The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation (S.B.I.) is investigating a trooper-involved shooting that happened Sunday afternoon (March 26) near U.S. 64 and Peter Hairston Road in the Davie County community of Advance.
At approximately 2:20 p.m., the State Highway Patrol attempted to stop a Honda passenger vehicle in Iredell County. The driver of the Honda failed to stop for the Trooper, initiating a pursuit that continued into Davie County.
At the conclusion of the pursuit, an armed confrontation took place between the driver and Troopers. The driver was transported to Baptist Hospital with serious injuries.
Troopers Courtney Richmond of Davie County and John Chapman and Ryan Goodin, both from Iredell County, have been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the internal and S.B.I. investigations. The suspect has been identified as 30-year old Steven P. Little of Statesville, who was wanted by the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office on 14 pending felony charges.
The investigations are ongoing.
27-year-old Jamie Thorne Fox of Lincolnton was arrested Thursday (March 23) and 23-year-old Logan Bryant Devine, also of Lincolnton, was arrested today (Monday, March 27). Fox is charged with four felony counts each of conspire to sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Devine is charged with four felony counts each of sell and deliver marijuana, conspire to sell and deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances.
The men were arrested and charged after an investigation into drug activity at a residence near the 2600 block of Keener Road in Lincolnton. According to detectives, several complaints about drug activity at the residence came in to the drug tip line. A surveillance and undercover operation began and detectives purchased marijuana from the residence on multiple occasions.
On Thursday, Sheriff's Office Narcotics Detectives, along with assistance from CID Detectives and Patrol Deputies, conducted a search of the residence and took one of the suspects into custody. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were seized from the residence, along with an unknown type of pills that will be sent for testing and identification. The second suspect was arrested today.
Fox received a $25,000 secured bond. Devine's bond was set at $40,000 secured. Fox has a District Court date April 11, no court date was listed for Devine.
27-year-old Jennifer Leann Roland of Hallyburton Road in Morganton was arrested Saturday (March 25) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. She's charged on a bill of indictment with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. Roland is also charged with giving false information. She was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $21,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 27, a Superior Court date is set for May 1.
34-year-old Jessica Renea Caskey of Premier, West Virginia, was arrested Friday (March 24) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods. Caskey was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today (Monday, March 27).
65-year-old Johnny Nathaniel Farley of South Caldwell Avenue in Newton was arrested Friday (March 24) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with delivering schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Farley was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 27).
33-year-old Lawrence Robert Powell of McCall Town Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (March 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Powell was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 27).
39-year-old Michael Shaun Worley of Airport Rhodhiss Road in Hickory was arrested Friday (March 24) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of solicitation of a child by computer to commit an unlawful sex act and indecent liberties with a child.
On Friday (March 24), the Burke County Sheriff`s Office Criminal Investigation Division arrested Worley after conducting an undercover online investigation. Worley exchanged online messages including sexual content with an individual whom he thought was a minor. Worley requested to meet the minor at Hildebran Community Park in Hildebran.
Upon his arrival, Worley was met by Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division. He was taken into custody without incident. Following the arrest, Worley was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 27).
31-year-old Davie Wade Shuping of Woodburn Drive in Valdese was arrested Sunday (March 26) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with a felony count of being a registered sex offender on the premises of a school.
On Sunday, the Burke County Sheriff`s Office Criminal Investigation Division received an anonymous tip that a registered sex offender was on the property of Salem Elementary School at 1329 Salem Road in Morganton. Investigators responded to the school gymnasium and located Davie Wade Shuping.
According to records, Shuping was registered as a sex offender due to an April, 2014 conviction for indecent liberties with a minor. Following Sunday's arrest, Shuping was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $15,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court today (Monday, March 26).
One person was killed and two others were injured in a three-car accident in Catawba County. The crash occurred just before midnight Friday (March 24) on Keisler Dairy Road in Conover.
According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, a vehicle crossed the center line and hit another vehicle, before colliding with a second vehicle head-on. The driver of the second vehicle struck was killed.
WHKY spoke with the Highway Patrol this morning (Monday, March 27) and they did not release the victim's name. A published report over the weekend said the person killed was a 26-year-old woman from Claremont.
The two other people who were injured were transported to the hospital. The road was closed for several hours following the accident.
A Father and Son from Caldwell County were killed Saturday (March 25) in an RV crash while traveling to a race in Georgia. The crash resulted in the deaths of 53-year-old Chris Gragg and his son, 23-year-old Cody Gragg, both from the Collettsville Community outside of Lenoir. The crash occurred at around noon Saturday on Interstate 77 in the southbound lanes at mile marker 68 in Chester County, South Carolina.
According to Troopers, a tire on their RV blew out causing the driver to lose control. The RV went down an embankment before catching fire. The arrangements are as follows, the visitation will be Tuesday (March 28) from 6 to 9 p.m. and the funeral will be Wednesday (March 29) at 1 p.m. Both will be at Lenoir Community Church at 1002 Lower Creek Drive in Lenoir. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Collettsville Volunteer Fire Department.
