19-year-old Robert Djuan Nelson, Jr. of 17th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:25 Tuesday morning (October 16) on one felony count of possession of a stolen vehicle.
Nelson was arrested in connection to an incident on October 1 when Officers responded to a residence on 8th Street Drive N.W. in reference to a stolen motor vehicle. During the investigation, Nelson was identified as the suspect and a warrant for his arrest was issued.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. Nelson was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (October 17) in Newton.
Two residences were damaged in a fire early this morning (October 17). At 4:40 a.m. today the Hickory Fire Department was dispatched to Westminster Park Townhomes at 2705 North Center Street. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and one command unit. Upon arrival at 4:44 a.m., firefighters reported heavy amounts of smoke coming from the two story townhome complex.
Firefighters quickly worked to ensure that occupants were out of the burning structure, evacuate surrounding townhomes, and also worked to determine the source of the smoke. Additional firefighters responded to assist with the incident and firefighters from St. Stephen’s and Long View Fire Departments were asked to cover areas in the city. Catawba County EMS and the Hickory Police Department also responded to the incident.
The fire was under control by 5:29 a.m. No injuries were reported and two townhomes were damaged. Fire investigators determined the fire started in the upstairs bathroom and was caused by a lamp, which was too close to a curtain.
49-year-old Christopher Scott Rieger of Scenic Ridge Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:15 last night (October 16) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering, plus one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on August 23 of this year. At that time, Officers responded to a break-in at an unoccupied residence on Pinecrest Road N.E. A known suspect, Christopher Scott Rieger, allegedly entered the residence and took several items. Warrants for his arrest were issued.
Rieger was taken into custody without incident at the Silver Springs Terrace apartment complex on 20th Street N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
More information has been released regarding the arrest of 47-year-old Ronald Ray Stroup of Kings Mill Road in Valdese, first reported yesterday on WHKY. Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers have charged Stroup with felonious restraint.
The felony charge stems from an incident on Monday, September 24. At that time, a female victim reported that Ronald Ray Stroup had held her at gunpoint against her will. The victim said Stroup had been using methamphetamine for a few days when the incident occurred and that he wanted to go to Valdese Hospital for an unknown reason. En route to the hospital, Stroup stopped near a church on Main Street in Valdese where the victim got out of the vehicle.
The following day, Stroup was arrested for violating a domestic violence protection order. He was given a $2,500 secured bond. Investigators also issued a warrant charging Stroup with felonious restraint. That warrant was served Monday (October 15) while Stroup was in custody. An additional $25,000 secured bond was assessed. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (October 17).
Gastonia Police have arrested a man wanted in connection with the kidnapping of a Lincoln County woman and forcing her to attempt to withdraw money from a local bank.
42-year-old Reginald Aaron Ballard of Lincolnton is charged with felony 1st degree kidnapping, felonious restraint, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats. He was arrested by Gastonia Police Tuesday morning (October 16) as he walked down Franklin Boulevard in Gastonia. An off duty Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the suspect and notified a Gastonia Police officer who took Ballard into custody.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives had been looking for Ballard since September 25. As WHKY previously reported, the victim reported that Ballard held her against her will at her residence on West Highway 27. She said the suspect held a pistol to her head earlier in the afternoon and demanded $5,000. She first refused but later drove Ballard to Carolina Trust Bank at 790 West Highway 27 in an attempt to withdraw the money. While at the bank she was able to notify bank employees that they need to call the police.
Ballard became suspicious and forced her to drive away from the bank. She drove around the nearby area and returned to the Bi-Lo parking lot across the street. The suspect tricked Ballard into getting out of the car. She locked the vehicle and began sounding her car horn. That got the attention of the bank employees who called 9-1-1. Ballard fled the area around Highway 150 and Highway 27 West intersection on foot and eluded officers.
Ballard was turned over to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center without bond. He was scheduled to have a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (October 17).
47-year-old John Wayne Goins of Cat Square Road in Vale was arrested Sunday (October 14) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, conspiracy to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also charged with fictitious registration, driving while license revoked and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
A second suspect, 28-year-old Brian David Arnold, of Kings Mountain, was being sought by authorities. He's charged with one felony count each of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, conspiracy to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and identity theft. He is also charged with one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
According to a news release issued Tuesday (October 16), Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were on routine patrol at approximately 12:30 a.m. Sunday when they encountered a vehicle traveling east on West Highway 150 that had a burned out tail light. In addition, the driver failed to signal a turn. A traffic stop was conducted. Goins was the driver and Arnold was the passenger.
