54-year-old Randall Berry of 1st Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (January 10) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of uttering a forged instrument and obtaining property by false pretense. Berry was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled today (January 11).
Shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday (January 9), Hickory firefighters were dispatched to 1805 2nd Ave SW. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and two command units.
Upon arrival at 7:17 p.m., firefighters reported a single wide mobile home with a small fire in the wall of the structure. They worked to extinguish the fire and reported it under control at 7:22 p.m. No injuries were reported and fire damages were considered minor.
The structure was believed to be vacant. Fire investigators determined the fire was intentionally set and they're asking anyone with information to contact Hickory Fire Division of Fire & Life Safety at 828-323-7522 or Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.
24-year-old John Markel Gaither of McKay Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at noon yesterday (January 9) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after hickory police responded to a drug violation call at the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry on 1st Avenue S.E. Upon arrival, Officers found John Markel Gaither, who had 27 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his possession.
Gaither was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
21-year-old Destiny Dawn Bentley of Berkley Street in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at 7:10 yesterday evening (January 9) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Hickory Police stopped a 2004 Toyota Camry yesterday at the intersection of 10th Avenue Drive S.E. and 13th Avenue Drive S.E. During the stop, Officers found 0.3 grams of methamphetamine on the rear seat of the vehicle. The rear passenger, Destiny Dawn Bentley, was arrested. The driver was given a citation for an expired registration and driving while license revoked. An additional passenger was not charged.
Bentley was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $12,000, secured. She has since been released. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday in Newton.
A woman was killed in an accident this morning (January 10) on Interstate 40 in eastern Burke County. According to published reports, the wreck occurred shortly before 8 a.m. in the vicinity of exit 118 in the eastbound lanes, near Hildebran.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol reported that a tractor-trailer drifted into a car's lane, causing the car to flip over a guardrail. Reports say a Conover woman was killed, as of this afternoon her name had not been released.
The published reports say Troopers charged James Rochester III with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to maintain lane control. Following the crash, a detour was set up. The highway was reopened by approximately 11 a.m.
30-year-old Wade Wallace Doering II of Optimist Club Road in Denver, NC, is wanted in connection to the assault of his girlfriend. According to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, warrants have been issued charging Doering with one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and first degree kidnapping.
On Tuesday (January 9) the victim, a 25-year-old woman who also lists an address on Optimist Club Road, was taken to the Sherrill’s Ford Fire Department in Catawba County seeking help for stab wounds in her foot and shoulder. Catawba County officials contacted authorities in Lincoln County and said the victim was being transported by ambulance to CHS-Lincoln.
The victim told Catawba County officers that her boyfriend, Wade Wallace Doering II, was the one who stabbed her. Lincoln County deputies and detectives went to the residence in the 8100 block of Optimist Club Road where the incident occurred to locate Doering but he had already left the scene. Detectives learned the suspect was picked up by an unknown male in a red pickup truck and believed to have been transported to Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Doering was entered NCIC and the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office has been notified about the charges. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Doering is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
27-year-old Kyle Wayne Stutts of Tuckers Grove Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office for failure by a sex offender to notify authorities of an address change.
The warrant for Stutts’ arrest was issued in September 26. He was placed on the Iredell County Sheriff’s Most Wanted List and was entered into a national database as a wanted person. Stutts is on the Sex Offender Registry as the result of a 2011 conviction for indecent liberties with a minor.
This week, Sex Offender Compliance Deputy John Adams, received a tip regarding Stutts’ location. Deputy Adams followed up and found Stutts at 375 Brookfield Drive in Statesville.
Stutts was placed under a $20,000 secured bond for the address registration violation. The suspect also had outstanding warrants for possession with intent to sell & deliver marijuana and providing fictitious information to an officer. He was given an additional $10,000 secured bond on those charges.
Stutts’ criminal history includes one previous instance of failure to notify of a change of address and two counts of failure to register as a sex offender, plus charges for schedule I controlled substances, breaking & entering, larceny, resisting a public officer and injury to personal property.
24-year-old Malik Karim Yesher-El of Harrington Woods Road in Charlotte has been arrested by Conover Police for providing fictitious information to an officer and attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud or forgery. He was also charged with four counts of failure to appear on charges of trafficking in opiates by possession, attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud or forgery, resisting a public officer, driving while license revoked and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. In addition, the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office served a felony warrant on Yesher-El as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.
Yesher-El is wanted in Greenville County, South Carolina for violation of a drug distribution law for a non-controlled substance or imitation controlled substance. He is wanted for prosecution by the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control in Columbia, which issued the warrant for his arrest in October of 2016.
