48-year-old Floyd Homer Wright was arrested Monday (July 3) by authorities in Burke County. He was charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. Wright was placed in jail in Morganton under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 5).
34-year-old Steven Lee Michael of Dave Chester Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (July 4) in Catawba County by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, along with a count of communicating threats. Michael is also charged with numerous highway violations including unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, speeding, driving while impaired, driving the wrong way on a dual lane, and following too closely. Following the arrest, Michael was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (July 5) and July 26.
26-year-old Shawn Malcolm Davis of Edna Street in Catawba was arrested Monday (July 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Davis was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $70,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (July 5).
44-year-old Lamont Edgerton of Grassy Knob Road in Rutherfordton was arrested Monday (July 3) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony habitual larceny.
He was arrested at about 9:15 Monday night when Hickory Police responded to the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. Loss Prevention had detained Lamont Edgerton for allegedly attempting to return items he was attempting to steal. The suspect was taken into custody without incident at the store.
Edgerton was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was set for today (July 5) in Newton.
Projects in Caldwell and Watauga County are included among a dozen new transportation initiatives in Division 11 in the North Carolina Department of Transportation's updated version of the state's draft ten-year transportation plan. Division 11 includes Caldwell, Watauga, Avery, Alleghany, Ashe, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.
New projects include the widening of Connelly Springs Road from the Catawba River to South-West Boulevard in Caldwell County. The accelerated projects include the widening of N.C. 105 from Clarks Creek Road to N.C. 105 Bypass in Watauga County.
A new project in Burke County is included among the additions in Division 13, which includes Burke, Buncombe, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford, and Yancey Counties. Improving the I-40/Old N.C. 10 interchange is the new project added in Burke County.
The plan, called the Draft 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), includes a total of 144 new projects and hundreds of projects with accelerated construction schedules. The adjustments reflect updated financial information, including projected revenues, and lower inflation and construction cost overruns.
The plan was initially scheduled to be approved by the Board of Transportation at its June meeting, but approval was delayed to allow the department to update the document to reflect the changes.
NCDOT is now holding a public comment period on the updated version of the document. The public comment period runs now till July 12. Anyone who would like to provide comments should contact Diane Wilson at email@example.com or (919) 707-6073. The final 2018-2027 STIP is expected to be approved by the Board in August.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 25-year-old Heather Ray Brewer, of G and A Lane in Granite Falls. Brewer is charged with Second Degree Murder involving the death of her 12 month old son.
Investigators received a report of abuse with physical injuries on June 28 and the infant succumbed to the injuries at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, on June 29. Brewer is currently being held in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $1,000,000 secured bond. A first court appearance is set for Thursday (July 6).
No further information or details will be released at this time.
(Caldwell County Sheriff's Office News Release)
A Lenoir man was killed in a logging accident in Caldwell County today (July 3). The deceased has been identified as 51-year-old James Wilson Coffey, Jr. of Pisgah Church Road in Lenoir.
At 10:05 this morning, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Deputies and personnel with Patterson Fire & Rescue and Caldwell County Emergency Services responded to the logging accident on the 2700 block of Setzer’s Creek Road in Lenoir. Mr. Coffey had been struck by a falling tree and was deceased on the scene.
Authorities say Mr. Coffey’s death appears to be accidental.
24-year-old Isiah Shawn Marlow of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to reports of drug violations at the Hillside Gardens housing complex on 1st Street S.E. A vehicle stop was conducted in the Hillside Gardens parking lot. During the stop, 1.2 grams of crack cocaine were found. Isiah Shawn Marlow, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was taken into custody without incident shortly before 1 a.m.
He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and released under a $2,500 secured bond. Marlow was scheduled to appear in District Court today (July 3) in Newton.
30-year-old Jarrod Donte Fuller of 8th Avenue Court S.E. in Hickory (also know as "Dredz" or "Young Dredz") was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (July 1) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
Fuller was arrested when Hickory Police saw him walking north on the 700 block of South Center Street. Officers knew there was an outstanding warrant for Fuller’s arrest. The suspect fled on foot as Officers attempted to make contact with him. After a brief foot chase, Fuller was detained. 1.0 grams of cocaine and 1.3 grams of marijuana were found on his person.
Following his arrest, Fuller was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 3) in Newton.
57-year-old Darren Lewis Craig of 4th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (July 2) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Craig was taken into custody without incident just after 3 a.m. Sunday at the Red Roof Inn on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 3) in Newton.
21-year-old Amy Leanne Clew and 23-year-old Justin Lee Osborne, both of Boger Farm Road in Harmony, have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with one count of felony child abuse inflicting serious injury and three counts of misdemeanor child abuse.
They were arrested after Deputies responded to Davis Regional Medical Center in Statesville Saturday evening (July 1) where a three-year-old child was being treated for severe injuries. E.M.S. brought the child to the emergency room from the Boger Farm Road residence.
At the hospital, medical staff discovered severe burns on the child’s feet and legs. The child also had other injuries that appeared to be the result of an assault. The burns on the child’s legs appeared to be a few days old and were consistent with the feet and legs being exposed to extremely hot water.
