28-year-old Brent Nickolas Webb was arrested Monday (May 6) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of a weapon by a felon and misdemeanor larceny. Webb was arrested shortly after 11 a.m. Monday. He was placed in jail in Morganton where bond was set at $25,500 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (May 8).
Hickory City Council met in regular session last night. Minutes and the reaffirmations and ratification of second readings were approved. The consent agenda was approved with the exception of one item which was removed for further review by the City’s Deputy Attorney.
Transportation Planning Manager John Marshall presented the agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation for $8,480,000 in federal grant funds. The money would be used to construct the Old Lenoir Road Multiuse Trail, which is part of the bond projects. It was unanimously approved. Assistant to the City Manager Yaidee Fox presented updates to the bond projects.
A proclamation was presented for National Police Week 2019. A proclamation was also presented to the Hickory Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau for Tourism Month, which runs through May 31. Mandy Pitts Hildebrand and Sarah Davis spoke about tourism and the work they do.
50-year-old Johnny Edward Foster of Cloudburst Circle in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with six felony counts of obtaining signatures by false pretenses and one count each of financial transaction card theft and larceny by employee.
Foster is charged with using his employer’s credit card to make unauthorized purchases. Lincoln Cleaning Service filed a report with the Sheriff’s Office last Thursday (May 2). The company official said the she was doing the payroll the previous day when she noticed ten transaction attempts on the company credit card. The credit card stays locked in a desk at the business but the victim believes someone was able to get the information from the card and use the information to make purchases.
The last time the card was used for official company business by an employee was on April 26. Deputies were provided a printout of the unauthorized transactions which shows ten attempts with the card and six of the attempts being approved. One attempt was still pending and three others were declined. All attempts to use the credit card were made during the early morning hours of April 28. The suspect was identified from a security camera photo from one of the businesses.
Foster was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 28.
27-year-old William Charles Church of 39th Street NW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (May 7) by Probation and Parole Officers. He was charged with felony probation violation. Church was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for May 13.
24-year-old Kenneth DeLayne Forde of Fairgrove Lane in Charlotte was arrested Friday (May 3) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with single felony counts of possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, and maintaining a dwelling or vehicle to sell a controlled substance.
Forde was arrested after Officers with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Team conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Interstate 77 South for a traffic violation. After officers noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car, a search of the vehicle was conducted. During the search, 96 grams of hydroponic marijuana and a Glock .40 caliber handgun were found inside a duffle bag that was hidden in the trunk. Officers then discovered that the handgun was stolen from Charlotte. Forde admitted to possessing the marijuana and the firearm. After further investigation, Officers learned that Forde had previously been convicted on felony charges from Charlotte.
Forde was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center with bond set at $50,000, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for May 22.
22-year-old Theresa Marie Canipe of Temple Lane in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (May 6) on one felony count of possession of methamphetmine. Canipe was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center and has since been released under a $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
25-year-old Aaron Daniel Moody of Rosedale Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (May 6). He’s charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Moody was taken to the Caldwell County Detention and was given a custody release. He’s scheduled to appear in Superior Court on July 22.
The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in connection to a larceny that occurred on March 25 of this year.
The photo was taken at a Food Lion store in Boone. The suspect used a stolen check to make his purchase.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of the person in the accompanying photo should the Sheriff's Office at 704-878-3180 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.
A body that was found on March 11 in Newton has been identified. The deceased is 49-year-old Gary Lee Johnson of Newton, who had been reported missing on December 3, 2018. His body was found on the 1,500 block of North Rankin Avenue. On April 29, the Newton Police Department received notification from the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory that a positive identification had been made through the use of DNA analysis.
Mr. Johnson had been reported missing by a friend who last had contact with him on November 30, 2018. Officers checked Mr. Johnson's residence on the date of the report, but did not find him. Officers continued to check the residence and the surrounding area on multiple occasions, but never located Mr. Johnson.
