A Man was killed in an accident in Caldwell County. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol reports the wreck occurred just after midnight this morning (Wednesday, November 9) on Highway 321A just outside the town limits of Granite Falls.
A red Dodge Neon operated by 37-year-old Mitchell S. Price of Taylorsville was driving south on 321A. He was traveling at a high rate of speed drove off the right side of the road and struck two utility poles. The drivers side door of the vehicle was impacted and Price was killed.
33-year-old Joseph Paul Mosteller of Sunrise Lane in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (November 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with first degree kidnapping, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and failure to appear. Mosteller was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $83,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (November 14).
There is a new name on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.
33-year-old James Nelson Fields is wanted for felony possession of cocaine along with a count of driving while impaired. Fields' last known address was 605 11th Street Place SW in Hickory. He was added to the Most Wanted List last Friday (November 4).
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is still seeking Tong Xeng Yang Moua. He's wanted on felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver meth, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Moua's last known address was 2650 Old Blue Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs. He's been on the list since August 14, 2014.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office, 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
Five men charged with the March 2016 deaths of two people in Catawba County will not face the death penalty, however they are still facing the possibility of life in prison without parole.
Prosecutors for the State announced this week in Catawba County Superior Court that they will not pursue capital punishment in the double homicide cases against 27-year-old Arsenio DeWayne Curtis, 23-year-old William Crawford Powell Jr., 25-year-old Jordan Alexander Rivera, 23-year-old Reand Pablo-Antonio Rivera and 26-year-old Devin Maurice Ussery. However, each may get life in prison without parole if convicted.
The five suspects are each charged with two counts of murder for the March 12, 2016, deaths of 34-year-old Mark Anthony Wilson and 39-year-old Deidra LaCarol Ramseur at the couple’s home on Rest Home Road in Conover. The case was investigated by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.
U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 10 (CATAWBA) FINAL
*Patrick McHenry 63.15%
Andy Millard 36.85%
U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 5 (CATAWBA) FINAL
*Virginia Foxx 58.46%
Josh Brannon 41.54%
U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 11 (CALDWELL, BURKE) FINAL
*Mark Meadows 63.92%
Rick Bryson 36.08%
N.C. STATE SENATE DISTRICT 45 (CALDWELL) FINAL
*Deanna Ballard 64.79%
Art Sherwood 35.21%
N.C. STATE SENATE DISTRICT 46 (BURKE) FINAL
*Warren Daniel 66.23%
Anne Fisher 33.77%
N.C. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 86 (BURKE) FINAL
*Hugh Blackwell 62.58%
Tim Barnsback 37.42%
N.C. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 112 (BURKE) FINAL
*David Rogers 70.91%
Ben Edwards 29.09%
CATAWBA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION (3) FINAL
*Cathy J. Starnes 14.77%
*Ronn Abernathy 14.62%
*Beth Gordon Isenhour 13.43%
Donna Lutz-Carpenter 13.37%
Becky Brittain 13.24%
Doug Brady 9.96%
Tracey Stracener 7.83%
Ron Jones 5.52%
Brannon S. Pittman 4.15%
Ray Cerda 2.70%
CALDWELL COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION (3) FINAL
*Darrell Clayton Pennell 27.55%
*Ann B. Edwards 24.05%
*Tim Hawkins 24.02%
Linda Coffey 23.65%
BURKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS (3) FINAL
*Jeff Brittain 22.16%
*Scott Mulwee 20.26%
*Johnnie Carswell 19.81%
Emily B. Church 14.75%
Jeffrey V. Morse 11.30%
David L. Rust Jr. 11.71%
REFERENDUM – TOWN of GLEN ALPINE ABC STORE ELECTION FINAL
(To permit the operation of ABC Stores)
ALEXANDER COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS (2) FINAL
*Ryan Mayberry 34.44%
*Jeffrey P. Peal 33.82%
Marty Loudermilt 31.74%
ALEXANDER COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION - DISTRICT 4 (1) FINAL
*Brigette W. Rhyne 37.72%
Brian Walker 33.95%
Rodger (Peanut) White 28.04%
ALEXANDER COUNTY ALCOHOL REFERENDA FINAL
Mixed Beverage Referendum- Passed with 57.52%
Malt Beverage Referendum- Passed with 57.18%
Unfortified Wine Referendum- Passed with 57.68%
ABC Store Permitting- Passed with 59.24%
TAYLORSVILLE REFERENDA FINAL
Malt Beverage- Passed with 65.21%
Mixed Beverage- Passed with 65.43%
JUST A REMINDER… WE HAD A NUMBER OF LOCAL RACES IN WHICH CANDIDATES RAN UNOPPOSED. SOME OF THOSE INCLUDE…
Lee Zachary -- N.C. House District 73 (Alexander County)
Sarah Kirkman – District Attorney, District 22A (Alexander County)
Destin Hall – N.C. House District 87 (Caldwell County)
Jeff Branch, Randy T. Church and Robbie Wilkie – Caldwell Co. Commissioners
Andy Wells – N.C. State Senate District 42 (Catawba County)
Jay Adams – N.C. House District 96 (Catawba County)
Barbara Gale Beatty and Dan A. Hunsucker – Catawba Co. Commissioners
FOR NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR… FINAL
Roy Cooper 48.97%
Pat McCrory 48.86%
Lon Cecil 2.17%
IN THE U.S. SENATE… FINAL
*Richard Burr 51.11%
Deborah Ross 45.33%
Sean Haugh 3.56%
Voter Turnout: Catawba County 69.67%, Alexander County 75.92%, Burke 66.08%, Caldwell 66.29%
Voters are continuing to cast ballots in Election Day voting. The polls close at 7:30 p.m. WHKY Radio and whky.com will have updates starting at 8:00. WHKY-TV News will have a live update at 10:00.
