63-year-old James Cedric Turner of Tab Lane in Harmony was arrested Wednesday (March 21) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged in Iredell County with six felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, five felony counts apiece of sell and deliver cocaine and maintaining a dwelling to sell cocaine, and one felony count of maintaining a vehicle to sell cocaine. Turner is charged in Davie County with two felony counts apiece of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and sell and deliver cocaine, one count of felony maintaining a dwelling to sell cocaine, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The arrest followed a two month investigation into drug activity in northern Iredell County. Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell stated he received information regarding the sale of crack cocaine at a residence on Tab Lane, in Harmony off Highway 901. Sheriff Campbell forwarded the information to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division to investigate.
Narcotics detectives identified James Cedric Turner as the suspect. During this time Narcotics detectives learned Turner had another residence inside of Davie County. After notifying the Davie County Sheriff’s Office, Iredell Narcotics Detectives along with the Davie County Narcotics Detectives began a joint operation into this suspect and the distribution of crack cocaine in the Northern end of Iredell County and Davie County.
According to a news release, while Turner was under surveillance he was observed selling crack cocaine at both residences in Iredell and Davie Counties. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office and the Davie County Sheriff’s Office executed two search warrants simultaneously for 127 Tab Lane in Harmony and 140 Whitaker Road in Mocksville.
At the Tab Lane residence, Iredell County Narcotics Detectives located 8.4 grams of crack cocaine with an estimated street value of 3,360, as well as other items consistent with the packaging and sale of crack Cocaine. Turner was taken into custody and bond was set at $80,000 secured bond on the Iredell County charges and $30,000 dollars secured bond on the Davie County charges. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 22) in Iredell County and March 29 in Davie County.
51-year-old William Dean McLean of Lenoir, will spend at least five years in prison following his conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon and habitual felon status during Caldwell County Superior Court last Friday (March 16).
The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, sentenced McLean to an active prison term of five to seven years after he entered his guilty plea. The defendant will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.
McLean’s sentence length was enhanced by his habitual felon status stemming from prior felony convictions for possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana (April 1988), sell/deliver marijuana (February 1989) and forgery (August 2006), all in Caldwell County.
In April 2016, the defendant was in the back seat of a motor vehicle with two acquaintances and had a .22-caliber pistol in his possession. The gun discharged accidentally and injured a front seat passenger. McLean readily admitted that the weapon was in his possession, and witnesses told investigators that the discharge was accidental.
McLean previously had been convicted of felony possession of cocaine in November 1997. Roger Crosby investigated the case for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Nancy Lee handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
27-year-old Garfield Kenny Wilson of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 21) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony possession of marijuana, misdemeanor resisting a public officer, and failure to appear on two counts of felony probation violation. Wilson was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $35,000 bond. A District Court date is set for April 16, a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for April 19.
30-year-old Caira Leann Prysock of 2nd Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 21) by authorities in Catawba County. She was charged by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office on grand jury indictments with two counts apiece of the sale of heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin. Probation and Parole charged Prysock with felony probation violation. She was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. Superior Court dates were scheduled today (March 22) and next Monday (March 26).
40-year-old Clinton Dean Cooper of Pinewood Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (March 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Cooper was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 22).
34-year-old Manila Cha of Connelly Springs, 47-year-old Nancy Cha of Valdese, 41-year-old Yua Staci Cha of Drexel, 46-year-old Bounpheng Luanglath of Drexel, 47-year-old Linthong Lin Phimmachak of Drexel, 48-year-old Paulina Thao of Albemarle, and 25-year-old Linda Vang of Stanley, were all arrested Wednesday (March 21) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. They were initially charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling or place for controlled substances. Additional felony counts of manufacture, sale, delivery or possession of controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia were later added for each suspect.
On Wednesday, Burke County Sheriff Office Investigators, assisted by Burke County SWAT, executed a search warrant at 104 Hollar Street in Drexel. Investigators had received information that the occupants of the residence had engaged in the distribution of a large quantity of methamphetamine in close proximity to Drexel Elementary School. During the search, investigators located a large quantity of meth, numerous items of drug paraphernalia, and U.S. currency, all inside the home.
All seven suspects were detained in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $500,000 secured bond apiece. They all have District Court dates Friday (March 23) in Morganton.
38-year-old Donnie Edward Stevens of Cameo Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (March 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Stevens was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 22).
52-year-old Rory Calvin Hinson of Newton, will spend at least 18 years in prison following his conviction for involuntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury for a traffic crash that claimed the life of a 26-year-old woman and left another victim with serious injuries. Hinson also pleaded guilty to multiple counts of habitual larceny, felony larceny, and admitted his status as a habitual felon.
