28-year-old John Benjamin Lookadoo of 2nd Street Place SW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (August 3) by Brookford Police Officers. He's charged with five felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, along with single felony counts of larceny of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. Lookadoo was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, August 4).
Unemployment rates increased across the Greater Hickory Metro and across much of the state, according to the latest report from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.
The latest employment figures were released Wednesday (August 3) by the Department of Commerce and they reflect the June statistics. The Greater Hickory Metro counties all saw the exact same increase, four-tenths of a percent. Catawba County's unemployment rose to 4.9 percent from 4.5 percent in the May report. Alexander County has an unemployment rate of 4.5 percent, up from 4.1. Burke County's jobless rate is now 5.1 percent, up from 4.7 in May. Caldwell County has an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent, up from 5 percent even in the last report.
The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA has an unemployment rate of 5 percent even, which is up from 4.6 percent in the May report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the fifth lowest jobless rate with three other MSAs.
Statewide, the unemployment rate is 5.2 percent, up from 4.7 percent in the May report. The lowest unemployment rate in North Carolina is in Buncombe County at 3.9 percent, Scotland County has the highest rate at 9.2 percent. The Asheville MSA has the lowest Metropolitan Statistical Area unemployment rate at 4.1 percent, Rocky Mount has the highest at 7.5 percent. Unemployment rates increased in 96 of North Carolina's 100 counties and decreased in four.
Approximately $600 in cigarettes were stolen from outside a Hickory convenience store early yesterday (August 2).
At about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Hickory Police responded to the Fast & Fresh convenience store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Two subjects reportedly took 31 cartons of assorted brands of cigarettes from a delivery truck in the parking lot. The suspects ran into a nearby wooded area. Upon arrival, Police went into the woods where they found 27 of the stolen cartons in a cardboard box.
It’s not clear if the truck was locked. No damages to the truck were reported. The victim in the case is Tobacco World, located on 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory.
An anonymous tip led to the identification of a male and a female suspect. They have not yet been taken into custody.
The investigation is ongoing.
24-year-old Shatara Lashea Geter of Main Avenue Drive NW in Hickory was arrested today (Wednesday, August 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of cocaine, sale of cocaine, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine. Geter was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (August 4).
49-year-old Kelly Jean Berry of Old Shelby Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about nine o’clock last night (August 2) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The complainant listed on H.P.D.’s arrest report is the Catawba County Clerk of Court. The case dates back to 2014.
Berry was taken into custody without incident on the 700 block of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,000 secured bond. Berry was scheduled to make an appearance in Superior Court today in Newton.
The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (CW-DMAG) announced Tuesday (August 2) that dry weather conditions have placed the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in Stage 0 of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP). Stage 0 is a drought watch stage that alerts the CW-DMAG members to monitor conditions more closely. A news release from the City of Hickory says there are no required actions by the community at this stage, but water and energy conservation are always encouraged, especially with high temperatures and dry conditions expected through the summer.
Below normal rainfall has triggered two of the three LIP drought indicators to Stage 0: water storage and the U. S. Drought Monitor. Water storage in the 11-reservoir Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project is slightly below target levels due to infrequent rain events this spring and increased reservoir evaporation. In addition, the U.S. Drought Monitor trigger indicates some of the basin is experiencing drought conditions.
The LIP is the drought management plan major water users in the region employ to share responsibility and set priorities to conserve the limited water supply during drought conditions. The focus of the LIP is managing the water supply and conservation activities. Stage 0 is the first of five drought stages outlined in the LIP and is a drought watch stage.
The CW-DMAG will continue to monitor the drought conditions and work together to protect the water supply and other uses of the Catawba-Wateree River.
46-year-old Tammy Renee Farley of Travis Road in Conover was arrested Tuesday (August 2) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of cocaine. Farley was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, August 3).
39-year-old William Edward Nickels of Catfish Drive in Sherrills Ford was arrested Tuesday (August 2) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with conspiracy to commit common law robbery. Nickels was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, August 3).
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office recently released an update on it's "summer campaign to serve warrants." According to that report, since the campaign’s inception June 20, the Sheriff’s Office had arrested 213 individuals on 381 warrants.
Among those arrested was 24-year-old Ryleigh Elizabeth Waldrop of Tron Avenue in Valdese. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, misdemeanor fictitious information to an officer, and failure to appear on several charges. Waldrop's bond was set at $111,500 secured. Her next court date is set for August 9.
33-year-old Joseph Paul Mosteller of East Meadow Court in Morganton is charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. He's also charged with misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun and possession of stolen goods or property. Mosteller's bond was set at $12,500 secured, he was no longer listed as an inmate in Burke County as of earlier today. His next court date is August 22. Waldrop and Mosteller were both arrested last Tuesday, July 26.
