28-year-old Kevin Coletti Duckworth of Nottingham Circle in Statesville was arrested Saturday (July 1) in Catawba County by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with first degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Duckworth was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court date is set for Wednesday (July 5).
39-year-old Stacey Edward Barrier of Rattlesnake Lane in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (July 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and obtaining property by false pretense. Barrier was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Wednesday (July 5).
Late last week the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) announced that eight new transportation projects in Division 12, which includes Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties, are in the updated version of the state’s draft 10-year transportation plan.
New additions in the area include the following projects in Catawba and Lincoln Counties. The widening of I-40 from U.S. 321 to Fairgrove Church Road in Catawba County. The widening of N.C. 150 from N.C. 16 to east of Greenwood Road in Catawba and Lincoln counties. Constructing an additional 600 feet of runway at the Hickory Regional Airport. And two projects to acquire land for a runway approach and to remove runway approach obstructions at the Lincoln County Airport.
The plan, called the Draft 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), includes 144 new projects and hundreds of projects with accelerated construction schedules. The adjustments reflect updated financial information, including projected revenues, and lower inflation and construction cost overruns.
The plan was initially scheduled to be approved by the Board of Transportation at its June meeting, but approval was delayed to allow the department to update the document to reflect the changes. NCDOT will now hold a public comment period on the updated version of the document. The public comment period will runs now through July 12. Anyone who would like to provide comments should contact Diane Wilson at email@example.com or (919) 707-6073.
The final 2018-2027 STIP is expected to be approved by the Board in August.
A third party has been charged in what's reported to be a murder-suicide in Alexander County. Alexander County Sheriff's Chris Bowman spoke with WHKY and confirmed that 33-year-old Ami Fletcher was killed and her father was injured in a shooting at a home on Houck Mountain Road Saturday night (July 1).
35-year-old Jeremy Fletcher has been identifiedas the shooter, and Ami Fletcher was reportedly his estranged wife. The fatal shooting was the result of an argument. Jeremy Fletcher was found in Caldwell County where authorities say he committed suicide at his home.
Jeremy Fletcher's father, who has been identified as Timothy Dean Fletcher, was arrested and charged with accessory after the fact of murder. Authorities say Timothy Fletcher drove Jeremy Fletcher to and from the shooting. Ami Fletcher's father was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center and then transferred to Baptist Hospital. Details on his condition were not released.
Authorities in Burke County are seeking a wanted woman. 29-year-old Britton Nicole Metcalf has been sought since early last week.
According to a news release from the Burke County Sheriff's Office, last Monday, June 26, Britton Nicole Metcalf failed to appear in Burke County Superior Court for felony probation violation charges. The Burke County Sheriff Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Metcalf. She is described as a white female, 5'4", weighing 135 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. She is described as having tattoos on her left arm depicting a barcode and three skulls with bandanas. Metcalf reportedly has an alias of Britton Elofson. Her last known address was 4529 Rainhill Drive in Morganton.
Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Britton Nicole Metcalf is asked to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton-Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333. All Crimestoppers tips are anonymous, and anyone with information leading to the location of Metcalf may be eligible for a cash reward.
A teenager reported missing Friday (June 30) was found and returned home. A news release Friday night from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office said 17-year-old Haley Snyder was found at a convenience store in the Iron Station area and was returned to her home in Denver. She'd been missing since the previous day and as WHKY previously reported, a news release had been issued earlier in the day on Friday asking for assistance in finding Snyder. She is not reported to have been harmed during her absence.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman, 87-year-old Betty Culler Stock. Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for this missing woman, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
She is described as a white female, 5'5", 140 pounds, with short gray hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a flowered sweater with green slacks and gray slippers. Her last known location was on I-77 at NC Highway 18 near the North Carolina/Virginia border. She was last seen at 8:40 p.m. last Friday (June 30). The vehicle she was in is described as a green 1996 Dodge Caravan with a North Carolina license tag reading XVD4265.
Anyone with information about Betty Culler Stock should call Sgt. Buchanan at the Morganton Department of Public Safety at 828-437-1911.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman from Catawba County, 66-year-old Mary Sue Summey. Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for this missing woman, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Mary Sue Summey is described as a white female, 5'2", weighing 170 pounds with brown, shoulder length hair, and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt, blue jeans, and white shoes. She was also wearing a black watch and a medical alert bracelet. Summey was last seen at 5512 NC 16 North in Conover, her direction of travel was unknown.
Anyone with information about Mary Sue Summey should call the Catawba County Sheriff's Office at 828-464-3112.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for public’s help in locating 17-year-old Haley Snyder. Ms. Snyder was last seen at her residence on Kidville Road in Denver at about five in the morning on Thursday (June 29).
She is described as a white female, 5’6” tall, weighing 110 pounds. Ms Snyder has long brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Haley Snyder should contact Detective Greg Hager at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.
City Councilman Hank Guess has announced his candidacy for Mayor in the November election. Guess has been the Ward 4 Hickory City Council representative for the past eight years and was a Hickory Police Officer for 30 years.
In a statement released this afternoon (June 30) Councilman Guess said "I want to lead Hickory into a new time of growth! That is why I am pleased to announce that I am running as your 2017 candidate for Mayor of the City of Hickory." He added, "As Mayor of Hickory I will focus on three primary areas: Job Growth, Tax Base Growth and Population Growth."
