41-year-old Jason Matthew Basnett was arrested Tuesday (March 19) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He was charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a building, larceny after breaking and entering, and probation violation. In addition, Basnett is charged with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Basnett was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday on Morganton Heights Boulevard and placed in jail under $15,500 secured bond. A District Court date is set for April 10.
A Hickory man who fatally stabbed his cousin received a minimum six year prison sentence.
54-year-old Arthur Lee Robinson was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to an active prison term of six to nine years by the Honorable George C. Bell, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (March 20).
The defendant pleaded guilty to the October 2, 2016, stabbing death of 63-year-old Kester Hewitt, his cousin and roommate, a result of an argument between the two men. Officers from the Hickory Police Department responded to several calls about a civil disturbance between the two family members at the residence, but Robinson was not there each time. Officers advised Hewitt to lock the door and call law enforcement if Robinson returned.
Around 4:45 a.m. on the date of the incident, a 911 call regarding a stabbing at the residence was received. Robinson was at the residence when HPD officers arrived and found Hewitt deceased in the living room with multiple stab wounds to his head and chest.
Robinson denied any involvement in the fatal stabbing, but investigators noticed blood on his sock when they interviewed him. Executing a search warrant at the residence, they found a knife in the defendant’s bedroom, and a DNA analysis of the blood on the knife confirmed it to be the murder weapon.
The autopsy report from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center determined Hewitt’s cause of death as sharp force injuries to the head and chest. The Hickory Police Department investigated the fatal stabbing. Assistant District Attorney Nolan Hancock prosecuted the case for the State.
Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating an early morning carjacking on Sage Court in Denver.
Shortly after 5 a.m. today (March 20), Deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 3,800 block of Sage Court. The victim told Officers he was walking to his vehicle in the driveway at his home when he noticed a small S.U.V. parked on a nearby street and three black males walking around the street.
When the victim got into his vehicle (a tan 2014 Honda Accord), two of the men walked up the driveway as the third pulled the S.U.V. into the driveway, blocking the victim's car. The suspects, who had their faces covered, banged on the victim's car window. One of suspects pulled out a handgun and ordered the victim out of the vehicle.
The suspects demanded the victim's money, wallet, and the keys to the Honda. One of the suspects drove the victim's vehicle away while another suspect got back into the small S.U.V.
No one was injured during the incident.
Deputies canvassed the neighborhood and found other vehicles that appeared to have been broken into. Only one additional break-in has been reported.
The stolen Honda has a North Carolina tag number CHL-4376. Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
28-year-old Tara Nicole Wood of Henry Place in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (March 20) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Wood was arrested after Officers conducted a traffic stop on the 1,100 block of 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. According to Police, Wood, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was found to have 0.4 grams of methamphetamine on her person.
Wood was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office is investigating break-ins to residences in Vale. Several firearms were among the items stolen.
On March 12 at shortly before 1 p.m., Catawba County Communications received a call about the breaking and entering to a residence located at 6751 West 10 NC Highway in Vale. The caller was able to give a vehicle description for the suspect vehicle.
On the same date shortly before 9 p.m., Catawba County Communications received a call about someone trespassing at 3144 Old Shelby Road in Vale. Deputies made contact with the trespassing subject and observed that the vehicle the subject was driving matched the vehicle description given earlier in the day at the break-in on Highway 10.
The suspect admitted to Deputies that he had broken into several homes, as well as having stolen firearms in his vehicle. Deputies recovered eight stolen firearms, as well as other stolen property taken from residences in Catawba County.
Catawba County Investigators have worked to identify the stolen property and return various items to the rightful owners. The investigation is continuing and charges in this case are pending. The suspect was not named in the news release issued this afternoon (March 20).
33-year-old Jeremy Curtis Setzer of Norwood Street in Lenoir and 22-year-old Destinee Kay Smith of 1st Avenue in Hickory were arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (March 19). They were each charged with two felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and one felony count each of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance.
Both Setzer and Smith were placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Bond for Setzer was set at $100,000, secured, and bond for Smith was set at $30,000, secured. Both were scheduled to appear in District Court today.
47-year-old Christopher Matthew Hambrick of Floral Drive in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (March 19) by Hickory Police Officers on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Hambrick was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. A District Court Appearance was scheduled today.
