54-year-old David Eugene Chapman of West U.S. Highway 70-A in Hickory was arrested Friday (July 29) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with soliciting a minor for an unlawful sex act by the use of a computer and appearing to meet the minor and disseminating obscenity to a minor.
The arrest was the result of a week long investigation involving undercover detectives posing as a 14-year-old child. Chapman and detectives, posing as the 14-year-old, exchanged dialogue on various social media outlets. The dialogue included discussion of Chapman and the minor meeting to engage in sexual activity. Additionally, Chapman sent pictures via the Internet deemed to be obscene. Arrangements were made for Chapman to meet the undercover detective at a prearranged location.
Chapman, upon arriving to the location, was arrested without incident. He was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $25,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (Monday, August 1).
A shooting is under investigation in Alexander County. On Friday (July 30) at approximately 8:38 p.m., Alexander County Communications received a call to a residence in the Wittenburg Community in reference to a shooting. Officers with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, Taylorsville Police Department, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and Wittenburg First Responders responded to the location off of Alspaugh Dam Road.
Officers arrived at the residence of Destry Bolick and found 25-year-old Adrian Joe Bolick with a gunshot wound to the right shoulder area. The incident stemmed from a domestic situation at the residence. Bolick was transported to a local hospital by Alexander County EMS, where he remained as of this afternoon (Monday, August 1).
According to a news release issued today by the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, Adrian Bolick had a shotgun in his possession. Detectives met with the District Attorney today to review the case. At this time, no charges have been filed, although this is an ongoing investigation by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office.
47-year-old Deven Kirby Deal of North Center Street in Hickory was arrested Friday (July 29) by Hickory Police on one felony count each of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. She was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, simple possession of a schedule II and schedule III controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was arrested after Police went to Deal’s residence with Probation & Parole Officers, looking for an individual who was on probation. That individual was not at the residence, but Deven Deal was present. Officers conducted a search, leading to the discovery of 7.2 grams of methamphetamine, 1.8 grams of marijuana, one Buprenorphine Hydrochloride pill, seven dosage units of amphetamine, two Cyclobenzaprine Hydrochloride pills, one dosage unit of M.S.M. (Methylsulfonylmethane) and 6.5 dosage units of Baclofen, as well as drug paraphernalia.
Deal was taken into custody without incident at about 11:20 Friday morning. The homeowner, who was also present, was not charged. Deal was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $210,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (August 1) in Newton.
33-year-old Timothy Wayne Bolick of Lick Mountain Drive in Hudson was arrested Saturday (July 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon, and discharging a weapon into occupied property. Bolick was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court August 15 and Superior Court September 12.
44-year-old Boushanna Fontana Mconnihead of Belmont Avenue in Charlotte was arrested Friday (July 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and trafficking in methamphetamine, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Mconnihead was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $51,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
28-year-old Aichon See of Crown Drive in Conover was arrested Sunday (July 31) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. See is charged with four counts of possession of firearm by a felon along with one count of parole violation filed by Probation and Parole. Bond was set at $40,000, a District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, August 1).
Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night (August 2). Looking at Tuesday's agenda, under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings there are nine items. All of the first readings were approved unanimously. The items include the acceptance of an offer to purchase property east of 25th Street, and a pair Community Development Block Grant Funding Agreements.
Hickory City Council will also hold a public hearing to receive comments on the consideration to designate Lyerly Full Fashioned Mill as a local historic landmark. A major rehabilitation of the mill was recently completed, it is now the Transportation Insight corporate campus.
Under departmental reports, appointments to several boards and commissions will be considered. Council will also go into closed session where they will vote on the approval of closed session minutes from June 21 and 28 and also hold a discussion regarding economic development.
Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office has released an update on it's "summer campaign to serve warrants." Since the campaign’s inception June 20, the Sheriff’s Office has arrested 213 individuals on 381 warrants.
Among those recently arrested as part of this campaign is 29-year-old Leon Robert Creasy of Piney Road in Morganton. He's charged with felony death by vehicle, misdemeanor probation violation, driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, and reckless driving to endanger. Creasy was arrested last Tuesday (July 26), his bond was set at $15,000 secured. His next appearance is scheduled for District Court August 17.
46-year-old Allen Lee Henson of Lauren Creek Street in Connelly Springs was arrested last Tuesday. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, along with three misdemeanor counts of simple possession of controlled substance, two counts of probation violation, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Henson's bond was set at $45,000 secured. He's scheduled to appear in District Court August 9.
People who have pending warrants can voluntarily turn themselves in. Anyone who has any information on the location of suspects with pending warrants can contact the 911 Center or utilize Crime Stoppers by calling 828-437-3333, texting 274637 with the keyword BURKETIPS and then texting your tip, or go to www.tipsoft.com and download a free TipSubmit application to submit pictures and videos.
