Today (August 2019) at approximately 6:35 a.m., the NC State Highway Patrol responded to and is investigating a fatal collision in Burke County on Old NC 10 at the intersection of I-40 West, which is Exit 118. A 2017 Jiangsu Baodiao moped was traveling east on Old NC 10, failed to stop for a red traffic light, and collided with a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox that was traveling through the intersection from the I-40 West off-ramp. The moped driver was ejected. A witness called 911 and, along with another witness, attempted to provide assistance to the injured driver.
After a couple of minutes and before emergency personnel arrived, a 2010 Toyota 4Runner traveling east on Old NC 10 struck the moped driver who was lying in the roadway. The bystanders were able to able to jump out of the way. The Toyota had a green traffic light at the time, it was dark, the roadway was not lighted, and there was light fog in the area. The moped driver was transported by EMS to Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge-Valdese and pronounced dead.
The Chevrolet was being driven by a 39-year-old Hickory woman and the Toyota was being driven by a 69-year-old Morganton woman. Neither driver was injured. The exit ramp and intersection remained closed for approximately 2 hours. Investigating troopers will consult with the district attorney’s office concerning any charges.
Troopers have identified the driver of the moped, but have been unsuccessful in making contact with family members. Anyone with information may contact the NC State Highway Patrol – Burke County District Office at 828-438-6291.
68-year-old Jackie Rand Robinette of Taylorsville has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff's Officers on ten felony counts each of first-degree statutory sex offense and indecent liberties with a minor. The charges stem from an ongoing investigation that has lasted approximately ten months.
Robinette was arrested at his residence yesterday (August 27) and transported to the Alexander Co. Detention Center where he is being held under a $1,000,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Alexander County District Court was set for September 9.
38-year-old Kenneth Howard Cogdell of Madison Mobile Home Park Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (August 27) for felony possession of methamphetamine. Following his arrest, Cogdell was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.
36-year-old James Dale Benge of Bowers Lane in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday (August 27) on felony counts of larceny, obtaining property by false pretense, and possession of stolen property; plus one misdemeanor count of resisting a public officer.
Following his arrest, Benge was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $11,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.
38-year-old Ginger Marie Hall of Old Mountain Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers on felony counts of larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of cocaine, and maintaining a vehicle for the use of a controlled substance. She was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance (Clonazepam) and larceny, plus two counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Saturday (August 24), the Sheriff’s Office took a call regarding the theft of jewelry and a gun from a residence on Kendra Drive, near Mooresville. The victim told Officers he had been selling some items online and had been corresponding with a female about purchasing some of the items. The female and a male arrived at the home. The female asked if she could use the restroom and was allowed into the home where she was left unattended. She came out of the home and loaded a piece of furniture into her vehicle.
The victim quickly found that a jewelry box had been gone through. He then noticed a pistol was also missing. The female suspect was later identified as Ginger Marie Hall. The victim was able to describe Hall, the male she was with, and the vehicle she had been riding in.
As Deputies filed their report, a suspicious vehicle call came in from a residence on Little Creek Road. The description matched the vehicle from the earlier incident on Kendra Drive. A Deputy responded and saw, in plain view, a black pistol matching the description of the stolen firearm.
A search warrant was issued and the truck was searched. Officers confirmed that the pistol was stolen. Jewelry, cocaine, and drug paraphernalia were also found.
Deputies were given information regarding Hall's whereabouts. They conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle she was in. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.
Hall was placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $60,000 secured bond. She'll appear in District Court on September 10.
Hall is currently on post-release supervision and on active probation. She has a criminal history that includes felony counts of breaking & entering, attempted first-degree burglary, breaking & entering a motor vehicle (13 counts), financial card theft, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, larceny, and financial card fraud, plus misdemeanor counts of simple assault, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, disorderly conduct, shoplifting, and larceny (five counts).
27-year-old Logan Ryan Jones of Fred Watson Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of interfering with an electronic monitoring device and probation violation out of county. Jones was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $20,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (August 28), a Superior Court appearance is set for September 16.
37-year-old Laurie Ann Sluder of Bonji Drive in Conover was arrested Tuesday (August 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Sluder was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $11,000 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today (August 28) and September 18.
23-year-old Monica Marie Santos of Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle. Santos was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $15,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (August 28).
The City of Lenoir and Google are working on projects that will expand the greenway in the city. According to information released by the City of Lenoir, the new sections will connect more places in town and provide more walking and biking opportunities for residents.
Earlier this month, Google started construction on a section of greenway along the company’s property on Morganton Boulevard. The Google greenway extension will start at the intersection of Harrisburg Drive SW and Lynhaven Drive. The path will cross Lower Creek onto City property and then run west along Google property to the old railroad track.
Earlier this year, the City purchased property at the intersection of Morganton Boulevard and Harrisburg Drive SW. The City property will serve as a trail head for the greenway. The new trail will connect to the existing greenway that runs between the former Lenoir mall and Harrisburg Drive SW. The section will add about three-tenths of a mile to the system including a pedestrian bridge over Lower Creek.
On the north side of town, the City Public Works Department will start paving the Rail Trail. The Rail Trail is the old railroad that runs through town from Morganton Boulevard north to Sealed Air located on NC 90. The City will pave the Rail Trail from North Main Street to Willow Street. Public Works Director Jared Wright said the City may even be able to pave the Rail Trail all the way to Harper Avenue this year. The City is using federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for this paving.
When complete, the Morganton Boulevard/Rail Trail will add more than 2.3 miles to the City greenway system. Lenoir residents will have access to more than 11 miles of greenway path.
49-year-old Michael Darren Mehaffey of Witherspoon Drive in Claremont was arrested Tuesday (August 27) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of methamphetamine. Mehaffey was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (August 28).
