During the next several months, Hickory Firefighters will implement their annual hydrant inspection and maintenance program throughout the city’s service area. Firefighters and public utilities personnel will work near busy streets while flowing water from the hydrants. For the safety of all, motorists are encouraged to reduce their speed and exercise extreme caution.
There are more than 2,000 hydrants in the city. The process will take several months to complete. Most of the work will take place on weekdays from 8 a.m. through 3 p.m. At times, Firefighters may have to make various checks during weekends and after-hours.
The maintenance ensures that each hydrant is verified for usage in the event of a fire. Firefighters will calculate the amount of pressure and available water. The program also helps the city maintain its current fire insurance rating.
In addition, flushing hydrants helps maintain water quality. As a result, the operation sometimes causes brief discoloration. If discoloration occurs, citizens should call the City of Hickory at 828-323-7500 to flush the main line. After the main line is cleared, homeowners should turn on an outside spigot to clear up the water inside the residence. Refrain from using hot water as soon as possible after noticing discoloration to prevent the hot water heater from becoming discolored.
For more information, call the Hickory Fire Department at 828-323-7420 or the city’s Public Utilities Department at 828-323-7427.
39-year-old James Fletcher Smith, Jr. of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 11 o’clock last night (April 6) on one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He also had outstanding warrants on true bills of indictment for possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, plus another warrant for possession of methamphetamine. In addition, Smith was charged with a felony probation violation. The warrants were issued in July 2016 and in February and March of 2017.
His arrest yesterday came as Officers on foot patrol at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory encountered a suspicious white male in the parking lot. Officers approached the man after he entered a room at the hotel. They identified the man as James Smith and learned that he had outstanding warrants for his arrest. During the encounter, Police found 1.7 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the room. Three other subjects in the room were not charged or cited.
Smith was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $49,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton. Additional court dates were set for April 10 & 19, May 25 and June 5.
23-year-old Dontray Tyrell Cumberlander and 23-year-old Greydon Keith Hansen, both of 18th Street Place NW in Hickory, were both arrested this morning (Friday, April 7) and charged with two counts of murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.
This morning at approximately 2:15 Hickory Police responded to a report of shots being fired at 1423 29th Avenue Drive NE. Upon arrival officers located one victim on the scene and at 2:23 a.m. additional victims were reported at Frye Regional Medical Center. The victims and the suspects had been patrons of J. McCroskey’s Irish Pub and Grill prior to a verbal altercation that began in the parking lot of the business. There is no known connection at this time between the victims and suspects. During the shooting the suspects fired upon the victims while they were inside their vehicle in the parking lot.
21-year-old Justin Michael Aiken of Newton and 21-year-old Cody Manood Bouphavong of Conover were killed in the shooting. Aiken was pronounced deceased upon arrival to Frye Regional Medical Center, Bouphavong was pronounced deceased at Carolinas Medical Center. Two others were injured, 21-year-old Quajuae Alexus Kennedy of Newton, who was transported to Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem and was last reported in critical condition. And 20-year-old Cole Brady Ervin of Claremont who was treated for gunshot wounds and released from Frye Regional Medical Center. 21-year-old Pablo Castillo Hernandez of Conover was the driver of victim’s vehicle who sustained no injuries.
Long View Police stopped the suspect's vehicle in the 2200 Block of 1st Avenue SW. Hickory Police Officers arrived and arrested the two men. Cumberlander and Hansen were placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. They made first court appearances today, they're scheduled to make their next appearances in District Court April 28.
The Hickory Police Department is continuing this investigation and asks anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact Inv. J. Pruett at 828-261-2617 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
34-year-old Andrew Urena was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one count of sexual offense against a child by an adult offender, and twelve counts of indecent liberties with a child.
On March 1 a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a child being assaulted by a family member. The report was assigned to Detective Patrick Dixson of the Special Victim’s Unit. The child was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. Several additional witnesses were identified and interviewed.
Urena was taken to the Iredell County Detention center where bond was set at $250,000 secured. He's scheduled to appear in District Court April 20.
45-year-old Brian Kelly Ferguson of Rankin Street NW in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (April 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine and with being an habitual felon. Ferguson was given a custody release. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 1.
Unemployment rates dropped across the Greater Hickory Metro area and across all of North Carolina. That's according to the most recent report issued this week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The report details the February unemployment rates.
As far as the Hickory Metro counties are concerned, Alexander County has an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent, down from 4.5 percent in January. Burke County's jobless rate is 4.7 percent, down from 5.2 in the previous report. Caldwell County has an unemployment rate of 4.9 percent, down from 5.6 percent in January. Catawba County's jobless rate is 4.7 percent, down from 5.1 percent.
The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA has an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent, down from 5.2 percent in the last report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the 5th lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.
