30-year-old Aric Thomas Johnson of Land Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (October 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts of felony probation violation, along with single felony counts of larceny of chose in action, uttering a forged instrument, larceny of a firearm, and obtaining property by false pretense. Johnson is also charged with failure to appear on a count of misdemeanor probation violation. Johnson was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $154,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (October 23).
Authorities in Burke County are continuing to seek suspects on the Sheriff's Office most wanted list.
42-year-old Billy Earl Murphy is wanted for felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and larceny of a motor vehicle. He's also charged with misemeanor failure to appear on a count of driving while license revoked. Murphy was last known to be homeless. He's been on the most wanted list since June 9, 2017.
40-year-old Forrest Henry Mask Jr. is also on the list. He's wanted on felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle. The last known address for Mask is 5060 Popular Lane #1 in Granite Falls. Mask was added to the most wanted list on July 21, 2017.
20-year-old Nicholas Brian Price remains on the Burke County most wanted list. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and larceny. Price's last known address was 1357 Airport Rhodhiss Road, Lot 2, in Hickory. Price has been on the list since August 4, 2017.
You can see the entire list at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, 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 email@example.com. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their phone number is 828-437-3333.
A Caldwell County woman died in a single-car crash on Interstate 40 near Black Mountain. According to published reports, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol reported that 29-year-old Amanda Brigman hit the center guardrail, over-corrected and then collided with a tree at approximately 8:15 a.m. Saturday (October 21). The crash occurred near Mile Marker 61 in the westbound lanes of I-40. The reports say that Troopers said a child was in the car at the time of the crash. The child was transported to the hospital, their condition was not known.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a shooting incident involving teens in Denver. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a mobile home park in the 7600 block of Campground Road around 5:45 p.m. Sunday (October 22) when one of the teens ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911.
Detectives say a group of about five teens were playing a game they described as trying to get through the door into the mobile home. A 15-year-old white male was entering the mobile home when a 14-year-old white male fired a shot from a 12 gauge shotgun. The blast from about three feet away grazed the teen’s chest, went through the wall of the mobile home and into an outbuilding. There were no adults at the residence when the incident occurred.
Lincoln County EMS transported the victim to CHS-Main where he was treated for his injuries and released to his parents. Three other teens witnessed the incident. The Juvenile Justice office has been notified about the incident.
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in finding a missing person. 70-year-old Louis Henry Hesser walked away from 106 Hannah Sue Court in Harmony. He was heading to Barker Store on Highway 21. Mr. Hesser was last seen at the store at 5 p.m. Sunday (October 22). He is described as a white male 5’11” 270 lbs. He is a diabetic and has suffered from a stroke in the past. If you have any information call the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at 704-878-3180 or 911.
38-year-old Randy Lewis Watts of Hickory and 38-year-old Bryant Gachet Moses of Newton were both arrested Friday (October 20) by Newton Police Officers. Watts is charged with trafficking in cocaine and resisting an officer. Moses is charged on an outstanding warrant.
Friday at approximately 4:22 p.m., Newton Police officers saw a suspect who had an outstanding warrant enter the Walmart neighborhood Market at 1818 Northwest Blvd in Newton. The suspect, Bryant Gachet Moses, exited the store and proceeded to a vehicle. Moses left the store parking lot traveling south on Northwest Blvd (US 321). Officers conducted a traffic stop of Moses at the intersection of Northwest Blvd and West 15th Street.
While conducting the traffic stop, officers identified a passenger in the suspect vehicle as Randy Lewis Watts. While placing Moses under arrest Watts left the scene running. Officers gave chase and noticed Watts discarding something from his pants pockets as he ran. After a short foot chase, officers apprehended Watts and discovered he had discarded approximately 32 grams of crack cocaine as he ran.
Moses was arrested without incident for his outstanding warrant. Watts was arrested and charged then detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 secured bond. Moses was not listed as an inmate as of earlier today (October 23). Both suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton. The investigation is continuing.
