37-year-old Michael Adrian Dula of Virginia Street SW in Lenoir was arrested Monday (January 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Dula was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (January 9).
30-year-old Jordan Wade McCall of Main Street in Hudson was arrested last Friday (January 5) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with three felony counts apiece of larceny of a firearm and obtaining property by false pretense. McCall was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (January 9).
25-year-old Patrick Kaelob Triplett of Cartwright Road in Harmony was arrested last Friday (January 5) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Triplett was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $55,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is January 30.
28-year-old Jonathan Stanford Varney of Crest Lane in Granite Falls was arrested last Friday (January 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female. Varney was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (January 9).
44-year-old Kimberly Dawn Bumgarner of Startown Road in Newton was arrested Monday (January 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest. Bumgarner was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (January 9).
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman from Iredell County, 17-year-old Lexus Destiny McNeill. Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for McNeill, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
She is described as a black female, 5'1", 140 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a beige sweater, jeans, and a red bandanna on her head. She was last seen at 111 Babbling Brook Road in Mooresville.
Anyone with information about Lexus Destiny McNeill should call the Mooresville Police Dept at 704-664-3311.
We have more information on an arrest we first reported Monday (January 8) on WHKY. 56-year-old Douglas Alfred Coffey of Peachtree Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Sunday (January 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
On Sunday, Deputies with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office responded to 4233 Peachtree Lane in Granite Falls after receiving a call from Douglas Alfred Coffey. He said that he had shot a man in his house. When Deputies arrived, they found 54-year-old Talmadge Gaston Coffey of Burns Road in Granite Falls suffering from a gunshot wound. Talmadge Coffey was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
The shooting occurred during a physical altercation at the home. Investigators arrested Douglas Coffey and placed him in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. Talmadge Coffey later passed away from the injuries sustained in the shooting. The case is currently being reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office to determine if more charges will be filed. Douglas Coffey was scheduled to make a District Court appearance today (January 9) in Lenoir.
Due to icy road conditions, the Newton-Conover City and Alexander County School systems are operating on a two-hour delay today (Tuesday, January 9). The Catawba County, Hickory City Schools, Caldwell County, and Burke County Schools are operating on a three-hour delay. The Caldwell County WrapAround remains on a two-hour delay today.
47-year-old Frank Rosenbaum III of Ponderosa Drive in Conover was arrested Friday (January 5) by Catawba County Sheriff's Narcotics Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin and marijuana, maintaining a dwelling to keep controlled substance, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
On Friday (January 5) the Narcotics Unit and STAR Team searched a home at 5110 Ponderosa Drive in Conover after receiving anonymous tips stating that the resident of that home, Frank Rosenbaum, was involved in the sale and delivery of controlled substances.
During the search, investigators found a large quantity of narcotics including heroin, meth, cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana, and prescription drugs. A handgun was also found in the home. Following the search, Rosenbaum was arrested and placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 8).
Rosenbaum was previously arrested last Tuesday (January 2) by Hickory Police Officers on drug and firearm charges.
30-year-old Marquez Antonio Wright of Cheval Place in Charlotte was arrested Sunday (January 7) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with nine felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, five felony counts of larceny of a firearm, one count of felony larceny, and three counts of misdemeanor larceny.
On Sunday, December 17, 2017 the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received reports of several break-ins to motor vehicles at public parking areas along Hwy 150 west of Mooresville. A second string of vehicle break-ins was reported on Sunday, December 31 in the same area. Detectives were able to establish a pattern based on witness interviews and other evidence. Evidence indicated detectives were likely looking for the same suspect.
The investigation led to a warrant against Marquez Antonio Wright for one count of Felony Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle, but he was suspected of others. The suspect had no known address and attempts to locate him had been unsuccessful.
On Sunday, detectives of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID) along with deputies with the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team along with undercover narcotics detectives, conducted a surveillance operation in the area of local boat accesses and parking lots off of Highway 150 near the Catawba County Line. During this surveillance operation the suspect, Marquez Antonio Wright, was seen by detectives riding through an access area. Wright was kept under surveillance and was seen leaving one location and driving to another. It appeared to the surveillance team Wright was casing the area looking for potential targets.
Wright was taken into custody and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was served with 28 felony warrants from Iredell, Gaston and Mecklenburg Counties. Wright’s vehicle was seized and is being processed for evidence which detective believe could link him to even more crimes in Iredell and surrounding counties.
