18-year-old Sierra Goble of Stony Point was arrested May 20 by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon. Following the arrest, Goble was placed in jail under $100,000 secured bond. Her next District Court appearance is scheduled for June 4.
26-year-old Jordan Icard of Taylorsville was arrested May 19 and 21 by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and conspiracy to shoot into an occupied dwelling, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Icard was placed in jail under $15,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is June 11 in Taylorsville, he also has a District Court date August 13.
Two people were killed as a result of a landslide in Watauga County. Wednesday (May 30), just after 5:00 PM, the Boone Fire Department responded to a report of a landslide into a single-family dwelling resulting in the destruction of the structure from a gas leak. The residence was located on Pine Ridge Drive in the Heavenly Mountain Community.
Two people were reported to be in the structure at the time of the event. When Boone Firefighters arrived, search and rescue operations were initiated. Two victims were found deceased in the rubble. The names of the victims are not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin. The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting the death investigation. There were no other occupants of the structure. Agencies from multiple counties responded including Watauga, Caldwell, Alexander, Avery, and Buncombe.
24-year-old Barry Lee McMahan II of Island Farm Road in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police early Tuesday morning (May 29) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear.
According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, McMahan was arrested after fleeing in a 1995 Toyota Tacoma. He was taken into custody at about 3:45 a.m. yesterday at 28th Street and U.S. Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory.
McMahan was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (May 30).
Severe rains have caused mudslides, washouts and flooding on interstates, highways and local roads across western North Carolina in recent days.
N.C. Department of Transportation crews have been working around the clock to assess damage, remove debris, clean pipes, and clear ditches in counties spanning from Cherokee County in the far west to Surry County in the northeastern mountains.
Road conditions continue to change. A news release issued this afternoon by the NCDOT says 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. Transportation officials remind motorists to drive with extra caution and never cross moving water. It can take just inches of running water to wash away a vehicle.
The list of highways and primary roads that were closed in the western part of the state include the following:
In Caldwell County, Brown Mountain Beach Road, Old Johns River Road, Camp Carolwood Road and some secondary roads. In Iredell County, Hill Dairy Road along with some secondary roads. In Watauga County, Rominger Road near Watauga River Road along with secondary roads. In McDowell County on Intersate 40 two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane are closed near mile marker 67, and NC 80 northbound.
Several other counties in western North Carolina have multiple roads closed. The Facebook page Burke County Emergency Reporter reports that Bost Road in Morganton was covered with water following the rainfall. For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.
18-year-old Megan Nicole Bryant of Underdown Avenue SW in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (May 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Bryant was given a custody release. A District Court appearance is scheduled Thursday (May 31).
28-year-old Justin Drew Coffey of Prospect Street NW in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (May 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, and possession of a firearm by a felon. Coffey was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond A District Court date is scheduled for Thursday (May 31).
The City of Lenoir recently received a $300,000 Brownfields grant and multiple NC Opportunity Zone designations, both of which could help promote redevelopment and economic growth in the city. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $300,000 Brownfields grant to Lenoir in April. Brownfields grant funds will be used to conduct environmental site assessments, and possibly fund cleanup of abandoned industrial sites in the City.
Brownfields site assessments are required before developers can apply for Brownfields Agreements. Brownfields Agreements remove environmental liability from owners and developers who are trying to redevelop and re-purpose abandoned properties. The grants funds become available October 1 this year. The City and its consultant have tentatively identified a number of properties that could benefit and will engage property owners later this year. There will also be a community outreach session to present the program and solicit community involvement.
The City also received the NC Opportunity Zone designation for three Census tracts in the City - Census Tract 301, which includes historic Downtown Lenoir; Census Tract 303, which includes the southwestern part of the City; and Census Tract 311, which includes a small section in the northern area of town.
The Opportunity Zone concept was created in the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R.1) passed by Congress last year. The legislation creates a tax benefit for qualified investors who wish to re-invest realized capital gains into Opportunity Zones, avoiding standard capital gain tax obligations.
37-year-old Janie Marie Perez of Woodridge Court in Lenoir was arrested last Friday (May 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of schedule I controlled substance. Perez was released on $25,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
42-year-old Steven Allen Coffey of Oakwood Church Road in Lenoir was arrested last Friday (May 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant from Tennessee. Coffey was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. His next District Court appearance is scheduled for June 28.
New names have been added to the Iredell County most wanted list.
50-year-old John Allen Karis was recently added to the list. He's wanted for felony breaking and entering. The last known address for Karis was 61 Jay Stafford Lane in Taylorsville.
