41-year-old Joanie Michelle Nelson of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and maintain a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Nelson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (August 17).
29-year-old Michael Allen Poarch of Spencer Road in Conover was arrested Tuesday (August 15) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, felony auto larceny, and misdemeanor resisting or obstructing a public officer. Poarch was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $48,000 secured bond. District Court dates are scheduled for tomorrow (August 17) and September 7.
46-year-old Tyrone Matthew Rozzell of Hickory was arrested Tuesday (August 15) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony common law robbery.
Rozzell was arrested in connection with a strong armed robbery at Jerry’s One Stop convenience store on East Highway 27 in Lincolnton on Monday (August 14). Rozzell had been identified by the license plate on the getaway vehicle and security camera footage from an ATM machine at the business.
Rozzell and a yet to be identified black male are accused of entering the convenience store at approximately 8:00 a.m. Monday. One man pretended to make a small purchase and when the clerk opened the cash register the man reached into the drawer and grabbed cash. The clerk yelled to the owner for help and he approached the suspect grabbing him from behind and took him to the floor.
The man got away from the owner and he and the other suspect ran from the store on foot going east on Highway 27. A customer who was at the gas pumps followed the suspects who jumped into a vehicle parked nearby and fled the scene.
Detectives are working to identify the second suspect in the robbery who was identified as a black male with a dark colored hoodie drawn tight around his head. Anyone with information on the identification of the second suspect is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
21-year-old Austin Ryan Marlow of Lincolnton was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with statutory rape of a child less than 15-years-old where the defendant is more than six years older than the child and indecent liberties with a child. He was also charged with statutory rape of a child where the defendant is more than four but less than six years older than the child by Lincolnton Police.
On Thursday, June 29th, 2017, Investigators from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the Alexander County Department of Social Services regarding possible sex abuse to a 14 year old. Through an ongoing investigation in conjunction with Alexander County DSS, Investigators for the United States Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune, Investigators from Lincolnton Police Department, and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, it was learned that the suspect in this case was Austin Ryan Marlow. In a joint effort with Lincolnton Police Department, Marlow was charged earlier this month.
Marlow was detained in Lincoln County under $245,480 secured bond. He made his first court appearance last Wednesday (August 9) in Lincolnton. He's scheduled to appear in Alexander County District Court August 21. His next District Court date in Lincoln County is August 29. Marlow is also charged with failure to appear in a separate case in Onslow County.
34-year-old Monica Nicole Thomas of Plateau Road in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:20 a.m. today (August 15) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear on a D.W.I. charge.
Her arrest comes in connection to an incident on June 23 of this year. Miscellaneous jewelry valued at $1,600 was taken from the victim’s residence. Monica Thomas, who was a visitor in the victim’s home, was identified as the suspect. Thomas pawned the stolen jewelry and a warrant for felony larceny was issued. Thomas was initially arrested on June 24. She was indicted and arrested on that indictment yesterday.
Thomas was taken into custody without incident at a retail establishment on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for tomorrow in Newton. She’ll appear in court on the D.W.I. charge on September 27.
Caldwell County has started it's Community Health Assessment (CHA) process for 2017. Every three years local health departments and hospitals are charged with the responsibility of conducting a Community Health Assessment in their respective county. The CHA is the foundation for improving and promoting the health of the community. The role of the assessment is to identify factors that affect the health of a population and determine the availability of resources within the community to adequately address these issues.
Through collaborative efforts forged among community leaders and members, the community can begin to answer questions related to health status as well as available resources for all human services. In a community-based assessment, community members take the lead role in forming partnerships, gathering data, determining priority issues, identifying resources and planning community programs. The community has the primary responsibility of determining the focus of assessment activities at every level. This includes the collection and interpretation of data, evaluation of resources, identification of problems and development of strategies to address these problems. Thus, the community health assessment is done by the community rather than on the community.
