A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy is being credited with saving a disabled man from his burning home in the 3900 block of Killian Road early this morning (May 1).
Deputy Seth Hovis was on his way to work at approximately 5:50 a.m. when the Lincoln County Communications Center sent out an alert regarding a house fire on Killian Road. Hovis was nearby and responded to the fire. When he arrived he noticed a female standing outside the residence. She told the officer her disabled husband was still inside the burning home and she was unable to get him out.
Deputy Hovis rushed inside the residence, located the 73-year-old disabled man in his wheelchair and carried him down a flight of outside steps to safety. After moving the disabled man and his wife to safe location away from the fire, Deputy Hovis moved the couple’s vehicles away from the burning home which was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived on the scene.
30-year-old Jamie Louis Sullivan of 18th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 5:30 p.m. yesterday (April 30) for a felony probation violation. Sullivan is on probation as he serves a 30-month suspended sentence following a March 2017 felony conviction in Catawba County for possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
He was taken into custody without incident at a retail store on 16th Street N.E. in Hickory. Sullivan was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.
42-year-old Eric Hamilton Stevens of 13th Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at five o’clock Friday afternoon (April 28) on one felony count of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons.
Stevens was arrested in connection to a robbery that occurred late in the afternoon on Monday, April 17, at the Members Credit Union on 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. A male subject --disguised with black-rimmed glasses, a fake beard and a hat -- entered the bank. He approached the counter where he displayed a handgun and demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he exited the business and fled on foot.
Stevens was taken into custody without incident Friday at a restaurant on North Center Street. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $100,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (May 1) in Newton.
The state has announced that they will seek the death penalty in the case against 23-year-old Dontray Cumberlander and 23-year-old Greydon Keith Hansen, both of 18th Street Place NW in Hickory. They are each charged with three counts of murder in connection to the shooting deaths of Justin Aiken, Cody Bouphavong, and Quajuae Kennedy.
The men are charged with shooting the victims outside J. McCroskey’s Irish Pub & Grill at 1423 29th Avenue Drive NE. The incident occurred shortly after 2 a.m. on Friday, April 7.
38-year-old Angel Dawn Powell of Mt. Herman Road in Hudson was arrested Friday (April 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I controlled substance and sell or deliver schedule I controlled substance. Powell was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,500 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 24.
36-year-old Jason Brad Earpe of Nutridge Lane in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (April 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and three counts of failure to appear. Earpe was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Facility under $16,200 bond. District Court dates are set for May 1 and July 6.
24-year-old Isaac Sebastian Bolick of Bee Mountain Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (April 29) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony discharge a firearm into occupied property, along with misdemeanor counts of probation violation and resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer. Bolick was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $135,000 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (Monday, May 1) and June 6. A Superior Court date is May 15.
39-year-old Jason Mckinley Powell, who is listed as a homeless person from Newton, was arrested Friday (April 28) on charges filed by two agencies. He was charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering on warrants from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. Powell is also charged with two counts of felony probation violation by Probation & Parole. He was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. District and Superior Court appearances were scheduled for today (Monday, May 1).
Hickory City Council will meet in regular session Tuesday night (May 2).
On Tuesday's agenda under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings, council will vote on the acceptance of the bids and award to Eastern Structures LLC in the amount of one-million, 258-thousand, 867 dollars, 94 cents. The funding would be used for the Falling Creek Road Bridge replacement project. In addition, under second readings, council will vote on awarding a contract to Wilkie Construction Company in the amount of $46,686 for improvements to West Hickory Park. All items listed under second readings were approved unanimously on first reading.
Among the items listed on the consent agenda, council will consider calling for a public hearing to consider a vacant building revitalization grant performance agreement with MDI Management LLC in the amount of $20,000. The funds would be used for rehabilitation to the building located at 521 Main Avenue SW. The proposed date of the public hearing would be May 16.
Under new business tomorrow night, Hickory City Council will hear a report outlining guidelines to consider allowing permitted mobile food vendors to operate in certain City of Hickory parks. Also under new business, Council will make appointments to boards and commissions.
Tuesday night's Hickory City Council meeting will get underway at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building, 76 North Center Street in Hickory.
34-year-old Cortez Lamar Rogers of Remount Road in Charlotte was arrested Friday (April 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I controlled substance, manufacture schedule II controlled substance, flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, and reckless driving to endanger. Rogers was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $250,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (Monday, May 1).
North Carolina Department of Public Safety Probation Officers initiated a Burke County roundup that began last Thursday (April 26) and concluded last Friday (April 27) resulting in the arrest of 30 individuals on 49 warrants involving multiple law enforcement agencies. According to a news release from the Burke County Sheriff's Office, during the roundup, the Burke County Narcotics Task Force secured a search warrant for the residence and property of Mark Antony Setzer at 2263 Liberty Church Street in Hickory.
Among those arrested were 42-year-old Mark Anthony Setzer, and 46-year-old Kenneth Wayne Setzer, both residents of the previously mentioned Liberty Church Street address. They're both charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking opium or heroin, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance. Mark and Kenneth Setzer were each placed in jail in Morganton under $100,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to make first court appearances last Friday. They both have District Court dates scheduled for May 17.
The agencies involved in the operation in addition to the NC Department of Public Safety and Burke County Sheriff’s Office were the US Marshals Service, NC Highway Patrol, Morganton Department of Public Safety, NC Alcohol, Law Enforcement, and US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms.
18-year-old Isaiah Scott Beck, 20-year-old Javier Isaiah Holloway and 18-year-old Daniel Alejandro Silva, all from Lexington, N.C., have been arrested by Boone Police. They were each charged with two counts of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of felony conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Beck and Holloway were also each charged with one misdemeanor count of assault of a female.
