Catawba County resident Scott Reilly announced his intentions to file today (February 12) as a Republican candidate for District Attorney in the 25th Prosecutorial District. The district currently includes all of Catawba, Burke and Caldwell counties. A reception was planned this evening at the Blue Moon Tavern in downtown Newton.
Mr. Reilly is an attorney, small business owner and former prosecutor. He started his legal career in 1989 as an assistant district attorney focused on prosecuting sex offenders. In 1994, Mr. Reilly opened a private law practice in Newton, concentrating on criminal cases. He has personally tried more than 250 jury trials.
Mr. Reilly earned his undergraduate degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University and completed his law degree at Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. He lives in Conover with his wife, Beth, and their children.
For more information, visit ElectScottReilly.com or follow the campaign on Facebook.
27-year-old Tyler Keith Killian of Connelly Springs Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (February 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Killian was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond, a District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 12).
Michelle Morgan has announced her candidacy for the Catawba County Board of Commissioners.
Ms. Morgan is a longtime resident of Catawba County and a Development Specialist for Women’s Resource Center. She volunteers her time as a court-appointed child advocate with the Catawba Valley Guardian Ad Litem Association and has served on several area boards, including the Western Piedmont Symphony, Hickory Community Theatre and the Guardian Ad Litem Association.
Ms. Morgan and her husband, Bill Morgan, live in Hickory. She has one daughter, Sydney, who was raised in Catawba County and now lives in New York City.
34-year-old Timothy Wayne Bolick of SE Hibriten Drive in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (February 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and possession of methamphetamine. In addition, Bolick is charged with failure to appear on a count of felony discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle. Bolick was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (February 12) and a Superior Court appearance is set for March 5.
Filing for some of the races in the 2018 election begins at 12 noon today (February 12) and ends at 12 noon on February 28. Primary elections will be held on Tuesday, May 8, with the general election on Tuesday, November 6.
Candidates can file in various races around the Hickory Metro. For specifics on what seats are available in the 2018 election, you can contact your local Board of Elections or go to their website. There will be additional filing later in the year, In Catawba County, for example, candidates will file for some races in June.
35-year-old Patricia Gail Brookshire of U.S. 70 West in Morganton was arrested last Thursday (February 8) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and failure to appear.
Last Thursday, investigators with the Burke County Narcotics Task Force (BCNTF) along with Burke County Sheriff's Office Deputies went to 1986 U.S. 70 West, Morganton, to follow up on an anonymous tip. While on the scene, officers located Patricia Gail Brookshire who was in possession of two glass smoking pipes, powder residue, digital scales, and a syringe containing methamphetamine.
Brookshire was taken into custody and transported to the Burke County Magistrates Office on an outstanding Order for Arrest out of Caldwell County, she was also charged with the drug offense. Brookshire received a $5,500 secured bond and was transported to Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. A court appearance is scheduled Tuesday (February 13).
55-year-old Jeffrey Blain Bumgarner of NC Highway 10 West in Hickory was arrested Saturday (February 10) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony death by vehicle, driving while impaired, failure to reduce speed, and hit and run, leave the scene with property damage.
Saturday at approximately 8:30 a.m., Hickory Police responded to the 3100 block of Hwy 70 SE in reference to a hit and run crash with injuries. Once on the scene, the driver of the vehicle, 58-year-old Charles Thomas Shook Jr. of Newton, was pronounced deceased by Catawba County EMS.
The suspect vehicle and driver were located nearby. The suspect was identified as Jeffrey Blain Bumgarner. Following his arrest, Bumgarner was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 12).
42-year-old Jarrett Lee Francis of Pleasant View Drive in Bostic was arrested Sunday (February 11) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin. Francis was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 12).
Two suspects have been charged in connection to a reported attempted robbery during which one person was killed. The person killed was also allegedly involved in the robbery attempt. That individual’s name has been released, it is 17-year-old Shane Cauthen of Lincolnton.
As WHKY previously reported, at approximately 6:10 p.m. Wednesday (February 7) the Catawba County Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting call in the area of Startown Road and Blackburn Bridge Road. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office found a vehicle stopped on the side of the roadway along with a person who had been shot. The man was transported to CMC Lincoln.
