16-year-old Mikall Lee Piercy was arrested Monday (October 31) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with felony larceny after breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Piercy was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (November 2).
Catawba County is hosting a one-day residential household hazardous waste collection event Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Winkler Park (home of L.P. Frans stadium), located at 2500 Clement Blvd. NW in Hickory. The event is open to Catawba County residents only and is free of charge.
Types of residential household hazardous waste accepted at the event include the following: Household cleaners such as drain openers, toilet bowl cleaners, oven cleaners, disinfectants, and pine cleaners. Paint products such as latex and oil-based paints, solvents, thinners, shellacs, varnishes, wood preservatives, and sealers. Automotive products such as lead-acid batteries, used motor oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, and auto starter fluid. Pesticides and insecticides such as poisons and aerosols. Other chemical-based products such as acids, bases, kerosene, household batteries, photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, gas cylinders and mercury thermometers. Electronics such as computer monitors and intact televisions, laptops, floppy drives, hard drives, ink/toner cartridges, modems, cell phones, answering machines, CD players, tape players, calculators, copiers, duplicators, microwaves, electronic typewriters, pagers, radios, remote controls, scanners, stereos, and VCRs.
Plastic bag recycling will also be provided at the event courtesy of Keep Catawba County Beautiful in celebration of America Recycles Day. The first 200 people who bring plastic bags to be recycled will receive a reusable bag.
For safety reasons, the event will not accept tires, radioactive waste, biologically active or infectious waste, unknown gases or chemicals, dioxin-related waste, explosives, household garbage, or TVs with internal parts removed. Prescription and over-the-counter medications also will not be accepted at this event; however, they are accepted at the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies year-round through the Operation Pillstoppers program.
To assist with electronics recycling and disposal, the county contracts with electronics recycling companies who are certified to ensure proper handling and security of the electronic waste collected. All data and data-bearing devised on electronic equipment will be destroyed, but the County cannot guarantee the non-disclosure of any information left on equipment. Additionally, please note that other vendors who may be set up outside the event are not associated with the event or Catawba County.
The one-day event is sponsored by Catawba County Utilities & Engineering and is co-sponsored by the City of Hickory, Keep Catawba County Beautiful and the North Carolina State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. For more information, please contact Catawba County Utilities and Engineering at (828) 465-8217.
The Viewmont Business Association (VBA) will hold its Business Meeting at Fourk Restaurant, 1410 4th Street Drive, NW, Hickory, next Wednesday, November 9.
All Viewmont area business owners and managers, whether VBA members or not, are invited to attend this informative meeting. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. with 30 minutes of networking, followed by a structured meeting, beginning at 6 p.m. This is the last general meeting of this year and nominations will be taken for 2017 VBA officers, which will be voted on at the January 2017 meeting.
The VBA promotes businesses in the Viewmont Community. All Viewmont Community businesses – restaurants, banks, churches, service providers, offices, retail stores and others – are eligible to join.
VBA dues are $50 per year and applications will be accepted at the meeting. Contact email@example.com for more information.
The VBA is one of the recognized business associations in the City of Hickory.
43-year-old Sabrina Suzanne Starnes was arrested Monday (October 31) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony forced breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Starnes was placed in jail in Morganton under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, November 1).
34-year-old Terry Justin Rowe of Highway 70 East in Hickory was arrested Friday (October 28) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, and misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Rowe's bond was set at $2,000 secured. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for yesterday (Monday, October 31).
31-year-old Brandon Edward Miller of Fairwood Drive in Hudson was arrested Friday (October 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense, and three counts of failure to appear. Miller was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $35,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court on Monday (October 31).
18-year-old Thomas Owen White of Oak Street in Newton was arrested Monday (October 31) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony financial card theft and misdemeanor financial card fraud. White is also charged with failure to appear on a count of possession of marijuana. White was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (Tuesday, November 1), November 28 and November 30.
There are new names on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List. 41-year-old Davey Leonard Goodman is wanted for felony possession of a controlled substance on jail premises. Goodman's last known address was 1890 Bristol Creek Avenue in Morganton.
24-year-old Treyvon Thomas Eugene Goode is wanted for felony probation violation. Goode's last known address was 200 Rocky Ford Street in Morganton. Both of these suspects were added to the Most Wanted List last Friday (October 28).
You can see the entire list of Burke County's Most Wanted suspects at the Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list call the Burke County Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
29-year-old William Thomas Ray Miller of 6th Drive SW in Hickory was arrested Monday (October 31) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts of assault by strangulation, assault on a female, and larceny of a motor vehicle. Miller was arrested and charged in Burke County on Sunday (October 30), as we reported Monday here on WHKY. Following Monday's arrest, Miller was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $55,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for next Monday (November 7) and a District Court appearance is scheduled for December 5.