Here are the 2016 candidates in contested Races. In Catawba County for Board of Education, there are ten candidates for three seats. They are Ronn Abernathy, Doug Brady, Becky Brittain, Ray Cerda, Beth Gordon Isenhour, Ron Jones, Donna Lutz-Carpenter, Brannon S. Pittman, Cathy J. Starnes, and Tracey Stracener.
In Caldwell County there are four candidates for three seats on the Board of Education. Linda Coffey, Ann B. Edwards, Tim Hawkins, and Darrell Clayton Pennell. In Burke County there are six candidates for three seats on the Board of Commissioners. Jeff Brittain, Johnnie Carswell, Scott Mulwee, Emily B. Church, Jeffrey V. Morse, and David L. Rust Jr.
In the race for U.S. House District 10 which includes Catawba County, Patrick McHenry and Andy Millard are vying for the seat. In the contest for U.S. House District 5, which includes a small portion of Catawba County, Virginia Foxx is competing against Josh Brannon. In the race for U.S. House District 11, which includes Caldwell and Burke Counties, Mark Meadows is being challenged by Rick Bryson.
The candidates for N.C. State Senate District 45, which covers Caldwell County, are Deanna Ballard and Art Sherwood. The N.C. State Senate District 46 race, which includes Burke County, is between Warren Daniel and Anne Fisher. N.C. House of Representatives District 86 race, which covers Burke County, features Hugh Blackwell and Tim Barnsback. The N.C. House of Representatives District 112 race which includes part of Burke County is between David Rogers and Ben Edwards.
In Alexander County, There are three candidates for two seats on the Board of Commissioners Ryan Mayberry, Jeffrey P. Peal, and Marty Loudermilt. In the race for Board of Education in District 4 there are three candidates for one seat, Brigette W. Rhyne, Brian Walker, and Rodger (Peanut) White.
There are alcohol-related referenda on ballots in Burke and Alexander Counties. There will be a vote to permit the operation of ABC Stores in the Town of Glen Alpine. In Alexander County there will be votes for the sales of Mixed Beverages, Malt Beverages, Unfortified Wine, and to permit ABC stores. In Taylorsville citizens can vote on the sale of Malt Beverages and Mixed Beverages.
We’ll have updates starting at approximately 8:00 here at whky.com and on 1290 AM WHKY.
Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers seized a large amount of crack cocaine found in Catawba last week, according to Captain Jason C. Reid of the Sheriff’s Drug Task Force.
In the previous month, Investigators had made three-to-five arrests in the area in response to tips received from citizens. Last week, an additional tip suggested that Officers had yet to find the bulk of the drugs involved, pointing Officers to a residence on Sherlock Street in Catawba and a wooded area about the size of a football field.
On Friday (November 4), a search warrant was obtained and executed. Investigators found approximately 5.5 pounds of crack cocaine in a plastic bag under a 10x10-foot trash pile, approximately 100 yards from the residence. The seizure is the largest crack cocaine seizure in Catawba County history.
No additional arrests have been made at this time. The resident of the apartment on Sherlock Street is not considered to be a suspect. The investigation is ongoing.
33-year-old Kevin Lamar Concepcion of Sapphire Drive in Mooresville was arrested today (Tuesday, November 8) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with violation of the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry Laws. He's charged with a statute that prohibits registered sex offenders from Volunteering for Child Involved Activities.