Jeff Cline is currently serving as Mayor, he was appointed to fill Rudy Wright's unexpired term after the Mayor's passing on May 11. Cline has said he does not plan to run in November. You can get more information on the candidacy of Hank Guess at www.HankGuess.com.
45-year-old Ronnie Davis Crisco of 1st Street S.W. in Hildebran was arrested shortly before noon yesterday on one felony count each of larceny and possession of stolen property.
Events leading to his arrest began on Wednesday (June 28) when Hickory Police responded to a residence on 5th Avenue N.W. Jewelry had been stolen from the residence prior to that date. Ronnie Crisco had access to the residence while he was completing work for the homeowner, leading to his identification as the suspect. Crisco reportedly pawned the stolen jewelry on June 26.
Warrants for Crisco’s arrest were issued yesterday (June 29). He was taken into custody by a Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officer and handed over to Hickory Police. Crisco was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,500 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
30-year-old Hali Tabitha Solesby, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about four o’clock yesterday afternoon for misdemeanor shoplifting with concealment of merchandise and second-degree trespass. She was also charged with two counts of failure to appear for habitual larceny and a probation violation, and she was charged with another felony probation violation.
She was arrested after Police responded to a shoplifting call at Walmart on Highway 70 S.E. A Loss Prevention Officer saw Solesby conceal items while in the store. When Police arrived, Loss Prevention confronted the suspect and she was detained. Solesby had been previously been banned from all Walmart stores.
The other charges were the result of outstanding warrants. Solesby is on probation following a March 2015 felony larceny conviction in Burke County.
Following her arrest yesterday, Solesby was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $26,000, secured. She will appear in Superior Court on the outstanding warrants on July 10 and in District Court on the shoplifting charge on October 3.
21-year-old Caleb Lane Mitchem of Home Trail in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count each of trafficking cocaine by sale, trafficking cocaine by delivery, trafficking cocaine by transport, trafficking cocaine by possession, possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.
Lincoln Co. Narcotics Officers arrested Mitchem yesterday (June 29) as Detectives seized a large amount of cocaine. Detectives say Mitchem had been the subject of an ongoing investigation. He was suspected of transporting large amounts of cocaine throughout different areas of the county.
Following a surveillance operation yesterday, Detectives followed Mitchem to the parking lot at a business near the 300 block of Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton where he met with another person. Detectives saw what appeared to be a drug transaction and approached both subjects. During the investigation, Detectives obtained probable cause to search the vehicles and seized over a quarter pound (about 144 grams) of cocaine and more than $3,800.
Mitchem was jailed under a $75,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln Co. District Court today.
57-year-old Joseph Robert Bayer was arrested Thursday (June 29) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering buildings, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Bayer was arrested shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday and placed in jail in Lincolnton under $10,400 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 30).
16-year-old Jose Luis Ramirez-Berreto of Cody Court in Newton was arrested Thursday (June 29) by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon. Ramirez-Berreto was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,500 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (June 30) and September 1.
29-year-old Manuel Villarreal Jr. of Highland Avenue in Hickory was arrested Thursday (June 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance and methamphetamine. In addition, Villarreal is charged with assault on a female, assault by pointing a gun, and communicating threats. He was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court date is scheduled for July 24 on the drug charges. Villarreal will appear in District Court on the other charges August 2.
29-year-old Richard Matthew Shew of Eastway Lane in Conover was arrested Thursday (June 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of heroin along with counts of failure to comply on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a public officer. Shew was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $16,000 bond. A District Court date is set for July 19 and a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 21.
27-year-old Kimberly Ann Little of East “D” Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about one o’clock yesterday afternoon (June 28) for failure to appear on one felony count each for the sale of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance and misdemeanor driving while license revoked.
Little was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $9,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today, with a District Court scheduled for July 25.
20-year-old Skyler Zackery Bryson of 20th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested early this morning by Hickory Police on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.
On Tuesday (June 27), Officers responded to an alarm at the Viewmont Pharmacy on 13th Avenue N.E. The drive-thru window was broken. A suspect made entry and took six bottles of an unknown non-controlled medication. An investigation led to the identification of Skyler Zackery Bryson as the suspect.
He was taken into custody without incident today at about 1:30 a.m. at his residence. Bryson was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.
An area law enforcement agency is seeking the suspect in the theft of a wallet from a shopping cart.
On Sunday May 21, 2017, the Lincolnton Police Department took a report in reference to a womans wallet that was stolen. The theft occurred on May 14 at 11:19 a.m. in the parking lot at Walmart at 306 North Generals Blvd. The unknown male and unknown female exited a dark gray colored Mitusbishi Endeavor SUV. As the two walked towards the entrance of the store, the unknown white male sees the wallet belonging to the victim. It had been placed in a shopping cart that she'd just placed in the buggy corral. The man took the wallet from the shopping cart and placed it in his pocket. The wallet contained bank cards and personal information.
The suspect is described as a white male with fair skin and brown hair. Lincolnton Police believe he may possibly still be in the Lincolnton area. If anyone has information about the identification or location of the suspect, contact the Lincolnton Police Department at (704)-736-8900 or contact the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crimestoppers at (704) 736-8909. Calls made to Crimestoppers can be made anonymously and if the information leads to the arrest of the suspect the caller could be eligible for up to a $1000 reward. If anyone has questions about the case, contact Detective Tony Potts at (704) 736-8900. Detective Potts is the lead detective assigned to this case.