26-year-old Katie Danielle Buckner of Shook Road in Claremont was arrested yesterday (August 23) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with felony habitual larceny.
Buckner was taken into custody without incident at about a quarter past noon Wednesday at the Belk store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. She was subsequently banned from the store and from mall property.
The suspect has previous convictions for larceny in Catawba County in January 2011, June 2011 and May 2013, plus a Catawba County shoplifting conviction in December 2009.
Buckner was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $2,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
27-year-old Donald Lee Harvell Townsend of E & K Drive in Conover was arrested Wednesday (August 23) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering and possession of heroin. Townsend was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility, no bond amount was specified. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for Wednesday.
47-year-old Thomas Shannon Walder of Factory Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of credit card theft and credit card fraud, along with misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property, failure to appear, and resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer. Walder was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $13,500 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 11.
30-year-old Paul Edward Swino of Farmingdale, New York, was arrested Wednesday (August 23) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Swino was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for September 25.
23-year-old Preston Sinclair Green of Delwood Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony attempted breaking and entering. Green was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 24).
41-year-old Sheldon Juan Ferguson of Arlington Circle in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 23). He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance.
On Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. officers from the Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Unit served a search warrant at 506 Arlington Circle in Lenoir. During the search of the residence, detectives found 11.9 grams of cocaine. According to North Carolina State Guidelines, the seized drugs were valued at $2,000. The search came at the conclusion of a month-long investigation.
The charge of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school was filed due to the close proximity of Ferguson’s residence to Horizons Elementary School. Ferguson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, August 24).
Patrick Grover, who had been reported as a missing person, has been found. He is safe. Mr. Grover had last been seen at about 7 p.m. on August 18 at Iron Thunder Saloon & Grill on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. At about three o’clock this afternoon (August 23), Hickory Police confirmed that Mr. Grover has been found. Suspicious circumstances are not suspected.
28-year-old Todda Sade Prysock of 10th Avenue S.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police for failure to appear on charges of driving while license revoked, possession of a stolen automobile and a felony probation violation. Prysock was jailed yesterday (August 22) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,050 secured bond. She will appear in Superior Court on September 15 and in District Court on October 26, both in Newton.
Hickory Police continue to ask for the public’s assistance in locating the driver responsible for the hit & run death of Ricky James Yelton. The incident occurred at about 5:40 Monday morning (August 21) near the intersection of Startown Road and 23rd Street Drive S.E.
After further review of parts that were left at the scene from the suspect vehicle, Hickory Police are now looking for a 2007 Daewoo Lacetti, a 2007 Suzuki Forenza or a 2007 Chevy Optra with damage to the front driver’s side. All three vehicles were made as station wagons, hatchbacks or sedans.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anyone with information should call 828-328-5551 or email email@example.com.
24-year-old Craig Alan Blackwell, Jr. of Statesville is wanted by Statesville Police in connection to a Tuesday afternoon (August 22) shooting. The incident occurred at about 3:45 p.m. yesterday on the 800 block of Park Drive at Bristol Road in Statesville.
When Officers arrived at the scene, they found a 26-year-old Statesville man suffering from gunshot wounds. Iredell County E.M.S. and the Statesville Fire Department treated the victim at the scene. The victim was then transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
Investigators learned that the victim was on a moped at the intersection when a suspect operating a red & black moped drove by and shot the victim. The suspect continued to travel south on Park Drive, away from the area. Officers searched the area and continued to search throughout the night, but the suspect was not found.
Investigators were able to identify Blackwell as the suspect. Warrants for his arrest were issued on charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon and discharging a firearm in the city.
As of this morning, the suspect remained at large. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Craig Alan Blackwell, Jr. should call Statesville Police at 704-878-3406 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers may remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.
Officers don’t know if Tuesday’s shooting was connected to another shooting Monday on Caldwell Street.
36-year-old Leigh Ann Hammons of Cinderella Street in Claremont was arrested has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers for a felony out-of-county probation violation and for failure by a sex offender to notify of a change of address.
Hammons is on probation following a June 2013 conviction in Yancey County for felony indecent liberties with a child. She had been listed as an absconder from probation. She’s on the sex offender registry as the result of the same conviction.
Hammons was jailed this morning (August 23) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. She’ll appear in District Court tomorrow and in Superior Court on October 26.
Governor Roy Cooper today announced 40 appointments to the State Board of Community Colleges and the North Carolina Community College Board of Trustees. Among them are several from the Unifour and surrounding counties.
