22-year-old Chase Alexander Eckhoff of 20th Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:40 a.m. yesterday on one felony count of breaking & entering and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. The Dept. of Probation & Parole also charged him with a parole violation.
He was arrested after Hickory Police responded on July 8 to a residential break-in at an address on 20th Avenue N.W. The suspect, who was later identified as Chase Alexander Eckhoff, was not on the scene when Officers arrived. A warrant for Eckhoff’s arrest was issued on July 11.
He was taken into custody without incident Thursday at an address on Old Lenoir Road in Hickory. Eckhoff was locked up in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $12,000, secured. He’ll appear in District Court Monday (July 16) in Newton with another court date coming up on August 8.
38-year-old Joshua Allen Abee of Mt. Home Church Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. The warrant for his arrest was issued on June 4 by authorities in Burke County.
Abee was taken into custody without incident at about 4:45 a.m. today at a pharmacy on 2nd Street N.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention facility under a $20,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was set for August 13 in Morganton.
49-year-old John Alan Thomas of Murphy Street in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:20 last night (July 12) on one felony count each of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and failure to appear on a felony probation violation.
Events leading to Thomas’ arrest began as Hickory Police responded to the Walmart gas station of Highway 70 S.W. in reference to a stolen motor vehicle. The vehicle was found at an address about two miles further west on Highway 70 S.W. The driver, who was identified as John Alan Thomas, was taken into custody without incident.
Thomas was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $35,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton with a Superior Court date coming up on July 25.
35-year-old Jammy Lee Carswell was arrested Thursday (July 12) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny and receiving or possessing stolen goods. Carswell was arrested at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Monday (July 16).
27-year-old Austin David Jaynes was arrested Thursday (July 12) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with five felony counts of forgery of an endorsement. Jaynes was arrested shortly after 5:30 p.m. Thursday and placed in jail in Morganton under $80,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (July 16).
63-year-old Yvonne Louise Fuller of Greylin Loop in Statesville was arrested Sunday (July 8) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony assault inflicting serious injury to a law enforcement officer, along with two misdemeanor counts of communicating threats, and single misdemeanor counts of assault on a government official, disorderly conduct, and resisting a public officer.
According to a news release issued Thursday (July 12), a deputy working security at Iredell Memorial Hospital on Sunday, was assaulted while attempting to detain an unruly patient in the Emergency Room. The suspect, Yvonne Louise Fuller, became loud and verbally abusive towards hospital staff and others when asked to leave. Fuller had been observed by hospital staff members taking items out of the cabinets in the emergency room.
According to the news release, Fuller told one of the security guards she would take his gun and shoot him in the head. An Iredell County Sheriff's Deputy went to assist the security guard and Fuller reportedly threatened the Deputy. She told him he would have to kill her and she was going to kill him and everyone else in the hospital.
While attempting to take Fuller into custody, the officer sustained lacerations to a hand. After she was taken into custody, it was determined Fuller had outstanding warrants from the Statesville Police Department. That agency was called to the hospital and took Fuller into their custody.
Following her arrest, Fuller was given a $10,000 secured bond. She's scheduled to appear in District Court July 25.
52-year-old Jeraine Ray Wilson of Plateau Road in Vale was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. Wilson is charged with habitual larceny and with being an habitual felon. The suspect was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (July 13) under $30,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 20.
26-year-old Gage Bellamy of Chansler Drive in Claremont was arrested Thursday (July 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation and failure to appear on a count of driving while license revoked. Bellamy was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for next Monday (July 16) and a District Court appearance is scheduled for September 12.
31-year-old Brandon Gene Mayers of Byers, Colorado, was arrested Thursday (July 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges are on warrants from 2015. Mayers was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled today (July 13).
54-year-old James Brian Jarvis of Dappler Lane in Salisbury was arrested today (July 12) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged in Catawba County with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance.
Jarvis is charged in Rowan County with nine counts of trafficking, opium or heroin, three counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, two counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver schedule II and schedule I controlled substance, and one count of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle.
Jarvis was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $175,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for Friday (July 13) in Catawba County and next Monday (July 16) in Rowan County.
36-year-old Aaron Lee Geter of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:25 yesterday afternoon (July 11) on one felony count of habitual larceny.
Geter was arrested in connection to an incident on july 3 when Hickory Police responded to a reported larceny at the Cubbard Express store on 16th Street N.E. The suspect, who was identified as Aaron Lee Geter, was no longer on-site when Officers arrived. Warrants for Geter’s arrest were issued.
He was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the Hickory Police Department. Geter was confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.
24-year-old Aleia Kianna Rice of 8th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before ten o’clock last night (July 11) for a felony probation violation. She was also charged with failure to appear on a felony count of possession of cocaine. Rice was initially arrested in August of 2016 when 0.8 grams of crack cocaine was found following a traffic stop.
