40-year-old Jamie Edward Lewis of Hope Road and 38-year-old Dytisha Michelle Watkins of Pope Road, both from Vale, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:20 Saturday night (March 4). Lewis was charged with two counts of failure to appear: one for felony possession of cocaine and one for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Watkins was charged with felony possession of cocaine misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.
They were arrested when Officers traveling east on 12th Avenue N.E. stopped a 2004 Audi sedan for speeding. Lewis was the driver and Watkins was a passenger. During the stop, 0.5 grams of cocaine were found in Watkins’ wallet. Police also found 1.6 grams of marijuana on her person.
Lewis was arrested on the outstanding warrant for failure to appear. That warrant was the result of a July 2015 traffic stop in which 2.1 grams of cocaine were found.
Both suspects were taken into custody without incident. They were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond. For Lewis set at $25,000, secured, while Watkins was given a $2,000 secured bond. Lewis will appear in Superior Court on May 1. Watkins was scheduled to appear in District Court today (March 6) in Newton.
24-year-old Billy Lee Campbell of SW Melrose Street in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (March 4) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Campbell's bond was set at $1,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 6).
Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night (March 6).
Under Reaffirmation and Ratification of Second Readings, there are nine items listed on the agenda. Among those items is the acceptance and award of a proposal for the West Hickory Elevated Tank and Distribution System Project and completion of the City's Distribution System Model in the amount of $71,200.
In addition, under second readings, council will vote on the acceptance and award of the Professional Services Agreement with Hulsey McCormick and Wallace in the amount of $91,000 for completion of the Sodium Hypochlorite Generation Replacement Project. All of the items listed under second readings were approved unanimously on first reading.
Under New Business, Hickory City Council will hold a public hearing for the consideration to close a portion of 1st Street NE. Also under New Business, council will hear a Bond Commission Update and make appointments to various boards and commissions.
Council will also hear a presentation Tuesday night outlining the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Board and Commission Work Plans. Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building, 76 North Center Street in Hickory.
A pedestrian was struck and killed on Interstate 40 last night in Catawba County. A North Carolina State Highway Patrol spokesperson told WHKY the incident occurred at approximately 8:15 p.m. Sunday (March 5) on I-40 eastbound near mile marker 124. No other details were available, we will update this story as we receive information.
26-year-old Brittany Danielle Triplett of Jim Beam Road in Maiden was arrested Sunday (March 5) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with four counts of identity theft, and single counts of felony obtaining property by false pretense and financial card fraud. Triplett was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $113,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 6).
41-year-old Johnny Dwayne Allison of Mount Pleasant Road in Sherrills Ford and 43-year-old Randy Everette Spivey of Eli Lane in Denver were both arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with two felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods.
The charges are in connection to the theft of trailers from separate locations in the Denver area. Detective Greg Hager began the investigation into the theft of an enclosed trailer from a Burton Lane, Denver residence on January 30, 2017. The resident reported the 5 by 8 trailer was removed from the residence without their knowledge.
On February 3, a Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Detective located the trailer at the home of Johnny Dwayne Allison. The trailer was returned to the owner.
Detective Hager interviewed Allison at the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office jail where he was being held on unrelated charges. Following that interview felony warrants were obtained on Allison and Randy Everette Spivey
An additional victim was developed during the investigation when officers learned the two men had also stolen a trailer from a home under construction on Camp Ground Road in.
Allison was released on a $10,000 secured bond. Spivey is currently in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Corrections on an unrelated charge and his Lincoln County warrants had not been served. Allison was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, March 6).
24-year-old Ryan Neil Hicks of Ray Brown Road in Boone was arrested by Watauga County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with second degree murder, negligent child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, and sex offender using a social website.