On Wednesday (October 18), a school Resource Officer was told that a student had threatened to commit an act of violence at Patton High School. The student was suspended and the Officer began an investigation. Law Enforcement’s presence and awareness were increased.
The investigation results have been turned over the Department of Juvenile Justice and the District Attorney’s Office to determine if charges will be pursued. The investigation did not produce any evidence that the student had a weapon on school property.
38-year-old Erin Olivia Shell of Skyline Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:30 yesterday afternoon (October 19) on one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle. She was taken into custody at the Hickory Police Department.
She was arrested in connection to an incident on August 25 of this year. At that time, Hickory Police received information about a vehicle that had not been returned to the Hertz store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. Warrants were taken out for Shell’s arrest.
Shell had also been wanted for questioning in a case involving 32-year-old Joshua Alan Ruch of Newton. Ruch, a frequent companion of Shell’s, is the suspect in an armed robbery that occurred on September 15 in the parking lot at Walmart. He was arrested on September 20. Shell is not charged in that case.
Following her arrest yesterday, Shell was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
The City of Morganton plans to start resurfacing several local streets next week. The City has hired Maymead Materials to pave sections of Stonebridge Drive and Bethel Road, Brick Street, Alwran Street, and North Anderson Street. The roads will be closed during paving. Stonebridge will be paved first and the road will be closed starting next Wednesday, October 25, between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The City will send out updates on closings of the other roads when they are scheduled to be paved.
54-year-old Anthony Tyler Howell of NW Stonewall Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (October 19) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a place of worship and obtaining property by false pretense. Howell was given a custody release. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (October 23) in Lenoir.
41-year-old Jason Scott Calloway was arrested Thursday (October 19) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of burglary tools and misdemeanor larceny. Calloway was placed in jail in Morganton under $12,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (October 23).
26-year-old Michael Meng Vue of Cessna Lane in Conover was arrested Thursday (October 19) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and maintaining a place to keep controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Vue was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (October 23).
32-year-old James Edward Caldwell of Connelly Springs and 32-year-old Deanna Danielle Caldwell of Granite Falls were arrested Wednesday (October 18) by Newton Police Officers. James Caldwell is charged with two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Deanna Caldwell is charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance.
Wednesday, shortly before 8 p.m., patrol officers with Newton Police Department conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Crestway Drive & Hamilton Street. The driver of the vehicle had a suspended driver’s license. Upon approach by officers, the driver of the vehicle, James Edward Caldwell, gave officers a fictitious name of Christopher Lynn Caldwell. The name given was known to be fictitious so officers asked the driver to exit the vehicle for further investigation. Officers asked Caldwell why he gave a fictitious name. He then admitted that he did not have a valid driver’s license.
A female passenger in the vehicle, Deanna Danielle Caldwell, was also questioned and asked to step out of the vehicle to verify her identification. During the time officers were conducting their investigation, a special agent of the NC Alcohol Law Enforcement division arrived with his K-9 officer, who detected narcotics in the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle officers discovered what appeared to be a salt shaker in the driver’s side door containing a white crystal like substance that did not appear to be salt. The item was tested and gave a positive indication for methamphetamine. No drugs were found on James Caldwell.
A female officer arrived on the scene for the search of Deanna Caldwell. Prior to the search, she admitted to having a plastic bag in her possession containing what she described as salt. She told officers that James Caldwell asked her to hold it because police would think it was drugs if discovered. The plastic bag was removed and tested giving a positive indication for methamphetamine too.
Bond for James Caldwell was set at $75,000, Deanna Caldwell's bond was set at $2,500. They both have District Court appearances scheduled for next Monday (October 23).
35-year-old Jessica Lynn Parker of Yount Road in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:25 p.m. yesterday on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance. The warrant for her arrest was issued on October 2. Parker was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. She was processed and released after posting a $2,500 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for October 23 in Newton.
34-year-old Javon Dooley of Radio Road in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, resisting a public officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with a misdemeanor parole violation. Dooley had been listed as an absconder for parole.
