A Catawba County school bus was involved in an accident on Bethany Church Road in Catawba County around three o’clock this afternoon (February 10). The bus was traveling from the Catawba Rosenwald Education Center.
Three students, the bus driver and a monitor were on the bus at the time. At last report, they were being evaluated by paramedics and emergency management services, but – according to a press release issued by Catawba County Schools -- there appear to be no serious physical injuries to the students, the bus driver or the monitor.
A second vehicle was involved in the crash. Other published reports state that one occupant of the second vehicle died as a result of the accident.
32-year-old David Alan Hopkins of Barrett Baxter Drive in Newton was arrested today (Friday, February 10) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on two counts of the sale of heroin, and single counts of conspire to sell heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver heroin, felony probation violation, and felony probation violation out of county.
Hopkins was incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Friday (February 17).
32-year-old Angel Gail Norman was arrested Wednesday (February 8) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony probation violation. Norman was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 20.
33-year-old Timothy Shawn Truesdale was arrested Thursday (February 9) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony parole violation. Following the arrest, Truesdale was placed in jail in Morganton under no bond. No court date was listed.
26-year-old Tina Marie Williams was arrested Thursday (February 9) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony obtaining prescriptions by forgery and misdemeanor resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer. Williams was arrested at the Bi-Lo shopping center on North Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton shortly before noon on Thursday. She was placed in jail under $12,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, February 10).
On Monday (February 6) at approximately 6:45 p.m., a woman was at the parking lot ATM of Fifth Third Bank in Lincolnton getting cash from the ATM. After getting the money out of the ATM, the victim was approached by a man who robbed her at gun point.
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 30 to 35 years of age, 6’ to 6’2” tall, average build, wider shoulders, green and beige (possibly camouflage) ball cap, shorter clean cut darker hair, dark frame glasses with clear lenses, green long sleeve thermal style shirt, and blue jeans. The suspect was armed with a dark semi automatic style handgun.
Following the robbery, the suspect fled on foot last seen going south on South Cedar Street from Water Street toward Congress Street. Responding officers canvassed the area with the assistance of Lincolnton Police Department K-9. Investigators were called to the scene for processing.
Video footage from the ATM was obtained by Lincolnton Police. It shows the events as they unfolded. Security personnel with Fifth Third Bank are assisting the Lincolnton Police Department with this investigation.
If anyone has any information about this case or any other criminal or narcotics case, please contact the Lincolnton Police Department at (704) 736-8900 or contact the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crimestoppers at (704) 736-8909. All calls made to Crimestoppers can be made anonymously and the caller is eligible for up to a $1,000.00 reward if information given leads to an arrest. Detective Tony Potts is the lead investigator in this case.
More information has been released on the arrest of a man in Lincolnton on multiple charges, WHKY first reported the arrest Thursday (February 9). 25-year-old Ryan Joseph Gutierrez of Pennington Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 8) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, trafficking methamphetamine by possession, trafficking heroin by possession, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.
According to a news release issued by the Lincolnton Police Department, on Wednesday at approximately 3:30 p.m., narcotics detectives with the Lincolnton Police Department stopped a vehicle on Hubbard Street, in reference to a possible drug violation. Detectives were also assisted by narcotics detectives with Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on the traffic stop. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office K-9 “Anya” assisted on the stop which resulted in a search of the vehicle and its occupants. The search led detectives to discover methamphetamine and heroin which were seized as evidence.
A passenger in the vehicle was identified as Ryan Joseph Gutierrez. Gutierrez was arrested and a search warrant was obtained for a nearby residence also located on Hubbard Street. Substantial amounts of both methamphetamine and heroin were found at the residence. Also, detectives located a handgun with an altered serial number, a substantial amount of cash, as well as paraphernalia utilized to package, traffic, transport, sell, and deliver controlled substances. All of these items were seized as evidence.
The total amount of methamphetamine seized was approximately 40 grams. In addition, approximately 25 grams of black tar style heroin was seized. The approximate street value of the meth was $4,000 the approximate street value of the seized heroin is $6,250. Detectives also learned that Gutierrez was wanted for felony probation violation in California. The news release says that Gutierrez is a validated gang member of the Moor Park Locos a prominent street gang from Southern California.
Gutierrez has recently moved to North Carolina and has ties to both Lincolnton and Lenoir. The traffic stop was the result of Lincolnton Police Department narcotics detectives conducting surveillance an Gutierrez following citizen complaints into Gutierrez’s activity. He was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $215,000 secured bond. His first court appearance was scheduled for Thursday, his next court date is set for February 23.
25-year-old Amber Ruby Jean Snipes of Helton Road in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (February 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of forgery of an instrument and uttering a forged instrument. Snipes was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. District Court dates are set for next Monday (February 13) and February 23.
31-year-old Antoine Durel Reid of Washington Lane in Catawba was arrested Thursday (February 9) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony break or enter with intent to terrorize or injure, along with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female and injury to personal property. Reid was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, February 10).
38-year-old Phillip William Kiser of Southway Lane in Statesville was arrested Wednesday (February 8) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for sell or manufacture of marijuana and felony manufacturing of marijuana.
On Wednesday members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigation Unit along with members of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team executed a search warrant at 154 Southway Lane in Eastern Iredell County.
