32-year-old Jeriah Wayne Ledford was arrested today (May 1) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Ledford was arrested at 1:30 a.m. today and placed in jail in Morganton under $3,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
26-year-old Timothy Darryl Sides of NW Fairview Drive in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and resisting a public officer. Following the arrest Sides was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $16,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 21.
While upgrades are being done to the facility, Caldwell County Animal Control at 829 Fairview Drive SW in Lenoir will have limited services with emergency calls only. Animal Control will stop receiving voluntary surrenders and stray animals starting today (May 1) until repairs are completed.
Animal Control is regulated by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, in order to stay in compliance, minor upgrades are being conducted to repair the floors and paint in the kennel interiors. For more information contact Caldwell County Animal Control at (828) 757-8625.
36-year-old Brandon Russell Atwood of Quarry Estates Road in Hudson was arrested Monday (April 30) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Atwood was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for May 21.
17-year-old Symario Dchaun Moore of Union Street in Maiden was arrested Monday (April 30) by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering with intent to terrorize or injure, and assault with a deadly weapon. Moore was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (May 1).
33-year-old Nolan Alexander Thomas of Timberland Loop in Mooresville was arrested Saturday (April 28) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer by pointing a gun, along with misdemeanor counts of assault by pointing a gun, resisting a public officer, and interfering with emergency communications.
According to a news release issued Monday (April 30), on Saturday, deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to 164 Timberland Loop in Mooresville in reference to a domestic dispute. A woman in the front yard told the deputies Nolan Thomas was drunk in the house with both of their young children and he was possibly armed with a firearm.
Deputies attempted to make contact with Thomas, however he refused to come out of the residence. Thomas finally came out of the residence with a small child in his arms and pointed a gun at the responding deputies then pointed the gun at the child he was holding and went back into the residence. Officers were then able to speak with Thomas through a loud speaker and convince him to come out of the residence alone and unarmed.
Deputies quickly apprehended Thomas and transported him to the Iredell County Detention Center. Bond was set at $100,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 16.
More than 2,200 jobs are available for the 16th "Caldwell is Hiring" event scheduled for next Monday, May 7. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.
According to a news release, companies planning to attend include Caldwell UNC Health Care, MDI, Sealed Air, Bernhardt Furniture, Heritage Home Group, Fairfield Chair, Exela Pharma Sciences, Bemis, Bakers Waste Equipment, Woodgrain Millwork, NEPTCO, Shurtape Technology, Shuford Yarns, JBS USA, Tyson Foods, Continental Automotive Systems, and Valdese Weavers.
In addition, the event will be attended by Caldwell County Government, the City of Lenoir, the Town of Hudson, the City of Hickory, McDonald's, Chick-fil-A, The Marlin Company, Fairvalue, Foothills Temporary Employment, Catawba Valley Staffing, Lee Industries, Carolina West Wireless, Gateway Rehabilitation and Healthcare, ResCare Homecare, Von Drehle Corporation, Sherrill Furniture, Manpower, Home Instead Senior Care, Labor Connections, Convergys, Maxim Healthcare Services, Skill Creations, Tailored Foam, Paragon Films, Tires Now/Monro, Inc., and Sam's Xpress Car Wash.
Area staffing and job placement companies will also be on hand. Check out the Caldwell is Hiring or Caldwell County Economic Development Commission pages on Facebook for a complete listing of the available jobs for each company.
35-year-old Dustin Patrick Rhodes of Eastview Street in Hudson was arrested Monday (April 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with five counts of break or enter a motor vehicle and three counts of possession of stolen goods or property. Rhodes was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $200,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for June 4.
35-year-old Benjamin Walter Lyalls of Eufola Road and 34-year-old Elizabeth Ashley Lyalls of Bristol Drive, both from Statesville, were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers.
Benjamin Lyalls is charged with felony counts of level two trafficking in opiates and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Elizabeth Lyalls is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule IV controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a news release issued Monday (April 30), on Tuesday, April 17, a Sergeant with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement or ACE Team stopped a Toyota passenger car on Murdock Road near Troutman for an equipment violation. While speaking with the occupants, Benjamin and Elizabeth Lyalls, the Sergeant noticed they were acting very nervous.
After questioning the occupants briefly a search of the vehicle was conducted. 88 dosage units of Alprazolam were located along with items of drug paraphernalia. Benjamin Lyalls was found to be in possession of 41 dosage units of Hydrocodone.
Bond for each suspect was set at $250,000 secured. They both have District Court dates May 9.
More than 100 miles of roads are set to be resurfaced in Catawba, Burke and Gaston counties, thanks to two contracts awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation. Both contracts include milling, resurfacing, and shoulder reconstruction.
Resurfacing work in Catawba County will take place on N.C. 16, N.C. 150, and 36 secondary road sections. Burke County will see improvements on Clement Boulevard NW from Ninth Avenue NW to the Catawba County line. Crews will resurface this 0.35–mile stretch under the Catawba County contract to complete resurfacing Clement Boulevard back to U.S. 321, since it’s a short distance over the county line.
