23-year-old Bradley Dale Morgan was arrested Thursday (March 1) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of a weapon by a felon. Morgan was arrested at 12:17 a.m. Thursday and placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for April 10.
Plans are in place for work to be done on a major highway in the Hickory Metro. With participation from Burke County residents and community officials, the N.C. Department of Transportation has selected plans for three interchanges on Interstate 40 in Burke County.
Transportation officials made the selections following a public meeting, a three-week period for citizens to comment, and discussions with local officials. The selections were made after a cost analysis was completed, the impacts to local property evaluated, and environmental concerns addressed.
Each of the interchanges — Jamestown Road at Exit 100, Drexel Road at Exit 107 and Carolina Street at Exit 111 — will be reconfigured to improve safety of motorists as well as improve traffic flow to and from I-40 as well as the nearby roads.
Transportation officials are currently in the early stages of designing detailed construction plans for the projects. Right of way acquisition for each interchange should begin this summer or fall. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020 and be completed in the fall of 2022
The Jamestown Road interchange will include moving the bridge to the west, building a roundabout south of I-40 for Jamestown Road and Hushpuppy Avenue, building a roundabout north of I-40 for Jamestown Road and Reep Drive and extending all ramps. This project will cost approximately $15.3 million. This design was selected from two alternatives.
The Drexel Road interchange will including moving the bridge to the east, building a roundabout south of I-40 for Drexel Road and Tom Deal Avenue, realigning the intersection of Drexel Road and Summers Road, realigning Summers Road, realigning Flat Gap Road and extending all ramps. This project will cost approximately $25.8 million. This design was selected from three alternatives.
The Carolina Street interchange will include moving the bridge west, rebuilding sidewalk on the bridge, a roundabout south of I-40 for the eastbound ramps connecting with Carolina Street at Flat Gap Road, plus a roundabout north of I-40 for the westbound ramps at Carolina Street plus another roundabout for connecting Carolina Street, Abees Grove Church Road and Mourglea Avenue. This project will cost approximately $28.1 million. This design was selected from three alternatives.
Traffic control plans will be refined closer to the start of construction. Each of the projects are designed to have limited impact to traffic during construction with the existing bridges and ramps remaining open with limited exceptions.
For specific information on each of these projects, go to ncdot.gov.
29-year-old Joshua Paul Yount of 27th Street NW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (February 28) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony speed to elude arrest. Yount was arrested on 2nd Avenue SW in Hickory at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was released on $10,000 secured bond, a District Court date was scheduled for yesterday (March 1) in Newton.
39-year-old Sean Marc Vandinter of Highway 70A East in Hildebran was arrested Thursday (March 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a grand jury indictment with possession of methamphetamine. Vandinter was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A Superior Court date was scheduled today (March 2).
39-year-old Steven Daniel Sparks of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (March 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and fictitious or altered title, registration card or tag. Sparks was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday.
27-year-old Brandon Michael Beatty of North Main Avenue in Newton was arrested Thursday (March 1) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three felony counts of manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, and single felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and habitual felon. Beatty was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $126,500 bond. District and Superior Court appearances are scheduled for next Monday (March 5).
35-year-old Charlene Ann Dockery of Trout Pond Road in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (February 28) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with two felony counts of failure to appear on a felony and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear on a misdemeanor. Dockery was arrested without incident at an address on Highway 70 SE in Hickory at around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. She was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $123,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for April 2.
51-year-old Anthony Oscar Reddick of Old Cartway Lane in Troutman was arrested Tuesday (February 27) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, resist a public officer, driving while license revoked, and he's charged on a misdemeanor probation violation warrant for being an absconder.
On Tuesday, members of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team (ACE) conducted a motor vehicle violation checkpoint at the intersection of Weathers Creek Road and Houston Road near Troutman. While conducting the checkpoint, the suspect in case, Anthony Oscar Reddick approached officers. Reddick was asked for his operator’s license. Through searching data systems it was discovered Riddick’s license was suspended. Deputies searched the suspect’s vehicle.
