32-year-old Timothy Tyliek Alexander of Cactus Lane in Denver, NC, was arrested Sunday (May 20) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of attempted murder, discharging a firearm into occupied property, and breaking and entering to a building, along with two felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Sunday at approximately 2 a.m. deputies responded to a residence in the 3700 block of Cactus Lane in reference to a domestic dispute involving a firearm. Deputies encountered the suspect, Timothy Tyliek Alexander, as he emerged from a nearby wood line. Alexander complied with commands from the officers and was taken into custody without incident.
The victim and her friend had also run into the wooded area and were located a short time later by deputies. She told officers she sent a text to Alexander saying she was breaking up with him and advised him to come and get his clothes. When he arrived he kicked the door open and went straight to a bedroom closet and retrieved a shotgun. The victim went to the bathroom in the back bedroom and was followed by the suspect. The suspect did not have the shotgun with him at this time but reportedly began choking the victim.
According to a news release, the suspect and the victim went back into the living room where Alexander fired the shotgun several times in the direction of the victim. One round went into a sofa and a second round into a television. At that time the victim and her friend ran out the back door and into the woods because they were scared for their lives. Neither victim was injured. Officers recovered a .380 caliber handgun and a 20-gauge shotgun.
Alexander was placed in the Harven A.Crouse Detention Center without bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance today (May 21) in Lincoln County District Court.
Boone Man, Hudson Woman Arrested In Connection To Armed Robbery, Vehicle Strikes Home Following ChaseWritten by Rob Eastwood
39-year-old Marlon Tyrick Horton of Brook Hollow Road in Boone and 34-year-old Ashley Lynn Price of Ellen Hass Lane in Hudson were arrested Sunday (May 20) by Boone Police Officers. Both suspects are charged with felonious robbery with a dangerous weapon along with misdemeanor counts of assault and battery and injury to personal property. Horton is additionally charged with felonious flee to elude arrest, along with misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon, driving while license revoked, reckless driving, failure to stop for a steady red light, failure to report an accident, and resist, obstruct, or delay a public officer.
On Thursday (May 17) at approximately 11:30 p.m., Boone Police responded to a report of an armed robbery in the parking lot of 2575 Highway 105. The victim reported that a black male and a white female accosted him with a knife and took his wallet. The victim was acquainted with the suspects. The suspects fled the area in a gold colored Buick sedan.
On Sunday, just before 3 p.m., an off-duty Boone Police officer observed the suspects in the gold Buick at a business on Blowing Rock Road. An officer attempted to stop the vehicle on Pride Drive. The driver refused to stop and fled across Boone Heights Drive onto State Farm Road. A brief chase ensued, it ended when the suspect vehicle struck a residence on Laurel Drive. The driver and passenger fled from the vehicle.
The female passenger was taken into custody after a short foot chase. The male driver was able to escape into the woods. Boone officers, assisted by a Watauga Sheriff’s K9, found the man hiding in a culvert near State Farm Road and Berkley Avenue. He driver was taken into custody without incident.
Horton's bond was set at $100,000 secured, Price received an $85,000 secured bond. They're both scheduled to appear in District Court June 15.
Three assessment teams have begun going to door to door in the Wilson Creek and Edgemont areas of Caldwell County to determine damages and needs after heavy flooding in the area over the weekend. Each team includes someone from Caldwell County law enforcement, Emergency Services, the Health Department and the American Red Cross.
Areas being surveyed include Highway 90/Edgemont Road, Brown Mountain Beach Road north of the Wilson Creek Visitor Center and roads surrounding those areas. Teams will be determining the amount and kind of damages to homes as well as damage to wells and septic systems. They will also be handing out information to residents about how to manage damage to those systems.
The Wilson Creek and Johns River areas of Caldwell County experienced major flooding on Friday night into Saturday after heavy rain fell just north of the area.
29-year-old Ailon See of 20th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was served bills of indictment by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (May 19) on one felony count each of trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of marijuana, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana paraphernalia. The arrest warrant on the meth charge was issued Saturday. The others date back to January of this year. He’s also being held on a warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.
See was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $500,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton. He’ll appear in court on the fugitive warrant on May 29.
