48-year-old Tina Yvette Pinnix, who is listed as a homeless woman from Taylorsville, was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Pinnix was detained this morning (August 3) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
18-year-old Zachery Allen Andrews of Thornburg Avenue in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (August 2) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods, along with misdemeanor counts of breaking and entering, injury to real property, and injury to personal property. Andrews is also charged with failure to appear on a count of misdemeanor probation violation. He was confined at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,560 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 10, a Superior Court date is September 11.
Early Wednesday morning (August 2), Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies helped a western Lincoln County family escape from their burning home in the 6600 block of NC 27 Highway West.
A passing motorist called the Lincoln County Communications Center shortly after midnight Wednesday morning when he noticed flames coming from a window air conditioning unit and the side of the residence. The man was able to extinguish the fire in the air conditioning unit with a garden hose but the fire spread into the side of the house.
The deputies, responding to the call with fire departments and EMS, asked several people near the residence if anyone was still inside but they said they could not get anyone to the door. Deputy E. Cooke was aware that an older couple lived in the home and tried to make entry into the residence. Sgt. R. Hoernlen arrived on the scene and also attempted to enter the residence. He was able to release the dead bolt and get inside the home.
The officers stated they could not see flames but could feel the heat, and smoke was filling the home when they encountered the female resident who seemed disoriented and carrying a baseball bat because she thought someone was breaking into her home. The officer grabbed the bat and told her she needed to get out of house because it was on fire. They were able to move her to safety. The husband came into the kitchen and was told to get out of the house to safety. The couple told officers that no one else was in the residence. They were checked by Lincoln County EMS at the scene for smoke inhalation.
Fire units arrived on the scene and extinguished the fire in the home.
38-year-old Chali Demon Young of Oak Hill Drive in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (August 2) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance, with that substance being crack cocaine, and maintain a dwelling for controlled substances, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Wednesday, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Swat Team, Narcotics Task Force Investigators and deputies executed a search warrant at 1448 Oak Hill Drive in Morganton. Following the search, Young was arrested and charged with the drug offenses.
Following the arrest, Young was detained in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $70,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 3) in Morganton.
33-year-old Christopher Michael Martin was arrested today (August 2) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony receiving, transferring, or possessing a stolen vehicle. Martin was placed in jail in Morganton under $2,500 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
The Career Center of the Triad is sponsoring a free job fair tomorrow (August 3) in Hickory. The event will take place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue N.E. The event is intended to provide resources for people looking for employment and resumé assistance.
The job fair will run in conjunction with an online virtual hiring event. Combined, the two events have over 50 job openings. The in person and virtual event are both free to the public and will provide opportunities for job seekers to submit resumes and speak with hiring managers.
To apply for the open positions, visit facebook.com/cctvirtualhiringevents and follow the instructions.
A Lenoir company is recalling approximately 4,922 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials. The company is JBS USA, Inc. (or, JBS Case Ready), located at 1450 Vantage Foods Court in Lenoir. The recall was announced in a press release issued yesterday (August 1) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS).
The recall involves ground chuck beef items that were produced on July 15 of this year. The problem was discovered on July 29 when the company was made aware of foreign materials, specifically shredded pieces of Styrofoam packaging, in the product.
There have been no confirmed reports of injury, illness or adverse reactions due to consumption of the beef. Consumers who have purchased the products subject to recall are urged not to consume them. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
Items subject to recall are two-pound black Styrofoam plastic-wrapped trays containing ground beef labeled “CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF GROUND CHUCK 80% LEAN 20% FAT” with a July 15 production date and case code 541640. Establishment number “EST. 34176” will be found inside the USDA inspection mark. The items were shipped to a distribution center in North Carolina.
For more information, contact Cheri Schneider, JBS Director of External Communications, at 970-506-7717.
40-year-old Ricky Ray Starnes Jr. of Ward Green Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth. Starnes was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for yesterday.
We have more information on the arresets of two Hudson residents on meth charges. WHKY previously reported on these arrests yesterday (August 1). 22-year-old Tony Aaron Ferguson and 22-year-old Kirsten Leighann Short, both of the same Eberle Way, Hudson address, were arrested Monday (July 31) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. Short has also been listed as Kirsten Leighann Goble. They're each charged with trafficking in methamphetamine by possession and trafficking in meth by transportation.
They were apprehended and taken into custody without incident after a vehicle stop on Hartland Road in Caldwell County. A Lenoir Police Department K-9 alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle and a search was conducted by officers. As a result of the search, over 6-1/2 ounces of methamphetamine, 1/4 ounce of high grade marijuana, drug paraphernalia to include scales and baggies, and a small amount of cash was seized from the suspects. The vehicle, a 2001 Toyota Corolla CE, was also confiscated by the Ice Unit. The drugs have a street value of $28,975 according to North Carolina Drug Guidelines.
