32-year-old Omar Cristian Regino-Vera was arrested Thursday (June 9) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with first degree statutory rape, statutory rape when the victim is 13, 14, or 15 years of age, and indecent liberties with a child. Regino-Vera was jailed in Morganton under $375,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for Monday (July 13).
25-year-old Keri Nicole C Reed was arrested Thursday (June 9) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled Substance. Following the arrest, Reed was jailed in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (Friday, June 10).
29-year-old Katia Celiana Christian was arrested Thursday (June 9) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Christian was placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, June 10).
32-year-old Rebecca Denise Nelson of Parkview Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (June 9) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while license revoked. Nelson was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $26,000 secured bond. She's scheduled to appear in District Court June 17, July 15, July 21, and August 2. She's also scheduled to appear in Superior Court July 25.
26-year-old Jeffery Scott Ohmer of Putnam Street in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (June 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Ohmer was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court yesterday (Thursday, June 9).
43-year-old Richard Todd Waugh of Statesville was arrested by Statesville Police Officers and charged in connection with three business break-ins. He's charged with separate counts of breaking and entering with larceny from a motor vehicle, breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, breaking and entering with larceny, felony larceny, felony obtaining property by false pretense, and first degree trespassing.
On Friday, May 20, Statesville Police Officers responded to a reported break-in at Parlier plumbing located 118 Stockton Street. It was discovered that a suspect cut the fence, entered the lot and entered a work van at the business. The suspect stole various tools and equipment. On Thursday June 2, Statesville Police Officers responded to Floyd’s Barber Shop at 216 South Tradd Street for a reported break-in. At that scene it was discovered that the suspect forced open a back door, entered and took a PS4, various clippers, and barber supplies. In addition to these cases, Statesville Police Investigators began a follow up investigation into a Break-in at J.P’s plumbing at 235 North Center Street. Surveillance video was recovered in that case, and a possible suspect was developed. Further investigation led to the positive identification of the suspect.
Warrants were subsequently obtained on Richard Todd Waugh in all three cases. He was arrested initially on June 2. Additional charges were filed this past Tuesday (June 7) and yesterday (Thursday, June 9). His total bond has been set at $50,000 secured. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (Friday, June 10), June 15, June 27, June 28, and July 18. He's also scheduled to appear in Superior Court June 27.
A Hickory man arrested on a murder charge made his first appearance in Catawba County District Court on Thursday (June 9).
54-year-old Glen McQuay Jr., appeared before District Court Judge Wesley Barkley after being arrested by officers with Hickory Police Department Wednesday (June 8) in connection with the death of 50-year-old Stephanie Charlene Harvey.
Judge Barkley appointed Defense Attorney Victoria Jayne to represent McQuay on a provisional basis. A probable cause hearing was set for June 30.
The Hickory Police Department is continuing to investigate the case.
46-year-old Rhode Montalvo of D Street in Lincolnton was arrested Tuesday (June 7) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with one felony count of identity theft.
The charge was filed against Montalvo after a woman in McAllen, Texas discovered that someone employed at RSI Home Furnishings in Lincolnton was using her name, date of birth, and social security number for employment.
Nohemi Jimenez filed a report with her local police department as well as the Lincolnton Police Department. After looking into the case Lincolnton Police turned the investigation over to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office because the business is located in the county.
Detective Richard Calhoun conducted an investigation and interviewed the suspect at the business, during the course of that investigation he discovered her real name and address. A news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says Montalvo gave a full confession of using the name to attain employment. She told the investigator she entered the U.S. illegally in 2000, went to work at RSI in 2004 and had worked there since that time.
Montalvo was released on a $5,000 secured bond and made a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court Wednesday (June 8). Her next District Court date is June 28.
40-year-old Nelson Wayne Oxendine of 7th Street in Statesville was arrested Wednesday (June 8) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking in opiates, felony possession of heroin, felony maintaining a vehicle for the sale of a controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Wednesday, the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team (ACE) came into contact with Nelson Wayne Oxendine while investigating a suspicious vehicle parked at the Antiques and More store at 4239 Taylorsville Highway. During the investigation, a search of the suspect was conducted. During the search, Oxendine was found to be in possession of several Oxycodone and Alprazolam prescription pills along with Heroin.
Oxendine was placed in the Iredell County Jail under $300,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, June 9).
More information has been released on a fire that displaced residents of a Hickory apartment complex.
Shortly before midnight Wednesday night, Hickory firefighters were dispatched to a fire at 610 4th Ave NE (Arbor Heights apartments). Initially firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and two command units to the two story 6 unit apartment complex. However as the first emergency units arrived on the scene, additional fire units were called to assist.
Upon arrival, firefighters reported heavy amounts of fire in the mid-section of the apartment complex. After ensuring occupants had safely evacuated, firefighters worked to contain and extinguish the fire. Firefighters were on the scene until shortly after 5 a.m. The Hickory Fire Department was called back out to the scene shortly after 8 a.m. to extinguish a hot spot.
Two people were evaluated on the fire scene for smoke inhalation and were later released. No other injuries were reported. Four apartments sustained heavy fire damage and two additional units received moderate damage. Members of the Red Cross responded and are assisting the 11 occupants, who were displaced as a result of the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
28-year-old Jaron Monte Cornwell of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:20 p.m. yesterday (June 8) on one felony count each of trafficking in cocaine and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Police executed a search warrant at an address on 7th Street S.E. in Hickory. The search led to the discovery of 36.2 grams of crack cocaine and nine Xanax pills. A female present at the residence was not charged.
