23-year-old Sarah Marie Ibrahim of Bethel Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:40 p.m. yesterday (June 5) on one felony count of defeating an anti-shoplifting device, plus misdemeanor counts of shoplifting, failure to appear on a larceny charge and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
She was arrested after Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Dollar General store on Highway 70 S.W. The reporting party said a white female concealed items while in the store. The subject, later identified as Sarah Ibrahim, initially provided false identification. She was arrested and charged with shoplifting and resisting, and was also charged on two outstanding warrants, which were issued last month.
Ibrahim was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured. She’ll appear in a Burke County courtroom on June 27 with a court date in Newton the following day.
35-year-old Jennifer Michelle Taylor of Keener Acres Street in Lincolnton was charged with one felony count each of larceny by servant or other employee and possession of stolen goods.
Taylor is accused of stealing lottery tickets from the business where she worked. The missing tickets were discovered when a representative of the Lottery Commission came to the Handy Corner Convenience Store on Startown Road in Lincolnton to conduct a routine audit of their records. The tickets were discovered missing during the investigation. They were cashed at a convenience store in Cherryville.
Detectives viewed surveillance video from the store in Cherryville and sent a photo of the suspect to the owner of the Handy Corner. The owner identified the suspect as Jennifer Taylor, who was an employee. Detectives interviewed Taylor, who confessed to the crime.
Taylor was arrested on June 1 was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center. She was then released under a $1,500 secured bond. She’ll appear in District Court on June 27.
22-year-old Morgan Gabrielle Ellis was arrested this morning (June 6) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a building and larceny of horses, dogs, mules, swine, and cattle. Ellis was arrested shortly after 2:00 this morning and placed in jail under $5,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
34-year-old Jason Todd Hayes was arrested Monday (June 5) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of non-forced breaking and entering and one felony count of possession of stolen goods. Hayes was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 31.
The recommended Catawba County budget for Fiscal Year 2017/18 was approved Monday (June 5). The budget amount is $259,225,614, which maintains a property tax rate of $0.575 per $100 of valuation and reflects a 1.9 percent increase in the total budget without CVMC debt accounted for. The General Fund budget is $195,271,953 of this total, a 2 percent increase over the current year.
The budget projects increases in both property tax revenue ($2.7 million) and sales tax revenue ($3.5 million), which will allow for needed investments to further grow the local economy and deliver services to citizens. Catawba County has committed $1.3 million for each of the next two years in investment capital for the K-64 educational initiative, and these funds will be used to leverage additional public and private resources. Additionally, the budget invests in current expense, annual capital, and construction needs of the county's schools and CVCC.
The budget also includes an investment of $8.45 million for water and sewer projects. The initiatives the money will be used for are the Balls Creek Water Project on Highway 16, Duke Energy Water, and Highway 150 Sewer Phase II and III. The budget includes just under $17 million in general capital projects, roughly $11.4 million more than the current year budget. This increase is driven by the long-planned 320-bed expansion of the Catawba County Detention Facility in Newton.
You can get more details on the 2017/2018 Catawba County budget at www.catawbacountync.gov.
24-year-old Brandon Chadrick Aldridge was arrested Monday (June 5) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with two felony counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture schedule III controlled substance. Aldridge was arrested just after 9 p.m. Monday and placed in jail in Lincolnton under no bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (June 6).
32-year-old Jordy Allen Lee of Appalachian Court in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (June 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon. Following the arrest, Lee was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a District Court appearance Monday (June 5).
46-year-old Forest Leon Payton of 8th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Monday (June 5) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with two counts of felony probation violation and one count of defrauding a drug or alcohol screening test. Payton was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facilty under $12,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (June 12) and a District Court date is set for July 11.
A Catawba County man is the newest member of an area county's Most Wanted List.
39-year-old Ryan Patrick Deming was added to the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List last week. He's wanted for felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Deming's last known address was 4013 Miller Drive in Newton. He was added to the list last Friday (June 2).
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is still seeking 37-year-old John Yang. He's wanted for failure to appear on a felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver controlled substance and failure to appear on a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Yang's last known address was 2871 Cougar Valley in Morganton. Yang has been on the Most Wanted List since December 11, 2015.
You can see the entire list of suspects wanted by authorities in Burke County at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
Hickory's new Mayor will be sworn in during the Hickory City Council meeting tonight (June 6).
Jeff Cline will take the oath of office at the beginning of tonight's session. Cline was appointed to replace Rudy Wright on May 16. Wright passed away on May 11 after having served as Mayor since 2001. Cline, who is a Hickory native, is currently a Senior Vice President for BB&T Insurance Services. He is a former City Councilman and has been an active community member, serving on various boards over the years.
In addition during tonight's meeting, under new business, Hickory City Council will hold a public hearing on the City Manager's Fiscal Year 2017-2018 recommended budget. Also under new business, council will consider a rezoning petition for property located at 1329 Zion Church Road. The property contains 1.518 acres.
Under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings council will consider a vacant building revitalization grant performance agreement with MDI Management LLC in the amount of $20,000 for rehabilitation to the building located at 521 Main Avenue SW. The first reading vote for this and all other items listed under second readings passed unanimously on first reading.
Tonight's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7:00 in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in Hickory.
31-year-old Peter Spencer Horn of Grand Boulevard in Boone was arrested Monday (June 5) by Boone Police Officers. He's charged with felonious burning other buildings.
Last Thursday (June 1), at approximately 11:25 p.m., an unknown white male was recorded on video attempting to set fire to the Daniel Boone Inn, 130 Hardin Street. In the fall of 2016 two Tsunami surveillance systems were installed in the downtown Boone area. Video from the Tsunami surveillance system led to the identification and eventual arrest of the suspect in this case.
