47-year-old Johnny Dale Miller of 12th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:10 last night (October 24) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on February 20 of this year when Officers responded to a reported B&E at an address on 21st Avenue N.E. On October 20, the suspect was identified as Johnny Dale Miller and warrants were issued for his arrest.
Miller was taken into custody yesterday and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.
41-year-old Jon Edward Patterson of Old Highway 60 in Purlier, N.C. and 40-year-old Roger Lafayette Ramsey of 20th Avenue S.W. in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 25). Patterson was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, while Ramsey was charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
The arrest warrant for Ramsey on the motor vehicle larceny charge was issued by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office on October 9. The resisting charge was filed today after Ramsey initially provided Officers with an incorrect name.
Both suspects were taken into custody just after 2:30 a.m. at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. They were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Patterson set at $7,500, secured, while Ramsey was given a $5,750 secured bond. Patterson was due in District Court today. Ramsey has a court date tomorrow.
A Utility worker was killed in Alexander County early this morning (October 25). According to a news release from the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 4:15 a.m. today, Alexander County 911 Center received a call of a tree falling on an individual near the intersection of Dover Church Road and Mountain Ridge Church Road in the Ellendale Community of Alexander County. Ellendale Volunteer Fire Department First Responders, Alexander County Rescue Squad, Alexander County EMS, Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, along with Alexander County Emergency Management responded to the scene of the incident.
Upon arrival at the incident, emergency personnel found 31-year-old Brian Keith Wilmoth of Wilkes County. Mr. Wilmoth is an employee of Asplundh Company. Mr. Wilmoth was pronounced deceased at the scene. The initial investigation shows that Mr. Wilmoth was operating a chainsaw and cutting a tree that had fallen on a power line. As he cut the tree in two, the power lines sprang upward, throwing the tree back onto Mr. Wilmoth. The investigation is continuing.
New names have been added to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office most wanted list.
50-year-old James Freeland is wanted by authorities in Iredell County on a charge of felony manufacturing narcotics. The last known address for Freeland was 110 Fox Den Circle in Statesville.
24-year-old Steven Taylor was recently added to the Iredell County most wanted list. He's being sought on a charge of felony possession of narcotics. Taylor's last known address was 223 South Shady Rest Road in Statesville.
43-year-old Matthew Stacks remains on the most wanted list. Authorities are seeking Stacks on a charge of felony fail to register a new address as a sex offender. Stacks' last known address was 715 Sullivan Road 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 the Statesville location, 704-878-3180, or the Mooresville office at 704-664-7500.
53-year-old Tammy Lynn Coleman of Highway 10 East in Claremont was arrested this morning (October 25) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Coleman was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,500 bond. A District Court date was set for today.
28-year-old Brandon Habit Koch of Chere Helen Drive in Mooresville was arrested Monday (October 23) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with failure to notify his online identifier.
On September 29, 2017 Deputy David Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit was notified by a concerned citizen that a registered sex offender, Brandon Koch, had a Facebook account and was not using his real name. Deputy Price immediately began an investigation into Koch’s social media activities. Through further investigation Deputy Price was able to ascertain that Koch was using a different name and had failed to notify the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office of his online identifier. Sex offenders in North Carolina are allowed to have social media web sites but are required to notify the Sheriff’s Office of their online identifiers.
Koch was placed on the registry in 2011 after a conviction on the charge of indecent liberties with a child. Bond for Koch was set at $10,000 secured, he's scheduled to appear in District Court November 14.
60-year-old Nelson Cornwell Montgomery of Seitz Drive in Forest City was arrested Saturday (October 21) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, assault on a government officer, damage to city property, and resist, obstruct and delay of an officer.
According to a news release issued Tuesday (October 24), Morganton Public Safety patrol officers were conducting a license checking station at the intersection of Jamestown Road and Carbon Drive Saturday at approximately 11 p.m.
A blue Ford Contour driven by Nelson Montgomery approached the checkpoint and produced a NC license to Sergeant Edwards. The Sergeant immediately noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Montgomery was asked to pull his vehicle to the side of Carbon Drive in an effort to investigate the odor of Marijuana.
During the search of the suspect, Montgomery reportedly ignored Sgt. Edwards directions to place his hands behind his back and took off running towards Carbon City Road. Sgt. Edwards was able to grab Montgomery’s sweater in an effort to arrest him. The suspect turned towards the officer and reportedly began swinging his fist at the Sergeant, striking Edwards on the side of his face. Montgomery grabbed Sgt. Edwards duty gear belt containing a magazine pouch and pistol with holster. The officer was able to push the suspect off of his belt, but Montgomery reportedly continued his attack.
