This year, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety prison system saw a three-fold increase in the number of facilities growing and donating produce to local food banks, community pantries and social service organizations. The 20 facilities more than doubled the amount of fruits and vegetables sent to help fight hunger and improve health in their communities. Among the institutions participating in the program are detention centers in Morganton, Lenoir and Lincolnton.
20 North Carolina state facilities provided about 36,313 pounds of fresh produce to local food banks and anti-hunger organizations. The “Combating Hunger” project is in its second year, in conjunction with Harvest Now, a national non-profit that works with several state prison systems.
In the first growing season last year, inmates grew and donated 16,250 pounds of fresh produce. Fruits and vegetables grown include squash, winter cabbage, collards, onions, tomatoes, watermelon, bell peppers and cucumbers.
Harvest Now donates $7,000 worth of seeds to the participating institutions and the facilities work with local community colleges or agricultural extension offices for expertise and advice on planting and tending their gardens.
More information about Harvest Now is available at Harvest-Now.net.
33-year-old O'Kiera Donell Myers of Central Drive in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with four felony counts apiece of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and sale and delivery of cocaine.
Myers was arrested following a month long undercover investigation by Iredell County Sheriff’s Narcotics Officers into the sale of powder and “Crack” cocaine.
Information was gathered by narcotics investigators about drug sales occurring in the area of 5th Street and Raleigh Avenue in South Statesville. Undercover surveillance operations were established and investigators were able to identify Myers as one of the suspects. Controlled purchases of “Crack” cocaine were made from Myers over the course of a few weeks.
A search warrant was executed at 1135 5th Street by members of the narcotics investigation unit along with members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office SERT Team. Myers was not at the location at the time the warrant was served.
Last Wednesday (December 14) Myers was located at 1025 4th Street in Statesville by members of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team and Criminal Investigations Division (CID) of the sheriff’s office.
Myers was incarcerated in the Iredell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for January 11.
39-year-old Mandy Mikeal Austin of Cube Drive in Valdese was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:15 Saturday evening (December 17) on one felony count of failure to appear and one misdemeanor count of shoplifting.
She was arrested after Police were called to Walmart on Highway 70 S.E. where loss prevention reported that Austin had been seen in the feminine hygiene and automotive aisles concealing items. She was stopped by Loss Prevention and taken into custody by Hickory Police.
Austin had an outstanding warrant for her arrest dating back to July of this year for failure to appear on charges of withholding a financial transaction card and financial card fraud.
Austin was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $11,500 secured bond. Appearances in District Court were scheduled for January 3 and February 7 in Newton.
The name of the person who was shot and killed in an incident this morning (Monday, December 19) involving an officer has been released. Roy Minton, the resident of the home that was the scene of the incident, was killed in the shooting.
Deputies with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic call at 1211 Dudley Shoals Road at 1:23 a.m. today.
No sheriff’s deputies were injured in the shooting incident.
During the incident, one Caldwell County Sheriff’s Deputy fired his weapon. That deputy has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation. The deputy’s name will not be released at this time.
The SBI is continuing their investigation. WHKY will provide updates as we receive information.
30-year-old Christopher Michael Martin of Carter Court in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (December 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of cocaine. Martin was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, December 19).
32-year-old Erika Nicole Self of 5th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:15 Friday on one felony count of habitual larceny and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
She was arrested at the Best Buy store on Catawba Valley Boulevard. A Loss Prevention Officer watched as Self allegedly removed the anti-theft devices from three Fit Bit Blaze fitness watches and concealed the items on her person. She was approached by Loss Prevention and by Hickory Police. Self initially refused to stop for the Officers, resulting in the resisting charge. The fitness watches were found and recovered.
Self was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow (December 20) in Newton.
27-year-old Dominique Terrell Stinson of 29th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:15 Saturday afternoon (December 17) for a felony probation violation and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear. He faces charges for battery of an unborn child and failure to pay child support.
Stinson was on probation following a July 2015 conviction in Catawba County for possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He had been listed as an absconder for probation.
Stinson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $21,000, secured, plus a $1,500 cash bond on the child support charges. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court on December 20 in Newton. Additional court dates were scheduled for January 5 & 25.
