City of Morganton workers planned to shut off water service to a section of NC 18 north of Morganton to repair a water line break. Workers were planning to shut off water service on NC 18 between the Chesterfield Fire Department and Dalton Drive at around 9:30 a.m. today (Friday, July 29) About 100 customers were to be affected for five hours, barring any unforeseen problems.
For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
A man was killed in a motorcycle accident Thursday night (July 28) in Hickory. According to the Hickory Police Department, 27-year-old Wesley Martin was operating his motorcycle at approximately 10 p.m. on the 900 Block of 29th Avenue Northeast when he lost control and crashed. Catawba County EMS responded and pronounced Martin deceased at the scene. Martin was the only person involved in the accident.
19-year-old Mekhi Aundrel Dula of NW Todd Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (July 28) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with electronic house arrest violation. Dula was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $250,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
39-year-old James Fletcher Smith of Rifle Range Road in Conover was arrested Thursday (July 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, three counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Smith was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $150,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, July 29).
43-year-old Christopher Scott Hoyle of H & W Farm Road in Maiden was arrested Thursday (July 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of meth, two counts of trafficking in meth, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Hoyle was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $235,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, July 29).
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are attempting to locate a Lawndale man who they've charged in connection with the theft of a number of items from his employer including a truck, trailer and zero-turn lawn mower. Authorities are looking for 26-year-old Bradly Gene Mellon of Boyles Road in Lawndale.
The theft on Highway 27 West occurred during the early morning hours of Tuesday (July 26) when the extended cab pickup truck the business owner was allowing the employee to drive pulled into John Leatherman’s driveway. A short time later the truck with a trailer that had a lawn mower on it was seen on surveillance video leaving the location.
The employee driving the truck was Bradly Gene Mellon. The business owner and detectives spoke with Mellon following the incident and he admitted to taking the items. The lawn mower and trailer valued at $12,000 were recovered from a residence on Buffalo Shoals Road where Mellon allegedly pawned the items for $700. The truck was later recovered from the Challenger 3 Golf parking lot on Highway 180 in Shelby where Mellon had left it. A number of other items including a gas powered air compressor, gas generator, wire welder, plasma cutter and a DVR have not been recovered.
Mellon is charged with one felony count each of Larceny of a Motor Vehicle and Larceny by Employee. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mellon is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets Monday morning (August 1) in regular session.
There are two public hearings on the agenda for Monday's meeting. One is the close-out public hearing for the 2015 Commerce Fellows Training Program. The Other public hearing will be held to receive comments on the Claremont Spec Building Settlement, Economic Development Agreement with DAE Systems and Applicable Resolution, and Creation of Spec Building Fund.
Under departmental reports, the board will hear a presentation on the refunding of Catawba Valley Medical Center bonds presented by CVMC Senior Vice-President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer David Boone. There will also be a report presented by Utilities and Engineering regarding the Subtitle D Municipal Sanitary Landfill Cell Unit 3 Phase 2 Engineering Contract Award.
National Association of Counties or NACo Achievement Awards will be presented to the Tax Department, Technology and Budget Departments, Library, and Social Services.
Monday's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 9:30 a.m. in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
Since July 16 the Hickory Police Department has responded to two reports of ATM card skimmers. The affected ATMs were located at Highway 70 SE and North Center Street in Hickory. Customers whose information may have been compromised have been contacted by their financial institution.
When using an ATM machine or any other device that reads financial card information citizens are encouraged to gently pull on the card reader to ensure that it is securely affixed to the machine; it should not be loose or detached from the machine. If anything about the machine appears suspicious, contact the bank that operates the ATM machine and inform them prior to notifying law enforcement. If they confirm that there is a possible skimmer on the machine, inform your local law enforcement agency so that the device can be removed and analyzed appropriately.
