A Catawba County man was killed in an accident Tuesday evening (September 26) in Hickory. According to the Hickory Police Department, Tuesday at 8:06 p.m. a 1994 Harley Davidson Motorcycle, driven by 70-year-old William Kincaid Flamont II of Newton, was traveling west on US Hwy 70 SE. A 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee turned left out of Modern Nissan into the path of the motorcycle. Mr. Flamont sustained fatal injuries due to the collision and was pronounced deceased on scene.
The Hickory Police Department is currently investigating the collision. Speed is not suspected as a factor in this collision. The investigation is on-going.
The Book Drive for Hickory Public School has been going since September 11 and the culminating event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30th with the Back to School Book Drive event from noon to 4pm at Carolina West Wireless, across from CVCC near Wal-Mart.
Before September 30th, deliver age appropriate books (gently used or new) for Pre-K through 8th grade to the Hickory Public School administration building, drop off at Carolina West Wireless at 2537 26th St. Blvd SE, in Hickory or bring to the event on Saturday.
Saturday at Carolina West Wireless, activities for kids will include meet and greet with Lenoir-Rhyne, the High Country Grizzlies, face painting, snow cones and more.
For more information, visit Hickory Public Schools website at hickoryschools.net.
37-year-old Amanda Leanne Napier of South Gaither Avenue in Newton was arrested Tuesday (September 26) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods, along with misdemeanor counts of break or enter a motor vehicle, larceny, and possession of stolen goods. Napier was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $28,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 27).
54-year-old Debra Brown Ferguson of 23rd Street NW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (September 26) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with three counts of trafficking, opium or heroin. Ferguson was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 27).
38-year-old Jason John Carwile was arrested Monday (September 25) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with manufacturing cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine, possession of a controlled substance within a detention facility or jail, resist, delay, and obstruct an officer, possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Monday night, Lincolnton Police Department patrol units responded to a local motel in reference to possible drug activity. The patrol units received information from concerned citizens in reference to a specific room in which it appeared to have traffic consistent with possible drug activity.
Upon arrival, officers made contact with the occupants in the room. During this contact, officers observed several items of drug paraphernalia in the room that were consistent with the manufacture, sell, and delivery of illegal controlled substances. A search warrant was obtained.
According to a news release, during the search, officers located additional paraphernalia, cocaine, alprazolam, hydromorphone, knives, and United States currency. All these items were seized as evidence. The cocaine was packaged in a way that was consistent with the manufacture, sell, and delivery of the drug.
Carwile was detained in the Lincoln County Jail under a $23,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Tuesday (September 26). This case is still open and further arrests are possible.
31-year-old Jeremy Gwyn Griffin of NW Clyvis Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (September 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Griffin was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday.
63-year-old Timothy James Brewer of Newton was indicted Tuesday (September 26) on wire fraud charges. Following an appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge David C. Kessler, a federal criminal indictment was unsealed against Brewer, who is the former Treasurer of the Fraternal Order of Police, Catawba County Lodge #26 in Newton. He's charged with embezzling more than $110,000 from the non-profit organization.
On March 23, 2016, members of the Fraternal Order of Police, Catawba County Lodge #26 reported a potential embezzlement to the Newton Police Department. During the investigation, officers from the Newton Police Department discovered the case was large in scope and could potentially involve multiple agencies. The case information was relayed to federal authorities who agreed to pursue the investigation.
The indictment alleges that Brewer misused an FOP credit card, of which Brewer was an authorized user, for personal use, and successfully converted approximately $61,875.03 for his personal gain. Brewer also used an FOP bank account to pay the balance on a personal credit card, and converted approximately an additional $48,259.61 for his own personal gain without any authority from the FOP. According to allegations in the indictment, Brewer used the fraudulently converted funds to pay for, among other things, restaurants, hotels and medical bills.
Assisting in this case was the United States Postal Inspection Service, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division and the United States Attorney’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jenny Sugar, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte. Brewer has been released on bond. The wire fraud charge carries a maximum prison term of 20 years and a $250,000 fine.
51-year-old John David Wasse of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, was arrested on a charge filed by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office. He's charged in Iredell County with felony indecent liberties with a child.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report concerning the possible sexual abuse of a 10-year-old child by an adult male family member. The child stated that John David Wasse had inappropriate sexual conduct with her between August and November 2016. The incidents occurred when Wasse lived in Iredell County. The report was assigned to the Special Victims Unit for further investigation.
During the investigation, the child disclosed that the sexual abuse not only occurred in Iredell County, but also in Charlotte and Myrtle Beach. A report was also made with those law enforcement agencies concerning the allegations.
Wasse was arrested on the indecent liberties charge last Friday (September 22) by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. His bond was set at $25,000 secured, he was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday (September 26). Wasse has also been arrested and charged for the allegations against him in Myrtle Beach. He is currently out on bond on the charges in Myrtle Beach. Wasse has a prior conviction of violation of a domestic violence protective order.
37-year-old Latissa Decona Price of Lyle Haven Drive N.W. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7 p.m. yesterday (September 25) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.
