A Silver Alert that was issued earlier today (June 1) for 78-year-old Glenda S. Williams of Drexel has been canceled. Ms. Williams has been found and is safe. Drexel Police say Ms. Williams and her husband were found in Huntington, West Virginia. Ms. Williams’ husband reportedly forgot to notify anyone that the couple was leaving town.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman from Burke County, 78-year-old Glenda S. Williams. Citizens are asked to be on the lookout Mrs. Williams, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Glenda Williams is a white female, 5'10", 140 pounds, with short gray hair and brwon eyes. She was last seen at 205 Settlemyre Road in Drexel. She may be riding with her husband Charles Allen Williams. The vehicle is described as a red 2015 Chevrolet Impala with a North Carolina license tag reading BFD-8303.
Anyone with information about Glenda S. Williams should call Sgt. Butler at the Drexel Police Department at 828-437-7421.
The N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close the entrance ramp from Old Mocksville Highway to I-40 West in Statesville next week for resurfacing work, weather permitting.
The work was to be completed last week, but inclement weather cancelled the closure. Crews will close the ramp at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, and should reopen the ramp by 6 a.m. Thursday, June 7.
To get around the closure, motorists traveling on Mocksville Highway should turn right on U.S. 64 West, cross over I-77, then turn right on Sullivan Road to access I-40 West.
41-year-old Shaun Michael Pressley of 1st Avenue S.E. in Hickory was served a bill of indictment by Hickory Police at about 4:45 p.m. yesterday (May 31) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Pressley’s arrest comes in connection to an incident on September 21 of last year. At that time, Officers responded to perform a health check at an address on 10th Avenue N.E. A caller said the subject, Shaun Michael Pressley, was behaving aggressively toward other residents at the apartment complex. Officers located Pressley and found 0.4 grams of methamphetamine on his person. He was initially arrested on that date.
Yesterday, Pressley was taken into custody without incident at a shelter on 2nd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
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The Catawba County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting incident that involved a husband and wife.
Thursday night (May 31) Catawba County Sheriff's Officers were called to 1909 Mount Olive Church Road in Newton to investigate a reported shooting. When deputies arrived they learned that a 62-year-old woman had been shot by her husband following a domestic dispute.
The woman was transported to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem where she was last reported to be in stable condition. Her husband, Mikeal Caldwell, was transported to a local hospital. Upon his release he will be charged in connection to the incident.
The investigation is continuing, the Sheriff's Office says in a news release that more details will be released when they become available.
30-year-old Patrice E’Shay Rena Powell of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5 p.m. yesterday (May 31) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense. The warrant for her arrest was issued in July of last year. The complainant on H.P.D.’s arrest report is the Catawba Co. Clerk of Court.
Powell was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. She was processed and released under a $1,500 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
57-year-old David Van Morgan of 14th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on one felony count of failure to appear on a charge of larceny of a motor vehicle. The original incident occurred in March of 2015.
Morgan was taken into custody without incident at about 1:20 a.m. today at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court on July 23.
35-year-old Paul Hillery Aubuchon of Hillsboro Road in Taylorsville was arrested Thursday (May 31) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Aubuchon was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 1).
20-year-old Allison Nicole Lynn of 9th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (May 31) by Probation and Parole Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of felony probation violation, one count of felony probation violation out of county, and three counts of failure to appear.
Lynn was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today (June 1), next Monday (June 4), and July 16. Superior Court appearances are set for next Monday and July 9.
30-year-old Charles Emanuel Johnson of South Cline Avenue in Newton was arrested Thursday (May 31) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with two counts apiece of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and sell or deliver marijuana. In addition, Johnson is charged with possession of marijuana up to one half ounce, resisting a public officer, driving while license revoked, and fictitious or altered title, registration card or tag. He's also charged on a bill of indictment with forgery of an instrument.
Following the arrest, Johnson was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $32,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today (June 1) and July 25.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will vote on the adoption of the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year budget at their meeting next Monday (June 4).
The recommended budget, which maintains the current property tax rate of $0.575 per $100 of valuation, totals $248.78 million (a 4% decrease from the current year). The budget projects growth in both property tax and sales tax revenues due to continued growth in retail sales, residential development and business investment.
This growth in revenue allows for ongoing implementation of the Board of Commissioners’ strategic plan, which supports continued economic growth while maintaining the second lowest tax rate among neighboring area counties and the sixth lowest of the state’s 27 urban counties.
Other items on Monday's Board of Commissioners meeting agenda include multiple presentations. Sheriff Coy Reid will present a badge and service weapon to retired Catawba County Sheriff's Deputy C.K. Day. A certificate of commendation will be presented to Jocelyn Taylor, the winner of the State Soil and Water Conservation District Public Speaking Competition. There will also be a Neighbors Network presentation.
