Authorities are searching for a missing Catawba County girl. The Catawba County Schools issued a request last evening (Tuesday, September 27) on their Facebook page stating that a parent of one of their students was seeking help. 11-year-old Emily Dowdle went missing from her home after getting off of the school bus yesterday afternoon. Dowdle attends Catawba Elementary School.
She is described as approximately 4'11'' tall. She has long light brown hair, has hazel eyes, and wears black framed glasses. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt with an unknown design & capri jeans. In the event you have any information regarding 11-year-old Emily Dowdle's whereabouts after 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, contact the Catawba County Sheriff's Department at 828-464-3112 and ask for Chief Duane Cozzen or Brandon Styers.
69-year-old Paul Gaylon Hendrix of Morganton Boulevard S.W. in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3 p.m. yesterday (September 26) on one felony count of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.
He was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at Walmart on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory saw a white male concealing merchandise in a bag. The suspect then exited the store without paying. He was confronted outside and the merchandise was recovered. The items included a thermometer, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, ethanol treatment, lubricant and a transformer with a total value of $96.
H.P.D. learned that the suspect, Paul Hendrix, had previously been banned from the store. He was taken into custody without incident. Hendrix was processed and released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
48-year-old Tina Yvette Pinnix of Little Rock Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:35 yesterday afternoon (September 26) on multiple drug charges. She is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance, possession of a schedule I controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The suspect is accused of possessing 1.1 grams of marijuana, 3.3 grams of methamphetamine, 10 unspecified barbiturates, 2.21 grams of heroin and six dosage units of an unspecified hallucinogen.
Pinnix was taken into custody without incident at an apartment on 12th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory. She was jailed under a $150,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.
39-year-old Jeffrey Brian Walker was arrested Monday (September 26) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and larceny of a motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Walker was placed in jail in Morganton under $7,000 secured bond, a court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (September 28).
25-year-old Justin Carver of Will Wilson Lane in Taylorsville has now been charged with first-degree murder in connection to a child abuse case in Alexander County. The Sheriff’s Officers had previously charged Carver with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury.
The victim, 17-month-old Camden Hudson was taken to the Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem following an incident that occurred Friday morning at Carver’s residence. The child was taken off life support at about 4:15 yesterday afternoon (September 26) and was pronounced dead at 4:36 p.m.
Carver is currently being held in the Alexander County Detention Center without bond. He’ll make a first appearance in Alexander County District Court on the murder charge tomorrow.
An autopsy on the child was scheduled today at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. The investigation is continuing.
33-year-old Ryan Douglas Elmore of 2nd Street Place NE in Hickory was arrested today (Tuesday, September 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Elmore was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (September 28).
The Catawba County Schools Board of Education approved the appointment of two new principals at its Monday (September 26) meeting. These changes will be effective Monday, October 3.
Mrs. Amy Rucker is the new principal at Mill Creek Middle School
She has been with Catawba County Schools for the past sixteen years. She has served as assistant principal at St. Stephens High School for the past six years. Prior to that appointment, she served as a math classroom teacher at St. Stephens High School. Mrs. Rucker received her B.S. in Physical Education with a concentration in Psychology and a Health Education endorsement from Appalachian State University. She'll fill the principal vacancy currently being held by Interim Principal, Mr. Rob Rucker.
Mrs. Regina Bumgarner is the new principal at Banoak Elementary School. She has been the assistant principal at Banoak Elementary School since Fall 2015. Prior to that appointment, she was an assistant principal in Burke County Schools for three years and an elementary classroom teacher for seven years. Mrs. Bumgarner began her teaching career in Catawba County Schools at Startown Elementary in 1996. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education with a concentration in History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She'll fill the principal vacancy currently being held by Interim Principal, Teresa Ritchie.
WorldStrides OnStage has invited the marching band from South Caldwell High School to perform at the McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade. They will join marching bands from across the country who have been invited to the holiday event.
Under the direction of Jason Childers, the South Caldwell High School marching band will travel to Chicago where they will march alongside some of the country’s best marching bands and learn from nationally acclaimed adjudicators.