40-year-old David James Hamby of 20th Avenue Drive NE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (July 30) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and second degree kidnapping. Hamby was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, August 1).
An Alexander County woman was killed in a head-on crash early this morning (Friday, July 29). According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 5:51 a.m. on U.S. 64, 1/2 mile east of Taylorsville.
According to Highway Patrol, a vehicle heading westbound on U.S. 64 went left-of-center and struck a vehicle heading eastbound. The driver of the westbound vehicle, 34-year-old Molly Hall of Hiddenite, was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center where she was being treated for non life-threatening injuries. Her four-year-old daughter was brought to Frye Regional Medical Center, she was also expected to recover from her injuries.
The driver of the eastbound vehicle, 54-year-old Veronica Williamson of Taylorsville was killed in the collision. Hall has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle. Highway Patrol reports that distracted driving led to the accident.
59-year-old Gary Stephen Hughes of Williamson Road in Mooresville was arrested Wednesday (July 27) by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on three felony counts each of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, the sale & delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance and the manufacture of a schedule VI controlled substance.
Hughes’ arrest marked the end of a two-month undercover investigation into the sale and distribution of marijuana in the southern end of Iredell County. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit received information and established a surveillance operation at the suspect’s residence. They determined that Hughes was growing marijuana at the residence.
Following his arrest, Hughes taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was jailed under a $15,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on August 15.
24-year-old Angela Marie Stogner was arrested Thursday (July 28) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Stogner was jailed in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A court date is set for September 19.
24-year-old Devon Wesley Downing was arrested today (Friday, July 29) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony discharge a weapon into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle. Downing was placed in jail in Morganton, his bond was set at $25,000 secured. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (August 1).
City of Morganton workers planned to shut off water service to a section of NC 18 north of Morganton to repair a water line break. Workers were planning to shut off water service on NC 18 between the Chesterfield Fire Department and Dalton Drive at around 9:30 a.m. today (Friday, July 29) About 100 customers were to be affected for five hours, barring any unforeseen problems.
For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
A man was killed in a motorcycle accident Thursday night (July 28) in Hickory. According to the Hickory Police Department, 27-year-old Wesley Martin was operating his motorcycle at approximately 10 p.m. on the 900 Block of 29th Avenue Northeast when he lost control and crashed. Catawba County EMS responded and pronounced Martin deceased at the scene. Martin was the only person involved in the accident.
19-year-old Mekhi Aundrel Dula of NW Todd Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (July 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with electronic house arrest violation. Dula was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $250,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
39-year-old James Fletcher Smith of Rifle Range Road in Conover was arrested Thursday (July 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, three counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Smith was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $150,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, July 29).
43-year-old Christopher Scott Hoyle of H & W Farm Road in Maiden was arrested Thursday (July 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of meth, two counts of trafficking in meth, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Hoyle was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $235,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, July 29).
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are attempting to locate a Lawndale man who they've charged in connection with the theft of a number of items from his employer including a truck, trailer and zero-turn lawn mower. Authorities are looking for 26-year-old Bradly Gene Mellon of Boyles Road in Lawndale.
The theft on Highway 27 West occurred during the early morning hours of Tuesday (July 26) when the extended cab pickup truck the business owner was allowing the employee to drive pulled into John Leatherman’s driveway. A short time later the truck with a trailer that had a lawn mower on it was seen on surveillance video leaving the location.
The employee driving the truck was Bradly Gene Mellon. The business owner and detectives spoke with Mellon following the incident and he admitted to taking the items. The lawn mower and trailer valued at $12,000 were recovered from a residence on Buffalo Shoals Road where Mellon allegedly pawned the items for $700. The truck was later recovered from the Challenger 3 Golf parking lot on Highway 180 in Shelby where Mellon had left it. A number of other items including a gas powered air compressor, gas generator, wire welder, plasma cutter and a DVR have not been recovered.
Mellon is charged with one felony count each of Larceny of a Motor Vehicle and Larceny by Employee. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mellon is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets Monday morning (August 1) in regular session.
There are two public hearings on the agenda for Monday's meeting. One is the close-out public hearing for the 2015 Commerce Fellows Training Program. The Other public hearing will be held to receive comments on the Claremont Spec Building Settlement, Economic Development Agreement with DAE Systems and Applicable Resolution, and Creation of Spec Building Fund.
Under departmental reports, the board will hear a presentation on the refunding of Catawba Valley Medical Center bonds presented by CVMC Senior Vice-President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer David Boone. There will also be a report presented by Utilities and Engineering regarding the Subtitle D Municipal Sanitary Landfill Cell Unit 3 Phase 2 Engineering Contract Award.
National Association of Counties or NACo Achievement Awards will be presented to the Tax Department, Technology and Budget Departments, Library, and Social Services.
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 at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.