Rice was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was set for September 20 in Newton.
37-year-old David Troy Cheatham, Jr. of Shannonbrook Drive in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (July 12) on two felony counts of failure to appear and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear. He allegedly failed to appear in court on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked (two counts), larceny of a motor vehicle and failure to stop for a steady red light. Some of the charges originated in Alexander County.
Cheatham was initially arrested during a traffic stop on June 9. He was charged at that time in connection to a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Newton.
Cheatham was taken into custody today without incident at about 1:15 a.m. at a shopping center on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was locked up in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $44,500 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today with additional court dates coming up on July 16 and August 8 in Newton and Taylorsville.
Catawba County has confirmed a sixth case of rabies in the county this year. On July 8, Catawba Co. Animal Services responded to a call from a Newton resident who saw three horses, two miniature ponies and two donkeys that were exposed to a skunk in the pastures where they were confined on his property.
The skunk was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Catawba County on July 11 that the skunk tested positive for rabies. Animal Services is confirming the vaccination status of the animals and advising the resident on appropriate follow-up care, as needed.
Animal Services reminds pet owners that rabies is still present in the local wild animal population and is a threat to pets and humans year-round. Signs that an animal may be infected with rabies include loss of appetite, irritability, unusual aggression, lack of fear, restlessness, dilated pupils, seizures, trembling and unsteadiness, difficulty swallowing and drooling or foaming at the mouth.
The best way to protect pets from rabies is to have them properly vaccinated for rabies. For more information, call Catawba Co. Animal Services at 828-464-7686.
A pair of Interstate 40 bridges in Burke County will be replaced thanks to a contract awarded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. NCDOT recently awarded a $12.4 million contract to Dane Construction Inc., of Mooresville to replace the bridges on I-40 that cross Mineral Springs Mountain Road at exit 112 in Burke County.
Approximately 49,000 vehicles travel that stretch of I-40 per day, according to a traffic count in 2016. The bridges, built in 1958, no longer meet the current design standards for the volume of traffic. The new bridges will meet current design standards for lane widths and shoulder width and accommodate expected future capacity needs.
Work may begin as early as July 30 on these bridges. The contract calls for work to be completed by March 30, 2021. Construction will be conducted at night as necessary to limit backups and to reduce the impact on travelers. This was one of 25 road and bridge contracts recently awarded by the NCDOT. Per state law they went to the lowest qualified bidder for each project. The contracts are worth nearly $630 million.
Additional charges have been filed against an Alexander County man charged with shooting at firefighters. 54-year-old Michael Douglas Porter of Icard Ridge Road in Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (July 10) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He was initially charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon on emergency personnel. On Wednesday (July 11), the Sheriff's Office charged Porter with two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
On Tuesday at approximately 5:30 p.m., Alexander County Communications received a grass fire call outside a residence on Icard Ridge Road in the Bethlehem Community. The Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the fire. Upon arrival, the firemen heard a loud pop and later learned that a man who lived across the street had discharged a firearm in their direction.
The firemen told the occupant of the property to go back into his residence, and retreated to the fire truck, where they radioed for law enforcement backup. Deputies from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office responded to the backup request, and they located the suspect.
Porter was transported to the Alexander County Detention Center, where he was initially placed under a $20,000 secured bond. His bond has since been increased to $100,000 secured. A first appearance in District Court is scheduled for next Monday (July 16).
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance in identifying a suspect in a business break-in. On Tuesday July 3, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a breaking and entering to BP at 1422 West Memorial Highway in Harmony.
According to the incident report the suspect (pictured) used a pry tool to gain entry into the business shortly after 2 a.m. The suspect then used the pry tool to attempt to gain entry into the cash register, but was unsuccessful and took the cash drawer. The suspect then fled the store on foot to a waiting car that was parked nearby. The vehicle is described as a burgundy four door sedan.
If you have information, contact the Iredell/Statesville Crime Stoppers at (704) 662-1340. You can also contact Detective Sergeant Getz with the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at (704) 878-3180.
29-year-old Jessie James Shull of Love Road in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (July 11) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with three counts of felony probation violation and one count of misdemeanor probation violation. Shull was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. Superior and District Court appearances are scheduled for next Monday (July 16).
27-year-old Amber Marie Lewis of Lyle Haven Drive in Conover was arrested Wednesday (July 11) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. She's charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises, and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine. Lewis was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 12).
37-year-old Steven Chad Lawrence of 5th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:25 last night (July 10) on one felony count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and one misdemeanor count of defrauding an innkeeper.
He was arrested after Officers responded to Kickback Jack’s on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in reference to a white male subject leaving the restaurant without paying his bill. The suspect left after attempting to use a fraudulent credit card that was declined. Police found the suspect, Steven Chad Lawrence, just north of the restaurant where he was taken into custody without incident.
Lawrence was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.