Because of a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car deputies asked Arnold if there was any marijuana in the vehicle and he said there was. A search of the individuals and the vehicle turned up a hypodermic needle, marijuana, and meth. Officers also found a pistol underneath the driver’s seat. Officers learned that both men were convicted felons and Goins was placed under arrest and transported to the magistrate’s office.
Arnold, who originally gave officers a fake name, told the deputy he swallowed methamphetamine and was feeling sick. Lincoln County EMS was called and was transporting Arnold to Gaston Memorial Hospital when he jumped from the ambulance near Dallas and fled on foot. Dallas Police and Gaston County Police searched for Arnold but could not locate him.
Goins was placed in jail under a $40,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is October 29. Anyone with information on Arnold’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
45-year-old William Douglas Higgins of Herman Road in Claremont was arrested Tuesday (October 16) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Higgins was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 17).
Early voting gets underway today (October 17) and there are several candidates on the ballot in the Hickory Metro counties. Early voting runs until Saturday, November 3.
In Alexander County the ballot includes contested races for County Commissioner, Sheriff, Register of Deeds, NC State Senate District 42, NC House of Representatives District 94, and U.S. House District 5. In Burke County there are contested races for County Commissioner, NC State Senate District 46, NC House of Representatives District 86, and U.S. House District 11.
In Caldwell County the ballot includes contested races for County Commissioner, Board of Education, Clerk of Superior Court, Sheriff, NC State Senate District 46, NC House of Representatives District 87, and U.S. House District 11. The Catawba County ballot features contested races for County Commissioner, Board of Education, Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, NC State Senate District 42, NC House of Representatives Districts 89 and 96, and U.S. House Districts 5 and 10.
For a full list of candidates in each county go to the Board of Elections website, sample ballots are available.
Early voting sites are as follows: in Catawba County at the Main Library in Newton at 115 West ‘C’ Street, Highland Recreation Center at 1451 8th Street Drive NE in Hickory, the Southwest Branch Library at 2944 South Hwy 127 in Mountain View, Conover Station at 403 Conover Station SE on the bottom floor of the library building, and the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library at 9154 Sherrills Ford Road in Terrell.
In Caldwell County early voting locations are the Alden E. Starnes County Office Plaza in City/County Chambers at 905 West Avenue NW in Lenoir, and the Shuford Recreation Center at 56 Pinewood Road in Granite Falls. In Burke County the early voting locations are the Board of Elections in Morganton, Burke County Library & Senior Center in Hildebran, and Glen Alpine Town Hall in Glen Alpine. And in Alexander County you can vote early at the Board of Elections in Taylorsville, at the Bethlehem Community Fire & Rescue Department, and the Former Energy United Building in Stony Point.
Voting times do vary somewhat, check your county’s Board of Elections website or contact them to find out when you can cast your ballot. Election Day is November 6. WHKY Radio, WHKY TV and www.whky.com will have results throughout the evening on that date.
34-year-old Curtis Shaun Stanus of Tarlton Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 16) on one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and two misdemeanor counts of larceny.
On October 14, Officers responded to a report of larceny and larceny from a motor vehicle at a residence on “B” Avenue S.E. in Hickory. Curtis Shaun Stanus was identified as the suspect and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at 3:45 a.m. today on the 2,000 block of 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Stanus was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
47-year-old Richard Leroy Lowman, Jr. of “E D" Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:45 last night (October 15) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, possession of stolen goods and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lowman was taken into custody at his residence. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. A first appearance was scheduled today in Newton.
31-year-old Dusty Ray Whisnant of Whisnant Road in Patterson was arrested by Hickory Police just after eight o’clock last night (October 15) on two felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and one felony count each of uttering a forged instrument and obtaining property by false pretense. He was also charged as an habitual felon.
Whisnant was arrested after Officers responded to Skill Fish Games on Highway 70 S.W. in reference to the recovery of a stolen vehicle. The suspect, Dusty Ray Whisnant, was located and taken into custody without incident at a nearby convenience store.
He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $70,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
47-year-old Ronald Ray Stroup was arrested Monday (October 16) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felonious restraint. Stroup was arrested shortly before noon Monday and was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (October 17).
While many schools across the state have been in operation for more than two months, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol is taking proactive steps to ensure school bus safety is not overlooked.
Starting yesterday (Monday, October 15) troopers statewide began participation in Operation Stop Arm, a week-long event held each year. Objectives of the campaign include an increase in educational programs and enforcement in and around school zones. Throughout the week, troopers will ride on school buses and use unmarked vehicles to monitor bus routes to and from school.
“Every child should be afforded a safe means of travel as they attend their respective educational institution”, said Colonel Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “While this operation is scheduled to conclude on Friday, our efforts will continue throughout the school year.”