To assist the county in this process, they are asking for the community’s help. The Community Health Assessment Opinion Survey will be available for community members to take through September. The purpose of this survey is to learn more about the health and quality of life in Caldwell County. The Caldwell County Health Department, Caldwell UNC Healthcare and various community based agencies will use the results of this survey and other information to identify the most pressing health problems in Caldwell County and to develop plans to address those identified problems. All the information provided during the survey will be completely confidential and will not be linked to any individuals in any way.
The survey can be found online in English at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CaldwellCHAsurvey or online in Spanish at https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/EncuestadeCaldwell2017CHA. If individuals do not have access to a computer or internet, paper copies of this survey can be found at Caldwell County Health Department, Caldwell UNC Health Care, Caldwell County Main Library and other organizations throughout the county.
Should you have any questions or would like to learn more on how you could be involved in the CHA process, contact Anna Martin, MPH, Health Education Supervisor, at 828-426-8506 or email@example.com.
A new restaurant in Hickory’s Viewmont area will hold a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. on Thursday (August 17). WOOD, formerly Bistro 127, is described as a casual restaurant. It is located at 2039 North Center Street in Hickory, next to Bootleggers. WOOD is owned and operated by Matt Miller.
The restaurant will feature pizza from its wood fired pizza oven, slow-smoked beef brisket, six-hour smoked pastrami, hickory-smoked N.C. pork BBQ, hickory-smoked chicken wings, applewood-smoked bacon in bacon-wrapped dates, salads, burgers, and sandwiches.
WOOD serves lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday starting at 11 a.m. and breakfast Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. For more information, call 828-328-3432.
27-year-old Jordan Yates Hamby was arrested Monday (August 14) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny from an automobile. Hamby was placed in jail in Morganton where he was being held under no bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for Monday.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office will host its 2017 Fall Citizens Academy for residents of Catawba County beginning on September 5. The academy will last for 11 weeks and will meet each Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Topics and tours that will be covered are Sheriff’s Office Operations, Crime Prevention, Special Tactics and Response Team Operations, K-9 Operations and Demonstration, Narcotics Investigations, Crime Scene Investigation, Ride-Alongs with Road Patrol, Tour of Detention Facility, Tour of 911 Operations Center, Register of Deeds Office, Clerk of Court’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, Magistrate’s Office, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management, Animal Control, Fire-Rescue Division, and a Graduation Banquet.
You must be a resident of Catawba County and at least 21 years old to participate. To apply, complete an online application at http://www.catawbacountync.gov/Sheriff/Academy.asp or print, complete and mail the application to Catawba County Office of Sheriff, P.O. Box 385, Newton, NC 28658. Applications need to be received by August 25
to be considered.
For more information about the Sheriff’s Office Fall Citizens Academy, please contact Lt. John Helton at 828-465-8336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
30-year-old Christopher Davis Craig of Burns Road in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (August 15) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Craig was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
28-year-old Stephen Berkley Ferguson of Model Farm Road in High Point was arrested Monday (August 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. Ferguson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 15).
27-year-old Brittany Geraldine Lindsay of 31st Street Court SE in Conover was arrested Monday (August 14) on charges filed by the Hudson Police Department and Caldwell County Sheriff's Office. She's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen vehicle and larceny of a motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Lindsay was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Monday.
24-year-old Jessica Diane Hamel of Pineview Court in Hickory was arrested Monday (August 14) by authorities in Caldwell County on charges filed in Catawba County. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hamel was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 15) in Newton.
44-year-old Kevin Odell Ware of South Mclin Creek Road in Conover was arrested Monday (August 14) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny by employee. Following the arrest, Ware was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 15).
41-year-old Christopher Lee Walker of 19th Avenue SW in Brookford was arrested Monday (August 14) by Brookford Police Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, felony larceny, breaking and entering, and misdemeanor larceny. Walker was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (August 17).
One of a pair of suspects still on the run after two drug conspiracy roundups has been apprehended.