Morganton city workers shut off water service to a section of Piney Road in the Chesterfield Community of Burke County to repair a water line break. The break occurred on a six-inch water line and was reported near 3333 Piney Road. About 70 customers on Piney Road from just south of Throneburg Road to 3824 Piney Road, and Smith Road and any side streets will be without water service while repairs are made. Workers expected to have water restored by 2:00 p.m., barring any unforeseen problems. For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
27-year-old George “Jordy” Foster of Junaluska Road in Boone was arrested by Boone Police yesterday (December 18) on one count of felonious assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
At about 1:50 yesterday afternoon, Boone Police, Watauga Medics and Watauga Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an assault with a knife on North Street. Upon arrival, Officers found a male victim suffering from a stab wound to the leg. Watauga Medics took the victim to Watauga Medical Center.
An investigation led to Foster’s arrest. He was jailed under a $55,000 secured bond. An appearance in appearance in Watauga District Court was set for January 17.
32-year-old Crystal Rose Shumate of Highway 16 North in Taylorsville was arrested last Wednesday (December 14) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with second degree arson and burning personal property.
According to a news release issued today (Monday, December 19) by the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, on December 6 at approximately 3:13 p.m., 911 received a call of a house fire at 350 NC Hwy 16 North. The residence was occupied at the time of the fire. The Alexander County Fire Marshal’s Office responded, along with the Taylorsville and Sugar Loaf Fire Departments. Emergency Personnel arrived on the scene and found the residence to be fully engulfed.
An investigation was conducted by the Alexander County Fire Marshal’s Office and Sheriff’s Office. The investigation resulted in Shumate's arrest. She was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. Her first appearance in Alexander County District Court was scheduled for today.
19-year-old Moelic Shiquam Lowrance of Bristol Creek Avenue in Morganton was arrested Sunday (December 18) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with indecent liberties with a child. The warrant is from 2015. Following the arrest, Lowrance was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for Tuesday (December 20).
One man has been charged in connection with a vehicle theft and chase. A three-year-old child was in the vehicle when it was stolen from a convenience store parking lot near High Shoals.
The incident occurred at Will’s Food Store in High Shoals around 9:45 a.m. Saturday (December 17) when two men arrived on the scene in a red passenger car. The driver of a white Chevrolet Silverado with the child inside pulled in to the gas pumps and went inside the store. One of the men in the passenger car jumped in the truck and left the scene driving toward Gaston County.
Lincoln County Communications notified Gaston County and the North Carolina Highway Patrol about the situation. Gaston County officers got behind the vehicle on Highway 321 and chased the truck over several roads before it entered South Carolina on Highway 321 just past Robinson Road. York County officers assisted in the chase of the stolen truck before it came back into North Carolina where Gaston County officers initiated a traffic stop on Myrtle School Road and the driver fled the scene on foot. Gaston County officers chased the driver for a short distance before taking him in custody. Officers estimated speeds in the chase exceeded 100 miles per hour.
An ambulance was dispatched to the scene to check out the three-year-old and the child was in good condition. Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies transported the parents to Gaston County to pick up the child and the stolen vehicle.
Detective Kelly Paris charged 39-year-old Timothy David French of Hartman Street in Gastonia with one felony count each of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen goods, and abduction of a child. He is also charged with one misdemeanor count of child abuse. Bond for French was set at $60,000 secured. He also faces charges in Gaston County. French was scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court today (Monday, December 19).
Four people have been charged with breaking into several Lincoln County churches. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office filed the charges Friday (December 16).
On Friday, Detectives Matt Burgess and Dan Snellings secured warrants in connection with church break-ins at Howard’s Creek Baptist Church, Long Shoals Wesleyan Church and Trinity Second Chance Church.
18-year-old Jesse Lee Lankford of Charleston Trail in Cherryville is charged with three counts apiece of breaking and entering to a place of worship, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, and conspiracy. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond.
26-year-old Kathrine Stewart Norrick of Black Street in Cherryville and 21-year-old Jonathan Tyler Beavers of Henderson Road in Bessemer City are both charged with three counts of breaking and entering to a place of worship, two counts of burglary and one count of conspiracy. Their Bond was set at $20,000 secured as well.
16-year-old Joshua Cody Ayers of Cherryville is charged with breaking and entering a place of worship, burglary, possession of stolen goods, and conspiracy to commit breaking and entering. Ayers was being held in Gaston County on separate charges. Lankford and Ayers were arrested Friday, Norrick and Beavers were arrested today (Monday, December 19).
During the investigation of the crimes, fingerprints were located that led to a suspect in the Breaking and Entering at Webb’s Chapel Church in Gaston County. The suspect was interviewed and that led to the identity of the suspects in the Lincoln County break-ins.