On December 17, 2018 the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation used cadaver dogs to assist in the search. After an eight-hour search, nothing was found.
At this time the Mr. Johnson's death is not considered suspicious. Investigators are awaiting toxicology results from his autopsy to determine an exact cause of death.
30-year-old Dennis Lee Crawford of Wayside Place in Lenoir was arrested Monday (May 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and break or enter a motor vehicle. Crawford was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court date is set for May 14.
The Hickory Public Library will be closed for staff training on Friday, (May 10). This includes both the Patrick Beaver Memorial main facility and the Ridgeview Branch. Both library branches will re-open at their regular hours on Saturday (May 11).
29-year-old Matthew Todd McIntosh of Denver was arrested Sunday (May 5) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Sunday, shortly before 8:30 p.m., members of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Group (SEG) conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Anderson Mountain Road and Highway 16 South in Maiden. During the stop, deputies obtained probable cause to conduct a search of the vehicle resulting in the seizure of 15.19 grams of methamphetamine, 4.66 grams of heroin, two grams of Marijuana and digital scales.
It was learned that McIntosh is on post release for trafficking heroin in Lincoln County. McIntosh was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is May 24.
Unemployment rates remained steady across much of the Hickory Metro area according to the latest report released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The report was released last week. The statistics are for the month of March.
Catawba County's jobless rate remained unchanged at 3.8 percent. Alexander County's unemployment rate is 3.6 percent, the same as in February. Burke County's jobless rate also remained unchanged, at 3.9 percent. Caldwell County has an unemployment rate of 4.3 percent, down from 4.5 in February.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 3.9 percent, down from 4 percent even in February. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the 6th lowest jobless rate among 15 MSAs in the state.
The statewide unemployment rate is 4.1 percent, down from 4.2 percent in February. Unemployment rates decreased in 81 of North Carolina's 100 counties, increased in three, and remained unchanged in 16. Hyde County has the state's highest unemployment rate at 11.5 percent while Buncombe County has the lowest at 3.2 percent.
19-year-old Armani Shantez Ford of Charlotte was arrested Monday (May 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. The charges filed against Ford are felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. There are also outstanding warrants from Mecklenburg County and charges are pending from Cherryville.
Shortly after 5:30 a.m. Monday, Catawba County Communications was contacted by the Cherryville Police Department regarding the theft of electronics from Walmart. Cherryville Police told authorities in Catawba County that the vehicle was in Newton near Highway 10 West and Startown Road.
Catawba County deputies attempted to stop the vehicle on Highway 70 in Conover. The driver of the vehicle reportedly fled from officers. The driver of the vehicle lost control of the car in the 1800 block of Highway 16 South at 5:50 a.m. All three occupants of the vehicle were transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center with minor injuries.
Ford was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $57,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (May 7) in Catawba County. Ford also has District Court appearances scheduled in Cabarrus County May 23 and Mecklenburg County June 3.
Burke County has been awarded a $312,000 building reuse grant to support the expansion of Marves Industries, LLC in Hildebran. Marves Industries, a well-known manufacturer of non-woven fabrics, acoustical materials, felt, and composite materials, will add an additional 10,000 sq. ft. and 25 new jobs.
Marves Industries designs products for numerous applications in various markets. Their high quality and sustainable materials help minimize vibration, eliminate noise, repel heat, and absorb water. From cars to household appliances to green roofing, and virtually everywhere in between, they provide customized solutions tailored to satisfy even the most demanding application requirements.
Marves will use the addition to their existing 84,000 sq. ft. building, to facilitate the installation of a non-woven fiber line to produce products for the automotive, construction, furniture and bedding industries. Jobs to be created at the facility include a Production Manager, Group Leaders, Quality Inspector, Maintenance Electro-Mechanic and supporting Production Associates. The company currently has approximately 85 employees.
