A Lincoln County teen who ran away from home Sunday (September 15) has been found. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Michael Lookadoo with help from the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office and Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office located 17-year-old Lindsey Rose Monteleone last night in Lewisville, NC.
She was held at the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and picked up by her parents early this morning (September 18). Monteleone was reported missing by her parents when she didn’t return home from her job at Papa John’s Pizza in Denver on Sunday night.
Tenth District Congressman Patrick McHenry has announced a $434,589 U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant to a local fire department in Catawba County. The announcement was made today (September 18).
The grant will go to the Claremont Fire Department and comes in the fourth round of this year’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant awards. These grants assist local fire departments by enabling them to increase their staffing and deployment capabilities in order to respond to emergencies whenever they may occur. Local departments applied for the grants from the program which is administered by the Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.
According to Claremont Fire Chief Bart Travis, the grant will fund a Coordinator of Recruitment and Retention position. This full-time position will be responsible for volunteer and professional firefighter recruitment as well as fostering volunteerism in the community. They will also develop and implement retention strategies for current firefighters.
A panel of fire experts at DHS awards SAFER grants through a competitive review process. Congressman McHenry hosts workshops for 10th District EMS and fire departments to help guide personnel through the process and give them an inside view of what the committee looks for. The workshops are taught by Cherryville Fire Chief Jeff Cash, a nationally recognized expert in his field and former member of DHS’s AFG review committee
Claremont is one of seven Tenth District departments to receive SAFER funding in the FY 2018 grant cycle with a total of $2,809,167 in SAFER funds having been awarded among those departments. Grants will continue to be announced in weekly rounds throughout the coming months.
34-year-old Brian Alan Good of 17th Avenue Court N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police late last night (September 17) on felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also served an outstanding warrant for felony larceny of a motor vehicle.
Good was taken into custody without incident at about 11:50 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of 12th Street N.E. and 10th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $6,500, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton with another court date coming up on October 2.
45-year-old Amy Michelle Kapinski of SW Norwood Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (September 17) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Kapinski was released on $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (September 18).
40-year-old Samuel Cameron Deal of Hiddenite was arrested August 29 by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. His bond was set at $7,500. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (September 23).
37-year-old Ian Howell Mauck of Conover was arrested on September 5 by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of credit card fraud and one count of larceny from a motor vehicle. Bond for Mauck was set at $30,000. His next District Court date is September 30.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man, 80-year-old Leroy Turner. Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Mr. Turner, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Leroy Turner is a black male, 5'11", 180 pounds, with black and gray hair and brown eyes. His vehicle is a Burgundy 2017 Ford Expedition, NC license tag FJS5177. He was last seen at 213 Spring Field Road in Statesville.
Anyone with information about Leroy Turner should call the Statesville Police at 704-878-3406.
35-year-old Jeremy Todd Patterson of an unspecified city in Tennessee was arrested September 5 by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. According to information released this week, he's charged with felony counts of larceny, obtaining property by false pretense, and possession of a stolen vehicle. He's also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violation. Patterson's bond was set at $55,000. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (September 23).
37-year-old Seth Grayson Reeves of Stony Point, was arrested September 6 by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. According to information released this week, he's now charged with six felony counts of indecent liberties with child and one felony count of statutory rape. Reeves was initially arrested August 28, since then two indecent liberties counts have been added. He was initially jailed under $1,000,000 secured bond, Reeves' bond is now set at 1,500,000. A District Court date is scheduled for September 30.
20-year-old Autumn Bryce Setzer of Hurricane Hill Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (September 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony second degree arson. Setzer was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $25,000 secured. A District Court date was scheduled today (September 18).
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (September 17). Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were all approved.
The consent agenda included the amendment of a traffic ordinance to reduce the speed limit along 10th Street NE to 25 miles per hour. In addition, the consent agenda included the award of a construction bid and authorization of the City Manager to approve a construction contract with Moss-Marlow Building Company in the amount of $1,907,928 to construct a 32,000 square foot hangar at Hickory Regional Airport.
