For the 33rd consecutive year, the city of Newton has been awarded the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The Newton Finance Department was presented with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the city’s comprehensive annual financial report for fiscal year 2017.
The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the areas of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Attainment of the certificate represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management, according to GFOA. Members of the Finance Department were honored for winning the award at the June 19 Newton City Council meeting.
The GFOA established the certificate program in 1945 to encourage and assist governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association that serves more than 19,400 government finance professionals throughout the United States and Canada.
48-year-old Kevin Wolford of Cheryl's Pass Road in Statesville was arrested Wednesday (June 20) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts apiece of breaking and entering to a residence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, along with single felony counts of larceny after breaking and entering, breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, larceny of a motor vehicle, and larceny of a firearm.
On Sunday June 10, 2018 a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. The victim reported that several firearms and televisions were stolen from the property. Deputies found a broken window in the front of the residence. The suspect made entry by throwing a concrete block through it.
While investigating this incident, detectives gained information about a possible suspect, Kevin Wolford. The reporting victim’s family said Wolford was recently fired by the victim. When detectives arrived at Wolford’s new workplace, he fled on foot through the woods. After speaking with the victim’s brother, detectives learned Wolford was driving a blue Cadillac Escalade which the victim’s brother let him borrow.
The Cadillac was still at Wolford’s workplace and the owner had the keys. Consent was given for detectives to search the vehicle. They discovered several blood stains in the driver and rear passenger seats. These were collected to be tested against blood stains that were collected at the original crime scene.
On Wednesday, June 13, a caller told the Sheriff's Office that Wolford stole his neighbor’s vehicle from South Chipley Ford Road. Detectives and deputies searched the area for the vehicle and were unable to find it. Officers learned that Wolford went to a residence in the stolen vehicle. While investigating the stolen vehicle, detectives discovered the residence where the vehicle was stolen from had also been broken into. It was learned that a firearm was stolen from the residence. The stolen vehicle was found later that day abandoned on Lippard Farm Road.
On Wednesday detectives learned Wolford would be at a local business. Detectives and deputies went to the business and found the suspect, who was taken into custody without incident. Wolford was detained in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $120,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 11.
60-year-old Ricky Edward Blevins, who is listed as a homeless person from Newton, was arrested Thursday (June 21) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with break or enter a motor vehicle and attempted larceny. Blevins was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 25).
32-year-old Raven Nicole Duncan Brown of Allendale Lane in Taylorsville was arrested Thursday (June 21) by Maiden Police Officers. She was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office added a charge of possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises. Brown was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court date is set for next Monday (June 25).
41-year-old Ryan Eller McRee of South Second Avenue in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (June 21) on charges of fictitious or altered registration card or tag, driving while license revoked, resisting a public officer, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle (three counts) and altering or destroying a serial number or motor number. He was also charged with three counts of failure to appear, two for driving while license revoked and one for no inspection.
McRee was taken into custody without incident at about 3 a.m. today at an auto dealership on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $19,000, secured. Appearances in District Court were set for June 25, July 12, August 1 and August 2.
41-year-old Jamie Edward Lewis of Hope Road in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police at 6:10 p.m. yesterday for a felony probation violation. Lewis is on probation as he serves an 18-month suspended sentence following a May 2017 conviction in Catawba County for possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Lewis was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for June 25 in Newton.
45-year-old John Paul Hammer of Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (June 19) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers with assistance from the Taylorsville Police Department. He was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The charges stem from an investigation into an accidental 911 call from Hammer’s residence. When officers arrived and made contact with Hammer, a meth pipe was found in his possession, resulting in the charges being filed. A news release says Hammer was found to be in possession of 2.6 grams of meth, 113 dosage units of alprazolam, and marijuana.
Hammer was arrested without incident and transported to the Alexander County Detention Center where he was placed under a $35,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 25).
Two people are dead as a result of an early morning crash in Caldwell County. According to multiple published reports, the North Carolina Highway Patrol says the wreck occurred at around 4 a.m. on U.S. 321 near Waterfalls road in northern Caldwell County.
The Highway Patrol reports that two men from Florida were killed when the tractor-trailer they were traveling in ran off the road into a runaway truck ramp on the southbound side of U.S. 321. Both men were thrown from the tractor-trailer. The truck was reportedly hauling several spools of metal when it crashed. The men who were killed have not been identified. Investigators were expected to remain at the scene of the crash until at least noon.
37-year-old Joel Columbus Williams of 8th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (June 20) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia. Williams is also charged with possession of stolen goods and driving while license revoked on warrants from Burke County, and misdemeanor larceny and possession of stolen goods on Caldwell County warrants.
Following his arrest, Williams was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,300 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for next Monday (June 25), July 12, July 18, and August 29.