Her arrest stems from an incident in April of this year when Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. A Loss Prevention Officer reported that the suspect, Latissa Decona Price, exited past the last point of sale with merchandise and fled in a vehicle. Warrants were issued and Price was initially arrested the following day.
She was taken into custody without incident yesterday at an address on South Center Street. Price was processed and released under a $7,500 unsecured bond. She was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today in Newton.
The Catawba County Animal Shelter will be closed October 2-4, 2017, to facilitate the shelter’s transition to Humane Society of Catawba County management. Starting October 5, the shelter will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The shelter will be closed on Sundays and Mondays. For more information, contact Catawba County Animal Services at (828) 465-8228.
36-year-old Michael Allen Wright of 13th Avenue N.E. and 28-year-old Tabitha Christine Robinson of 17th Avenue Court N.W., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (September 26). They were each charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
According to H.P.D.’s arrest reports, both subjects were taken into custody without incident at the same convenience store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Wright was arrested shortly before 8 a.m., while Robinson was taken into custody just after midnight. Both were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under unspecified bonds. Neither remained in jail as of this afternoon. No court dates are currently listed.
25-year-old Mikisha Geneva Robinson of 3rd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5 p.m. yesterday (September 25) on three counts of failure to appear in connection to charges of possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The charges come in connection to an incident in June of 2016. Following a traffic stop, Police found one dosage unit of hydrocodone, 0.9 grams of cocaine and one gram of marijuana. The driver, Mikisha Robinson, was also charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle at that time.
She was taken into custody without incident yesterday on the 400 block of South Center Street in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for December 14 in Newton.
A 183-acre property along Tim’s Creek in the Icard Township of eastern Burke County is now permanently protected. Diane & Jacques Geitner donated a conservation easement on their property to Foothills Conservancy, ensuring that the land will never be developed or divided.
The Tim’s Creek property includes 153 acres of mature forest and 30 acres of open pastureland. It connects two State Significant Natural Heritage Areas: Smith Mountain to the north and Hildebran Mountain to the south.
About 1.5 miles of Tim’s Creek and its tributary streams lace the property. Tim’s Creek is a direct tributary of the Henry Fork River, which contributes to municipal water supplies downstream in the Catawba River basin.
Funding for the project came from a grant from the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund’s mini-grant program and a generous contribution from the Geitners.
25-year-old Ashley Nicole Clay of Water Street in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (September 25) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Clay was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 26).
24-year-old Crystal Nicole Connell was arrested Monday (September 25) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She was charged with felony common law robbery. Bond for the charge was set at $15,000 secured. Connell was being held in jail in Morganton under a total of $23,000 secured bond on the robbery counts and previous charges filed against her. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for November 13.
Starting today (September 26), Stonebridge Drive in Morganton will be closed during the day in preparation of improvements planned for the road. Stonebridge Drive will be closed from Bethel Road to the entrance of the Stonebridge Apartments from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. today through Friday (September 29). Anyone who uses that road on a daily basis will need to seek an alternate route.
39-year-old Stacey Edward Barrier of Rattlesnake Lane in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (September 23) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony break or enter a motor vehicle. Barrier was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled for yesterday (September 25).
44-year-old Richie Scott Sanborn of Owl's Den Road in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen property. Sanborn was already being held in jail on other charges when he was arrested.
The charges are in connection to a breaking and entering at a residence in the 500 block of Lawndale Lane in Lincolnton on September 1. Detective Justin Link began the investigation on the date of the crime. The victim reported that someone broke into his home and stole $800 in quarters, camera equipment and a JVC camcorder.
While working another case, Detective Matt Burgess was listening to jail phone calls made by Richie Scott Sanborn. In one of the calls Sanborn was trying to give someone directions into the woods off Keener Road where he had placed several bags of items. Detective Burgess located the bags and discovered the camera equipment and the JVC camcorder inside the bags along with paperwork belonging to the victim.
Bond for Sanborn was set at $15,000 secured. His total bond is now $115,000 secured. He's scheduled to appear in District Court on the new charges October 10.
A man who was recently added to the Burke County Sheriff's Office most wanted list has been arrested by authorities in Catawba County.
35-year-old Brian Lee Tate of Kayla's Ridge Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Monday (September 25) by Newton Police Officers. In Catawba County, Tate is charged with two counts of felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense, and one misdemeanor count of resisting a public officer. In Burke County Tate is charged with felony counts of break or enter a motor vehicle, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen goods, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and larceny of a firearm, along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods.
As WHKY reported yesterday, Tate was added to the Burke County Sheriff's Office most wanted list last Friday (September 22). Following Monday's arrest, Tate was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $42,500 total bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (September 26) in Catawba County and Wednesday (September 27) in Burke County. Several additional suspects were added to the most wanted list last Friday, you can see the entire list at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list call 828-438-5500, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
31-year-old Andre T. Glover of Valley Street in Statesville was arrested today (September 25) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, and maintain a place to keep controlled substance. Glover was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (September 26).