A former teacher in the Caldwell County school system who is facing indecent liberties allegations was arrested Thursday (December 28) on a new felony charge. 29-year-old Justin William Biggs of Kincaid Hill Drive in Lenoir was arrested yesterday by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers and charged with felonious restraint.
Biggs was initially arrested on December 5 by Lenoir Police Officers. He was initially charged with three felony counts of indecent liberties with a child, two more counts were later added bringing the total to five. On November 9, 2017, the Lenoir Police Department began an investigation into reports of physical assault by a teacher at William Lenoir Middle School. Following the investigation, which spanned several weeks, the case was heard by the Grand Jury in Caldwell County on December 4. Indictments were returned by the Grand Jury against Biggs.
No details were released on the new charge against Biggs regarding any possible connection to the previously filed counts. Following Thursday's arrest, Biggs was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. He remained in the jail as of this morning (December 29). A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Tuesday (January 2).
25-year-old Echo Danielle Camp of 35th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (December 28) by Probation and Parole Officers. She's charged with felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Camp was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for January 8.
31-year-old Justin Ryan Lawson of Eulalia Lane in Catawba was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor larceny. In addition, Lawson is charged with non support of a child. Lawson was detained this morning (December 29) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. He's scheduled to appear in Superior Court next Tuesday (January 2).
39-year-old Donald Ray Fitzgerald of Deerchase Circle in Statesville has been charged by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers with two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child.
In August of this year, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding an individual who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a family member, Donald Ray Fitzgerald. The sexual assaults occurred in northeast Iredell County between March 1997 and March 1999 when the victim was under the age of 16. The Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit conducted an investigation, leading to the charges against Fitzgerald.
When the charges were filed, Fitzgerald was in custody at the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond for pending charges of felony first-degree statutory rape, felony first-degree statutory sexual offense, felony rape or sexual act with a 13, 14 or 15 year old, felony statutory rape of a child, felony statutory sexual offense with a child, felony second-degree forcible rape and felony second-degree forcible sexual offense. During the initial investigation, information about the second victim came to light.
Fitzgerald was given an additional $50,000 secured bond on the new charges, bringing his total bond to $550,000. He’ll appear in District Court on January 8 on the new charges with a Superior Court date on the other charges set for February 12.
Fitzgerald has a criminal history including possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct, communicating threats and trespassing.
Hickory Police have released more information in the arrest of 36-year-old Romel Barta McDonald of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory. He was arrested shortly before midnight on Christmas Eve (December 24) on charges of felony breaking & entering and misdemeanor injury to personal property. The arrest was first reported December 26 on WHKY.
On December 24, Hickory Police responded to an alarm at the Dollar General store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. Officers arrived to find glass in the front door broken out and they located the suspect inside the store.
McDonald was taken into custody without incident. He was not fingerprinted as the result of open cuts on his hand. The suspect remains in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (December 28) in Newton.
39-year-old Jennifer Jullian McGrady Strickland of Whitewater Drive in Charlotte was arrested today (December 28) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two counts of felony breaking and entering and one count of felony larceny after breaking and entering.
On Wednesday December 13, 2017, a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a breaking and entering to a residence located on Quiet Cove Road in Mooresville. Video footage shows a white female suspect entering the home through a window before leaving the scene in a black Ford Fusion driving towards Highway 150.
On Saturday December 16, 2017 another report was filed with the sheriff’s office in reference to a breaking and entering at residence on Trollingwood Lane in Mooresville. The victim contacted the sheriff’s office after hearing about the incident on Quiet Cove Road and stated it appeared his residence was also broken into on the same day. video surveillance footage showed the same female suspect enter the residence through a garage door.
Photos of the suspect and suspect vehicle were posted on the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, the status update was shared more than 1,300 times. Investigators received several citizen tips about the identity of the suspect and were able to identify her as Jennifer Jullian McGrady Strickland.
Strickland was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center and was given a $10,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
23-year-old Michelle Simpson Greer of Pensacola, Florida was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:20 yesterday afternoon (December 27) on one felony count each of larceny and larceny of a firearm. In addition, Greer faces misdemeanor counts of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer, no operator’s license, failure to report an accident, improper use of license plates on a vehicle and hit & run property damage. The felony warrants were issued in Caldwell County in November of 2015. The misdemeanor warrants come from Forsyth County and were dated December 16, 2017.
She was also arrested on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Greer was wanted by the Escambia Co. Sheriff’s Department in Pensacola.
She was taken into custody without incident at Catawba Valley Medical Center on Fairgrove Church Road. Greer was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $40,000, secured. Court appearances were scheduled for January 2 on the fugitive warrant; February 5 on the Caldwell County charges; and February 19 on the charges from Forsyth County.
30-year-old Rushie Lee Kennedy of 1st Avenue Place NW in Hickory was arrested today (December 28) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged by Long View Police with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Probation and Parole charged Kennedy with felony probation violation and failure to appear on counts of selling cocaine and felony probation violation. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office charged Kennedy with failure to appear on a child support charge.
Kennedy was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $73,025 total bond. Court appearances are scheduled for January 2, January 4, and February 19.
According to a news release issued today by the Hickory Police Department, on Monday, December 4, 2017, an indictment was obtained for 32-year-old Thomas Alexander Seabrooks of Stanfield, NC, for the murder of 27-year-old Michael Bryan Gardner of Granite Falls. The incident occurred at 929 Main Ave SW in Hickory on November 6, 2017. Gardner was found deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. He and the suspect were involved in an altercation prior to the shooting.
Seabrooks is known to have work and residential connections in the Stanley County area, Greensboro (Guilford County area) and Charlotte (Mecklenburg County area). Anyone with information reference Seabrooks’ whereabouts is asked to contact Hickory Police at (828) 328-5551 or Investigator J. Truesdell directly at 828-261-2636 or email@example.com.
