26-year-old Casey Everett Pruitt of 15th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (March 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony break or enter a motor vehicle, along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods. Pruitt was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, March 9).
25-year-old Jasmin Marie Andrews of Willis Road in Vale was arrested Wednesday (March 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Andrews was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $19,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, March 9).
43-year-old Maria Victoria Sanchez of Tarrington Drive in Statesville was arrested Wednesday (March 8) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with misdemeanor child abuse.
According to a news release issued by the Iredell County Sheriff's Officers, the teacher’s assistant and bus driver with the Iredell Statesville Schools is charged in connection to an incident that occurred Wednesday morning in eastern Iredell County. Deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at approximately 8:00 a.m. in the Bell Farm Road area.
The caller reported to Deputies that an unknown child had knocked on their door and was saying the school bus driver had forced him to get off the bus for misbehaving. The child asked the caller if they could call his mother to come get him. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the home where they located the child, who was turned over to family members.
It was learned from the Sheriff’s Office investigation that the child had gotten on the bus and was on his way to school. At some point during the bus ride on Bell Farm Road, the bus driver made the child get off the bus on Skyland Drive, which is off Bell Farm Road. The child then walked to the nearest house and asked the resident to call his mother. The 12-year-old child is a student at East Iredell Middle School.
Sanchez was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $2,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for May 1.
30-year-old Deveion Eugene Johnson of Hickory will spend at least three years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple criminal offenses during Caldwell County Superior Court on Tuesday (March 7).
The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, sentenced Johnson to an active prison term of three to six years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. Johnson pleaded guilty to felony breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods, along with other related felonies.
Officers with Hickory Police Department responded to Precision Sports, LLC in southern Caldwell County around 4 a.m. on Sept. 7, 2015, for a security alarm check. Surveillance videos from the business showed a break-in at the business with numerous guns stolen.
A tip from Charlotte led to an examination of cellular communications between Johnson and two other individuals by HPD Forensic Analyst Matt Rogers. Rogers’ analysis led to the recovery of some of the guns, identified by the business owners as those stolen. A handgun from Precision Sports was recovered from Johnson’s home.
Jeff Pruett and John Patterson led the investigation for Hickory Police Department with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Nancy Lee prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
23-year-old Stephen William Hubner of Lenoir, was sentenced to serve nearly six years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of trafficking heroin by possession during Caldwell County Superior Court on Monday (March 6).
The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed a sentence of 70 to 93 months in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections for Hubner. The defendant also was assessed a mandatory $50,000 fine.
A confidential source provided information to officers with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s that Hubner would sell heroin to them. Officers arranged to meet Hubner and purchase heroin from him on two occasions. An additional quantity of heroin was seized from Hubner upon his arrest.
Assistant District Attorney Andrew Jennings noted that the investigators’ work in this case will lead to charges against other people.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, Lenoir Police Department and Burke County Narcotics Task Force investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Jennings.
39-year-old Jackie Eugenia Byrd and 43-year-old Shea David Byrd, both of Grandin Road in Lenoir’s Kings Creek community, have been arrested by Officers with the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit for suspicion of trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine. Both were charged with felony trafficking. Jackie Byrd was also charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
Yesterday (March 7), Agents searched the residence and seized meth from different locations on the premises. About a pound-and-a-half of crystal methamphetamine, over $2,000 in cash and a pistol were seized. The meth has an estimated street value of more than $120,000. The Byrds are facing mandatory prison time if convicted.
Both suspects were incarcerated in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond for each set at $100,000, secured bond. Jackie Byrd was also given a $1,500 secured bond on the resisting charge. The Byrds will make first appearances in District Court tomorrow in Lenoir. Jackie Byrd has an additional court date on May 1.
The District Attorney has requested an investigation into allegations involving two prosecutors that were detailed in an Associated Press article. 25th Prosecutorial District D.A. David Learner issued the following statement to WHKY: "On Monday, March 6 the Associated Press released a story containing allegations against two Assistant District Attorney's employed by me in the 25th Judicial District. On Tuesday, March 7, I requested that the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the Associated Press allegations."
