37-year-old Kristen Nicole Reitzel of 17th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (April 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Reitzel was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $60,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, April 28).
At about 9 a.m. Sunday (April 22), members of the Hopewell Baptist Church at 1112 Hopewell Road in Morganton discovered the church had been broken into.
A safe had been pried open, money was missing and there was damage to the interior of the church. Detectives from the Burke County Sheriff’s C.I.D. unit responded. They photographed and processed the scene.
Probable cause was developed, leading to the arrests yesterday (April 26) of two 16-year-old juvenile suspects. Both suspects were released to their respective parents’ custody. Court dates are pending.
A helicopter hit a house at the corner of Killian Road and McKay Farm Road in Newton at about 1:15 this afternoon (April 27).
Catawba Co. Emergency Management’s Karyn Yaussy told WHKY that two people were onboard the helicopter. One person was transported to the hospital with critical injuries. The second person was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. One person was present in the home at the time. He was not injured.
The helicopter was doing contract work flying utility lines, specifically the new gas lines coming into Catawba County.
As of this afternoon, the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.) was en-route from Charlotte. F.A.A. Investigators will talk with the National Transportation Safety Board after conducting their preliminary investigation.
The on-scene investigation was expected to take until late this evening or early tomorrow morning.
38-year-old David Lee Brittain of 6th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 3:15 yesterday afternoon (April 26) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.
On April 17, Hickory Police responded to a reported B&E at Viewmont Self Storage on 23rd Avenue N.E. The owner of the property reported that a storage unit had been broken into on the same date. Following a review of video surveillance footage, David Lee Brittain was identified as the suspect. Warrants were issued, leading to the suspect’s arrest yesterday.
Brittain was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $9,999 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
38-year-old Alexander Mitchell Froedge of 3rd Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:25 yesterday afternoon (April 26) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Froedge was taken into custody without incident on the 700 block of 12th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory. He was processed and released under a $4,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
45-year-old Johnny Fredrick Hill of H & H Lane in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (April 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny. Following the arrest, Hill was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, April 27).
29-year-old Cory Elijah Moretz of Little River Church Road in Taylorsville was arrested Wednesday (April 26) on charges filed in Caldwell County. Moretz had previously been arrested by Hickory Police. He's charged in Caldwell County with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Moretz was initially apprehended by Hickory Police during a traffic stop at approximately 2:30 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 321 N.W. Moretz, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was determined to have multiple outstanding warrants. After the charges were filed in Caldwell County, Moretz was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, April 27).
A man is facing multiple charges following a chase in Iredell County.
Wednesday (April 26) at 12:14 p.m. Deputies from the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office were tracking an individual wanted for a home invasion from a neighboring county. Deputies attempted to stop the wanted suspect on Turnersburg Highway. Deputies had been told the suspect was to be considered armed and dangerous.
The suspect, 28-year-old Curtis Luther Dalton Jr., refused to stop for Deputies who pursued in the area of Shoemaker Drive and West Debbie Lane. According to a news release, the suspect intentionally hit two deputies in his initial attempts to escape. Dalton eventually overturned the vehicle he was driving in the back yard of a residence on West Debbie Drive. The suspect fled the area on foot leaving a female passenger injured and trapped inside of the vehicle. Multiple firearms were located inside the wrecked vehicle.
A Sheriff’s Office patrol K-9 unit initiated a track of the suspect. Additional deputies responded to the area establishing a perimeter to contain the suspect. The Sheriff’s bloodhound indicated a direction of travel back toward the area of Cooper Farm Road. With the units closing in on the suspect’s location he allegedly stole a white Chevy work van from a residence in the area. Deputies in the area again attempted to stop the suspect.
Several attempts were made to stop Dalton using stop sticks. The suspect struck another deputy in the area of Nixon Road before continuing the chase toward Interstate 77. The suspect turned south on the Interstate pursued by Deputies and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. The news release says the decision was made to stop the chase using a vehicle maneuver. The tactic caused the suspect to lose control of the van, wrecking on Interstate 77 just south of exit 54. Dalton wrecked into the guardrail without striking any civilian motorists.
Dalton was to be charged with six counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, felony speeding to elude arrest, felony larceny of a motor vehicle and careless and reckless driving. was also wanted on warrants from the State of Virginia and Rowan County. His bond information was not available. Dalton was transported to Iredell Memorial hospital for treatment of his injuries sustained during the chase. The female passenger was treated and released from Davis regional Medical Center.
22-year-old Jayson Christopher Corpening of NW Link Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (April 26) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine along with a count of driving while license revoked. Corpening was jailed at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $23,000 secured bond. District Court dates were scheduled for today (Thursday, April 27) and May 16.
30-year-old Rushie Lee “Young Murkem” Kennedy of 8th Avenue Circle S.E. in Hickory was arrested at about 9:15 Wednesday night (April 26) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine. Kennedy is accused of possessing two-and-a-half grams of crack cocaine.
Events leading to his arrest began as Officers responded to reports of an individual with a handgun near the A&W Mini Mart. Upon arrival, Officers located a man, Rushie Kennedy, matching the suspect’s description at 4th Avenue S.W. and South Center Street, near the Sunny Valley housing complex. No weapons were located, but Officers did find two-and-a-half grams of crack cocaine.
Kennedy was arrested and confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was set for today (April 27) in Newton.
28-year-old Daniel James Owensby of South Ashe Avenue in Newton was arrested Wednesday (April 26) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking, opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule I controlled substance, maintaining a place to keep controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Owensby was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, April 27).