Investigators learned that the shooting occurred at a residence in the 4000 Block of Fairview Drive near Maiden. After interviewing several individuals, investigators learned that there was an exchange of gunfire at the residence. Officers found out that the person shot was a 17-year-old resident of Lincolnton. Cauthen was later pronounced deceased at CMC Lincoln.
According to a news release issued Friday (February 9) by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, after witness statements and evidence found at the scene investigators determined that the three suspects, Cauthen, 16-year-old Dylan Lee Gates and 22-year-old Cory Aaron Ingram, all of Lincolnton, attempted to rob a person that lived at the residence on Fairview Drive. During the robbery attempt there was an exchange of gunfire and Cauthen was shot.
On Friday the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gates and Ingram and charged them both with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. They were detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. They will have first appearances in District Court Monday (February 12) in Newton.
The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the sentencing of three suspects in connection to cases in the Hickory Metro Area. U.S. Attorney R. Andrew Murray announced Wednesday (February 7) that 34-year-old Joseph Howard Davis of Charlotte was sentenced to 260 months in prison on drug trafficking and firearms offenses. U.S. District Judge Richard L. Voorhees also ordered Davis to serve 10 years under court supervision upon completion of his prison term. In July 2017, a federal jury convicted Davis of charges of distribution and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by convicted felon.
According to filed court documents and evidence introduced during Davis’ two-day trial, from in or about 2014 to October 2016, Davis participated in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in and around Catawba county and elsewhere in the Western District. Court records show that over the course of the investigation law enforcement seized from Davis approximately two ounces of 96% pure methamphetamine and two rifles. Davis has a previous felony conviction and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.
In a separate case, Judge Voorhees also sentenced 44-year-old Shea David Byrd of Lenoir to 15 years in prison, and 50-year-old Patrick Neal Bates of Hickory to 10 years in prison on methamphetamine trafficking offenses. Byrd and Bates were each ordered to serve five years of supervised release after their prison terms are completed.
All defendants are currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole. These prosecutions stem from an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) that has resulted in the conviction of more than 200 defendants on methamphetamine trafficking and firearms charges. OCDETF is a joint federal, state and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking.
On Thursday (February 8) Caldwell County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a shooting at 2135 Remont Street in Sawmills. Upon arrival of Deputies, 31-year-old Daniel Lashone Wright was found deceased at the residence as a result of the shooting. According to a news release from the Sheriff's Office, 40-year-old Daniel Kenneth Calloway was identified as the shooter in this case. The shooting occurred at Calloway's residence.
Wright was also temporarily living at the residence. Calloway is cooperating with investigators in this case. This case is currently under review by investigators and members of the District Attorney’s Office. No criminal charges had been filed as of this afternoon (February 9).
The City of Lenoir has hired Jared Wright to serve as its next Public Works Director. Mr. Wright has 17 years of experience in the construction industry. He has managed public and private projects, and he previously worked as the Stormwater Administrator for the city.
Mr. Wright will assume his new position on February 19. He will spend two weeks working alongside current Public Works Director Charles Beck. Mr. Beck will retire on March 1.
As Public Works Director, Mr. Wright will manage more than 40 employees and six divisions. Those divisions handle trash collection, leaf & brush pickup, city street maintenance, storm drains, engineering for projects, maintenance of all city vehicles and maintenance at city facilities, cemeteries and downtown grounds.
Mr. Wright is a Caldwell County native. He grew up in Collettsville, graduated from West Caldwell High School and earned an Associates of Arts from CCC&TI. He is currently completing a B.A. from North Carolina State University.
Mr. Wright first came to work for the city in 2011. In 2015, he took a position as Construction Administrator with McGill Associates, P.A.
Mr. Wright and his wife, Courtney, have been married 13 years and have a 10-year-old daughter. Courtney is the current principal at Sawmills Elementary School. They are members of First Baptist Church in Lenoir.
26-year-old Angel Gutierrez of 9th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:40 a.m. yesterday on felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana and possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Gutierrez was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
17-year-old Nicholas Carroll Anderson of Baker Street in Statesville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (February 8) on charges of felony making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property and misdemeanor possession of a weapon on education property.
School officials at West Iredell High School on Warrior Drive in Statesville learned of a student who, earlier in the day, made comments about committing a violent act. The School Resource Officer was notified immediately.
