24-year-old Kayla Marie Russell, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested Wednesday (December 27) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense and a misdemeanor parole violation.
On December 27, Hickory Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. Russell is accused of selecting an item from the store and fraudulently returning it for a Walmart gift card.
Russell was taken into custody without incident at about 3:50 p.m. yesterday at the store. She was incarcerated in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $4,000 secured bond on the false pretenses charge with no bond for the parole violation. A District Court appearance was scheduled for January 2 in Newton.
Russell is on parole following an October 2015 conviction in Catawba County on multiple counts of making a false bomb report to a public building.
33-year-old Vanessa Deann Powell of Lancaster Drive in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (December 27) by Conover Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Powell was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (December 28).
28-year-old William Jeremy Russell was arrested this morning (December 27) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I controlled substance and possession of schedule II controlled substance. He's also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Russell was arrested at approximately 5:30 a.m. today in Denver. He was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $20,000 secured bond. A court date is set for Thursday (December 28).
A “Boil Water Advisory” has been issued for the Town of Boone following a water-main break. A 12-inch water main broke as the result of an accident on Highway 105 that happened at 12 a.m. today (December 27).
AppHealthCare (Appalachian District Health Department) is working with restaurants, childcare facilities and other healthcare facilities to provide guidance regarding the “Boil Water Advisory”, which was issued as a precautionary measure by the Town of Boone today.
Periods of low or no pressure in the water distribution system increase the potential for introduction of bacteria into the water system; therefore, the Division of Water Resources advises consumers to boil water used for human consumption for one minute (including water used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water until further notice.
Officials in Boone are encouraging restaurants, childcare facilities, healthcare facilities and other institutions to use specific guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the N.C. Environmental Health Emergency Preparedness & Recovery Guidance Manual for North Carolina, which provides information on hand washing, food preparation, dish washing, consumption of water, overall bacterial control and how to alert healthcare patients about the notice.
Public health staff will continue to work with The Town of Boone Public Works Department, who will determine when it is appropriate to lift the “Boil Water Advisory”. Officials expect to learn more in the next 24 hours.
A fact sheet is available at www.apphealthcare.com. For additional information, call 828-264-4995.
22-year-old Amber Rae Profanchik was arrested this morning (December 27) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. In addition, Profanchik is charged with two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Profanchik was arrested just before 6 a.m. at the intersection of Saint James Church Road and NC 16 in Denver. She was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $11,000 secured bond, a court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.
Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, Caldwell County’s only not-for-profit community hospice, has earned the SHP (Strategic Healthcare Programs) Best Superior Performer Award. This award recognizes the local organization’s excellent caregiver satisfaction scores as reflected in Hospice caregiver satisfaction surveys. Caldwell ranked in the top 20% of SHP’s approximately 850 clients for calendar year 2016.
SHP, a national data management company that specializes in health care, distributes, administers and collects patient survey information for Caldwell Hospice. The company measures the required surveys and compares the results with those of other hospice organizations around the country, giving the local hospice a benchmark for where its care compares to the services provided nationally. The information is then used as part of Caldwell Hospice’s ongoing quality assurance program to ensure that patients and their families are receiving the care they deserve and have come to expect over the nonprofit’s 35-year history.
The information from the survey helps Caldwell Hospice monitor its quality satisfaction with patient caregivers and also meet the conditions Medicare requires for all healthcare providers participating in the program. Serving nearly 800 patients a year, Caldwell Hospice provides physician/nursing services, social work and bereavement care as well as a full complement of enhanced services including a non-hospice palliative care program. It operates North Carolina’s oldest patient care unit with its Kirkwood facility in Lenoir. While the majority of patients still receive most of their care at home, Caldwell Hospice also has a second patient care unit at the Jack and Shirley Robbins Center in Hudson.
Authorities in Burke County are continuing to seek suspects on the county's most wanted list.
20-year-old Nicholas Brian Price is wanted for felony counts of break and enter to a motor vehicle and larceny. Price's last known address was 1357 Airport-Rhodhiss Road, Lot 2 in Hickory. He was added to the most wanted list on August 4, 2017.
25-year-old Jeffery Logan Parker also remains on the Burke County most wanted list. He's wanted on a charge of probation violation. The probation was imposed on a larceny charge. Parker's last known address was 8641 Parker Avenue in Connelly Springs. He's been on the most wanted list since August 18, 2017.
23-year-old Kevion Rashad Corpening is wanted on a charge of probation violation. His probation was imposed for prior burglary charges. The last known address for Corpening was 3898 NC 126 in Morganton. Corpening has been on the most wanted list since September 22, 2017.
You can see the entire list of suspects wanted by authorities in Burke County at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
This year, the City of Hickory’s Fire and Police Departments continued the tradition of assisting families in need and bringing smiles to the faces of local children by leading the special toy collection drives Bikes for Tykes and Cops for Tots.
Over $27,000 was raised to purchase more than 600 bikes this holiday season. These bikes were then assembled by firefighters and friends from the St. Stephens, Conover, Claremont, Newton, and Propst Crossroads fire departments as well as Hickory firefighters. The donated bicycles and tricycles were distributed to local children at the Catawba County Christmas Bureau held at the American Legion Fairgrounds on December 18 and 19.
The Cops for Tots program assisted approximately 980 children from birth to age 13. The Wish House was held at Winkler Park on December 12 through 14, where collected and purchased toys were sorted according to gender and age group.
35-year-old Thomas Paul James of Power Line Drive in Newton was arrested Sunday (December 24) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony malicious conduct by a prisoner. In addition, James is charged with misdemeanor counts of simple assault, resisting a public officer, and assault on a government official. James was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $27,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for Thursday (December 28) and February 7.
A woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Iredell County. According to published reports, the accident happened Tuesday afternoon when a Ford Explorer traveling east on Interstate 40 near mile marker 157 ran off the road, overturned multiple times and struck a tree. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol reportedly said the vehicle's back right tire blew out, causing the driver to lose control of the SUV.
The driver, 55-year-old Brenda Smith McCrary of Newton, was pronounced dead at the scene. Ms. McCrary’s sisters, who were passengers in the Ford, were taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. They are 71-year-old Joanne Hedrick and 63-year-old Jesse Stevens.
Speed is not considered a factor in the crash. Officials say that everyone in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt. The crash is currently under investigation.
55-year-old Michael Eugene Walker of Powell Road in Lenoir was arrested last Friday (December 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Walker was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for January 11.
45-year-old Timon Jerome Michaux of NW Rankin Street in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (December 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Michaux has been released after posting $9,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (December 28).
Wondering what you'll do with your Christmas tree and other natural decorations after the holiday season is over? Catawba County's Landfill staff, in cooperation with Republic Services, has an answer for you. Christmas trees and other natural decorations will be accepted curbside and at all five Solidwaste Convenience Centers located around Catawba County today through January 19.
No ornaments, bases or other decorations should be left on trees. Residents who have curbside collection service with Republic Services may put their used Christmas tree out with their garbage on their curbside collection day. Trees will be picked up by a separate Republic Services truck. The curbside service schedule is running one day behind schedule now through Saturday (December 30). Republic Services will resume their regular curbside service schedule on Monday, January 1.
Some municipalities in Catawba County are handling tree pickup separately within their boundaries, so residents of municipalities should check with the government office in their city or town to be sure of the schedule and procedure they should follow. County Solidwaste Convenience Centers will accept Christmas trees and other natural decorations now through January 19 only.
The County’s five Solidwaste Convenience Centers are located on Rocky Ford Road off Highway 10 West in Newton (across from the Blackburn Landfill); on Bethany Church Road in Newton; on Rhoney Farm Road in the Cooksville area; on Lookout Dam Road in the Oxford area; and on Sherrills Ford Road. For more information go to the Catawba County Government website, www.catawbacountync.gov.
The North Carolina Department of Justice is warning citizens to be on the lookout for scammers, especially during this time of year when so many people are in the giving spirit.
Scammers know that many of us will make charitable donations as the year comes to a close, and they target our heartstrings as they attempt to fatten their wallets. This year the Attorney General's Office has partnered with a number of agencies and organizations, including the Better Business Bureau and the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, to help you avoid being a victim.
During this holiday period, be on the lookout for phony charities with sound-alike names designed to remind you of legitimate charities. To separate real charities from fakes or to identify charities that make the best use of your donations, check out a charity’s annual report with the Secretary of State’s Office. You can also use resources like Charity Watch and the Better Business Bureau's (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance.
For best results, give to charities you’re already familiar with, and ones you can see doing good in your community. For more information, including tips for those who might be considering year-end investments and financial decisions, visit the Attorney General's “Don’t Get Taken in the Season of Giving” website.
If you think you’ve been victimized by any scam, file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division or call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.
36-year-old Romel Barta McDonald of 3rd Avenue Place SE in Hickory was arrested Monday (December 25) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering and misdemeanor injury to real property. McDonald was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (December 28).
28-year-old Shawn Lane Hodge of Playmore Beach Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (December 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Hodge was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for January 11.
25-year-old Seria Lynn Norman of Glimmering Sands Lane in Conover was arrested last Friday (December 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, along with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a public officer, and driving while license revoked. Norman was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. District Court dates are scheduled for Thursday (December 28) and January 26.
Four suspects were arrested and drugs, cash, and weapons were seized at a Lincoln County home.
40-year-old Stephen Wayne Blanton, 34-year-old Tracy Michelle Blanton, and 27-year-old Ethan James Johnson, all of the same Hull McGinnis Road, Lincolnton, address, and 34-year-old Robin Wayne Estep of Maiden, were all arrested last Friday (December 22) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers.
Stephen Blanton was charged with one felony count each of possession of a firearm by a felon, conspiracy to possess methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, and conspiracy. He is also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and misdemeanor child abuse.
Tracy Blanton was charged with one felony count each of maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, and conspiracy. She is also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and misdemeanor child abuse. Johnson was served warrants for felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Estep was served with an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.
Last Friday, Lincoln County deputies assigned to the Baker District and narcotics investigators executed a search warrant at a residence in the 2700 block of Hull-McGinnis Road in Lincolnton. Deputies received information that the residence had large amounts of methamphetamine and was also a location where drugs were being sold.
While serving the search warrant, officers encountered four adults and two small children in the residence. During the search deputies seized over 26 grams of methamphetamine. Multiple glass pipes and drug paraphernalia were found throughout the house. Marijuana, more than $4,300 in cash and four firearms were also recovered.
The children were placed with responsible adults and the four adults in the house were arrested. Stephen Blanton was jailed under a $50,000 secured bond. Tracy Blanton's bond was set at $20,000 secured. Johnson was jailed under a $15,000 secured bond. They're all scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday (December 28). Estep received a $1,000 secured bond, he has a District Court date February 13.
31-year-old Tasha Nicole Kirby of Sand Stone Lane in Lenoir was arrested last Friday (December 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Kirby was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for January 11.
A man was killed in a residential fire over the weekend in Catawba County. According to multiple published reports, 69-year-old Bobby Finley was killed in a fire at a single-wide mobile home in the 5800 block of Rosies Hollow Road, which is a dead end street east of Bandys High School.
According to the reports, Investigators say a space heater appeared to be the cause of the fire, which occurred at around 5 p.m. Saturday (December 23). The Catawba County Sheriff's Office and fire officials are investigating the blaze. There were no other injuries as a result of the fire.