More officers got involved and eventually restrained Montgomery while he continued to resist arrest. An officer reportedly found methamphetamine and marijuana inside a pill bottle that was concealed in the suspect’s pelvic region. Burke EMS was called to the scene to evaluate Montgomery’s abrasions from the struggle, but he refused treatment. Sgt. Edwards suffered a shoulder injury during the attack.
Montgomery’s bond was set at $14,000 secured, his first court appearance was scheduled for Monday (October 23). He was no longer listed as an inmate in Burke County as of earlier today. His next District Court date is November 13.
Cleanup continues following Monday afternoon's (October 23) strong storm that swept through the Greater Hickory Metro. In Caldwell County, Grace Chapel Road will be closed again today (October 25) from North Lakes Academy up to Musket Drive. That closure was scheduled to start at 8 a.m. so that power company crews to continue their repairs of power lines and replacement of power poles. Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers will escort residents in and out of the area as needed. Residents are advised to be aware of the closure as they make their morning commute and to allow extra time for their drive. As of late yesterday (October 24) there were a reported 150 structures damaged including homes and out buildings. There is not a final tally yet on damages. Damage assessment crews will be working again today and officials say the number will rise. There have been no reports of injuries.
In Hickory, the recent storm’s impact has left many homes with large amounts of yard waste, including trees, limbs, and other debris. The City of Hickory Solid Waste Division will be collecting yard waste as early as possible. Please place yard waste to the curb and leave it there until it can be collected. As a reminder, the following instructions should be followed:
Place yard waste in the open. Do not place it under low hanging power lines, branches, near parked vehicles, or in front of storm drains. Do not stack yard waste in the street. Cut and stack neatly; major limbs should be cut away from the trunk and into pieces less than six feet in length. Please lay all branches in a neat, uniform manner with the butt end towards the curb. Loose leaves, small clippings, and twigs need to be placed in clear plastic bags or 32 gallon cans with the lid removed for pick up.
A news release from the city says that regular garbage, recycling, and yard waste services may be delayed due to storm debris and clean up. If you have questions regarding Garbage, Recycling, or Yard Waste collection in the City of Hickory, call (828) 323-7500.
49-year-old Jerry Lee McVey of Campground Road in Denver has been issued a criminal summons in connection to an accidental shooting on Sunday (October 22) that left a 15-year-old injured. McVey is the parent of a 14-year-old. He faces one misdemeanor count of storage of firearms to protect minors.
As reported yesterday on WHKY, Detectives said the incident occurred as approximately five teens were playing a game at mobile home park on Campground Road. A 15-year-old white male was grazed by a blast from a 12-gauge shotgun, which was fired by a 14-year-old. There were no adults at the residence when the incident occurred. The victim was treated for his injuries at a Lincoln County hospital and released to his parents.
McVey is scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court on November 17.
Caldwell County Emergency Services has set up an informational telephone line that residents can use to access a recording that will provide them with the latest information regarding the areas with storm damage. The number is 828-426-8500. Residents may also call 828-426-8605 or 828- 426-8606 to report property damage.
As of 11:30 this morning, no serious injuries had been reported. Caldwell County residents are asked to be patient with emergency crews as they work to clear roadways and repair power lines. As of this morning (October 24), 121 homes in the Grace Chapel area were known to have sustained damage. There are still homes that emergency crews have not been able to reach to determine damages.
Crews are using bulldozers and heavy equipment to clear trees to reach another 20 to 30 homes. Those homes are on Buena Vista Drive, Bartley Road, Fairchild Place and Sandbar Road.
Grace Chapel Road from Highway 321 to near the Grace Chapel Fire Department is closed until 8 p.m. to all but emergency crews and residents who need to access their homes due to an emergency. A main power line is down, making the area too dangerous to access.
Other roads and developments that remain closed are: parts of Charley Little Road near Petra Mill Road; Lakeview Terrace; South Lakes Drive; North Lakes Drive; Timberlane Terrace; River Bend; and Gold Creek.
Three assessment teams are surveying the area to determine the extent of the damage.
The shelter at South Caldwell High School remains open.
All non-emergency Burke County offices in Hildebran, including the Burke County Public Library and Senior Center and the Burke County Water and Sewer Office, will be closed until power is restored and the area is safe for the public and employees. Early voting will be rerouted to the Rutherford College Town Hall and the Burke County Board of Elections’ Office.
Burke County Emergency Services are assessing the damage from yesterday’s storm. To report damages in your area, please call 828-397-6400. While emergency services personnel work to restore power and clear debris, citizens are encouraged to stay off the roads if possible to avoid delaying the recovery effort. Municipal, county, state, and federal agencies are not authorized to remove debris from private property except in situations where the debris is deemed to pose an extraordinary threat to human health and safety. Therefore, removal of debris from private property is the responsibility of the property owner. For FEMA data tracking purposes, citizens should take storm debris to the Burke County Landfill, 2500 Marsh Trail in Morganton during business hours and identify it as “Hildebran Storm Damage” where it will be weighted.
