30-year-old Joseph Scott Fielding of Fox Run Drive in Statesville, who had outstanding warrants from Rowan and Cabarrus counties, has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers. He faces felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also charged with a felony probation violation and four domestic violence protection order violations, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, assault by pointing a gun, and failure to heed a light or siren.
On Tuesday (June 11), the Rowan Co. Sheriff’s Office contacted the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office and requested assistance in locating Fielding on the outstanding warrants for the domestic violence protection order violations and firearms-related charges. Officers went to Fielding's last known address in northern Iredell County.
Deputies spoke with Fielding's family, who said the suspect had left the residence early that morning driving a white passenger car. The information was relayed to other Officers in the area, who spotted the vehicle about a half-mile from the Wilkesboro Highway on Snow Creek Road.
Additional Deputies responded and launched a search for Fielding utilizing a number of resources, including an Iredell County K-9 Unit and a drone. After an extensive search, Fielding was found hiding in a field off of the Wilkesboro Highway. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.
Fielding was given a $47,500 secured bond on the narcotics and weapons charges. He was held without bond on the domestic-related charges. District Court appearances in Rowan County were set for June 14 & 24. On August 30, Fielding has District Court dates in Rowan, Iredell, and Cabarrus counties, with a Superior Court appearance scheduled on the same date in Rowan County.
The North Carolina Department of Corrections has verified that Fielding is a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. He has a criminal history that includes felony counts of breaking & entering and possession of a firearm by a felon, plus two misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen goods and single misdemeanor counts of breaking & entering, carrying a concealed weapon, hit & run with failure to stop, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession a spring-loaded knife.
According to a news release issued by Catawba County Officials, from now until June 28, 2019, residents affected by the recent flooding can dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 to register for free cleanup assistance, such as mud-out, tarping and tree-cutting. Calls will be accepted between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. daily.
NC 2-1-1 will share the information with relief agencies in the area who will assist residents as they are able. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed to due expected overwhelming need.
This voluntary relief effort was initiated by Catawba County Emergency Services and is being coordinated by NC 2-1-1, the North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) and the nonprofit organization Crisis Cleanup.
NC 2-1-1 can also provide information about local resources for other needs, such as food, clothing and health and human services.
36-year-old Paul William Kennell was arrested Wednesday (June 12) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of possession of stolen goods and failure to appear on a felony. Kennell was arrested shortly before noon Wednesday at a residence on Devinney Street in Morganton. He was placed in jail under $27,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 8.
46-year-old George Earl Long of Clarks Chapel Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of statutory sex offense with a child by an adult and indecent liberties with a child. Long was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 22.
Henry Fork River Regional Recreation Park and the boardwalk at Glenn C. Hilton,
Jr. Memorial Park in Hickory have been reopened. All Hickory City parks are now open. However, the following park amenities remain closed until further notice:
The soccer fields at Henry Fork Regional Recreation Park are closed. The lower parking lot of Glenn C. Hilton, Jr. Memorial Park is closed until mud and debris can be removed. The Winkler Park hiking trail is closed for bridge repair.
Park visitors are asked to use caution around the playgrounds. Crews are in the process of replacing washed out ground cover in those areas and removing fallen trees from Fairbrook Optimist Dog Park and Cliff Teague Park.
Hickory Firefighters responded to a local fast food restaurant Wednesday (June 12). At 9:57 a.m. Wednesday, firefighters responded to Checkers at 1304 2nd Street NE. The first Hickory Fire Department engine arrived on the scene three minutes after the call and reported fire on the roof. They responded with three engines, one ladder truck, two command units, and additional support staff.
Firefighters were able to quickly contain and extinguish the fire. Catawba County EMS and the Hickory Police Department responded to assist with traffic control. No injuries were reported. Damages were reported to the grill, hood, and ventilation system. Fire investigators determined the cause of the fire to be cooking related.
A juvenile was apprehended in connection to an Alexander County stabbing incident. On Wednesday (June 12) shortly before 5 p.m., 911 received a call of a stabbing on Wood Road off Three Forks Church Road. Officers arrived on the scene and found a 39-year-old man with several stab wounds to the chest area.