Deputy Craig Bess received information that Concepcion was coaching a Midget Football team in Mooresville, North Carolina. After investigating, it was determined that Concepcion was a coach of the Mooresville Hornets Midget Football Team. Concepcion and the Football Commission had previously been made aware that he was not eligible by law to be a coach for a team of children under the age of 18.
Concepcion is registered for a 2003 conviction of Misdemeanor Sexual Misconduct in Erie County, New York. He registered in Iredell County in May 2015 after moving to the county.
Concepcion turned himself to Iredell County Deputies. Bond was set at $5000 unsecured. No court date is listed.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating 17-year-old Tamara Stansford of 3845 Oakwood Circle in Iron Station. Ms. Stansford was last seen at her residence on November 2. Relatives say she could possibly be in Charlotte.
Ms. Stansford is described as a black female, 5’2” tall, weighing approximately 175 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair with red dye highlights.
Ms. Stansford has been entered in the National Crime Information Center’s database as a missing person. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Tamara Stansford should call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
43-year-old Dalton Smallwood of Chickamauga, Georgia was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. According to a news release issued today (Tuesday, November 8), he's charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child.
Smallwood was recently charged with numerous sexual assault charges. After those charges were filed, another victim contacted Law Enforcement and stated that she had also been sexually assaulted by Smallwood when she was a child. Detective Sergeant C. M. Benfield began an investigation and spoke to the alleged victim. She stated that he was a family friend and that the assaults occurred while she was visiting his home in southern Iredell County. The victim was nine years old at the time of the assault.
Following the investigation, Smallwood was charged with the additional sexual assault counts. Bond on the new charges was set at $250,000 secured. Smallwood is currently being held in the Rowan County Detention Center under previous charges that were filed by authorities in Iredell and Rowan Counties.
21-year-old Allayah Danielle Ridings of Sparrow Drive in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:15 a.m. yesterday (November 7) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods, plus three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense.
Events leading to her arrest unfolded on October 31 of this year as the staff at Plato’s Closet, a consignment store at Valley Crossing on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory, was notified by a citizen that the store might have purchased items that were stolen from the citizen’s residence. On November 1, the female victim confirmed that approximately 11 stolen items had, in fact, been sold to the store. She filed a report with the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office.
On November 2, the victim and Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers came to Plato’s Closet and recovered the stolen property, minus four items that had already been sold. The store manager contacted Hickory Police that same day and filed a report. Plato’s Closet cooperated fully with the investigation and is not suspected of any wrongdoing.
Store management determined that Allayah Ridings sold the stolen items to the store on October 11 and twice on October 18. Warrants for her arrest were issued on November 4.
Ridings was arrested yesterday at Hickory Police headquarters. She was processed and released under an $8,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
28-year-old Keith Lamar Felder of Wheeler Street in Lenoir was arrested today (Tuesday, November 8) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
Today at 2:44 a.m., Lenoir Police Officers responded to 526 Wheeler Street, in reference to a reported shooting incident. Upon arrival, Officers located the victim, 27-year-old Typhin Tremaine Miles of Lenoir, with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to Caldwell United Health Care and at the time of the news release this morning was undergoing surgery for the injuries.
Investigation into this incident by the Lenoir Police Department Criminal Investigations Division has determined that the suspect and victim know each other. The motive for the incident has not been determined at this time. Felder was interviewed by police then charged. Felder was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. A first appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, November 8) in Caldwell County District Court.
Investigation into this matter is continuing. Anyone with information about the case should call the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100 or report anonymously to Lenoir/Caldwell County Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300.
Effective immediately, Catawba County prohibits all open burning across Catawba County, including within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. The ban applies to all open burning regardless of whether a permit was issued.
According to a news release from Catawba County Government. The open burning ban is authorized by the Catawba County Fire Marshal’s Office per N.C. Fire Code Section 307 to help prevent the potential for increased wildfires due to extremely dry weather conditions in the County.
The local ban follows an open burning ban issued November 7 by the N.C. Forest Service and their request for cooperation from local officials to extend the ban within their jurisdictions. Because of increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has banned all open burning and canceled all burning permits for 25 North Carolina counties, including Catawba County. The issuance of new burning permits has also been suspended.
Open burning includes burning leaves, branches and other plant material in addition to the use of recreational fires, bonfires, and outdoor fireplaces. The ban does not apply to cooking fires, such as grills or outdoor cookers. In all cases, it is illegal to burn trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics or other non-vegetative materials.
The ban will remain in effect until further notice. Local fire departments and law enforcement are assisting the N.C. Forest Service with enforcing the ban, which carries a $100 fine plus court costs of $180 for violation.
