46-year-old Ricky Lamont Carlton of 3rd Street SE in Hickory was arrested Sunday (October 2) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with selling cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. The charges are on warrants from 2015. Carlton was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond. No court date is listed.
Two Caldwell County residents are charged in connection to a break-in to a home.
27-year-old Larry William Keller III and 25-year-old Lindsay Michelle Glenn, both of Smokey Creek Road in Lenoir, were both arrested by Det. J.D. Philyaw with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office. According to a news release issued Friday (September 30) they were arrested on September 23. They are each charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of stolen goods.
The arrests occurred after an investigation into a residential break-in on Shadowbrook Drive in Lenoir. Keller and Glenn are charged with stealing more than $1000 in property during the break-in. Keller is also charged with a felony count for violating his probation.
Both suspects were placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond apiece. Keller was scheduled to make a Superior Court appearance today (Monday, October 3). Glenn has a District Court date October 17.
One person was killed when a small plane crashed into the BB&T Bank branch in Long View this afternoon (Saturday, October 1).
The 1944 Culver PQ-14A was headed to the Hickory Regional Airport before it crashed at approximately 1:15 p.m. The bank is located in the 3200 block of 1st Avenue SW. The pilot, 81-year-old George Baxter Harris, was killed in the crash. He was the only person on the plane. Catawba County Emergency Management Coordinator Karyn Yaussy told WHKY's Fentress Chestnut that Harris was an experienced pilot. He died on impact. There were no other injuries in the incident.
The National Transportation Safety Board was en-route to Long View this afternoon to take part in the investigation.
19-year-old Marcus Donte Frazier, Jr. of St. Petersburg, Florida was arrested by Statesville Police today (September 30) on a fugitive warrant out of Florida for homicide and attempted murder.
Statesville Police were contacted today by Investigators with the St. Petersburg Police Department regarding a homicide suspect wanted in Florida who was possibly in Statesville. Information was provided that led Investigators to believe that Frazier was staying with a relative in an apartment at the Myrtle Place Apartments on the 200 block of Jonathan Lane in Statesville.
Statesville Police confirmed that the suspect, Marcus Frazier, was at the apartment complex. A search warrant was obtained. Due to the serious nature of the charges, the Statesville Police Special Response Team was called in to serve the warrant.
Just after 12:30 this afternoon, the Special Response Team and assisting Officers arrived at the apartment complex. A safety perimeter was set up and Officers began an attempt to evacuate neighboring apartments. During that time, Frazier opened the apartment door. He obeyed verbal commands to come out of the apartment and was safely taken into custody without incident.
Frazier was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $5-million bond, pending extradition back to Florida. No court date is currently listed.
23-year-old Jesse Glen Coulbourn (a.k.a. Arizona Hevner) of 14th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:45 yesterday morning (September 29) on one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of filing a false report to a police station.
He was arrested after Police responded to reports of a stolen vehicle at Cloninger Ford on Highway 70 S.E. A customer, Jesse Coulbourn, had taken a 2017 Ford Escape for a test drive several weeks earlier. Management told Police he likely switched keys and stole the vehicle on a later date. Dealership personnel noticed the car missing as they conducted inventory on September 21. The following day, an anonymous caller confirmed that the vehicle was, in fact, stolen.
A warrant for Coulbourn’s arrest was issued on September 22. He was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the intersection of Highland Avenue N.E. and 15th Street N.E. in Hickory. Management at the dealership told WHKY that the car has not been not been returned to them. It’s not clear if the vehicle is in the possession of the Police Department.
Coulbourn was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
On Thursday, Lincolnton Police picked up a juvenile who ran away from DSS custody for the second time this month. 14-year-old Tipton Lamar Jones was picked up by LPD and turned over to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division. He was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Concord, NC where he will be held under a secure custody order.
On September 4 the juvenile ran away but was picked up on September 14 on a secure custody order. He was placed in the Juvenile Detention Center in Concord before being released to DSS and placed in the foster home in Denver. He was scheduled to appear in juvenile court on September 26 but fled the Denver foster home three days earlier.
The Lincolnton Driver License Office will temporarily close for equipment installation and renovations on Thursday, October 6. It is scheduled to re-open on Monday, October 10, at 8 a.m.
The Lincolnton office, located at 1450 North Aspen Street, is one of 25 driver license offices across the state to undergo a new office design that will include the installation of new cubicles and ergonomic bench seating to increase customer comfort, as well as informational posters. The office floor will be refurbished, and walls will be removed to allow additional space for customers. Workers will also install a greeter desk and a new testing unit.
As part of the second phase of state DMV office upgrades, renovations will be completed in 50 of the state’s 113 driver license offices by the end of November. DMV now offers driver license renewals and many other services online. Customers are encouraged to check the official DMV website at www.ncdot.gov/dmv and click “Online Services” to see if their driver license needs can be met online.
During the Lincolnton closure, customers who need in-office services can visit other offices located in the region and are encouraged to call them to make an appointment: Newton – 1033 Smyre Farm Rd., (828) 466-5516. Mount Holly – 785 W. Charlotte Ave., Unit 2, (704) 827-9486. Shelby – US 74 Bypass, 1914 E. Dixon Blvd., (704) 480-5498.
46-year-old Marcus Ray Story of Line Drive in Morganton was arrested Thursday (September 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny by employee. Story was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets in regular session Monday (October 3), however the location and time of the meeting have changed.
