29-year-old Timothy Joseph McCall of Littlejohn Church Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, single felony counts of traffic in heroin or opium, maintain a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance, and speeding to elude arrest. McCall is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, resist, delay, or obstruct a public officer, and fail to stop for a stop sign or red light.
Following the arrest, McCall was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (November 22).
Hickory City Council met in regular session last night (November 21). The late Mayor Rudy Wright was honored, his wife Donna was presented with his gavel. Habitat for Humanity presented information about The Rudy Project, a community effort to benefit Habitat and honor Mayor Wright.
Audit Manager Kari Dunlap with Martin Starnes gave an audit presentation. Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were all approved unanimously. Two separate public hearings were held, each for different rezoning petitions, each passed unanimously.
Deputy City Attorney Dula presented the consideration for amending the city code of ordinance in regard to motor vehicles and traffic. The proposed amendments list designated bicycle lanes in both sections. The inclusion of designated bicycle lanes is for public safety. No one appeared to speak at the public hearing, Council passed the amendment unanimously.
Ron Huffman, Principal Landscape Architect with AMEC discussed the 60% City Walk design. Council approved the plan as presented with an added coordination meeting regarding the railroad. The motion passed unanimously. Glenn Walters with Design Workshop presented the 30% Riverwalk design. Council approved the Riverwalk plan unanimously.
One suspect has been arrested and another is being sought in a Burke County kidnapping case. 29-year-old Krisie Melissa Parrish of Virginia Street SW in Lenoir was arrested today (November 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged in Burke County with first degree kidnapping and simple assault. Authorities are seeking 20-year-old Marcus Allen Richard Whisnant of Neighborly Place in Lenoir on a charge of first degree kidnapping.
On Monday (November 20) the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division was called to investigate a possible kidnapping at 2676 Lot 122, Timmerill Mobile Home Park on US Highway 18/64 in Morganton. Investigators interviewed witnesses, processed the scene and they were able to retrieve video footage that led to arrest warrants being issued for the two suspects. The charges are in connection with the kidnapping of Taylor Sierra Kirby.
Following her arrest earlier today, bond for Parrish was set at $125,000 secured. Whisnant had not yet been located. If anyone has knowledge of Whisnant's whereabouts, contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton-Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333.
18-year-old Gabriel Dawson Propst of Openview Drive in Lincolnton was arrested today (November 21) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with larceny of a firearm and break or enter a motor vehicle. Propst was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
19-year-old Garland Rayshon Davenport of Logan Street in Shelby was arrested Monday (November 20) by Hickory Police on charges filed in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of statutory rape of a victim 13, 14, or 15 years of age, and kidnapping.
Davenport was arrested by Hickory Police Officers without incident just before 1 p.m. on Monday. He was placed in jail in Morganton under $90,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (November 21) in Morganton.
31-year-old Rumualdo Ricardo Hernandez of Pope Place NW in Lenoir was arrested Monday (November 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with two counts of failure to appear on a felony. Hernandez was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for January 2.
37-year-old Chad Christopher Davis was arrested Monday (November 20) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, misdemeanor counts of resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer and probation violation, along with two counts of misdemeanor failure to appear. Davis was arrested at an address on Knoll Drive in Vale just before 11 p.m. Monday. He was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $24,500 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (November 21).
With a very busy Thanksgiving holiday travel weekend being predicted, the N.C. Department of Transportation is suspending most road and lane closures on major highways across the state today (November 21) until 8 p.m. next Monday (November 27). One of the exceptions to those closures is in Catawba County.
The exceptions to the lane and road closures are where work under way has made it unsafe to open all lanes, such as where a bridge is being replaced, or travel lanes are being constructed or rebuilt. The exception in Catawba County is on U.S. 70, where the eastbound right lane is closed at 7th Street for a pipe replacement.
Other exceptions are in Dare, Cartaret, Nash, Vance, Warren, Davidson, and Macon Counties. For specific information on the work being done in those counties go to the NCDOT website, www.ncdot.gov. Travelers also need to be aware that there are a number of local roads that may have closures or lane restrictions that will be in place through the extended weekend.
Drivers can check on road conditions 24 hours a day by going to www.DriveNC.gov and using the drop-down menus to search by county, region or the specific roads they plan to use. During daytime hours, calling 511 will get live operators to provide travel assistance. Drivers are urged to use caution and obey the posted speed limit when traveling through work zones, even if no construction activity is taking place.