20-year-old Cody Steven Cottrell was arrested Sunday (May 21) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with two felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. Cottrell was arrested at 6:18 p.m. Sunday and placed in jail in Morganton under $51,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for Wednesday (May 21).
48-year-old Timothy Wayne Norris was arrested today (May 21) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance. Norris was arrested at 1:45 a.m. today and placed in jail in Morganton under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.
Three Catawba County programs have been recognized with 2018 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards. The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents. Catawba County has won 213 awards over the history of the NACo Achievement Awards program and has been honored every year since the program’s inception in 1970.
Catawba County Public Health won an Achievement Award for its Child Oral Health Program, an innovative partnership between Catawba County Public Health’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and Catawba Family Dentistry. The two programs worked together to house a dental coordinator within the WIC office who serves as a liaison between WIC, the patient, and Catawba Family Dentistry to help make the dental appointment process easier for children and pregnant women who can benefit from both services.
The Catawba County Tax Office won an award for its Land Pricing Wizards initiative, a project designed to improve the efficiency of the County’s land revaluation process. Land revaluation is complex series of steps that in the past has taken nearly a full year to complete. By developing a more streamlined land coding system and incorporating new uses of technology, the Tax Office reduced the amount of time needed to produce accurate and current land values from eleven months to a few weeks.
The Catawba County Library was recognized for its Connect, Explore, Grow: Engaging the Latino Community initiative, which aimed to improve service delivery to the County’s Spanish-speaking population. The initiative identified specific community needs, established marketing strategies to Spanish speakers to increase awareness of library resources, implemented culturally responsive programming and services, and partnered with local organizations to increase the library’s presence in the Latino community.
Nationally, NACo awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more. NACo unites America’s 3,069 county governments.
32-year-old Melinda Gail South of Dulatown Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (May 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. South is also charged by Probation and Parole with four felony counts of probation violation. She was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (May 21).
24-year-old Jonathan Kyle Barus of Pyatte Street in Valdese was arrested Sunday (May 20) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle along with misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen goods and possession of drug paraphernalia. Barus was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (May 21).
26-year-old Kimberly Rose Hodges of NE Nuway Circle in Lenoir was arrested Friday (May 18) by authorities in Gaston County on a charge filed in Caldwell County. She's charged with felony common law robbery. Hodges was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (May 21) in Lenoir.
37-year-old Justin Ryan Cooney of Rocky Ford Road in Newton was arrested Sunday (May 20) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, driving while impaired, and possession of an open container or consuming alcohol in a passenger area. Cooney was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (May 21).
25-year-old Casey Cristen Clark of Forest Hill Drive in Lenoir was arrested Friday (May 18) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with four felony counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Clark was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (May 21).
34-year-old Ritchie Alan Souther of Parker Court in Lenoir was arrested Friday (May 18) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony sell or deliver controlled substance to a minor. Souther was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (May 21).
According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, at approximately 8:00 p.m. Saturday (May 19), inmate Richard Lennox assaulted a correctional officer at Alexander Correctional Institution by striking him with his fist. The officer was taken to an outside medical facility where he was evaluated and released.
The incident occurred in a hallway near a housing area when the inmate was refusing the officer's orders. There were no injuries to the inmate or other staff. DPS is investigating the incident and will pursue assault charges against Lennox.
Due to heavy rains, three Caldwell County roads in the Wilson Creek and Collettsville areas have been closed.
They are: Old Johns River Road at Highway 90; River View Circle at the bridge, near the Collettsville School; and Brown Mountain Beach Road at Adiko Road.
No injuries have been reported.
32-year-old Robert Brandon Simons of Magnolia Grove Road in Lincolnton and 24-year-old Caitlyn Marie Simons of Archdale Lane in Maiden have both been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers following a late night traffic stop on May 16. Robert Simons was charged with one felony count of receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle and one misdemeanor count each of driving while license revoked and displaying a fictitious registration. Caitlyn Simons was served warrants for eight felony counts of identity theft and trafficking in stolen identities, plus one misdemeanor count of larceny and two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. She was also served a criminal summon issued in Catawba County.