The AP article says at least a half-dozen times over a period of twenty years, authorities investigated reports that members of the Word of Faith Church were being beaten. The report says according to former congregants, the orders came down from church leaders to lie to protect the sect. According to the AP report, Frank Webster and Chris Back, assistant District Attorneys in the 25th District were ministers with the church. They allegedly provided legal advice, helped at strategy sessions and participated in a mock trial for four congregants charged with harassing a former member.
The Rosales Kwik Stop store at 2614 North Center Street was robbed late last night or early this morning. Just before one o’clock this morning (March 7), Officers responded to an alarm that was reported by a passerby.
A glass door in front of store was busted out. An unknown amount of cigarettes and cigarillos were taken. An estimate of property loss is pending inventory.
The suspect is a black male in his mid-to-late 30s. He was wearing a long-sleeved white shirt, blue jeans and gray tennis shoes.
Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.
The man and woman involved in a Catawba County shooting incident have been identified. The incident occurred yesterday (March 7) at a home on Topaz Drive in Maiden.
Angela Smith Tremble was killed in the shooting. According to the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, Ms. Tremble's boyfriend, Jeffrey Dwayne Hoppes, sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face. Hoppes is currently at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where he is listed in critical condition. He is a suspect in Ms. Tremble’s death. Her cause of death will be determined, pending an autopsy.
Published reports say that the Sheriff's Office initially received three different 9-1-1 calls with different versions of what happened at the home. A SWAT team was sent to the home in anticipation of a hostage situation. A rifle was reportedly recovered from inside the home.
As of this afternoon, no charges had been filed. WHKY's Fentress Chestnut will speak with Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid this afternoon. She'll have a report on the incident on tonight's WHKY-TV News at 5:30 and 10:00.
27-year-old Daniel James Coffey of Lower Cedar Valley Road in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (March 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Coffey was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (March 9).
37-year-old Chastity Marie Hicks of “F” Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:15 p.m. yesterday (March 7) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.
She was arrested in connection to a possible larceny at the Target store on Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory. On February 27, another subject, Robin Piedlow, had concealed clothing items, including swimsuits, and exited the store. The following day, Chastity Hicks returned some of the previously stolen merchandise and was given credit on a store gift card.
Warrants were taken out for both Piedlow and Hicks. Piedlow's warrant for habitual larceny is outstanding at this time.
Hicks was taken into custody without incident at the Salvation Army on 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today.
The Catawba County Youth Council is accepting Requests for Funding Proposals (RFPs) that are targeted to address the identified impact areas of health, education and income as they relate to the needs and well-being of children and youth in the community. Youth Council RFPs will only be accepted for programs identifiable under these impact areas that specifically address the needs of children and youth in Catawba County.
RFPs will be considered by the Catawba County Youth Council from organizations in Catawba County that are either incorporated as not-for-profit, tax exempt entities or those thtat have 501-C3 legal status. They must comply with applicable legal, federal, state and local operating and reporting requirements.
Monies available for program funding are raised solely by youth groups and/or individuals in Catawba County through the Catawba County United Way’s annual community campaign.
Applications are available on the web at ccunitedway.com/news or contact Sylvia Long at 828-327-6851 or email@example.com. Youth Council RFP applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 28.
42-year-old Jerry Dean Coffey was arrested Tuesday (March 7) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Coffey was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 8).
25-year-old Christopher Raleigh Andrews of Cross Creek Drive in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (March 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Andrews was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (March 9).
39-year-old Angela Beth Duncan of East End Court in Claremont was arrested Tuesday (March 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on bills of indictment with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and felony conspiracy. In addition, Duncan is charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and misdemeanor child abuse.
Duncan was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. District and Superior Court appearances were scheduled for today (Wednesday, March 8).
43-year-old Linda McCombs Rogers of Largo Drive in Casar was arrested last Friday (March 3) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with 13 counts of felony identity theft.
Rogers is charged with stealing a co-worker’s debit card information. Detective Dan Snellings began the investigation after deputies were dispatched to the Dollar General on Highway 10 in Vale on February 13. Cynthia Bivens told officers that former co-worker Linda McCombs Rogers had used the debit card on a number of occasions.
A review of bank records show that Ms. Biven’s debit card had been used to complete 13 bank transactions, including at the Cleveland County Jail, where it was used to put money on the account of an inmate housed there. Rogers also used the information to make online purchases, and pay personal bills including cell phone and satellite television bills.