Public hearings were held and City Council approved street improvement projects to install curb and gutter for property located at 1245 16th Street NE and at 200 40th Avenue Drive NE.
Library Director Sarah Greene presented the 2019-2020 Hickory Public Library Strategic Plan. Members were appointed to boards and commissions. And City Manager Warren Wood reminded everyone that a ground breaking for City Walk and a ribbon cutting for Union Square will be held on Monday, September 23.
Judith Sanchez of Mooresville has won $400,000 in the North Carolina Education Lottery's "Pay Me!" game. Ms. Sanchez, a cashier, bought the winning ticket when she stopped at the Circle K store on North Main Street in Mooresville after work.
Ms. Sanchez received her prize today (September 17). After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $283,001. She intends to set some of the money aside for retirement.
The $5 "Pay Me!" ticket launched in August with four top prizes of $400,000. Two top prizes remain. For details on how lottery funds have been applied in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website, www.nclottery.com.
One person has been killed in a single-vehicle accident that occurred last night or this morning (September 16 or 17) on Scronce Road in southwestern Catawba County. The deceased is 30-year-old Brandon Eugene Scronce of Hickory.
The N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to the crash scene shortly after seven o'clock this morning and conducted an investigation. The Highway Patrol says a 2005 Hyundai Elantra traveling north on Scronce Road ran off the road to the right, struck a ditch, became airborne, collided with several trees, and overturned. The vehicle came to rest upside down in a field beside a small creek.
A passerby saw the unoccupied vehicle and reported it. The investigating Trooper climbed down a steep embankment through heavy brush and found a deceased male at the edge of the creek. The victim, who was determined to be the driver, was identified as Brandon Eugene Scronce.
The collision is believed to have occurred sometime during the overnight hours. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt. Excessive speed appears to be a contributing factor in the crash.
26-year-old Jared Richard Messer of NE Circle Drive in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (September 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and ID fraud to commit a felony. In addition, Messer is charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Messer was given a custody release, he has a Superior Court date November 4.
58-year-old Ernest Cleveland Woods of 2nd Street Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (September 17) on a felony warrant issued in May of this year. He was served an indictment for breaking & entering a motor vehicle. According to H.P.D.'s arrest report, the suspect was in possession of a lethal cutting instrument at the time of his arrest.
Woods was taken into custody without incident at about 1:05 a.m. today a residence on U.S. Highway 70A East in Hildebran. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $16,000, secured. Woods was not listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of ten o'clock this morning. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that occurred on Sunday (September 15).
Officers responded to 4243 Pigtail Road in Lenoir Sunday to perform a welfare check after family members were unable to make contact with the resident. Upon entering the residence, Deputies found two persons, deceased.
The deceased were later identified as the two residents of the home, 54-year-old James Lee Webb and 48-year-old Maxie Farmer Webb. Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office and the Medical Examiner’s office responded to the scene and determined that both died as the result of gunshot wounds.
Investigators were able to determine that James Webb initially shot Maxie Webb with a rifle and subsequently turned the gun on himself. The Sheriff's Office says the incident is domestic-related.
33-year-old Ashley Nicole Bradshaw, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested today (September 17) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on a grand jury indictment with possession of methamphetamine. She's also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Bradshaw was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (September 18).
40-year-old Thalmus Jaton Linder of 12th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested last Friday (September 13) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation and resisting a public officer. Linder was arrested just after noon Friday at an address on Highway 70 SW in Hickory. He was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $21,500 total bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (September 17). A District Court date is scheduled for next Monday (September 23) and a Superior Court appearance is set for November 21.
33-year-old Heather Dyan Pope of Medford Place in Lenoir was arrested Monday (September 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and failure to appear on a count of nonsupport. Pope was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $10,000 secured on the drug charge. She received a $750 cash bond on the failure to appear count. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (September 18).
27-year-old Ricky Jared Gragg of Thoreau Court in Connelly Springs was arrested last Friday (September 13) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Bond for Gragg was set at $5,000 secured. A District Court date is set for October 7.