Hickory Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in an armed robbery at the Boost Mobile store on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory.
At about 7:55 last night (October 25), Officers responded to an armed robbery call at Boost Mobile. The clerk said the suspect came into the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The suspect took money from the store and left.
The suspect was described as black male, 20-to-30 years of age, approximately 5’8” tall. He had facial hair and a bandage across his nose. He was wearing a white construction hat, sunglasses, a black hoodie, a red shirt, faded blue jeans and white tennis shoes. The suspect appeared to have a disability involving his right leg, causing his right foot to turn out at a severe angle as he walks. His right leg is significantly smaller than his left.
Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Shanna Hudson directly at 828-261-2620 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
19-year-old Ashleigh Chantel Caldwell of Cornelius Road in Mooresville was arrested last Friday (October 20) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of financial card theft and identity theft.
According to a news release issued today (October 26), on September 8, 2017, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received an incident report of financial card theft and identity theft. Detective Sgt. D. R. Getz with the Economic Crime Unit was assigned the case. According to the incident report the victims had hired a nanny to help with the children while they worked. The victims reported that after the nanny’s first day of working they noticed that a credit card was missing. After checking their account online they noticed a fraudulent transaction that had occurred that day.
During the investigation, records showed the fraudulent transaction was placed under the name of and shipped to the suspect, Ashleigh Chantel Caldwell. Following her arrest, Caldwell was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $2,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for December 18.
40-year-old Michael Thomas Hiott of Shanna Lane in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for failure by a sex offender to report a change of address.
On October 4, Deputy David Price was notified by a concerned citizen that a registered sex offender, Michael Hiott, no longer lived at his Shanna Lane address. Deputy Price immediately began an investigation. After speaking to a family member and neighbors, Deputy Price confirmed that Hiott was no longer living at his registered address.
Hiott was placed on the sex offender registry in 2002 after a 1998 conviction for kidnapping and indecent liberties with a child.
On October 20, Hiott, who had several other outstanding warrants, was located and arrested. He was given a $10,000 secured bond. Hiott will appear in Superior Court on October 30 for failure to register as a sex offender and failure to report a change of address. He’ll also appear on that date as an habitual felon. He has a court date in Cumberland County on November 9 for felony exploiting the disabled and felony conspiracy. Hiott has an additional Iredell Co. District Court date on November 27 for failure to report a change of address, felony obtaining property by false pretenses and misdemeanor larceny.
24-year-old Joshua Brian Price of Pearl Street in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (October 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with felony obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods or property. Price was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,500 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for January 8.
28-year-old Justian Ryan Pohoski of Crestridge Drive in Statesville was arrested last Friday (October 20) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
According to a news release issued yesterday (October 25), Deputies and Crime Scene Detectives responded to a break-in with larceny earlier this month on Crestridge Drive. The victim reported he found the garage door of the home open. The victim reported that he noticed a shotgun missing from the home, the gun is valued at $350.
Detectives began an investigation and from talking to various neighbors and from the evidence collected it was Justian Pohoski was developed as a possible suspect. Detectives learned that Pohoski had borrowed a cell phone and listed the gun on Craigslist for sale. Pohoski sold the shotgun for $75, it has not been recovered.
It was learned that Pohoski was a convicted felon and is not allowed to possess any firearms. Detectives obtained warrants on Pohoski and arrested him last Friday. He was placed in jail under $30,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court November 7.
19-year-old Quantavius Isiah Wilson of Boundary Street in Newton was arrested Wednesday (October 25) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Wilson was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (October 27).
With the departure of Andrea Surratt, an interim Assistant City Manager has been hired to assist during the transition time. Rick Beasley will begin work with the City of Hickory the first week of November.
Mr. Beasley has numerous years of city management experience, having served in management roles in Conover, Lenoir, and Scotland Neck, North Carolina. Following his years in local government, he went to work at Appalachian State University, where he was hired as the Senior Associate Athletics Director and was promoted to Deputy Athletics Director. In that role Mr. Beasley served as Chief Development Officer and managed many day-to-day operations.
