Beginning April 2, the Catawba County Board of Commissioners will hold its regularly scheduled meetings in the Board of Commissioners Meeting Room on the second floor of the Catawba County Justice Center. Meetings will take place at 7:00 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month unless otherwise noted.
The Justice Center is located at 100 Government Drive in Newton on the Government Center campus. Individuals attending meetings may enter the building through the Justice Center’s main entrance. Elevators and stairways to the second floor are available from the first floor lobby. Parking is available in the Justice Center parking lot and in the adjacent parking deck.
Meeting notices will be posted near the front door of the Justice Center. Meeting schedules, agendas and minutes may also be found online at www.catawbacountync.gov. As a reminder, the March 19 Board of Commissioners meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the 1924 Courthouse in downtown Newton.
47-year-old Michael Shane Williams of Doyle Farm Lane in Mooresville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers last Wednesday (March 7) for failure by a sex offender to provide notification of online identifiers.
On March 5, the Sheriff’s Office received information stating that a registered sex offender, Michael Williams, had multiple Facebook accounts. A Deputy with the Sex Offender Verification Unit found five accounts that were linked to Williams. None of the identifiers for those accounts had been filed with the Sheriff’s Office. Williams was placed on the Sex Offender Registry in January 2015 following a conviction for second-degree rape.
Following his arrest, Williams was jailed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. His next court date was set for March 28.
Williams has a criminal history that includes felony second-degree sexual offense, three counts of misdemeanor larceny, two counts of D.W.I, misdemeanor first-degree trespass, felony second-degree rape and felony common law robbery.
33-year-old Julianna Marie Webb of Conley Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 5 p.m. yesterday (March 13) on one felony count of larceny from merchant by affixing a fraudulent product code and one misdemeanor count of larceny.
Webb was detained by a Loss Prevention Officer at Walmart on Highway 70 S.E. after she allegedly switched barcodes before purchasing items. The suspect was taken into custody without incident by H.P.D. at the store.
Webb was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $2,000, secured. She has since been released. Webb was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
30-year-old Leon Robert Creasy of Morganton has been sentenced to five-to-seven years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated felony death by vehicle. The Honorable Eric L. Levinson, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, handed down the sentence during Burke County Superior Court yesterday (March 13).
Creasy was impaired when he crashed a 1986 Toyota pickup truck into a tree off of Hartland Road on June 1, 2016. A passenger in the vehicle, 54-year-old Richard Cecil Church, was killed in the accident.
At the time of the crash, emergency personnel at the scene told Trooper A.J. Carpenter that Creasy had been transported to a landing site for helicopter transport to a hospital in Charlotte. At the landing site, Trooper Carpenter went to the ambulance and was struck by the extreme odor of alcohol from Creasy, who was unconscious. Creasy’s blood was drawn and sent to the North Carolina State Crime Lab for analysis. Results showed that Creasy was impaired at the time of the crash.
The defendant previously had been convicted of driving while impaired in April 2016 in Caldwell County.
Trooper Carpenter investigated the crash for the Highway Patrol. Assistant District Attorney Lance Sigmon handled the prosecution.
44-year-old Christopher Brian Tucker of Eagle Rock, Virginia, was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine by possession, possession with intent to sell and deliver meth, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to sell controlled substances, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed gun.
On Monday, March 5, members of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team were operating all-terrain vehicles in the south Statesville area based on reports and information the sheriff’s office received about suspicious vehicles, trespassers and possible drug activity.
While conducting this activity deputies came upon a suspicious vehicle parked on the roadside on Wall Street. Officers could see the vehicle was occupied by a lone male. When the deputies approached the vehicle, the man, Christopher Brian Tucker, began reaching behind the passenger seat. Tucker was then asked to step out of the vehicle while further investigation was conducted.
Officers spotted a handgun case and a glass meth smoking pipe. The soft shell handgun case appeared to contain a handgun which was silhouetted inside the case. After running Tucker through the DMV data base, officers learned Tucker’s driver’s license was suspended and he is a convicted felon. A vehicle search was conducted which resulted in the seizure of more than two ounces of crystal meth, a 22 caliber semi-automatic handgun, ammunition, and drug paraphernalia.
