Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night (August 15).
Council will consider the "Brunch Bill" at tomorrow night's meeting. Under new business at the Tuesday night meeting, Council will hold a public hearing to hear comments on the consideration of an amendment to the City's Code of Ordinance related to the sale of beer and wine on Sundays. This is related to the North Carolina General Assembly enacting Senate Bill 155, also known as the "Brunch Bill" which authorizes city and county governments to adopt an ordinance to allow alcohol sales beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Senate Bill 155 was enacted on June 29, 2017.
Also under new business tomorrow night, the public hearing for the consideration of amendments to Chapter 4, Animals and Fowl of the Hickory City Code of Ordinance will be continued. The proposed amendments add definitions related to animals and regulate the keeping of large domestic, small domestic, and household animals based upon zoning districts.
The consent agenda includes a pair of items related to the acceptance of bids and awarding of contracts. One of the items is a bid in the amount of $280,761.55 for a 2018 Crane Carrier Cab. The other bid is $242,026.38 for another 2018 Crane Carrier Cab. The equipment is for the city's Residential Solid Waste Division.
Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in Hickory.
26-year-old Logan Dean Baker of Phillips Lane in Statesville was arrested Tuesday (August 8) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, larceny, identity theft, larceny of a motor vehicle and obtain property by false pretense.
On May 31, Deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received reports of breaking and entering to motor vehicles and the larceny of debit and credit cards on Huntfield Way in Mooresville. The vehicles were unlocked at the time of the break ins. Detective Patrick Irwin with the Criminal Investigations Division was assigned the case and began speaking with witnesses and community members on Huntfield Way. During the investigation, Detective Irwin discovered that transactions were made on the victim’s credit card after it was stolen at the Mooresville Wal-Mart on Norman Station Boulevard.
Detective Irwin was able to obtain clear video footage of the suspect using the stolen debit cards as well as the vehicle the suspect was driving. The footage was then circulated on social media and Detective Irwin received several responses from citizens of Iredell County stating that the person in the video was a Logan Dean Baker of Phillips Lane in Statesville. Baker's family confirmed that it was him in the video footage and that the vehicle belonged to family members. Baker refused to interview with police regarding the case.
Arrest warrants were obtained on June 14. On Tuesday, after two months of eluding Law Enforcement, Baker was arrested by Salisbury Police. The arrest was made after Statesville Police made a request due to the larceny of a motor vehicle in that city. Bond for Baker was set at $25,000 secured. A District Court date is scheduled for August 25.
37-year-old Bobby Lee Fish was arrested Wednesday (August 9) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony discharging a firearm into occupied property. The charge is on a warrant from 2016. Following the arrest, Fish was placed in jail in Lincolnton under no bond. No court date was listed.
54-year-old Tammy Lynn Crawley was arrested Thursday (August 10) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony possession of controlled substance on the premises of a penal institution. Crawley had previously been charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Crawley was detained in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center in Lincolnton under $13,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
60-year-old Terry Russell Cooke of Collettsville Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and alter or remove a firearm serial number. Cooke was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 11.
50-year-old Leslea Coffey Prestwood of Berkley Avenue in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (August 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony obtaining property by false prestense, and larceny of motor parts. Prestwood was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Thursday (August 10).
42-year-old Shasta Clark Ball was arrested Thursday (August 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. No address was listed for Ball. She's charged with felony counts of traffic in heroin or opium and sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Ball was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 11.
28-year-old Megan Stamey Pair of Claremont was arrested this morning (August 11) on charges filed by the Claremont and Conover Police Departments. She's charged by Claremont Police with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and resisting a public officer. Conover Police charged Pair with larceny of a motor vehicle. She was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $13,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today.
25-year-old Joseph Dale Arrington of 1st Avenue Place NW in Conover was arrested Thursday (August 10) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with two counts apiece of trafficking, opium or heroin by sale, delivery and possession, trafficking, opium or heroin by transport, and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Arrington was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $250,000 total bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 5.
16-year-old Kevin Blaine Jenkins of Rhodhiss Road in Connelly Springs and 16-year-old Cody Dean Limbo of Airport Rhodhiss Road in Hickory were arrested Wednesday (August 9) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with six felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, single felony counts of attempted breaking and entering to a building, larceny of a firearm, and possession of a stolen firearm, and two misdemeanor counts apiece of larceny and possession of stolen goods.
On Wednesday (August 9) shortly after 1 p.m., deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Highway 70 and Rhodhiss Road, in reference to a reported breaking and entering in progress. A Sheriff's Office detective investigating previous cases in the area was on the scene in less than one minute. Two defendants were located and identified as Kevin Blaine Jenkins and Cody Dean Limbo. During the course of the investigation, Jenkins and Limbo were also linked to the vehicle break-ins reported in the Knob Mountain Road area on August 4-6.
Anyone with any information regarding previous break-ins in the Rhodhiss area is asked to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton-Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333. All Crimestoppers tips are anonymous, and anyone with information leading an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward. Jenkins and Limbo were taken into custody and confined at Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $50,000 secured bond each. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (August 11).
20-year-old Kayla Marie Horne of Cedar Brook Drive in Kannapolis was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious physical injury.