For the last two years, Mr. Beasley has been the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development at Georgia State University, where he oversaw all aspects of fundraising and development for Georgia State Athletics. He has recently retired and will be relocating back to the Hickory area.
Hickory City Manager Warren Wood said in a news release from the city: “We welcome Rick to the City of Hickory and appreciate his assistance during this time of transition, his knowledge and expertise will go a long way in helping to ensure a smooth transition while we’re working to hire a new assistant city manager.”
Andrea Surratt, who had served as Hickory's Assistant City Manager from 2007 until earlier this month, stepped down from the position to become City Manager in Bozeman, Montana. Rick Beasley will begin serving as Hickory's interim Assistant City Manager on Monday, November 6.
According to the latest update from Caldwell County, National Weather Service representatives surveying storm damage in that county say a preliminary assessment indicates there was tornadic activity around the lake and in the Grace Chapel Road area surrounded by straight line winds on Monday evening (October 23). The survey work continued last evening (October 25), representatives were planning to study radar and other indicators to make a final determination. They expect to have a final determination in the next few days.
One injury has been reported in Caldwell County resulting from a fall from a ladder. Residents were continuing to have power restored. Grace Chapel Road was closed from North Lakes Academy up to Musket Drive. The closure was to allow power crews to continue their repair work. Damage assessment teams were planning to back out today (October 26).
The numbers as of late yesterday show 517 homes damaged in the Grace Chapel Road area, 42 with major damage and one home destroyed. The numbers do not include the Towns of Granite Falls, Rhodhiss and Bethlehem, they are handling their own power outages and debris clean up.
47-year-old Johnny Dale Miller of 12th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:10 last night (October 24) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on February 20 of this year when Officers responded to a reported B&E at an address on 21st Avenue N.E. On October 20, the suspect was identified as Johnny Dale Miller and warrants were issued for his arrest.
Miller was taken into custody yesterday and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.
41-year-old Jon Edward Patterson of Old Highway 60 in Purlier, N.C. and 40-year-old Roger Lafayette Ramsey of 20th Avenue S.W. in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 25). Patterson was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, while Ramsey was charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
The arrest warrant for Ramsey on the motor vehicle larceny charge was issued by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office on October 9. The resisting charge was filed today after Ramsey initially provided Officers with an incorrect name.
Both suspects were taken into custody just after 2:30 a.m. at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. They were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Patterson set at $7,500, secured, while Ramsey was given a $5,750 secured bond. Patterson was due in District Court today. Ramsey has a court date tomorrow.
A Utility worker was killed in Alexander County early this morning (October 25). According to a news release from the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 4:15 a.m. today, Alexander County 911 Center received a call of a tree falling on an individual near the intersection of Dover Church Road and Mountain Ridge Church Road in the Ellendale Community of Alexander County. Ellendale Volunteer Fire Department First Responders, Alexander County Rescue Squad, Alexander County EMS, Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, along with Alexander County Emergency Management responded to the scene of the incident.
Upon arrival at the incident, emergency personnel found 31-year-old Brian Keith Wilmoth of Wilkes County. Mr. Wilmoth is an employee of Asplundh Company. Mr. Wilmoth was pronounced deceased at the scene. The initial investigation shows that Mr. Wilmoth was operating a chainsaw and cutting a tree that had fallen on a power line. As he cut the tree in two, the power lines sprang upward, throwing the tree back onto Mr. Wilmoth. The investigation is continuing.
New names have been added to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office most wanted list.
50-year-old James Freeland is wanted by authorities in Iredell County on a charge of felony manufacturing narcotics. The last known address for Freeland was 110 Fox Den Circle in Statesville.
24-year-old Steven Taylor was recently added to the Iredell County most wanted list. He's being sought on a charge of felony possession of narcotics. Taylor's last known address was 223 South Shady Rest Road in Statesville.
43-year-old Matthew Stacks remains on the most wanted list. Authorities are seeking Stacks on a charge of felony fail to register a new address as a sex offender. Stacks' last known address was 715 Sullivan Road in Statesville.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects at the Iredell County Sheriff's Office website, www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list call the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at the Statesville location, 704-878-3180, or the Mooresville office at 704-664-7500.
