Employees, physicians, and local physician practices of Frye Regional Medical Center recently teamed to contribute more than $42,000 toward the construction of the “Making Communities Healthier Home.” The gift, coupled with gifts from the congregations of St. Albans Episcopal and the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, The Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina, the Catawba Episcopal Outreach Committee, and from local families will allow Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley to begin building a home with Billy and Tasha Singleton and their family.
A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for this Saturday (July 22) at 8 a.m. at Habitat’s Northstone Community at 3345 Falling Creek Road, Hickory. The public is encouraged to attend. In addition to contributing toward the construction costs of the home, Frye Regional employees will volunteer their time at the home site, working side by side with the family. Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley is a non-profit, Christian-based community organization dedicated to building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
39-year-old Austin Romaine Webb, Jr. from Baldwin, New York, and 34-year-old Crystal Angel Hall of Dembrigh Lane in Charlotte were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:30 Saturday night (July 15) on three felony counts each of credit card fraud.
Both suspects were taken into custody without incident at Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. Webb and Hall were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $25,000, secured. They were both scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today (July 17) in Newton.
38-year-old Mark Anthony Farley of North Gaither Avenue in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (July 15) on two felony counts of failure to appear. The charges come in connection to felony counts of selling marijuana and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana. Warrants for his arrest were issued on June 26.
Farley was taken into custody without incident at 1 a.m. Saturday at a gas station on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A Superior Court date was set for September 5 in Newton.
Lou Wetmore has announced his candidacy for Hickory Mayor. He made the announcement in a press release issued last week.
Mr. Wetmore works for OmniStar Financial Group in Hickory. He joined the company in 2009 as an investment advisor. Prior to that, he was the owner and President of Triad Packaging, Inc., a manufacturer of corrugated shipping containers in Conover. Mr. Wetmore opened the company in 1976. He served on the N.C. Board of Transportaion from 2013 to 2017.
Mr. Wetmore is originally from Memphis, Tennessee. He holds two degrees from the University of Memphis.
Mr. Wetmore believes that infrastructure improvements in Hickory will attract new businesses to the community. He supports the work of Hickory’s late Mayor Rudy Wright (who passed away in May), including the Citywalk, Riverwalk and Park 1764.
Mr. Wetmore joins City Councilman Hank Guess as declared candidates for the mayoral position, which will be filled in the November 2017 municipal elections.
Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid has announced his retirement. The Sheriff made the announcement via a Facebook Live video at about 12:30 Saturday afternoon during a family boat ride on Lake Hickory. At the same time, Sheriff Reid’s son, Captain Jason Reid, announced that he would run for Sheriff when his father’s term expires in 2018. Sheriff Reid has endorsed his son’s bid to succeed him in office.
Coy Reid has been in Law Enforcement for 40 years and has served as Sheriff since 2010. He has been with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office since 1977. Coy and Jason Reid were the first father-son SWAT (Stategic Weapons and Tactics) duo in North Carolina, becoming a trio when Jason’s brother, Cory Reid, joined the team.
Jason Reid has 20 years experience in law enforcement. After five years with the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office, Jason Reid rejoined his father in Catawba County. During his first six months, the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office’s caseload increased 954% and leads from the anonymous tip line increased tenfold.
Jason Reid is a co-owner and instructor at the Reid family’s business, Reid & Lail’s Karate School of Oyama. Jason has studied martial arts for over 20 years, earning a fifth-degree black belt in Kyokushinkai karate.
A man who is serving a life sentence for plotting to shoot hundreds of people for the Islamic State pleaded guilty today (Monday, July 17) to murdering a Morganton man. 21-year-old Justin Sullivan of Morganton pleaded guilty in Burke County Superior Court to the murder of 74-year-old John Bailey Clark in December 2014.
Sullivan received a sentence of life in prison without parole. Clark's body was found buried in a shallow grave. Clark was Sullivan’s neighbor on Rose Carswell Road. Police say Sullivan shot Clark in the head three times with a gun he stole from his father and buried the victim in a shallow grave near his home.
