23-year-old Laura Leanne Tolbert of 22nd Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (January 2) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I controlled substance and maintain a place to keep controlled substance. Tolbert was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. She was scheduled to make a District Court appearance Tuesday.
A section of U.S. 321 northbound was shut down in Hickory this morning (January 2) after a truck filled with frozen food reportedly caught fire. According to reports, the incident occurred near the Interstate 40 interchange. The road was reportedly expected to be closed until approximately 12 noon. No details had been released on what caused the fire. Fentress Fountain will have a report on tonight's WHKY-TV News.
28-year-old Matthew Ryan Patton of Eagles Nest Lane in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:25 a.m. yesterday on four misdemeanor counts of larceny and three misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property. He was also charged with felony failure to appear. In addition, Patton faces two counts each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.
At least some of the charges come in connection to a shoplifting incident at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory, originally reported in March of 2016.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory. Patton was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $54,000, secured. District Court appearances were scheduled for January 23, February 1 and February 8, with a Superior Court date coming up on February 19.
47-year-old Frank Rosenbaum III of Houston Mill Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (January 2) on one felony count each of possession of a firearm by a felon and trafficking in heroin or opium, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He is accused of possessing 4.4 grams of heroin. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, the suspect was in possession of a handgun at the time of his arrest.
Rosenbaum was taken into custody without incident at 1 a.m. today at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $60,600, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
58-year-old Thomas Scott Bailey of Old Petra Mill Road in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (January 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with a felony fugitive warrant from another state. Bailey is wanted in Virginia on unspecified charges. Following the arrest, Bailey was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (January 2) in Lenoir.
37-year-old Ya Por Vue of Brandon Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before ten o’clock last night (January 1) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear on a charge of displaying a fictitious, canceled, revised or altered registration card or tag. He was also charged with a felony out-of-county probation violation.
Vue was taken into custody without incident on the 100 block of Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $100,500, secured. He’ll appear in District Court today on the marijuana charge. A Superior Court date for the probation violation was scheduled for January 8 with another court date coming up on February 13 on the failure to appear charge.
37-year-old Brandis Teon Imes of Charles Street and 36-year-old Curtis Andre Imes of Gray Street, both from Statesville, were each arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Brandis Imes is charged with felony counts of possession of cocaine and marijuana, along with misdemeanor counts of posession of drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule II controlled substance, and resist, obstruct, and delay of an officer. He was also served with outstanding warrants for felony larceny and probation violation. Curtis Imes is charged with failure to appear and driving while license revoked.
According to a news release issued today (January 2), on Friday December 22, 2017, at approximately 6:15 p.m. Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers were assisting Statesville Police by checking the area of 3575 East Broad Street where a bank robbery had just occurred. While checking the vicinity, sheriff’s office investigators were given a description of a suspect vehicle being either a blue four door Dodge or Chrysler sedan. Investigators were also given a description of the suspect as a black male wearing a grey hoodie sweatshirt.
Investigators saw a blue four door Chrysler pull into the parking lot at the Hallmark Inn at 2579 Davie Avenue being driven by a black male. While investigators pulled into the parking lot, a black male wearing a grey hoodie sweatshirt was seen getting out of the Chrysler. Investigators stopped the man and engaged him in conversation, he gave the investigators the name of Christopher Hargrove.
The suspect was then searched and cocaine, marijuana, and hydrocodone were located in a cigarette pack in the suspect’s pants pocket. After arresting the suspect it was learned the suspect gave a false name, the correct name is Brandis Teon Imes. A warrant check was completed on Brandis Teon Imes and it was learned he had outstanding warrants. Also in the vehicle was another male, Curtis Andre Imes, who also had outstanding warrants.
Brandis Imes was placed into the Iredell County Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. Bond for Curtis Imes was set at $3,000 secured. They were both scheduled to appear in court today.
The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding 32-year-old Shaun Brandon Carter. On Thursday, December 21, Mr. Carter’s family reported that he had been missing for approximately one month.
According to family members, Shaun was working at the Accuma Corporation in Statesville. About a month ago, Mr. Carter picked up his paycheck and told his employer he would not be back at work. Mr. Carter has not been seen or heard from since he picked up his paycheck.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Shaun Brandon Carter should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3100 or 704-878-3180.
The photos posted here are several years old. At the time of Mr. Carter’s disappearance, his hair was longer.
26-year-old Kevin Anthony Foster, who is listed as a homeless person, was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of fail to inform of changes to online identifiers.
According to a news release issued today (January 2), on Thursday, November 30, 2017 a report was filed by members of North Carolina Probation and Parole concerning a registered sex offender, Kevin Anthony Foster, possibly having images of child pornography on his electronic devices. They also believed he had multiple social media accounts on these devices which had not been reported to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. In North Carolina, registered sex offenders are required to notify the Sheriff’s Office of all online identifiers, such as profile names on social media accounts.
Foster was convicted in 2013 of Felony Indecent Liberties with a Child. After serving his active time in prison, Foster was placed on 36 months supervised probation and placed on the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry. Foster was ordered to remain on the Sex Offender Registry for 30 years and ordered to follow the special conditions for sex offenders. Under these special conditions, he was ordered to submit to warrantless searches by probation officers and not to use, or possess, pornographic material of any kind.
After investigating the electronic devices, numerous images of pornographic material were located. Foster was charged by Probation Officers for Violation of Probation and he was placed under a $100,000 secured bond. The electronic devices were turned over to investigators with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit for further investigation. Based on the continued investigation, additional charges have been filed. He was scheduled to make a Superior Court appearance today, a District Court appearance is set for January 22.