Reddick was found to be in possession of “crack” cocaine and drug paraphernalia. While deputies attempted to take him into custody, Reddick resisted them and ran into a nearby wooded area. He was found by officers hiding in thick brush. Reddick refused to comply with the deputies commands and continued to try to escape. Deputies deployed a Taser but, Reddick continued to try and flee. Reddick was once again told to lay on the ground and refused to comply with verbal commands. Reddick fought with an officer and was taken into custody.
After Reddick was taken into custody both he and the officer were seen by medical personnel due to potential injuries. It was later determined that the officer suffered a broken hand as a result of the struggle.
Bond for Reddick was set at $20,000 secured. District Court dates are scheduled for March 7 and March 21.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man. 50-year-old William Ervin Rice Jr. of Hillcrest Drive in Lincolnton was last seen on February 21 when he was dropped off for work at the Timken Company by a family member.
Mr. Rice is described as a black male, 5'5", approximately 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.
We have more information on an arrest we first reported on WHKY yesterday. 32-year-old Diamond Sharell Lipscomb was arrested Tuesday (February 27) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance.
On Tuesday Morganton Public Safety Officers attempted to locate Diamond Lipscomb at his residence, 202 State Road in Morganton, to serve an outstanding warrant for trafficking cocaine. When officers approached Lipscomb a short foot pursuit occurred. Lipscomb was taken into custody and found to be in possession of four grams of a schedule II substance.
Lipscomb had a first District Court appearance yesterday (February 28) in Morganton. He was released on a $170,000 secured bond.
43-year-old Larry Shane Lackey of Brookwood Place in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (February 27) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and breaking and entering to a building.
On February 25, William Hoyle of Hoyle Construction reported his business had been broken into and several items were stolen including a Ford Superduty Truck. On Tuesday, Hoyle was traveling Hwy 18 North toward Lenoir when he saw his stolen work truck traveling in the opposite direction. Authorities were notified and responded to 2306 Putnam Road Lot 9 where the truck was located.
Investigators with Morganton Public Safety and the Burke County Sheriff’s Office recovered the stolen vehicle and work tools valued at over $55,000. Authorities identified Larry Shane Lackey as the driver. Following his arrest, Lackey was confined to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $65,000 secured bond. A District Court date is March 21.
An out building fire is under investigation in Hickory. Shortly after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (February 28), Hickory firefighters were dispatched to 269 2nd Avenue SW. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and a command unit.
Upon arrival firefighters reported a building behind a vacant house was fully involved in fire. They worked to extinguish the fire and keep it from spreading. No injuries were reported and the out building was completely destroyed.
Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire, which is under investigation.
28-year-old Abrahan Silva Castaneda of 34th Street Drive NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (February 27) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Castaneda was arrested at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday without incident at an address on Fairgrove Church Road SE in Hickory. His bond was set at $3,000 secured. Castaneda has a District Court appearance scheduled for April 30 in Lenoir.
38-year-old Reggie Allen Day of Sigmon Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (February 28) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, along with misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer and simple assault. Day is also charged with driving while license revoked. He was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $22,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 1).
The filing period for candidates wishing to run for office in the May Primary and November General Election ended Wednesday (February 28) at noon.
In Catawba County, in the race for the Board of Commissioners, four Republican candidates have filed and three Democrats have filed. There are multiple races that, barring a write-in campaign, will be determined in the primary. There are only Republican candidates for Catawba County Sheriff, Clerk of Superior Court and District Attorney.
There are three Republican candidates and two Democrat candidates for U.S. House District Five. Republican Virginia Foxx is the incumbent and is running again. Six Republicans filed for U.S. House District Ten and one Democrat entered the race. Republican Patrick McHenry is the incumbent and is running again. You can see the entire list of candidates in all races in Catawba County by linking to the Board of Elections at www.catawbacountync.gov.