Jason Childers has been teaching for 17 years and will be personally leading the South Caldwell High School group of 80 students to the McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
To learn how you can help South Caldwell High School’s fundraising efforts, contact Michelle Summerlin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
22-year-old Adrian Zaquintias Forney was arrested Monday (September 26) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking heroin. Forney was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for November 14.
40-year-old Bryantae Manreek Evans of Ione Baker Road in Hickory was arrested Monday (September 26) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess controlled substance at a child care center, habitual felon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine, sale of cocaine, manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess controlled substance within 1000 feet of a park, and two counts of failure to appear. Evans was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $45,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for October 10 and October 24.
30-year-old Joshua Sherman Odum of Sleepy Hollow Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (September 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with violating a house arrest order. Odum was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
39-year-old William Daniel Brown of Eleanor Lane in Hamptonville, 26-year-old Joseph Ray Lockamy of Scotts Creek Road in Statesville, and 22-year-old Emily Ann Millsaps of Shanna Lane in Statesville were all arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Brown was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of a schedule II and III controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon. Lockamy was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. And Millsaps was charged with possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.
On Saturday (September 24), Sergeant C. Bentley and members of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team were working in the area of Scotts Creek Road when they came into contact with Emily Ann Millsaps who was operating a grey Toyota Camry. While Speaking with Millsaps Sgt. Bentley discovered that her driver’s license was suspended. Millsaps was accompanied by two passengers, William Daniel Brown and Joseph Ray Lockamy.
After further investigation, a search of the vehicle was conducted and during the search Deputies located Crystal Methamphetamine, multiple prescription pills and several items of drug paraphernalia. Deputies also learned that the registration plate displayed on the vehicle was stolen from a firefighter in Valdese.
Brown’s bond was set at $15,000, Lockamy received a $5,000 secured bond, and Millsaps received a $2,000 secured bond. Brown and Lockamy have District Court dates next Monday (October 3) and Millsaps' next District Court appearance is scheduled for December 8.
Governor Pat McCrory announced today that the N.C. Department of Transportation will partner with the City of Hickory to repair the sinkhole at the intersection of U.S. Highway 70 and 7th Street S.E. in Hickory.
At its September meeting, the N.C. Board of Transportation approved an agreement with the City of Hickory to pay for the $3.2 million repair project. Work will entail excavating the area, extending the culvert under Highway 70 to the existing 96-inch corrugated steel pipe under 7th Street and backfilling the site.
The project will prevent continued failure of the pipe that resulted in sinkholes in August 2002, July 2005 and July 2013. Overflow from the blocked pipe causes flooding on Highway 70 and adjacent business properties.
Under the agreement, the NCDOT will provide $1 million toward the cost of the project and the city will provide $2.2 million, as well as sharing in any additional costs beyond the estimated $3.2 million for the project. The city will also acquire the property needed for the repairs.
The project is expected to be awarded late this fall and completed in the summer of 2017.
43-year-old Steven Lewis Blanchard of Highway 10 West in Vale has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one count of assault inflicting serious injury. He was jailed yesterday (September 25) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for October 24 in Newton.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are looking for 14-year-old Tipton Lamar “T.J.” Jones, who ran away from D.S.S. custody for a second time this month. He was last seen at a foster home in Denver on September 23.
On September 4, Jones 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 D.S.S. and placed in the foster home in Denver. He was scheduled to appear in juvenile court today (September 26).
Jones is 5’5” tall and weighs 120 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Another secure custody order has been issued.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Tipton Lamar “T. J.” Jones should contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton / Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
25-year-old Justin Carver of Will Wilson Lane in Taylorsville has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury.
At about 10:30 Friday morning (September 23), Alexander County 9-1-1 took a call regarding an 18-month-old boy who had reportedly fallen off of a couch. E.M.S. was dispatched to a residence on N.C. Highway 16 South. E.M.S. felt the child’s injuries did not match the circumstances and reported to matter to the Sheriff’s Office.