An investigation was initiated by School Resource Officer Sergeant Dallas Hicks, Iredell County Detective Daniel Stikeleather and school staff. Statements were gathered from witnesses and the suspect, Nicholas Carroll Anderson. As part of the investigation, the suspect’s car, which was parked on campus, was searched and a fixed-blade hunting knife with a five-inch blade was found.
Anderson was taken into custody and placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.
31-year-old Latashia Lorriane Carpenter of Palm Tree Drive in Vale, 37-year-old Charles David Church of Hudson White Trail in Lincolnton, and 38-year-old Jason John Carwile and 30-year-old Carolyn Ashley Carwile, both of Summerow Road in Lincolnton, were all arrested Thursday (February 8) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers.
Carpenter was charged with two felony counts each of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, sell and deliver schedule III controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance. She was also charged with one felony count of possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule III controlled substance. Church was charged with two felony counts each of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell or deliver controlled substance.
Jason Carwile was charged with two felony counts each of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with one felony count of conspiracy to sell and deliver cocaine. Carolyn Carwile was charged with one felony count each of sell and deliver schedule III controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule III controlled substance and conspire to sell and deliver cocaine.
The suspects were charged after the conclusion of an undercover operation targeting the sale and distribution of cocaine and prescription medication. According to detectives, the subjects charged sold various amounts of cocaine, pain medication, including Suboxone and Adderall, to undercover detectives on multiple occasions. Detectives say the drug sales took place in various locations across the western and southern portions of Lincoln County.
Carpenter was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond, Church was held under a $12,000 secured bond, Jason Carwile's bond was set at $20,000 secured, and Carolyn Carwile was jailed under a $12,000 secured bond. All four were scheduled to appear in District Court today (February 9).
40-year-old Brandon Shane Lowdermilk of Morganton was given an active prison sentence of three to five years following his conviction for possession with intent to sell/deliver methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, along with admission of his status as a habitual felon.
The Honorable Eric L. Levinson, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, imposed the prison term for Lowdermilk after he pleaded guilty to the offenses during a recent session of Burke County Superior Court. The defendant will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Prior felony convictions for possession of cocaine (October 1995), obtaining property by false pretenses (January 2002), both in Burke County, and federal conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine (August 2012) led to his habitual felon status.
Lowdermilk met with a confidential informant to sell methamphetamine in August 2015. He was detained by law enforcement officers, searched and found to be in possession of methamphetamine.
In November 2015, a confidential informant led officers to a Burke County residence where the defendant was known to sell methamphetamine. The defendant pulled up in his car and consented to a search by the officers, who found multiple bags of methamphetamine in his possession. Both offenses occurred while Lowdermilk was on federal parole for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office investigated the cases. Lance Sigmon handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
A Morganton man will spend at least seven years in prison following his conviction for two counts of possession of firearm by a felon and admission of his habitual felon status. 48-year-old David Allen Pearson was sentenced to an active prison term of seven to 10 years by the Honorable Eric L. Levinson, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, during a recent session of Burke County Superior Court. Pearson will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
His sentence was enhanced by prior felony convictions for obtaining property by false pretense (July 2005), habitual misdemeanor assault (June 2006) and possess/distribute meth precursors (October 2014), all in Burke County.
Law enforcement officers responded to a local hotel to serve an arrest warrant on Pearson in August 2016 and found a revolver, ammunition and large fixed-blade knife in his possession. In April 2017, a confidential informant provided details to investigators that Pearson was attempting to sell multiple guns. After obtaining a search warrant for the residence where Pearson was staying, investigators located him in possession of the guns described by the informant.
The homeowner was charged with similar crimes stemming from the incident. Charges against that defendant are pending. Clint Lail of Morganton Department of Public Safety and Stephen Ritchie of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office investigated the cases. Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lippert handled prosecution for the State.
31-year-old Eric Todd Driggers of Arbor View Drive in Marion was arrested Thursday (February 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, four counts of failure to appear, and probation violation. Driggers was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $95,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (February 9) and a Superior Court date is next Monday (February 12).
34-year-old Amy Denise Icenhour of Goose Creek Lane in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (February 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts of identity fraud. In addition, Icenhour is charged with two counts of failure to appear. Following the arrest, she was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $9,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is March 5.
22-year-old Jorge Antonio Garcia of 10th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (February 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Garcia was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled next Monday (February 12).