The photographs included with this story are of the suspect believed to be involved in this investigation. Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Hickory Police Department, Investigator J. Patterson at 828-261-2626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statesville Police report that 17-year-old Sterling Andrew Adams, who had been reported as a runaway yesterday (July 27), has returned home and is safe. Iredell County Search & Rescue looked for the missing teenager from 7:30 p.m. Wednesday until almost 5 a.m. today (July 28).
36-year-old Alvin Jack Johnson of Sun Valley Trail in Lincolnton and 30-year-old Stephanie Danielle Metcalf of “B” Street in Maiden have both been arrested on drug charges by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were both charged with one felony count each of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count each for possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnson was also served with an outstanding order for arrest for driving while license revoked. In addition, Metcalf was served with an outstanding Catawba County warrant for misdemeanor second-degree trespassing.
The two were arrested yesterday (July 27) after patrol Officers conducted a traffic stop near Car Farm Road and the Maiden Highway. Deputies positively identified the driver as a subject who had no driver's license. During the stop, Narcotics K9 Anya alerted to the presence of illegal drugs in the vehicle.
After a search of the vehicle, Detectives seized meth and drug paraphernalia, including used needles and plastic bags containing meth residue. A routine records check showed that both subjects had outstanding warrants.
Following their arrests, Johnson and Metcalf were each given a $6,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court today (July 28).
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives say a missing 17-year-old foster child has been returned to Lincoln County from Brevard where she had been staying with relatives. Julia Grace Olroyd was brought to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office today (Thursday, July 28) where she was turned over to the Lincoln County Department of Social Services.
Detectives say the Department of Social Services reported the teen missing on July 22 after going to pick her up from a cousin’s house and she was gone. The 17-year-old was staying at a cousin’s house while awaiting placement in another foster home. No other details were released.
Statesville officials announce that water quality tests confirmed the city's water is safe. Statesville Water Resources Assistant Director Jerry Byerly said tests completed at various locations throughout the city's water system indicated that no e. coli exists within the system. As a result, he said there is no need for citizens to continue boiling water before consuming or using it.
State officials have allowed the City to rescind its system pressure advisory, which means that Statesville water customers are no longer advised to boil water for consumption purposes. According to Byerly, water samples were collected on Wednesday (July 27), and then analyzed according to state requirements.
On Wednesday morning, an advisory was issued as a precautionary measure due to a significant drop of pressure in the city’s water system following a water main break near the Water Treatment Plant on Pump Station Road. The low pressure prompted the state to require Statesville to issue the advisory that encouraged citizens to boil any water before consumption.
The Statesville Leisure Pool will open from 3 until 8 p.m. today ($3 for adults; $2 for 12 and under) and return to a regular schedule tomorrow.
A Catawba County man will spend a minimum of just over five years in prison after being found guilty in a burglary and assault case. 33-year-old Charles Adam Friend of Hickory convicted of first degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. The Catawba County Superior Court jury came back with the verdict in less than three hours Wednesday (July 27).
Following the jury’s verdict, the Honorable Robert T. Sumner, Superior Court Judge from Gaston County, sentenced Friend to serve 64 to 89 months of active time in the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections for the burglary and issued a suspended sentence of 25 to 42 months on the assault conviction that will run consecutive to the burglary sentence if activated.
Judge Sumner also ordered that Friend pay nearly $8,200 in restitution to the victims.
The investigation by Hickory Police revealed that Friend broke into the Hickory apartment of multiple victims on July 14, 2015, assaulting a then 22-year-old male with a knife. The victim suffered multiple lacerations and stab wounds that led to his hospitalization. The confrontation began as a verbal exchange between Friend and the male victim, but Friend attempted to force his way into the apartment, eventually gaining entry and stabbing the victim repeatedly when he slipped and fell to the floor.
Investigator John Patterson handled the case for Hickory Police Department. Kyle Smith and Michelle Lippert prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
27-year-old Ricky David Chagnon II of Stony Point, 28-year-old Nicholas Seth Sharpe of Statesville and 33-year-old Jennifer Suzanne Grant of Statesville have all been arrested by Statesville Police. All three were charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of meth precursors and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Chagnon faces charges for felony maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon, a felony probation violation and several vehicle & traffic violations. Chagnon was also served outstanding failure to appear warrants from Alexander County for driving while license revoked, unsafe movement, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a weapon of mass destruction.
