Due to the National Weather Service's prediction of continued heavy rains, flash flooding, and possible tornadoes, The Catawba County and Hickory Public Schools will be dismissing students early today (February 6) in advance of the worst of the weather. Catawba County middle and high schools were to dismiss at 12:15 p.m. and the elementary schools were to let out at 1:00 p.m. There is no QUEST this afternoon.
In the Hickory Public Schools, elementary students were to dismiss at 12:15 p.m., Hickory High and both middle schools at 1:00 p.m., HCAM at 1:45 p.m., however HCAM drivers/car riders should pick up students at 1:00 p.m.
26-year-old Joshua James Bell of Kings Mountain was arrested today (February 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, along with single counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver meth and possession of a firearm by a felon. Bell was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 3.
43-year-old Christopher Maurice Hendrix of Berkley Street in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (February 5) for felony possession of or receiving stolen property, along with misdemeanor counts of failure to appear, injury to personal property, and resisting a public officer. Following his arrest, Hendrix was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $26,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Lenoir.
47-year-old Gretta Garee Maltba of Spring Meadow Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10 a.m. yesterday (February 5) on outstanding warrants from Caldwell County for failure to appear on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. The warrants were issued on February 3.
Maltba was taken into custody without incident at a residence on 3rd Avenue S.W. in Hickory. She was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility and then to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $5,000, secured. An appearance in District Court is coming up on March 4 in Lenoir.
Due to inclement weather and expected deterioration of conditions, including high winds, Burke County Public Schools will dismiss at noon today. This will give the system's bus drivers time to get back to the schools to pick up students and will give students the opportunity to eat a hot meal at school before dismissing. Parents always have the right to check their students out at any time.
Heavy rain is expected to continue to fall across the Hickory Metro area, with a strong likelihood of precipitation until late tonight (February 6). The rain began early this morning and the area has seen periods of heavy downpours throughout the day.
Earlier today, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Hickory Metro area counties until 4:45 p.m., a flash flood watch through midnight tonight, and a tornado watch that was to remain in effect until 5 p.m. today. Some area school systems let students out early, with Alexander, Burke and Caldwell Counties announcing dismissals this morning.
Due to current flooding and heavy rain in the forecast throughout the day, all schools will release 3 hours early today (February 6). School officials said in a Twitter post to plan accordingly and drive safely. WrapAround is closed today.
54-year-old John Christopher Roten of Hartland Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of possession of methamphetamine. Roten was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $30,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 6).
41-year-old Christy Ann Woodruff of Celia Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony attempted first-degree arson. Following the arrest, Woodruff was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. Her next District Court appearance is scheduled for February 26.
58-year-old William Damone Hull of 20th Street NE in Hickory was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed gun, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hull was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (February 6) under $1,800 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
33-year-old Justin James Bernard of East 26th Street in Newton was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bernard was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (February 6) under $1,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
52-year-old Gerald Clifford Cline and 43-year-old Wendi Renei Burton, both of Conover, were arrested Tuesday (February 4) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers.
Cline is charged with felony counts of discharging a weapon into occupied property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, along with two misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon and single misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment, injury to personal property and conspiracy. Burton is charged with felony obstruction of justice, along with counts of false imprisonment and conspiracy.
Deputies were dispatched to Hilltop Road in Lincolnton in reference to a disturbance involving a firearm. The victim told deputies that he had come to the repair shop of Gerald Clifford Cline to have two tires worked on. There was an argument over the price of the work. The victim eventually decided to pay and got into the vehicle to retrieve his billfold.
He looked out the window and reportedly saw Cline pointing a gun at him. He said he became scared and attempted to leave in the vehicle but was blocked in by a Ford Explorer reportedly driven by Wendi Renei Burton. Cline then allegedly fired two shots into the engine compartment of the vehicle disabling it. The victim and another person with him then moved away from the area and waited for officers to arrive.
Cline and Burton were both arrested. Cline's bond was set at $50,000 secured, Burton received a $15,000 secured bond. Neither suspect was listed as an inmate in Lincoln County today (February 6). They both have District Court appearances scheduled for February 24.