Narcotics investigators received information from a concerned citizen about a possible marijuana growing operation in the River Hill Road, Chestnut Grove Road area. A surveillance operation was established and soon investigators were able to identify the 154 Southway Lane residence as the “Grow house”.
Investigators were able to obtain a search warrant for the home. Upon entry to the home, investigators could detect a very strong odor of marijuana. Located in a room of the home were 43 marijuana plants of various size, water pumps, fertilizer and indoor grow lights. In another room of the home investigators located over 100 pots used to grow marijuana, which were similar to the ones with growing marijuana in them, power inverters, insulation, piping and a marijuana processing machine.
All of the items were seized from the location. Phillip William Kiser, the home’s resident turned himself into investigators shortly after the search warrant was concluded. He was placed under $8,500 dollars secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 9). Additional arrests are anticipated in this investigation.
42-year-old Long Bina Nguyen of Sacramento, California was arrested Monday (February 6) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking in marijuana by possession, trafficking in marijuana by transport, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and a fugitive warrant for burglary from California.
On Monday, members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Team stopped a Buick with Maryland tags on Interstate 77 South for traffic violations. During the stop the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Long Bina Nguyen was acting nervous. He said he was traveling from California. A Patrol K-9 was utilized to conduct a walk around of the vehicle.
The dog indicated a positive alert for the presence of a narcotic. A hand search of the vehicle was conducted and in the car deputies located three large duffle bags and two large cardboard boxes. In these containers they saw several vacuumed sealed packages of marijuana.
Nguyen was taken into custody and after running his information through various data systems, it was determined he also had an outstanding Fugitive Warrant from California for burglary. He was taken to the Iredell County Narcotics Investigations Office and the car was thoroughly searched. A total of 70 vacuumed sealed packages of marijuana were located weighing 90 pounds and having an estimated street value of $450,000.
Nguyen was placed in jail under $800,000 dollars secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court February 20.
31-year-old Amanda Dawn Krug of Flower House Loop in Troutman was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Tuesday (February 7) on charges of trafficking in heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for the sale of a controlled substance, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
At about 3 p.m. Tuesday, a Sheriff’s Deputy stopped Krug on Bethesda Road, near Fieldcrest Drive. Krug provided an expired driver’s license and displayed a fictitious registration plate on her vehicle. Krug was found to have an extensive history with narcotics. She is currently out on bond for felony narcotics charges.
A search of Krug’s car was conducted leading to the discovery of heroin, cocaine, Xanax, Suboxone and assorted drug paraphernalia. The search also turned up more than $13,500 in cash.
Krug was arrested and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $350,000 secured bond. She has District Court dates set for February 20 & 28, plus a Superior Court appearance coming up on March 6.
43-year-old Misty Nicole Rohr, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 9) for a felony probation violation. Rohr, also known as Misty Nicole Gragg, is on probation following an August 2015 conviction in Catawba County for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. She had been listed as an absconder from probation.
Rohr was taken into custody without incident at about 10 past midnight today at the Sunny Valley apartment complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. She was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. She has since been released. No bond amount or court date was listed.
26-year-old Lee Roy Lingerfelt III of Lenoir and 27-year-old Carrie Marie Adkins of Taylorsville were arrested today (Thursday, February 9) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers.
Both suspects are charged with felony possession of a firearm on school grounds and felony possession of a weapon with an altered serial number. Lingerfelt is also charged with driving with a revoked license.
The suspects are charged with being on Wittenburg Elementary School property during school hours. The weapon, a 32 caliber revolver, was located in the glove compartment of the suspects’ vehicle. The suspects were arrested on the scene and transported to the Alexander County Law Enforcement Center. Bond for each suspect was set at $10,000 secured. They're both scheduled to appear in District Court next Monday (February 13).
The Lenoir Police Department is looking for the suspect who stole a White 2013 Dodge Dart from the parking lot of Walmart last Friday, February 3. If you have any information on the suspect in this theft or you know anything about the location of the vehicle, call Detective Hartley at the Lenoir Police Department at 757-2140.
You can also provide information to Lenoir Caldwell Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300. You could be eligible for a cash reward if you provide information leading to the recovery of the stolen vehicle and arrest of the suspect.
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the City of Hickory with their Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, recognizing the city’s commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.
The city has received the award for 22 years consecutively. To qualify for the award, the city must satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation, including a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device. Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award. The City of Hickory Budget Staff were recognized at this week's City Council meeting.
Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.
25-year-old Ryan Joseph Guiterrez was arrested Wednesday (February 8) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of buy, sell, or possess property with an altered serial number, possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance, trafficking in opium or heroin, and trafficking in methamphetamine.
Guiterrez was arrested late Thursday afternoon on Hubbard Street in Lincolnton. He was placed in jail under $215,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 9).
19-year-old Quinton Payne Whitesides was arrested Wednesday (February 8) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of sell or deliver schedule VI controlled substance, continuing criminal enterprise, conspire to sell marijuana, and two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.
Whitesides was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $70,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 9).
22-year-old Jiovany Isac Laguna of Belmar Street in Newton was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a firearm, and possession of a stolen firearm. Laguna was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Thursday, February 9) under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (February 10).
52-year-old Michael Scott Odom of NW Prospect Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 8) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant. He's wanted in South Carolina on unspecified charges. Odom is also charged with misdemeanor failure to appear. Odom was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $57,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.