32-year-old Chasity Dawn Thompson of Buckner, West Virginia was arrested Saturday (August 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Thompson was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle with no insurance, and expired or no inspection. Thompson was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, August 8).
A Sunday evening (August 7) fire in eastern Catawba County is currently under investigation. According to Sherills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue, firefighters responded to 8136 Summit Ridge Drive in Catawba shortly after 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire.
In addition to Sherrills Ford-Terrell, several departments responded to the blaze, including Catawba, Bandys, Claremont, Mooresville, Oxford, Catfish, and Denver. Catawba County EMS and the Catawba County Fire Marshal also responded.
Firefighters were on the scene until approximately 10:30 p.m. There were no injuries as a result of the fire. The Fire Marshal's Office is continuing it's investigation.
The Hickory Fire Department will host its 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, October 14, at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Bikes for Tykes program. The tournament will kick-off on Friday, October 14, at Rock Barn Golf & Spa with lunch at noon and tee off at 1:30 p.m. Following the tournament, an awards and recognition ceremony will be held.
The "Bikes for Tykes" program is an effort to benefit needy children served by the Catawba County Christmas Bureau. Bikes and toys are distributed through the Catawba County Christmas Bureau in December. Anyone wishing to volunteer, play or sponsor a hole, should contact David Mills at (828) 404-2474 or email@example.com. Registration is limited to the first 30 teams to sign up.
52-year-old Steven Allen Poarch of Camelot Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (August 6) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Poarch was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, August 8).
28-year-old Rodriguez Darius Griffith of View Court Park in Hickory was arrested Sunday (August 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with indecent liberties with a child and felony incest with a child. Griffith was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $125,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, August 8).
30-year-old Garry Dean Sanders was arrested Sunday (August 7) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking Methamphetamine.
On Sunday at 12:54 a.m., the Morganton Department of Public Safety was conducting a license checking station at the intersection of Sanford Drive and Tate Street. A purple Honda passenger car approached officers standing by waiting to check vehicles for drivers license and any other illegal activity. The driver said his drivers license was revoked. The car had four occupants and was asked to pull onto Tate Street. The two back seat passengers were reportedly acting very strange and kept moving in the rear of the seat after several commands from officers to keep their hands visible.
A K9 officers detected narcotics in the vehicle. Sanders admitted to officers that he had a needle in his pocket. An Officer conducted a search of Sanders that resulted in the discovery of three small baggies of a crystal-like substance that was determined to be methamphetamine. Sanders then stated that he had a pink book bag inside the vehicle but was taking it to someone else. Sanders was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine and a search of the vehicle was conducted. The search, which included the pink book bag, resulted in the discovery of over 300 small zip lock bags, 861 grams of methamphetamine (which is equivalent to 1.96 pounds), digital scales, and a moisture gauge.
Sanders was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $125,000 secured bond. He was not listed as an inmate as of this morning (Monday, August 8). The news release issued by Public Safety did not give any information regarding any charges against the other occupants of the vehicle. Sanders had a first court appearance scheduled for today.
46-year-old Tahara Lee Herman of Whitley Road in Morganton was arrested Friday (August 5) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of a stolen firearm, and felony maintaining a dwelling for the use of methamphetamine.
On Friday at approximately 11 a.m., officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety were called to a home at 100 Whitley Road to assist the Department of Social Services (DSS). They were responding to conduct a welfare check of a juvenile at that address. DSS had received information of illegal narcotics activity at the home. Upon arrival officers were unable to make contact with anyone in the residence, however there was indication that people were inside.
Burke County Narcotics Task Force Officers arrived to assist. Once there, officers obtained a search warrant for the residence. Officers entered the home and found the owner, Tahara Lee Herman, along with an eight-year-old child.
A search of the residence, resulted in the discovery of a felonious amount of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and drug residue. Also located at the residence was a firearm that was reported as stolen.
Herman was transported to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility, where she was detained under a $16,000 Bond. She was not listed as an inmate as of this morning (Monday, August 8). She was scheduled to appear in court today, more charges may be filed as the investigation continues. The child was taken into the custody of Burke County Department of Social Services.
