31-year-old Michael Paul Denton was arrested Wednesday (April 19) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Denton was placed in jail in Morganton, bond was set at $9,500 secured. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, April 20).
38-year-old Jessica Lee Greene was arrested today (Thursday, April 20) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. Greene was placed in jail in Morganton under $28,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
21-year-old Derek Gene Yoder of Valwood Road in Conover was arrested Wednesday (April 19) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on Grand Jury Indictments with two counts of break or enter a motor vehicle, and single counts of habitual larceny, breaking and entering, and misdemeanor larceny. Yoder was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A Superior Court date was set for today (Thursday, April 20).
29-year-old Anthony Clay Hatton of Sawmills School Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (April 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Hatton has been released on $1,500 secured bond, a District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, April 20).
31-year-old Jeremiah Aaron Wylie of Cliffside Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (April 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of stolen property. Wylie was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, April 20).
A new name was added to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.
37-year-old Travis Casey is wanted by authorities in Iredell County on a count of fail to change address by a sex offender. Casey's last known address was 211 Big Forest Drive in Statesville.
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is still seeking 31-year-old Buck Issac Lucas. He's wanted on felony charges of breaking and entering and larceny. The last known address for Lucas was 129 Saddle Road in Mooresville.
42-year-old Andrae Knox is still being sought by authorities in Iredell County. He's charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. The last known address for Knox was 117 Desiree Drive in Statesville.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects at the Iredell County Sheriff's Office website, www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at their Statesville location, 704-878-3180 or the Mooresville office, 704-664-7500.
29-year-old Joshua Darien Little of Travis Road in Conover was arrested Wednesday (April 19) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of heroin, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and resisting a public officer. Little was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, April 20).
The N.C. Department of Transportation is seeking the public's feedback on the Draft ten-Year State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which identifies the construction funding and scheduling for transportation projects. A meeting for the public is scheduled for tonight (Thursday, April 20) in Hickory. The Draft 2018-2027 STIP includes 1,421 projects, including 1,123 highway and 298 non-highway projects in every county across the state.
This evening's meeting in Hickory is to receive feedback for Division Twelve, which includes Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties and Division 11, which includes Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.
The informal meeting will be held at the Western Piedmont Council of Government Offices, 1880 2nd Ave. NW from 5 to 7 p.m., and the public is invited to stop in anytime during the meeting. Anyone who cannot attend a session in person can view the information online and submit their comments by email, phone or mail. The draft document and contact information is available on the website.
The Board of Transportation is expected to approve the Final 2018-2027 STIP in June.
25-year-old Dewayne Jaron Clark of 5th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested shortly after 2 a.m. today (April 19) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and obtaining property by false pretenses.
He was arrested in connection to an incident in August of last year when Police took a report regarding jewelry that was stolen from a residence. The stolen items were located at Hickory Pawn & Gun. The suspect was identified as Dewayne Jaron Clark. Warrants were issued in February and March of this year.
Clark was taken into custody without incident at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
Yesterday (April 18), Verizon Communications Inc. announced a three-year minimum purchase agreement with Corning Incorporated to provide fiber optic cable and associated hardware for Verizon to ensure critical coverage and capacity for its nationwide wireless broadband network. The agreement calls for Verizon to purchase from Corning up to 12.4 million miles of optical fiber each year from 2018 through 2020, with a minimum purchase commitment of $1.05 billion.
Roger Gurnani, Verizon's chief information and technology architect, said, "Corning's unique combination of capabilities delivers solutions that provide us with performance and cost advantages as we continue to expand our network coverage and capacity."
Over the past several months, Corning has announced plans to expand capacity and to invest more than $250 million in its optical fiber, cable and solutions manufacturing facilities to help meet the demand of its global carrier and enterprise customers. Corning expects the expansions to begin to come online in 2017 and become fully operational in 2018.
Corning Optical Communications has corporate offices in Hickory on Highway 321 N.W.
36-year-old Michael Dale Mclean was arrested Tuesday (April 18) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of a weapon of mass destruction. Following the arrest, Mclean was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, April 19).