According to multiple published reports, surveillance video from two homes in Morganton captured a Burke County deputy repeatedly punching a man during an arrest over the weekend. 28-year-old Homer Lee Cook was arrested Sunday and, according to the Burke County Police to Citizen website, is charged with misdemeanor counts of resist, delay, or obstruct a public officer and possession of drug paraphernalia, along with a felony count of probation violation.
In one of the surveillance videos, Cook is seen running through a neighbor's yard trying to avoid the deputy before tripping and falling at the end of a driveway. The video shows the officer appearing to be on top of the suspect and striking him several times.
The published reports said that after Cook's $12,500 bond was posted, he was taken to a hospital where family members said he received five staples in his head. The deputy reportedly submitted a use-of-force report after the arrest. Cook is scheduled to appear in District Court October 22.
37-year-old Sharon Diane Summers of Concord Road in Statesville has been served with a felony fugitive warrant. She is wanted in York County, South Carolina for shoplifting goods valued at more than $2,000 and less than $10,000. Summers was arrested last Thursday (August 22) by Hickory Police on a charge of felony larceny. That arrest was in connection to a shoplifting incident at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory, as reported Friday on WHKY.
According to Police reports from Rock Hill, S.C., the fugitive warrant stems from an incident in August of 2018. At that time, Summers and a female co-defendant allegedly stole seven cell phones valued at more than $8,300 from the Walmart store in Rock Hill. She was identified and arrested after Officers recognized her following a review surveillance video.
After her arrest Thursday, Summers was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. She is no longer in custody in Catawba County. An appearance in District Court on the local charges was scheduled last Friday. She was due in court on the fugitive warrant yesterday (August 26).
30-year-old Robert Caine Fox was arrested Monday (August 26) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Fox was arrested shortly after 8 p.m. Monday at an address on Old NC 10 in Hickory. He was placed in jail in Morganton under $3,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 30.
25-year-old Adam Paul Roy Mitchell of Camary Lane in Hudson was arrested by Hickory Police last Thursday (August 22) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Mitchell was arrested after Officers conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot at a convenience store on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. During the incident, Police reportedly found 6.2 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Mitchell was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. He has since been released. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (August 26) in Newton.
27-year-old Evan Foster Griffin of Virginia Beach, Virginia has been served with a felony fugitive warrant. He is wanted by the Police Department in Lynchburg, Virginia for violating his bond release on an underlying charge of breaking & entering. Griffin has been in custody since August 3 following an arrest by Newton Police on charges of fleeing to elude arrest, resisting a public officer, assault on a government official, and possessing or displaying an altered, fictitious, or revised driver's license.
Griffin remains in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. No bond was set on the fugitive warrant. He was given a $7,000 bond on the other charges. An appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (August 26) with a court date on the fugitive warrant coming up on September 26.
Suspects in a break-in to a business are being sought by the Hickory Police Department. On Monday (August 26) officers responded to a breaking and entering at EHI Installations on 20th Street SE. Three men arrived at the business at approximately 11:30 p.m. Sunday (August 25). The suspects stole power tools and a work van.
Two of the men wore all black clothing and clothing covering their faces. The remaining suspect wore a green camouflage jacket, white tank top, white bandana, and has partially balding hair. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or Investigator Anthony Horton directly 828-261-2686 email@example.com.
An accident earlier this morning on Interstate 40 has reduced traffic to one lane on a stretch of the highway in Morganton. The crash occurred westbound between exits 105 and 104. I-40 is down to one lane in that direction until at least 9:00. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies are on the scene.
21-year-old Calieb Scott Clark of Frank Trail Place in Lenoir was arrested Monday (August 26) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon and two counts of felony probation violation. Clark was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for Wednesday (August 28).
Last Friday (August 23), Caldwell County Animal Control was notified by the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health that a bat found in a Collettsville residence was submitted for testing and was infected with the rabies virus. This is the second confirmed rabies case in Caldwell County in 2019. On August 7 a rabid fox was found in the Green Mountain Park area of Lenoir.
Animal Control reminds citizens if a bat is found inside your home, you should contact their office. In addition, they remind you to make sure your pet’s rabies vaccinations are current as this will help to protect the animal against rabies.
Rabies is a viral disease of the central nervous system that is almost always fatal once symptoms begin. The virus is found in the saliva of an animal with rabies and is usually transmitted by a bite or scratch. Rabies is common in NC wildlife. Raccoons, foxes, skunks, and bats are the most common carriers of the disease.
In 2018 alone there were 142 rabid raccoons and 55 rabid foxes identified in the state. There were also 24 rabid bats and 56 rabid skunks identified. These animals can transmit rabies to dogs and cats; 13 cats and 3 dogs were identified with rabies last year. Because rabies is fatal and can also be transmitted to people vaccination of dogs and cats against rabies is required by law in NC.
You are advised to take all precautions when it comes to your pets. Make sure they are up to date on their rabies vaccinations. They should always wear their license tags. Supervise your pets to prevent exposure. If your animal is exposed to a potentially rabid animal wear gloves to protect yourself from the infectious saliva that may be on your animal’s coat.
Teach your children to stay away from wild animals, including bats or animals they don’t know. Avoid attracting wildlife to your home by removing food sources such as food scraps and removing cat and dog food at night. Bats and other wild animals are scavengers and search for sources of food. It is important to keep all garbage containers sealed tightly and especially areas of high food disposal.
If you have any questions, contact the Animal Control Division of the Caldwell County Health Department at 828-757-8625. If there is an emergency situation outside the normal working hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, call the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office at 828-758-2324.
48-year-old Markas Lamone Holland of High Point was arrested Monday (August 26) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on a felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Holland was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 3.