Gov. Cooper has appointed Frank L. Johnson of Statesville to the State Board of Community Colleges, representing Region 2. Johnson brings decades of experience in business and manufacturing to the board. An active member of his community, Johnson has also served on boards of organizations including Belmont Abbey College, the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce and the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Gov. Cooper has appointed the following area residents to the Community College Board of Trustees:
Ronald R. Beane of Lenoir as a member on the Caldwell Community College Board of Trustees. A former Associate Superintendent and educator, Beane retired from the Caldwell County School System in 1994 after 35 years of service. He has also served his community as a County Commissioner and has previous experience as a Caldwell Community College Trustee.
Linda Greenwell of Terrell as a member on the Catawba Valley Community College Board of Trustees. A retired senior executive from Aon Consulting, Greenwell brings over 39 years of professional experience to the board. In retirement, she has been active with community organizations including the United Arts Council of Catawba County, the Hickory Museum of Art and the Sherills Ford-Terrell Library.
Gary M. Stroud of Marion as a member on the McDowell Technical Community College Board of Trustees. A McDowell County native, Stroud is the owner of Tom Johnson Camping Center, a business with locations in Marion and Charlotte.
Dr. Dan W. DeHart of Morganton as a member on the Western Piedmont Community College Board of Trustees. A veteran educator and school principal, Dr. DeHart brings more than 40 years of classroom and administrative experience to the board.
After months of focused recruitment efforts, the Hickory Police Department has announced the hiring of 12 new Police Officer trainees. Of the Officers hired, seven already hold their law enforcement certificates. The remaining five officers began Basic Law Enforcement Training (B.L.E.T.) on August 10 and will complete the program on December 8 of this year.
The new trainees are: Daniel Blake, Rhonda Bunt, Colton Castell, Ralph Enoch II, Jamon Griffin, Willing Hutchins, Rene Martinez, Jr., Daniel Nash, Janson Orellana, Ashley Swim, Tyler Thompson and Tommy Yang.
The Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office has released a photo of the Co2 weapon that Jeffrey Andrew Jacobs pointed at a Sheriff’s Deputy when he was shot and killed by the Deputy Monday night (August 21) in Burke County. An actual firearm is also shown, illustrating the similarity between the two handguns.
A statement released by the Sheriff’s Office says, “Distinguishing between the Co2 weapon and a real revolver is difficult even in a calm non-threatening environment”.
The Deputy is on administrative leave as the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation completes its investigation and the District Attorney reviews the findings of that investigation.
52-year-old Ralph Garland Prestwood of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested by authorities in Caldwell County yesterday (August 22) on a bill of indictment for felony possession of methamphetamine. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer, plus one count of failure to appear for unlawfully possessing a whitetail deer.
Prestwood was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $26,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court on the drug charges on September 11 and in District Court on the failure to appear charge on October 5, both in Lenoir.
36-year-old David Sheldon Petty of Petty Lane in Claremont has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking in cocaine, possesssion with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and failure to appear for non-compliance with child support.
Petty was jailed yesterday (August 22) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. He will appear in District Court today and tomorrow in Newton.
The Democratic Women of Catawba County will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday, August 26 at 1612 Tate Boulevard S.E. in Hickory.
All members and anyone interested in learning about the organization are encouraged to attend the meeting. The meeting will open with a bring-your-own-lunch social gathering at 12 noon and the business portion of the meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m.
On Monday (August 21), the Catawba County Board of Commissioners voted to implement Senate Bill 155, also known as the “Brunch Bill”. The amended ordinance will allow the sale of alcoholic beverages starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays at licensed premises. In a second reading, the Board passed the ordinance revision by a 3-2 vote.
In a unanimous vote Monday, the Maiden Town Council also voted to pass the “Brunch Bill”. Maiden joins Conover, Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton and Newton, whose City Councils had already passed the measure.
The changes will take place beginning on October 1.
45-year-old James Timothy Johnson of Old Post Road in Shelby has been arrested on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny and possession of stolen property.
He was charged in connection to the theft of tools from a residence on Burnhurst Lane in Denver. On August 10, Deputies responded to the residence after a male victim told Lincoln County Communications that tools from his outbuilding had been stolen. Approximately $3,700 worth of power tools were taken.
During the investigation, Detective Michael Lookadoo found several of the stolen items in pawnshops in Gaston and Cleveland counties. The items had been pawned by James Timothy Johnson.
He was arrested last week and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. Johnson will appear in District Court on August 31.
26-year-old James Kyle Taylor of Double Shoals Road in Shelby was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (August 21) for failure to appear on a number of charges, including D.W.I., reckless driving to endanger, no operator’s license, no liability insurance, driving or allowing a motor vehicle to be driven with no registration, failure to heed a light or siren and possession of an open container in the passenger area.
Taylor was jailed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $20,000, secured. He will appear in Superior Court on August 28 in Lenoir.