48-year-old Regina Diane Cannon of Cannon Drive and 46-year-old Amy Brown Thomas of Cross Street, both from Granite Falls, were both arrested Friday (June 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. Both women are charged with posession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Cannon is also charged with maintaining a dwelling or place to keep controlled substance. Both suspects were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Cannon's bond was set at $100,000 secured, Thomas was detained under a $75,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (June 5).
27-year-old Eric Andrew Collins of 16th Avenue Place in Hickory was arrested Saturday (June 3) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation, two counts of assault on a government official, resisting a public officer, communicating threats, and interfering with emergency communication. Collins was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled for today (June 5) and July 19.
Falling Creek Bridge in Hickory will be closed to traffic, beginning Monday, June 12, due to scheduled replacement of the bridge. The detour route around the construction includes Falling Creek Road, 29th Avenue NE, and NC 127. A consulting engineering firm, specializing in bridge evaluations and working for the City and the North Carolina Department of Transportation, has reviewed the bridge and determined that a replacement is necessary to maintain the safety of the traveling public.
The replacement may take up to year for completion. City staff have coordinated with Emergency Services to reroute Fire, Police and Emergency Medical Services while the bridge is being replaced.
A Catawba County jury found a Hickory man guilty of indecent exposure at the conclusion of a three-day trial last Thursday (June 1).
46-year-old Neil Wayne Hoyle was sentenced to an active prison term of 10 to 21 months in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Jeffrey P. Hunt, Superior Court Judge from Transylvania County, following the jury’s verdict. The 12-member panel needed about an hour of deliberation to find the defendant guilty.
Hoyle previously had been convicted of rape in Sedgwick County, Kansas, in March 1996 and served a prison sentence of 77 to 86 months. Upon moving to North Carolina, Hoyle was convicted in December 2014 in Catawba County of failure to report his new address as a sex offender.
The defendant has attained habitual felon status as a result of the conviction, and any future offenses could lead to an enhanced sentence if he is found guilty.
The offense occurred while Hoyle was on probation, thus the possibility of a revocation of his probationary sentence for failure to follow sex offender registration laws. Judge Hunt revoked Hoyle’s bond on his probation violation, of which he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
Hoyle stopped his vehicle at a Hickory residence on March 16, 2016, as a mother and her 4-year-old son were outside. The woman was trying to take groceries from her vehicle into the home while the little boy played. The defendant told her the home looked like it needed some remodeling and asked if he could give her his card. As she approached and took the card, she saw that Hoyle had exposed himself. She took her son inside the home and called law enforcement.
Capt. Brian Adams investigated the case for Hickory Police Department, and Michael Van Buren handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
51-year-old Michael “Mo” Dwayne England of Triplett Road and 46-year-old Thomas Henry Freeland of Rowan Road, both from Cleveland, N.C., have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. England was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and injury to personal property. Freeland faces charges for assault inflicting serious injury and a probation violation.
At 4:45 p.m. Saturday (May 27), Deputies and E.M.S. personnel responded to a reported stabbing at aan address on Rowan Road. Deputies found Thomas Freeland suffering from multiple stab wounds inflicted with a BBQ fork. Michael England had facial injuries. The injuries were consistent with statements made by both men and by other witnesses.
The incident began when England reportedly threw a brick into the windshield of Freeland’s parked Cadillac. When Freeland approached England, threats were exchanged and both men agreed to meet in the roadway in front of the Rowan Road address to settle their dispute physically. After the fight broke out, England brandished a BBQ fork and began stabbing Freeland.
Both men were taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital. After they were medically cleared, Freeland and England were arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center.
England received a $7,500 secured bond, while Freeland was given a $10,000 secured bond. Both men will appear in District Court on June 13.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman, 58-year-old Deborah Annette Sabra. Ms. Sabra is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Ms. Sabra is a black female. She is 5' 5” tall, weighing 230 pounds. She has short black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black ball cap, a black zip-up sweater and blue jeans.