27-year-old Lashawn Ashley Hughes was also added to the Iredell County most wanted list. He's wanted for felony possession of a stolen firearm. The last known address for Hughes was 121 Brown's Farm Drive in Cleveland, NC.
44-year-old Andrae Leavis Knox remains on the Iredell most wanted list. He's charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. The last known address for Knox was 117 Desiree Drive in Statesville.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects with their photos at www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list you can e-mail email@example.com. You can also call any tips into the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at their Statesville location, 704-878-3180, or the Mooresville office, 704-664-7500.
The Granite Falls Police Department is investigating an assault and vehicle theft earlier this week. On Monday (May 28) shortly after 10 a.m., 83-year-old Erika Mclean of Granite Falls, went to the Granite Falls Recreation Center to walk. When she returned to her vehicle a man took her keys from her hand and pushed her to the ground. He then stole her vehicle. Mrs. Mclean was injured during the incident and was treated at the scene by Caldwell County EMS.
The stolen car is a white 2008 Hyundai Accent with a North Carolina license tag reading DJP-7514. The suspect is described as a white male with brown hair, a brown scraggly beard, and "messed up" teeth. A video of the incident can be seen at the Granite Falls Police Department Facebook page. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Captain Branham at the Granite Falls Police Department at 828-396-3358 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Lenoir/Caldwell Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300.
23-year-old Tony Aaron Ferguson of Eberle Way in Hudson was arrested Friday (May 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Ferguson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (May 29).
38-year-old Kristen Nicole Reitzel of 17th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Friday (May 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Reitzel was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (May 29).
19-year-old Trevon Antonio Simpson of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday (May 26) on one felony count of larceny from a person.
His arrest stems from an incident on April 2 of this year when Hickory Police responded to a reported armed robbery at Simpson’s residence. Upon arrival, Officers found Simpson and placed him under arrest.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident Saturday and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today (May 29) in Newton.
27-year-old Tevin Jerome “Li’l Tevin” Gaither of Leonhardt Street in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police early Monday morning (May 28) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and two counts of assault by pointing a gun.
Gaither was taken into custody without incident at about 1:40 a.m. Monday at a residence on South Center Street in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $21,000, secured. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court today (May 29) in Newton, with additional court dates coming up on June 13 & 27.
33-year-old Juan Moises McDonald of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (May 27) on one felony count each of trafficking opium or heroin; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance; and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. He was also charged with six counts of failure to appear on a misdemeanor, plus multiple vehicular charges, including two felony counts of speeding to elude arrest. The charges were filed by the Hickory Police Department and the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office.
He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a potential overdose in the parking lot at McDonald’s residence (the Silver Springs Terrace apartment complex). After E.M.S. rendered medical assistance, McDonald was taken into custody without incident about a quarter past midnight on multiple outstanding warrants. The felony warrants were issued in August of last year.
McDonald was initially charged with speeding to elude when Hickory Police attempted to stop a vehicle at a retail store on Springs Road N.E. The vehicle didn’t stop until the suspect exited the vehicle on 21st Street N.E. and ran through the woods. The driver was identified as Juan Moises McDonald and warrants were issued.
Then, on May 22, Officers on patrol on the 2,500 block of Springs Road N.E. saw McDonald, driving a vehicle that was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of 25th Street Drive N.E. and Springs Road N.E. Officers initiated a traffic stop, but McDonald fled. Warrants for his arrest were issued.
McDonald was jailed Sunday in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $65,500, secured. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court today (May 29) in Newton, with additional court dates on May 31, June 21, June 25 and July 19.
30-year-old Oscar Gabriel Rodriguez of Hurricane Hill Road in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (May 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff's officers. He's charged with felony second degree sexual assault by force and misdemeanor resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer. Rodriguez was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $155,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (May 29).
49-year-old Stacy Sherard Murrill of Village Circle in Hickory was arrested Saturday (May 26) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. In addition, Murrill is charged with misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, probation violation, and begging.
On May 3, Hickory Police took a report of a stolen firearm. The 12 gauge Winchester Pump Shotgun was stolen from a residence on 3rd Street Northeast. Stacy Murrill was developed as a suspect and arrested without incident at an address on 10th Avenue SE in Hickory.
Following the arrest, Murrill was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $36,500 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (May 29). A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
22-year-old Taylor Evelyn Pritchard was arrested Sunday (May 27) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor larceny, possession, or receiving stolen goods from a construction site. Pritchard was arrested shortly after 8:30 a.m. Sunday at an address on South Sterling Street in Morganton. She was placed in jail under $8,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for Wednesday (May 30).