32-year-old Philip Joseph Harrison of Miller Bridge Road in Connelly Springs, 36-year-old Anthony Edward Deyton of Whitener Drive in Hickory and 30-year-old Tiffany Leann Massey of Smith Street in Valdese were all arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (August 9). Harrison was charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and trafficking in methamphetamine. Deyton faces one felony count of failure to appear on an out-of-county probation violation and Massey was charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Harrison and Massey were also charged one misdemeanor count each for possession of drug paraphernalia.
The three were taken into custody without incident at about 1:25 a.m. today at a billiard parlor on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. According to H.P.D.’s arrest reports, Harrison was in possession of 37.4 grams of meth and Massey had 0.6 grams of meth at the time of their arrests. All three suspects were all jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Harrison was set at $125,000, secured. Deyton was given a $30,000 secured bond and Massey was held under a $6,000 secured bond. Harrison and Massey were both due in District Court today, while Deyton has a Superior Court date scheduled for September 17.
Z. Ann Hoyle, who represented Ward 4 on the Hickory City Council from 1991 to 2009, passed away yesterday (August 8) at the age of 75. Originally from Cleveland County, Ms. Hoyle moved to Hickory’s Ridgeview community in 1965. She is remembered as a strong advocate for the community she represented.
Funeral arrangements have not been released at this time.
49-year-old Curey Dwayne Dixon of Knoxville, Tennessee was arrested Wednesday (August 8) on charges filed by Conover Police and the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. Conover Police charged Dixon with felony larceny, the Sheriff's Office filed a misdemeanor larceny count. Dixon was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $13,500 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for August 21 on the felony charge, and September 5 on the misdemeanor count.
Last night’s powerful storms have prompted N.C. Department of Transportation maintenance crews to close several roads in Lincoln County.
About 100 trees fell last night in Lincoln County. Several roads remain closed this morning as crews work to remove downed trees on power lines. They include: Ramseur Street, Poston Drive, Pressley Drive, Devine Road, Gates Road, and Hestertown Road.
Cleanup efforts will continue as long as needed to safely reopen the affected roads to traffic.
36-year-old Christopher Kelly Jones Jr. of Forest Hill Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Jones was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (August 9).
18-year-old Luca Tyler Buntic of Brookwood Drive in Maiden was arrested Wednesday (August 8) by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny, possession of stolen goods, and break or enter a motor vehicle. Buntic was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (August 9).
47-year-old Patricia Bowman Holsclaw was arrested last Saturday (August 4) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II and III controlled substance, possession of schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance, possession of marijuana, trafficking opiates by possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and misdemeanor child abuse.
According to a news release issued Wednesday (August 8), during the early morning hours last Saturday members of the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and Taylorsville Police Department Narcotics units concluded a month long investigation into suspected use and sale of illegal drugs at a residence on Ret Stafford Lane in the Wittenburg Community.
Narcotics investigators with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, Taylorsville Police Department, and Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at the Ret Stafford Lane residence. Investigators seized approximately 4.3 grams of methamphetamine and 4 grams of opiate narcotic pills all pre-packaged for sale. They also seized a small amount of marijuana, multiple items of drug paraphernalia, and $327 in U.S. Currency.
At the time the home was searched it was learned that Holsclaw was caring for a small child, and that child had been present during drug transactions. D.S.S. was contacted and a report was filed in reference to the child. Holsclaw was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under a $30,000 Secured Bond. Her next District Court date is August 27.
31-year-old Rex Allan Eversole of U.S. 70 West in Morganton was arrested last Thursday (August 2) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a news release issued Wednesday (August 8), last Thursday officers with North Carolina Probation and Parole, along with detectives from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division conducted an investigation at 2313 U.S. Highway 70 West in Morganton regarding stolen property and possible drug activity.
Officers made contact with Rex Allan Eversole at the residence. Eversole is currently on probation in Burke County. During the investigation, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were seized and Eversole was placed under arrest. He was detained in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 27.
Two people, including a four-month-old child, were killed Wednesday afternoon (August 8) in a two-vehicle crash in Burke County. Another child was seriously injured.
At about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the collision near Hildebran on Henry River Road, about a half-mile south of I-40. A 1997 Buick Century four-door passenger car driven by 21-year-old Cody Austin Myers of Hickory was traveling south on Henry River Road, while a 2006 Ford F-250 four-door pickup truck driven by 65-year-old James Robert Abernathy of Hickory was traveling north on the same road. According to a witness and evidence at the scene, the Buick crossed the double yellow line and collided with the Ford.
Two children in the rear seat of the Buick were ejected from the vehicle. There were child restraints seats in the vehicle; however, due to severe damage from the impact of the crash, the seats were ejected from the car. The four-month-old child died at the scene. Cody Austin Myers later passed away as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. A seventeen-month-old child was critically injured. The child was transported to a trauma center by helicopter. The driver of the Ford and a teen passenger sustained minor injuries.
The Highway Patrol’s Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene to assist in the ongoing investigation. The roadway was closed for several hours.
38-year-old Richie Allen Yoder of Boyd G. McCrary Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:45 yesterday afternoon (August 7) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.
