54-year-old Roger Eugene Graham of Walt Arney Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony indecent liberties with a child. Graham was given a custody release. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 9.
A Caldwell County woman has reportedly been charged in connection to a fatal collision last month. 32-year-old Ginger Rae Laws of Patterson has been indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
As WHKY previously reported, at approximately 7:15 a.m. on July 16, the N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal collision in Caldwell County on U.S. 321. The collision occurred on 321 southbound near the intersection with Fork Creek Place, which is just north of Lenoir.
A pedestrian was walking south on the right shoulder when a Dodge 2500 pickup truck ran off onto the shoulder and struck the pedestrian. The pedestrian died at the scene. The driver of the pickup was not injured. The pedestrian was identified as 45-year-old Scottie Lee Hilton of Lenoir. The Dodge was driven by Ginger Rae Laws.
Laws is a detention officer at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility in Morganton. The collision report indicates the contributing circumstance that the driver was distracted by electronic communication device (cell phone, texting, etc.) Laws is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Lenoir September 9.
37-year-old Michael Jerry Ferguson of 15th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (August 7) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of assault by strangulation and habitual misdemeanor assault.
Ferguson is charged in connection to a domestic assault that occurred at a residence on 1st Avenue SW in Hickory. He was taken into custody without incident at that address.
Ferguson was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (August 8).
19-year-old Curtis Gregory Lampkin of Garnette Place in Charlotte was arrested today (August 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with larceny of a motor vehicle. Lampkin was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for September 4.
29-year-old Brooke Nicole Townsend of West Valley Lane in Stony Point was arrested today (August 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of heroin and felony probation violation. Townsend was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $42,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (August 8), a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 9.
40-year-old Joshua Eric Spears of 4th Street S.E. in Hickory was served a Grand Jury Indictment by Hickory Police at 2:40 yesterday afternoon (August 6) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. The initial incident and arrest occurred on October 23, 2017.
Spears was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the Office of Adult Probation & Parole on 26th Street S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
28-year-old Joshua Maurice Lineburg of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:15 last night (August 6) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
He was arrested as Hickory Police Officers assisting Probation & Parole Officers found a handgun during a search at Lineburg's residence. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.
Lineburg was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
24-year-old Monte Eugene Eaker of Peach Tree Lane in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (August 7) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and single misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun, driving while license revoked, and resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer. He was also charged with a misdemeanor parole violation.
Events leading to his arrest began when Police responded to a traffic accident at a used car dealership on Highway 321 N.W. During the incident, Eaker was arrested on outstanding warrants for the parole violation and driving while license revoked. A handgun was found in Eaker's vehicle, resulting in the firearms charges.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
Unemployment rates increased across the Hickory Metro and across much of the state according to the most recent report. The update was released late last week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The numbers reflect the June unemployment rates.
The unemployment rate in Catawba County is 4.2 percent, up from 3.8 percent in May. Alexander County's jobless rate rose to 3.9 percent, from 3.6 percent. Burke County shows a June unemployment rate of 4.3 percent, up from 3.9 percent in the previous report. Caldwell County's jobless rate is 4.8 percent, an increase from 4.3 percent in May.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 4.3 percent, up from 3.9 percent in the May report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the sixth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in North Carolina.
The statewide unemployment rate for June is 4.4 percent, up from 4 percent even in May. Unemployment rates increase in 97 of the state's 100 counties and decreased in three. Scotland County has the highest unemployment rate at 7.4 percent and Buncombe County once again has the lowest at 3.6 percent. Compared to the same month last year unemployment rates increased in 95 counties, decreased in two, and remained unchanged in three.
27-year-old Kentrey Marquis Witherspoon of Roy Dula Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Witherspoon was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
32-year-old Adrian Tello Ramos of Charlotte was arrested Tuesday (August 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant. Ramos is wanted in Brunswick County, Virginia on unspecified charges. Following the arrest, Ramos was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center in Lenoir under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (August 7).
40-year-old Brandon Jerome Hall of Moretz Hall Lane in Hickory was arrested Monday (August 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Hall was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (August 7).
17-year-old Cameron Wayne Dellinger of Mountain Terrace Drive and 21-year-old Nicholas Scott Hefner of Waterloo Street, both from Hickory, were arrested Monday (August 5) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Both suspects were detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,000 bond. They each have District Court appearances scheduled for August 27.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (August 6). Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda approved.
The consent agenda included the approval of an amendment to the traffic ordinance for the designation of a 25 mile per hour speed limit on 1st Street NE between North Center Street and 11th Avenue NE. In addition, the consent agenda included the acceptance of a proposal for professional planning services with TSW Design in the amount of $196,200 for engineering and architectural services related to Bud Geitner Park updates with the planned Deidra Lackey Memorial Park.
A public hearing was held and City Council approved a voluntary contiguous annexation of property owned by Angle Stop, LLC, at 19th Street SW. Another public hearing was held and City Council approved amending the Historic Preservation Commission’s Design review guidelines.
Also, during last night's Hickory City Council meeting, City Manager Warren Wood shared an update on Hickory’s bond program. In addition, members were appointed to boards and commissions.
30-year-old Bradley Myron Little of Byrds Circle in North Wilkesboro was arrested Saturday (August 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Bond for Little was set at $15,000 secured. His next District Court appearance is scheduled for August 26.
39-year-old Misti Dawn Metcalf of Fox Ridge Drive in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at about two o'clock yesterday afternoon (August 5) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and single misdemeanor counts for concealment of merchandise and possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was arrested after Officers responded to a shoplifting call at the Roses store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Metcalf and two other suspects were taken into custody after Police found 1.0 grams of methamphetamine, 180 dosage units of Lyrica and drug paraphernalia. A 44-year-old Hickory man was charged with misdemeanor concealment of merchandise. A 26-year-old Hickory woman faces a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge.
All three suspects were taken into custody without incident at the store. Metcalf was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $12,500, secured. At the Detention Facility, she was charged with felony possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. Metcalf will make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
The male suspect was released under a $75 secured bond. He'll appear in court on August 12. The other female suspect was released on a written promise to appear. She was due in court yesterday.
64-year-old Daniel Ray Green, a Catawba County attorney and former Superior Court Judge, has been indicted in Buncombe County on felony counts of statutory sex offense with a child, 15-years-old or younger and disseminating obscene material to a minor under 16-years-old. Additionally, Green is charged with misdemeanor counts of giving spiritous liquor to a person under 21-years-old, and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
According to published reports, Green appeared in court Monday (August 5). His attorney, Lisa Dubs, of Hickory, requested a continuance in the case. His next court appearance is scheduled for November 4 in Buncombe County.
As WHKY previously reported, Asheville police arrested Green on March 31 at Baymont Inn on Hendersonville Road. Authorities allege that he engaged in a felony sex act with a 14-year-old. Warrants also reportedly state that Green watched pornography with the child, who was known to the suspect prior to the incident. Green was released the same day on a $75,000 secured bond and ordered to have no contact with the juvenile.
41-year-old Eric Lee Bentley of Black Oak Ridge Road in Taylorsville was arrested Sunday (August 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Bentley was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 26.
22-year-old Theresa Marie Canipe of Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (August 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of cocaine. In addition, Canipe is charged with misdemeanor shoplifting. Canipe was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 26.
38-year-old Kenneth Charles Philyaw of Landmark Lane in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (August 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance and maintain a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. He's also charged with misdemeanor resisting a public officer. Philyaw was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $16,000 secured bond. He has a District Court date August 26.