Details have been released on a recent drug arrest in Morganton in which a kilo of meth was found in a vehicle. 31-year-old Matthew Benjamin Gardner of Indian Waters Drive in Old Fort was arrested on December 22 by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He was charged with felony trafficking methamphetamine.
A Morganton Public Safety Officer stopped a white Ford Mustang for a traffic violation on South Sterling Street at approximately 4 p.m. on Friday, December 22. During the traffic stop, a white male approached the driver of the stopped vehicle. This made the officer nervous and suspicious about other criminal activity. The officer called for K9 assistance from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Branch and his K9 partner Macho arrived and conducted an open air sniff around the Mustang. The K9 indicated that there were narcotics inside the Mustang.
The driver, Matthew Gardner, was asked to exit the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 1,000 grams or one kilo of methamphetamine. Gardner was searched as well and officers discovered two “Paw Patrol” zip lock bags in his pocket. Each bag contained approximately two grams of meth. The officer also seized $212 from Gardner.
Following the arrest, bond for Gardner was set at $100,000 secured. He was not listed as an inmate as of today (January 2). A probable cause hearing is scheduled in Burke County District Court January 17.
22-year-old Zachary Dallas Mcdaris of Central Avenue in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (January 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony first degree burglary. Mcdaris was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (January 2).
50-year-old Desmond Leon Smith of 3rd Avenue NW in Hickory was arrested Sunday (December 31) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm. In addition, he's charged with misdemeanor count of assault on a female, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Smith was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (January 2).
More information has been released regarding the additional charge filed against a former Caldwell County teacher who was already facing indecent liberties allegations. 29-year-old Justin William Biggs of Kincaid Hill Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Detectives last Thursday (December 28) and charged with felonious restraint. The charge stems from an incident that occurred in May 2017 and involves a person, who at the time, was under the age of 16. No other details were released on the new charge.
Biggs was initially arrested on December 5 by Lenoir Police Officers. He was initially charged with three felony counts of indecent liberties with a child, two more counts were later added bringing the total to five. On November 9, 2017, the Lenoir Police Department began an investigation into reports of physical assault by a teacher at William Lenoir Middle School. Following the investigation, which spanned several weeks, the case was heard by the Grand Jury in Caldwell County on December 4. Indictments were returned by the Grand Jury against Biggs.
Following last Thursday's arrest, Biggs was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (January 2).
We have more information on the arrest of a Caldwell County man last week. We first reported on this arrest last Friday (December 29) on WHKY. 36-year-old Joshua Thomas Bowman was arrested last Thursday (December 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, traffic in heroin or opium, and maintain a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance
Last Thursday the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office responded to 2011 Zacks Fork Rd in Lenoir to assist North Carolina Probation and Parole with a search of the residence. During the search, approximately 4.3 grams of heroin, 23.25 grams of methamphetamine, and several items of drug paraphernalia were located. Following the search of the residence, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Joshua Thomas Bowman and filed the charges against him.
Following the arrest, Bowman was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. He remained at the jail as of earlier today (January 2). His next District Court appearance is scheduled for January 18.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reports from citizens in the area being targeted by scammers claiming to represent the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and a number of the calls were made last Friday (December 29).
Victims are receiving phone calls from a number that shows up on Caller ID as belonging to the Sheriff’s Office. It also may show up as a local landline number. Residents are then informed there are arrest warrants in their name for Failure to Appear. Scammers are using correct terminology and the names of real judges when speaking to victims. Victims are then told these warrants can be cancelled if they pay a fee using a Money Pak Card.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like to advise all citizens this is scam. The sheriff’s office does not accept money in order to cancel a warrant or order for arrest. Citizens should not provide any personal identifying information over the phone, purchase any money cards, or exchange in money in reference to such calls.
A home was destroyed by a fire on New Years Day in Lenoir. According to published reports, Lenoir Firefighters responded to a residence on Fairview Drive Tuesday morning (January 1). According to the reports, the family living at the home escaped unharmed and is now being assisted by the Red Cross. Firefighters had to work in shifts to fight the fire due to the cold temperatures. It was below 20 degrees when they arrived at the scene.
While the exact cause has not been determined, it is believed that the fire may have started as a result of too many items, including a heater, being plugged into the same outlet. Firefighters had to deal with water freezing on the pavement while fighting the blaze. Reports say public works was called in to salt the road. There were no injuries to firefighters.
Due to extremely cold temperatures expected early Tuesday morning (January 2), some area school systems have announced delays.
The following systems are on a two hour delay Tuesday.
Caldwell County Schools
Caldwell County Wraparound
Catawba County Schools
Hickory City Schools
Burke County Schools
A girl reported missing, 17-year-old Haylee Lasha Jones, has been found. She was found by Burke County Deputies Friday evening December 29) and returned home. There were no injuries or foul play involved. She ran away from her residence in the early morning hours of December 26.
Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night (January 2). Among the items on the agenda for the first meeting of the new year, a special presentation will be given regarding the United Arts Council economic impact study. Alan Jackson will make that presentation.
Under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings there are four items, including the approval of the purchase of 21 acres of land adjacent to Henry Fork River Regional Park in the amount of $265,000. In addition, council will vote on the approval of the purchase of the Town of Hildebran's Sanitary Sewer Collection System in the amount of $500,000. All items listed under second readings were approved unanimously on first reading.
Under new business, council will hold a public hearing to hear comments regarding the proposed voluntary contiguous annexation of property owned by Herbert and Brenda Stepp at 1021 25th Avenue Drive NW, containing .652 acres.
Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in Hickory.
23-year-old Shannon Marie Cash was arrested today (December 29) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a building and larceny after breaking and entering. Cash was arrested just after midnight this morning. She was not listed as an inmate in Lincoln County as of earlier today. No court date was listed.