The City of Hickory and its project partners have received the North Carolina Main Street program’s Award of Merit for Best Historic Rehabilitation Project. The city was recognized for the transformation of the Lyerly Full-Fashioned Mill into Transportation Insight’s corporate campus. Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland and Executive Director of Economic Development Susan Fleetwood presented awards last week to 15 program participants.
The former hosiery mill was vacant since the mid-1990s before Transportation Insight acquired the property in 2014 and successfully adapted 17,942 square feet of the mill and surrounding property into its corporate headquarters. Lyerly Mill was constructed in 1930. It is Hickory’s only remaining two-story hosiery mill from that era. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in August 2007.
The property owner is OHM Holdings LLC, which developed the site to create the corporate campus. The building contractor was Neill Grading & Construction Company. The City of Hickory played a key role by developing a public parking area to serve the company’s employees.
Transportation Insight president and founder Paul Thompson said the company’s goal is to create North America’s largest and most reputable provider of value-based logistics services by January 1, 2020. The company employs more than 400 people at its Hickory location. Transportation Insight previously occupied several buildings in downtown Hickory.
This year’s Main Street award winners were chosen by a panel of judges from dozens of applications submitted by program participants from across the state.
55-year-old Gerald Robert Hipps was arrested Thursday (March 23) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle. Hipps was placed in jail under $6,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday.
32-year-old David Robert Masten and 25-year-old Sierra Elizabeth Barnette, both of Pea Ridge Road in Morganton, were arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (March 24). They are each charged with one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense. The warrants for their arrests were issued on March 20 in Burke County.
Btoh subjects were taken into custody without incident at about 3:10 a.m. on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. Masten was given a $2,500 secured bond and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Barnette was processed and released under a $1,500 unsecured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in court today in Newton.
The City of Hickory Community Relations Council (CRC) is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Human Relations Awards. The annual Human Relations Awards are designed to recognize any individual, youth, or organization/business that has gone “above and beyond” in promoting good human relations in the City of Hickory.
The community is encouraged to nominate individuals or businesses who meet and excel in the CRC’s mission of promoting positive human relations in the City of Hickory and beyond. Nominees need to be currently involved in promoting human relations within the City of Hickory.
Nominee applications can be found on the CRC’s webpage on the City’s website, www.HickoryNC.gov under Boards and Commissions. Completed applications are due to the Hickory CRC by May 1, 2017. Completed nomination forms should be sent to the attention of Chief Thurman Whisnant, 347 2nd Avenue, SW, Hickory, NC 28602 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The winners will be announced and recognized at the annual Spring Human Relations Award event. Details of the Human Relations Award event are in the planning stages and will be announced in the near future.
For more information, please contact staff liaison Chief Thurman Whisnant at the City of Hickory Police Department, at (828) 261-2600.
25-year-old Wayne Scott Barber of Roundtree Lane in Lincolnton was arrested today (Friday, March 24) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Barber was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A District Court date is scheduled for Monday (March 27).
The Newton Fire Department will begin conducting annual fire hydrant maintenance and testing in the northeast quadrant of the city on March 27.
The northeast quadrant of the city includes areas north of A Street and east of Main Avenue. Maintenance and testing will continue for several weeks. Citizens residing in the area may experience a discoloration of their water due to minerals inside underground water lines being disturbed. If water discoloration is experienced, allowing water to run from any faucet for several minutes should eliminate the discoloration.
Fire hydrant testing is crucial to locating fire hydrants that are inoperable or need repair. In addition, the North Carolina Department of Insurance requires annual fire hydrant testing for the purposes of grading municipal water systems, which determines municipal insurance ratings.
The city of Newton apologizes for any inconvenience residents encounter during the testing period. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Newton Fire Department at 828-695-4314.
55-year-old George Mitchell Rhinehardt of 3rd Avenue SE in Hickory and 49-year-old Jeanine Francine Crossno of Old Lowman Street in Valdese were both arrested by Hickory Police Officers. They’re each charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Rhinehardt and Crossno were detained this morning (Friday, March 24) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond apiece. They’re both schedule to appear in District Court today.
26-year-old Amanda Danielle Forth was arrested this morning (Friday, March 24) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with identity theft and five counts of failure to appear. Forth was being held in jail in Morganton under a total bond amount of $163,500 secured. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
31-year-old Alicha Leann Hamby of Crescent Street in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (March 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine. Hamby was given a custody release. A court appearance was scheduled for Thursday (March 23) in Newton.
53-year-old Joyce Ann Atwood of Alphabet Lane in Sherrills Ford was arrested Thursday (March 23) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on a bill of indictment with first degree arson. Atwood was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, March 24).