Wright was placed in jail under $333,500 secured bond. No court date was listed. This investigation is still ongoing and additional charges are expected in connection to other vehicle break-in cases which occurred in the area.
A planned power outage in the City of Morganton will affect close to 3,000 customers. Brooks Kirby, Director of Electric Services, stated that during routine maintenance, electric crews discovered an overheating problem at Delivery 3 substation on Kirksey Drive across from Catawba Meadows Park. Immediate repair is required and requires power to be turned-off during repairs. Work is planned to begin about midnight tonight (Monday, January 8) and take approximately one-hour. It is estimated this will affect approximately 2,800 customers from East Union Street to the Post Office, and the northwest section of town.
44-year-old Tyrone Deshawn Crocker of Hickory, was sentenced to an active prison term of seven to nine years after being convicted of two counts of armed robbery and habitual felon status.
Crocker pleaded guilty to the criminal offenses during Catawba County Superior Court last Friday (January 5). The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, sentenced Crocker to serve his term in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The defendant’s sentence was lengthened by his habitual felon status stemming from prior felony convictions for sell/deliver cocaine in Gaston County (March 1995), common law robbery in Cleveland County (December 2000) and breaking/entering in Gaston County (August 2014).
Crocker went into a Newton convenience store on Nov. 2, 2015, pointed what he indicated was a gun tucked inside a hoodie at the clerk and demanded money from the register before leaving the scene. Later that day, he went into a Hickory convenience store, again indicating he had a gun tucked inside a hoodie, pointed it at the clerk and demanded money.
As he left the second store, a citizen was able to get the tag number off the vehicle Crocker was driving and contacted law enforcement. That information led to Crocker’s apprehension and positive identification of him as the suspect in both robberies by the clerk from each store.
20-year-old Nolan Lamar Weaver of Harding Road in Connelly Springs, 33-year-old Dallas Christopher Hopkins of Highway 10 West in Newton, and 37-year-old Christy Leann Gonzalez-Rodriguez of Herman Road in Claremont, were all arrested Sunday (January 7) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. Weaver is charged with single felony counts of second degree kidnapping, larceny of a motor vehicle, and larceny after breaking and entering, along with two felony counts of possession of stolen goods. Hopkins and Gonzalez-Rodriguez were each charged with felony accessory after the fact.
Following a 911 call, Burke County Deputies arrived at the Jack-B-Quick/Marathon Station at I-40, Exit 116 in Icard at approximately 1:53 p.m. Sunday. Deputies were told that a Jeep had just been stolen from the convenience store while the victim was paying for gas. The stolen vehicle had a 14 month old child in it. The stolen vehicle was located a few minutes later across the road from the convenience store at Burger King with the child still in the vehicle unharmed.
An interview with a witness at the scene allowed deputies to have the Burke County 911 Center issue a BOLO or “Be on the Lookout”, broadcast to law enforcement agencies for a black Mazda 3 occupied by multiple subjects. Shortly before 3 p.m., Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputies stopped a vehicle matching the description given during the BOLO broadcast. They stopped the vehicle on Wesley Chapel Road in Newton and the three occupants were detained.
Burke County Deputies arrived and took the three subjects into custody. They were transported to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and interviewed. According to a news release, the three suspects provided confessions and charges were filed against them.
Weaver's bond was set at $100,000 secured, Hopkins was given a $25,000 secured bond and Gonzalez-Rodriguez' bond was set at $26,000 secured. All three were scheduled to appear in court in Morganton today (January 8).
The Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at about 9:40 last night (January 7) in Conover.
A black male armed with a black semi-automatic handgun entered the Propst Superette store at 5865 Springs Road in Conover. The suspect robbed the store at gunpoint and then left on foot with an undisclosed sum of cash.
The suspect was described as 5’9” tall, weighing 175 pounds. He was wearing a black hoodie and black pants.
Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call the Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-5241 or 828-466-7244.
48-year-old Richard Curtis Campbell of George Hildebran School Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (January 8) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. The warrant for his arrest was issued on December 13, 2017 in Burke County.
Campbell turned himself in at the Hickory Police Department just before 1 a.m. today. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $30,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for February 5 in Morganton.