Horn was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where a $10,000 secured bond was set pending a July 21 appearance in Watauga County District Court.
46-year-old Kristi Larae Barger Hedgepeth of 8th Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:40 Saturday afternoon (June 3) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and obtaining property by false pretense and one misdemeanor count of larceny.
The previous day, Officers responded to the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Highway 70 S.W. Loss Prevention Officers told Police of an incident that occurred on May 30 in which at suspect attempted to return items to customer service that she had stolen from the store. The suspect was identified and warrants were taken out on June 3.
Hedgepeth was taken into custody without incident Saturday at a convenience store on Old Lenoir Road N.W. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (June 5) in Newton.
29-year-old Katrisha Renee Johnson of Jimmy Shook Lane in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (June 4|) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.
Johnson was taken into custody without incident at a fast-food restaurant on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. Johnson was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (June 5) in Newton.
36-year-old Sharmaine Nichole Harris was arrested Sunday (June 4) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of controlled substance in prison or jail. Harris was arrested at an address on Burkemont Avenue. She was placed in jail in Morganton under $13,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (June 5).
24-year-old Ty’Shon Lamonte Chisholm of Cranford Drive in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:30 yesterday afternoon (June 4) on two felony counts of failure to appear. He was taken into custody without incident when a 1998 Honda Accord was stopped on the 400 block of 8th Avenue N.E. in Hickory.
Chisholm was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $24,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for July 10 in Newton.
28-year-old Ricky Deon Dellinger of Hatchett Road in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputies. He was wanted on multiple felony warrants.
Dellinger was wanted on 12 felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, one felony count of obtaining money by falsely representing a physical defect and five felony counts of identity theft. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of failure to appear. The charges originated in Gaston and Lincoln counties.
Dellinger was taken into custody without incident at his residence at about 1:30 a.m. today (June 5). He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,500 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was scheduled today.
46-year-old James Edgar Roberts of Pigtail Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (June 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and assault on a female. Roberts was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond on the meth charge and no bond on the assault count. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 5).
40-year-old James Michael McClelland of Green Meadow Lane in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony larceny and possession of stolen goods.
On May 31, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding the larceny of two John Deere mowers from James River Equipment. Deputies responded, gathered information, collected evidence and spoke with neighbors who lived nearby.
Neighbors told Deputies that a silver Dodge Truck driven by a black male was seen on a dead-end street behind the business on May 29. The truck was pulling a black utility trailer with a push mower loaded onto it. Detectives also learned that a black male driving a truck that matched the description came into James River Equipment on May 26 and bought an ignition key for a John Deere zero-turn lawnmower. He was wearing a shirt that read “MG Landscaping Innovations” across the front. Detectives identified the man as James Michael McClelland.
Detectives then learned a silver Dodge pick-up and a black utility trailer had been seen parked at a residence off Jane Sowers Road in Statesville. Investigators then found a black utility trailer parked beside McClelland’s house on Green Meadow Lane. On the trailer was a John Deere zero-turn mower that matched the description of the stolen mowers. A search warrant was issued for the house and surrounding property.
During the search, Officers confirmed that the mower was, in fact, the same mower that was taken from James River Equipment. In an enclosed carport, Investigators also found a Bobcat zero-turn mower that had been stolen from Sharpe’s Lawn Equipment & Service in August 2012. Both mowers were seized and returned to the owners.
Detectives spoke to McClelland by telephone. McClelland was out of town, but agreed to meet with Detectives for an interview. During the interview, McClelland claimed he bought the mowers from another man and was not responsible for the larceny.
McClelland was arrested and given a $7,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (June 5) in Statesville.
A $1.7 million jackpot winning North Carolina Lottery ticket was purchased in Hickory. The Cash 5 ticket was purchased at the Cubbard Express at the intersection of U.S. 321 NW and 2nd Avenue NW. It's the highest ever Cash 5 jackpot. The previous record for the largest jackpot won by a single ticket was $1.14 million, set in March 2013. Until Saturday’s drawing, the biggest Cash 5 jackpot ever won was $1.35 million. It was split by three tickets in May 2011.
As of this morning (June 5) the winning ticket had not been turned in. Winners have 180 days to claim prizes. Prizes of $100,000 or more must be claimed at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. Today is the first day that players can visit the lottery’s new Raleigh claims center located at 2728 Capital Boulevard.
Cash 5 jackpots start at $50,000 and grow larger until one or more tickets match all five numbers in the nightly drawing held at approximately 11:22 p.m. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 749,398.
23-year-old Davidson Christopher Hollister of Mckendree Road in Mooresville was arrested Saturday (June 3) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with second degree murder and felony hit and run.
On Saturday, deputies responded to the area of Brook Glen Drive in Mooresville after a report was received of a man being struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival 32-year-old Clinton D. Whitley was found in the roadway with injuries consistent with being run over. The NC State Highway Patrol responded to assist. During the initial investigation evidence at the scene indicated a vehicle was spinning tires in a grass area and on the roadway near where the victim was hit. In addition a mailbox was struck.
It was determined that Davidson Hollister was the driver of the vehicle which had reportedly failed to slow down after striking Whitley. Indications are that the victim, suspect and others were at a party on Brook Glen Drive. Witnesses indicated that later in the evening a conflict occurred between Hollister and Whitley. The conflict is believed to have been over a woman who was also present at the party. Moments before the incident a witness observed Hollister while in his truck exchange words with the victim who was on foot.
Witnesses stated that Hollister drove backwards into the grass, then forward onto the roadway apparently spinning tires in both directions. Evidence indicates that Hollister then ran over Whitley, who was in the roadway. The suspect reportedly fled the scene. He was found later and taken into custody.
He was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under one-million dollars bond. No court date was listed. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.