What began as an investigation into a Nebo man’s drug activity has led local, regional, state and federal authorities to dozens of suspects in a narcotics conspiracy that spans from McDowell County to California.
The investigation began in July of 2016 with a probe of activity at the residence of 36-year-old Jamie Leonard Tate on Stacy Farm Road. Investigators learned that Tate and 35-year-old Dwayne Bullock of Newton conspired with numerous subjects to traffic and distribute hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as lesser amounts of cocaine and heroin.
On Tuesday (April 18), authorities began rounding up suspects, simultaneously raiding areas in McDowell, Burke and Catawba counties that authorities believe were used for the storage and distribution of narcotics. Seized during the raids were approximately 20 pounds of meth, an estimated $500,000 in cash, more than half a pound of marijuana, up to four ounces of fentanyl and other small amounts of pills, as well as firearms, cell phones and vehicles.
Those arrested Tuesday include:
36-year-old Jamie Leonard Tate of Stacy Farm Road in Nebo. He’s charged with six counts of trafficking in meth, three counts of conspiracy to traffic meth and one count each of conspiracy to manufacture a schedule II controlled substance and continuing a criminal enterprise. He is in the McDowell County jail under a $5-million bond.
37-year-old Leah Patience Davis of Stacy Farm Road in Nebo. Davis was charged with six counts of trafficking meth, three counts of conspiracy to traffic meth and one count of aiding & abetting a continuing a criminal enterprise. She is in the McDowell County jail under a $1-million bond.
25-year-old Gregory Adonis Rutherford of Shade Valley Drive and Ed Bowman Street, both in Morganton, was arrested on three counts each of trafficking meth and conspiracy to traffic meth and one count each of conspiracy to manufacture a schedule II controlled substance and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise. He is in the McDowell County jail under a $1-million bond.
49-year-old Randy “Big Country” Scott of U.S. Highway 70 West in Marion. He was charged with six counts of trafficking meth, three counts of conspiracy to traffic meth and one count each of conspiracy to manufacture a schedule II controlled substance and aiding & abetting continuing a criminal enterprise. He is in the McDowell County jail under a $1-million bond.
45-year-old Aretha Gilley Fullwood of Snow Hill Church Road in Morganton was charged with three counts each of conspiracy to traffic meth and conspiracy to traffic heroin and one count each of trafficking meth and aiding & abetting continuing a criminal enterprise. She is in the McDowell County jail under a $500,000 bond.
55-year-old Aretha Faye Giles of 17th Street West in Newton. She faces three counts each of conspiracy to traffic meth and conspiracy to traffic heroin and one count of aiding & abetting a continuing a criminal enterprise. She is in the McDowell County jail under a $500,000 bond.
28-year-old Karita Shanece “China” Bullock of Shangri La Drive in Conover was charged with six counts of trafficking meth, three counts of conspiracy to traffic meth and one count of aiding & abetting continuing a criminal enterprise. She is in the McDowell County jail under a $1-million bond.
Three suspects with warrants remain at large. They are:
35-year-old Dwayne Bullock of 17th Street West in Newton is wanted on six counts of conspiracy to traffic heroin, three counts of conspiracy to traffic meth and one count of continuing a criminal enterprise.
37-year-old Marqueseo Marshay “Pepe” Pearson of Stephens Drive in Morganton is wanted on three counts of conspiracy to traffic meth and one count each of conspiracy to manufacture a schedule II controlled substance and aiding & abetting a continuing a criminal enterprise.
66-year-old William Jackie Pearson of Stephens Drive in Morganton is wanted on three counts of conspiracy to traffic meth and one count each of conspiracy to manufacture a schedule II controlled substance and aiding & abetting a continuing a criminal enterprise.
Additional arrests and charges are pending.