40-year-old Evan Saunders Lipford of Rocky Ford Street in Morganton was captured last week in Phoenix, Arizona. He was wanted on three charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and one charge of aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise.
According to a news release from the McDowell County Sheriff's Office, the investigation into the drug conspiracy began last summer with a probe of activity at the 100 Stacy Farm Road residence of 36-year-old Jamie Leonard Tate. It was determined that Tate and Dwayne Bullock, of Newton, conspired with numerous people to traffic and distribute hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as lesser amounts of cocaine and heroin. 19 people have been arrested overall in connection with the conspiracy. Some are considered main players and some mid-level drug dealers. Lipford is a mid-level dealer.
Only one suspect remains at large, 35-year-old Dwayne Bullock of 100 17th Street West in Newton. He's wanted on six counts of conspiracy to traffic heroin, three counts of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and one count of continuing a criminal enterprise.
Anyone with information concerning Bullock’s whereabouts is asked to call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 652-2235, the McDowell County 911 communications center at 652-4000 or McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 65-CRIME (652-7463). Now, you can also text your tips to Crime Stoppers. Text MCDOWELLTIPS and your information to 274637 (CRIMES). With Crime Stoppers, your identity remains anonymous, and you could receive a cash reward.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating 16-year-old Larry “William” Powell. William is not believed to be in any danger as this time but the Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance in locating him. If you have any information regarding his location please contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500.
Anonymous tips can be made through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers by calling 828-437-3333 or by texting 274637 with the keyword BURKETIPS followed by your tip. If you want to provide a tip on Facebook, send the Sheriff's Office a private message through their page.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have developed a person of interest in the snatch and grab strong armed robbery yesterday (August 14) at Jerry’s One Stop at 3778 East Highway 27 in Iron Station. Detectives say the person of interest is 46-year-old Tyrone Matthew Rozzell of Hickory. Rozell is a black male, five feet – six inches tall with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen driving a silver in color 2014 Hyundai Elantra with a North Carolina license plate FAB-1872.
Monday morning, two black males entered the store at approximately 8:00 a.m. and one man pretended to be making a small purchase. When the clerk opened the cash register the man reached into the drawer and grabbed cash. The clerk yelled to the owner who approached the male and grabbed him from behind and took him to the ground. The man got away from the owner and he and the other suspect ran from the store on foot going east on Highway 27. A customer who was at the gas pumps followed the men who got into a vehicle parked nearby and fled the scene.
No one was seriously injured and the investigation into the incident is continuing. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Tyrone Matthew Rozzell is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
62-year-old Ronald Carl Lane of Hickory, was sentenced to an active prison term of five to seven years after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter for the May 2016 death of his wife. The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed the prison sentence for Lane during Burke County Superior Court on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Lane will serve his time in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The defendant approached an officer in the Long View Police Department parking lot on May 11, 2016, and told him that he had just killed his wife, and he was taken into custody. Based upon the defendant’s statements, investigators went to his Hickory residence, made entry into the home and found his wife, 60-year-old Audrey Price Lane, deceased from gunshot wounds.
Investigation showed that Lane shot his wife of 42 years with a .22-caliber revolver. An autopsy performed at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem confirmed the cause of death as gunshot wounds to the head and torso.
Further investigation by Long View Police Department showed no prior domestic violence between the defendant and his wife, and he had no past history of violent behavior. Lane appeared to have some mental issues when interviewed by North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation agents several hours after the shooting.
Mike Ford led the investigation of the case for Long View Police Department with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant District Attorney Lance Sigmon handled prosecution for the State.
29-year-old Ashley Nicole Horton of Highway 16 North in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early Friday morning (August 11) on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense.
On August 9, a male victim told Hickory Police that Ashley Horton moved money from his account to hers, without permission. The victim is acquainted with the suspect.
Horton was taken into custody without incident at about 4:15 a.m. Friday at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (August 14) in Newton.