Monday's meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Board of Commissioners Meeting Room on the 2nd floor of the Catawba County Justice Center, 100 Government Drive in Newton.
29-year-old Amanda Beth Hartley of Glover Acres Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (May 31) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Hartley was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (June 4).
Approximately 55 customers will be without water between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. today (June 1) as City of Morganton crews work to replace a water line valve on Park Street. The outage will affect residents on Park Street, Bristol Street, Sharon Street and North Street. Crews will not close the road for the work.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who has been missing since May 17, 2018. 51-year-old William Ervin Rice, Jr. of Hunters Bluff Drive in Denver was last seen around noon on May 17 when he walked away from his residence and turned off his cell phone. Detectives have exhausted all leads to where the missing man may be.
Rice is described as a black male, 5' 5", weighing around 190 pounds. He has black hair, light brown skin and brown eyes. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
21-year-old Dominique Jesse Wright of 13th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 2 p.m. yesterday (May 30) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.
He was arrested when Police responded to a reported employee larceny at the Speedway convenience store on Highway 70 S.W. A clerk, Dominique Jesse Wright, allegedly took lottery tickets from the store without paying for them.
Wright was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and released about a half hour later under a $1,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
More than 50 roads across western North Carolina remained closed as of this afternoon (May 31) as a result of heavy rain from Tropical Storm Alberto during the last few days. Some areas of the mountains have received more than 20 inches of rain this month, which has swelled rivers over their banks, washed out roads and bridges, and started landslides of various sizes.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is urging drivers to stay away from flooded roads and be especially cautious when driving in the mountains where the potential for landslides and road washouts continues. Road conditions will change throughout the day. Some roads may reopen after water recedes or small slides are cleared. It’s also possible for road conditions to deteriorate and other roads to be closed.
Crews near the Buncombe-McDowell County line have been working to clear a slide that closed Interstate 40 near Mile Marker 66 at 10 p.m. Tuesday (May 29). All but one westbound lane is open, and officials expect to open that last lane late Friday or early Saturday.
Employees are assessing damage, removing debris, cleaning ditches, clearing pipes and performing tasks essential to getting the roads open. Right now, the primary focus is getting roads open and safe for all drivers. Crews will return later to perform finishing touches on the roads, ditches and bridges.
As of this afternoon more than 50 roads in 12 different counties are closed. The highways with a closure include U.S. 221 in Burke County near N.C. 183, the northbound lane of N.C. 80 in McDowell County, a section of U.S. 70 in McDowell County and U.S. 64/74A just north of Chimney Rock. All other closures, due to high water, slides or washouts, are on secondary roads.
40-year-old Zebulon James Spurlock of Norwood Street in Lenoir was arrested today (May 31) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and misdemeanor damage to property.
This morning at 2:16 Lenoir Police Officers responded to a 911 call at 1518 Barcose Street in Lenoir. When they arrived, officers found the victim, 40-year-old David Lee Story of 1519 Barcose Street. Story was suffering from a stab wound to the abdomen. Story told police that the person who stabbed him was Zebulon James Spurlock. Story was transported by EMS to Caldwell UNC Healthcare where he was last reported to be in critical condition.
Spurlock was found a short time later at his residence. He was arrested and charged with the felony assault count. During the arrest Spurlock damaged a side mirror on one of the police vehicles, resulting in the damage to property charge. Spurlock was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $101,000 secured bond. A first court appearance was scheduled today. The case remains under investigation.
32-year-old Khalfani Sharron Coulter of 15th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:35 last night (May 30). He was charged with felony sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (cocaine). The warrant for his arrest was issued on April 8 of this year.
Coulter was taken into custody without incident at a mobile home on Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
29-year-old Darvis James Stacy of Kool Park Road N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3 p.m. yesterday (May 30) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one misdemeanor count of assault by pointing a gun.
Stacy was taken into custody without incident at a tattoo parlor on 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory where he is employed. He has since been released. Stacy was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
19-year-old Gabriel Dawson Propst of Redberry Lane in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (May 31) on one felony count each of aiding & abetting armed robbery, larceny, larceny of a firearm and larceny of a motor vehicle, along with one count of attempted larceny. Warrants for his arrest were issued today, May 21 and February 8 of this year. The complainant on H.P.D.’s arrest report is an Officer with the Newton Police Department.
Propst was taken into custody without incident at 6:50 a.m. today at a business address on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $126,200 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court on June 1 & 6 and on July 23.