42-year-old Samuel Hugh Mcloud of Twin Meadow Drive in Hudson was arrested Thursday (February 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Mcloud was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for February 23.
39-year-old Debbie Ann Wagoner of Hoods Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (February 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on a bill of indictment with felony counts of possession of stolen goods or property and possession of a firearm by a felon along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Wagoner was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. Superior Court dates are set for February 6 and March 6.
A man who was on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List for more than a year has been arrested on multiple felony charges.
62-year-old Dean Allen Yancey of Will Hudson Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. According to a news release issued Thursday (February 2), he's charged with two felony counts apiece of attempted first degree homicide, discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
On May 1, 2013 at approximately 6:30 p.m., deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to the residence of Milton Yancey at 6546 Rhoney Road in Connelly Springs to the report of a subject that had discharged a firearm into the home. Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office processed the crime scene. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that a total of two rounds were fired into the home, nearly striking Milton Yancey and his wife, Christine Yancey, as they sat in their living room.
Mr. and Mrs. Yancey identified the subject that shot at them as Dean Allen Yancey, Milton Yancey’s brother. The suspect was charged and indicted by a Grand Jury of Burke County. Dean Yancey was scheduled for trial in Burke County Superior Court on October 5, 2015, but he failed to appear for trial and an investigation was started in an attempt to locate Yancey.
Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the United States Marshal Service. It was discovered that Dean Yancey had fled the United States and was living in the South American Country of Ecuador. The suspect was extradited back to Burke County and is now being held without bond pending a trial on his original charges. Prior to Dean Yancey’s arrest, he was listed on Burke County’s Most Wanted for one year and eleven weeks.
70-year-old Doris Jean Ingram of Little Road in Newton was arrested Thursday (February 2) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance.
The Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force arrested Ingram following a search of her residence at 1243 Little Road. An investigation had been conducted for several months and it led to a search warrant being obtained. Officers found over 100 grams of methamphetmine in the residence, that’s more than four times the trafficking threshold.
Ingram was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $60,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (Friday, February 3). The investigation is continuing and additional arrests may be forthcoming.
Unemployment rates rose across much of the Greater Hickory Metro according to the latest report issued by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The report was released earlier this week and highlights the jobless rates for the month of December.
Alexander County's unemployment rate is 4.1 percent, up from 4 percent even. Burke County's jobless rate remained steady at 4.8 percent. Caldwell County has an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent, up from 5 percent even in November. Catawba County's jobless rate jumped to 4.8 percent from 4.6 percent in the previous report.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 4.8 percent, that's up from 4.7 percent in November. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the 8th lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSA's in the state.
The statewide unemployment rate is 4.9 percent, up from 4.8 in the last report. Unemployment rates increased in 71 counties, decreased in 9, and remained unchanged in 20. Hyde County had the state's highest jobless rate at 11.6 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.7 percent.
24-year-old Kaden Von Drehle Bishop of Corbin Lane in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:15 p.m. yesterday (February 1) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell a schedule VI controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bishop was taken into custody at an automotive dealership on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was armed with a handgun at the time of his arrest. Bishop was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
35-year-old Jeremy Dean Yancey of 34th Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at six o’clock this morning (February 2) on a true bill of indictment for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
He was taken into custody without incident at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. Yancey was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.
Caldwell County has re-opened an office in the Granite Falls EMS Base for citizens in the southern part of the county to make regularly occurring payments. The base, which is located at 4 Falls Avenue, Granite Falls, will now also be known as the Caldwell County Satellite Payment Center. The office officially opened on Tuesday, January 17.
Citizens will be able to pay their Caldwell County monthly water bills, Caldwell County property tax bills and ambulance bills at the office. Payments can be made by cash, check and credit card.
Caldwell County operated a satellite office in the town of Granite Falls EMS for 10 years before closing it in September of 2010. The retirement of two of the employees and concern about a possible tightening of the budget were the reasons.
The office is staffed with two County employees and the hours will be regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
27-year-old Terrell Lee Mitchell of 2nd Street SE in Hickory was arrested today (Thursday, February 2) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and driving while impaired. Mitchell was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $36,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for tomorrow (Friday, February 3) and March 1.
28-year-old Norman Stewart Young Jr. was arrested Wednesday (February 1) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of sell and deliver counterfeit controlled substance and possession with intent to sell or deliver counterfeit controlled substance. Young was placed in jail in Lincolnton under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 2).
Hickory firefighters rescued a person from an overturned vehicle following a Wednesday night (February 1) accident.