A Hickory man will spend at least eight years in prison after a Catawba County jury found him guilty of robbery with a firearm and conspiracy to commit robbery with a firearm.
24-year-old Montavious Lamar Mayfield was given an active prison sentence of eight to 11 years by the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County. The sentence was imposed following his conviction by a jury last Thursday (October 11) in Catawba County Superior Court. The trial started last Monday (October 8), and covered four days, ending Thursday afternoon after the jury deliberated for less than half an hour.
The offenses occurred October 29, 2016, when Mayfield entered a convenience store on Old Lenoir Road in Hickory wearing a hoodie and gloves with his face covered. Upon entry to the store, Mayfield fired a shot past the clerk with a .45-caliber semi-automatic rifle and then proceeded to demand money from the register along with an unidentified co-defendant.
When the two men departed the store, Mayfield left the gloves and clothing that covered his face behind the business. The defendant had an unsuspecting citizen drive him back to the location early the next morning where he was seen looking for items by a witness who reported the activity to law enforcement. That allowed investigators to conduct a search that led to the recovery of the weapon and apparel.
DNA profiles were obtained from the gloves, one of which matched the profile of the defendant, tying him to the robbery. Justin Levey was the lead investigator for Hickory Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith handled prosecution for the State.
52-year-old Billy Ray Potter of Pioneer Trail in Lenoir was arrested Monday (October 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and obtaining property by false pretense. Potter was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 16).
A Hickory man has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting of a 21-year-old that occurred during a suspected road rage incident. District Attorney David Learner determined that 58-year-old Joseph Mark Harrison acted in self-defense when he fired a shot that struck Joshua Max Barnes, of Connelly Springs, in the shoulder on October 4, 2018.
Learner reached his conclusion after reviewing the evidence, witness statements and investigative findings of the Valdese Police Department. No charges will be filed against Harrison.
The incident occurred at approximately 1:35 p.m. on October 4 on Main Street in Valdese after Barnes had been closely following Harrison on U.S. Highway 70 coming into Valdese. Harrison pulled over almost to the right curb and stopped his vehicle to give Barnes plenty of room to go by him.
Eyewitness reports given to investigators from Valdese Police Department indicated that Barnes stopped, got out of his vehicle, went directly to the driver’s side window of Harrison’s vehicle and immediately punched him at least three times. Harrison pulled out a handgun and fired a single shot that struck Barnes in the shoulder and then waited for law enforcement officers to arrive.
Based on his review of the evidence and statements from the witnesses, Learner concluded that Harrison acted in self-defense while being assaulted through the window of his vehicle. There were two other firearms in Harrison’s vehicle, and investigators seized all three. Learner authorized the immediate return of the firearms to Mr. Harrison and for charges to be filed against Barnes.
Barnes has been charged with assault and battery in connection with this incident.
57-year-old Michael Anthony Franklin of West “B” Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police Sunday morning (October 14) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury including strangulation. He was arrested in connection to a domestic incident that occurred yesterday.
Franklin was taken into custody without incident at 8:15 a.m. yesterday at a hotel on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,500, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
We have more information on the arrest of a man on a drug trafficking charge, we first reported the arrest earlier today (October 15). 25-year-old Zachery George Stephenson of Norwood Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (October 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of a stolen firearm.
Stephenson was charged following a search at 3450 Evanbrook Court in Lenoir. The firearm, a Ruger 9mm pistol, had been reported stolen from Lenoir. At the time of the search, Stephenson was found in a spare room of the residence and had approximately 90 grams of meth hidden inside a dresser. The gun was in the same dresser in the drawer next to the meth, which has a street value of $13,500 according to North Carolina State Drug Guidelines.
Stephenson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.
30-year-old Alan James Moore of Dogwood Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 7:30 last night (October 14) on one felony count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Police stopped a 2002 Mercury on Falling Creek Road N.E. in Hickory. Officers served the driver with two outstanding processes. During the arrest, Police found 53 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Moore was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,000, secured. He has since been released. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (October 15) in Newton.
56-year-old Pamela Speagle Adams of Rhoney Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police just before 3 p.m. Friday (October 12) on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and three misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. The felony warrants were issued in June of this year in McDowell County and the misdemeanor warrants were issued in May 2018. It’s not clear which charges she failed to appear on; however, Adams faces a long list of vehicular offenses in McDowell, Beaufort, Wake, Columbus and Caldwell counties.
She was taken into custody without incident at a used car lot on Highway 70 S.E. in Newton. Adams was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,250 secured bond. She was no longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of this morning (October 15). Adams will appear in District Court on the felony charges in Marion on October 22.