At about 7:15 Tuesday night (July 26), while on patrol, Statesville Police Officer Jody Johnson spotted a vehicle at West Front Street near Oakland Avenue that had several equipment violations. The vehicle then made an unsafe movement and was stopped by Officer Johnson. According to a press release issued by the Statesville Police Dept., the vehicle’s three occupants behaved nervously. One of the occupants told the Officer that there was a firearm in the vehicle.
Other Officers came to assist and all three subjects were asked to exit the vehicle. A sawed off 12-gauge shotgun and a revolver were found in the vehicle. Also in the vehicle were several chemicals and precursors that appeared to be used in the manufacture of meth.
The suspects were detained while appropriate personnel were contacted to deal with the dangerous chemicals. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s Meth Lab Disposal Unit arrived, conducted their investigation and properly dismantled and collected the meth precursors for destruction.
After they were decontaminated, all three suspects were taken into custody. They were all placed in the Iredell County Detention Center. Chagnon was held under a $231,500 secured bond. Sharpe and Grant were each given $50,000 secured bonds. First appearances in District Court were scheduled yesterday (July 27).
Statesville Police report they are looking for a runaway teenager. 17-year-old Sterling Andrew Adams was reported missing on Wednesday (July 27). Iredell County Search and Rescue was called out at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. They searched until almost 5 a.m. today (Thursday, July 28), and were not able to find Adams.
A news release from the Statesville P.D. says Adams is currently in need of his medication. He's described as a white male, 5’7”, 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, khaki cargo shorts, and gray slip on shoes. He was possibly last seen in downtown Statesville.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Sterling Andrew Adams, contact the Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3406.
The armed robbery of a Catawba County convenience store is under investigation. According to the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, two men robbed the Propst Superette Number Two on Springs Road in Conover just before 9 p.m. Wednesday (July 27). The suspects, described only as white males, robbed the store at gunpoint. They fled with a bottle of Powerade and a candy bar. The report on the incident does not indicate if any money was stolen. No injuries are reported, the investigation into this robbery is continuing.
34-year-old John Brooks Miller of Cape Hickory Road in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (July 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon, and conspire to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Miller was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $45,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, July 28).
60-year-old John Cleveland Davis of Highway 70 in Black Mountain and 27-year-old Joseph Lewis Shoun of Woodridge Court in Lenoir were both arrested Wednesday (July 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. Both men were jailed at the Caldwell County Detention Center, Davis under $500,000 secured bond, Shoun under $30,000 secured bond. No court dates were listed for either suspect.
54-year-old Bryan Lee Parks of 7th Avenue Court SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (July 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts apiece of sale of schedule II controlled substance and manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a park. Parks was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, July 28).
Soaring temperatures mean air conditioners are working overtime. If your AC goes out, it may be tempting to get it fixed as quickly as possible, no matter the cost. But the North Carolina Department of Justice advises you to try to keep your cool and do your homework before hiring someone to fix your air conditioning.
Each year, dozens of consumers contact the NCDOJ to complain about problems with air conditioning and heating repairs. To avoid problems:
Get recommendations. Ask friends, neighbors and co-workers who they use for repairs.
Check credentials. Contact the Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM and your local Better Business Bureau to learn about the company’s complaint history. To see if the repair person is properly licensed, contact the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors at (919) 875-3612.
Get a written contract. Read it carefully before you sign it and make sure it includes all promises made orally. Remember that state law gives you three business days to cancel if you sign a home repair contract at your home rather than at the company’s place of business.
Don’t pay upfront, don’t pay until you’re satisfied, and pay by check or credit card—not cash—if possible.
If you experience problems with an air conditioning repair job, call the NCDOJ toll-free within North Carolina at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or file a complaint online at ncdoj.gov.