The incident occurred on Wednesday at approximately 7 p.m. at the intersection of McDonald Parkway SE and 13th Avenue Drive. The incident involved an overturned vehicle with one person entrapped. Hickory Firefighters extricated the person from the vehicle in approximately 15 minutes and the patient was transported by EMS to the hospital for treatment of injuries.
No other details on the accident were available.
29-year-old Michael Jovi Simmons was arrested Wednesday (February 1) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with single felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods and two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Simmons was placed in jail under $12,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today (Thursday, February 2).
33-year-old Justin Matthew Setzer and 31-year-old Ashley Anna Addington, both of the same Pine View Court, Hickory, address, were both arrested Wednesday (February 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. Both suspects are charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense, Setzer is also charged with felony larceny of a firearm. They were both jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000 secured bond apiece, District Court dates were set for today (Thursday, February 2).
22-year-old Jeannie Lynn Dickens was arrested Wednesday (February 1) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, along with a single misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia and two misdemeanor counts of probation violation. Dickens was arrested at an address on Arden Drive in Lincolnton at approximately 5 p.m. Wednesday. She was placed in jail under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 2).
46-year-old Shannon Renee Curley of Dudley Shoals Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (February 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, attempted larceny, and possession of burglary tools. Curley was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 2).
A Hickory woman will spend a minimum of seven years in prison for her role in a conspiracy and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.
23-year-old Debbi Jo Albright pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (February 1). She also pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and heroin, and was sentenced to serve seven to nine years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Lisa C. Bell, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County.
Investigation by deputies from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office revealed that Albright conspired with two male subjects to lure the victim to a residence, beat him and rob him of money she knew him to carry.
The victim of the crime received several text messages from Albright asking him to meet with her at a residence in the Newton area. When he arrived to meet her at the Athens Drive mobile home, the victim was taken to the back of the residence by a male subject where he thought she was waiting for him.
A second male subject, David Lee Darty, attacked the victim from behind with a wooden board while the first subject started beating him with his fists. The victim managed to back away from the assailants, pulled out a handgun and fired shots that struck Darty, who later died at Frye Regional Medical Center.
The victim had a concealed carry permit, and Albright indicated that she knew he carried a gun but had not shared that with her co-conspirators.
The drug charges stemmed from a Sept. 6, 2016, incident when Albright and another male subject were found to be in possession of methamphetamine and heroin in a room at the Budget Inn located in Hickory.
The robbery case was investigated by Kerry Penley of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. The drug case was investigated by Hickory Police Department. Lance Sigmon handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
A Burke County jury found a Morganton man guilty of the statutory rape of a 13-year-old female at the end of a two-day trial.
29-year-old Ricardo Solis Garcia was sentenced to an active prison term of 20 to 29 years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. The sentence was imposed by the Honorable J. Thomas Davis, Superior Court Judge from Rutherford County, following the jury’s verdict in Burke County Superior Court on Wednesday (February 1). The Jury returned the verdict in 90 minutes.
Federal immigration authorities also have a detainer on Garcia, and he will be deported at the end of his prison sentence.
On March 6, 2015, the defendant picked up the victim at her bus stop in the morning, telling her he would take her to school. They had been neighbors at one time. A news release from the District Attorney's Office says the victim was reluctant, but she did get in the car with him. Instead of taking her to school he took her to a Burke County motel where he rented a room, took her in and forced her to have sex with him.
Sgt. Roger Tate of the Morganton Department of Public Safety investigated the case with assistance from Rhonda Robbins of the Gingerbread House Child Advocacy Center. Michelle Lippert and Frank Webster handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
22-year-old Gina Sue Moody of Vision Drive in Catawba was arrested today (Wednesday, February 1) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Moody was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (February 2).
Chick-fil-A will hold a grand opening tomorrow (February 2) for its new restaurant at the Smith Crossroads in Lenoir.
A “First 100” party is currently underway in the parking lot at 116 Wilkesboro Boulevard S.E. The first 100 adults in line when the doors open at 6 a.m. tomorrow will win Chick-fil-A meals for a year. If more than 100 adults are present, the first 100 will be chosen by random selection.
A book drive is also being held in conjunction with the grand opening. New and gently used books will be collected through noon tomorrow for a public school in Lenoir.
The franchise operator, Mike Sheley, is a graduate of Elon University. The new Chick-fil-A is one of 150 across the state of North Carolina, and one of 102 new restaurants scheduled to open across the country this year.
29-year-old Spencer Allen Rowell was arrested this morning (Wednesday, February 1) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Rowell was arrested shortly after 7 a.m. today and placed in jail in Lincolnton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.