The statewide unemployment rate is 5 percent even, down from 5.5 percent in January. Jobless rates decreased in all 100 of North Carolina's counties. Hyde County has the highest unemployment rate at 15.3 percent, Buncombe County has the lowest at 3.9 percent.
22-year-old Dustin Lane McDaniels of Statesville was arrested last Friday (March 31) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with a felony count of sex offender on social media.
According to a news release issued yesterday (Thursday, April 6), on March 27, Deputy David Price of the Iredell County Special Victims Unit was notified by Detective Clanton of the Alexander County Sheriff’s office of a possible sex offender violation. Detective Clanton advised Deputy Price that Alexander County Deputies had responded to a domestic incident that involved Dustin McDaniels, a registered sex offender from Iredell County. While at the call the Deputies learned Mr. McDaniels had a Facebook account.
Through further investigation Deputy Price was able to determine that McDaniels did indeed have a Facebook account under the name “Rusty Lamb”. Since McDaniels is a registered sex offender and is not allowed on social media that allows juveniles access, he was charged with sex offender on social media.
Last Friday McDaniels was arrested for the pending charge at an address on Loggerhead Road in Statesville. Bond was set at $5,000 secured. His next District Court date is April 17. McDaniels has prior convictions of misdemeanor Larceny and Sexual Battery, and he is currently on probation.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have charged two Burke County men in connection with the theft of an enclosed trailer. 29-year-old Devin Nelson Shade of Sterling Forest Drive in Morganton and 33-year-old Christopher Michael Martin of Faith Fork Road in Connelly Springs are charged with one felony count apiece of larceny and possession of stolen goods. Shade was taken into custody, Martin had not yet been arrested.
On January 16, Douglas Parizek of North Highway 16, in Denver reported an enclosed trailer was stolen from his residence. On January 17, Morganton Public Safety Officers located the trailer at an apartment complex on Sterling Forest Drive, Morganton. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives processed the stolen trailer in Morganton and conducted an investigation in the Sterling Forest Drive area. The enclosed trailer was returned to the owner.
On March 9, information was developed leading to the identification of two suspects in the larceny of the trailer. On March 10, warrants were obtained for Martin and Shade. On March 28, Burke County Sheriff's Officers arrested Devin Nelson Shade. He was turned over to Lincoln County and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond and a no bond hold for Burke County.
Warrants for Christopher Michael Martin remain outstanding. Anyone with information on the location of Martin is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
29-year-old Matthew Trenton Leeth of Denham Springs, Louisiana, was arrested Thursday (April 6) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with 19 counts of felony cruelty to animals and 19 counts of misdemeanor abandonment of an animal.
On Wednesday (April 5) shortly after 6 p.m., officers with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received a call to investigate dogs that had been abandoned. Officers responded to a location on Bolick Lane in Bethlehem. Upon arrival at the location, officers found a deceased dog that was inside a building with the front door padlocked. The officer could see through the window and spotted the deceased dog.
At this time, Animal Control was notified to respond to the scene. The officer did further investigation and located two dogs in a pop-up camper in small cages. The dogs appeared to be very malnourished, with no water or food found in the area. The power company had turned off power to the building as of March 26. The Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Department was notified to respond to help gain entry to the building that had been padlocked.
After entry was made to the building, officers located five dogs that were extremely malnourished and emaciated with ribs visible. One dog was deceased on the floor of the building. Two more deceased dogs were located in a freezer located in the building. A white cockatoo was also located deceased in the freezer. Nine quail were located deceased in a cage outside of the building. An African Gray bird was located in a cage without food or water. Detectives from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office were notified to respond.
Officers were able to contact Matthew Trenton Leeth by phone. Leeth rented and had a canine training business on the property. When officers got in touch with him, he stated that he was in Louisiana at another canine training business that he owned. Officers explained to him that he needed to return back to Alexander County in reference to the animals that were found on the property.
Leeth arrived at the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday at approximately 10 a.m. He was interviewed then charged, and taken to the Alexander County Detention Center. Leeth was detained under a $200,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (April 10).
31-year-old Luther Andrew Osborne of Whitworth Road in Cherryville was arrested yesterday (April 5) by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of indecent liberties with a child and one felony count of statutory sex offense with a child under 13 years old by an adult at least 18 years old.
On March 16 of this year, a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective took a report from the Department of Social Services regarding the sexual assault of a four-year-old female. The victim, who is related to the offender, disclosed the details of the assault in an interview. The incident occurred between March 3 and March 5 while the offender was living on Magnolia Grove Road in Iron Station.
Osborne was arrested following a polygraph and interview at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today.
38-year-old James Daniel Terry of 32nd Street S.E. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (April 6) on failure to appear warrants for felony possession of methamphetamine and driving while license revoked. The warrants were issued on March 31.
