26-year-old Jessica Keri Price of 1st Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested today (Tuesday, July 26) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods or property. Price was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (July 27).
The Greater Hickory Metro Area remains in an extended period of hot and humid conditions. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s for the rest of the week, with no significant relief until late next week at the soonest. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers these tips to deal with the heat.
Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask your doctor how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.
Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off. Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on: Infants and young children, people aged 65 or older, people who have a mental illness, and those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure.
Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.
If you must be out in the heat: Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours, cut down on exercise, if you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour, try to rest often in shady areas, and protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.
Temperatures in the Hickory Metro are expected to be in the low to mid 90s through Friday (July 29), there is a chance we could see highs only in the upper 80s Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, then back into the 90s next Tuesday and Wednesday before a possible cool-down into the mid 80s next Thursday.
35-year-old Michael Andrew Driver of Salisbury Street NE in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of trafficking opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, manufacture, sell, deliver, or possess controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, and misdemeanor larceny. Driver was incarcerated this morning (Tuesday, July 26) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $51,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today.
Ramp paving work today (Tuesday, July 26) will close the U.S. 321 Business ramp onto northbound U.S. 321 near the Gaston-Lincoln County line. The closure is expected to last just one day, although paving work on U.S. 321 itself is expected to continue over the next several days.
Drivers can get by the ramp closure by staying on Business 321 North, or by using U.S. 321 South, getting off at the Hardin Road exit and then getting back on the highway in the northbound direction.
We've got information on two more suspects who have been wanted in Burke County for close to two years. Last week, WHKY reported on a pair of suspects wanted since August of 2014. There are two additional names on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List who have been sought for approximately two years.
39-year-old Tong Xeng Yang Moua is wanted on felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Moua's last known address was 2650 Old Blue Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs. He has been on the Most Wanted list since August 14, 2014.
40-year-old Tony Lynn Bollinger is wanted on a charge of non-payment of child support. Bollinger's last known address was 5597 Manley Clark Road in Morganton. He has been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted list since September 8, 2014.
You can see the entire Most Wanted List at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of any of the suspects on the list you can call 828-438-5500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 17-year-old foster child.
Detectives say the Lincoln County Department of Social Services reported the teen missing last Friday (July 22) after going to pick her up and she was gone. The teen was staying at a cousin’s house while awaiting placement in another foster home.
17-year-old Julia Grace Olroyd was last seen at her boyfriend’s residence in Maiden on Friday. She was picked up by another female in a silver in color Honda car that appeared to be in rough condition.
Olroyd is described as a white female with brown hair and brown eyes. She 5 feet – 9 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. Anyone with information on Miss Olroyd’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communication’s Center at 704-735-8202.
A suspect is being sought in an Iredell County murder case.
On Monday (July 25), Deputies from the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to 308 Alexander Acres in Mooresville. When they arrived they found a 79-year-old woman with life threatening injuries. The victim was rushed to a local hospital but later died as a result of her injuries.
Warrants have been issued for 55-year-old Michael Reid Frye. He is believed to be driving a 2004 Toyota Rav4, silver in color displaying North Carolina plate ECJ-6391. Anyone seeing Frye please call 911 immediately.
Three of the five men charged in connection with a double homicide in March made their first appearances in Catawba County District Court on Monday (July 25).
26-year-old Devin Maurice Ussery of Conover, 25-year-old Jordan Alexander Rivera of Hickory, and 27-year-old Arsenio DeWayne Curtis of Hickory, are all charged with two counts of murder in connection to the March 12, 2016, deaths of 34-year-old Mark Anthony Wilson and 39-year-old Deidra LaCarol Ramseur at the couple’s home on Rest Home Road in Conover.
All three defendants appeared before District Court Judge Robert A. Mullinax and were given August 15 as a probable cause hearing date. They are being held without bond and will be appointed counsel by the Capital Defender’s Office.
Ussery was taken into custody at his home on Friday, July 22 by officers with the Catawba County STAR Team, and the Statesville Police SWAT unit apprehended Curtis. Rivera already was incarcerated in Catawba County for unrelated charges.
The other two suspects charged in the case, 23-year-old William Crawford Powell Jr. and 23-year-old Reand Pablo-Antonio Rivera, both of Fayetteville, did not appear in court Monday. Court dates were not yet listed for them in Catawba County.
A three vehicle wreck tied up traffic on Interstate 40 in Hickory Monday afternoon (July 25). According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the accident happened shortly after 2:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of I-40.
A tractor-trailer was merging on to the interstate at exit 123 when a woman driving a Jeep Liberty attempted to merge left to allow the truck to enter the highway. The woman sideswiped a Toyota Tundra while attempting to move into the left lane and she flipped her vehicle. She was wearing a seat belt and was not seriously injured. The man driving the Tundra and the driver of the tractor-trailer were both able to escape serious injury as well.
Traffic was backed up to mile marker 126 for approximately one-and-one-half hours while the scene was cleaned up. The Liberty was totaled in the crash, the Tundra, which struck the tractor-trailer, also sustained damage.
41-year-old Kimberly Antoinette McCall (also known as Kimberly A. Bratton) and 51-year-old William Samuel McCall, both from the same address on 4th Avenue S.W. in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 5 p.m. Friday (July 22). They were each charged with felony habitual larceny.