35-year-old Dustin Clay Gatton of Airport Road in Statesville, 24-year-old Jessica Evon Queen of Grier Farm Road in Statesville, 39-year-old Carma Cheryl Jurney of Vinewood Drive in Stony Point, 37-year-old Angela Michelle Harris of Rimmer Road in Statesville, and 22-year-old William Anthony Jolin of Grier Farm Road in Statesville were all arrested last Thusrsday (August 4) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Gatton is charged with possession of methamphetamine. Queen, Jurney, Harris, and Jolin are all charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Thursday, members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigation Unit were called to assist North Carolina Probation and Parole investigate information about a possible methamphetamine lab at 157 Rimmer Road just north of Statesville.
While searching the location it was determined five individuals were staying at the home. During the search one individual was found to have methamphetamine in his pocket and a large quantity of meth was found in the residence which no one claimed ownership of. As a result of the search and subsequent investigation, the five suspects were arrested.
Bond for Gatton was set at $63,000 secured. Bond was set at $30,000 secured for Queen and Jolin, and $20,000 secured for Jurney and Harris. Gatton and Jolin have District Court appearances scheduled for Wednesday (August 10), Queen, Jurney, and Harris all have District Court dates August 22.
The City of Hickory has issued a news release with a clarification of transportation improvements and future traffic patterns, associated with the construction of Publix near the intersection of NC Highway 127 and 29th Avenue NE and 29th Avenue Drive NW.
2nd Street NE north of 28th Avenue NE will be closed for approximately six weeks so utilities can be safely relocated. After utilities are relocated, 2nd Street NE will be extended to 29th Avenue NE. A concrete median will be constructed along NC 127 between 29th Avenue NE and 29th Avenue Drive NW and just south of 28th Avenue NE after the 2nd Street NE extension is complete. This will prevent left turns into and out of 28th Avenue NE but right turns will still be permitted.
The majority of school traffic that usually turns left at the intersection of NC 127 at 28th Avenue NE will use the new 2nd Street NE extension to utilize the traffic signal at the intersection of NC 127 at 29th Avenue NE and 29th Avenue Drive NW. School traffic may also continue south along 2nd Street NE to 23rd Avenue NE to use the traffic signal at NC 127 at 23rd Avenue NE to turn left onto NC 127.
The intersection of 28th Avenue NE and 2nd Street NE has been converted into an all-way stop to improve safety and better serve traffic as more traffic will be traveling via 2nd Street NE after the extension to 29th Avenue NE is complete. The all-way stop will also allow school traffic to operate in a controlled pattern so that all vehicles will have a chance to proceed.
After all work is completed and new traffic patterns have been established, the traffic signal at the intersection of NC 127 and 29th Avenue NE and 29th Avenue Drive NW will be re-timed.
There will be a fundraiser Saturday (August 6) for Caleb Harris, a six-year-old student at Granite Falls Elementary School. Caleb received a new heart on June 18 of this year. The fundraiser, which will include a yard sale, bake sale, and other vendors, is being held to assist Caleb and his family pay for medical expenses and needs. The event will be going on from 8 a.m. to 12 noon in the Granite Falls Elementary parking lot. The fundraiser is not associated with Granite Falls Elementary School.
Hickory Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Speedway convenience store on Highway 127 South in Mountain View. The incident occurred at about 1:05 Thursday morning (August 4).
A 55-year-old female clerk told Police a male subject entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. He took an undisclosed sum of cash and fled the store, on foot. No one was injured.
The suspect was described only as a light-skinned male with a thin build. His face was covered by a white shirt.
Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.
24-year-old Tyree Dorian Rhinehardt of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 3:30 p.m. on one felony count each of assault by strangulation and larceny.
He was arrested in connection to an incident that occurred on July 10 near an apartment complex on the 700 block of “F” Avenue S.E. in Hickory. A 25-year-old female was allegedly assaulted by Rhinehardt, who also took her purse. The victim and Rhinehardt were acquaintances.
Rhinehardt was arrested a short time later on an unrelated federal probation violation. The victim did not report the assault until July 25, after Rhinehardt was released.
