21-year-old Nicholas Anthony Santellan of 34th Street Drive in Hickory was arrested (March 17) by Hickory Police Officers on one felony count of possession of heroin.
Officers arrived to a local business after receiving a service call. There, they arrested Santellan, who also had a warrant for failure to appear in court. During his apprehension, Officers found 1.1 grams of heroin.
Santellan was taken to the Catawba County Justice Center under a $2,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today in Newton.
24-year-old Nicholas Dalton Robinson was arrested Saturday (March 16) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny, possession or receiving goods from a construction site and simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance. Robinson was arrested at 3 p.m. Saturday and placed in jail under $63,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 18).
Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night (March 19).
Under new business, council will hold four public hearings. Two of the hearings are to receive comments on the annexation and rezoning of property on Startown Road. The property is owned by Horizon REI Group. The developer is seeking to create a pedestrian friendly, low impact, mixed use village that will complement on-going development in the area. It would also provide housing for those employed in the Trivium Corporate Center.
One of the other public hearings scheduled is to receive comments on a resolution directing that a street improvement project be undertaken. The improvements would be done to the curb, gutter, and sidewalk on property at 1002 and 1092 33rd Avenue Loop NE.
The consent agenda includes the approval of an agreement with WithersRavenel in the amount of $40,800 for the evaluation of the Water Treatment Facility coagulation and filtration project.
Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building, 76 North Center Street in Hickory.
Unemployment rates increased across the Greater Hickory Metro and across the state according to the latest report issued by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The numbers are for the month of January, the report was released Friday (March 15).
Catawba County's unemployment rate is 4 percent even, up from 3.4 percent in the December report. Alexander County shows a jobless rate of 3.7 percent, up from 3.3 in the last Report. Burke County's unemployment rate is 4.1 percent, up from 3.6. Caldwell County has a jobless rate of 4.8 percent, up from 4.1 percent in the December report.
The Unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 4.2 percent, up from 3.6 percent in the last report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the fifth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.
The statewide unemployment rate for January is 4.5 percent, up from 3.8 percent in December. Unemployment rates increased in all of North Carolina's 100 counties. Hyde County has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 13.3 percent, Buncombe County has the lowest at 3.4 percent.
41-year-old Michael Shawn Wright and 38-year-old Allison Brewer Deese, both of the same Cat Square Road, Vale, address, were arrested Sunday (March 17) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. Wright is charged with discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle. Deese is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and shoplifting with concealment of goods.
Both suspects were detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility. Bond for Wright was set at $11,000, Deese received a $10,000 bond. Wright was scheduled to appear in District Court today (March 18). Deese has a Superior Court date April 1.
35-year-old Mikkie Elizabeth Wylie and 43-year-old Larry Wade Stanley II, both of Guy Heavner Road in Lincolnton, were arrested Friday (March 15) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wylie received additional charges during the arrest including one misdemeanor count each of assault on a government official and resisting a public officer. Stanley was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
On Friday, a detective with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was assaulted while attempting to serve felony arrest warrants for two individuals in western Lincoln County. The assault occurred near the 7100 block of Doyle Beam Memorial Road in Vale.
Officers were attempting to arrest two individuals in a residence when a female suspect was taken into custody. While walking the woman to a patrol vehicle, the suspect attempted to pull away from the officer, refusing to be placed into the patrol car. When a Detective got the suspect to the car, he attempted to place her inside and she kicked him multiple times about the legs and chest.
The second suspect, a man, was found hiding behind a bed in a bedroom and arrested without incident. Both suspects had outstanding felony warrants for various drug violations and the male suspect had an additional warrant for possessing a firearm while being a convicted felon. The charges came after the result of a search conducted by deputies on March 13, 2019 at the home of the suspects near the 900 block of Guy Heavner Road in Lincolnton.
Wylie was jailed under a $70,000 secured bond, Stanley received a $75,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (March 18).
According to detectives, the case is still under investigation and more arrests and additional charges may be forthcoming.
20-year-old Adam Thomas Morgan was arrested Saturday (March 16) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Morgan is charged in connection to a February shooting incident in Stony Point.
Morgan was taken into custody following a manhunt initiated Friday. According to reports, he was found hiding in an Alexander County residence Saturday. Morgan was scheduled to appear in District Court today (March 18). Authorities were expected to release more information on the case later this morning.
The City of Lenoir plans to close a section of West Avenue this afternoon (March 18). Workers are installing electrical conduit to up fit the electrical service at the Downtown stage.
Public Works staff will close West Avenue between Mulberry Street and Main Street at 1:00 p.m. The block will remain closed throughout the afternoon until workers complete the upgrade.
Drivers on West Avenue will detour from West Avenue onto Mulberry Street, then to Ashe Avenue and Main Street, and back to West Avenue. Public Works Director Jared Wright apologized for the inconvenience and said they will re-open the street as soon as possible.