He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a reported larceny by employee at the AutoZone store on 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Loss Prevention discovered that Yoder made fraudulent returns and retained the cash.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at the store. He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released about two hours later under a $5,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (August 7). Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were approved. There was a revision to one item on the consent agenda.
Assistant City Manager and CFO Rodney Miller presented information and City Council approved a resolution for the issuance of $15 million in general obligation public improvement bonds.
A public hearing was held and City Council approved an assessment roll for street improvements along Hathaway Drive NE. A public hearing was held and City Council approved the voluntary non-contiguous annexation of property owned by Trivium Corporate Center.
City Council and staff commended Yaidee Fox on her recent credentialing from ICMA. City Council also appointed members to boards and commissions.
22-year-old Umberto Nunez Navarro of Third Creek Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of safecracking and larceny, plus one misdemeanor count of damage to property.
Navarro was an employee of a business on Trackside Road in Troutman. On July 20, he returned to the business after hours and attempted to gain entry into a lock box, but was unsuccessful. Navarro returned with an accomplice, who has not been identified. Navarro and the other subject gained access to the contents of the lock box and carried away an undisclosed amount of cash. The two men also damaged property during the break-in.
Navarro was identified as the suspect. According to a press release issued by the Sheriff’s Office this morning (August 8), he was arrested without incident on July 27 at his residence. Navarro was placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $7,500 secured bond. He’ll next appear in District Court on August 20.
Navarro has been charged in the past for assault on a female, carrying a concealed gun, driving while license revoked, no operator’s license and driving after consuming.
29-year-old Timothy Wayne Easterling of Taylorsville Highway in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts of felony assault on a law enforcement officer and is also charged on an outstanding parole warrant.
According to a news release issued today (August 8), last Wednesday (August 1) at approximately 9:45 a.m. the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call to assist probation officers arresting a subject in the office on North Tradd Street.
Deputies arrived quickly and found several probation officers fighting with Timothy Wayne Easterling, who had an outstanding Parole Warrant for his arrest. The deputies were able to assist probation officers take Easterling into custody. During the altercation prior to being taken into custody Easterling assaulted three officers causing minor injuries to all three.
Bond was set at $300,000 secured for the felony charges, no bond was set on the parole warrant. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 22. Easterling was out on parole for being a registered sex offender and failing to notify the Sheriff’s Office of an address change.
28-year-old Duane Francis Delehanty Jr. of Grace View Place in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (August 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with interfere with electronic monitoring device. Delehanty was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $80,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for September 6.
Several new names have been added to the Burke County most wanted list. All of the suspects recently added to the most wanted list are wanted on a charge of probation violation, and all of the suspects were added to the list last Friday, August 3.
27-year-old Jorian Alexander Tate is wanted by authorities in Burke County. His last known address was 313 Morehead Street in Morganton. 41-year-old Wendy Nicole Nichols was also recently added to the Burke County most wanted list. Her last known address was 425 Old NC 18 in Morganton. 44-year-old Craig Herman Lytle is also among the new names added to the Burke County most wanted list. His last known address was 2116 Highway 126 in Morganton.
You can see the entire list of suspects wanted by authorities in Burke County at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to email@example.com. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on suspects in the recent theft of packages. On Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 5:44 p.m., two people in a dark colored Mazda passenger car pulled into a driveway on Zurick Lane. The passenger got out of the car, walked to the front porch, and stole two packages which had been delivered by UPS.
Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division gathered surveillance camera footage and spoke with several neighbors in the area in an attempt to identify the suspects. The vehicle has damage to both the right and left front fenders, has three silver wheels and the passenger side front wheel is black.
Anyone with information about this crime, knows the suspect vehicle, or the passenger that gets out of the car is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or Iredell County Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. You are not required to reveal your identity.
28-year-old Jessica Michelle Crowe of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (August 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with failure to appear on felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Crowe was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $45,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for September 10.
29-year-old Jamel Maurice Jackson of County Home Road in Conover was arrested Tuesday (August 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with interfering with an electronic monitoring device, fictitious information to an officer, and five counts of failure to appear. Jackson is charged with failing to appear on two counts of felony probation violation out of county, two counts of driving while license revoked, and one count of resisting a public officer.
Jackson was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $43,920 bond. District Court dates were scheduled for today (August 8), August 31, and September 7. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 21.
Authorities in Hickory are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing person with mental disabilities. The missing man is 22-year-old Jordan Wayne Blankenship. He was last seen on Thursday night (August 2) walking on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard, near the Salvation Army.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jordan Wayne Blankenship should contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.
41-year-old Bonnie Michelle Smith of Park Circle in Lincolnton died in a house fire early this morning.
At about 3:45 a.m. today, a Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Deputy was on patrol in the area when she noticed a home on fire. Lincoln County Firefighters and E.M.S. were dispatched to the scene.
Deputies and Firefighters attempted to make entry into the residence, but were unable to do so without special equipment. Specially equipped Firefighters arrived at the scene and made entry. They removed Ms. Smith’s body from the structure.
Sheriff’s Detectives and the Lincoln County Fire Marshal are investigating to determine the cause of the fire. According to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Office, the fatality appears to be related to the fire. Fire Marshal Rodney Emmett told Investigators the fire seems to have started on the kitchen stove.
Ms. Smith’s body was transported to the CHS-Lincoln morgue where the medical examiner will determine a cause of death.