The man charged with killing guidance counselor Maggie Daniels in 2014 has entered a guilty plea. Sharman Howard Odom of Newton pleaded guilty today (Thursday, January 5) to first degree murder, first degree sexual offense, and first degree kidnapping in Catawba County Superior Court.
Odom was charged in connection with the June, 2014 murder and sexual assault of Daniels, who was 31-years-old at the time and worked as a guidance counselor at Discovery High School in Newton. Odom and the victim lived in the same apartment complex. Maggie Daniels' body was found in her apartment. According to a news release issued this afternoon by the Newton Police Department, Odom received a sentence of life in prison without parole.
Residents of the Greater Hickory Metro are keeping an eye on the weather forecast to see if winter precipitation will fall this weekend. The latest forecast from the National Weather Service for Hickory is calling for a 30 percent chance for snow after 4 p.m. Friday (January 6), but snow is likely after 9 p.m. Friday with the chance for one to three inches of accumulation. On Saturday, the forecast calls for a 40 percent chance for snow before 2 p.m. Listen to 1290 AM WHKY Radio, watch WHKY-TV News at 5:30 and 10:00, or check this website for the latest weather outlook.
The N.C. Department of Transportation released the state’s draft 2018-2027 transportation plan Wednesday (January 4). This plan is known as the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The plan is the department’s funding and construction schedule for transportation projects over the next 10 years. The plan includes projects slated for the counties in the Greater Hickory Metro.
The document lists more than 1,400 projects across all transportation modes and in every county throughout the state. The plan includes 61 safety projects and 376 interstate maintenance and bridge projects that are prioritized based on data from technical experts.
Projects in the draft plan were selected using the Strategic Mobility Formula established by the Strategic Transportation Investments law. Under this law, projects are evaluated and scored based on a combination of data, local input and other factors such as federal and state funding restrictions, corridor spending caps and the completion of environmental studies and engineering plans.
The department will hold a public comment period this spring to seek input on the draft plan. The Board of Transportation is expected to approve the final 2018-2027 STIP in June.
The department’s 10-year plan is updated every two years using this process. Projects scheduled into the first five years of the plan are considered committed and will not be reevaluated, but projects in the final five years of each 10-year plan will be prioritized again for inclusion in the next plan.
A breakdown of the projects in the draft plan, as well as changes from the previous STIP, are available at www.ncdot.gov/sti.
34-year-old Stephanie Lea Jonas of Lyle Haven Drive NW in Conover was arrested Wednesday (January 4) by Long View Police 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. Jonas was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, January 5).
28-year-old Cameron Diamond Dejuan Walton of Robinwood Circle in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (January 4) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm. Following the arrest, Walton was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,500 secured bond. No court date was listed.
37-year-old Chad Eric Lowman of 22nd Street NE in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, no operators license, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Lowman was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Thursday, January 5) under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
18-year-old Moises Emanuel Hernandez of Charlotte was arrested by Officers with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit yesterday (January 3) on one felony count of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. Two other men have outstanding warrants pertaining to the case, but have yet to be located. They are 23-year-old Rodolfo Felix and 18-year-old Jose Javier Reyes, both of Charlotte. They are each charged with one felony count of conspiracy to traffic meth.
The charges come as a result of a five-month long investigation into drug trafficking. Narcotics Detectives say the three men conspired to transport over a half a pound (approximately 238 grams) of meth through Lincoln County from Charlotte on July 31 of last year. The investigation began when a Deputy noticed a suspicious vehicle near the 5400 block of Highway 27 West in Vale. The Deputy conducted a traffic stop after the driver nearly struck a gas pump at a nearby convenience store.
During the stop, Deputies searched the vehicle and found several items including marijuana, drug paraphernalia and over $7,000 in cash. Both occupants of the vehicle were arrested for misdemeanor violations and later made bond.
Narcotics Detectives were notified and the vehicle was impounded. The next day, Detectives executed a search warrant on the vehicle and seized several items including a ledger, cell phones and a small amount of meth hidden in the vehicle.
Over the next several months, Detectives executed additional search warrants on electronic devices, phone records and other law enforcement agency records. After reviewing the data and conducting interviews, Detectives brought charges against the three suspects. Investigators don’t know exactly how long the operation had been going on, but they believe the suspects had been transporting the drugs on a regular basis.
Following his arrest, Hernandez was given a $9,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (January 4).
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Rodolfo Felix or Jose Javier Reyes should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. A Crime Stoppers tip leading to an arrest could result in a reward of up to $1,000.
29-year-old Miranda Day Beaver and 25-year-old Dennie Lee Mitchell, both of Buckskin Trail in Vale, were both arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged in Lincoln County with one felony count each of larceny of a motor vehicle and breaking and entering a motor vehicle. They are also charged with one misdemeanor count each of larceny and possession of stolen goods. They're both charged in Burke County with felony possession of a motor Vehicle and possession of methamphetamine.
The suspects are charged in Lincoln County with stealing a privately owned vehicle from the parking lot of R and K Trucking at 151 Cedar Grove Church Road in Vale. That theft occurred on December 11
The owner of the vehicle told deputies he drives for R and K Trucking and left the facility at approximately 10:30 a.m. on December 11, and when he returned at around 7:50 p.m. his green 1997 GMC Yukon was missing.
The vehicle was located several days later in Burke County and Detective Matt Burgess went to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility to interview the two people who were suspects in the case.
Beaver and Mitchell were moved from Burke County and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on Monday (January 2) under $25,000 secured bond each. They both have District Court appearances January 23.
