At 8:57 this morning (June 17), the Hickory Fire Department responded to a call regarding a band’s tour bus that was on fire at the Hollar Mill on Highland Avenue S.E. in Hickory. The band, Elephant Revival, is scheduled to play tonight at Hollar Mill. Two engines, one ladder truck and a rescue vehicle responded to the call.
The band members were safely evacuated, along with at least some of their equipment. No injuries were reported. The interior of the bus was heavily damaged, according to Fire Education Coordinator Terri Byers.
Byers also said the Red Cross would assist the victims. As of this morning, there was no word on the status of tonight’s scheduled performance.
A firefighter who served with the East Lincoln and Alexis Fire Departments died while working out on Thursday. According to published reports, 34-year-old Joshua Warren went out for a jog while on duty Thursday morning but never made it back to the fire station.
The published reports say that officials said Joshua Warren had just returned from a medical call when he took part in physical fitness training at East Lincoln Middle School. He was jogging around 11 a.m. when he collapsed. Medics rushed the firefighter to CHS-Lincoln Medical Center, where he later died.
Warren was reportedly working part-time for Alexis Fire Department at the time. He had been an active member of the East Lincoln Fire Department since 2013. In addition, he worked part-time as a firefighter for Alexis Fire Department.
He was a father of two children, an eight-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son.
55-year-old Tracy Alan Schmitz of Owens Mountain Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Wednesday (June 15) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with felony solicit a minor by computer for sexual activity and appearing.
According to a news release issued Thursday (June 16) by the Lincolnton Police Department, the arrest took place as detectives located an ad posted by Schmitz on social media looking to meet a “younger” person to meet for sexual activity. Detectives posed as an underage minor and responded to Schmitz’s posting. Upon exchanging information with Schmitz, detectives (posing as the minor) and Schmitz agreed to meet at a location in Lincolnton for the sexual activity. Schmitz arrived at the prearranged location and was subsequently arrested without any further incident.
Schmitz was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $75,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a District Court appearance Thursday. His next District Court date is July 7.
We have an update on a case involving a robbery at a Granite Falls Convenience store.
On June 6, Jack B Quick on Falls Avenue was broken into and robbed. The Granite Falls Police Department reported an unidentified male forcibly entered the business through a front glass door, forced open a cash register and stole an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect also stole several items of property while inside of the business, mainly cigarettes. The suspect was driving what appeared to be a newer model white four door passenger car.
Granite Falls Police have obtained video surveillance footage from an area business which shows the suspect’s vehicle more clearly. Anyone that can identify the suspect vehicle pictured with this story is asked to contact Detective Clint Ferguson with the Granite Falls Police Department at (828)396-3358, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Caldwell County Crimestoppers at (828)758-8300.
55-year-old Rhonda Dula of Rock Creek Drive in Newton was arrested Thursday (June 16) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with trafficking, opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Dula was jailed at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, June 17).
One of Burke County's Most Wanted suspects was arrested earlier this week.
33-year-old Valerie Latrice Moore of Morganton was arrested Wednesday (June 15) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony counts of uttering a forged instrument, breaking and entering, and obtaining property by false pretense. Moore is also charged with two counts of failure to appear. She'd been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted list since May 20. Moore was placed in jail under $27,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Friday, June 17).
You can see the entire list of Burke County's Most Wanted suspects at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information about any of the suspects on the list, you can call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail email@example.com. You can submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers.
21-year-old Aalyiah Zhane Fields of 3rd Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:20 this morning (June 16) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses.
Her arrest comes in connection to an incident in September of 2015 at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. In that case, two individuals put various clothing items into a Walmart bag and then went to the service desk where they attempted to return the items for cash.
A prosecution summary was submitted to the District Attorney’s office, resulting in Fields’ arrest today. Hers is the only arrest in the case, thus far.
Fields was taken into custody without incident at her residence. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $2,500, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for tomorrow in Newton.
33-year-old Aaron James Henderson of 1st Avenue NW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (June 15) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana along with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Henderson was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,500 bond. a District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, June 16).
33-year-old Natashia Dominique Allen of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (June 16) on one felony count of failure to appear.
The charge comes in connection to an arrest in January of this year. A traffic stop was conducted on the 100 block of 7th Avenue S.E. for a vehicle with no license tag lights. A search turned up 3.4 grams of crack cocaine and one gram of marijuana. Allen was charged with possession, with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. Also arrested at that time was 34-year-old Lavonnie Lee White.
Allen was taken into custody without incident at 1:40 a.m. today and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for August 1 in Newton.
32-year-old Bernard Maurice Washington of Norwood Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 15) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with a felony count of being a fugitive from another state. The state Washington is wanted in was not known by the spokesperson we contacted at the Caldwell County Detention Center. Washington was jailed under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, June 16) in Lenoir.
23-year-old Garrett Scott Dellinger of Deer Brook Road in Lenoir and 33-year-old Christina Louise Hernandez of River Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs were both arrested by Hickory Police last night (June 15). Dellinger was charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor possession of stolen property. Hernandez faces a felony possession of heroin charge from 2015, plus she was charged with failure to appear in connection to the heroin charge.
They were arrested after Officers on patrol on Highway 127 South saw a Hyundai Elantra they recognized as a stolen vehicle from Lenoir. Police ran the tag and confirmed that the vehicle was stolen. Officers stopped the vehicle at 3rd Street S.E. and 9th Avenue S.E.
Dellinger was the driver. A female passenger in the front seat was not charged. Hernandez was a passenger in the rear seat.