40-year-old Mickey Joe Calloway of Moss Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (June 20) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony counts of identity fraud and financial card theft along with a misdemeanor count of financial card fraud. Calloway was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 23.
28-year-old Kristen Price Niewiera of Stagecoach Trail in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and failure to appear on a count of simple assault. Niewiera was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (June 25).
Photos have been released of a truck that may be connected to a death case in Burke County. At 7:31 p.m. Sunday (June 17), Burke County Deputies were dispatched to a reported assault at an address on U.S. Highway 70 in Connelly Springs. The incident was reported by a family member. When Deputies arrived, they found 63-year-old Robin Berry Teague deceased in the residence. The case is being investigated as a homicide. Reports stated that the deceased showed indications of blunt force trauma.
The truck appears to be a Nissan Frontier, possibly gray or a similar color, model year around 1999. It was in the area on Highway 70 near the crime scene around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Anyone with any information about the truck or driver is asked not to engage the person but to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333. All Crimestoppers tips are anonymous, and anyone with information leading to an arrest may receive a cash reward.
The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Burke County Sheriff's Office with the investigation.
The Falling Creek Road bridge replacement project in Hickory is now complete and open to traffic. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) conducted the final inspection and approval on Wednesday (June 20) prior to reopening the structure.
Falling Creek Road bridge has been closed for replacement since June 12, 2017, following a structural deficiency determination by engineers. The project was expected to take one year to complete.
Caldwell County Water Customers are seeing sediment in their water in several areas of the county due to several different incidents. Customers around the new William Lenoir Middle School have been seeing sediment in their water due to construction and replacement of water lines near the Roundabout being built on Highway 90. Customers in the Dudley Shoals area are seeing sediment due to low water levels in the Draco Holding Tank. Customers in the Grace Chapel area are seeing sediment due to the Caldwell County Water Department testing hydrants in the area.
All three of these areas water should clear over the next few days. County staff have tested the water in all three areas and have determined the water is safe. Any customers still having concerns can boil the water for two minutes before consumption or drink bottled water. Anyone with questions can contact the Caldwell County Water Department at 828-757-5758.
After nearly five months, Lincoln County authorities continue to ask for the public’s assistance in locating 53-year-old Richard Keith Perdue. On January 22, Mr. Perdue walked away from the Boger City Rest Home on Little Valley Trail in Lincolnton and disappeared.
He was last seen at about 8:30 p.m. on that date leaving through a side door at the facility. He was not reported missing until two hours later by the rest home staff. Deputies searched the area, but were unable to find Mr. Perdue.
On January 31, the Lincoln Co. Special Operations Land Search Team, Sheriff’s Deputies & Detectives and a drone operator from the Cleveland Co. Sheriff’s Office searched a 300-meter diameter around the rest home. The drone was used to show aerial views of locations that are difficult to access due to the terrain.
Mr. Perdue is a white male with black hair and blue eyes. He is 5’5” tall and weighs 135 pounds. He suffers from several medical conditions, including autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia. Mr. Perdue does not have relatives in North Carolina and is not familiar with the area.
According to a press release issued by the Sheriff’s Office, authorities have exhausted every available lead in the case. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Richard Keith Perdue should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln Co. Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
23-year-old Hannah Marie Miles of Eagle Mills Road in Hamptonville was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (June 20) on one felony count of possession of cocaine.
Miles was arrested without incident after Officers conducted a traffic stop on the 1,600 block of 20th Avenue Drive N.W. and found 2.5 grams of crack cocaine. She was also given a citation for driving with a revoked license.
Miles was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for June 25 in Newton.
18-year-old Trystan Lee McClain of 27th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police this morning (June 20) on one felony count of common law robbery. McClain was taken into custody without incident at about 7:40 a.m. today at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for June 25 in Newton.
32-year-old Melinda Gail South of SW Dulatown Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (June 19) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of obtain property by false pretense and financial card withholding. South was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 20).
45-year-old Michele Renae Yount of 10th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (June 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and possession of stolen property along with a misdemeanor count of larceny after breaking and entering. Yount was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 23.
There's a new name on the Iredell County most wanted list.
29-year-old Brooke Leanna Speaks is wanted by authorities in Iredell County, she was recently added to the most wanted list. Speaks is wanted for felony counts of safecracking and larceny of a firearm. Her last known address was 1411 Pearl Street in Statesville.
56-year-old Freddie L. Daye Jr. remains on the Iredell County most wanted list. He's charged with fail to comply with a court order. Daye's last known address was 1150 Mohogany Road in Statesville.
45-year-old Robert Brice also remains on the Iredell County most wanted list. He's wanted for failure to report as a sex offender. The last known address for Brice was 923 Belinda Street in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects with their photos at www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call any tips into the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at their Statesville location, 704-878-3180, or the Mooresville office, 704-664-7500.