35-year-old Brandon James Mosteller of Lincolnton faces charges filed by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest and domestic violence protection order violation with a deadly weapon, along with misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property, assault with a deadly weapon, and communicating threats.
Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a domestic trespassing and damage to property call at around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday (February 5). When officers arrived on the scene an occupant of the residence told officers she heard a loud boom and then saw a white pickup truck backing out of the driveway. A check of the residence revealed that the garage door had been knocked off its track and pulled the support frame off the wall. The vehicle belonged to the suspect, Brandon James Mosteller.
At approximately 2:30 a.m. deputies were dispatched back to the residence on Clarence Chase Drive after the man returned. While officers were talking with the home owner the vehicle came to a stop on the road nearby and officers attempted to stop him. Officers activated their emergency equipment and chased the vehicle on Ivey Church Road. The truck crossed the center line on a number of occasions and was traveling well above the 45 mile-per-hour posted speed limit. Near the intersection of Walker Road the vehicle ran off the road, struck an embankment and overturned several times.
When officers approached the vehicle they could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from the truck. They broke the back glass in the truck and cut the seat belt restraining the driver. Lincoln County EMS and the Pumpkin Center Fire Department responded and extricated the driver. He was eventually airlifted to Atrium Health–Main. Mosteller's condition had not been released. The crash is being investigated by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
One person was found dead inside a camper in Burke County last Saturday (February 1) and two others were hospitalized.
At about 4:45 Saturday afternoon, Deputies were dispatched to an address on Fox Drive in Connelly Springs. Deputies found three individuals in a camper, including a 50-year-old white male who was deceased. Two other persons, a 33-year-old white female and a 27-year-old male, were treated at the scene and then taken to the hospital by Burke County E.M.S. A portable propane tank and used needles were found inside the camper.
Burke County Sheriff’s Detectives and the Burke County Medical Examiner were called to the scene. The body of the deceased male was transported for additional testing. The investigation is continuing with the toxicology results expected within two months.
29-year-old James Rogers Charlton Maddy of Holden Place in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (February 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Maddy was released on $25,000 secured bond A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 5).
26-year-old Joshua Ray Lambert of Messer Road in Valdese was arrested Monday (February 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Lambert was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for February 24.
A burglary, kidnapping, and sexual assault that occurred in the Town of Catawba early yesterday (February 4) are under investigation.
The incident happened at the Quail Village Apartments 2nd Street S.E. in Catawba. A 9-1-1 call reporting a burglary and sexual assault came in at about 8:13 a.m. Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at 8:21 a.m. and began to assess the incident. Officers from Catawba Police Department arrived a short time later and initiated an investigation.
Officers learned that a resident was confronted by an intruder who entered their apartment. The resident was held captive inside the apartment and sexually assaulted. The intruder then fled on foot shortly before the 9-1-1 call.
The suspect is described as an African-American male in his 30s or 40s. He is about 5'10" to 6'0" tall with facial hair. He was wearing casual clothing and a toboggan.
The Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division is leading the investigation, in continued partnership with the Catawba Police Department. Interviews with persons of interest are ongoing. The District Attorney’s Office is consulting and closely following the investigation.
18-year-old Shalen Ariannia Izard of 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:15 yesterday afternoon (February 4) on one felony count of embezzlement.
She was arrested after Hickory Police responded to an employee theft call at the Bargain Hunt store on North Center Street in Hickory. The employee, Shalen Izard, allegedly voided customer transactions and took money from the cash register.
Izazrd was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the store. She was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $1,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
31-year-old Jessica Dawn Wright of 9th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:45 a.m. yesterday (February 4) on one felony count of failure to appear and one misdemeanor count of larceny. She allegedly failed to appear in court on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Wright was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the Red Roof Inn on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court on the larceny charge was scheduled for February 17 in Newton. A court date on the failure to appear charge was set for February 25.
27-year-old Lela Mae Boyette of 4th Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after four o'clock yesterday afternoon (February 4) on one felony count of failure to appear.
Boyette failed to appear in court on a charge of felony possession of methamphetamine. She was initially arrested in June of 2018 when she was reportedly found to be in possession of 0.4 grams of meth, 4.5 grams of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Boyette was arrested a second time in June of last year.
Boyette was taken into custody without incident yesterday at her residence. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for March 9 in Newton.