Terry was taken into custody without incident at 12:25 a.m. at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. He’ll appear in District Court on April 13 in Newton.
50-year-old Robert Kenneth Lavalley was arrested today (Thursday, April 6) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. The charges against him include felony fail to report a new address as a sex offender. Following the arrest, Lavalley was placed in jail under $75,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today and a District Court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday, April 7).
39-year-old Quinton Richard Parker II of Brooksouth Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:45 yesterday afternoon (April 5) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. In addition, he had an outstanding failure to appear warrant from March 8 for possession of drug paraphernalia and four more failure to appear warrants from February 20 on a variety of vehicular offenses.
Events leading to Parker’s arrest began on March 25 when Hickory Police received a report regarding a 1996 Honda Accord that was stolen from an address on 4th Street Drive N.W. Yesterday, the Honda was found at the Quality Mart on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. A male subject, Quinton Parker, fled on foot.
He was apprehended and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,600 secured bond. Parker was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today, with additional court dates set for April 12 and May 11.
The Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a runaway juvenile, 16-year-old Mikayla Saul. Ms. Saul ran away from Patton High School in Morganton on March 30. According to a news release issued by the Sheriff’s Office, the evidence suggests that Ms. Saul ran away voluntarily.
She is described as a white female, 5’1” tall, weighing 114 pounds with blue eyes and sandy hair. She was last seen wearing a long-sleeved blue shirt with white lace on the sleeves, dark colored jeans, slip on shoes and a dark gray fleece jacket. She was carrying a pink backpack.
Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Mikayla Saul should call the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333. Crime Stoppers callers may remain anonymous. Anyone with information leading to the Ms. Saul’s location could receive a cash reward.
At 1:12 a.m. today (Thursday, April 6), Hickory firefighters were dispatched to a fire at 145 41st Avenue Lane NW. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and two command units.
When they arrived at the scene, fire personnel discovered a fire in the garage, which was attached to the home. After ensuring everyone had evacuated, firefighters worked to contain and extinguish the fire. The control time was 1:44 am but responders remained on the scene until approximately 5 a.m.
No fire injuries were reported and fire damages were reported to the garage, two vehicles, and most of the house. Fire investigators determined the fire was accidental and started by a lightning strike.
30-year-old Justin Patrick Preston of Lazy Creek Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (April 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Preston was given a custody release. A Superior Court date is May 1.
59-year-old Harold Timothy Miller of Goat Farm Street in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (April 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen property. Miller is charged with an additional count of larceny along with breaking and entering to an automobile. He was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 1.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in an automobile theft. Photos of the suspect have been released and can be seen with this story. Anyone with any information is asked to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333. Callers can choose to remain anonymous.
18-year-old Demaja Keshon Watts of Wilson Street in Statesville was arrested arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts apiece of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and larceny of a motor vehicle.
Between March 25 and March 27, the Sheriff’s Office took two reports of residential break-ins in the Buffalo Shoals and Old Mountain Road area. In one of the incidents, a house on Buffalo Shoals Road was entered while the homeowner was out of town. The homeowner returned and found his flat screen TV was stolen. The second break-in was approximately 100 yards away through the woods on Poppy Lane. In that incident, an outbuilding was broken into and a Honda dirt bike was stolen.
After reporting the break in, the owner of the dirt bike drove to the south side area of Statesville in hopes of locating his bike. After looking for several hours, the victim spotted his dirt bike being operated by a black male on Park Drive. The owner positively identified the bike from the unique decals and parts he had placed on it. The victim made efforts to stop the subject on the dirt bike and called the Sheriff’s Office for assistance. The individual on the bike fled the area and the owner tried to follow him, but lost sight of him in the area of West Front Street.
The break-in and larceny cases were assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office for further investigation. Detectives interviewed the owner of the dirt bike and another witness who both saw the face of the subject riding the stolen bike. Demaja Watts was identified as the suspect. As a result of the investigation, Watts was charged and detained in the Iredell Iredell County Detention Center under a $45,000 secured bond. He has a District Court date April 18 and a Superior Court appearance scheduled for May 9.
The death penalty will be sought in a Catawba County murder case. Prosecutors for the State announced Wednesday (April 5) that they will seek the death penalty in the murder case against 55-year-old Glen McQuay of Hickory. McQuay was arrested by officers with the Hickory Police Department on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, in connection with the death of 50-year-old Stephanie Charlene Harvey.
On June 8 at approximately 8:25 a.m., Hickory Police were called to 421 2nd Street SW, in reference to a civil disturbance. When they arrived at the scene, officers discovered Stephanie Charlene Harvey lying in the grass on the north side of the residence. Harvey appeared to have suffered severe burns to her upper body and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The case remains under investigation by Hickory Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. McQuay remains in the Catawba County Detention Facility where he is being held under no bond. A Superior Court date is scheduled for June 26.