Elsewhere, in the U.S. House District 11 race, three Democrats will run in the primary and two will run in the Republican primary. Republican Mark Meadows is the incumbent. Libertarian Clifton Ingram Jr. will challenge the Democrat and Republican primary winners in November. In addition, in the N.C. Senate District 46 contest, Democrat Art Sherwood from Lenoir will challenge Republican incumbent Warren Daniel.
There are two Democrats in Burke County who will face no opposition in this year's election barring a write-in campaign, Sheriff Steve Whisenant and Clerk of Court Mabel Lowman.
The primary is Tuesday, May 8, and the general election is Tuesday, November 6. Superior & District Court Judges, County School Board, and Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors will file for offices beginning in June of this year. For information on candidates or elections in your county, contact your local Board of Elections.
29-year-old Cody Edward Church of Fairview Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 28) on charges filed by the Lenoir Police Department and Probation and Parole. Lenoir Police charged Church with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep a controlled substance. Probation and Parole charged Church with two counts of felony probation violation. He was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $45,000 total secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 1).
36-year-old Michael Vincent Osborne of Rual Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (February 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine by possession and transportation.
On Wednesday, Narcotic Agents with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit along with uniformed Deputies conducted an operation which resulted in Osborne's arrest. He was stopped on Baton School Road while driving a 1999 Lexus and was found to be in possession of approximately 30 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a .380 semi-automatic firearm, and $1,559 in cash.
If convicted on the meth charges, Osborne faces a mandatory prison term. Agents are anticipating additional charges for possessing the firearm, since he is a convicted felon. The drugs have a street value of $4,500 according to North Carolina State Drug Guidelines. Osborne is also charged with a count of failure to appear in Catawba County.
Osborne was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,750 total secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 1) in Lenoir and March 22 in Newton.
23-year-old Tayanna Samantha Bowens of 1st Street SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (February 28) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance.
Wednesday morning, while patrolling the 900 Block of South Center Street, Hickory Police Officers encountered Bowen and found her to be in possession of .9 grams of crack cocaine.
Bowens was arrested without incident. Her bond was set at $1,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled Wednesday.
18-year-old Cesar Enrique Chavez and 19-year-old Jose Armando Gutierrez, both of the same Happy Acres Drive, Statesville Address, and 17-year-old Justin Tyler Cook of Amos Lake Drive in Statesville were all arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Chavez is charged with felony counts of trafficking in marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and maintain a dwelling to sell marijuana. Gutierrez is charged with felony counts of trafficking in marijuana and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. Cook is charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.
A segment of an investigation into the importing of high grade marijuana into Iredell County was completed when a search warrant was served at 115 Happy Acres Drive in Statesville by members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigations Unit and Statesville Police Department Narcotics Unit
Information had been received by a sheriff’s office School Resource Officer about a former student being involved with transporting and selling marijuana. This information was passed along to a sheriff’s office narcotics investigator. Investigators verified the suspect’s residence at 115 Happy Acres Drive.
Investigators contacted a package delivery company and were able to obtain additional information on the suspect and the residence. Narcotics investigators received additional information from the Statesville Police Department about drug activity at 115 Happy Acres Drive.
Based on information received about a package delivery to the residence, an anticipatory search warrant was obtained for the residence. The package was delivered by the company and was received by a male at the home. Narcotics investigators executed the search warrant and located three males in the home.
After securing the suspect, a search of the residence resulted in the discovery of 15 pounds of vacuumed sealed marijuana, numerous items of drug paraphernalia used to package and weigh marijuana, $4880 in U.S. currency and a loaded .45 caliber handgun.
Chaves was placed under $150,000 secured bond, Gutierrez was placed under a $50,000 secured bond, and Cook was placed under a $5000 secured bond. Chavez and Gutierrez have court dates March 12, Cook is scheduled to appear in court March 6. The investigation is ongoing and investigators have reached out to narcotics investigators in other states and have exchanged information.
32-year-old Diamond Sharell Lipscomb was arrested Tuesday (February 27) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I controlled substance. Lipscomb was not listed as an inmate in Burke County today (February 28). A District Court date was scheduled today in Morganton.