On Saturday evening, a report was filed with the Lincolnton Police Department concerning John David Charles, a twelve-year-old black male, who has run away from home. Charles is described as a black male, 5’07”, 130 pounds, with a slim build. He was last seen wearing blue jean shorts and a dark green short sleeve shirt.
Charles is known to frequent Betty Ross Park, City Park, the Rail Trail, the library, and the soup kitchen. Additionally, Charles is known to frequent the E. Pine Street, Mauney Drive, and Oaklawn neighborhoods.
If anyone locates Charles, please contact Tony Potts at the Lincolnton Police Department at (704) 736-8900 or contact 9-1-1. You can also contact the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crimestoppers at (704) 736-8909. All calls made to Crimestoppers can be made anonymously and the caller is eligible for up to a $1,000.00 reward if information given leads to an arrest.
The Caldwell County Board of Elections held a Special Called meeting this morning (Monday, October 31). The meeting was scheduled at the request of citizens wishing to discuss an incident that occurred at an Early Voting Site on Saturday, October 22.
The incident reportedly involved a bus of voters arriving at an early voting site. The bus was from Catawba County and there were concerns that the voters were not registered in Caldwell County. It was confirmed that, in fact the voters were properly registered in Caldwell. The voters requested the meeting due to their concerns with procedures followed at the early voting site. No action was taken at today's meeting by the Board of Elections.
19-year-old Austin Lee Hector of 20th Avenue Drive NE in Hickory was arrested Friday (October 28) by Hickory Police Officers. He was charged on warrants from Iredell County with with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance.
Hector was arrested without incident at an address on 2nd Avenue NW in Hickory at 10:20 a.m. Friday. His bond was set at $5,000 secured. He's scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Statesville Tuesday (November 1).
An off-duty Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy who was showing her service weapon to guests at her residence accidentally fired the gun striking her 11 year old daughter. The Sheriff's Office announced this morning that the deputy has been fired.
38-year-old Misty Michelle Flowers, who worked as a deputy at the Lincoln County Courthouse, was showing the weapon to friends at her home on Loop Road when the gun fired and went through a wall striking the 11 year old girl in the next room.
The first deputy arrived on the scene at 11:23 p.m. Saturday and began administering first aid when a second deputy arrived and transported the child to CHS-Lincoln. She was then airlifted to CHS Main in Charlotte where she underwent surgery. The child was last reported to be in stable condition.
Flowers, who previously worked for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, had been with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office since August of 2015. She was terminated today by Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter. He is quoted in a news release saying that gross negligence and the disregard for the safety of others was displayed in the incident Saturday night. The incident is being investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation.
31-year-old Joshua Lee Lowman was arrested Friday (October 28) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Lowman was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, October 31).
38-year-old Alaca Spring Smith of 7th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Friday (October 28) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged on warrants from Caldwell County with felony counts of breaking and entering to a building, larceny, and possession of stolen goods.
Smith was arrested without incident Friday night at an address on 4th Street SW in Hickory. She was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for January 9 in Caldwell County.
A case of arson is under investigation. Hickory Police are investigating an incident that occurred at Academy Sports on Highway 70 SE. On Saturday (October 29) three male suspects set started a fire in the camping section of the store. They burned a shelving unit, the fire was contained to that area. Workers put the fire out and closed the store following the incident. The damage estimate is $500.
No injuries were reported in the incident. The only description given of the suspects is that they are in their late teens or early 20s. The Hickory Police Department is continuing their investigation.
The Hickory Police Department is investigating case in which a man was assaulted with a knife during a robbery attempt. The incident occurred early Saturday morning (October 29), just after midnight. The victim told police he was walking to the Lucky Stop Convenience store on 1st Avenue SW when two unknown black males approached him with a knife on the sidewalk of Club Blue.
The men reportedly cut the victim with the knife. It was not disclosed if any money was taken during the incident. The men fled the scene and the victim was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center. He was treated and released from the hospital. No further description of the suspects was given. The Hickory Police Department is continuing to investigate the case.
An armed robbery that occurred over the weekend is currently under investigation by the Hickory Police Department. At 8:50 p.m. Saturday (October 29) two black males reportedly entered Jack B. Quick on Old Lenoir Road NW in Hickory. One of the men was reportedly armed with a rifle.
The men demanded money from the the clerk. They fled the scene on foot with a undisclosed amount of cash. The clerk was not injured. No further description of the suspects was available. Hickory Police are continuing to investigate the case.
29-year-old William Thomas Ray Miller was arrested Sunday (October 30) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation and two counts of failure to appear. Miller was placed in jail in Morganton, his bond was set at $55,000 secured. A court appearance is scheduled for November 7.
23-year-old Amber Nichole Moretz of Fox Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (October 28) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession with intent to distribute meth precursor. Following the arrest, Moretz was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for January 9.