30-year-old Christopher Bernard Cabinet of Nuway Circle in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (March 14) by Lenoir Police Officers on two felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a schedule 1 controlled substance.
Cabinet was taken to Caldwell County Detention Center under a $7,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for March 18.
26-year-old Adam Christopher Daly, 50-year-old Carolyn Elizabeth Gibson, and 34-year-old Michael Shane Coffey, all from the same address on Jolly Place in Lenoir, along with 29-year-old Brittany Correl Greene of Twin Meadow Drive in Hudson, have all been arrested by Lenoir Police on drug charges.
Daly and Greene were both charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine. Daly was also charged with felony counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, and possession of a firearm by a felon. Gibson was charged with felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, while Coffey faces one felony count for possession of meth.
They were arrested just after nine o'clock last night (March 14) when Lenoir Police Officers with the Narcotics Unit and the Special Response Team, with assistance from the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant at the suspects' residence on Jolly Place. During the search, Investigators found and seized 2.8 grams of meth, a sawed-off shotgun, and $510 in cash. The drugs seized have an estimated value of $435.
These arrests were the result of a two-month-long investigation. More charges may be forthcoming.
All four suspects were taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center where Daly was given a $100,000 secured bond. Greene's bond was set at $20,000, secured. Gibson was given a $10,000 secured bond and Coffey was held under a $15,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Lenoir.
33-year-old Michael David Kennedy of 12th Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 8:30 a.m. yesterday (March 14) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Kennedy was arrested after Officers responded to a reported injured person in a business parking lot on Springs Road N.E. Upon arrival, Police found Kennedy, who appeared to be passed out inside a 2001 Buick Century. During the incident, Officers found 0.6 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle.
Kennedy was taken into custody without incident. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
31-year-old David Allen Dawson was arrested Thursday (March 15) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to automobiles, trailers, boats, aircraft or watercraft, failure to appear on a felony, and probation violation. Dawson was arrested shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday and was being held in jail in Morganton under $60,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for April 15.
29-year-old Alvin Lorance Hames of Maple Street in Granite Falls and 43-year-old Michael Richard Stout of Spruce Avenue in Hudson were both arrested Thursday (March 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony chop shop activity with the VIN or vehicle part number changed. Both suspects were brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $15,000 secured apiece. They both have District Court appearances next Monday (March 18).
28-year-old Stephanie Jocelynn-Reeves Ouellette, who is listed as a homeless person from Taylorsville, was arrested by Long View Police Officers. She was charged with attempt to break or enter. Ouellette was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (March 15) under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
29-year-old Nou Long Yang of George Hildebran School Road in Hickory was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of cocaine. Yang is also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a news release issued Thursday (March 14), on February 28, 2019, officers with the NC Probation and Parole Office initiated an investigation at an address on George Hildebran School Road and requested assistance from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives.
Officers made contact with Nou Long Yang who is currently on supervised probation for a felony hit and run with injury. Following a search of the residence, methamphetamine, cocaine and drug paraphernalia were seized. Yang was arrested and charged at the magistrate office by narcotics detectives.
He was detained in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $9,000 secured bond. He was no longer listed as an inmate in Burke County. A District Court date is scheduled for March 25.
22-year-old Corey Jacob Young of Berry Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Thursday (March 14) by authorities in Caldwell County on a charge filed in Catawba County. Young is charged with felony larceny of a firearm. He was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (March 18).
29-year-old Larry William Keller III of Smokey Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (March 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers on two felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and obtaining property by false pretense.
Keller was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center, he has since been released under a $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for April 3.
38-year-old Keith James Ledford of Midas Bolick Road in Granite Falls was arrested yesterday (March 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of financial card fraud. He’s also charged with failure to appear twice in court.
Ledford was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set $12,000, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (March 14).
47-year-old Joreal Arvel Logan of Kirkland Avenue in Hudson was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (March 13) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. Following his arrest, Logan was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $25,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.
42-year-old Christopher Lee Walker of 19th Avenue S.W. in Hickory, 36-year-old James Russell Braswell of Wilson Road in Hildebran, and 19-year-old Cameron Wayne Dellinger of Mountain Terrace Drive in Hickory have all been arrested by Hickory Police. They were each charged with felony buying or receiving stolen goods. Walker was also served a bill of indictment for felony possession of methamphetamine.
No details were released regarding the stolen property charges. Walker's drug charge stems from an incident in January 2018. At that time, following a traffic stop, Walker was found with half a gram of meth in his possession.
All three suspects were taken into custody without incident between 9:45 and 10:30 a.m. yesterday (March 13) at a recycling business on 3rd Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory. They were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Walker set at $20,000, secured. Braswell was given a $10,000 secured bond, while Dellinger was held under a $5,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton. Walker was also due in Superior Court today on the drug charge.