Gaston County drivers will see improvements to portions of N.C. 16, N.C. 279 and N.C. 274, along with 99 sections of secondary roads.
Work in all areas can start as early as May 30. The Catawba and Burke improvements should be finished by July 28, 2019. Resurfacing work in Gaston is scheduled to wrap up by September 15 of this year.
These were two of eight road and bridge contracts recently awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation. Per state law they went to the lowest qualified bidder for each project. The contracts are worth $56.5 million, about $1.7 million under engineer estimates.
43-year-old Nathaniel Thomas Hatcher of Jacksonville, Florida and 35-year-old Naeem Ali Mungro of Todd Street in Newton have both been arrested by Hickory Police on drug-related charges. Hatcher was charged with felony conspiracy to distribute cocaine, while Mungro faces one felony count of trafficking in cocaine.
Hatcher was taken into custody without incident at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday (April 28) in Charlotte. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond. He has since been released. Mungro was arrested at the Hickory Police Department at about 10:45 p.m. on Friday (April 27). According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, he was armed with a handgun at the time of his arrest. Mungro was processed and released under a $30,000 secured bond. Both men were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today (April 30) in Newton.
42-year-old Melinda Tracy Tuno of Frontier Lane in Lincolnton was arrested Friday (April 27) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony identity theft.
A news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says Tuno fraudulently opened a DirecTV account in her daughter’s name. She reportedly opened the account using her daughter’s social security number and personal information. Lincoln County Sheriff's Detective Richard Calhoun reported the fraudulent account was opened without 21-year-old Shamere Johnson’s knowledge. Miss Johnson does not reside at the same address as Melinda Tuno.
Tuno failed to show up for a meeting last Friday with Detective Calhoun and the warrant was issued for her arrest. Later that day Tuno was arrested at her residence and taken before a Lincoln County magistrate. The news release says she gave a full confession to opening the account.
Tuno was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (April 30).
25-year-old Benjamin Noah McCann of 6th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9 a.m. yesterday (April 29) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a retail store on Highway 70 S.E. to perform a welfare check on a subject in a 2005 Dodge RAM. During the incident, Officers determined that the truck was stolen.
McCann was taken into custody without incident. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $34,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
34-year-old David Allen Vetter, who is listed as a homeless person from Lincolnton, was arrested Friday (April 27), by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on warrants from 2015 with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Vetter was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A Superior Court date is set for June 4.
37-year-old Michael Dale Mclean of Mountain View Boulevard in Morganton was arrested today (April 30) by authorities in Burke County on a charge filed in Catawba County. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Mclean was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date is scheduled for Tuesday (May 1).
21-year-old Triston Jay Gibson of Benfield Drive in Hudson was arrested today (April 30) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony conspire to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Gibson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility following the arrest under $1,000 bond. A District Court date is Tuesday (May 1).
Victim in Weekend Shooting in Sawmills is Back Home; Doing "Fine" [UPDATED COURT INFORMATION 01:40 p.m.]Written by Ralph Mangum
WHKY has learned that the victim in a Friday night (April 27) shooting has been released from the hospital. 29-year-old James David Franklin of Lenoir is home and has posted on social media that he is “fine”. He returned to his home yesterday (April 29).
Mr. Franklin is one of three people who were kidnapped in Hickory and were taken to a location on the 5,200 block of Cannon Drive in Sawmills (in southern Caldwell County), where the shooting occurred. All three victims and the suspect are employees at Kirby Maintenance on South Center Street in Hickory. The victims were kidnapped from the business. The other two victims (one a 56-year-old Hickory man and the other a 17-year-old from Lenoir) were not injured.
The suspect, 25-year-old Brendan Marshall Withers of Main Avenue East in Hildebran, has been employed by Kirby Maintenance since February of this year. He was arrested this morning at the hospital in Morganton. He faces three counts of first-degree kidnapping and one count of attempted murder. According to District Attorney David Learner, Withers made a first appearance in Caldwell Co. District Court today. A probable cause hearing was scheduled for May 21 in Lenoir. The D.A.’s Office hopes to have Withers in a Catawba County courtroom tomorrow.
81-year-old Cecil Rector Hayes of Lenoir, who had been reported missing, has been found, deceased. A Silver Alert had been issued early Friday morning (April 27) for Mr. Hayes, who was last seen at 801 Beverly Circle in Lenoir.
Mr. Hayes’ body and his 2013 Toyota Camry were found Friday at a boat access in Yadkin County. Lenoir Police say it appears that Mr. Hayes slipped down an embankment and drowned in the high waters of the Yadkin River.
The Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
49-year-old Gregory David Church of Mount Herman Heights in Hudson was arrested Sunday (April 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Church was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (April 30).
41-year-old Philip Jason Bentley of NW Broadway Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (April 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony intimidating or interfering with a witness. Bentley was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (April 30).