23-year-old Dustin Allen Shook of Anderson Mountain Road in Maiden was arrested Tuesday (October 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony accessory after the fact to murder. Shook's address is the same as that of Jeffrey Douglas Brittain, who was arrested Sunday in connection to the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Justin Tyler Smith. Smith was found deceased in a home south of Newton last Thursday night (September 28). Brittain remains in jail under no bond.
According to Shook's arrest warrant, he's charged with being an accessory to the murder of Smith. The warrant states, that Shook, knowing that Brittain had committed the crime, did knowingly assist him in attempting to escape by providing Brittain transportation from the scene of the shooting.
Following the arrest, Shook was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $500,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (October 4).
36-year-old Johnny Dwayne White, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:20 last night (October 3) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. White was taken into custody without incident at the Ridgeview Library. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $750, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
39-year-old Amy Veronica Craig of Pea Ridge Road in Lawndale was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 4) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was taken into custody without incident at about 2:30 a.m. today at a fast-food restaurant on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. Craig was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.
29-year-old Alexa Jo Carnes and 40-year-old Ryan Patrick Deming, both of the same Miller Drive, Newton, address, were arrested Tuesday (October 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Deming is also charged with resisting a public officer. Both suspects were incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond apiece. They were each scheduled to make District Court appearances today (October 4).
28-year-old Daniel James Owensby of South Ashe Avenue in Newton was arrested Tuesday (October 3) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Owensby was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (October 4).
Hickory City Council met in regular session last night (October 3). Minutes, second readings, and consent agenda approved unanimously.
Planning Director Brian Frazier made a presentation regarding a "no wake zone" at the Lake Hickory Marina on Limbaugh Lane NW. No one appeared to speak for or against the proposal. City Council passed the "no wake zone" 6 to 1, with Councilperson Tarlton voted nay.
Assistant City Manager Andrea Surratt presented information about the TIGER Grant and asked Council to authorize staff to apply for the grant. The item was approved unanimously, staff will apply for the TIGER Discretionary Grant in the amount of $20,200,000 with a cash match of $6.06 million.
Western Piedmont Council of Governments' Executive Director Anthony Starr presented their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. The full Comprehensive Development Strategy can be viewed at the city's website, www.hickorync.gov.
In addition at last night's meeting, during the public comment period, a citizen explains to why she would like to see an ordinance passed to allow golf carts on some streets. Also, Mayor Jeff Cline presented a proclamation for Fire Prevention Week. And as WHKY has reported, City Manager Warren Wood announced that Assistant City Manager Andrea Surratt has accepted the City Manager position in Bozeman, Montana.
The Bozeman, Montana City Commission announced Monday night (October 2) that Hickory Assistant City Manager Andrea Surratt has been chosen as the finalist for the Bozeman, Montana City Manager position and that she will enter into negotiations with the Interim City Manager regarding the contract.
Surratt said in a news release from the city “Based upon the conversations I have had with the hiring consultant in the last 12 hours, I fully expect for this to be final in the coming days, and I felt it was important for City Manager Wood to have as much notice as possible.” Surratt has served as Hickory’s Assistant City Manager since November 2007.
Surratt managed all City operations while serving as Interim City Manager from June 2016 to April 2017. Throughout her ten years with Hickory, she managed 268 of the 643 full-time employees and their portion of an annual budget of over $100 million. Additionally, Surratt assisted with the Operation No Vacancy: Vacant Building Reuse and Demolition Program, initiated FBO services for private air craft at the Hickory Regional Airport, helped streamline the permitting process, provided staff leadership for the Inspiring Spaces Plan and the $40 million bond program, worked closely with the Hickory Downtown Development Association, and was instrumental in the Hickory. Life. Well Crafted branding initiative.
Prior to becoming the Hickory Assistant City Manager, Andrea worked in Moore County, and the towns of Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington in both planning and management roles. Surratt is a native of Wingate, NC and a graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, NC with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1989 and a Masters of City and Regional Planning from Clemson University in 1991.
30-year-old Hampton Marshall Boggs of Praley Street S.W. in Valdese has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff's Officers on six felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.
He was arrested after the Sheriff’s Office was notified by the staff at East Burke High School that a sum of money was missing or stolen. An investigation spanned several months and several counties. Investigators learned that Boggs had presented fictitious receipts to the school for which he received payment.
Boggs was arrested without incident today (October 3) at his residence. He was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Morganton.
The investigation is continuing with additional charges expected.
63-year-old Harold Lorenzo Hill of Charlotte was arrested Monday (October 2) by Charlotte Mecklenburg Police on charges from Lincoln County. He's charged on warrants from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office with felony counts of forgery of an instrument and uttering a forged instrument. Hill faces the same charges in Gaston County.
Detective Richard Calhoun of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office began the investigation on September 9 after a suspect cashed a counterfeit check in the amount of $893 at the Bank of America Waterside Crossing Branch in Denver. Surveillance photos and transaction information was obtained from Bank of America which later identified the suspect as Harold Lorenzo Hill.
He remains in the Mecklenburg County Jail under a total bond of $2,500 secured. Hill is scheduled to appear in court on October 31 and November 2. A news release says Hill also allegedly committed similar acts in multiple counties around the greater Charlotte area. Charges are pending in those cases. The investigation is continuing.