Sullivan was previously sentenced to life in prison without parole June 27 for plotting terrorist acts for an Islamic terrorist organization. The sentence was handed down in the federal courthouse in Asheville. Sullivan was arrested in connection to that case in June 2016. He was accused of plotting to kill up to 1,000 people in support of ISIS.
45-year-old Fontaine Lamonte Covington of Harrington Street in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (July 16) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of a firearm by a felon, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting a public officer. Following the arrest, Covington was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for Tuesday (July 18).
A man wanted on several charges in Iredell County was apprehended. 36-year-old William Michael Inscoe was arrested Friday (July 14) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers.
On Friday the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received information about a wanted person in an armed robbery and attempted armed robbery that occurred in Weaverville N.C. and Gaffney S.C. The suspect reportedly confessed to a news agency that he had robbed a bank in Charlotte in January, and then admitted to the crimes in Weaverville and Gaffney. He also said he would rob another bank, claimed he had a gun, and said if confronted by law enforcement he'd kill himself.
The man was identified as William Michael Inscoe, a man who reportedly has a lengthy criminal history. Following a search, the suspect was apprehended near the intersection of Cumberland Road and Watering Trough without incident. He complained of medical issues and he was transported to a local hospital to be examined by Medical Staff. Once released Inscoe faces felony charges including breaking and entering and larceny, obtaining property by false pretense, and larceny by employee in Iredell and Alexander Counties. He also will face charges in Connection with the robbery in Weaverville. No warrants had been issued in the Gaffney S.C. case but charges are expected.
Inscoe is currently out on Bond for an armed robbery in Mecklenburg County. He is suspected of additional crimes in other jurisdictions where cases are still under investigation. Additional charges may come once those cases are completed. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court today (July 17).
One of Burke County's most wanted suspects has been arrested. According to a news release issued on Friday (July 14), 41-year-old Travis Stuart Propst of Old NC 18 in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (July 11) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of assault inflicting serious bodily injury and assault by strangulation.
On Tuesday the Burke County Sheriff’s Office received a Crimestoppers tip regarding the location of Propst, who had been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List for 34 weeks. Propst was taken into custody without incident. Following the arrest, he was confined at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in Superior Court August 28.
Hickory firefighters were extremely busy Sunday (July 16). They responded to three fires in a four-hour time span and two occurred nearly at the same time. Two of the fires occurred at businesses.
At 1:54 p.m. Hickory firefighters responded to Side Pocket Lounge at 2040 12th Ave NE. Upon arrival at 1:57, firefighters found heavy amounts of fire and smoke coming from the building. After ensuring the occupants had evacuated the burning building, firefighters worked to extinguish the fire, which was reported controlled at 2:04. No injuries were reported and damages were considered major. Fire investigators determined the fire was accidental and the cause was electrical related.
At 4:54 p.m. firefighters responded to a reported fire at Sherrill Furniture at 2405 Highland Ave NE. Upon arrival, those who responded were directed by an employee to the grinder room, where they reported light smoke. Firefighters cut power to the machine and then disconnected the machine to locate the source of the smoke. Damages were considered minor.
The third fire was called in at at 5:39 p.m. while firefighters were still at the scene of the second incident. This fire occurred at 41 14th Street SE. While enroute to the call, responders were told that an occupant was still inside the residence. Upon arrival firefighters reported smoke coming from the building and the occupant still inside. They searched the house and were able to rescue one person, who was transported to a local hospital by Catawba County EMS. The victim was being treated for possible smoke inhalation. Firefighters then worked to extinguish the fire which was reported controlled at 5:51. No other injuries were reported and damages were considered minor. Fire investigators are still working to determine the cause of this fire.
Vehicles were seized and charges have reportedly been filed in connection to a street racing ring in Catawba County. According to multiple published reports, at least five vehicles were seized Sunday evening (July 16) and drivers were charged with pre-arranged street racing. No names have been released.