Yesher-El was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility on January 4. The fugitive warrant was served yesterday (January 9). A District Court appearance on the fugitive warrant was scheduled today. Additional District Court dates are coming up on January 17, 18 & 29, and on February 5, 13 & 23.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has responded to an accident this morning (January 10) on Interstate 40. The accident occurred in the eastbound lanes at exit 119 in eastern Burke County. No details were available, Highway Patrol reports they responded to the scene at approximately 8:00. Traffic was reported to be slow. The scene has since been cleared and all lanes were reported to be open.
24-year-old Cody Shane Mcallister of Amick Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (January 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Mcallister was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday.
Multiple agencies including the Catawba Fire Department reportedly responded to a house fire early this morning (January 10) on Hot Rod Road, near the Town of Catawba. Details have not been released, however, as of 6 a.m. a spokesman from the Catawba Fire Department told WHKY that cleanup at the scene was continuing. We'll have more information as it is released.
There is a new name on the Iredell County most wanted list.
21-year-old Jessica Cloer Mendez was recently added to the Iredell County most wanted list. She's wanted by authorities in Iredell County on unspecified charges. Her last known address was 153 Calhoun Road in Stony Point.
Authorities in Iredell County are continuing to seek 29-year-old Michael Borders. He's wanted for failure to notify change of address. Borders' last known address was 507 Broadway Court in Statesville.
55-year-old Freddie L. Daye Jr. is still being sought by authorities in Iredell County. He's wanted for fail to comply with a court order. Daye's last known address was 1150 Mohogany Road in Statesville.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects with their photos at www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list you can e-mail email@example.com. You can also call any tips into the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at their Statesville location, 704-878-3180, or the Mooresville office, 704-664-7500.
24-year-old Adam Kyle Ramsey of 20th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (January 9) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver counterfeit controlled substance and sell or deliver counterfeit controlled substance. Ramsey was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (January 10).
38-year-old Amanda Newton Carswell of Cooksville Road in Vale was arrested Tuesday (January 9) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with failure to appear on a count of possession of methamphetamine. Carswell was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for February 19.
Statesville Police are investigating a Tuesday morning (January 9) shooting that left three people injured. Officers responded to the incident on the 1,000 block of Caldwell Street. Upon arrival, Officers found that a home had been struck by several rounds from gunfire.
A short time later, three victims arrived at Iredell Memorial Hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds. A nine-year-old female child, a 40-year-old male and another male were shot while at the Caldwell Street residence. The two men were treated for less serious injuries; however, the child was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem for treatment. The child is listed in stable condition.
The case remains under investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Anyone with information regarding the case should contact Statesville Police at 704-878-3406 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.
36-year-old Kent Anthony Lanier was arrested Sunday (January 7) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a building, larceny, and possession of stolen goods. Lanier was arrested just before 2 p.m. Sunday and placed in jail in Lincolnton under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 9).
26-year-old Bradley Dane Cox was arrested today (January 9) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Cox was arrested at 5:21 a.m. today at the intersection of St. James Church Road and Jefferson Drive in Denver. Following the arrest, Cox was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
35-year-old Michael Ray Burgess, Jr. of White Tail Circle in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:20 yesterday afternoon (January 8) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Burgess was taken into custody without incident at a hotel on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court on the drug charge was scheduled today with another court date coming up on February 6, both in Newton.
63-year-old Lowry Eric Whetstone of Welton Way in Mooresville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:15 yesterday afternoon (January 8) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.
He was arrested after Hickory Police responded yesterday to a shoplifting call at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. According to Police, the suspect, Lowry Eric Whetstone, selected items in the store and fraudulently returned them for a store gift card and cash.
Whetstone was taken into custody without incident at the store and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
Mark Hollo, who previously represented Alexander County and the City of Hickory in the North Carolina House of Representatives, announced today (January 9) that he is seeking the Republican nomination for North Carolina Senate District 42. The district covers Catawba and Alexander Counties, the seat is currently held by Andy Wells. Mr. Hollo served as Representative for District 73 of the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2011-2015.
Mr. Hollo and his wife of 40 years, Barbara, currently reside in Conover. Hollo currently works as a Physician Assistant at Urgent Care of Mountain View’s Newton location. Previously, he was a partner and co-owner of Family Care Center in Taylorsville, from 1990 to 2013. Hollo graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1980 and is a 1983 graduate of the Physician Assistant program of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University.