Witnesses confirmed that a 14-year-old white juvenile female ran from the scene before officers arrived. Alexander County Sheriff's Officers established a perimeter on Wood Road, Three Forks Church Road and Highway 90 West. Off duty officers as well as on duty officers, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the Taylorsville Police Department, and Probation & Parole assisted with setting up the perimeter.
The Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit along with the NC Department of Public Safety blood hound K-9 assisted with the search. Shortly before 6:30 p.m. officers found the juvenile in a wooded area near the scene of the stabbing. She was taken into custody without incident.
Alexander County EMS was called to the scene to check the physical well-being of the juvenile. The victim was transported via helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries. The Juvenile Court Counselors Office from the Department of Juvenile Justice was contacted in reference to the incident. The investigation is continuing.
42-year-old Larry Van Clark and 42-year-old Bill Casey Hinson, both of Hickory, have been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Officers. They were each charged with larceny, possession of stolen goods, and conspiracy. Clark also faces charges for possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, & deliver a schedule I controlled substance, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Clark and Hinson are accused of taking property from the Lowe’s hardware and Walmart stores in Denver, N.C. An off-duty Officer reported that one of the men loaded a generator onto the back of a pickup truck at Lowe’s and then drove across the street to Walmart.
Deputies found the truck with the generator in the Walmart parking lot at about 8:30 p.m. on June 11. As Officers approached the truck, they saw the driver making suspicious movements in the vehicle. Deputies removed the man from the truck without incident. Multiple needles, a black pouch, and digital scales were found in the glove compartment. In the pouch, Deputies found various pills and possible illegal drugs in clear plastic bags. They also found a loaded .22 caliber handgun in the truck. The truck's driver, Larry Van Clark, was arrested and charged.
A witness told Officers a male and female had left the truck and gone into the store. Officers and Walmart security found the man, Bill Casey Hinson, as he was leaving the store. The female was still inside on a bench. On Hinson's person, Officers found two Gerber knives that had been taken from the sporting goods department. Hinson was taken into custody and charged. The female was not charged.
Clark was jailed under a $43,000 secured bond, while Hinson's bond was set at $10,000, secured. No court dates are currently listed.
A robbery at a Domino's Pizza in Newton is currently under investigation. This morning (June 12) shortly before 1:30, the The Newton Police Department responded to Domino’s at 2392 West NC 10 Highway, in reference to an armed robbery. Upon arrival, officers were told that a delivery driver was exiting the business when he was approached by two armed suspects who forced him back inside the store.
Once inside the store, the delivery driver was forced to the floor while the suspects encountered the store manager who was in the office. They forced the store manager to open the safe, but there was no money inside. The manager was then forced back to the office where the cash drawer and bank bags were found.
The suspects took an undisclosed amount of money from the office and left the business. Upon arrival officers began a search of the area but were unable to find the suspects. They were described as two men wearing Nike hoodies, masks and gloves. Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Lt. Nikki Lineberger of the Newton Police Department at 828-465-7430.
Catawba County’s Riverbend Park will reopen Thursday (June 13) following its usual operating schedule. Some park amenities, including the lower riverfront parking lot, lower section of the dog park and portions of the river trail, will remain closed until all flood damage can be repaired. Park visitors are advised to use caution and be mindful of storm-related cleanup throughout the park.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol reports a fatal crash in Lincoln County. Shortly after 2:00 this morning (June 12), Highway Patrol responded to a fatal collision on NC 73 between Club Drive and Killian Farm Road.
A 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling west and collided with a tree that had fallen across the roadway. The driver, 24-year-old Jacob Wayne Chase, of Lincolnton, was ejected from the motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation responded to clear the tree from the roadway and set up a detour. Duke Energy responded to repair power lines that were pulled down by the fallen tree. The roadway remained closed for several hours as traffic was rerouted during the investigation and repair process.
At about 12:06 a.m. today (June 12), Newton Police responded to 408 East 26th Street to assist the Newton Fire Department with a structure fire. Upon arrival, fire department personnel told Officers that the fire was suspicious in nature. A Police Investigator arrived to assist the fire department with the investigation.
According to a press release issued by the Police Department, the fire started in a back bedroom. All services, including electric, had previously been disconnected from the house. The house was not occupied at the time of the fire and has been declared a total loss.