The drug conspiracy investigation was a nine-month joint, multi-jurisdictional effort involving the McDowell Co. Sheriff’s Office; the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation; the Marion Police Department; the McDowell Co. District Attorney’s Office; the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office; the Morganton Department of Public Safety; the Newton Police Department; the N.C. State Highway Patrol; the U.S. Postal Service; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the U.S. Attorney’s Office; and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. Also providing aid at the scenes Tuesday were McDowell Co. Emergency Management, McDowell County E.M.S., the Nebo Fire Department, the N.C. Department of Revenue and N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Dwayne Bullock, Marqueseo Pearson or Jackie Pearson should call the McDowell Co. Sheriff’s Office at 828-652-2235, McDowell County Communications at 828-652-4000 or McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 828-65-CRIME (828-652-7463). Information may also be sent to Crime Stoppers via text message. Text MCDOWELLTIPS and the information to 274637 (CRIMES). Persons providing information to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.
The annual Foothills Veterans Stand Down is scheduled for this Friday in Hickory. The event has been moved, in the past it was held at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds, this year it will be at CVCC.
The event is being held to assist veterans in the foothills and across western North Carolina. Services available for veterans will include medical and dental care, food, clothing, education, tax assistance, employment counseling, eye care, haircuts, shoes, community resources, outdoor supplies, pastoral counseling, and fellowship.
The 2017 Foothills Veterans Stand Down will be going on from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Catawba Valley Community College's Tarlton Complex. For more information go to the website www.foothillsstanddown.com.
52-year-old Jeffery Wayne Randolph of Walters Mobile Home Park Drive in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (April 18) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Randolph was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for tomorrow (Thursday, April 20).
21-year-old Wesley Thomas Johnson and 26-year-old Tanner Parks McAlpin, both of Taylorsville, were both arrested Monday (April 17) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. The two men were arrested following a traffic stop. Bond for both suspects was set at $5,000 secured. They're both scheduled to appear in District Court May 1.
A man and his son have been arrested in connection with a northern Lincoln County home invasion.
43-year-old Esteban Aguirre Martinez and 18-year-old Joshua Steven Granados, both of the same Herter Road, Lincolnton address, were arrested Tuesday (April 18) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They were both charged with one felony count apiece of first degree burglary and larceny after breaking and entering. Both suspects were also charged with misdemeanor aggravated assault.
Jared Miller, who lives in the 4400 block of Herter Road in Lincolnton, told deputies two Hispanic males broke into his home around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday while he was asleep, and assaulted him. The victim told officers the suspects were his neighbors. He said one of the suspects was armed with a stick and the other person was armed with a knife. Miller was assaulted with the stick and threatened with the knife before the suspects left the residence.
Miller told officers the men picked up approximately $100 in U S currency from the kitchen table as they left. EMS was dispatched to the scene but the victim refused transport to the hospital.
Following their arrests, both suspects were jailed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center. Bond for Martinez was set at $35,000 secured. Granados was locked up under $30,000 secured bond. They're both scheduled to appear in District Court today (Wednesday, April 19).
Hickory City Council met in regular session last night.
Minutes, second readings, and consent agenda approved unanimously. Among the items listed under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings was the approval and acceptance of the North Carolina Department of Transportation Project Agreement for the Pedestrian Signal Upgrade in the amount of $402,500.
The consent agenda included the acceptance of a grant award from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Division of Aviation, in the amount of $225,000. The funds are for the development or update of an Airport Layout Plan/Master Plan and for preliminary engineering for the extension of Runway 624 at Hickory Regional Airport.
Kevin Greer presented a request to accept bid & award contract to Eastern Structures for construction of Falling Creek Rd bridge replacement. The contract amount is one-million, 258-thousand, 867 dollars 94 cents. The acceptance of bids and the awarding of the contract passed unanimously.
City Planner, Cal Overby presented a proposal for a voluntary non-contiguous annexation of 427 25th Ave NW. Following a public hearing during which nobody spoke, the annexation passed unanimously.
Warren Wood was sworn in as City Manager. (He was legally sworn in last week, since his first day was April 10.) Later in the meeting City Manager Wood said that he looks forward to working with Council, staff, and citizens and is glad to be home.
A citizen spoke of the historic significance of the seats in the Hickory Community Theatre, where African Americans were once forced to sit. 3 additional citizens spoke on the same topic, encouraging Council to recognize the balcony as a historic site. Mayor Wright asked staff to look into what course of action should be taken regarding their request of preserving the theatre's balcony.