The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, issued an active prison sentence of 18 to 26 years for Hinson during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (March 21). He also ordered the defendant pay restitution in the amount of $59,803.11, as a civil judgment, to victims associated with the crimes.
On March 24, 2017, Hinson stole a truck and went on a spree of thefts in a Conover neighborhood, taking items from multiple residences. The defendant drove away from the neighborhood at a high rate of speed. He later went left of center, lost control of the stolen truck and sideswiped a vehicle before striking another vehicle head-on.
That second crash led to the death of 26-year-old Kristen Irene Lawson and left Taylor Morris hospitalized with severe injuries. A blood analysis indicated the presence of cocaine and alcohol in Hinson’s system. A news release from the District Attorney's Offices says that Kristen Lawson’s family and Taylor Morris were in agreement with the guilty plea and sentence.
Hinson’s status as a habitual felon enhanced the prison term imposed by Judge Kuehnert. That status came as a result of prior felony convictions for Larceny (July 2000), Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle (September 2009) and Possession of Stolen Goods/Property (February 2012), all in Catawba County. The defendant also had four prior misdemeanor larceny convictions between September 2009 and November 2011 that led to the habitual larceny charges.
Trooper Cory Trouille of the North Carolina Highway Patrol investigated the traffic fatality and associated cases. Joseph McIntosh, Brandie Faust and William McDowell handled the larceny cases for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Melanie Earles prosecuted the case for the State.
The City of Newton has completed its community-wide branding initiative after more than 15 months of research and planning. City leaders are looking ahead to the brand’s integration throughout Newton in policy, events, infrastructure and communications.
Newton partnered with North Star Destination Strategies out of Nashville on the branding project. North Star has worked with more than 250 communities in 45 states, and they’ve worked with Florida and Mississippi on statewide initiatives.
According to more than 12 research studies including interviews, focus groups and surveys conducted inside and outside the community, Newton’s defining difference is the unexpected juxtaposition of historic Americana and innovative thinking in critical areas like education, workforce development and business operations.
The Newton strapline is “Brilliant Legacy + Bright Future”, and the new logo (shown here) features a simple monogram created from the negative space between several arrows. The arrows to the right and left of the monogram reinforce the messaging in the strapline.
25-year-old Alexander Rodney Herbert of 9th Street NW in Hickory was arrested today (March 21) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny by employee. Herbert was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled for Thursday (March 22).
27-year-old Tyrell Dantaye Daniels of Miller Farm Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, felony fleeing to elude arrest, driving while license revoked and resisting, obstructing and delaying an officer. He was also charged on several outstanding arrest warrants.
At 5:45 p.m. yesterday (March 20), Officers with the Sheriff’s Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team were conducting a license checkpoint on Lippard Farm Road in western Iredell County when a car approached and then stopped in the roadway. The driver put the car in reverse, backed into another vehicle and fled the scene as Deputies gave chase. During the pursuit, the driver threw a pistol out the window. Deputies pursued the suspect on Taylorsville Highway, Garner Bagnal Boulevard and then Bristol Road, where the driver jumped out of the vehicle and ran on foot. Deputies chased the driver into a house where he was apprehended without incident.
The suspect, Tyrell Dantaye Daniels, was wanted for a shooting that occurred in Statesville in August of last year, along with several other warrants. Daniels was also listed as a probation absconder and had felony probation warrants for his arrest.
Daniels was placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond on the charges filed yesterday. He was also served with the outstanding warrants in connection to the shooting incident in Statesville. Those charges include felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon and discharging a firearm in the city limits. Bond on those charges was set at $15,000, secured. Daniels was also given a $20,000 secured bond for the probation warrant and a $2,000 secured bond on warrants for failure to appear on traffic charges, bringing the total bond to $87,000, secured. No court dates are currently listed.
18-year-old Angel Joseph Medina of Stonewood Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:35 yesterday afternoon (March 21) on one felony count of failure to return rental prop with a written purchase option.
He was arrested after Hickory Police responded to U-Haul Moving & Storage of West Hickory on Highway 70 S.W. in reference to failure to return rental property. The reporting party told Police that Angel Medina rented a 2017 GMC Sierra truck on February 23. The truck was discovered missing on March 19.
Approximately one hour after taking the report, an Officer saw the vehicle traveling south on 8th Street Drive N.E. near 8th Street N.E. The Officer stopped the truck near the 800 block of “D” Avenue S.E. where Medina was taken into custody without incident.
