40-year-old Anthony Wayne Hopkins of SW Fairview Drive in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (March 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant from Tennessee, the charges there are unspecified. In addition, Hopkins is charged locally with felony possession with intent to distribute meth precursor. The suspect was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $160,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 4) on the fugitive charge, a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for April 29 on the meth precursor count.
Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night (March 5). Among the items on the agenda, council will hear board and commission work plan presentations for the Fiscal Year 2019-2020.
Among the items on the consent agenda Tuesday, council will call for a public hearing for consideration of a voluntary contiguous annexation of property owned by Horizon REI Group on Startown Road containing approximately 136 acres.
In addition, the consent agenda includes the approval of the work authorization with Talbert, Bright, & Ellington in the amount of $383,418.47 for the Master Plan/Airport Layout Plan Update Project.
Under new business, City Council will hold a public hearing for consideration of a resolution directing that a street improvement project be undertaken for a portion of 30th Avenue Drive NE. Council will also enter into closed session Tuesday for consultation with attorneys.
Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street.
45-year-old Kolon Lewis Johnson of Bouchelle Street in Morganton was arrested Friday (March 1) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felonious larceny from a person.
On Friday at 2:20 p.m., Investigators with the Morganton Department of Public Safety conducted a search at the residence of Kolon Johnson on Bouchelle Street. After a brief investigation, Johnson was identified as a suspect in recent break-ins. It was learned that Johnson was in possession of items stolen from those reports.
The Morganton SWAT Team assisted with the search warrant execution. After a search of the residence, investigators were able to find some of the stolen property from nearby thefts.
The larceny from a person charge stems from an incident in which a female victim had her purse stolen from her lap at the Family Coin Laundry on North Green Street. Johnson was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $10,000 secured bond.
Morganton Public Safety says additional warrants for felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods have been issued in connection to break-ins that were committed near Johnson’s residence. These warrants had not yet been served. Johnson, who remained in jail as of earlier today (March 4), was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Morganton.
27-year-old Cody Wayne Miller of Peachtree Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (March 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of felony breaking and entering. Miller was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 4).
38-year-old Eric Michael Deal of Rock Barn Road in Claremont was arrested Sunday (March 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts apiece of attempted first degree murder and first degree kidnapping along with single counts of first degree burglary and first degree arson.
Sunday at 6:35 a.m., Catawba County Communications received a 911 call regarding a breaking and entering in progress at a residence on Rock Barn Road in Claremont.
The callers reported that a man who they believed to be armed entered their residence. The homeowners locked themselves in their bedroom and called 911.
Deputies responded along with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Special Tactic and Response Team. According to the Sheriff's Office, while inside the residence, the suspect started a fire in the kitchen area. The victims were still inside the home at that time.
The victims were able to escape from the residence through a window. The suspect was ultimately taken into custody. An involuntary commitment order was issued Saturday (March 2) by a Catawba County Magistrate in connection to a previous incident.
28-year-old Cody William McSwain of Mountain Grove Road in Hickory was arrested Saturday (March 2) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and resisting a public officer. McSwain was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 4).
33-year-old Michael Steven Ellis of Union Grove Road in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (February 28) for two felony probation violations. He was also charged with felony habitual larceny. Ellis is on probation as he serves a 24-month suspended sentence following a September 2017 felony conviction in Orange County for obtaining property by false pretense and uttering a forged instrument. He is also serving a 36-month suspended sentence following a separate conviction in September 2017 in Davidson County for felony obtaining property by false pretense.
Ellis was taken to Caldwell County Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. He was scheduled for a court date on March 11.
19-year-old Ashli Deann Bailey of Doan Ogden Court in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:25 p.m. yesterday (February 28) on one felony count of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while impaired, failure to comply with operator's license limitations and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
She was arrested after Officers responded to reports of a reckless driver on Tate Boulevard, heading west toward the McDonald Parkway. Prior to their arrival, Officers were notified that the driver had rear-ended a vehicle at the intersection of Tate Boulevard and the McDonald Parkway. At the scene, Officers found ten grams of marijuana, three dosage units of Alprazolam and drug paraphernalia.
The driver, Ashli Deann Bailey, was taken into custody without incident. Bailey gave consent to have her blood drawn by Catawba County E.M.S.
The suspect was processed at the Hickory Police Department and later released under a $2,500 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for Monday (March 4) in Newton.
23-year-old Austin Lane Ervin of Dudley Shoals Road in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (February 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff Officers. He failed twice to appear in court on felony charges. It’s unclear on which charges Ervin failed to appear, but he does have multiple District & Superior Court dates coming up on a number of traffic violations, including five counts of driving while license revoked. He also faces charges for breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, possession of stolen goods, larceny of a firearm, obtaining property by false pretense, larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Ervin was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $12,000 secured bond. A court date was scheduled for April 1, with additional appearances set for March 4, 11 & 15 and on April 18.
45-year-old Jerry Lee Malone, Jr. of Forest Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (February 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony alter, steal, or destroy criminal evidence. Malone was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (March 4).
Catawba County Animal Services has confirmed the county’s first rabies case of 2019.