23-year-old Dustin Scott Goode of Delview Road in Cherryville has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count each of first-degree burglary, possession of stolen goods, larceny and breaking & entering.
On March 12, an 86-year-old man from Vale told Deputies he was awakened by the sound of movement in his basement. He looked out a window and saw flashlights followed by the sound of a vehicle leaving his driveway. The victim called 9-1-1 and a Deputy was dispatched to his residence. The Deputy found that the victim’s home and an outbuilding had been burglarized.
Stolen in the break-in were several antiques including pottery, oil lanterns, glass motor oil containers and milk jars, along with other items the victim had saved over his lifetime. Detective Dan Snellings contacted local antique dealers. With their assistance, Dustin Scott Goode was developed as a suspect. Two of the stolen items were found at a Gastonia antique store. Goode sold the items to the store the day after the break-in.
Goode was arrested by Cherryville Police on April 15 and turned over to authorities in Lincoln County. The suspect was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $35,000 secured bond.
Several of the stolen items have not been recovered. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of those items should contact the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909 or Detective Snellings at 704-276-9186.
The Catawba County Social Services Board has named Karen Harrington Director of Catawba County Social Services. Harrington, who joined Social Services as Assistant Director in 2013, has been serving as Interim Director of the agency since January 10, 2017.
Harrington will be responsible for Social Services’ administrative and managerial operations, which includes oversight of the department’s budget and multi-faceted range of public assistance and prevention programs, group homes, and service agencies such as the Children’s Advocacy Center and Family NET. Harrington must also ensure program delivery is in compliance with local, state and federal guidelines.
In addition to managing existing programs, Harrington is expected to continually assess community needs and work within Social Services and in collaboration with public and private partners to meet those needs. This may include expanding programs, developing new initiatives or identifying resources, all of which is done in advisement with the Social Services Board of Directors.
Harrington’s previous responsibilities as Assistant Director involved overseeing the department’s extensive child welfare programs and prevention programming. She also supervised the Executive Director of the Child Advocacy and Protection Center and served as the Social Services liaison to the organization’s Board.
Harrington received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Minot State University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the social services field as a social services caseworker, clinician, program supervisor, and administrator to her new role.
Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers have arrested three people on drug charges. A fourth suspect has been charged, but not arrested.
33-year-old Jonathan Lawrence Cline of Peeler Road in Vale was charged with one felony count each of trafficking in cocaine, possession of a schedule I controlled substance, trafficking in methamphetamine, maintaining a residence for a controlled substance and fraud by identity theft, plus one misdemeanor count of failure to appear. 30-year-old Holly Lynn Pope of Shepherd Court in Taylorsville and 33-year-old Shasta Marie Oxendine of Atlantic Lane in Lincolnton were each charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. 39-year-old Jennifer Marie Sronce of Reeps Grove Church Road in Vale faces one count of felony possession of methamphetamine. The warrants on Sronce have not been served. All four suspects were charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Cline and Oxendine were each charged with non-support.
On April 14, a call about a suspicious person on the 8000 block of Reep’s Grove Church Road led Deputies to a residence on Peeler Road where illegal drugs were being used. The subject had been carrying several camouflage bags that were left lying on the ground. The reporting party said the man appeared to be impaired. Officers were unable to locate him.
Deputies then went to several homes on Peeler Road before arriving at a residence where they saw, through an open door, several subjects sitting in the living room. They saw a female with a lighter in one hand and holding a glass pipe in her mouth with the other hand. She immediately put the pipe down and blew out smoke.
The owner gave Deputies consent to search the residence where they located various types of illegal drugs, including cocaine and liquid methamphetamine. They also seized drug paraphernalia, including used and unused hypodermic needles, glass pipes and digital scales. A search warrant was obtained and Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators were called to the scene to continue the search.
Following the arrests, Cline was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $127,700 secured bond. Pope’s bond was set at $10,000, secured, and Oxendine was given a $5,750 secured bond. They will next appear in District Court on May 2.