The child was taken by E.M.S. to Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Detectives went to the residence on Highway 16 and spoke to the homeowner. The homeowner said the incident occurred at Justin Carver’s residence on Will Wilson Lane. Carver brought the child to the Highway 16 residence where a relative of his lives. There, Carver called 9-1-1.
Detectives applied for a search warrant for the Will Wilson Lane residence. They went to the hospital and interviewed the boy’s mother and Justin Carver. The suspect is the mother’s boyfriend, but is not the child’s father.
The child was taken by chopper to the Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem. Detectives observed bruising on the child and said the child was not responsive. They spoke to medical staff and determined that the injuries appeared to be the result of child abuse. It was determined that Carver was the child’s only caretaker at the time of the incident. D.S.S. was also notified.
The boy’s injuries are life-threatening. A decision was made to remove the child from life support this afternoon. No further update on his condition is available.
Carver was arrested and placed under a $500,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in court today (September 26).
The investigation is ongoing. Additional charges may be forthcoming.
Corning Incorporated will invest at least $30 million to expand its optical cable production plant in Hickory, creating 105 new jobs over the next five years with an average wage of $58,000. The announcement was made today (September 26). According to Corning, the expansion will support strong global demand fueled by fiber-to-the-home deployments, data center builds and wireless network expansions.
Corning’s expansions in Hickory are facilitated in part by an award to the company from North Carolina’s Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program that was approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee. Local incentives were scheduled for consideration today by both the City of Hickory and Catawba County at a joint meeting.
Corning, which has been in Hickory for approximately 35 years, is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its expertise in specialty glass, ceramics and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries. For more information, visit corning.com.
The City of Morganton’s Parks & Recreation Department will hold a public meeting about the city’s planned skate park. The Meeting will be held at the Collett Street Recreation Center at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 6.
Parks & Recreation Director Rob Winkler said he hopes to get some ideas and feedback from local skaters on what they want in a skate park. Winkler may also discuss possible locations for the park.
The city budgeted money in the 2016-2017 budget to help build the skate park. The Morganton Recreation Foundation also committed funds.
The Collett Street Recreation Center is located at 300 Collett Street in downtown Morganton.
26-year-old Christian Guy Baur of Pineville, N.C. and 27-year-old Charlotte Ruth Overman of Charlotte were both arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 8 a.m. Friday (September 23) on three felony counts each of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property, plus three misdemeanor counts each of larceny.
Events leading to their arrests began at about 6 a.m. Friday when Police responded to a reported vehicle break-in on 29th Avenue Drive N.W. Officers arrived to find out that three vehicles had been broken into. One was unlocked and two had windows broken.
At about 7:30 a.m., Officers responded to reports of a suspicious subject at the Bojangles restaurant on North Center Street. Police located a male and a female carrying a box and multiple bags. Among the items in their possession were documents belonging to two of the victims from the vehicle break-ins. Other items from the break-ins were found, including athletic shoes, a laptop computer, a coffee maker and a notebook. Total value of the stolen items was estimated at $680.
The suspects, Christian Baur and Charlotte Overman, were taken into custody without incident. They were both confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $25,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today (September 26) in Newton.
The same couple was arrested by Hickory Police on August 28 of this year in connection to the theft of a motor vehicle.
18-year-old Tyshon Jaiquia Saxton of 4th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 6:45 Friday evening (September 23) on one felony count of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons.
Saxton is the third person arrested in connection to an armed robbery Sunday (September 18) at Firehouse Subs on North Center Street in Hickory. 17-year-old Ahmad Shaakim Smith and 21-year-old Demontae O’Neil Spence, both from Hickory, were arrested last Thursday (September 22), as reported by WHKY the following day.
Previously, a Police spokesperson had told WHKY that there were two suspects in the robbery; however, H.P.D. now says two suspects entered the restaurant while a third suspect was the driver. It’s not clear at this time which suspect was the driver. All three face the same felony armed robbery charge.
Saxton was taken into custody without incident at H.P.D. headquarters Friday. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (September 26) in Newton.
Smith remains in custody under a $50,000 secured bond. He and Spence were both due in court Friday. Smith has another court date set for October. Spence is no longer in custody and no additional court date is currently listed.