34-year-old Dustin Patrick Rhodes of Cougar Lane in Hudson was arrested Friday (May 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Rhodes is also charged with two counts of probation violation and one count of misdemeanor simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance. Rhodes was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. District Court dates were set for today (May 22) and June 15.
The Burke County Sheriff's Office has added new names to it's Most Wanted List.
27-year-old Kyle Dean Houser is wanted for felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Houser's last known address was 3827 Hide Away Hills in Valdese. Houser was added to the Most Wanted List last Friday (May 19).
29-year-old Britton Nicole Metcalf is wanted by the Burke County Sheriff's Office for felony probation violation. Metcalf's last known address was 4529 Rainhill Drive in Morganton. She was also added to the list last Friday.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information about any of the suspects on the list call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to email@example.com, or submit an anonymous tip to Morganton/Burke Crime Stoppers. The Crime Stoppers phone number is 828-437-3333.
24-year-old Bradley Michael Swink of Chevy Drive in Claremont was arrested Saturday (May 20) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with larceny of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. Swink was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (May 22).
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man from Caldwell County, 73-year-old Raymond Arthur Stewart.
Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Stewart, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Raymond Arthur Stewart is a black male, 6' 4", 160 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen at 2701 Sparks Drive in Hudson. The vehicle involved is described as a Burgundy 1997 Ford F150 with a North Carolina license tag reading PBN3832.
Anyone with information about Raymond Arthur Stewart should call Detective Dupell at the Caldwell County Sheriffs Office at 828-758-2324.
21-year-old Austin Tyler Cotton of Sanford, N.C. has been arrested by Boone Police on a charge of misdemeanor breaking & entering.
According to a press release issued today (May 19) by the Boone Police Department, shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, Officers responded to a reported home invasion on Green Street in Boone. On the scene, Officers found a man suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
Following an investigation, Cotton was arrested and charged. He was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where he was given a $5,000 unsecured bond. He’ll appear in District Court in Boone on June 2.
Investigators and the District Attorney’s Office are continuing to collaborate on the investigation.
United Church Homes & Services (UCHS) Board Chairman Ray Deal recognized UCHS President & CEO Lee Syria for 20 years of service to the organization at the Spring Board Retreat.
Syria began her career with Abernethy Laurels, a UCHS senior living community, in 1997 as Personnel Manager. In 2000, she became Vice President of Human Resources for UCHS and in 2008 she was selected Senior Vice President of Operations. Syria was named the organization’s first female President & CEO in 2012.
Syria holds degrees from Gardner-Webb University and Appalachian State University. Syria is a licensed nursing home administrator in North Carolina and Virginia. She serves on a number of Boards of Directors, including the board for the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce.
UCHS serves over 2300 senior adults annually and employs approximately 850 team members at 11 locations across North Carolina and Virginia.
50-year-old Kelly Jean Berry of Old Shelby Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (May 19) on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense.
She was arrested in connection to an incident that was reported on April 6 of this year. The victim told Police that a male suspect, Harold Edward Berry, failed to return a chainsaw. Officers learned that Kelly Jean Berry pawned the chainsaw on March 29. Warrants were issued for both suspects. Kelly Berry was initially arrested on May 1. Warrants for Harold Berry are still outstanding.
Kelly Berry was taken into custody without incident shortly after 3 a.m. today on 13th Avenue Drive S.E., a few blocks off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
24-year-old Adam Kyle Ramsey of 37th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:40 last night (May 18) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.
He was arrested after Hickory Police conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 127 and 1st Avenue S.E. The 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo was driven by Adam Ramsey. Officers reportedly found two grams of methamphetamine on Ramsey’s person.
Ramsey was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
32-year-old Cory Andrew “Lucky” Hartness of Weidner Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police late last night (May 18) on one felony count each of possession of a counterfeit instrument and uttering a counterfeit instrument, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.
He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to Kickback Jacks on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in reference to a subject passing counterfeit money at the restaurant. The suspect, Cory Hartness, was arrested on the scene. During the booking process, two Xanax pills were found on his person.
Hartness was taken into custody without incident at about 11:35 last night. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,500, secured. He’ll make a first appearance in District Court Monday (May 22) in Newton.
55-year-old Ellis Eugene Anderson of Oxford School Road in Catawba was arrested today (Friday, May 19) by Conover Police Officers.
He's charged with two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance along with single counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance, felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of schedule I controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, fictitious or altered title, registration card, or tag, no liability insurance, and driving a motor vehicle with no registration.
Anderson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
34-year-old Jeremy Wayne Miller was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with five counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a child.
On February 15, 2017, a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in reference to child pornography. The report was assigned to Detective Patrick Dixson of the Special Victim’s Unit. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sent a cyber-tip which stated that Jeremy Wayne Miller, had several files of what was believed to be child pornography saved in an account.
Detectives reviewed the files and verified that they did, in fact, contain child pornography. A search warrant was obtained for Miller’s Dropbox account. The search resulted in the discovery of hundreds of files of child pornography. Iredell Sheriff Detectives, the NC SBI Computer Crimes Unit, and Homeland Security then searched the residence of Miller and gathered further evidence.
Miller's bond was set at $100,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for June 9.
The North Carolina Department of Justice is warning citizens of a scam that targets veterans.
According to a news release issued this week, this scam exploits the Veterans Choice Program, a government initiative that allows some vets to use health care providers outside the VA system. The program has a toll-free telephone number that vets and their families can use to check their eligibility. Crooks have set up a telephone number that is almost identical, which they are publicizing in a letter to veterans.