The original incident and arrest occurred on October 11 of last year. At that time, Officers on foot patrol on the 800 block of 2nd Street S.W. saw Dooley in a parking lot. Police found 1.5 grams of marijuana, a Rossi revolver and ammunition.
Dooley was served a true bill of indictment at an address on South Center Street in Hickory at 1:10 a.m. today. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $126,500, secured. He was scheduled to make an appearance in Superior Court on October 23 with a District Court date on January 11 of next year.
38-year-old Brian Duane Martz of Pepper Lane in Hudson was arrested today (October 19) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Martz was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (October 23).
Early voting for the November 7 general election is underway, today (October 19) was the first day that voters could cast their ballot at one-stop locations.
In Catawba County, voters can cast their ballots early at the Newton Main Library at 115 West C Street in Newton, or at the Highland Recreation Center at 1451 8th Street Drive NE in Hickory. In Burke County, early voting will be held at the Board of Elections, Burke County Senior Center, Glen Alpine Town Hall, Rutherford College Town Hall, and the Hildebran Library/Senior Center.
In Caldwell County one-stop voting is being held at the City/County Meeting Room at the Caldwell County Offices in Lenoir, and at the Shuford Recreation Center in Granite Falls. There are no seats up for election this year in Alexander County.
In all area counties, you can vote weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on Saturday November 4 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be no early voting the weekends of October 21-22 and 28-29.
27-year-old Brad William Clark of Pennton Avenue in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police at about 9:30 yesterday morning (October 18) on felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, manufacturing a schedule I controlled substance, manufacturing marijuana and possession of a stolen firearm.
He was arrested when Lenoir Narcotics Officers and Officers with L.P.D.’s Criminal Investigations Division served a search warrant at Clark’s residence. During the search, Detectives found 151.1 grams of meth, 35.3 grams of marijuana, 1.7 grams of mushrooms and 17 Xanax pills. Also found and seized were three pistols and an AK-47 assault rifle. One of the pistols had been reported stolen from Bedford County, Virginia. According to North Carolina State Guidelines, the drugs are valued at $22,945.
Following his arrest, Clark was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility under a $350,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.
Additional charges may be forthcoming.
18-year-old Erik Ivan Rodriguez of English Oak Drive in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with felony indecent liberties with a child.
Detective Dan Renn charged Rodriguez in connection to an incident that occurred between September 1 and October 9 of this year. The parents of a 13-year-old female filed a report with the Sheriff’s Office on October 9.
The victim and suspect met and began talking on the social media app “Snapchat” and eventually met in person at the victim’s residence.
Rodriguez was arrested yesterday (October 18) and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was scheduled today.
The Western Piedmont Symphony has announced four finalists, one of whom will be chosen as the symphony’s new conductor. The current conductor, Maestro John Gordon Ross, will retire at the end of the current season after 27 years behind the baton. Each of the finalists will conduct one Masterworks Concert during the 2018-2019 season.
The four finalists are as follows:
Matthew Troy has led orchestras across the country, including at least two in North Carolina. He is currently the Music Director of the Piedmont Wind Symphony and Education Conductor for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. He will conduct the first 2018 Masterworks Concert on October 6, 2018.
Arthur Post was Music Director for Canada's Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra from 2010-2017. He has conducted a number of distinguished ensembles including at least one in North Carolina. He will lead the Western Piedmont Symphony for a Masterworks Concert on November 3, 2018.
Bruce Kiesling currently conducts the University Orchestra and Opera at the University of California Santa Cruz. He has conducted at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, among others. His previous positions include resident conductor of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. He’ll conduct a Masterworks Concert on February 2, 2019.
Mélisse Brunet is one of the six conductors selected from 161 applicants for the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera and she regularly guest conducts five French professional orchestras. Currently, Brunet is the Director of Orchestral Activities at Appalachian State. She will conduct the fourth Masterworks Concert on March 3, 2019.
The Western Piedmont Symphony’s new Music Director & Conductor will be selected following the March 3, 2019 concert.