53-year-old Tammy Lynn Coleman of Highway 10 East in Claremont was arrested this morning (October 25) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Coleman was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,500 bond. A District Court date was set for today.
28-year-old Brandon Habit Koch of Chere Helen Drive in Mooresville was arrested Monday (October 23) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with failure to notify his online identifier.
On September 29, 2017 Deputy David Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit was notified by a concerned citizen that a registered sex offender, Brandon Koch, had a Facebook account and was not using his real name. Deputy Price immediately began an investigation into Koch’s social media activities. Through further investigation Deputy Price was able to ascertain that Koch was using a different name and had failed to notify the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office of his online identifier. Sex offenders in North Carolina are allowed to have social media web sites but are required to notify the Sheriff’s Office of their online identifiers.
Koch was placed on the registry in 2011 after a conviction on the charge of indecent liberties with a child. Bond for Koch was set at $10,000 secured, he's scheduled to appear in District Court November 14.
60-year-old Nelson Cornwell Montgomery of Seitz Drive in Forest City was arrested Saturday (October 21) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, assault on a government officer, damage to city property, and resist, obstruct and delay of an officer.
According to a news release issued Tuesday (October 24), Morganton Public Safety patrol officers were conducting a license checking station at the intersection of Jamestown Road and Carbon Drive Saturday at approximately 11 p.m.
A blue Ford Contour driven by Nelson Montgomery approached the checkpoint and produced a NC license to Sergeant Edwards. The Sergeant immediately noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Montgomery was asked to pull his vehicle to the side of Carbon Drive in an effort to investigate the odor of Marijuana.
During the search of the suspect, Montgomery reportedly ignored Sgt. Edwards directions to place his hands behind his back and took off running towards Carbon City Road. Sgt. Edwards was able to grab Montgomery’s sweater in an effort to arrest him. The suspect turned towards the officer and reportedly began swinging his fist at the Sergeant, striking Edwards on the side of his face. Montgomery grabbed Sgt. Edwards duty gear belt containing a magazine pouch and pistol with holster. The officer was able to push the suspect off of his belt, but Montgomery reportedly continued his attack.
More officers got involved and eventually restrained Montgomery while he continued to resist arrest. An officer reportedly found methamphetamine and marijuana inside a pill bottle that was concealed in the suspect’s pelvic region. Burke EMS was called to the scene to evaluate Montgomery’s abrasions from the struggle, but he refused treatment. Sgt. Edwards suffered a shoulder injury during the attack.
Montgomery’s bond was set at $14,000 secured, his first court appearance was scheduled for Monday (October 23). He was no longer listed as an inmate in Burke County as of earlier today. His next District Court date is November 13.
Cleanup continues following Monday afternoon's (October 23) strong storm that swept through the Greater Hickory Metro. In Caldwell County, Grace Chapel Road will be closed again today (October 25) from North Lakes Academy up to Musket Drive. That closure was scheduled to start at 8 a.m. so that power company crews to continue their repairs of power lines and replacement of power poles. Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers will escort residents in and out of the area as needed. Residents are advised to be aware of the closure as they make their morning commute and to allow extra time for their drive. As of late yesterday (October 24) there were a reported 150 structures damaged including homes and out buildings. There is not a final tally yet on damages. Damage assessment crews will be working again today and officials say the number will rise. There have been no reports of injuries.
In Hickory, the recent storm’s impact has left many homes with large amounts of yard waste, including trees, limbs, and other debris. The City of Hickory Solid Waste Division will be collecting yard waste as early as possible. Please place yard waste to the curb and leave it there until it can be collected. As a reminder, the following instructions should be followed:
Place yard waste in the open. Do not place it under low hanging power lines, branches, near parked vehicles, or in front of storm drains. Do not stack yard waste in the street. Cut and stack neatly; major limbs should be cut away from the trunk and into pieces less than six feet in length. Please lay all branches in a neat, uniform manner with the butt end towards the curb. Loose leaves, small clippings, and twigs need to be placed in clear plastic bags or 32 gallon cans with the lid removed for pick up.