Commissioners will meet at 7:30 a.m. in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room of the Catawba County Government Center at 100A Southwest Boulevard in Newton. A strategic planning work session will precede the board's regular agenda.
Among the items on the regular agenda is the presentation of a proclamation recognizing Fire Prevention Week. In addition, in Departmental Reports, the expansion of one-stop voting to 17 days will be discussed. That presentation will be made by Board of Elections Director Amanda Duncan.
The Lenoir Police Department is investigating a break-in with larceny that occurred Monday morning (September 26) at 430 NW Woodsway Lane, a residence located beside Smith Memorial Church. The residence, which serves as the church parsonage, had been entered and numerous sound and electronic equipment along with other items had been removed from inside of the residence.
Anyone with information relating to this or any other crime is asked to contact Lenoir Caldwell Crime Stoppers at 758-8300 or the Lenoir Police Department at 757-2100.
16-year-old Makenzie Rae Hedrick of Shannon Drive in Conover was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with financial card theft, misdemeanor larceny, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Hedrick was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Friday, September 30) under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
Unemployment rates increased in the Hickory Metro and across much of the state according to the most recent report. The latest employment figures were released on Thursday (September 29) by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The numbers reflect the statistics for August.
Catawba County's unemployment rate is 4.9 percent, up from 4.7 in the last report. Alexander County has a jobless rate of 4.5 percent, which is an increase from 4.3 percent in July. Burke County's unemployment rate is 5.1 percent, up from 4.9 in the last report. Caldwell County has a jobless rate of 5.3 percent, up from 5.1.
The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA has an unemployment rate of 5 percent even. That's up from 4.8 percent in the July report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is right in the middle of the 15 MSAs in the state, ranking 8th.
The statewide unemployment rate is 5 percent even, up from 4.9 percent in the last report. Unemployment increased in 68 of North Carolina's 100 counties, decreased in 14, and remained unchanged in 18. Scotland County has the highest unemployment rate at 8.8 percent, while Buncombe County has the lowest at 3.9 percent.
Authorities in Burke County are seeking information on a pair of suspects who were caught on camera prior to stealing items from an ABC store.
The Valdese Police Department reports the incident occurred on September 17 at approximately 10 a.m. at the ABC store on Main Street in Valdese. The man and woman left the scene in a four-door, silver-colored car.
Anyone who recognizes the subjects in the photo provided with this story or has information on the case is asked to call Valdese Police at 828-879-2100 or call Burke County Communications at 828-879-2101.
31-year-old Phillip Eugene Thomas of Sun Valley Trail in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one misdemeanor count of driving while licensed revoked. He was also charged by the N.C. Dept. of Probation & Parole with three probation violations, two felony counts and one misdemeanor.
He was arrested yesterday (September 28) during a traffic stop on the Gastonia Highway, near Highway 321. Narcotics Detectives say the man was driving a vehicle that had a fictitious registration plate. Detectives recognized the driver and ran a license check. They confirmed that the man's license had been suspended and stopped the vehicle.
Detectives say it appeared the man, Phillip Thomas, was trying to hide something behind the seat during the stop. Investigators conducted a consent search of the vehicle. Behind the seat, they found a 20-gauge shotgun with a modified pistol-grip stock.
Thomas was jailed under a $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (September 29).
Thomas does have an August 2016 felony conviction in Gaston County for the manufacture of methamphetamine and he currently faces multiple felony drug charges in Cleveland County.
35-year-old Shaun Michael Simons of Green Acres Road in Lincolnton has been charged by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers with one felony count of indecent liberties with a child.
He was arrested after Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detective Kelsey Harrington received a report on August 23 in reference an incident involving a young female child. The victim and the suspect are related. Following an investigation, warrants for Simons arrest were issued on September 23.
Simons was arrested on September 26 by Albemarle Police. He was taken before a magistrate and released under a $7,500 secured bond. He’ll appear in Lincoln County District Court on October 13.
47-year-old Scott Allen Sherbert of Davis Road in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (September 28) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor.
The charges are in connection with incidents that occurred between January 2005 and December 2009. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report on September 16, in reference to the incidents in question. Following an interview with the suspect Wednesday, he was arrested and charged.
The victim and suspect are related. Sherbert was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. He made his first court appearance today (Thursday, September 29) in Lincoln County District Court.
22-year-old Ashley Jordan Lambert of Spencer Lane in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (September 29) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance.
She was taken into custody without incident at about 4:20 a.m. on the 200 block of Highway 70 S.E., near Everett Chevrolet. There is no information available regarding her bond or a court date. Lambert is not currently in custody in Catawba County.
29-year-old John Scott Miller, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested on a true bill of indictment by Hickory Police shortly before 2 p.m. yesterday (September 28). He faces one count of felony larceny by anti-inventory device and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
Miller was taken into custody without incident at the Bojangles restaurant on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled today in Newton.
16-year-old John Dalton Coleman of Elk Drive SW in Conover was arrested Wednesday (September 28) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony sell or deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Coleman was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, September 29).
47-year-old Scott Eugene Dellinger of Highway 16 South in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:20 last night (September 28) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
He was taken into custody during a traffic crash investigation on the 300 block of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. The Catawba Co. Clerk of Court is listed as the complainant on H.P.D.’s arrest report.
Dellinger was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.