted felon and an additional investigation was opened. On February 28, an arrest warrant was obtained for the charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Officers attempted to serve the warrant at several locations before locating Phifer in a vehicle at 134 Mills Valley Drive near Mooresville.
After approaching Phifer in the vehicle, the deputies could see in plain view inside the vehicle, a large quantity of marijuana, a quantity of THC wax or “hashish”, psychedelic mushrooms, a quantity of U.S. Currency and several items of drug paraphernalia. Phifer was given a $60,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 20.
31-year-old Tyrell Lashan Mack of West Main Street Extension in Lincolnton was arrested Tuesday (March 6) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of making a false report concerning a destructive device.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says Mack is charged with calling in a false bomb threat to the Timken Company last Tuesday (February 27). The company, located at 1000 Timken Place in Iron Station, received two phone calls shortly after 10:00 a.m. on that date reporting that a backpack had been placed in one of the restrooms and was going to explode in ten minutes. The voice was that of a male who gave a fictitious name.
Employees were evacuated while officers searched the facility but no explosive device was found inside the building. Detective Justin Link determined the call was made through a blocked telephone number issued by Windstream, Inc. A search warrant was secured and sent to the phone provider who was able to give detectives a number that the calls were made from. Detective Link searched the phone number and found the name of the owner. It was also discovered that the owner of the phone had a boyfriend by the name Tyrell Lashan Mack.
It was later discovered that Mack had been working at the Timken Company through a temporary agency and was released the morning of the bomb threat. The girlfriend had knowledge of the bomb threat and agreed to have Mr. Mack contact Detective Link. On Monday (March 5) the detective spoke with Mr. Mack by telephone. At that time Mack confessed to making the threat and explained that he was angry about his job being terminated.
On Tuesday Mack came to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and turned himself in. He was released after posting $5,000 secured bond. Mack was scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court today (March 7).
The City of Hickory’s Historic Preservation Commission has been awarded a state grant to expand the Oakwood National Register Historic District. After completing a citywide architectural survey of historic properties in September 2015, additional portions of the Oakwood neighborhood were identified as being eligible for historic designation on the National Register of Historic Places.
Over the course of 2017, the City of Hickory applied for and was awarded a Historic Preservation Fund Pass-Through Grant to hire a preservation consultant to complete the necessary work to nominate an expansion of the Oakwood National Register Historic District. The grant funds were accepted by City Council in August 2017. A Request for Proposals for qualified preservation consultants was developed and released in December 2017. A Virginia based consultant, Landmark Preservation Associates, was selected for the project. Landmark Preservation Associates has over 25 years of experience conducting National Register nomination reports and has completed similar work in nearby North Carolina jurisdictions, and is able to complete the work within the shortened timeframe.
The expansion of the Oakwood National Register Historic District will bring added benefits to the residents in the district, including state tax credits. Properties within the National Register expansion area will not be subject to the design review guidelines associated with the Oakwood Local Historic District.
Properties listed on the National Register are not subject to preservation regulations that require City approval before properties and buildings can be altered or even demolished. These protections are associated with Local Historic Districts, which often overlap, but are not under consideration for expansion at this time.
Work conducted to properties listed on the National Register may be eligible for state and federal tax credits, if the work is approved and completed in accordance to federal standards. Numerous homeowners in the City’s historic districts have also taken advantage of these credits.
Oakwood residents will receive a letter from the City of Hickory with additional information. A public meeting with Oakwood residents and community stakeholders is scheduled for March 22 at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building.
34-year-old Justin Wayne Hart of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (March 5) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hickory Police conducted a traffic stop Monday afternoon at 1528 U.S. Highway 70 SE. During a search of the vehicle, officers found .4 grams of methamphetamine. Drug paraphernalia was found in the possession of the suspect, Justin Wayne Hart.
Following the arrest, bond for Hart was set at $2,500 secured. He was not listed as an inmate in Catawba County today (March 6). A District Court appearance was scheduled today in Newton.
A woman is reported missing, she was last seen over the weekend. According to family members, 43-year-old Kimberly Autrey was last seen last Sunday (March 4) at her uncle’s home in Icard between 2:30 and 3 p.m. She was driving her Mother's car, a Java colored 2010 KIA Soul. If anyone has seen or heard from Kimberly Autrey, contact the Burke County Sheriff's Office, 828-438-5500.