A news release from the city says that regular garbage, recycling, and yard waste services may be delayed due to storm debris and clean up. If you have questions regarding Garbage, Recycling, or Yard Waste collection in the City of Hickory, call (828) 323-7500.
49-year-old Jerry Lee McVey of Campground Road in Denver has been issued a criminal summons in connection to an accidental shooting on Sunday (October 22) that left a 15-year-old injured. McVey is the parent of a 14-year-old. He faces one misdemeanor count of storage of firearms to protect minors.
As reported yesterday on WHKY, Detectives said the incident occurred as approximately five teens were playing a game at mobile home park on Campground Road. A 15-year-old white male was grazed by a blast from a 12-gauge shotgun, which was fired by a 14-year-old. There were no adults at the residence when the incident occurred. The victim was treated for his injuries at a Lincoln County hospital and released to his parents.
McVey is scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court on November 17.
Caldwell County Emergency Services has set up an informational telephone line that residents can use to access a recording that will provide them with the latest information regarding the areas with storm damage. The number is 828-426-8500. Residents may also call 828-426-8605 or 828- 426-8606 to report property damage.
As of 11:30 this morning, no serious injuries had been reported. Caldwell County residents are asked to be patient with emergency crews as they work to clear roadways and repair power lines. As of this morning (October 24), 121 homes in the Grace Chapel area were known to have sustained damage. There are still homes that emergency crews have not been able to reach to determine damages.
Crews are using bulldozers and heavy equipment to clear trees to reach another 20 to 30 homes. Those homes are on Buena Vista Drive, Bartley Road, Fairchild Place and Sandbar Road.
Grace Chapel Road from Highway 321 to near the Grace Chapel Fire Department is closed until 8 p.m. to all but emergency crews and residents who need to access their homes due to an emergency. A main power line is down, making the area too dangerous to access.
Other roads and developments that remain closed are: parts of Charley Little Road near Petra Mill Road; Lakeview Terrace; South Lakes Drive; North Lakes Drive; Timberlane Terrace; River Bend; and Gold Creek.
Three assessment teams are surveying the area to determine the extent of the damage.
The shelter at South Caldwell High School remains open.
All non-emergency Burke County offices in Hildebran, including the Burke County Public Library and Senior Center and the Burke County Water and Sewer Office, will be closed until power is restored and the area is safe for the public and employees. Early voting will be rerouted to the Rutherford College Town Hall and the Burke County Board of Elections’ Office.
Burke County Emergency Services are assessing the damage from yesterday’s storm. To report damages in your area, please call 828-397-6400. While emergency services personnel work to restore power and clear debris, citizens are encouraged to stay off the roads if possible to avoid delaying the recovery effort. Municipal, county, state, and federal agencies are not authorized to remove debris from private property except in situations where the debris is deemed to pose an extraordinary threat to human health and safety. Therefore, removal of debris from private property is the responsibility of the property owner. For FEMA data tracking purposes, citizens should take storm debris to the Burke County Landfill, 2500 Marsh Trail in Morganton during business hours and identify it as “Hildebran Storm Damage” where it will be weighted.
In times like these, it is important to be on the lookout for scammers in the area, people who will try and take advantage of people in turbulent times. These individuals may try impersonating emergency personnel or contractors to enter your home or gain access to your property. All local emergency service vehicles and personnel are clearly identified. To report possible fraudulent activity please call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500.
Following the severe storm that passed through Hickory and the surrounding area on October 23, the City of Hickory has declared an official state of emergency. A significant amount of damage is scattered throughout the city, while the worst hit is concentrated in Northwest Hickory, reaching from the Hickory Regional Airport to many neighborhoods in the Northwest quadrant.
Numerous local agencies, including Hickory’s Police, Fire, and Public Services Departments, are working diligently to assess the damage and continue clean-up efforts. Multiple public facilities, as well as private businesses and residences will require substantial clean-up and repairs.
Current conditions are still quite dangerous, with fallen power lines, fallen trees, and debris in the roadways. The City encourages its citizens to exercise extreme caution if they must travel, but it is best to avoid the affected areas if possible.
Additional information will be forthcoming in regard to the next phase of clean-up and restoration.