A suspect in the case also confessed to breaking into and stealing from two other area churches on December 4, 2016 but the names and locations of these churches are unknown by the suspects and no reports have been filed in these cases with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Lankford, Beavers, and Ayers were all scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court today. Norrick has a District Court date tomorrow (Tuesday, December 20).
Officials report there was an officer-involved shooting in southern Caldwell County early this morning (Monday, December 19).
Deputies with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic call at 1211 Dudley Shoals Road at 1:23 a.m. today.
There was an officer involved shooting during the call. No sheriff’s deputies were injured in the event.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) is in charge of the investigation. No further details were released. WHKY will keep you updated as we receive information.
The Hickory Police Department has released surveillance photos of the suspect involved in a December 14 robbery at the Holiday Inn Express on Highway 70 S.E. (first reported yesterday on WHKY).
Just after 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, Hickory Police responded to the hotel where a clerk said the suspect initially requested a room. The clerk asked for I.D. and credit card information. At that point, the suspect rushed around the front desk. He told the clerk he had a knife and demanded money. He left the hotel with an undisclosed sum of cash.
The suspect is described as a short, black male with a slim build. He has long dreads, a thin mustache and hair under his lip. The suspect fled the scene in a light-colored, four-door passenger car.
25-year-old Damon Shane Simpson of Dale Avenue in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives on one felony count each of uttering a forged instrument, possession of a counterfeit instrument and obtaining property by false pretenses.
Simpson is accused of passing a fraudulent check at Jones Exxon on Highway 16 South in Denver on October 20 of this year. On November 29, the victim notified the Sheriff’s Office that his bank had rejected the check because it was written on a non-existent account in the amount of $485. Simpson obtained goods and cash when he passed the fraudulent check.
Detective Greg Hager confirmed that Simpson passed the fraudulent check and obtained warrants for his arrest. Simpson was processed in the Haven A. Crouse Detention Center. He was released after posting a $7,500 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on January 5.
A press release issued at about 11:30 this morning (December 16) states that Morganton City workers are working to shut off water service on a section of Pax Hill Road to repair a water line break. About 40 customers on Pax Hill from Wagner Road to Jay Clark Road will be affected. Workers expect to have the line repaired in four to five hours, barring any unforeseen problems.
For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
26-year-old Cody Aaron Creel of Alabama was arrested Thursday (December 15) by Raleigh Police officers. He's charged in connection with a robbery that occurred in Raleigh Wednesday night (December 14), and was also identified as a suspect in a Statesville convenience store robbery.
Creel was stopped shortly after the Raleigh robbery in a black 2002 Toyota Tundra pickup truck. He had a black BB pistol in his possession. Creel was arrested by the Raleigh Police Department for Robbery and jailed under a $30,000 secured bond.
Based on the description of the suspect, the method used in the robbery, and after seeing the suspect’s photo, Creel was readily identified as the suspect in a robbery that occurred at Fast Phil's Citgo in Statesville.
Earlier today (Friday December 16), Corporal Garrett Deal of the Statesville Police Department obtained a warrant on Creel for robbery with a dangerous weapon. The Statesville charge will be filed against Creel in Raleigh at the Wake County Detention Center.
A Special Meeting of the City of Hickory's Bond Implementation Commission will be held on Tuesday (December 20) at 4:30 p.m. in the third floor conference room at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in Hickory.
The purpose of this Special Meeting is to review the latest conceptual drawings for the City Walk and Gateways.
24-year-old Matthew Larry Shumate of Parrots Chapel Road in Sevierville, Tennessee has been charged by the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers with second-degree kidnapping, breaking & entering a motor vehicle, felony possession of methamphetamine, felony attempted common law robbery, resisting a public officer, damage to real property, damage to personal property and possession of drug paraphernalia.
His arrest stems from a motor vehicle chase earlier this week involving Officers with the Sheriff’s Interstate Criminal Enforcement (I.C.E.) Team. Shumate was arrested at the dead end on Carl Austin Road in Statesville. Witness statements were gathered and surveillance video and in-car video were reviewed, resulting in the latest charges against Shumate.
Various local charges and out-of-state fugitive warrants were filed against Shumate earlier this week. Those charges include two counts each of fleeing to elude arrest and larceny of a motor vehicle. He was given a $15,000 secured bond for the local charges and was held without bond on the out-of-state warrants. Following yesterday’s (December 15) charges, bond was increased to $200,000, secured. Shumate was scheduled to appear in District Court in Iredell County today and again on January 3.