The Building Reuse program provides grants to local government units to support economic development activity that leads to the creation of new, full-time jobs and gives priority to projects located in the 80 most distressed counties in the state. This project falls in the Building Reuse program's Existing Building category. Grants are available to support the renovation or expansion of a building occupied by an existing North Carolina company wishing to expand in their current location.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and Western Piedmont Council of Governments assisted with the project. Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County.
24-year-old Aleck Keaton Beard of Conover was arrested last Thursday (May 2) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. According to information released Monday (May 6), he was charged with Beard was charged with felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, and larceny after breaking & entering.
On Thursday, officers with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, working in conjunction with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office arrested Beard in connection to a break-in to a residence off of Icard Ridge Road in the Bethlehem community. A witness said they saw a suspect crawling into a window of the residence. A dark four door car with a roof rack was seen parked in the carport of the residence.
Officers from the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office spotted a vehicle matching that description while responding to a suspicious vehicle call on Taylorsville Highway in the Little River Community of Caldwell County. Officers stopped the vehicle and contacted the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives met with the witness who confirmed that it was the same vehicle he had seen on Icard Ridge Road. Beard would not give consent to search the vehicle, so it was seized and brought back to the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, where a search warrant was obtained.
Some items stolen from the residence were found in Beard’s vehicle. The suspect was jailed under $70,000 secured bond. A first appearance is scheduled for next Monday (May 13) in Alexander County District Court.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Monday night (May 6).
The Catawba County JCPC Annual Plan for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 was presented by Catawba County Budget Manager Jennifer Mace. Utilities & Engineering Interim Director Jack Chandler presented a construction bid award for Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Expansion. Commissioners voted to approve the bid award recommendation.
Vice Chair Barbara Beatty presented the National Small Business Week Proclamation to Catawba County President/CEO Lindsay Keisler. Commissioner Dan Hunsucker presented the Emergency Medical Services Week Proclamation to EMS Operations Supervisor Andrew Wright. Vice Chair Beatty recommended the appointment of Honey Estrada for a first term to the Library Board of Trustees. The Board of Commissioners approved the appointment.
Commissioners voted to enter into closed session. After entering back into open session the board voted to approve the purchase of two parcels of land on Mt. Olive Church Road owned by Denise Wright.
44-year-old Robert Boyd Fox of Hiddenite was arrested Friday (May 3) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with ten felony counts apiece of statutory sex offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child.
The arrest stems from an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office. Following the arrest, Fox was placed in jail under a $1,000,000 secured bond. A first appearance was scheduled for Monday (May 6) in Alexander County District Court.
This investigation is continuing and more charges may be pending.
One person was killed and another was injured in a shooting Saturday afternoon (May 4) in Lenoir.
At about 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an address on Spears Road in Lenoir's Gamewell community. On the scene, Deputies found 36-year-old Sheba Lynn Clontz on the back porch with an apparent gunshot wound to the face. She was stabilized by the Caldwell County E.M.S. at the scene and transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where she remains in stable, but critical condition.
Deputies also found 77-year-old Robert Carroll Clontz deceased near an outbuilding to the side of the residence. He sustained an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Mr. Clontz was in possession of a 20-gauge shotgun.
Investigators say the incident occurred as a result of an argument over a child custody issue.
This week, Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold commencement activities on its three campuses in Hickory, Asheville, and Columbia, South Carolina. More than 550 degrees for bachelor’s and master’s candidates will be conferred.
The university will hold its traditional undergraduate ceremony at Moretz Stadium in Hickory at 7 p.m. Friday (May 10). A total of 286 traditional undergraduate students will be awarded bachelor’s degrees.
In addition, the university’s graduate-level programs will host three commencement and hooding ceremonies: 4 p.m. on Thursday (May 9), in Columbia; 3 p.m. on Friday (May 10) in Hickory; and at 10 a.m. on Saturday, (May 11), in Asheville. In all, 273 candidates will be hooded.