23-year-old Austin Lane Ervin of Dudley Shoals Road in Granite Falls was arrested yesterday (March 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm. Ervin was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $50,000, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
34-year-old Michell Nicole Alexander of Island Points Road in Sherrills Ford was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:10 yesterday afternoon (March 19) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Alexander was arrested after Officers responded to reports of a suspicious person at the St. Stephens Mobile Home Park on 24th Street N.E. Officers located Michell Nicole Alexander, who allegedly had one gram of methamphetamine concealed in her bra. She was also in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Alexander was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
30-year-old Stephen Aaron "Little Shaggy" Hedrick of Largo Court in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (March 20) for a felony probation violation. Hedrick is on probation as he serves an 18-month suspended sentence following a January 2019 felony conviction in Catawba County for possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He had been listed as an absconder from probation.
Hedrick was taken into custody without incident at about 3:35 a.m. today at a convenience store on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. An appearance in District Court is coming up on March 25 in Newton.
41-year-old Shannon Richard Aughenbaugh of Pineburr Avenue S.W. in Valdese was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:15 last night on felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of a firearm, plus misdemeanor counts for a concealed handgun permit violation and resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer. In addition, he was served with outstanding felony warrants from January 7 of this year on bills of indictment for breaking & entering, larceny, and possession of stolen goods. He was also charged as an habitual felon.
Aughenbaugh was arrested following a traffic stop at the intersection of 12th Avenue N.E. and 21st Street N.E. During the incident, Officers found 24 grams of marijuana and a handgun.
Following his arrest, Aughenbaugh was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $52,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton with a Superior Court date coming up on April 29.
50-year-old Darren Rodney Astles of Sherrills Ford has been arrested by Hickory Police on one count each of peeping using a photographic imaging device and possession of a photographic image obtained from peeping.
On Wednesday, March 13, Hickory Police took a report regarding a possible recording device that was found at Planet Fitness on 2nd Street N.E. The victim reported finding a recording device in the tanning area at Planet Fitness on March 12.
During the investigation, H.P.D. Investigators identified Darren Rodney Astles as the owner of the device. Warrants were issued and Astles was taken into custody yesterday (March 19).
The suspect was given a $12,000 secured bond. He was not listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of this morning (March 20). Astles was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Inv. Darren Bailey directly at 828-261-2687 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
29-year-old Jimmy Allen Nelson of Pony Court in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (March 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers on three felony counts of failure to appear in court. Nelson was taken to Caldwell County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date was scheduled for April 1 and a District Court date was scheduled for May 15.
Two different preliminary designs by the North Carolina Department of Transportation to improve a sharp-angle intersection on U.S. 64/N.C. 18 in Gamewell will be available at a public meeting tomorrow (March 21).
NCDOT engineers are developing designs to improve safety at the intersection of Calico Road and U.S. 64/N.C. 18 and the project team would like public feedback on the two different options. This project is supported by the Greater Hickory Metropolitan Planning Organization for funding after NCDOT initiated the project.
The first option is a roundabout that allows for a continuous flow of traffic while increasing safety by reducing the possibility of T-bone and head-on collisions. The second option creates two new intersections — one north of the highway and one to the south — with stop signs for traffic from Calico Road and turn lanes for traffic turning onto the secondary road.
Additional information and a map of proposed improvements are available at the NCDOT public meetings website. Draft designs of the two plan concepts will be presented at the public meeting from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at Gamewell Elementary School, 2904 Morganton Boulevard SW, in Lenoir.
NCDOT representatives will be available to explain the design, answer question and listen to comments. The public may submit comments and questions at the meeting, or via phone or email or mail until April 4. For further information or to submit comments, contact Three Oaks Engineering Senior Transportation Planning Engineer Karen B. Taylor at email@example.com or 919-247-5683 or 324 Blackwell Street, Suite 1200, Durham, North Carolina 27701.
24-year-old Nicholas Dalton Robinson was arrested Saturday (March 16) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with four felony counts apiece of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property, and single felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle. In addition, Robinson is charged with two misdemeanor counts apiece of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods, and single misdemeanor counts of financial card fraud, damage to personal property, and possession of schedule IV controlled substance.
According to a news release from the Morganton Department of Public Safety, in the early morning hours last Saturday, Robinson allegedly broke into a string of vehicles in the neighborhoods of Dellwood Heights, Conley Road, and Foxfire Drive. During this time he allegedly stole several items. Police say while at an address on Dellwood Drive Robinson stole a 2014 Silver Toyota Camry. At approximately 6:15 a.m. Robinson went to Wal-Mart on West Fleming Drive and used a debit card which was stolen from an address on Conley Road to purchase several items.