The published reports say that the North Carolina Highway Patrol reported that a group of people were blocking traffic to race along Highway 321 around 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Newton. Authorities say the individuals were creating hazardous conditions for other drivers and reports say they nearly caused several wrecks.
The highway was shut down near Exit 37 to stop the street racing. According to the published reports, five BMWs were racing and those five vehicles were seized. Two of the vehicles that were involved in the street racing managed to escape troopers.
The vehicles were reportedly racing at speeds over 100 mph. None of them were registered in North Carolina. An SUV was also on the scene for the purpose of filming the race, video footage has reportedly been seized. The published reports say if the drivers are found guilty they will have their licenses suspended for three years.
54-year-old Tammy Lynn Crawley of Knoll Drive in Vale was arrested last Thursday (July 13) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with three felony counts apiece of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances.
Crawley's arrest came following an investigation into allegations that the suspect was selling methamphetamine from her Knoll Drive home. According to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Detectives used undercover and surveillance techniques to make purchases of meth from Crawley over several months. Most of the sales were street level deals during which she sold various amounts of the drug.
Following the arrest, Crawley's bond was set at $15,000 secured. Her next District Court appearance is scheduled for August 1.
Morganton city staff plan to close a section of the parking lot behind the Morganton Community House in downtown to make some repairs. Staff plan to close the parking lot at approximately 5:00 p.m., Tuesday (July 18), and hope to have the lot open by Friday (July 21), barring any unforeseen problems. The lot will be closed to all traffic during repairs.
City Engineer Mark Young said workers are checking for compaction issues around utility service lines that run under the parking lot. If the ground isn’t properly compacted before paving or after making repairs, the ground can sink causing cracks and potholes in the pavement. The City will repave the parking lot in the near future.
30-year-old Ashley Elaine Pope of 18th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after midnight today (July 14) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. The warrants for her arrest were issued on the Fourth of July.
Pope was taken into custody without incident at the National Guard Armory on 8th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,000, secured. She’ll appear in District Court Monday (July 17) in Newton.
46-year-old Keri Ann Hoyle was arrested Thursday (July 13) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana and two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Hoyle was arrested at approximately 2:45 p.m. Thursday at an address on NC 16 Business in Denver. She was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $10,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (July 17).
58-year-old John David Dula of Alfred Harley Road in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. The warrant for his arrest was issued in Caldwell County in August of last year.
He was taken into custody at 2:30 a.m. at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory. Dula was processed and released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. A Superior Court date was set for September 11 in Lenoir.
27-year-old Brittany Danielle Sain of 19th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about three o’clock yesterday afternoon (July 13) on one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretense, financial transaction card and identity theft.
On July 8, Hickory Police took a report involving credit card fraud. The suspect was identified as the result of two transactions at Hickory businesses and a review of surveillance footage.
Sain was taken into custody without incident at an address on 1st Street. She was processed and released under a $2,500 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Harvelee McClough, Jr. of Hickory is a $200,000 winner in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s Mega Fortune scratch-off game. McClough bought the winning ticket at the Speedway store on Highway 127 South.
McClough claimed his prize Thursday (July 13) at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal withholdings, he received a check for $139,003. McClough plans to use his winnings to buy a second car and to pay bills.
The $5 scratch-off game launched in December 2016 with five top prizes of $200,000. One top prize remains.
Ticket sales from instant games like Mega Fortune make it possible for the lottery to raise more than half a billion dollars a year for the state. For details on how lottery funds have been used in Catawba County, click on the “For Education” section of the lottery’s website (nc-educationlottery.org).
38-year-old Archie Matthew Davis was arrested Thursday (July 13) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Davis was placed in jail in Morganton under $30,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (July 17).
30-year-old Jamisue Darrelene Myers was arrested Thursday (July 13) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance along with two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. Myers was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (July 17).