High Country Crime Stoppers and Probation & Parole Officers in Watauga County are asking for the public’s assistance in finding two men who are listed as absconders from parole. They are 27-year-old Justin Kevin Anderson and 31-year-old Joshua Edward Baird.
Anderson is on parole as the result of an August 2015 conviction in Watauga County involving a schedule I controlled substance. Baird is on parole following a June 2014 conviction in Watauga County on felony charges involving methamphetamine.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of either Justin Kevin Anderson or Joshua Edward Baird should call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 or 828-737-0125, or call the Watauga Co. Sheriff’s Office at 828-264-3761.
All information will be kept confidential. Information leading to an arrest could result in a reward.
29-year-old Samantha Jo Shook of 7th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 10) on a charge of felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
Shook was taken into custody without incident at 5:53 a.m. on the 900 block of South Center Street in Hickory. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, she was armed with a knife at the time of her arrest. Shook was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Hickory Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man wanted in connection to a robbery late last month at the Cubbard Express store on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory.
At approximately 8:42 P.M. on September 30, Hickory Police responded to a reported robbery at the Cubbard Express. The clerk said a suspect came into the store and forcibly demanded money. The suspect took money from the store and left.
The suspect is described as a black male with a thin build. He had long dreadlocks and was wearing a sky-blue shirt on his head, a camouflage shirt, jean shorts and white shoes.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Jesse Truesdell at 828-261-2636 or email@example.com.
On Monday (October 9) at approximately 9:45 p.m. Burke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 8965 Wilson Road in Hildebran following a report of a man who had suffered a stab wound. Officers found 41-year-old Tad Brian Reed in the floor of his residence bleeding. Reed was pronounced deceased at the scene. Detectives with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division responded along with Agents from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Investigators will be conferring with the District Attorney’s Office in reference to charges.
A small section of the eastbound lanes of West Fleming Drive in Morganton between Morganton Heights and Burkemont Avenue will remain closed until the road can be paved. Eastbound traffic should use the center turning lane. Please be cautious when driving in the area.
City staff closed the section of West Fleming Drive yesterday, (October 9), to repair a water line break. The break lifted a section of the asphalt several inches and workers had to remove part of the road to repair the line.
City staff and NCDOT officials have to thoroughly inspect the road base before paving. The City is working with NCDOT to inspect, repave, and reopen the lanes as soon as possible.
Late last week, the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office has made its first round of arrests in “Operation Southbound”. The arrests stem from information gathered by Narcotics Investigators over the last several months, including tips received from social media, emails and discussions with community members.
The operation targets individuals selling illegal drugs in the City of Mooresville and the surrounding area. Investigators conducted hundreds of hours of surveillance, gathering information on suspects. Officers were able to make undercover purchases of various types of illegal drugs.
Those arrested are:
21-year-old Viktoria Alexis Caryl of Kemp Road in Mooresville was charged with two felony counts each of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule I controlled substance and the sale & delivery of a schedule I controlled substance. She was also charged with one felony count each for possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule III controlled substance, the sale & delivery of a schedule III controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to sell a controlled substance. Caryl was given a $75,000 secured bond.
18-year-old Tristan Randy Charles Strickland of Shipyard Pointe Drive in Mooresville was charged with one felony count each of felony possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and the sale & delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance. Bond was set at $8,000, secured.
27-year-old Michael Gregory Simms of Kalista Lane in Mooresville was charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule III controlled substance and the sale & delivery of a schedule III controlled substance. He was given a $1,000 secured bond.
26-year-old Mattie Shay Lindley of Kalista Lane in Mooresville faces one felony count of conspiracy to sell or deliver a schedule III controlled substance. Bond was set at $5,000, secured.
46-year-old Kamaron Lane McKenzie of Glenwood Drive in Mooresville was charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule VI oil and the sale or delivery of schedule VI oil. McKenzie’s bond was set at $10,000, secured.