They were arrested in connection to an incident yesterday (April 27) in which Boone Police responded to an address on Stoneybrook Court where a victim was reportedly robbed at gunpoint. Based on sightings by residents and other investigative work, Police were able to take the three suspects into custody.
Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford expressed his appreciation to citizens who called the police department with information assisting in the apprehension of the suspects.
All three suspects were jailed with bond for each set at $100,000, secured. They will each appear in court on June 1.
The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information should call Boone Police Detective Jason Reid at 828-268-6900.
33-year-old Brian Sipe of Bellington, West Virginia, 22-year-old Nicholas Owens and 22-year-old Logan Powell, both of Elkins, West Virginia, were all arrested Thursday (April 27) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Sipe is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Owens is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of schedule III controlled substance, and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Powell is charged with carrying a concealed weapon.
According to a news release, on Thursday members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Team stopped a Ford Fusion on Interstate 77 South bound near the 59 mile marker for a traffic violation. During the course of the traffic stop, deputies spoke with all three occupants of the vehicle. During the conservation, deputies searched criminal databases and noticed the men had prior drug histories. When asked if a consent search of the vehicle was possible, permission was given.
During the search a concealed handgun was located under the driver’s seat as well as the front passenger seat. The suspects were detained and the search continued. About a gram of methamphetamine and a device used to smoke methamphetamine was located along with a sawed off shotgun.
All three occupants were transported to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigation Unit Office where they were questioned about the items which had been located.
They were then transported to the Iredell County Detention Center.
Sipe's bond was set at $10,000 secured. Owens bond was set at $5,000 secured. Bond for Powell was set at $5,000 secured. Sipe was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Friday, April 28). Owens and Powell are scheduled to appear in District Court May 31.
27-year-old Mary Elizabeth Driver of 17th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (April 28) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was taken into custody without incident at about 3:10 a.m. today in the vicinity of a car wash on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Driver was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $2,000, secured. She has since been released. Driver was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
27-year-old Michael Leon Travis of Oakwood Avenue in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:40 last night (April 27) for failure to appear on two felony counts each of larceny and possession of a firearm by a felon, plus failure to appear on one felony count each of possession of a stolen firearm and obtaining property by false pretenses. In addition, he was charged with failure to appear for habitual larceny and failure to appear on two unspecified special indictments.
At least some of the charges stem from an incident the occurred in August of 2013 when a laptop computer was reported missing from a residence. Travis was originally arrested on August 30, 2013.
He was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the Kohl’s store on Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory. Travis was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in Superior Court on June 5 in Newton.
The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners meets in regular session Monday evening (May 1).
There are three public hearings scheduled for Monday's meeting. One of the hearings is to receive comments on a request for a special use permit for property on 64-90, the former Mackenzie Nurseries. The other two public hearings are being held to receive comments on a rezoning request and proposed text amendments.
There are seven items for decision on the agenda including the scheduling of a public hearing regarding the establishment of the North Catawba Rescue Service District. In addition, under items for decision, Caldwell County Schools' offer to sell Horizons Elementary School property to the county.
The approval of a permit for Brown Mountain Resort for a fireworks display is among the items on the consent agenda. In addition, a budget work session will be scheduled for June 5.
Monday's Caldwell County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. in the City/County Meeting Room at the Alden E. Starnes Administration Building in Lenoir.
50-year-old Randy Allen Hilton of Pinewood Road in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (April 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance. Hilton was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for May 1.
53-year-old Jeffery Brent Church of Andria Lane in Connelly Springs was arrested Thursday (April 27) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to sell & deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. He also faces two counts of failure to appear in connection to charges of driving while license revoked and an expired registration card or tag. In addition, Church was charged as an habitual felon.
The warrants for his arrest were issued in Catawba and Alexander counties in February of this year. He was delivered to Hickory Police by authorities in Caldwell County without incident at about 6:15 p.m. yesterday at Arby’s on Highway 321 N.W.
The Catawba County drug charges against Church originated from a traffic stop in August of last year. In the vehicle, Police found one dosage unit of hydrochloride, 21.9 grams of meth, a Phoenix Arms .22 caliber handgun and drug paraphernalia.
Church was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under s $78,000 secured bond. Superior Court dates were scheduled for today and July 28 in Newton and on May 1 in Lenoir. He also has District Court dates on May 3 in Statesville, May 15 in Morganton, May 17 in Newton and May 22 in Taylorsville.
Catawba County Commissioners will meet Monday morning (May 1) in regular session.
Among the items on Monday's agenda, Commissioners will hold a public hearing to receive comments on an Economic Development Agreement with Room & Board Inc. The company is considering either expanding an existing distribution center in another county or working with the developer The Keith Corporation to construct a new 250,000 square foot facility on 41 acres at the Newton Corporate Center. The facility would be expandable to 400,000 square feet. The Newton Corporate Center is on Highway 10 in front of Target. The company plans to create 13 new jobs over three years.
Also on Monday's Catawba County Commissioners agenda is the presentation of a proclamation recognizing Tourism Month. This will be presented to the Chief Executive Officer of the Hickory Metro Convention Center Mandy Pitts Hildebrand. Commissioners will also hear an update from the Catawba County Community Child Protection & Fatality Prevention Team. This will be presented by Assistant Health Director Jennifer McCracken and Program Manager Jessica Ford.
Monday's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 9:30 a.m. in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room at the 1924 Courthouse, 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
40-year-old Wendy Angela Fair of Kaylor Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (April 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Fair's bond was set at $25,000 secured, a District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (May 1).