37-year-old Daniel Cecil Kerley of Heritage Farm Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest and two misdemeanor counts of hit & run with property damage. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of D.W.I. and driving while license revoked.
Events leading to his arrest began when Police responded to reports of a possible drunk driver in the area of Highway 70 S.E. and Fairgrove Church Road S.E. Officers spotted the vehicle, a 2005 Chrysler 300C, at 5th Avenue Court N.E. and Highway 127. They attempted to stop the Chrysler, but lost sight of it after the driver turned near Hickory High School.
A short time later, Officers were called to a two-vehicle crash near the Cook Out restaurant on North Center Street. One of the vehicles was the Chrysler, driven by Daniel Kerley. No injuries were reported.
Kerley was taken into custody without incident just after 2:30 a.m. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $9,500, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (January 3) in Newton.
24-year-old Morgan Rio-Shay Blevins of Moore Mountain Road in Moravian Falls was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning for a felony probation violation and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear on a charge of driving while license revoked. She also faces felony methamphetamine charges in Alexander and Catawba counties, plus a misdemeanor firearms charge in Catawba and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge in Alexander.
Blevins was taken into custody without incident just before 4 a.m. today at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $14,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for January 9 in Taylorsville with a District Court date on January 24 in Newton.
35-year-old George Edward Linder III was arrested Tuesday (January 3) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony non-forced breaking and entering. Linder was placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond. A court date is scheduled for February 13 in Morganton.
30-year-old Tasha Nichole Greenlee of Holly Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (January 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to keep controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Greenlee was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled for Tuesday.
32-year-old Michael Shane Coffey of NE Jolly Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (January 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of attempted first degree arson and breaking and entering. Coffey was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $60,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
47-year-old Tracy Lynn Kaylor and 38-year-old Jacob Dewey Coffey, both of the same Chester Road, Lenoir, address, were both arrested Tuesday (January 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with single felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance, and maintain a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance.
Kaylor and Coffey were both placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond apiece. They are both scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday (January 5).
City of Morganton tax payments should be received by tomorrow (Thursday, January 5). After the deadline, any unpaid taxes will be assessed two-percent interest. An additional three-quarters-percent interest will be assessed each month thereafter. Property owners can pay in person in Morganton City Hall at 305 East Union Street, Suite A100. Residents can pay online at www.morgantonnc.gov/payonline. There is no fee if you pay with an e-check. There is a 2.6% fee for payments made with credit cards.
51-year-old Mark Edward Bell of County Home Road in Conover was arrested Tuesday (January 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of trafficking opium or heroin and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bell was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $65,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled for today (Wednesday, January 4) and next Monday (January 9).
17-year-old Luis Manuel Rivera-Montes of 12th Avenue Drive NE in Conover was arrested Tuesday (January 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Rivera-Montes was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, January 4).
There's a new name on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.
27-year-old David Loransa Young II is wanted on felony counts of probation violation, possession of a stolen weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Young's last known address was 4295 South Fork Avenue In Hickory. He was added to the Most Wanted List last Friday (December 30).
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek information on the whereabouts of Dean Allen Yancey. He's wanted for felony discharging a weapon into occupied property and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Yancey's last known address was 7890 Will Hudson Road in Connelly Springs. He's been on the list since November 13, 2015.
You can see the entire list of suspects on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted list at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information about any of the individuals on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 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.
Hickory City Council announced during their Tuesday (January 3) meeting that Warren Wood has been hired as the city’s new city manager. Wood will begin working for the city on April 10, after completing his role as Town Manager in Waxhaw, NC.
Wood has served as town manager of Waxhaw since March of 2015 and was previously with the City of Hickory for 22 years, working in a variety of professional and management positions. His final position in Hickory, before moving to Waxhaw, was Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the City’s Administrative Services, Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, as well as budget development and budget administration.
A native of Hickory, Wood began his career as Town Manager of Badin, North Carolina in 1991 before beginning work for the City of Hickory in 1993. In Hickory, he worked as Purchasing Agent, Human Resources Director, Director of Administration and Budget, and ultimately, Assistant City Manager and Chief Financial Officer.
In other activity at last night's Hickory City Council meeting, there were five public hearings the agenda. Those hearings included one to hear comments on the consideration of a text amendment to the land development code to change the number of units allowed in the Central Business District. The proposed change allows for a maximum rate of 50 dwelling units per acre. There were no speakers during the public hearing and the text amendment passed unanimously. All of the other items under consideration during public hearings were approved.
Captain John Crane has retired from the Hickory Fire Department after 31-and-a-half years of service. Captain Crane began his employment with the city on November 2, 1987 after his father, Larry Crane, retired as a Captain with the department.
Previously, Captain Crane worked with Granite Falls Fire Department for over a year. He has also volunteered with the Grace Chapel Fire Department since 1985, where he has served as the Fire Chief for the past five years.
After starting his Hickory career as a Firefighter, Crane advanced through the ranks until he was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1995, a position he held for 21 years until his retirement, earning numerous certifications along the way. He served on several city and department committees, including the Chief’s Improvement Team as well as the Rules, Regulations & Policy committee.
Captain Crane plans to continue volunteering with the Grace Chapel Fire Department and serving the community as Fire Chief. He also plans to hunt, fish and work on the farm.
Captain Crane lives in the Grace Chapel area with his wife Kimberly. Together, they have two children Phillip, who is a firefighter with Lenoir Fire Department, and Megan who is currently a senior at Christian Family Academy.