For holiday driving tips, go to the NCDOT website.
22-year-old Mason McCall Gragg of Rainbows End Lane in Lenoir was arrested Monday (November 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance. Gragg was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (November 21).
38-year-old Jeffrey Lynn Dingus of Nickelsville, Virginia, was arrested Monday (November 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant from another state. Dingus is wanted for an unspecified felony charge filed in Virginia. Following Monday's arrest, he was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (November 21) in Lenoir.
Hickory City Council meets at 7:00 tonight (November 21) at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building, 76 North Center Street in Hickory.
Council will hear several special presentations, including one honoring Hickory’s late Mayor, Rudy Wright. There will also be a presentation on Catawba Valley Habitat for Humanity and the Rudy Wright Project. Neighborhood College Graduation is also on the agenda, as well as an audit presentation from Kari Dunlap, a C.P.A. with Martin Starnes.
Among the items up for a second reading are the approval of six Community Relations Council Fall grants totaling $7,205.20 and the approval of an amendment to the City Walk design contract in the amount of $252,000.
35-year-old Jennifer Leigh Munoz was arrested Monday (November 20) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony identity theft and misdemeanor resisting a public officer. Following the arrest, Munoz was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance on the resisting charge is scheduled for December 6, a Superior Court appearance on the identity theft count is scheduled for January 2.
32-year-old Tommy Warren Boyett of 21st Street Drive SE in Hickory was arrested Monday (November 20) on charges filed by Hickory Police Officers and the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. Boyett is charged by Hickory Police with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and carrying a concealed weapon. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office charged Boyett with resisting a public officer. Boyett was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,950 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for December 8 and January 17.
28-year-old Steven Michael Ayers of County Home Road in Conover was arrested Monday (November 20) by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Ayers was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for December 8.
26-year-old Logan Dean Shaw of Fairway Drive SW in Conover was arrested Monday (November 20) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Following the arrest, Shaw was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (November 21).
40-year-old Candida Dawn Bernard of Carefree Court in Hudson was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:15 Friday night (November 17) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus single misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. She was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear and a misdemeanor probation violation.
Events leading to her arrest began when Officers conducted a vehicle stop at a convenience store on Highway 321 N.W. A consent search of the vehicle was conducted and drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle.
The passenger, Candida Bernard, initially gave Officers a false name. She was arrested and a search was conducted. Methamphetamine was found on Bernard’s person. The other charges were the result of outstanding warrants.
Bernard was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $14,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (November 20) in Newton.
53-year-old Robert Austin Dellinger of 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Friday morning (November 17) on one felony count of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
Dellinger turned himself in at the Hickory Police Department where he was served with the felony indictment. He was processed and released under a $30,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today (November 20) in Newton.
Last Wednesday (November 15), Hickory Police, in collaboration Agents from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, conducted a prostitution sting in the area of 11th Avenue S.W. and South Center Street. The operation focused on male solicitors.
Four subjects were charged with soliciting prostitution. They are:
- 64-year-old Walfrido Rivera Paisan,
- 35-year-old Luis Fernando Rubio Lopez,
- 29-year-old Raul Figueroa Magana, and
- 56-year-old Edwin Willis Freeman, who faces one additional count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Each suspect was given a $500 secured bond, with the exception of Freeman, whose bond was set at $500, unsecured. No court date is currently listed for Paisan. Lopez and Freeman are due in court on January 3, and Magana will appear on January 17.
In addition, 30-year-old Samantha Jo Shook was charged with loitering for the purpose of prostitution. Her bond was set at $1,500, secured. She has a court date on January 2.
The City of Morganton is resurfacing several local streets, starting today (November 20).
The city has hired Maymead to pave sections of Stonebridge Drive, Bethel Road, Brick Street, Alwran Street and North Anderson Street. The roads will be closed during paving. Exact dates and times are uncertain and may be impacted by weather.
Citizens are asked to avoid parking vehicles or placing items in the street or rights-of-way in those areas. Stonebridge will be closed to all traffic on paving days. Motorists should plan an alternate route.
40-year-old Angelo Lamar Jackson of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged by Probation & Parole Officers with a parole violation.
Jackson was jailed Saturday (November 18) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. He was given a $40,500 secured bond with an appearance in District Court set for today in Newton.