38-year-old Alvin Jack Johnson was arrested Wednesday (December 27) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with six counts of felony failure to appear. Johnson was arrested shortly before 4 p.m. at an address on North Court Square in Lincolnton. He was placed in jail under $100,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for January 8.
There is a new name on the Iredell County most wanted list
27-year-old Kyle Stutts is wanted on a felony count of failure to change address by a sex offender. Stutts' last known address was 474 Tuckers Grove Road in Statesville.
Authorities in Iredell County are continuing to seek 57-year-old William Booker. He's wanted for attempt to obtain property by false pretense and forgery. The last known address for booker was 314 Braden Drive in Charlotte.
32-year-old Joseph Hall Shew also remains on the Iredell County most wanted list. He's wanted on a count of fail to report a new address by a sex offender. Shew's last known address was 530 Olin Loop in Olin.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects with their photos at www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call any tips into the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at their Statesville location, 704-878-3180, or the Mooresville office, 704-664-7500.
21-year-old Sequoyia Shantell Carpenter was arrested Wednesday (December 27) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with two felony counts of identity theft trafficking in stolen identities. In addition, Carpenter is charged with two misdemeanor counts of resist delay and obstruct a public officer, four misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. She's also charged on a civil order for arrest related to child support. Carpenter was arrested just before 5 p.m. Wednesday at an address in Lincolnton. Following the arrest, Carpenter was placed in jail under $7,200 total bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (December 28).
33-year-old Jarvis Leonard Miller was arrested this morning (December 28) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor driving while license suspended or revoked. Miller was arrested at 1:44 a.m. today at an address on Highway 73 in Denver. Following the arrest, Miller was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $5,500 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
36-year-old Keisha Dawn Mayfield-Parton was arrested this morning (December 28) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony habitual impaired driving and misdemeanor failure to appear. Mayfield-Parton was arrested shortly after midnight this morning and placed in jail in Morganton under $12,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for January 24.
24-year-old Kayla Marie Russell, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested Wednesday (December 27) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense and a misdemeanor parole violation.
On December 27, Hickory Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. Russell is accused of selecting an item from the store and fraudulently returning it for a Walmart gift card.
Russell was taken into custody without incident at about 3:50 p.m. yesterday at the store. She was incarcerated in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $4,000 secured bond on the false pretenses charge with no bond for the parole violation. A District Court appearance was scheduled for January 2 in Newton.
Russell is on parole following an October 2015 conviction in Catawba County on multiple counts of making a false bomb report to a public building.
33-year-old Vanessa Deann Powell of Lancaster Drive in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (December 27) by Conover Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Powell was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (December 28).
28-year-old William Jeremy Russell was arrested this morning (December 27) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I controlled substance and possession of schedule II controlled substance. He's also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Russell was arrested at approximately 5:30 a.m. today in Denver. He was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $20,000 secured bond. A court date is set for Thursday (December 28).
A “Boil Water Advisory” has been issued for the Town of Boone following a water-main break. A 12-inch water main broke as the result of an accident on Highway 105 that happened at 12 a.m. today (December 27).
AppHealthCare (Appalachian District Health Department) is working with restaurants, childcare facilities and other healthcare facilities to provide guidance regarding the “Boil Water Advisory”, which was issued as a precautionary measure by the Town of Boone today.
Periods of low or no pressure in the water distribution system increase the potential for introduction of bacteria into the water system; therefore, the Division of Water Resources advises consumers to boil water used for human consumption for one minute (including water used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water until further notice.
Officials in Boone are encouraging restaurants, childcare facilities, healthcare facilities and other institutions to use specific guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the N.C. Environmental Health Emergency Preparedness & Recovery Guidance Manual for North Carolina, which provides information on hand washing, food preparation, dish washing, consumption of water, overall bacterial control and how to alert healthcare patients about the notice.
Public health staff will continue to work with The Town of Boone Public Works Department, who will determine when it is appropriate to lift the “Boil Water Advisory”. Officials expect to learn more in the next 24 hours.
A fact sheet is available at www.apphealthcare.com. For additional information, call 828-264-4995.
22-year-old Amber Rae Profanchik was arrested this morning (December 27) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. In addition, Profanchik is charged with two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Profanchik was arrested just before 6 a.m. at the intersection of Saint James Church Road and NC 16 in Denver. She was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $11,000 secured bond, a court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.
Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, Caldwell County’s only not-for-profit community hospice, has earned the SHP (Strategic Healthcare Programs) Best Superior Performer Award. This award recognizes the local organization’s excellent caregiver satisfaction scores as reflected in Hospice caregiver satisfaction surveys. Caldwell ranked in the top 20% of SHP’s approximately 850 clients for calendar year 2016.
SHP, a national data management company that specializes in health care, distributes, administers and collects patient survey information for Caldwell Hospice. The company measures the required surveys and compares the results with those of other hospice organizations around the country, giving the local hospice a benchmark for where its care compares to the services provided nationally. The information is then used as part of Caldwell Hospice’s ongoing quality assurance program to ensure that patients and their families are receiving the care they deserve and have come to expect over the nonprofit’s 35-year history.
The information from the survey helps Caldwell Hospice monitor its quality satisfaction with patient caregivers and also meet the conditions Medicare requires for all healthcare providers participating in the program. Serving nearly 800 patients a year, Caldwell Hospice provides physician/nursing services, social work and bereavement care as well as a full complement of enhanced services including a non-hospice palliative care program. It operates North Carolina’s oldest patient care unit with its Kirkwood facility in Lenoir. While the majority of patients still receive most of their care at home, Caldwell Hospice also has a second patient care unit at the Jack and Shirley Robbins Center in Hudson.