The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the City of Hickory with their Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, recognizing the city’s commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.
The city has received the award for 22 years consecutively. To qualify for the award, the city must satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation, including a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device. Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award. The City of Hickory Budget Staff were recognized at this week's City Council meeting.
Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.
25-year-old Ryan Joseph Guiterrez was arrested Wednesday (February 8) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of buy, sell, or possess property with an altered serial number, possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance, trafficking in opium or heroin, and trafficking in methamphetamine.
Guiterrez was arrested late Thursday afternoon on Hubbard Street in Lincolnton. He was placed in jail under $215,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 9).
19-year-old Quinton Payne Whitesides was arrested Wednesday (February 8) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of sell or deliver schedule VI controlled substance, continuing criminal enterprise, conspire to sell marijuana, and two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.
Whitesides was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $70,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 9).
22-year-old Jiovany Isac Laguna of Belmar Street in Newton was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a firearm, and possession of a stolen firearm. Laguna was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Thursday, February 9) under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (February 10).
52-year-old Michael Scott Odom of NW Prospect Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 8) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant. He's wanted in South Carolina on unspecified charges. Odom is also charged with misdemeanor failure to appear. Odom was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $57,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
37-year-old April Melina Blackwell of Providence Square Drive in Charlotte was arrested Wednesday (February 8) in Catawba County by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. She's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest along with misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired, reckless driving to endanger, and injury to personal property.
The arrest followed a chase with troopers after Blackwell reportedly ran a red light. Published reports say the chase started in Lincoln County and ended in Maiden when Blackwell wrecked. There were no injuries in the incident. Blackwell was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 9).
48-year-old Thomas William Johnson was arrested Tuesday (February 7) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances.
On Tuesday, the Morganton Department of Public Safety assisted the Burke County's Narcotics Task Force in executing a search warrant at 131 B Jones Street. During a search of the residence officers found 35 grams of cocaine, 3.5 grams of methamphetamine, one and a half pounds of marijuana and 13 firearms.
Johnson was arrested at the scene and charged with the drug offenses. He was detained in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $150,000 secured bond. His first District Court appearance was scheduled for Wednesday (February 8). His next District Court date is set for March 1.
32-year-old Larry Jermaine Gibbs of Mauney Drive and 44-year-old Dana Wilson Johnson of Loomis Street, both from Lincolnton, along with 40-year-old Jesse James Trent of Lester Trail in Iron Station have all been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers on drug charges.
Gibbs was charged with three felony counts for the sale & delivery of a schedule I controlled substance, five felony counts for possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnson and Trent were each charged with the sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, three counts for Johnson and two counts for Trent. Johnson and Trent were also charged with possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance, three counts for Johnson and one count for Trent. In addition, Johnson was charged with maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.
The three were arrested yesterday (February 7) by Lincoln County Narcotics Officers. The arrests came after an investigation into methamphetamine and heroin sales in the central and eastern parts of the county.
Detectives utilized undercover and surveillance techniques to purchase drugs from the suspects. In every case, the drugs sold were street-level amounts, sold by repeat offenders. Detectives say the cases involving the three suspects were unrelated.
During one of the arrests, Narcotics Detectives report that one of the suspects was a passenger in a vehicle that arrived at his residence while Detectives were there to serve warrants on him. As he was taken into custody, Detectives seized several grams of heroin from the suspect.
Following the arrests, Gibbs was given a $40,000 secured bond. Johnson’s bond was set at $25,000, secured, while Trent’s bond was set at $20,000, secured. All three were scheduled to appear in District Court today.
Lincolnton Police assisted in the investigation that led to Gibbs’ arrest. Patrol Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office also assisted in Tuesday’s arrests.
37-year-old Bobby Eugene Davidson, whose address was not listed, was arrested today (Wednesday, February 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine. Davidson was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (February 9).
36-year-old Justin Michael Nanney was arrested last Friday (February 3) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of identity theft and financial card theft.
According to a news release issued today (Wednesday, February 8), on January 23, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of identity theft. Detective Sgt. Fortson with the Economic Crime Unit was assigned the case.
According to the incident report, the victim received his credit card statement and observed numerous unauthorized transactions. The suspect, Justin Nanney, was an employee of the victim and had access to the credit card in question.
The credit card was issued in the victims’ personal name and was stored in the work truck that Nanney drove. It was discovered that Justin Nanney did in fact use the credit card in North Carolina, West Virginia and Pennsylvania at various gas stations and the local Domino’s. He charged a total of $706.29.
Nanney was currently on probation and was previously charged with multiple counts of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretenses. Following the arrest, he was locked up in the Iredell County Jail under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for February 24.