In times like these, it is important to be on the lookout for scammers in the area, people who will try and take advantage of people in turbulent times. These individuals may try impersonating emergency personnel or contractors to enter your home or gain access to your property. All local emergency service vehicles and personnel are clearly identified. To report possible fraudulent activity please call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500.
Following the severe storm that passed through Hickory and the surrounding area on October 23, the City of Hickory has declared an official state of emergency. A significant amount of damage is scattered throughout the city, while the worst hit is concentrated in Northwest Hickory, reaching from the Hickory Regional Airport to many neighborhoods in the Northwest quadrant.
Numerous local agencies, including Hickory’s Police, Fire, and Public Services Departments, are working diligently to assess the damage and continue clean-up efforts. Multiple public facilities, as well as private businesses and residences will require substantial clean-up and repairs.
Current conditions are still quite dangerous, with fallen power lines, fallen trees, and debris in the roadways. The City encourages its citizens to exercise extreme caution if they must travel, but it is best to avoid the affected areas if possible.
Additional information will be forthcoming in regard to the next phase of clean-up and restoration.
The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating a larceny that occurred in Statesville on Saturday, October 21.
At about 2 p.m. Saturday, an unidentified male subject driving a newer model, silver Dodge Ram 1500 crew cab pickup truck entered the parking area at James River Equipment, 635 Mocksville Highway. The truck displayed a fictitious “James River Equipment” magnetic logo on the driver and front passenger doors. The suspect vehicle had no registration plate. It was pulling an unknown brand black utility trailer with a wooden plank floor. There was no registration plate on the trailer.
The unidentified suspect was wearing a “boonie” hat, sunglasses, a bandana concealing his face, a long-sleeved gray shirt with a neon green shirt underneath, dark denim blue jeans and dark brown or black boots.
The suspect is captured on surveillance video lowering the gate to the utility trailer, walking away and returning moments later riding a John Deere Z915E lawnmower. The suspect appeared to have knowledge of how to operate the equipment as he quickly loaded it onto the trailer and then shut the trailer gate. The mower had been secured by a security-linked cable that was cut by the suspect. The mower is valued at approximately $8,500.
Anyone with any information regarding the mower or the suspect should call Detective C.L. Jarvis at 704-878-3180 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.
38-year-old Joshua Eric Spears of Wildlife Road in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday (October 23) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Spears was taken into custody without incident at the office of Adult Probation & Parole on 26th Street S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners has declared a State of Emergency in Catawba County due to the severe weather event that crossed through Catawba County and caused widespread damage Monday (October 23). The declaration enables Catawba County Emergency Services to implement coordinated response and recovery efforts in all affected unincorporated areas of the county in alignment with the Catawba County Emergency Operations Plan and in collaboration with emergency response partners.
In Caldwell County, the Grace Chapel Fire Dept and Caldwell County Emergency Services have closed Grace Chapel Road due to storm damages. Three assessment teams were entering the area now to begin surveying the storm damage. If residents have storm damage to report, call 828-426-8605 or 828-426-8606. Storms moved through the region late Monday afternoon resulting in thousands of power outages and extensive damage to homes.
Starting next Monday, October 30, Hickory City Park will be closed for approximately six months, while renovations are completed to improve the park.
The improvements consist of a major parking lot renovation, which will take the current 20 parking spaces to 122 parking spaces. Also planned is a new 1,900 square foot multi-use facility that will house restrooms, indoor meeting space, and an outdoor covered shelter area.
The City of Hickory joined with the Greater Hickory Tennis Association (GHTA) in a priority use agreement for tennis complex improvements at Hickory City Park. The GHTA has agreed to contribute $125,000 to the total cost of the project, which is estimated at $961,372.
Not only will the renovations enhance the park and create parking for tennis tournaments and events, but it will also be utilized for the future Riverwalk. Once the Riverwalk is constructed and open, pedestrian access will be available from the Hickory City Park to the Riverwalk.
Tennis players and park patrons and encouraged visit and utilize other city tennis courts located at Civitan Park, Kiwanis Park, Taft Broome Park, and Westmont Recreation Center while Hickory City Park is closed. Also, the bikeway, beginner mountain bike trail, and pump track can be accessed via Rotary-Geitner Park.
A Hickory man will spend at least 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple criminal offenses and admitting his status as a habitual felon during Catawba County Superior Court Monday (October 23).