Cornwell was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
According to a statement released by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office earlier today (June 9), at 2:57 this morning, Burke County Deputy Daniel Cobb responded to a call for service regarding a breaking & entering in progress involving a gun. While traveling with his blue lights and siren on, Deputy Cobb collided with a vehicle on Highway 18 North in Morganton. The other driver, a minor, reportedly had turned his vehicle lights off and was turning around in the roadway.
Deputy Cobb was seriously injured in the crash. At last report, he was at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where he was listed in stable condition. He was scheduled to undergo surgery to his hip. Deputy Cobb also sustained injuries to his leg and back. The Deputy faces a long recovery, but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
The other driver was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The State Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
35-year-old Amanda Rose Harris of Lincoln County was arrested last Friday (June 3) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods and obtaining property by false pretenses.
According to a news release issued today (Thursday, June 10) by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Harris was charged after allegedly breaking into a residence, stealing several items, and pawning them at a local pawn shop.
The victim in the case who lives in the 1100 block of Highway 150 West told Lt. Jordan Cody that he believed he had located his property at the Boger City Pawn Shop in Lincolnton. Lt. Cody went to the pawn shop and verified the items, two copper antique fire extinguishers, were the items taken in the May 31, 2016 break-in. The pawn ticket revealed that the person who sold the items to the pawn shop was Amanda Rose Harris.
Harris was released from jail after posting $5,000 bond. She has a District Court appearance scheduled for next Tuesday (June 14).
An arrest has been made in a Hickory murder case. 54-year-old Glen McQuay Jr. of 2nd Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (June 8) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of 50-year-old Stephanie Charlene Harvey.
Wednesday at approximately 8:25 a.m., Hickory Police were called to 421 2nd Street SW, in reference to a civil disturbance. Upon arrival officers discovered Stephanie Charlene Harvey lying in the grass on the north side of the residence. Harvey appeared to have suffered severe burns to her upper body and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
McQuay is being held in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Thursday, June 9).
Hickory City Council announces that Andrea Surratt has agreed to serve as Interim City Manager, beginning July 5, which is the first day that Mick Berry will begin serving as the new Catawba County Manager.
City Council agreed that the entire Council will serve as a search committee for the purpose of evaluating candidates and engaging a permanent City Manager. The search committee’s first meeting, which, because it relates to personnel issues, will be a closed meeting on Thursday, June 16 at 4 p.m. at City Hall.
Surratt’s career includes working in town and city management, as well as planning and development, since 1991.
68-year-old Imogene Mcnutt Harmon of Cascade Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (June 8) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She's charged with conspire to traffic opium or heroin. Harmon was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
Hickory Homicide Investigation Continues, Authorities Could Not Confirm If Murder Arrest Is ConnectedWritten by Rob Eastwood
The investigation continues into a murder in Hickory. At about 8:25 Wednesday morning (June 8), Hickory Police were called to a civil disturbance at 421 2nd Street S.W. Upon arrival, Officers found 50-year-old Stephanie Charlene Harvey lying in the grass on the north side of the residence. Ms. Harvey appeared to have suffered severe burns to her upper body. She was pronounced deceased at the scene. At this time, the incident is being investigated as a possible domestic homicide. Police were attempting to locate a person of interest in the case. Anyone with information was asked to call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.
Catawba County Detention Facility records this morning show the arrest of a man by Hickory Police on a charge of first degree murder. 54-year-old Glen McQuay of 2nd Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday evening according to jail and Hickory Police records. However, it could not be confirmed if McQuay’s arrest is connected to the Wednesday homicide. More details are expected later today. McQuay is being held without bond with a District Court appearance scheduled for today (Thursday, June 9).
The break-in to a business in Caldwell County earlier this week is under investigation and authorities are requesting the public's help in finding the suspect.
The Granite Falls Police Department is investigating a breaking, entering, and larceny that occurred on Monday (June 6) at Jack B Quick convenient store at 62 Falls Avenue in Granite Falls. 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. Anyone with information that can identify the suspect or the suspect’s vehicle should contact Detective Clint Ferguson of the Granite Falls Police Department at 828-396-3358. You can also e-mail the detective at email@example.com or you can call Lenoir Caldwell Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300.
Several residents of a Hickory apartment complex were displaced as a result of an overnight fire. According to the Hickory Fire Department, the blaze broke out in a storage and utility building at the Arbor Heights Apartments on 4th Avenue NE.
Fire officials say a couple passing by at around midnight saw the flames and started banging on residents doors to alert people to the fire.
Multiple units at the apartment complex were damaged and 11 people have reportedly been displaced. Reports say two people suffered some smoke inhalation but there were no other injuries. The Red Cross is assisting the residents who were displaced.
At about 8:25 this morning, Hickory Police were called to a civil disturbance at 421 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory. Upon arrival, Officers found 50-year-old Stephanie Charlene Harvey lying in the grass on the north side of the residence. Ms. Harvey appeared to have suffered severe burns to her upper body. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.
At this time, the incident is being investigated as a possible domestic homicide. Police are currently attempting to locate a person of interest in the case. Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.