Last Wednesday (March 1), shortly before 12 noon, the Watauga County Communications Center received a 911 call in reference to an infant not breathing at 375 Ray Brown Road, Boone, North Carolina. The Sheriff's Office and rescue workers from the area responded to the scene. The infant was transported by Watauga Medics to Watauga Medical Center Emergency Department and then transported to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston Salem for medical services. An investigation into this incident started immediately.
On Thursday (March 2), Ryan Neil Hicks was charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Negligent Child Abuse Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury. He was initially placed in jail under $75,000 bond.
On Friday (March 3), the infant was pronounced deceased at Brenner Children’s Hospital. An autopsy was conducted on the infant and the results of that autopsy are pending. The charges against Hicks were amended and his bond was increased to $1,100,000. He's scheduled to appear in court April 6.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets this morning in regular session. The board will consider appropriating $5,690 of existing fund balance to Maiden Fire Department for a new alert system and will consider the donation of a surplus vehicle to Catawba Rescue Squad to run medical first response calls.
The Board will consider entering into an interlocal agreement with the City of Newton for a waterline project to serve NC Hwy 16 South, Balls Creek Road and Buffalo Shoals Road; they'll consider executing a contract with North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for the installation of steel encasement pipe as part of NCDOT’s NC Hwy 16 widening project. The board will consider executing a contract with WK Dickson for a preliminary engineering report evaluating public sewer option to serve Bandy’s High School, Mill Creek Middle School and CommScope.
They'll also and will consider amending a contract with the Town of Maiden for the Davis Road Water Project. The Board will also receive an update from Partners Behavioral Health Management and will issue a Certificate of Commendation to Catawba County School Social Worker Robin Dycus who has been recognized by a national publication as a dedicated and deserving social worker.
Today's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 9:30 a.m. at the 1924 Courthouse in Newton.
17-year-old Luis Manuel Rivera-Montes of 12th Avenue Drive NE in Conover was arrested Friday (March 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with three counts of first degree statutory sex offense. Rivera-Montes was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,275,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 6).
At approximately 6:30 this morning (March 3), a white male carrying a long gun robbed the Stop & Save #3 convenience store on N.C. 18 / U.S. 64, near the intersection of Pax Hill Road in Morganton.
The suspect is approximately 5'10" tall. He was wearing a mask and a hooded brown or tan jacket.
No other information is available at this time.
Anyone with any information should call the Burke County Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.
22-year-old Kenneth Scott Evans of East 4th Avenue in Gastonia was arrested today (Friday, March 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with two felony counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance and selling schedule IV controlled substance. Evans was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (March 6).
33-year-old Ruth Marie Dugger of Shook Road in Claremont was arrested at about 1:40 yesterday afternoon (March 3) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense. The warrant for her arrest was issued in Mecklenburg County on January 14 of this year.
Dugger was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention facility under a $2,500 secured bond. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for March 20 in Charlotte.
34-year-old Celeste Monte Hauser of North 1st Avenue in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at shortly before 12:30 yesterday afternoon (March 3) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and intoxicated & disruptive.
She was arrested after Officers responded to a call for service at 98 3rd Avenue S.E. The caller, Celeste Hauser, had an outstanding warrant for intoxicated and disruptive. During her arrest, Officers found 6.5 grams of marijuana and 0.5 grams of cocaine. A Police spokesperson says the original call for service was unfounded.
Hauser was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,600 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office held a one day warrant roundup on Wednesday (March 1). A total of 21 warrants were served on 16 individuals.
Among those arrested was 46-year-old Rodney Dwayne Brendle of Icard Dairy Barn road in Connelly Springs. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Brendle was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. His next appearance is scheduled for May 1 in Superior Court.
42-year-old Willie Charles Davis of Homer Burns Avenue in Hickory is charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny. He was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. Davis was scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday (March 2).
26-year-old David Clayton George of Old Brittain Road in Morganton is charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. George was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for May 1.
47-year-old Adaira Anne Smith and 39-year-old Cynthia Diane Hayes were both arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with identity theft. Smith is also charged with financial card theft.