Deputies and Detectives began an investigation into child abuse. Detectives interviewed the child’s father, Justin Lee Osborne, at the hospital and also went to the Boger Farm Road residence where a search was conducted.
The child’s stepmother, Amy Leanne Clew, was at the home with three other small children. Detectives learned that Clew and Osborne were primary caregivers for the children. Deputies found that the home was in poor condition. The Iredell County Dept. of Social Services responded and took custody of the remaining children.
The three-year-old child was taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. The child is currently in critical condition in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Clew and Osborne were placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center with bond for each set at $1-million, secured. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (July 3).
32-year-old Philip Ligatti was arrested Sunday (July 2) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of a weapon of mass destruction. Ligatti was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A court date was scheduled for today (July 3).
A woman reported missing in Burke County was found and was reported to be okay. Over the weekend, the N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for 87-year-old Betty Culler Stock. The Morganton Department of Public Safety reported that Stock was found in Iredell County and was safe.
At the request of the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, the N.C. Center for Missing Persons has cancelled the Silver Alert for 66-year-old Mary Sue Summey. The Sheriff's Office reports that Summey was found and is safe. Summey was reported missing over the weekend after last being seen at 5512 NC 16 North in Conover. The Silver Alert was cancelled this afternoon (July 3).
On Saturday (July 1), at approximately 8:38 p.m., Alexander County 911 received a call reference shots fired at the residence of Charles Richard Brown, located on Houck Mountain Road in the Ellendale Community. Officers responded to the residence and arrived on scene, where they found that Charles Brown had a gunshot wound to the neck area. Officers also located his daughter, 33-year-old Ami Marie Fletcher of Taylorsville, who was deceased when officers arrived. Fletcher was located sitting in her vehicle, a Jeep Cherokee, with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. Charles Brown was transported by Alexander County EMS to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. He was later transported to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.
The investigation showed that 35-year-old Jeremy Wayne Fletcher of Lenoir, was the suspect in the shooting. Arrest warrants were issued on Jeremy Fletcher for one count of murder and one count of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury. Also charged was Jeremy Fletcher’s father, 58-year-old Timothy Dean Fletcher of Lenoir. Timothy Fletcher was charged with felony accessory after the fact, that being murder, and felony accessory after the fact, that being assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury.
Timothy Fletcher was taken into custody at his residence on Draco Road in Caldwell County at approximately 2:00 a.m. Sunday (April 2) by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, and North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He was taken into custody without incident. Fletcher was transported to the Alexander County Detention Center, where he was issued a $350,000 secured bond with a first court appearance scheduled for today (July 3) in Alexander County District Court.
Jeremy Fletcher was located at approximately 10:30 a.m. Sunday in a barn that was located on his property on Duck Creek Road in Caldwell County. A news release from the Alexander County Sheriff's Office says it appears that Jeremy Fletcher committed suicide by hanging. Caldwell County authorities are investigating the suicide.
Jeremy Fletcher and Ami Fletcher were husband and wife, but were separated at the time of the murder. Jeremy Fletcher was charged on March 1, 2017 with Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill or Inflict Serious Injury by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office. This charge stemmed from another incident involving Jeremy Fletcher and Ami Fletcher, where Ami Fletcher received a gunshot wound to her leg. That case was still pending in court at the time of the second incident.
26-year-old Joseph Ashley Bryant of 13th Avenue S.E. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (July 2) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Bryant was wanted in Georgia for felony first-degree burglary. The warrant for his arrest was issued by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office in Macon, Georgia.
Bryant was taken into custody without incident at about 2:25 a.m. Sunday at an address on 5th Street Court S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (July 3) in Newton.
37-year-old Kelsey Lamon England of Julia Court in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:25 Friday morning (June 30) on one felony count each of trafficking in cocaine and trafficking in marijuana.
England was taken into custody without incident at the probation office on Government Avenue S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (July 3) in Newton.
53-year-old Jay Patrick Henderson of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday (July 1). He was served a bill of indictment as an habitual felon. The warrant for his arrest was issued in September of last year.
Henderson was also indicted for possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine (two counts); sale or delivery of a controlled substance; and the sale of cocaine (two counts); plus another indictment as an habitual felon. In addition, Henderson faces four counts of failure to appear for misdemeanor larceny and one count of failure to appear for second-degree trespass.
Henderson was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $35,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today (July 3) with a District Court date coming up on August 15.
51-year-old Jeraine Ray Wilson of Plateau Road in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after seven o’clock last night (July 2) for habitual larceny.
She was arrested after Hickory Police responded to the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. Upon arrival, the reporting party identified a vehicle that the suspect had entered. That vehicle was stopped on 25th Boulevard S.E. The passenger was identified as Jeraine Wilson. Multiple stolen items were found in her purse. The driver was not charged.
Wilson had previously been arrested on June 17 on failure to appear and habitual larceny charges that came in connection to an October 2016 at Walmart.
Following her arrest yesterday, Wilson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today.
45-year-old Gwendolyn Lesha Bowman of Lambert Drive in Hiddenite was arrested Friday (June 30) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to appear on counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and obtaining property by false pretense. Bowman was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $43,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (July 3) and a Superior Court date is set for August 11.