The City of Morganton Water Resources Department plans to shut off water today (July 17), beginning at 9:00 a.m. for water line maintenance on St. Mary’s Church Road. The shut-off will affect about 15 customers and should be completed by 1:00 p.m.
Customers on St. Mary’s Church Road from N.C. 181 to Spring Lake Drive will be affected by the water shut off. Customers on Spring Lake Drive will also be without water. For more information contact the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
39-year-old Charles Davis Nivens of Smithfield Drive NW in Conover was arrested Monday (July 16) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of assault by strangulation and intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury along with a misdemeanor count of assault by pointing a gun. Nivens was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (July 17).
27-year-old Kiera Rochelle Hoover of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:15 a.m. Saturday on one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle, larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. She was also charged with misdemeanor counts of assault by pointing a gun, simple assault, injury to personal property, second-degree trespass and failure to appear on one count of injury to real property.
Hoover was taken into custody without incident at a residence on 2nd Street Place N.E. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $24,500, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (July 16) in Newton. Additional court dates were scheduled for July 31 and August 1 & 8.
No further details are available.
42-year-old Joe Lewis White of 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested early Sunday (July 15) by Hickory Police on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon.
His arrest stems from an incident on April 14 of this year when Hickory Police responded to a reported shooting on South Center Street. Upon arrival, Officers found the victim, 48-year-old Derek Shade of Hickory, suffering from a gunshot wound. Shade was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect, Joe Lewis White, turned himself in at the Hickory Police Department the following day.
He was taken into custody again at about 1:40 a.m. Sunday without incident. White was processed and then released under a $25,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today (July 16) in Newton.
23-year-old Keeuntae Kaleel Kee of Sapphire Lane in Conover was arrested Sunday (July 15) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, and parole violation. Kee was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 16).
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office has released photos of the suspect car during a traffic stop last night (July 15) during which a Deputy was shot. Anyone recognizing the early 1990’s model, blue, four-door Toyota Corolla with North Carolina license plate AFJ-5570 is asked to contact the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities in Caldwell County confirmed late this afternoon that the injured Deputy is 21-year-old Jordan Sherrill.
The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. The driver was a white male and the passenger was a white female. The car was involved in a traffic stop on Cheraw Road near the intersection with Pisgah Church Road. Deputy Sherrill was reportedly shot as he approached the car. The Deputy was wearing a protective vest at the time, but was hit below the vest.
Deputy Sherrill was flown by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where he underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition, at last report. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and other area law enforcement agencies are gathering available information to determine a motive and suspect in the shooting.
Further information will be released as it becomes available. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1000 for information leading to an arrest in the shooting. You can reach the Sheriff's Office at 828-758-2324, the Crimestoppers number is 828-758-8300.
25-year-old Bobby Wayne Smart of Irvin Drive in Connnelly Springs was arrested Sunday (July 15) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a stolen vehicle. Smart was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (July 16).
25-year-old Ty’Shon Lamonte Chisholm of 10th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday afternoon (July 14) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance.
On the fourteenth, Officers responded to a call for service regarding drug activity in the area of 1st Avenue and 5th Street S.E. Police found Ty’Shon Chisholm, allegedly with 12.2 grams of crack cocaine on his person.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $27,000, secured. He has since been released. Chisholm was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (July 16) in Newton.
25-year-old Seth Allen Thornburg of Berry Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Granite Falls Police Saturday (July 14) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. Following his arrest, Thornburg was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $5,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (July 16) in Lenoir.
37-year-old Jermaine Douglas Grandy of Conley Place in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (July 15) on one count of failure to appear on a misdemeanor simple assault charge plus one felony count of fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Grandy was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility under a $27,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Lenoir.
25-year-old Justin James Bordeaux of Hillcrest Street in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (July 13) on two counts of breaking & entering and single counts of larceny of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Bordeaux was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $100,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (July 16) in Lenoir.
31-year-old Joshua Lee Mann of Elizabethton, Tennessee, was arrested Friday (July 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. He's also charged on a fugitive warrant from an unspecified state. Mann was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $290,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 16).
34-year-old Sean Ryder Kenna of Swannanoa was arrested Saturday (July 14) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana and failing to maintain lane control.
A Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy was located near Exit 20 of U.S. Highway 321 Saturday observing northbound traffic. A sedan passed his location and the driver turned away as he passed the patrol car. The Deputy pulled out behind the car because he was unable to determine if the driver was wearing a seat belt. After the driver drifted over the fog line on the highway for about 300 feet the officer stopped the vehicle which was occupied by the driver and a female passenger.