Rhinehardt turned himself in at H.P.D. headquarters yesterday. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond on the assault charge and a $1,000 secured bond on the larceny charge. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (August 5) in Newton.
26-year-old Mason Gene Melton was arrested Thursday (August 4) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Melton was placed in jail in Morganton under $3,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 12.
36-year-old James Andrew Parks Byrd of Husbands Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (August 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Byrd was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (August 8).
28-year-old Andrew Pershawn Smith of Reynolds Avenue in North Wilkesboro was arrested by Claremont Police Officers. He's charged with sell or deliver cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Smith was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Friday, August 5) under $30,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for October 12.
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek suspects on its Most Wanted List, there are some new names listed among those being sought.
Among the new names on the list is 43-year-old Jason Choate. He's wanted on felony counts of common law robbery and kidnapping. Choate's last known address was 544 Brumley Road in Mooresville.
Another new name on the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List is 31-year-old Marshall Turner. He's wanted on a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official. Turner's last known address was 111 Branch Drive in Cleveland, North Carolina.
You can see the entire list of Most Wanted suspects at the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Website, www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of any of the suspects contact the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at 704-878-3180.
A stabbing is under investigation in Statesville.
On Thursday afternoon (August 4) Statesville Police Officers responded to the report of a stabbing at a residence in the 900 block of Columbia Street. Upon arrival, officers found two victims who sustained injuries consistent with being cut or stabbed. Both victims were transported to area hospitals for treatment.
The SPD Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene as well as to the hospitals to continue the investigation into this incident. The conditions of the victims had not been provided at the time of the most recent news release.
The investigation was in its very early stages, and more information will be released if any suspect(s) are being sought, or the conditions of the victims change.
29-year-old Jeremy Dale Morgan of Gastonia and 20-year-old Victoria Jade Gardner of Belmont were both arrested Wednesday (August 3) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Morgan is charged with one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of stolen goods, possession of a firearm by a felon, assault by strangulation, and kidnapping. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count apiece of assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats. Gardner is charged with failure to appear on a warrant from Gaston County.
On Wednesday, Detective Kelly Paris followed up on a report filed by Lynette Marie Kightlinger stating that she was assaulted by Jeremy Dale Morgan, the father of her child. She told officers he grabbed her by the throat and choked her while holding a gun to her head. She went on to say that during the series of events in this incident, Morgan confined her to the bathroom of the residence in the 1900 block of Cabin Lane in Stanley and told her that he was going to kill her.
Kightliner went to a friend’s house on Highway 73 and reported the incident to the Lincoln County Communications Center. A short time later, Morgan was located at 1963 Cabin Lane and was taken into custody.
Deputies located a 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol and a 2011 Honda motorcycle in his possession, both had been reported stolen by separate agencies. The pistol was entered as stolen in Concord while the motorcycle was entered as stolen in Gaston County. Morgan was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine and it was discovered that he is a convicted felon.
Morgan was given a $9,000 secured bond on the drug charge and a no bond hold on the domestic violence charges. He was scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court today (Thursday, August 4). Gardner was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under no bond. No court date is listed for Gardner.
41-year-old Ricky Kelvin Carpenter Jr. of Brady Hoffman Road in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (August 3) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with soliciting a minor for an unlawful sex act by computer and appearing to meet the minor.
The arrest was the result of an investigation involving undercover detectives posing as an underage minor child. Carpenter and detectives exchanged dialogue on various social media outlets. The dialogue included discussion of Carpenter and the underage minor child agreeing to meet to engage in sexual activity. Arrangements were made for Carpenter to meet the child at a prearranged location. Carpenter arrived at the location and was arrested without incident.
Carpenter was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $50,0000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Thursday, August 4).
27-year-old Zachary Robert Testerman of Bar Mill Road in Millers Creek was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before ten o’clock last night (August 3) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He was also served two outstanding misdemeanor warrants for failure to appear. Those were issued in Wayne County on May 20 and June 15.
Testerman was taken into custody at the Cubbard Express store on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $14,200 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.