On August 2 a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s office in reference to a ten-week-old child who had suffered a broken arm. The child was taken to Lake Norman Regional Medical Center by family members. Medical staff notified the Iredell County Department of Social Services as well as the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. The report was assigned to Detective Sergeant Amy Dyson of the Special Victim’s Unit.
Due to the extent of the child’s injuries, the child was transferred to Levine’s Children’s Hospital at Carolina’s Medical Center. Upon further evaluation, the child was found to have a fractured arm, a healing fracture on the other arm, and three healing rib fractures. Several additional witnesses were identified and interviewed, and as a result of the investigation Horne was arrested and charged.
Horne was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where her bond was set at $125,000 secured. She's scheduled to appear in District Court August 28.
A Father and Son have now been charged in connection to the death of Harry Lewis Bruner Jr. His body was found with a gunshot wound in a burning home on South U.S. 321 in Newton Saturday morning (August 5). 38-year-old Nicholas Francis Smith of Lineberger Road in Conover and 17-year-old Nolan Andre Smith of West Herman Street in Newton have each been charged with accessory after the fact. WHKY's Fentress Chestnut learned that the two are accused of hiding evidence and the murder weapon.
Wednesday morning (August 9) 16-year-old Lennon Riley Henderson of South Cline Avenue in Newton appeared before a judge in Catawba County District Court, he faces a charge of murder. WHKY learned that he and the victim were cousins, and that Henderson had lived with Bruner for several months before this incident happened. Search warrants showed there was a possible break-in and firefighters also found flammable liquid in a container near the kitchen stove.
Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set to hide evidence, all three suspects remained in the Catawba County Detention Facility as of this morning (August 11) as the investigation continues.
A teenager is dead after troopers said he was hit by a driver overnight on Interstate 40 in Conover. WHKY's Fentress Fountain reports that the North Carolina State Highway Patrol told her that 18-year-old Jose Torrez was lying in the roadway when he was struck.
Investigators told Fentress that the accident happened at 10:43 p.m. Wednesday in the westbound lanes, near First Street West. Troopers say the driver was entering the interstate on a sharp curve and hit the teenager. The Highway Patrol is trying to figure out why Torres was in the roadway. Investigators say it's possible he fell or was pushed from the bridge above the ramp.
Investigators said Torres appeared to have injuries that occurred before being struck by the vehicle. The driver did not have time to stop so no charges are pending. Fentress Fountain will have details on this incident on tonight's WHKY-TV News at 5:30 and 10:00.
24-year-old Ryan Rudy Elledge of Fallen Pine Road in Sherrills Ford was arrested this morning (August 10) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking, opium or heroin, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin. Elledge was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $150,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
59-year-old Lester Leon Craft of Hickory, was found guilty of failing to comply with sex offender registration guidelines by a jury during Catawba County Superior Court last week. Craft also admitted his habitual felon status, enhancing the sentence that he was given by the Honorable Forrest D. Bridges, Superior Court Judge from Cleveland County, on August 2.
Judge Bridges sentenced Craft to a prison term of six to eight years. Craft’s sentence was enhanced by his habitual felon status, which includes prior felony convictions for breaking and entering in Catawba County (March 1990), possession of stolen goods in Catawba County (January 1999) and breaking and entering in Iredell County (August 2003). This is his second stint serving prison time as a habitual felon.
When Craft was released from prison in March 2016, he registered an address with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office as he was required to do. However, he never lived at the address he gave. He was afforded opportunities to correct the issue but did not and was arrested for providing false information regarding his sex offender registration.
Darren Lackey handled the investigation for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Michael Van Buren prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
40-year-old Dexter Leon Surratt of Hickory, was found guilty of failing to register as a sex offender and of his status as an habitual felon by a Catawba County Superior Court jury last week. The Honorable Forrest D. Bridges, Superior Court Judge from Cleveland County, sentenced Surratt to a prison term of four to seven years in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections on August 3.
Surratt’s prison term was enhanced by his habitual felon status, which includes prior felony convictions for indecent liberties with a child in Catawba County (June 1994), possession of a controlled substance in prison in Bladen County (July 1997) and failure to register as a sex offender in Catawba County (April 2014).
The defendant was released from prison in July 2015 and had three days to register as a sex offender. He refused to fill out the proper paperwork and was taken into custody again. After opting to register appropriately as instructed to do by his probation officer and being released about two weeks later, Surratt gave the name of a local hotel but did not provide specific details.
Investigation into the matter showed that he never checked in at the hotel, nor had he properly registered with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. The probation officer issued a warrant for Surratt’s arrest for absconding, and the Sheriff’s Office sought him for failure to register.
Tommy Scarborough investigated the case for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Michael Van Buren handled prosecution for the State.
19-year-old Nicholas Brian Price was arrested Wednesday (August 9) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony non-forced breaking and entering. Price was placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (August 11).
53-year-old Kimberly Lynn Walker Greer of Heart Road in West Jefferson was arrested Wednesday (August 9) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance. Greer posted $6,500 secured bond and was released from custody. No court date was listed.
35-year-old Ray Theodore Horne of Pony Court in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon. Horne was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 10).
31-year-old Tammy Lee Horne of Celia Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 9) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Horne was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for August 10 and September 11.