While checking the driver’s license and registration Deputy Richard was able to detect an odor of marijuana coming from the car. The officer searched the vehicle and found a cooler in the trunk containing 81 clear plastic packages containing opaque waxy mass and 60 packages of edible baked goods. The Deputy recognized the waxy mass to be marijuana extract and the edible baked goods as marijuana infused chocolate bars and brownies. The items will be sent to the North Carolina SBI lab for further analysis. The female passenger was not charged.
Kenna was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (July 16).
Brent Phelps will be the next Police Chief for the City of Lenoir. City Manager Scott Hildebran made the announcement Friday (July 13) to the Police Department and other City staff. Phelps started his law enforcement career in 1996 with the Lenoir Police Department. He has served as a patrol officer, narcotics investigator, patrol sergeant, patrol lieutenant, investigations lieutenant, and professional standards lieutenant. Since 2012, Phelps has served as the Captain of Support Services, the senior captain of the department.
31-year-old Sarah Deanne Russell and 28-year-old Jeffrey Boyd Crosby, both of the same NW Poplar Street, Lenoir, address, were arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers and Lenoir Police Officers. Russell was charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine by possession and maintain a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance. Crosby was charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine by possession, possession of a weapon of mass destruction and maintain a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance.
At approximately 8:45 p.m. last Thursday (July 12), a unified effort between the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit and Lenoir Police Department Narcotics Division resulted in the arrests of the two suspects. According to a news release from the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, Agents have been investigating the suspects for about a month and suspect they are responsible for distributing multiple ounces of methamphetamine in the Lenoir area. During the investigation, Agents collected information and conducted undercover operations.
Agents searched the suspects NW Poplar Street apartment and seized approximately 122 grams of methamphetamine, 49 dosage units of Tramadol, 9.1 grams of marijuana, $103 in cash, and assorted drug paraphernalia. The drugs have a street value of $18,500 according to the North Carolina State Drug Guidelines. Officers also seized a semi-automatic pistol and two shotguns. One of shotguns had been modified for concealment and qualified as a weapon of mass destruction.
Both suspect's were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Russell's bond was set at $100,000 secured, Crosby was issued a $250,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (July 16). If convicted, both Russell and Crosby are facing mandatory prison sentences.
A traffic crash late last week in Hickory is under investigation. On Thursday (July 12) at 5:21 p.m. a 2013 Tao-Tao moped, driven by 56-year-old Rolland Mock of Conover, was traveling north on McDonald Parkway NE on the shoulder. A 2014 Chevrolet Trailblazer made a left turn onto 18th Ave NE from McDonald Parkway NE. Mr. Mock sustained critical injuries due to the collision and was transported to CMC-Main by Med Center Air. The Hickory Police Department is currently investigating the collision. Speed is not suspected as a factor in this collision.
A Caldwell County Deputy was shot late last night (July 15) during a traffic stop. According to a news release from the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, the shooting occurred around 11:30 p.m. on Cheraw Road near the intersection with Pisgah Church Road.
The suspect vehicle was a blue Toyota sedan. The deputy, whose name is not being released at this time, was wearing a protective vest at the time but was hit below the vest. He was flown by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where he is undergoing treatment.
The deputy was reported to be out of surgery this morning (July 16) and was reported to be in stable condition. He has been with the Sheriff’s office for just over one year.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office along with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and other area law enforcement agencies are gathering available information to determine a motive and suspect in the shooting.
Further information will be released as it is available.
39-year-old Michael Justin Hagaman of Howards Creek Road in Boone, who had previously been charged with 10 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, now faces two additional counts of first-degree sex offense with a child.
The charges stem from an investigation that began on June 6, conducted by Boone Police, the Watauga Co. Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. Hagaman was under investigation for the possession and distribution of child pornography.
Hagaman was initially arrested and jailed under a $200,000 secured bond with a court date scheduled for July 30. The investigation continued, resulting in the additional charges, which were filed yesterday (July 12). He was given a $900,000 secured bond with another court date set for July 31.
The City of Hickory has reported the discharge of an estimated 6,600 gallons of untreated wastewater yesterday (July 12). The incident occurred near Adams Street. The untreated wastewater was discharged into an unnamed tributary of Lyle Creek.
The Division of Water Resources was notified of the event today and is reviewing the matter. According to the city, the water remains safe. For more information, contact the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department at 828-323-7427.
According to a press release from the Hickory Fire Department, at approximately 11:46 this morning (July 13), Hickory Firefighters were dispatched to a reported roof collapse at 14 1st Avenue N.W. in downtown Hickory. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck and a command unit.
Upon arrival one minute later, Firefighters ensured that the building was evacuated and found that the roof of the building had partially collapsed. Firefighters secured the structure to keep people out of danger and called building inspection personnel to the scene. Power has been disconnected and the building, which houses two businesses (Carolina Insurance & Realty Company and Yvonne's Dress Shop), has been deemed unsafe for occupants.
No injuries were reported. Damage estimates have not been compiled.