Questions about the local ban can be directed to Catawba County Emergency Services by calling (828) 465-8230. For more information about the N.C. Forest Service’s regional open burning ban, including deployment of the service’s Fire Prevention Education Team to Western North Carolina, visit http://ncforestservice.gov/ and click on the News page.
43-year-old Lenard Cowan Sr. was arrested Friday (November 4) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony fail to notify change of address by a sex offender.
On September 21, Deputy David Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit attempted to validate an address at 112 Ashley Brook Ln. for Lenard Cowan, a registered sex offender. Deputy Price noticed immediately upon arrival at the address that it was uninhabited and had been so for some time. Through further investigation Deputy Price was able to learn that Cowan was wanted for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and was avoiding service. Since Cowan is a registered sex offender and had not notified the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office within three business days of moving from 112 Ashley Brook Lane as required by law, Deputy Price charged him with failing to notify change of address.
Last Friday Cowan was located on a traffic stop conducted by the N.C. State Highway Patrol. He was immediately placed under arrest and turned over to Deputy Holly Bath of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. Cowan was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center and jailed under $41,500 secured bond on all charges. A District Court date is set for November 28.
42-year-old Donnell Lavon Thomas of Dogwood Street in Hudson was arrested Monday (November 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle,dwelling, or place to keep controlled substances. Thomas was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (Tuesday, November 8).
Wildfires covering more than 3,000 acres are burning in western North Carolina. According to information from the N.C. Forest Service and U.S. Forest Service, the latest fire erupted Saturday (November 5) above Party Rock in Lake Lure. Firefighters from the N.C. Forest Service are battling the blaze, which is estimated to be 60 acres. South Mountain State Park in Burke County is among the areas affected.
The agencies say that 14 state parks in western North Carolina have placed temporary bans on campfires, according to a statement from North Carolina State Parks. Campfire bans are in effect at Chimney Rock, Crowders Mountain, Elk Knob, Gorges, Grandfather Mountain, Hanging Rock, Lake James, Lake Norman, Mount Mitchell, Morrow Mountain, New River (including Mount Jefferson State Natural Area), Pilot Mountain, South Mountains and Stone Mountain state parks.
24-year-old Christopher Elijah Jordan of Albemarle Road in Charlotte was arrested Monday (November 7) by Hudson Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Jordan was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, November 8).
41-year-old Tina Ann Drum, who is listed as a homeless person from Newton, was arrested Monday (November 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two counts apiece of conspiracy to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance and sell or deliver controlled substance, along with a misdemeanor count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Drum was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday November 8).
A Burke County man will spend a minimum of three years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple crimes in Superior Court.
23-year-old Jonas Kelly Dellinger of Morganton, pleaded guilty to felony breaking or entering, felony larceny, felony failure to appear and multiple counts of obtaining property by false pretense. He pleaded guilty to those charges last Tuesday (November 1), during Burke County Superior Court.
The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, sentenced Dellinger to serve three to seven years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections with an additional suspended sentence of 10-21 months with 60 months of supervised probation when released from prison.
Judge Kuehnert also ordered that Dellinger pay back nearly $6,000 in restitution to the victims of his crimes.
On April 7, 2015, the defendant broke into a storage shed and stole a generator belonging to his landlord. Detectives were able to trace the generator to a local pawn shop where it had been pawned by Dellinger.
Over the course of several weeks in April and May 2015, Dellinger visited several local businesses and cashed checks made out to himself from his purported business account, one that had been closed for some time. He received several thousand dollars from such illegal transactions.
The defendant also failed to appear for a scheduled session of Burke County Superior Court on July 12, 2016, while out on pre-trial release.
Detectives Burton Wilbur and Caleb Mace of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office investigated the cases jointly with Casey Kinard of Morganton Department of Public Safety. Chris Back handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
17-year-old Carlton Javius Fuller of Asheville, was given an active prison term of four to six years following a guilty plea in Burke County. Fuller pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, felony larceny and four counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle during Burke County Superior Court last Wednesday (November 2).
The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed the sentence for Fuller, who will serve his time in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections. Judge Kuehnert also gave Fuller a suspended sentence of 8 to 28 months with 36 months of supervised probation when released from prison.
Fuller broke into a home on May 29, 2016, and stole jewelry and cash. The owners of the home were asleep at the time but had recently installed a home security system, and the cameras inside showed Fuller entering the house and stealing the items. Four cars in the area of the burglary also were broken into that night, with items of value taken from each.
Officers were able to identify Fuller from the surveillance cameras, and they found several of the stolen items when they executed a search warrant where Fuller was residing at the time.
The cases were investigated by Det. Joseph Beaver of the Morganton Department of Public Safety and were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Chris Back.