The case has been ruled an arson. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the fire should contact Newton Police Lt. Nikki Lineberger at 828-465-7430 or Fire Investigator Scott Mecimore at 828-695-4284.
23-year-old Gabrielle Nicole Bolick of Waterfalls Road in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (June 12) on two felony counts of credit card fraud and one misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Bolick was taken into custody without incident at about 2:20 a.m. today at a retail store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. She was released on a written promise to appear. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.
Lenoir Optimist Park will install more upgrades this year with the help of a state grant and $100,000 in matching funds from the city. Plans include a new parking lot, restrooms, a playground, two picnic shelters, permanent cornhole boards, walking paths, and new lights on the rear ball field.
A few years ago, the Lenoir Optimist Club donated the park (with an assessed value of $227,000) to the city. In 2016, the city received a $327,000 grant from the North Carolina Parks & Recreation Trust Fund to make improvements to the park and to the Mulberry Recreation Center. The work at the rec center is complete.
Last week, contractors installed new lights for the rear ball field at Lenoir Optimist Park. City workers have also started grading for the playground and parking lot. Once the new parking lot is open, staff will close the original entrance.
The improvements to Lenoir Optimist Park should be complete by the end of the year.
21-year-old Shane Tyrell Stenson of 2nd Place S.E., 18-year-old Christopher Chauncion Clark of 5th Avenue S.W., and 19-year-old Quavius Shamond Izard of 3rd Avenue N.W., all from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 8 a.m. yesterday (June 11). All three suspects were charged with eight felony counts each of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and one felony count of larceny, plus three misdemeanor counts each of larceny and single misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property and second-degree trespass. In addition, Stenson was charged with one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and single misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon and resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer. According to H.P.D.'s arrest report, Stenson was armed with a handgun at the time of his arrest.
They were arrested after Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle whose occupants were suspected of a break-in at an apartment complex on 7th Avenue N.E., near Lenoir-Rhyne University. One of the suspects, Shane Tyrell Stenson, was taken into custody at a residence on Main Avenue N.E. following a brief foot chase. Clark and Izard were both taken into custody without incident at a business on Main Avenue N.E.
All three suspects were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Stenson was set at $71,500, secured. Clark and Izard were each given a $7,500 secured bond. They were all scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton. Stenson and Izard also have appearances coming up on June 24.
45-year-old Charles Steven Setzer, Jr. of Norville Hill Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after nine o'clock Monday morning (June 10) on one felony count of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons.
Setzer was arrested after Officers responded to a robbery in progress at the Speedway convenience store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. The suspect reportedly displayed a knife and stole a lighter before exiting the store. The suspect, Charles Steven Setzer, Jr., was found at a nearby retail business where he was taken into custody.
According to H.P.D.'s arrest report, Setzer was in possession of a knife at the time of his arrest. Setzer spit at Officers during the arrest and was placed in a spit hood. He was uncooperative and was not photographed at the Hickory Police Department. Setzer was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (June 11) in Newton. Setzer's next court date is coming up on Friday (June 14).
36-year-old Melea Dawn Gibbs of 8th Street Place SE in Hickory was arrested Monday (June 10) on charges filed by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office and Probation & Parole. She's charged with criminal contempt, and felony and misdemeanor counts of probation violation. Gibbs was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for June 24.
44-year-old Tammy Gail Houck of NW Wilson Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (June 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony breaking and entering to an automobile. Houck was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $3,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 12).
31-year-old Leevon Monroe Ussery of Magnolia Way in Rhodhiss was arrested Tuesday (June 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and domestic violence protection order violation. Ussery was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. District Court dates were scheduled today (June 12) and July 15.
A gas line leak resulted in an explosion that destroyed a home in Caldwell County. According to North Catawba Fire & Rescue, the incident occurred Tuesday morning (June 12) at a home on Baton Church Road.
The explosion happened shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday. There was no fire. According to reports, Fire investigators believe a line from a propane tank outside the home was responsible for a leak inside the home.
It was not known what caused the leak. Investigators think a static spark from the refrigerator or some other appliance could have ignited the explosion. The home was vacant, reports say the previous owner passed away and nobody had been living in the house for more than a year.
The home was lifted off it's foundation, two walls were destroyed. Officials say the home is damaged too extensively to be repaired.