18-year-old Joshua Michael Shukis was arrested today (October 3) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony receiving, transferring, or possessing a stolen vehicle. Following the arrest, Shukis was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
The City of Hickory will be conducting repairs to the sanitary sewer system beginning this Thursday (October 5) at approximately 7 a.m. The repairs will take place on 3rd Street SW near the intersection of 3rd Street Drive SW. The construction will necessitate the closure of 3rd Street SW. Detour routes will be marked and construction is expected to take approximately two days. Two Brothers Utilities will be performing the construction project. If you have any questions, contact the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department at (828) 323-7427.
36-year-old Roland Billy Greene III of Oakland Avenue in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday (September 30) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee. The warrant for his arrest was issued in Burke County on September 21.
Greene was taken into custody without incident at about 10:30 Saturday night on the 700 block of 15th Street S.W. in Hickory. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for November 7 in Morganton.
28-year-old Stephanie Brooke Oxentine of Herman Sipe Road in Conover was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (October 2) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. She was wanted by Police in the Town of Monroe in Walton County, Georgia for attempt or conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substances Act. Oxentine was also charged with communicating threats, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and two counts of failure to appear for driving while license revoked.
Following her arrest, Oxentine was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $22,000, secured. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today on the fugitive warrant and on October 26 on the other charges.
27-year-old Randy Lee Cook of Country Park Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting injury.
Events leading to his arrest began at about 3:45 Sunday afternoon (October 1) when Deputies responded to a reported assault at an address on Yellowstone Lane in Statesville. Deputies found a male victim bleeding from a laceration to the head. The victim was taken Davis Regional Hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening.
Deputies found Randy Cook behind the house, along with other family members. Deputies took statements from possible suspects and witnesses. Investigators learned that Cook had assaulted the victim. Authorities say there may be two other suspects who have not yet been identified.
Cook was taken into custody and placed in the Iredell County Jail under a $7,500 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on November 7. Cook also faces charges in Iredell County for assault on a female and felony habitual assault with an October 24 court date on those charges.
The investigation into Sunday’s incident is ongoing.
32-year-old Benjamin Troy Sims of Hillside Drive in Newton was arrested today (October 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug parahernalia and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Sims was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. No court date was listed.
42-year-old Melissa Dawn Starnes of Ruritan Club Road in Hudson was arrested Monday (October 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Starnes was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (October 3).
30-year-old Joshua Lee Smart of Pickle Williams Lane in Granite Falls and 31-year-old Dora Michelle Vines of SW Hoff Court in Lenoir were arrested Sunday (October 1) by Granite Falls Police Officers. They're each charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Smart's bond was set at $10,000 secured, Vines was given a $1,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court Monday (October 2), the next District Court date for both suspects is set for October 23.
29-year-old Eliseo Fillemon Garcia of Elgin Lane in Mooresville was arrested last Saturday (September 30) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking MDMA or ecstasy by Possession, trafficking MDMA by transportation, maintain a vehicle to keep controlled substance, possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
Shortly after 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sgt. B.A. Henderson with the COPS Division spotted a suspicious vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on West Waterlynn Road at the intersection with Charlotte Highway. During the investigation, Sgt. Henderson contacted an officer with the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team to assist him at the scene.
The assisting officer and his K-9 partner responded to the traffic stop. The K-9 officer indicated the odor of illegal narcotics on the driver’s side door of the suspect's vehicle. Deputies searched the vehicle and found 97 Ecstasy Pills and 40 grams of Marijuana along with several plastic baggies and scales commonly used for sale and distribution of marijuana and other illegal narcotics.
The driver, Eliseo Garcia, was taken into custody and was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center. His bond was set at $150,000 secured, a District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (October 5).
A Lincoln County man was sentenced Monday (October 2) in Lincoln County Superior Court to a minimum of close to four years in prison in a sex offense case. The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges filed against him.
48-year-old Scott Allen Sherbert of Davis Road in Lincolnton was charged in September of 2016 following an investigation by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Kelsey Harrington. Sherbert was originally charged with two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child following an interview on September 28, 2016. He was later indicted on two additional felony counts of child abuse by a sexual act. The incidents occurred between January 2005 and December 2009 when the victim was a minor. The victim and defendant are related.
Sherbert entered guilty pleas to all of the charges against him and Superior Court Judge W. Todd Pomeroy sentenced him to two consecutive terms of 23 to 88 months, or 3 years, 10 months to 14 years, 8 months total. Sherbert will serve his time in the North Carolina Department of Corrections. When released from prison He'll be required to register as a sex offender for 30 years.
The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners will host a public forum for citizens to give their feedback on plans to widen Highway 321 from Lenoir to Hickory. The forum will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, October 16, in the auditorium, at the J. E. Broyhill Civic Center, at 1913 Hickory Blvd. SE, in Lenoir.
The public is invited to give their comments on the proposed plans from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, (NCDOT) for the widening of Highway 321 from Highway 321-A in Caldwell County to Highway 70 in Catawba County. Citizens are asked to arrive early and sign up to speak at the forum. Speakers must be signed up in order to be heard. Depending on the number of speakers, time could be limited to three to five minutes per speaker.
In addition to the Board of Commissioners, attending will be representatives of the NCDOT. Also invited to attend are Congressman Mark Meadows of the 11th District, State Senator Deanna Ballard from the 45th District and State Representative Destin Hall of the 87th District.