The District Attorney’s Office has declined to prosecute a 67-year-old Catawba County woman in an alleged voter fraud case. On March 3 of this year, an Investigator with the North Carolina State Board of Elections submitted information regarding the case for D.A.’s review. The alleged voter fraud occurred in Catawba County in November 2016.
The suspect is a 67-year-old woman with no history of illegal behavior, other than “a couple” of minor traffic tickets. The woman’s mother was 89 years old. The mother had intended to vote in last year’s presidential election by absentee ballot, but had not completed the ballot when she suffered a massive stroke and died in October of 2016.
Prior to the woman’s death, she had instructed her daughter to use her Power of Attorney to cast her vote in accordance with the wishes of the deceased. This was the deceased woman’s last request. The suspect cast her mother’s vote on November 3 at an early voting location. The vote was cast eight days after the suspect’s mother’s death and four days after the funeral.
According to the D.A.’s statement, the suspect lacked any fraudulent intent, and, when contacted by the North Carolina State Board of Elections investigator, the suspect was honest and cooperative.
The D.A.’s Office has prosecutorial discretion to determine whether a case should be prosecuted, which it exercises on a case-by-case basis. The D.A.’s statement says its office consistently demonstrates compassion in dealing with first-time, non-violent offenders.
At 10:30 Wednesday morning (April 26), the Newton Police Department responded to a reported armed robbery at First Citizens Bank at 11 South College Avenue in Newton.
Upon arrival, Officers were told that the suspect approached a teller, presented a bag and instructed the teller to place money in the bag. The suspect did not present a weapon during the robbery.
The suspect exited the bank and was last seen running north from the scene via an alleyway beside the Newton Vision Center on East “A” Street. He fled the scene with approximately $1,500 in cash.
The suspect was described as a thin, black male, 5’8” tall, weighing between 150-160 pounds. He was wearing a brown, hooded Carhartt jacket, blue jeans, brown shoes or work boots, a red shirt and a white baseball-style hat.
Anyone with information should call the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.
The robbery of a bank in Newton this morning (Wednesday, April 26) is currently under investigation. According to published reports, First Citizens Bank on South College Avenue in downtown Newton was robbed shortly before 11 a.m. It was not clear if a weapon was used. The suspect is described as a man in a white hat wearing a tan sweatshirt, no further information is given. No injuries occurred in the robbery, the investigation is continuing.
35-year-old Shannon Nichole Linebarger of Old Farm Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:10 last night (April 25) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering, plus one misdemeanor drug charge.
She was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. Linebarger had gone past the last point of sale with items concealed. She had been previously banned from the store.
Linebarger was arrested without incident at the store. She was processed and released into the custody of a bondsman under a $7,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
The man who broke the jaw of a Vietnam War veteran entered a guilty plea during Catawba County Superior Court today (Tuesday, April 25). 33-year-old Clarence Martin Hayes III of Hickory pleaded guilty to felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury.
The Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County sentenced Hayes to a suspended “split” sentence of 16 to 29 months with 30 months of probation. Hayes will spend 30 days of his sentence in the Catawba County Jail.
The victim, 78-year-old James Stonemetz, suffered a broken jaw when Hayes assaulted the victim in the yard outside the victim's Hickory residence on June 19, 2016. Stonemetz confronted Hayes about riding an ATV across his lawn, telling him to stay off the property. The defendant rode toward Stonemetz, stood up on the ATV and punched him in the face before leaving the area.
The blow broke Stonemetz’s jaw in such a way that he required medical treatment at both Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. His mouth was wired shut for six weeks because of the injuries sustained in the assault.
Several witnesses gave details of what they saw happen, and another person provided information that led to Hayes as a suspect and his subsequent arrest.
The victim was a highly-decorated soldier, earning numerous medals for his service with the United States Army during the Vietnam War, including the Bronze Star for meritorious service, an Army Commendation and three Good Conduct awards.
Stonemetz praised the efforts of law enforcement and court officials handling his case. Kim Craig was the lead investigator for Hickory Police Department, and Jamie Adams prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
29-year-old Cory Elijah Moretz of Little River Church Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (April 26) on one felony count each of fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle with two aggravating factors, larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of heroin, plus three counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He also faces single misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding and driving while license revoked. The warrants for his arrest were issued in February and March of this year and earlier this month in Caldwell, Alexander and Burke counties.
At about 2:30 a.m. today, Moretz was taken into custody following a traffic stop occurring on Highway 321 N.W. The vehicle was stopped for displaying a fictitious license plate. Moretz, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was determined to have multiple outstanding warrants.
Moretz was jailed under a $96,500 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court tomorrow in Lenoir. He also has a court date in Morganton on May 9 for several traffic violations and another District Court appearance in Taylorsville on June 26 for felony counts of larceny of a firearm, breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.
31-year-old Yvonne Nicole Engle of Frank Propst Valley Trail in Vale was arrested Tuesday (April 25) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with failure to appear on counts of possession of heroin and felony probation violation. Following the arrest Engle was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for June 15.
35-year-old Terry Joseph Brown was arrested Tuesday (April 25) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of property and receiving or possessing stolen goods. Brown's bond was set at $12,000. He has Superior Court dates scheduled for May 1 and June 5.
28-year-old Johnathan Benjamin Penley of Lee Pearson Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (April 25) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Penley was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (April 27).