Ms. Sabra went missing from 1131 McLaughlin Street in Statesville. She was in a four-door vehicle of unknown make and model.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Deborah Annette Sabra should call Statesville Police at 704-878-3406.
36-year-old Tiffany Maynor Goins of Betterbrook Lane in Lincolnton was arrested Thursday (June 1) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with six felony counts of financial identity theft.
Goins is charged with using a stolen EBT card to make purchases in Lincoln County and the Cherryville area. On May 24, 2017 the victim went to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office to report that someone had stolen his EBT card out of his mailbox on Bill Lynch Road in Lincolnton. The victim gathered information that assisted officers with the investigation.
Detective Matt Burgess used the information and went to several area businesses to view security recordings and observed Goins using the EBT card at multiple locations in Lincolnton and Cherryville. She turned herself in at the Lincoln County Magistrate’s Office Thursday. She was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under $9,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 2).
Drivers in Catawba County will soon have a smoother ride on sections of N.C. 127 and several secondary roads, thanks to a $4.5 million contract awarded to improve approximately 41 miles of roadway. According to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the contract awarded to Midstate Contractors Inc. of Hickory includes milling, resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction.
Work can start as early as June 26, and should be completed by Nov. 17, 2018. This contract was one of 14 road, bridge and ferry projects recently awarded by the N.C. DOT. They were worth $186.8 million, and were awarded to the lowest qualified bidders as required by state law.
29-year-old Remona Nicole Walker of 25th Street Drive NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (June 1) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of credit card fraud and financial transaction card theft.
On Wednesday (May 31) Hickory Police received a report of a stolen debit card. The investigation revealed that the card was stolen by a housekeeper while the victim was staying at the Hilton Garden Inn last weekend. Walker was identified as the suspect and was arrested at an address on Springs Road shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday.
Bond for Walker was set at $10,000 secured. She was not listed as an inmate as of this morning (June 2). A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
30-year-old Travis Santanio Weaver of Highland Avenue in Hickory was arrested Thursday (June 1) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny by servants and other employees.
On Wednesday (May 31) Hickory Police responded to Firehouse Subs on North Center Street in reference to a report of larceny by an employee. The person reporting the incident told police a store deposit from May 11 was shorted. Information led back to the night manager, who is the suspect. Weaver was arrested at home in connection with the larceny.
Bond for Weaver was set at $5,000 secured. He was not listed as an inmate at the Catawba County Detention Facility as of this morning (June 2). A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek suspects on it's Most Wanted List.
31-year-old Buck Issac Lucas is still being sought by authorities in Iredell County. He's wanted for felony breaking and entering and larceny. The last known address for Lucas was 129 Saddle Lane in Mooresville.
23-year-old Lonnie Pruitt remains on the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List. He's wanted for felony larceny and first degree trespassing. Pruitt's last known address was 1515 Blackburn Trail in Hamptonville.
63-year-old Billy Anderson is still being sought by authorities in Iredell County. He's wanted for felony larceny of a firearm. Anderson's last known address was 1000 Jennings Road in Statesville.
You can see all of the suspects currently wanted in Iredell County at the Iredell County Sheriff's Office website, www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at their Statesville location, 704-878-3180, or their Mooresville office, 704-664-7500.
40-year-old Shanda Ann Leonard of Hartland Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (June 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Leonard was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
34-year-old Brian Michael Baucom of North Davis Avenue in Newton was arrested Thursday (June 1) on charges filed by two agencies. He's charged with possession of heroin by Probation and Parole, and possession of drug paraphernalia by the Newton Police Department. Baucom was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 total bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (June 2) and July 3.
25-year-old Samuel Antonio Patterson of Warrior Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (June 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance, failure to appear, and failure to appear on a felony. Patterson was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $140,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for June 26.
29-year-old Justin Marqui Caldwell of SE 14th Street in Hickory was arrested Thursday (June 1) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Caldwell was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under one-million dollars secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 5).
71-year-old Joseph Oswald Civitello of Jamestown Road in Morganton was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods.