Events leading to their arrests began when a Deputy pulled in behind a vehicle at the intersection of Salem Church Road and Philadelphia Church Road. The Deputy noticed a suspicious looking license plate on the vehicle. A records check showed that the license plate came back as not assigned to any vehicle.
Deputies stopped the vehicle, which was driven by Robert Simons with one female passenger. The vehicle identification number came back to a 1994 Chrysler that was stolen out of Caldwell County. Authorities in Caldwell County confirmed the vehicle was stolen and had the car towed.
The Chrysler was on loan from Caitlyn Simons, who is the suspect’s sister. She was reported to be at her brother’s residence. Deputies transported the female passenger to the residence. While en route, Deputies were told that Caitlyn Simons had a number of outstanding warrants. The female allowed Deputies to enter the residence where they found Caitlyn Simons and took her into custody. She had a key chain with a large number of vehicle keys on it. A VIN number check of a Honda Civic parked at the residence showed the car had been stolen in Hickory.
A Hickory Police Officer came to the scene to process the stolen vehicle. The owner was contacted and came to the scene to pick up the vehicle.
Robert Simons was placed in jail under a $7,000 secured bond while Caitlyn Simons was jailed under a $49,000 secured bond. Both suspects will appear in District Court on June 5. Caitlyn Simons also has a Superior Court date set for June 4.
43-year-old Jose Luis Bosquez of Jericho Road in Harmony was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell heroin, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of counterfeit currency.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received information stating that Bosquez, who lived in a camper at VanHoy Campground, was loading drugs into his vehicle and preparing to leave the area. Officers responded to the location and found the suspect. After speaking with Bosquez, enough information was gathered to conduct an investigation into the alleged drugs.
A narcotics detective was called to the scene. A search was conducted, and Bosquez was found to be in possession of a large quantity of methamphetamine, heroin, U.S. currency, counterfeit U.S. currency and a loaded .22 caliber revolver pistol. He was arrested at the scene. A criminal records data base search revealed Bosquez is a convicted felon.
Bosquez was issued a $200,000 secured bond. His next District Court appearance is scheduled for June 6.
25-year-old Michael Ryan Cooke of 1st Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested today (May 18) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony hit and run with serious injury or death. The arrest is in connection to the death of a pedestrian earlier this week.
Wednesday morning (May 16) at 5:24 a man was struck in the roadway in the area of the 2800 Block of Highway 70 SW. The unidentified pedestrian was deceased upon the arrival of Long View Police. After the initial investigation and the review of local surveillance footage, it was determined that a dark colored 1990 to 1998 Chevrolet extra cab truck was the suspect vehicle.
Cooke was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $18,000 bond. A District Court date is set for Monday (May 21).
28-year-old Chelsea Nicole Booth of Bonnie Lane in Hildebran was arrested by Hickory Police just after ten o’clock last night (May 17) on one felony count each of larceny and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The charges are from a case dating back to October of 2016.
Booth was taken into custody without incident at Fry Regional Medical Center in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
47-year-old Kristi Larae Barger Hedgepeth of 23rd Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested late Wednesday night (May 16) on a long list of charges. She was charged with fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, plus two counts each of misdemeanor larceny and possession of stolen goods or property. Hedgepeth was also charged with nine counts of failure to appear on charges of misdemeanor larceny (four counts), larceny by removing an anti-shoplifting device, habitual felon, obtaining property by false pretense, attempting to obtain property by false pretense and breaking & entering. Some of the failure to appear charges originated in Lincoln County.
Events leading to her arrest began when Hickory Police responded to Hedgepeth’s residence in reference to a 9-1-1 hang-up call. Upon arrival, Officers encountered Hedgepeth leaving the residence in a Nissan Sentra. Officers were aware that Hedgepeth had outstanding warrants for her arrest.
They followed the suspect until her car hit a pole at 26th Avenue N.E. and 5th Street N.E. In the vehicle, Police found two dosage units of hydrocodone and one dosage unit of lorazepam.
Hedgepeth was taken into custody without further incident just after 11 p.m. Wednesday. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility early Thursday morning with bond set at $75,402, secured. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today and on July 6, with a Superior Court date set for July 23.