43-year-old Bryant Marshall Warren pleaded guilty to two counts of common law robbery, one count of larceny from the person, flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and possession of cocaine. The Honorable Edwin G. Wilson, Superior Court Judge from Rockingham County, sentenced Warren to an active prison term of 15 to 19 years. That sentence will be served in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Warren’s prison term was enhanced because of his habitual felon status stemming from prior convictions for felony larceny after breaking and entering (March 1995), felony larceny (January 1997) and common law robbery (September 2006). All three of those convictions occurred in Alamance County.
The defendant committed the offenses in less than two hours on February 27, 2017. In the first instance, he approached a female victim around 7 p.m. in front of a business on N.C. 16 in Conover, jerked her purse off her shoulder and ran away from the scene.
A little more than an hour later, he entered a convenience store on North Center Street in Hickory and pretended to purchase a bag of chips. When the clerk opened the register, Warren reached across the counter and grabbed cash from the drawer. The victim struggled with the defendant and was able to recover a substantial portion of the money. This time, the defendant left in a Jeep Cherokee.
Less than 40 minutes later, around 8:49 p.m., Warren entered a convenience store on Fairgrove Church Road and tried to make a purchase. When he did not have enough money to complete the transaction, Warren became upset and told the clerk to open the register. When the clerk complied, the defendant took the cash, packs of cigarettes and a lighter, and left in the same vehicle used to flee from the previous robbery.
A high-speed chase ensued. The defendant reached speeds in excess of 100 mph and ran through numerous red lights until he struck a sign, jumped from the vehicle and ran. Warren was eventually tasered after a foot chase and taken into custody. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a small amount of cocaine.
Trent Rothlin of Hickory Police Department and Stacey Huffman of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office investigated the cases. Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith handled prosecution for the State.
26-year-old Christopher Alan Smoot of NW Sunset Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (October 23) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and discharging a weapon into occupied property causing serious bodily injury.
Shortly after 5:30 p.m. Monday the Lenoir Police Department received a 911 call from 705 Stage Street regarding a “drive by shooting.” When initial officers arrived on scene the victim, 23-year-old Nicholas James Lopez of Stage Street, was found outside the residence with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the chest. Caldwell County EMS arrived and transported the victim to Caldwell UNC Health Care.
Christopher Alan Smoot was taken into custody without incident at his residence at 11:33 p.m. Smoot was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $500,000 secured bond, a first court appearance was scheduled for today (October 24) in Lenoir. More charges may be filed in this incident. Anyone with information relating to this shooting is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 758-8300 or the Lenoir Police Department at 757-2100.
Storms ripped through the Hickory Metro area late Monday afternoon (October 23), causing damage and power outages across the region. Hangers were damaged at Hickory Regional Airport. According to a news release from the City of Hickory, to the best of city officials' knowledge, a tornado touched down on the north ramp, causing severe damage to two of the hangers. There were no injuries. Planes and vehicles were damaged during the incident. The airport did remain open following the storm. Elsewhere in Hickory, trees were down in many neighborhoods, including on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Traffic lights were out along Highway 127 in the Viewmont section of Hickory. Multiple homes were reported to have been damaged.
In Caldwell County several houses were damaged due to the storm, at least 15 homes were known to have sustained damage as of late last night. There were multiple reports of trees down across roads, homes and buildings in the Granite Falls and Dudley Shoals and Grace Chapel areas. City BBQ and Market Basket in Granite Falls had heavy damage. Minor flooding was reported in the Wilson Creek area, and flooding occurred in the Kings Creek area of eastern Caldwell County. Several roads were closed, allow yourself extra time for the morning commute in the event a road may still be inaccessible.
In Caldwell County, three Assessment Taskforce Teams were scheduled to begin surveying the area for the extent of damage today (October 24). Caldwell County Emergency Services is asking all residents with damage to their homes or property to call 828-426-8605 or 828-426-8606 to report their damage.
In Alexander County, the Bethlehem, Ellendale, and Sugar Loaf communities were hit hard, other parts of the county sustained damage as well. Across the Hickory Metro, thousands of power outages resulted from the storm. School systems and colleges across the region are delayed or closed due to the damage, you can see the list of schools in a story posted earlier at whky.com.
Due to damage as a result of storms that moved through the Greater Hickory Metro area late Monday afternoon (October 23), schedules for school systems in the region have been affected.
Hickory Public Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools, and Burke County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay for students on Tuesday (October 24).
Most Caldwell County Schools will be on a two-hour delay on Tuesday, with the exception of the following schools, which will be closed for the day: South Caldwell High School, Granite Falls Middle, Dudley Shoals Elementary, Granite Falls Elementary, and Gateway School. Alexander County Schools will be closed for students on Tuesday. Staff will have an optional workday at 10 a.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne University has canceled all day classes Tuesday due to inclement weather and power outages. Catawba Valley Community College has canceled day and evening classes Tuesday.