The heroin charge against Hernandez is the result of an incident on November 11 of last year. Police responded to the McDonald’s restaurant on Fairgrove Church Road where Hernandez was unconscious in the restroom. After several minutes, Police were able to get her to come out. They described Hernandez as being disoriented. A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of a syringe and 0.2 grams of heroin in her purse. She was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center for treatment. A prosecution summary was submitted to the District Attorney, leading to the issuance of warrants and her eventual arrest yesterday.
Both subjects were taken into custody without incident and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Dellinger set at $40,000, secured, while Hernandez was given a $9,500 secured bond. Hernandez has since been released. Dellinger was scheduled to appear in District Court and Hernandez had a Superior Court date, both today in Newton.
The two survivors of a deadly accident on Lake Norman are in good condition, according to Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire Rescue.
Chief Rick Davis of Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire & Rescue said Ben Godfrey and Derek Sigmon, both Firefighters and certified public safety divers with Sherrills Ford, have returned to active duty after last week's diving emergency that took the life of fellow Firefighter, Captain Bradley Long.
In a statement released by Catawba County Emergency Management, the fire department expressed its appreciation for the community's prayers and thoughts.
The incident, which occurred on June 6, is still under investigation by local, state and federal agencies.
31-year-old Rebecca Ann Hill of Austin Welch Road in Franklin was arrested Wednesday (June 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and soliciting prostitution. Hill was detained at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, June 16).
28-year-old Gerald Lee Abernathy Jr. of Pony Court in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of methamphetamine. Abernathy was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, June 16).
30-year-old Christopher Ross Canella of Kool Park Road N.E. in Hickory was arrested this morning (Thursday, June 16) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance, felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver a schedule IV controlled substance, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Canella was taken into custody without incident at 2:30 a.m. today at the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. He was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for tomorrow (June 17).
46-year-old Kerri Elaine Giles of Berry Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Wednesday (June 15) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on a bill of indictment with trafficking in methamphetamine. Giles was jailed at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, June 16).
43-year-old John Riley Wrenn of Glenwood Avenue in Greensboro was arrested June 6 by Randolph County Sheriff's Officers and is charged in connection with an incident in Iredell County. He's charged with felony larceny in connection with a crime that occurred on May 28.
According to a news release issued Wednesday (June 15), on May 30 the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle. During the break-in, diamond rings and cash were stolen from inside the vehicle, which was located at a residence on Powell Bridge Road in Harmony.
Detective Brad Stroud was assigned the case and was able to locate the rings at a pawn shop in Greensboro. Detective Stroud discovered the rings had been pawned by John Riley Wrenn. The investigation showed that the suspect had permission to be in the vehicle and was also the victim’s then boyfriend. The victim’s rings were worth over $1,800 total, which resulted in the suspect being charged with felony larceny.
Wrenn has a previous criminal history of obtaining property by false pretense, larceny, and uttering a forged instrument. Wrenn's bond was set at $2,500 secured. His next appearance is scheduled for June 27 in District Court.
A Lincoln County man is facing a number of charges after authorities say he fled the scene of a hit and run accident. The incident occurred on Highway 150 East near Ivey Church Road this past Sunday (June 12). The man was apprehended in Catawba County earlier this week.
35-year-old Joseph Adam Burrell of Roundtree Lane in Lincolnton is accused of crashing into another vehicle and fleeing the scene of the accident into a nearby wooded area. Several hours later the Lincoln County Communications Center began receiving calls from residents in the Old Pond Drive and Otis Dellinger Road area about vehicle break-ins and a possible home invasion.
Deputies were dispatched to the scene and it was determined that the suspect in the home invasion matched the description given out by the State Highway Patrol of the person involved in the hit and run accident.
According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, on Old Pond Drive Burrell entered a residence while the homeowner was home and fled when he was approached by the individual. Deputies say the man went next door and stole a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. Warrants taken out on Burrell and the State Highway Patrol resulted in the suspect being located in Catawba County on Tuesday (June 14). He was taken into custody on that date. According to a news release, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Matt Lykins interviewed Burrell at the Sheriff’s Office where he admitted to the previous reported incidents.
Sgt. Lykins charged Burrell with three felony counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, two felony counts of breaking and entering, and one count each of attempted breaking and entering and larceny from a motor vehicle. Burrell was charged by the Highway Patrol with felony interfering with an electronic monitor and one misdemeanor count each of hit and run with property damage, driving while license revoked, careless and reckless driving, expired inspection certificate and failure to carry a registration card.
Burrell was incarcertated in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $60,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court Friday (June 17).
40-year-old Joseph Nicholas Shaver of Goodnight Road in Salisbury has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on five counts of first-degree sexual offense with a child and 52 counts of indecent liberties with a child.
On April 15, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding a victim who stated she had been sexually assaulted multiple times between 2005-2007 by a family member, identified as Joseph Nicholas Shaver. At the time the abuse occurred, the victim was 10-to-12 years old. Shaver was living in central Iredell County at the time of the offenses.
Several witnesses were identified and interviewed. As a result of the investigation, Shaver was arrested and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on July 12.
Shaver is also being investigated in Mecklenburg County for similar allegations that occurred there involving another female family member.
Hickory Police are investigating a break-in at the Humane Society of Catawba County on 20th Avenue S.E. in Hickory. An unknown person or persons broke a front window and took a D.V.D. player, two donation jars and some syringes with an estimated total value of $20. Damages to the window were estimated at $300. The incident occurred between 6 p.m. Monday (June 13) and 6:30 a.m. the next day. No suspect description is available.
Anyone with information regarding the break-in should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.
The Humane Society is soliciting donations through its Facebook page to help defray the cost of damages.