Tucker was given a $400,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is March 26.
Early morning snow in the Hickory Metro has resulted in school system delays. The Burke County Schools are on a two hour delay for students and staff. The Hickory Public Schools, Alexander County Schools, Caldwell County Schools and Caldwell County WrapAround are on a two hour delay. The Catawba County Schools Facebook and Twitter pages state the following: We are asking our staff and students to drive safe this morning. We will not be recording tardies this morning for students. Please take your time and arrive when you can.
A new name has been added to the Iredell County most wanted list.
50-year-old Fletcher Napoleon Jones is wanted on a charge of felony larceny of a firearm. The last known address for Jones was 3524 Erinbrook Lane in Charlotte.
21-year-old Jessica Cloer Mendez remains on the Iredell County most wanted list. She's wanted on a charge of felony identity theft. Mendez' last known address was 153 Calhoun Road in Stony Point.
45-year-old Robert Brice also remains on the most wanted list. He's wanted on a charge of failure to report as a sex offender. The last known address for Brice was 923 Belinda Street in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects with their photos at www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list you can e-mail email@example.com. You can also call any tips into the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at their Statesville location, 704-878-3180, or the Mooresville office, 704-664-7500.
23-year-old Barry Lee McMahan of Joe Ross Street in Lincolnton was arrested Tuesday (March 13) by authorities in Lincoln County on charges filed in Catawba County. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. McMahan was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for April 16.
40-year-old Jhilliaun Gay Osborne of Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (March 13) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with resisting a public officer, impeding traffic, and disorderly conduct.
On Monday (March 12) the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of the River Hills Court and Rink Dam Road intersection. Officers arrived and observed a white female standing in the middle of the road flagging down cars. The woman was also trying to jump into the cars that would stop, and was yelling that someone was trying to kill her and that someone was going to shoot her. She was able to make entry into one of the vehicles that stopped to render aid to her.
Officers attempted to take control of the woman by placing her in a patrol car. They notified Alexander County EMS, who arrived on the scene and transported her to a hospital in Catawba County. Osborne was arrested Tuesday and transported to the Alexander County Detention Facility where bond was set at $3,000 secured. A District Court date is set for next Monday (March 19).
38-year-old Travis Lee Davis of Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with assault on a child under 12-years-old and child abuse.
The charges are in connection with an incident reported to the Sheriff’s Office on March 1, 2018 by the Lincoln County Department of Social Services concerning bruising on an 11-year-old child. During the investigation Detective Dan Renn discovered the suspect, Davis, struck the victim with a belt causing numerous bruises on the victim’s body.
The suspect is currently on probation for a previous charge of assault on a child under 12 years old which involved the same victim. The victim was returned to the custody of Davis by the courts following the first incident. He was processed at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center and released after posting a $15,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is scheduled for Friday (March 16).
40-year-old David Paul Patterson II of 2nd Street Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 11 a.m. yesterday on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense. The warrant for his arrest was issued in October of 2016 in Caldwell County.
Patterson was taken into custody without incident at the Probation & Parole office on Main Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released after posting a $3,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for April 2 in Lenoir.
58-year-old Kathy Phillips Greene of Kirksey Drive in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:30 last night (March 12) on one felony count of possession of heroin and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Phillips was taken into custody without incident at the Quail Run apartment complex on 21st Avenue N.W. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $9,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
63-year-old Lowry Eric Whetstone of Welton Way in Mooresville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:20 yesterday morning (March 12) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. The warrant for his arrest is a Governor's Warrant, which is a formal request from the demanding state asking North Carolina’s governor to issue a warrant authorizing the fugitive to be held until he or she is picked up by officials from the demanding state.
Whetstone is wanted in Adams County, Pennsylvania where he was charged with felony theft by deception. The warrant was issued by the Gettysburg Pennsylvania State Police for an offense that occurred in April of 2014.
Whetstone was previously arrested in Hickory on a fugitive warrant on November 26 of last year following a larceny call at the Target store on Catawba Valley Boulevard. He was also arrested on January 8 of this year when Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E.
Whetstone was taken into custody without incident at an address on North Center Street in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for March 23 in Newton.