Medina was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
An agreement with a company bringing jobs to Catawba County has been amended, which increases the amount of positions that will be created. In 2016, the Prysmian Group announced an expansion in Claremont with an investment of $20 million along with the addition of 50 new jobs.
In October of 2017, Prysmian officially announced an expansion with the investment of another $53.48 million and another 50 new jobs. Given the scope of the project, the county felt it warranted additional consideration for incentives by the City of Conover and Catawba County.
Since the company had yet to receive any incentives stemming from that first 2016 project, officials felt it would be much easier administratively to manage these expansions if they fell under just one contract. Monday night (March 19) Commissioners approved amending the original agreement with the following changes:
Increasing the company’s minimum investment to $73.48 million for incentive consideration, increasing the company’s job creation to 100, 50 from the first project and 50 from the second project, giving the company one additional year to meet these minimums, maintaining the same 50% grant on only the new investments, increasing the grant from a maximum of five years to now a maximum of six years, and raising the maximum ceiling for incentive consideration to $93.48 million – in case the local facility has the ability to go after additional growth opportunities.
N.C. Department of Transportation officials closed a two-lane bridge on Abington Road in Lenoir as a safety precaution. According to the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission, the bridge is near West Lenoir Baptist Church.
NCDOT crews established a marked detour around the closure utilizing Fairview Drive Northwest, Harper Avenue North West, U.S. 64 and Beecher Anderson Road.
An inspection on Tuesday (March 20) revealed irregular flexing in the beams, which weakened the overall integrity of the bridge. All 18,000 NCDOT bridges are inspected at least every other year. This bridge had been on a list to be replaced in the next two years.
The bridge was built in 1972. It has wood supporting steel beams, a steel floor and an asphalt top. An average of 4,600 cars traveled that road as of the last count in 2015. Caldwell EDC says in their news release that the bridge will be closed indefinitely but the hope is that it will be re-opened to car traffic within two weeks.
43-year-old Marvin William Glenn of Trojan Lane in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (March 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle along with misdemeanor counts of breaking and entering and failure to appear. Glenn was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $21,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Thursday (March 22).
26-year-old Jordan Adam Shook of Herman Road in Claremont was arrested Tuesday (March 20) on charges filed by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office and Conover Police Department. The Sheriff's Office charged Shook with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and driving while license revoked. Conover Police charged him with reckless driving to endanger and hit and run fail to stop with property damage. Shook was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 21).
Unemployment rates were mostly unchanged in the Hickory Metro area, according to the latest report from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The report was issued late last week. The statistics reflect January unemployment rates.
Alexander County's unemployment rate is 3.7 percent, the same as in the December report. Burke County's jobless rate increased slightly, to 4.3 percent from 4.2. Caldwell County's unemployment rate remained steady at 4.5 percent. Catawba County's jobless percentage also remained the same as in the December report, it's 4.1 percent.
The unemployment rate for the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is 4.2 percent, the same as in the December report. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton has the fourth lowest unemployment rate among 15 MSAs in the state.
The statewide unemployment rate is 4.7 percent, up from 4.4 percent in the December report. Unemployment rates increased in 93 of North Carolina's counties, decreased in one, and remained unchanged in six. Hyde County has the state's highest jobless rate at 14.6 percent, while Buncombe County has North Carolina's lowest unemployment rate at 3.6 percent.
39-year-old April Estep Weatherford of North Davis Avenue in Newton was arrested Tuesday (March 20) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts apiece of the sale of schedule I controlled substance and delivery of schedule I controlled substance. She's also charged with single felony counts of the sale of schedule II controlled substance and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Weatherford was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 21).
42-year-old Charles Quintin Mclean of Union Baptist Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (March 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and manufacturing schedule II controlled substance. Mclean was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Tuesday.
19-year-old Gabriel Alexandra Husarenko of 15th Avenue Circle Southeast in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (March 20) in Hickory on charges filed by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. She's charged with felony disclosure of private images by an adult. According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, the charge is commonly known as “Revenge Porn.”
On March 16, 24-year-old Alex Steven Santana of Highland Bluff Court in Lincolnton, filed a report with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office that a former girlfriend had posted nude pictures of him on Facebook and made comments about him online. Lead Detective Dan Renn contacted Husarenko Tuesday and took her into custody at her residence without incident. Her bond was set at $5,000 secured. Husarenko was scheduled to appear in District Court today (March 21).
On March 15, Husarenko filed a report with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office claiming that Santana struck her in the chest. A criminal summons was issued charging Santana with assault on a female by a male at least 18 years old. He has a court date in Catawba County on April 17 on that charge.