Vets who call the fake number are told they are entitled to a rebate if they provide a credit card number. There’s no rebate, but charges will be made against the credit card account. The family of a North Carolina veteran received the letter and contacted the NCDOJ about this scam. Fortunately they did not fall for it.
Scammers commonly utilize look-alikes (logos and fonts that are similar to those used by real companies, agencies, and charities) and sound-alikes (names that are similar to the real thing) to trick us. In this instance, the “hook” is a telephone number that is very close to the actual number.
If you are a vet, or you are helping a vet access health care, remember:
Dial carefully. The real Veterans Choice Program number is 866-606-8198.
If you are not sure you are on the line with the actual Veterans Choice Program, hang up and start over.
Be skeptical. No government agency, including the VA, will ask for your personal financial account information in this way. If the person on the phone does, they may not be who they say they are.
If you are contacted by a scammer, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint online.
21-year-old Austin Lane Ervin of Dudley Shoals Road in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (May 18) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Ervin was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for next Monday (May 22).
35-year-old Joseph Thomas Choate of 11th Street NW in Hickory, 27-year-old Ricky Chang Lee of Canoe Lane in Taylorsville, and 21-year-old Desiree Blake Icard of Baton Church Road in Granite Falls were all arrested Thursday (May 18) by Hickory Police Officers.
Choate was charged with felony parole violation and misdemeanor counts of resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer, and driving while license revoked. Lee is charged with two felony counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture controlled substance and the sale of schedule two controlled substance. The charges are from Iredell County. Icard was charged with misdemeanor failure to appear.
At approximately 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Hickory Police were notified of possible suspicious drug activity at 1440 11th Street NW. Officers arriving at the location spotted a vehicle leaving the area and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 1300 Block of 12th Street Drive NW. During the traffic stop, the driver, Joseph Thomas Cory Choate, fled on foot from officers entering the residence at 1440 11th Street NW.
While giving verbal commands for subject to exit the residence, two additional suspects with outstanding warrants, Lee and Icard, exited the home. After officers made entry to the residence, Choate was located in a bedroom and was arrested without incident.
Choate was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond, he's got a District Court date in Newton June 14. Lee's bond was set at $20,000 secured, he's scheduled to appear in District Court in Mooresville on Monday (May 22). Icard's bond was set at $1,000 secured, she's scheduled to appear in District Court in Newton June 28.
46-year-old John Nathan Thomas of East Highway 27 in Iron Station was arrested yesterday (May 18) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of first-degree sex offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child. The warrants for his arrest were issued by the Mount Holly Police Department in Gaston County.
Thomas was taken into custody without incident at about 6:15 p.m. Thursday at the Hickory Police Department. He was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $35,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in a Gastonia courtroom on Monday (May 22).
Although a section of a Caldwell County bridge being replaced fell into a pond, officials say the project remains on schedule. A news release issued by the North Carolina Department of Transportation say plans to replace the bridge on Falls Avenue over Old Mill Pond remain on schedule.
The bridge has been closed since Department of Transportation engineers deemed it unsafe on October 4, 2016. Plans remain in place — pending the ability to pave before winter sets in — to have residents and visitors driving on the bridge by early next year.
A short section of the closed bridge fell into Old Mill Pond on Wednesday (May 17). Plans to replace the bridge call for the demolition of the 75-year-old existing wooden structure in June.
A typical express-design project such as this takes up to 18 months to be designed, have right-of-way purchased, utility lines moved, and equipment mobilized. Most of that work has been completed in the three months since the contract was awarded.
Hickory Police were reportedly involved in a brief standoff this afternoon following a traffic stop. According to published reports, the incident occurred on 11th Street NW. The driver of the vehicle stopped by officers ran into a home. Reports say there were two individuals in the home with outstanding warrants, they were both arrested. No injuries were reported.
The pastor of an Alexander County Church was seriously injured in an accident earlier this week in Winston-Salem. 52-year-old Christopher Joseph Meade of Taylorsville was struck in a hit-and-run incident at Hanes Mall Tuesday (May 16).
According to published reports, at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to 186 Hanes Mall Circle, the outer loop at Hanes Mall, in front of the Texas Roadhouse restaurant.
Meade, who is the Lead Pastor at Crosspoint Church in Taylorsville, had left the restaurant and was walking to his vehicle with another person through the hedges that separate the restaurant parking lot and Hanes Mall Circle.
The published reports say that Witnesses stated that Meade cleared the hedges and stepped out into traffic on Hanes Mall Circle. He was struck by a white SUV that left the scene and headed toward the Olive Garden restaurant and possibly Stratford Road.
Meade was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with injuries considered to be life-threatening. An update on the Crosspoint Church Facebook page posted earlier today (May 16) said that Meade remained in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit. Police were looking for a white SUV with damage to the front right side and with possible damage along the right side of the vehicle.
Anyone with information regarding the accident should call Winston-Salem Police at 336-773-7700 or contact Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.
30-year-old Jonathan Todd Griffin of Liberty Church Road in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (May 17) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver counterfeit controlled substance, carrying a concealed gun, and intoxicated and disruptive behavior. Griffin was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for yesterday.
30-year-old Christopher Wayne Brown was arrested today (Thursday, May 18) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony conspiracy. Following the arrest, Brown was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $20,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.