29-year-old Maurice Jamarle Hemphill and 30-year-old Cetera Briana Horton, both of the same Willow Street NW address in Lenoir, were both arrested Friday (February 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. Hemphill is charged with felony counts of posession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and manufacture schedule II controlled substance. Horton is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I controlled substance, and manufacture schedule I controlled substance.
Hemphill and Horton were each jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond apiece. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, February 6).
Hickory City Council will meet Tuesday night (February 7) in regular session.
There is just one item listed on the agenda under Reaffirmation and Ratification of Second Readings. That item is Budget Revision Number 15, which passed unanimously on it's first reading vote.
Under New Business, council will hear a departmental report on the approval of a contract with Design Workshop Incorporated for the Riverwalk and Budget Revision Number 17. That revision includes the appropriation of $798,564 from General Fund Balance and the transfer of that money into the Capital Projects Fund. It also calls for the establishment of a Capital Projects Ordinance for the Riverwalk Project by accepting the transfer of those funds from the General Fund Balance for the Design Portion.
During tomorrow's Hickory City Council meeting, there will also be a presentation of the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2016. This is the 22nd consecutive year the city has received this recognition.
Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building, 76 North Center Street in Hickory.
37-year-old Jason Antonio Lytle was arrested Saturday (February 4) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Lytle was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 6).
45-year-old Regina Rae Stamey was arrested Saturday (February 4) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Stamey was placed in jail under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today (Monday, February 6) in Morganton.
48-year-old Shelia Hollifield Kirby was arrested Sunday (February 5) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Kirby was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 6).
36-year-old Melvin Franklin Mull of 3rd Street SE in Hickory was arrested today (Friday, February 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony hit and run with injury, flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, false report to a police station, and resisting a public officer. Mull was detained in the Catawba County Detention Center under $14,000 bond District Court appearances are scheduled for Monday (February 6) and March 1.
More details have been released regarding the arrest of 27-year-old Terrall Lee Mitchell, first reported yesterday (February 2) on WHKY. Mitchell, of 2nd Street S.E. in Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police on felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession with intent to sell cocaine, plus one misdemeanor count of driving while impaired.
He was arrested when Police on patrol at the Williamsburg apartment complex on 5th Avenue N.E. in Hickory interacted with Mitchell. A search turned up ten grams of cocaine in the suspect’s pocket. A silver and black handgun was found in his vehicle, a 2004 BMW.
Mitchell was taken into custody without incident at about 6:35 a.m. Thursday. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $36,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
38-year-old Thalmus Jaton Linder of 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested at about 9:35 yesterday morning (February 2) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest, plus misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, hit & run with property damage and driving while license revoked.
He was arrested after Officers on patrol on Highway 127 South saw a burgundy Chevrolet that hit the curbing as it made a right turn. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it sped away.
Police pursued the Chevrolet to the 500 block of 2nd Street Place S.W. where it turned into a field. The driver and only occupant of the vehicle, Thalmus Linder, jumped from the vehicle and ran. The Chevy continued to roll until it was stopped by a patch of trees.
Linder fled, on foot, through several back yards until he was apprehended on the 100 block of 7th Avenue S.W. A large knife and a crack pipe were found on his person. A BB gun was also found nearby. Officers then learned that Linder had been driving with a suspended license.
Linder was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $60,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
At approximately 8:14 a.m. today (Friday, February 3), members of the Hickory Police Special Operations Team were involved in an officer involved shooting at 1252 12th Street Place NW in Hickory. Officers were attempting to serve a narcotics search warrant at the residence when the incident occurred. Upon making entry into the residence, officers encountered 33-year-old William David Whetstone who was the subject of the search warrant.
While officers gave Whetstone verbal commands not to move, Whetstone reached between the cushions of a sofa producing a handgun and pointing it at officers. During the altercation, one Hickory Police Officer sustained a gunshot wound to his arm and Whetstone was shot by officers. Catawba County EMS responded and Whetstone was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sergeant Rodney N. Harris was treated and released for injuries sustained. The two officers who discharged their weapons in this morning’s police involved shooting were Master Police Officer David H. Lee and Sergeant Randy W. Isenhour. The Hickory Police Department immediately requested the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to conduct an independent officer involved shooting investigation. The officers involved have been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure.
No further information will be released at this time.
33-year-old Jonathan Matthew Williams of Knotline Lane in Cherryville was arrested Thursday (February 2) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony child abuse causing serious injury.
The charge is in connection with an incident that occurred in December of 2016. Williams reportedly struck the 15-year-old male victim, who is related, on the side of the head which caused permanent hearing loss in one ear. The incident was reported to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office by Lincoln County DSS on December 20, 2016.
Williams was placed in jail under a $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (February 3, 2017).