The investigation included the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit, Lenoir Police Department, Burke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division, and Morganton Public Safety. Both Ferguson and Short were suspected by investigators to be major suppliers of methamphetamine in Caldwell and Burke Counties.
Following their arrests, Ferguson and Short were detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond apiece. They were both scheduled to make first appearances in District Court Tuesday (August 1) in Lenoir.
39-year-old Nathaniel Matthew Cox of Landmark Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Cox was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (August 3).
39-year-old Shannon Mikeal Gray of Horseshoe Bend Road in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (August 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and larceny of a firearm. Gray is also charged with two counts of failure to appear. He was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $12,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 11.
28-year-old Michael Lee Gragg of Hartley Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 1) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Gragg was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 2).
The woman whose body was found in a Burke County mobile home has been identified. WHKY's Fentress Chestnut Fountain learned that the woman is 61-year-old Brenda Ross.
At 9:12 a.m. Tuesday (August 1), the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a death at the J&R Mobile Home Park on N.C. 18-Highway 64. Sheriff’s Deputies found Ross in her mobile home. Sheriff’s Investigators arrived on the scene to begin a death investigation and contacted the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation for assistance in processing the scene.
The investigation is continuing.
Hickory City Council met in regular session last night (August 1). Minutes, second readings and the consent agenda were approved unanimously. There were several items listed under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings, including the approval of the locally administered project agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to allocate $11,280,000 in federal funds to the City Walk project. In addition, under second readings, approval was given to amend the traffic ordinance designating a 25 mile-per-hour speed limit on 30th Avenue Drive NW between 30th Avenue NW and 25th Avenue Drive NW.
City Manager Warren Wood presented a strategic economic development plan. The City Manager stated that this plan is not to compete with the EDC. He said they are an important partner and plan should benefit their work too. The details of the plan will be developed with public input and the final plan will be brought to City Council in the fall. Council did not take action on the plan last night, they will wait for the final plan to be presented.
Planning director Brian Frazier presented the updated Hickory by Choice 2030 comprehensive plan to council. It can be viewed at the city's website, www.hickorync.gov. An amendment regarding animals and fowl related to the Hickory Code of Ordinances was discussed. A public hearing was held on this matter and was continued to the next meeting. The full amendment can also be seen at the city's website.
Citizens addressed council regarding a pair of items. One person spoke to council about the NCDOT's Highway 321 project. Another citizen addressed council regarding an excessive number of cars parked at property adjacent to his.
Dr. Mark Picton has been appointed as Interim Health Director by the Caldwell County Board of Health. His appointment became effective at 5 p.m. on Monday (July 31). Assistant Health Director Brittany Dobbins will be responsible for Public Health Administrative tasks and/or issues during the interim period.
Dr. Picton has been the Medical Director at the Caldwell County Health Department for 19 years and is also a Board Certified OBGYN. During his tenure, Dr. Picton has expanded the prenatal clinic and continued to provide child health clinics, well child services and vaccinations for all children.
The Board of Health is currently wrapping up the process of interviewing candidates for the Public Health Director position and they expect to make a decision soon.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding 15-year-old Gloria Marie Castillo of N.C. Highway 27 West in Lincolnton.
Ms. Castillo was last seen at the family residence on Sunday, July 30 at about 11 p.m. The parents were not sure what the girl was wearing, but she was wearing black Air Jordan athletic shoes.
Ms. Castillo is described as a white female, 5’3” tall, weighing 110 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Gloria Marie Castillo should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.
At 9:12 this morning (August 1), the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a death at the J&R Mobile Home Park on N.C. 18-Highway 64. Sheriff’s Deputies found a deceased female, age 61, in her mobile home. Sheriff’s Investigators arrived on the scene to begin a death investigation and contacted the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation for assistance in processing the scene.
At last report, Investigators were still on the scene. The investigation is continuing.
27-year-old Christopher Shane Lackey of Mount Hebron Church Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at about ten o’clock last night (July 31) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Officers responded to a report of drug violations at a grocery store on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory. Officers found a 2000 Honda Accord with two occupants. In the vehicle, Officers found 1.1 grams of methamphetamine and a syringe containing a clear liquid substance. Lackey, who was the driver, was taken into custody without incident.
The suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $6,500, secured. Lackey was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
42-year-old Howard Lesley Redmon of 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:40 last night (July 31) on one felony count of habitual larceny.
He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to the Lowes Foods store on 14th Avenue N.E. A suspect placed multiple cases of beer in a shopping cart and exited the store without paying. The suspect was identified as Howard Redmon.
Redmon was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $17,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
Redmon had been convicted for multiple prior larcenies in May of 2016 and was given a sentence of 18-to-31 months. He was released on parole in January of 2017.
35-year-old Eric Daniel Barnes of Hickory was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of assault by strangulation, second degree kidnapping, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury. According to information released today (August 1) by the Sheriff's Office, Barnes was arrested on July 20 and placed in jail under $250,000 secured bond. His next District Court appearance is scheduled for August 14.