Later that day the owner of the stolen Camry went to Wal-Mart where he spotted it in the parking lot with Robinson asleep behind the wheel. The owner called the police and officers responded and took the suspect into custody. When officers searched him the stolen debit card was found in his wallet.
Officers immediately noticed that the aftermarket wheels on the Camry had been spray painted black while parked at Wal-Mart. Once the officers saw the painted wheels they discovered that Robinson had started spray painting other parts of the vehicle. Several cans of black spray paint, purchased From Wal-Mart, were inside the vehicle. Police believe Robinson was planning on spray painting the whole vehicle black. Officers located several other stolen items inside the vehicle from the earlier break-ins.
Robinson was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility where bond was set at $63,000 secured. His next District Court date is April 5.
All of the vehicles that were broken into were unlocked. So the Morganton Department of Public Safety reminds you to please lock your doors and take valuables inside.
24-year-old Jordan Elizabeth Fredrick of 31st Avenue Lane N.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Lenoir Police on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine; possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver cocaine; possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver heroin; and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance.
She was arrested shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday (March 19) when the Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics & K-9 units stopped a gray 1994 Infinity for a seatbelt violation on Scroggs Avenue, near Main Street. Jordan Fredrick was the driver.
The vehicle was searched, leading to the discovery of 9.5 grams of crack cocaine and two grams of heroin in the center console. Later, 21.7 grams of meth were found in Fredrick’s pocketbook. The drugs seized have an estimated value of just over $5,400. Officers also seized $214 in cash.
Jordan Fredrick was arrested at the scene and placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Lenoir.
More charges may be forthcoming.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (March 19).
The reaffirmation and ratification of second readings and the consent agenda were approved. The Voluntary Contiguous Annexation of property owned by Horizon REI Group, LLC was unanimously passed following a public hearing. In addition, a Rezoning Petition for property owned by Horizon REI Group was unanimously passed following a public hearing. The developer seeks to create a pedestrian friendly, low impact, mixed-use village to complement on-going development in the area & housing for Trivium Corp Center.
City Manager Warren Wood introduced the first departmental report by Yaidee Fox. The report covered the acceptance of the bid and approval of the construction contract with Neill Grading and Construction Company, Inc. for construction services. Those services are related to Union Square & Streetscapes renovations. The Union Square and Streetscapes renovations projects bid was approved. This is a component of the bond projects for city walk.
A rezoning petition for property owned by Lohr E. Loveland, Jr. from R-2 Residential and CC-1 Commercial to R-4 Residential was approved. A resolution directing that a street improvement project be undertaken for curb, gutter, and sidewalk petition was approved following a public hearing. Mayor Hank Guess requested that the Community Appearance Commission to come up with some “out of the box thinking” on ways to address concerns of littering around the City. This was approved by the Council.
39-year-old Joseph Francis Tupay of Beech Mountain was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, with that substance being methamphetamine.
According to a news release issued Tuesday (March 19), on March 11, Burke County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Mount Olive Church Road regarding a man who was asleep in his vehicle on the property. The deputy who arrived identified the person in the vehicle as Joseph Francis Tupay.
During the investigation, deputies found and seized meth from the vehicle and contacted Burke County narcotics detectives. Tupay was arrested and was initially jailed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $3,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (March 20) with bond now set at $9,000 secured. His next District Court date is set for April 3.
An eight-year-old boy suffered severe injuries when he fell from a zero turn lawn mower Tuesday (March 19). A parent was mowing the lawn at a residence in the 800 block of Clark Creek Road at around 5:15 p.m. She had a small child on her lap and an eight year old boy was riding on the deck of a zero turn mower.
The parent stopped the mower but failed to disengage the blades. The eight year boy fell from the deck and was struck by the blades on the left leg and both arms. He was airlifted to Atrium Health – Charlotte by Med Center Air. He was undergoing surgery for his injuries.
The incident is being investigated by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
New names were recently added to the Iredell County most wanted list.
39-year-old Kelli Ann Lyons is wanted by authorities in Iredell County on a charge of felony possession with intent to sell schedule III controlled substance. Lyons last known address was 4027 Reid Circle in Sherrills Ford.
20-year-old Quadarius Dewayne Bailey is also being sought by Iredell County authorities. He's wanted on charges of felony strangulation, assault on a female, and common law robbery. The last known address for Bailey was 136 Hayes Street in Harmony.
41-year-old Linda Dannheim is another suspect recently added to the Iredell County most wanted list. She's wanted on a charge of felony conspire to sell methamphetamine. Dannheim's last known address was 144 Shotgun Lane in Statesville.
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.