The two were arrested in connection to an incident at the Lowes Foods store on 14th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. The two were spotted on video concealing items and leaving the store without paying. The female allegedly placed two boneless beefsteaks and three packages of Smithfield ribs (with a total value of $95.04) in her purse, while the male placed three, five-pound packages of Gusto thick-sliced bacon down his pants.
Investigators examined video taken outside the store and were able to get a tag number from the ’95 Lexus the suspects left the store in. The vehicle was registered to Kimberly McCall.
Officers located the suspect vehicle and the suspects at their residence. The suspects said they dropped off the stolen items at someone else’s house for a cookout.
Both suspects were charged with habitual larceny as the result of their past history, with numerous larceny and shoplifting convictions for each.
They were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Kimberly McCall set at $15,000, secured. William McCall was given a $14,000 secured bond. Both were scheduled to make first appearances in court today (July 25) in Newton.
41-year-old Sean Arthur Smail of County Home Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:30 Saturday night (July 25) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Police got behind a black B.M.W. with an expired registration tag, traveling south on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. Officers stopped the vehicle and – as they approached – they smelled marijuana.
Officers found a small baggie containing a white powder substance on the driver’s side floorboard. Sean Smail was the driver and the vehicle’s only occupant.
During the booking process, a baggie containing marijuana and two empty baggies with a white residue were found in Smail’s right sock. In all, 0.65 grams of cocaine and 2.56 grams of marijuana were found.
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On April 21 of this year, the Boone Police Department began an investigation into a missing person case. James “Martin” Roberts. Roberts, a college student, was last seen in Boone, near the Appalachian State University Campus. A letter was found in his room indicating that he was leaving everyone behind, but the letter made no specific mention of harming himself. Police and Mr. Roberts’ family said that they know from the content of the letter that Roberts was experiencing some challenges in life and may have wanted to escape from his circumstances.
Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford says investigators have nearly exhausted their available leads and have begun looking at more unlikely scenarios. Recently, Boone Police Detective Kevin Wilson, the lead Investigator on the case, spent two days with experienced Investigators from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). Those Investigators will assist with technical aspects of the case.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of James “Martin” Roberts should call 828-268-6900.
60-year-old Bobby Gene Huffman, Jr. of Bethlehem was arrested Friday (July 22) by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on three counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor.
The investigation leading to Huffman’s arrest stems from a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which notified the Sheriff’s Office on Friday. The incidents occurred from February through June of 2015. A search warrant was issued by a Superior Court Judge. The search warrant was executed at Huffman’s residence Friday.
Huffman was taken into custody and then taken before a Magistrate and given a $12,000 secured bond. Today (July 25), 11 more warrants were issued on the same charge. Those warrants stem from the same investigation. Huffman was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.
This investigation is continuing.
53-year-old Ted McMurray Olson of Catawba Street in Glen Alpine was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:10 Saturday morning (July 23) on two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
He was arrested after Police were called to fight in progress at the Metro Treatment Center on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard, S.E. They found the victim, a 30-year-old Claremont man, on his knees in the parking lot, suffering from a knife wound on his upper, left back area. The victim pointed out the suspect, Ted Olson, who was still on the premises.
Police say the victim was waiting to pay inside the treatment center when he became upset that a slow computer was making it difficult for him to check out. He stepped outside to vent when the suspect allegedly came up from behind and hit the victim in the back of the head. The victim confronted Olson, who produced a knife and cut him.
The victim was not hospitalized. Olson complained of back pain and shortness of breath, but he refused treatment from E.M.S.
Olson was taken into custody without incident. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $45,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (July 25) in Newton.
45-year-old Thomas Victor Rinehart was arrested Friday (July 22) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony non-forced breaking and entering. Rinehart was placed in jail in Morganton following the arrest under $5,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for September 12.
24-year-old Devon Wesley Downing was arrested Sunday (July 24) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Downing was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 25).
22-year-old Tristan Keith Rhymer of Early Place in Lenoir was arrested Friday (July 22) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Rhymer was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 25).
26-year-old Thomas Allen Owens of Watts Street in Morganton was arrested Saturday (July 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Owens was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 25).
38-year-old Clee Eugene Blankenship of Dry Pond Lane in Conover was arrested Sunday (July 24) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, second degree trespassing, and failure to appear. Blankenship was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, July 25).
Robert Winkler has been hired as the new City of Morganton Parks and Recreation Director. Winkler has spent the last nine years serving as the Parks and Recreation Director in Lenoir. He previously worked for the City of Morganton as well as Burke County.
Winkler grew up in Lenoir where he graduated from West Caldwell High School. Winkler was a standout athlete at West Caldwell and also played for Caldwell County's American Legion Baseball team. After graduation he attended North Carolina State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Parks Recreation and Tourism Management.
In 1996, after graduating from NC State, Winkler moved to Morganton where he became Athletic Supervisor for the City of Morganton Parks and Recreation. He then went on to become the Athletic Director for Burke County in 1999. After a brief stint back with Morganton in 2007, Winkler was named Director of Parks and Recreation for Lenoir where he supervised 19 full time and 50 part time employees and managed three recreation centers as well as various parks and facilities.
Winkler replaces Brian Benton, who was hired as the City's Parks and Recreation Director in May. He resigned on June 28, after just one day on the job. Benton cited personal matters as the reason for his resignation. Benton replaced Gary Leonhardt, who served as the Director for 24 years. Leonhardt had been with the Recreation Department since 1966.
Winkler's first day will be August 30.