Rogers, who was terminated as an employee of Dollar General, was released after posting a $30,000 secured bond. She's scheduled to appear in District Court March 23.
On Monday (March 6) U.S. District Judge Richard L. Voorhees sentenced 21-year-old James Holland Helms of Maiden, to 75 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release on a firearms offense. The announcement was made Tuesday (March 7) by Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.
According to filed court documents and Monday’s sentencing hearing, on October 12, 2015, Maiden Police officers responded to a residential address in Maiden in reference to a report of shots being fired at the residence. Court records indicate that Helms fired multiple shots at the residence as he drove past the house in his vehicle.
Court records indicate that earlier in the evening Helms had engaged in a verbal altercation with individuals at the residence. Helms later drove his vehicle by the residence and fired several shots at the residence while individuals were standing on the front porch. According to court records, one of the individuals stated that Helms fired the gun and a bullet struck the door. After firing multiple shots at the residence, Helms sped off the scene, and, while driving, he threw the firearm out of the window.
The firearm was recovered hours later by law enforcement investigating the incident. Court records also indicate law enforcement investigators identified two bullet holes in the victim’s residence and one in a vehicle parked in the driveway that resulted from Helms’ shooting. Helms was identified as the shooter and was taken into custody the day of the shooting. Helms has a previous criminal offense and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.
In October 2016 Helms pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole. The FBI and the Maiden Police Department handled the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Randall of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte prosecuted the case.
22-year-old Carson Charles Jackson of Lake Shore Road South in Denver was arrested Monday (March 6) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and uttering a forged instrument. Jackson is also charged with misdemeanor filing a false report to law enforcement.
According to a news release, Jackson told police he was kidnapped at gunpoint and forced to drive around the Club Drive area breaking into mailboxes during the early morning hours Saturday (March 4). He told them he was forced to take a check stolen out of one of the mailboxes and deposit it into his bank account at an ATM machine. Jackson then unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw funds out of his account via the same ATM.
Detective Richard Calhoun investigated the case and during the interview with Jackson he discovered inconsistencies in his story. Information on Jackson's cell phone indicated he had not been kidnapped. Another interview was conducted with Jackson at which time he gave a full confession, stating he lied about being kidnapped. He admitted to breaking into the mailboxes and stealing a check.
Jackson also admitted to depositing the check into his account and attempting to withdraw funds immediately afterwards. The 25 pieces of mail were removed from mailboxes on Sandestin Lane, Shoreline Drive, Eaglecrest Drive, Broadmoor Lane, Prestwick Lane and Club Drive, all with Stanley addresses. The mail was strewn along the side of the road.
Jackson was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center then released after posting a $2,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court yesterday (Tuesday, March 7).
32-year-old Rodney Matthew Cline, who is listed as a homeless man from Lincolnton, was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule III controlled substance, sale of schedule III controlled substance, and delivery of schedule III controlled substance. Cline is also charged with three counts apiece of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, sale of marijuana, and delivery of marijuana.
Cline was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Wednesday, March 8) under $105,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (March 7). The city's boards and commissions made their annual presentations to council. These boards and commissions have a variety of purposes that includes everything from increasing the recycling rate, guiding the future of parks and recreation, to assisting with economic development and beautification grants. All groups are made up of citizens from different wards and diverse backgrounds. Find more information about the boards and how to get involved at hickorync.gov or call City Clerk, Debbie Miller at 323-7400.
Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were all approved unanimously. Among the items listed under second readings was the acceptance and award of a proposal for the West Hickory Elevated Tank and Distribution System Project and completion of the City's Distribution System Model in the amount of $71,200.In addition, under second readings, the acceptance and award of the Professional Services Agreement with Hulsey McCormick and Wallace in the amount of $91,000 for completion of the Sodium Hypochlorite Generation Replacement Project.
A public hearing was held to receive feedback on the consideration to close a portion of 1st Street NE. There were no speakers in opposition to the closure, one person spoke in favor of it. City Council approved the street closure unanimously.
Interim City Manager Andrea Surratt presented an update on the bond projects. She discussed the progress of the 321/70 gateway and the City Walk. Council shared their ideas and provided feedback on the proposed gateway at 321 and 70.