On Tuesday (February 7) at 6:55 p.m. a fire was reported at 2735 Piney Road in Morganton. The Chesterfield Fire Department responded along with mutual aid from Oak Hill Fire Rescue and Triple Community Fire Department. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered the single family residence fully engulfed in flames with the roof partially collapsed.
Neighbors told fire officials that only one person lived at the residence; however, they could not confirm if the occupant was home at the time of the fire. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control within an hour but search efforts were hindered due to the instability of the structure. One firefighter was transported to CMC Morganton for respiratory distress but is expected to be recover.
The Burke County Fire Marshal’s Office was requested to aid in the origin and cause determination. During overhaul operations, firefighters located the body of 74-year-old Benjamin Charles Weatherford who had been unable to escape the fire. As standard practice in the event of a fire fatality, The Burke County Sheriff’s Office and State Bureau of Investigation
were called in to investigate.
The accidental fire started in the living room area near a wood burning stove. Investigators do not suspect foul play. An autopsy will be scheduled by the Medical Examiner to determine the exact cause of death.
37-year-old Wayne Bernard Patton has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on two counts of felony habitual assault. He was also charged with assault on a female, assault inflicting serious injury and a pretrial release violation.
On February 1, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an assault call on Fox Run Drive in Statesville. Wayne Patton allegedly assaulted the victim by hitting her multiple times, causing contusions and breaking her ribs. Patton was arrested at the scene without incident.
On February 2, Domestic Violence Detectives followed up on the incident and found that Patton had assaulted the victim earlier that day, causing injury to her head and hip. Detectives determined that Patton had violated his pretrial release conditions by contacting the victim.
Patton was jailed under a total bond of $260,000. He will next appear in District Court on February 22.
Patton has a history of assaulting females with recent convictions for assault on a female, habitual assault, assault with a deadly weapon and going armed to the terror of the people.
Hickory Police are investigating a case in which shots were fired in downtown Hickory early this morning.
An unknown number of shots were fired just before 2 a.m. today near Randolph Billiards on 2nd Street N.W. There were no witnesses. No one was injured and no property damage was reported.
Police believe the incident may be connected to an altercation that occurred earlier inside the pool hall. No suspects have been identified at this time.
Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.
30-year-old Joshua Shane Ireland of Bailey Farm Road in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with violation of pretrial release order.
According to a news release issued today (Wednesday, February 8) On January 2, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to Bailey Farm Road in reference to a Domestic Disturbance. Ireland was arrested as a result of that incident and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $50,000 bond. Ireland was ordered to have no contact with the victim by a Judge.
Detectives continued to follow up on the case and discovered that Ireland has been violating the pretrial release order by attempting to contact the victim. Ireland has made numerous phone calls to the victim and has sent messages to the victim through a third party.
On February 3, Ireland went before Magistrate Nethkin where Ireland was given an additional bond of $200,000 added to his bond of $50,000. Ireland is now under a total bond of $250,000. He has District Court dates March 1 and April 10.
31-year-old Michael Steven Ellis of 10th Avenue Drive NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (February 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts apiece of uttering a forged instrument and obtaining property by false pretense, along with two counts of forgery of an instrument. Ellis was also charged by probation and parole with parole violation.
Following the arrest, Ellis was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for February 15, 22, 23, and March 1.
48-year-old Thomas William Johnson was arrested Tuesday (February 7) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Johnson was placed in jail in Morganton under $150,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, February 8).
New names were recently added to the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.
32-year-old Callie Ruth Sloan AKA Callie Ruth Gray is wanted by the Burke County Sheriff's Office on a felony count of child abuse. Sloan's last known address was 115 Brentwood Road in Morganton. Sloan was added to the Most Wanted List on January 27.
Jamie Lee Gray, whose age is not listed, is wanted on felony counts of child abuse and possession of stolen goods. He's also wanted on unspecified felony drug charges. Gray's last known address was 376 Hill Creek Drive in Marion. He was also added to the list on January 27.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information regarding any of the people on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List you can call 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
47-year-old Bruce Eugene Nations of Connelly Springs Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with felony breaking or entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny. Nations was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,500 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for March 6.
51-year-old Leonard Everett Wilcox of Rattlesnake Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Wilcox was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,500 secured bond. No court date was listed.
The City of Newton's Water Treatment Plant was shut down early this morning due to a gas leak. According to reports, the Newton Fire Department responded to a chlorine gas alarm at the plant just after midnight. A hazmat team went inside the plant to investigate.
The plant was shut down when the alarm went off. The city will serve it's customers with water that is in tanks, and there are not any concerns about running out of water. WHKY contacted the Newton Fire Department this morning, they did not have any updated information regarding the re-opening of the water plant. We will keep you updated as we receive information.