People who have pending warrants can voluntarily turn themselves in. Anyone who has any information on the location of suspects with pending warrants can contact the 911 Center or utilize Crime Stoppers by calling 828-437-3333, texting 274637 with the keyword BURKETIPS and then texting your tip, or go to www.tipsoft.com and download a free TipSubmit application to submit pictures and videos.
Hickory City Council met in regular session last night (Tuesday, August 2).
During a closed session, City Council voted to move forward in the effort to repair the sinkhole on Highway 70. Council allocated $550,000 towards the repairs. NCDOT is also working with the City of Hickory and the General Assembly has also allocated money towards repairing the sinkhole. The work will be done by NCDOT.
The minutes, second readings, and consent agenda were all approved unanimously. A report was presented on the consideration of designating Lyerly Full Fashioned Mill as a historic landmark. A public hearing was held on the matter and nobody spoke. A motion to designate the mill as a historic landmark passed unanimously. The mill is now being used as the corporate campus of Transportation Insight.
In other activity at Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting, Mayor Rudy Wright appointed Harold Humphrey to the Public Art Commission and Doug Minton to the Regional Planning Commission.
30-year-old Joshua R. Bass of Brook Run Lane in Statesville was arrested Sunday (July 31) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine, maintain a vehicle for controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, expired inspection, and expired registration.
According to a news release issued Tuesday (August 2), on Sunday, Sgt. C.W. Bentley of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team conducted a traffic stop on a 2006 model Kia on Amity Hill Road for several violations. When approaching the vehicle Bentley noticed that the driver was moving around inside the vehicle.
The driver, Joshua R. Bass, was then advised of the reasons he had been stopped. While speaking with Bass, Bentley noticed that he was extremely nervous. After having Bass exit the vehicle he was found in possession of a syringe cap. After questioning Bass briefly a search of the vehicle was conducted. During the search 1.8 grams of methamphetamine was located. Bass was then placed under arrest and was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center. Bass, who was already out of jail on bond and was currently on probation, was detained under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 22.
22-year-old Montavious Lemar Mayfield, who is listed on Police reports as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police Sunday morning (July 31) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed gun.
Mayfield was arrested when the 2005 Mazda 626 he was driving was stopped in the Carter Bank & Trust parking lot on 4th Street Drive S.W. in Hickory. Officers saw a handgun in the driver’s side floorboard. Mayfield was convicted on felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and larceny in April of last year in Catawba County.
Mayfield was taken into custody without incident at 6:30 a.m. Sunday on the 400 block of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. He has since been released. Mayfield was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (August 1) in Newton.
34-year-old Tristan Jamar Means was arrested today (Tuesday, August 2) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony habitual impaired driving. Following the arrest, Means was jailed under $25,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for September 12 in Morganton.
Two local authors have recently released new books.
Author Lisa G. Wright of Vale has a new novel entitled “Past Secrets”. The book tells the story of a woman facing the consequences of murder and the crumbling of the seemingly perfect life she thought she had.
Ms. Wright lives on a 55-acre farm in Vale.
Author Faith Parker’s new book is called “In My Father’s House: The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand, Matthew 4:17”. In the book, Ms. Parker shares insight on living an abundant life full of peace and joy.
Ms. Parker was raised in Florida and is now the broker & owner of Faith Parker Properties, a real estate firm in Hickory. She lives in Hickory with her husband, Jerry.
Both books are published by Tate Publishing & Enterprises. The books are available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.
36-year-old Jason Duane Colley of 8th Avenue Drive S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (August 1) as an habitual felon.
Colley was previously arrested in January of this year and charged with breaking & entering, larceny, possession of a firearm as a felon and obtaining property by false pretenses. He has prior felony convictions in North Carolina on charges involving schedule I narcotics in December 2003, May 2015, December 2015, all in Catawba County, plus a December 2006 conviction in Cumberland County for schedule I narcotics and larceny.
Colley was arrested at about 9:45 Monday morning at H.P.D. headquarters where he was processed and released under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.
21-year-old Marque Cameron Stimpson was arrested Monday (August 1) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of forced breaking and entering and larceny by defeating an anti-theft device. Stimpson was placed in jail in Morganton under $68,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court today (Tuesday, August 1).
44-year-old Kimberly Dawn Baines was arrested Monday (August 1) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony forced breaking and entering. Baines was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (August 5).
41-year-old James Clifford Sharpe of Grassy Knob Lane in Lenoir was arrested Monday (August 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony manufacture methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Sharpe was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
47-year-old Jerry Lee Martin of Grandview Circle in Lenoir was arrested Monday (August 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Martin is also charged with misdemeanor resisting a public officer. He was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $72,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 22.
27-year-old James Edward Glover of Avalon Avenue in Charlotte was arrested Monday (August 1) by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged with three felony counts apiece of sale of schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Glover was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, August 2).