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet Monday in regular session. The time and the location of the meeting have changed. Commissioners will meet at 8 a.m. instead of the usual 9 a.m. start, and they'll hold the meeting in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room at the Catawba County Government Center in Newton.
Prior to the regular agenda, Commissioners will hold a strategic planning work session. The agenda for the regular session includes a sister cities presentation and a proclamation commemorating 2017 National Burn Awareness Week. In addition, the Government Finance Officers Assocation 2016 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award will be presented to members of the county's budget and management team.
41-year-old Jermaine Fitzgerald Wilson of Candy Lane in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (February 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance.
Agents with the Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit arrested Wilson following a search of his residence and vehicle. During the search, Narcotic Ice Unit Agents found more than one-and-one-half ounces of high grade quality marijuana packaged for sale, over 21 dosage units of crack cocaine and $954 cash. The drugs seized have a street value over $2,000 according to North Carolina State Drug Guidelines.
Wilson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (February 6).
38-year-old Russell David Blinson and 36-year-old Joel Ernest Lackey, both of Hickory, were both arrested Wednesday (February 1) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of burglary tools.
Officers received information of a possible breaking and entering in progress at a residence off Hahn Point Drive in Bethlehem at approximately 5:48 p.m. Wednesday. When the first Deputy arrived he found one suspect outside the home loading up property stolen from the home. The Officer was able to take the suspect into custody and place him in his patrol car. The Deputy then heard noise coming from the Victims home. The Officer investigated further and found that another suspect was in the home in the process of taking more property. The second suspect was taken into custody without incident.
Bond was set at $20,000 for each suspect. They're both scheduled to appear in District Court next Monday (February 6). The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.
42-year-old Samuel Hugh Mcloud of Twin Meadow Drive in Hudson was arrested Thursday (February 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Mcloud was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for February 23.
39-year-old Debbie Ann Wagoner of Hoods Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (February 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on a bill of indictment with felony counts of possession of stolen goods or property and possession of a firearm by a felon along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Wagoner was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. Superior Court dates are set for February 6 and March 6.
A man who was on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List for more than a year has been arrested on multiple felony charges.
62-year-old Dean Allen Yancey of Will Hudson Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. According to a news release issued Thursday (February 2), he's charged with two felony counts apiece of attempted first degree homicide, discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
On May 1, 2013 at approximately 6:30 p.m., deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to the residence of Milton Yancey at 6546 Rhoney Road in Connelly Springs to the report of a subject that had discharged a firearm into the home. Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office processed the crime scene. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that a total of two rounds were fired into the home, nearly striking Milton Yancey and his wife, Christine Yancey, as they sat in their living room.
Mr. and Mrs. Yancey identified the subject that shot at them as Dean Allen Yancey, Milton Yancey’s brother. The suspect was charged and indicted by a Grand Jury of Burke County. Dean Yancey was scheduled for trial in Burke County Superior Court on October 5, 2015, but he failed to appear for trial and an investigation was started in an attempt to locate Yancey.
Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the United States Marshal Service. It was discovered that Dean Yancey had fled the United States and was living in the South American Country of Ecuador. The suspect was extradited back to Burke County and is now being held without bond pending a trial on his original charges. Prior to Dean Yancey’s arrest, he was listed on Burke County’s Most Wanted for one year and eleven weeks.
70-year-old Doris Jean Ingram of Little Road in Newton was arrested Thursday (February 2) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance.
The Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force arrested Ingram following a search of her residence at 1243 Little Road. An investigation had been conducted for several months and it led to a search warrant being obtained. Officers found over 100 grams of methamphetmine in the residence, that’s more than four times the trafficking threshold.
Ingram was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $60,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (Friday, February 3). The investigation is continuing and additional arrests may be forthcoming.
Unemployment rates rose across much of the Greater Hickory Metro according to the latest report issued by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The report was released earlier this week and highlights the jobless rates for the month of December.
Alexander County's unemployment rate is 4.1 percent, up from 4 percent even. Burke County's jobless rate remained steady at 4.8 percent. Caldwell County has an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent, up from 5 percent even in November. Catawba County's jobless rate jumped to 4.8 percent from 4.6 percent in the previous report.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 4.8 percent, that's up from 4.7 percent in November. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton is tied for the 8th lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSA's in the state.
The statewide unemployment rate is 4.9 percent, up from 4.8 in the last report. Unemployment rates increased in 71 counties, decreased in 9, and remained unchanged in 20. Hyde County had the state's highest jobless rate at 11.6 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.7 percent.
24-year-old Kaden Von Drehle Bishop of Corbin Lane in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:15 p.m. yesterday (February 1) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell a schedule VI controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bishop was taken into custody at an automotive dealership on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was armed with a handgun at the time of his arrest. Bishop was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
35-year-old Jeremy Dean Yancey of 34th Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at six o’clock this morning (February 2) on a true bill of indictment for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
He was taken into custody without incident at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. Yancey was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.