29-year-old Barbara Elizabeth Sherrill of Lenoir (who also has a Hiddenite address) has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of making a false report of mass violence on educational property.
On Monday (March 12), Investigators took a report regarding someone who was threatening to place bombs at East Alexander Middle School. Other threats were posted on social media. The suspect told others about the bombs and said that law enforcement had “better hope they find them before they go off”.
School was dismissed Monday due to inclement weather. The Sheriff’s Office notified school authorities about the threat. Deputies and a K-9 trained in bomb detection searched the school, but did not find any threats.
With assistance from Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Detectives, Barbara Elizabeth Sherrill was arrested without incident at her address in Lenoir. She was taken to the Alexander Co. Detention Center and charged accordingly. Sherrill was given a $20,000 secured bond with a first appearance in Alexander County District Court set for Monday, March 19.
Alexander Co. Sheriff Chris Bowman expressed his appreciation to the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office and the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.
39-year-old Horace Lamar Morton of Campbell Road in Newton was arrested today (March 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Morton was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A Superior Court date is scheduled Wednesday (March 14).
24-year-old Jose Martires Canales Jr. and 22-year-old Kaslyn Elizabeth Wallace, both of Taylorsville, were arrested Friday (March 9) by Alexander County Sheriff's Narcotics Officers. Canales is charged with trafficking marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance. Wallace is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.
The suspects were arrested following a search at Canales’ residence at 5674 Black Oak Ridge Road in Taylorsville.
The search warrant came after a package was intercepted at the United States Post Office in Taylorsville. The package was being shipped to Canales' residence from Rancho Cordova, California. A six package line-up was then set up and the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office K-9 alerted to the odor of narcotics on the suspected package.
A controlled delivery operation was then conducted with assistance from the Taylorsville Police Department Narcotics Unit and the United States Postal Inspection Service. Approximately 11 pounds of marijuana were seized. The arrests follow an investigation that had been ongoing for several months.
Bond for Canales was set at $30,000 secured, Wallace was given a $2,500 bond. They were both scheduled to appear in court Monday (March 12).
One person was reportedly killed in a crash on a Burke County roadway. According to the North Carolina News Network, a woman was killed following a wreck on Highway 70 west of Glen Alpine. The woman's name had not been released. At least one person was airlifted from the scene. Reports state that it was a head-on crash, no additional information was available.
30-year-old Jerry Wayne Sigmon of Springs Road in Conover was arrested Monday (March 12) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while license revoked. Sigmon was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 13).
The City of Morganton Finance Department is again being recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its excellence in financial reporting. The city has been honored by GFOA on multiple occasions, including last year.
The City recently received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the association for its most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). It is the highest form of recognition for governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management, according to GFOA.
Finance Director Karen Duncan says in a news release issued by the city: “Transparency and accuracy in all of the City’s financial reporting is paramount to us. We are thrilled to receive this again, as it speaks to the hard work and dedication of our staff.”
The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet stringent criteria, including demonstrating a spirit of full disclosure in order to clearly communicate the city’s financial story.
The Government Finance Officers Association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and is a major professional association servicing the needs of nearly 19,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins to unlocked vehicles in an area near Old Plank Road in Iron Station. Last Saturday (March 10) residents began reporting the break-ins to vehicles parked at homes on Old Plank Road, Lowes Lane, Old South Drive and Heartwood Lane. A total of 9 break-ins have been reported. The items stolen in the break-ins included a wallet, personal identification, money and 9 millimeter ammunition.
Thieves have a tendency to break into unlocked vehicles because they want to get in and out of the area as quick as possible. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is offering tips to prevent vehicle break-ins. Lock your vehicle every time you leave, even for a short period of time. Don’t leave valuables in plain view. Do not leave personal identification in your vehicle, these items can be used later to commit identity theft.
Do not leave a firearm in your car. If you place items in the trunk, do it discreetly or before you arrive at your destination. If your car is parked in a carport or near your home, leave you exterior lights on at night. If you park on a street, choose a well-lit, open and visible space. Residents should also document and record all serial numbers on any items left in a vehicle.
Anyone with information on the break-ins should call 911, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202, or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. All tips are investigated.