On January 20, 2017, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received an incident report of Financial Card Theft and Identity Theft. Detective Sgt. Fortson with the Economic Crime Unit was assigned the case. According to the incident report the victim lost his debit card after leaving Galaxy Food in Stony Point. During the investigation and after obtaining video surveillance it was determined that the victim left his debit card in the chip reader and the offender, who checked out behind him, removed and concealed the card.
The offender, who was identified as Adaira Anne Smith then went to the Walmart in Taylorsville along with the second suspect, Cynthia Diane Hayes, and made a purchase of $113.42. Hayes then went next door and made two purchases with the stolen card at the Dollar Tree for $17.74 and $3.21. She also made a purchase at the ABC store of $64.15 and then she made a final purchase at Food Lion for $77.13.
Smith was confined at the Iredell County Jail under $5,500 secured bond. Hayes was incarcerated under $5,000 secured bond. Smith is scheduled to appear in District Court March 15. Hayes has a District Court date May 19.
48-year-old Stacey Lee Key of Fries, Virginia was arrested Wednesday (March 1) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, felony careless and wreckless driving, driving while license revoked for DUI, destruction of criminal evidence, he's charged a felony arrest warrant from Rowan County and is being held on a Fugitive Warrant from Virginia.
On Wednesday, at approximately 3:15 p.m. deputies assigned to the Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Team attempted to stop a Dodge Caravan traveling North on Interstate 77 for traffic violations. The vehicle failed to stop for blue lights and siren while speeding away from the deputies. A brief pursuit occurred and ended at the Yadkin County line. According to a news release, after being detained, the driver, Stacey Lee Key, admitted to the deputies he had consumed an unknown amount of methamphetamine which had been in his possession.
Key was examined and observed by medical personnel while the deputies continued their investigation. It was discovered the suspect had outstanding warrants in Rowan County and a Fugitive Warrant from Virginia for drug charges. After being medically cleared, Key was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where bond was set at $50,000 secured. His first appearance in District Court was scheduled for Thursday (March 2).
46-year-old Renous Alan Hughes of 4th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Thursday (March 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and resisting a public officer. Hughes was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (March 6).
29-year-old Kendi Noel Goodman of Legion Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Goodman was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Monday (March 6).
26-year-old Ashley Nicole Long of 16th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:45 a.m. yesterday (March 2) on one felony count each of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle.
She was arrested after Police responded to a residence on 20th Street N.E. in reference to a stolen vehicle. The victim reported the vehicle stolen from residence around at about 5:45 a.m. yesterday. The victim told Police the vehicle was equipped with a tracking device.
Officers found the vehicle in a parking deck at Hickory’s Valley Hills Malls, unoccupied. A short time later, after reviewing surveillance video, the suspect, Ashley Nicole Long, was located on mall property with items from the vehicle on her person.
Long was taken into custody without incident. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
More information has been released regarding the March 1 arrests of 42-year-old Iretha Michelle Sain Osborne and 50-year-old Rebeka Walker Steel, both of 1460 28th Street S.W. in Hickory. Their arrests were first reported yesterday (March 2) on WHKY. Both women were charged with three felony counts of trafficking opiates by possession, sale and delivery.
The two were charged with trafficking opiate pills after being caught in the act of selling and delivering them to another subject. Caldwell County Narcotics Agents seized 168 dosage units of Oxymorphone, a 1998 Chrysler Sebring and $674 in cash.
The pills were prescribed to Steel. The prescription had just been filled at a pharmacy in Morganton before the two women decided to sell them. The drugs seized have a street value over $1,680. Agents are contacting the suspects’ doctors to make them aware of the investigation.
Osborne and Steel were incarcerated in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond for each set at $100,000, secured. They were both scheduled to make appearances in District Court in Lenoir yesterday (March 2).
Further charges are expected on both Osborne and Steel. If convicted, both suspects are facing mandatory prison time.