On Tuesday (February 26) Animal Services responded to a call from a Newton resident whose dog was bitten by a skunk. The skunk was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Animal Services Thursday (February 28) that the skunk tested positive for rabies.
Because the dog was current on its rabies vaccination, Animal Services advised the owner to ensure the dog received a booster vaccine following the incident. Per state vaccination guidelines, animals current on their rabies vaccine should receive a rabies booster within 96 hours of possible rabies exposure.
Signs that an animal may be infected with rabies include loss of appetite, irritability and unusual aggression, lack of fear and restlessness, dilated pupils, seizures, trembling and unsteadiness, difficulty swallowing, and drooling or foaming at the mouth. People who encounter an animal with any of these symptoms should avoid contact with the animal and report it to Catawba County Animal Services at (828) 464-7686. Pet owners who suspect their pet had contact with a rabid animal are also urged to call Animal Services.
Animal Services reminds pet owners that rabies is a threat to pets and humans year-round. The best way to protect pets is to have them properly vaccinated for rabies.
Iredell County drivers will soon have a smoother ride on portions of N.C. 150, N.C. 152 and N.C. 115, thanks to a $10.5 million contract awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation.
More than 50 sections of secondary roads, including Amity Hill Road, Sharon School Road and Stamey Farm Road, also will be improved. The contract awarded to Maymead Inc. of Mountain City, Tenn., includes milling, resurfacing, and shoulder reconstruction and covers 63 miles of roadway.
The work to be done includes milling, resurfacing, and shoulder reconstruction. Work can start as early as April 1 and should be completed by October 1, 2020.
This is one of 21 major highway and bridge projects awarded last month by the NCDOT. Per state law they went to the lowest bidder among qualified contractors. They are worth $331.5 million, more than $57 million under engineer estimates.
37-year-old Charles Sonny Hill of 4th Street SW in Brookford was arrested Thursday (February 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, felony probation violation, alter, steal, or destroy criminal evidence, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hill was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $27,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled for today (March 1) and Monday (March 4).
A section of Harper Avenue in Lenoir between Beall Street and Steel Street will be closed Saturday (March 2) from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. City Public Works staff are removing the old railroad crossing that is no longer in use. Drivers on West Avenue will detour onto Steel Street to College Avenue to Maple Drive and back onto Harper. Drivers heading east on Harper Avenue will detour onto Beall Street to College Avenue to Willow Street and back onto Harper.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the City of Hickory are initiating a signal removal study that has been requested at the intersection of Third Avenue Drive NW and Third Avenue Court NW. In accordance with federal standards, this traffic signal will be put into flash mode for 90 days, starting on Monday (March 4) and a new traffic pattern will be implemented for study.
Coming into town along Third Avenue Drive NW, the traffic signal will flash yellow to allow for free flow traffic. When approaching a flashing yellow signal, drivers should reduce speed and proceed with caution. Going away from town to U.S. Highway 321, the signal on Third Avenue Court NW will flash red and stop signs will be installed. Third Avenue Court NW will also be narrowed to one lane from Third Avenue NW to the intersection with Third Avenue Drive NW.
The Maiden Police Department is investigating a case involving the theft of a debit card that was later used at a local business. Photos of the suspects and their vehicle were released Thursday (February 28). On Tuesday (February 26) Maiden Police received a report regarding a financial transaction card fraud. The victim reported that her stolen debit card was used at Times convenience store at 5862 Startown Road in the early morning hours Monday, (February 25).
Surveillance video shows the occupants of a white Nissan Altima using the stolen debit card in question to purchase gas. Authorities are seeking information about individuals shown in photographs released by Maiden Police, along with the suspects' Nissan Altima, which is also pictured. If you have any information, contact the Maiden Police Department at 828-428-5005.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol reports there was a fatal wreck this morning (February 28) in Alexander County.
At approximately 5:00 a.m., Highway Patrol responded to and investigated a crash on Willie McLeod Road just south of NC 127. A U-Haul rental pickup truck was traveling north on Willie McLeod Road, ran off the road to the right, overcorrected, ran off the road to the left, and collided with a tree.
The driver, 44-year-old Travis Lamont Bennett of Stony Point, died at the scene. Mr. Bennett was not restrained by a seatbelt; there was no sign of impairment. There were no other passengers in the vehicle. Troopers cleared the scene at approximately 8:30 a.m.
44-year-old Christopher Eric Stewart of 11th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:30 last night (February 27) on one felony count each of forgery of endorsement and obtaining property by false pretense, plus one misdemeanor count of larceny. Stewart was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
29-year-old Dustin Tyler Peterson of Smithfield Drive in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 28) on two felony counts of breaking & entering. Peterson was taken into custody without incident at about 4:20 a.m. today at the Hickory Police Department. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
51-year-old Oren Lee Spencer III of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before two o'clock yesterday afternoon (February 27) on one felony count of attempted breaking & entering.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on January 1 when Officers responded to an attempted break-in at a gold buying & reselling business on 16th Street N.E. in Hickory. Spencer was identified as the suspect and a warrant for his arrest was issued.
He was taken into custody without inicdent yesterday at the Hickory Police Department. Spencer was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $12,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.