21-year-old Rodney Tyler York of Main Avenue S.W. in Hickory was served bills of indictment by Hickory Police at about nine o’clock Friday night (January 5) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, obtaining property by false pretense and possession of stolen goods or property.
On December 7, 2016, Hickory Police met with a victim regarding the unauthorized use of a credit card. The suspect was identified as Rodney Tyler York. He was arrested without incident on warrants issued early in December 2017.
York was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today (January 8) in Newton.
It was announced this week that the Alexander County Library will expand its outreach into the community by opening a library branch in Stony Point. The new Stony Point branch will feature all of the same services and resources offered at the main library, including public computers and WiFi, allowing ease of access for all residents.
Located in the heart of Stony Point at 431 Ruritan Park Road (the former Energy United building), the branch will be open Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Bethlehem Branch employee, Gloria Hamilton-Parsons, will manage the branch and assist patrons each day.
Alexander County Library Director, Laura Crooks, looks upon the opening of the new branch as a natural extension of the library’s mission of service. “Stony Point is vital to our County and we are continually looking for new ways to ensure that all residents receive exemplary library service,” Crooks shared.
“We are thrilled to open a new branch in Stony Point and in so doing we hope to open wide the doors of opportunity for all who enter, providing opportunities for everyone to grow and develop.”
The Stony Point Branch Library will open its doors to the public for the first time on Monday, February 5, 2018. Library staff will mark this occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony and community reception beginning at 10am. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy brief remarks as well as complimentary coffee and light refreshments.
To learn more about the Stony Point Branch Library and all of the resources, programs, and services provided by the Alexander County Library, visit www.alexanderlibrary.org or call (828) 632-4058.
The opening of the Catawba County Justice Center expansion was celebrated during a formal dedication ceremony Sunday (January 7). The ceremony, which was held in one of the facility’s new courtrooms, featured comments from Catawba County Board of Commissioners Chair Randy Isenhower, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Nathaniel J. Poovey, and North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts Director Marion R. Warren. In lieu of a ribbon-cutting, several dignitaries knocked courtroom gavels to officially commemorate the opening. The ceremony was accompanied by tours of the facility.
The new Justice Center facility, which is located on the Catawba County Government Center campus in Newton, expands the existing Justice Center by 139,181 square feet across two floors. Plans for the expansion began ten years ago when increases in both the number of trials and overall service demands were beginning to exceed the capacity of the original building.
The new space features five new courtrooms, jury deliberation rooms, attorney/client conference rooms, and attorney/judge conference rooms designed to better serve the public and justice officials. The building also houses court-related offices, including Superior and District Courts, the Clerk of Court, the District Attorney and Probation.
In addition, the expansion enabled the County to significantly upgrade the 911 Communications Center with state-of-the-art technology systems. The Communications Center has been moved into the new building alongside the County’s Emergency Services division, which includes Veterans’ Services, Emergency Medical Services, Fire-Rescue and Emergency Management offices. The original Justice Center facility, which is adjacent to the new building and accessed through the main entrance, houses the Register of Deeds, the Sheriff’s Office and other support services.
The cost of the Justice Center expansion project totaled $44.6 million, which was funded in part by a quarter-cent local option sales tax referendum approved by voters in November 2007. This quarter cent is primarily dedicated to supporting Justice Center expansion but also goes toward public school operations, economic development, and water and sewer infrastructure. To help fully fund the expansion, the County also borrowed $22 million with a true interest cost of 3.31% and used available 911 funding from the state toward technology upgrades in the Communications Center.
Following a phased move-in process that culminated in December 2017, all offices and courtrooms are now fully operational in the new facility. Beginning in April 2018, the Catawba County Board of Commissioners will transition its public meetings from the 1924 Courthouse in Newton to the Board’s new meeting room in the building.
Due to the potential for winter weather resulting in slick road conditions later today, the Catawba County, Hickory City, Alexander County, Caldwell County Schools and WrapAround, Burke County Schools are closed today (Monday, January 8). It is an optional teacher workday for all systems. In addition, Catawba County Meals on Wheels and Seniors Morning Out are closed today. Greenway Transportation in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties has cancelled all van service for the remainder of the day. Greenway will monitor the fixed route service in the cities of Conover, Hickory, and Newton. The Taylorsville Bus Service is cancelled.
56-year-old Douglas Alfred Coffey of Peachtree Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Sunday (January 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Coffey was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 8).