According to a news release issued Thursday (June 1), on Monday April 24, 2017, at approximately 8:13 a.m., deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Narrow Way in Morganton, in reference to a reported larceny in progress. Upon arrival, deputies encountered Joseph Oswald Civitello and two of his employees. According to the news release, Civitello and his employees had been in the process of loading up building materials and removing siding from the residence. Upon law enforcement arrival, the men immediately began unloading the items from their vehicle(s). The homeowner said that he had fired Civitello, whom he had hired to do remodeling and home repairs, the day before. At the homeowner’s request, deputes asked Civitello to leave the property, to which he complied. Afterwards, it was found that the residence had been broken into and items were stolen from inside the home.
The case was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division for additional investigation. An arrest warrant was issued for Civitello. He was subsequently located and arrested and given a $3,000 secured bond. He made a first court appearance on May 24. Civitello’s next court date is June 24. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.
26-year-old Ashley Nicole Long of 16th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (June 1) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen automobile and larceny of a motor vehicle. In addition, Long is charged with simple possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hickory Police Officers responded to a parking lot on Highway 70 SE Thursday afternoon in reference to a woman in a vehicle who was slumped over the steering wheel. The woman was identified as Ashley Nicole Long and it was determined that there was an outstanding warrant on her for larceny of a motor vehicle. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of two dosage units of oxycodone, one dosage unit of morphine sulfate along with drug paraphernalia. It was also determined that the vehicle was stolen.
Long was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $13,500 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (June 2) and June 28.
Congressman Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) announced Shelby Yang as the winner of the Tenth District's 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Ms. Yang’s work, "Luminous Soul", was selected as the winner by a panel of judges from across the Tenth District. Shelby, who lives in Claremont, is a junior at Bunker Hill High School where she studies art under teacher Jana Farris.
On Tuesday (May 30), Congressman McHenry hosted a reception recognizing Ms. Yang at his Hickory District Office. Joining Shelby for the reception were her parents, Lee and Charlie.
Ms. Yang’s artwork will be prominently displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. alongside pieces from each of the Congressional districts across the country. By winning the Tenth District's competition, Ms. Yang will be eligible for a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design.
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, and, since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated in the nationwide event. It is a privately-funded competition with support from SouthWest Airlines and the Congressional Institute. For more information, click here.
Authorities in Lincoln County are still looking for Toasha Nicole Rice, also known as Nikki Green, who has been missing since May 26, 2014. She was last seen leaving a friend’s home on Eaker Road in western Lincoln County as she got into a black four-door sedan driven by a white female.
Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives have interviewed family members and a number of people Ms. Rice was known to associate with, but no one has seen the missing woman. In the months since Ms. Rice was reported missing, Officers used a K-9 search team in a large wooded area off of Sorrells Baxter Road and Eaker Road in western Lincoln County, around the old Massapoag Mill in Lincolnton and at several other locations outside Lincoln County. All leads have been exhausted with no signs of the missing woman.
Ms. Rice is a white female. She was 27 years old when she disappeared. She is 5’6” tall and weighs 140 pounds.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Toasha Nicole Rice, a.k.a. Nikki Green, should call the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln Co. Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Detectives will follow up on all leads.
An accident on Interstate 40 near mile marker 122 sent one person to the hospital and delayed traffic for about an hour this morning (June 1). The crash happened just west of Brookford in the westbound lanes at 11:13 a.m.
The accident occurred when a 2006 Ford driven by 68-year-old John Bohannon of Louisville, Kentucky attempted to merge from the left lane to the right lane. The Ford hit a 2015 Suzuki motorcycle driven by 75-year-old George Ledford, Jr. of Hickory.
Mr. Ledford was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where he was listed in critical condition. Bohannon, who was not injured, was cited for making an unsafe movement resulting in serious injury to a motorcycle operator. No other vehicles were involved and there were no additional injuries.
The westbound lanes were completely blocked for about 20 minutes as the injured man was transported from the scene. Traffic was partially blocked for approximately an hour.
According to the N.C. State Highway Patrol, the accident was caused by driver inattention. Neither drugs nor alcohol were factors in the crash.