Strickland has a court date on October 10. Caryl, Lindley and McKenzie all have court appearances coming up on October 27. Simms is due in court on November 7.
More arrests are anticipated.
29-year-old Richard Matthew Shew of Eastway Lane SW in Conover was arrested Monday (October 9) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with failure to appear on a count of possession of heroin. Following the arrest, Shew was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for January 2, 2018.
31-year-old Carlton James Rutherford was arrested Monday (October 9) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Rutherford was placed in jail in Morganton under $4,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (October 10).
New names have been added to the Burke County Sheriff's Office most wanted list.
42-year-old Jason Michael Dalton is wanted by authorities in Burke County on several warrants for possession of stolen goods and obtaining property by false pretense. Dalton's last known address was 3549 Ridge Court in Morganton.
26-year-old Steve Wayne Patton is now on the most wanted list in Burke County. He's wanted for several felony probation violations. Patton's last known address was 2509 Highway 18/64, Lot 6, in Morganton.
Both of these suspects were added to the list last Friday (October 6). You can see the entire list at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their phone number is 828-437-3333.
The City of Hickory Primary Election is today (October 10), the polls are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. There are four candidates for Mayor. The top two vote-getters will advance to the November 7 election. The candidates for Mayor are Hank Guess, Will Locke, T. Hamilton Ward, and Lou Wetmore. All four candidates are newcomers, current Mayor Jeff Cline, who replaced Rudy Wright following the long-time Mayor's death in May, is not running. All city residents who are registered to vote can vote in the Mayoral Primary.
There is also a Primary in Ward 5 for the Hickory Board of Alderman or City Council. Three hopefuls are competing with two advancing to the November election, they are Bobby Jay Baker, Matthew Maulding, and Incumbent David P. Zagaroli, who is seeking a second term. Only registered Ward 5 residents can vote in this Primary.
WHKY will have election return coverage on the radio beginning at 8:00 tonight. Results will also be available at whky.com and we'll have a live report on WHKY-TV News at 10 p.m.
25-year-old Candace Arrie-Lynn Johnson of Highway 182 in Lincolnton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:25 Friday afternoon (October 6) on one felony count of larceny. The warrant for her arrest was issued in Lincoln County on September 19. Johnson was taken into custody without incident at a residence on 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for October 17 in Lincolnton.
38-year-old Kristen Nicole Reitzel of South Cedar Avenue in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police late Saturday night (October 7) on two felony counts each of selling a schedule II controlled substance and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, plus two misdemeanor counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance and one count of failure to appear on a misdemeanor shoplifting charge. She was also arrested on a warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.
The warrants on drug-related charges were all issued on September 19 of this year. The fugitive warrant comes from Campbell County, Virginia where Reitzel was wanted by authorities in Rustburg, Virginia for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and grand larceny.
Reitzel was taken into custody at 11:50 p.m. Saturday at an address on 24th Street N.E. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $41,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (October 9) in Newton.
25-year-old Geovanny Jesus Acosta of 25th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:50 Saturday morning (October 7) on one felony count of attempted murder.
At about 9:25 the previous evening, Hickory Police responded to a reported stabbing at the Sheetz store on Springs Road N.E. The victim, a 24-year-old Hickory man, was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center. According to Police, the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening. The suspect was identified as Geovanny Acosta.
Acosta was arrested at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (October 9) in Newton.
A large water line break on Fleming Drive has left an undetermined number of customers without water service this morning (October 9). The break occurred on Fleming Drive between the North Carolina School for the Deaf and the Walmart shopping center. It was discovered at about 7:30 a.m. today. Water Resources Director Brad Boris said his crews are working now to isolate the break.
Authorities don’t know how many customers will be affected or how long it will take to repair the break. Citizens driving in the area are encouraged to exercise caution.
37-year-old Latricha Nicole Jones-Gatwood of Meadowdale Lane in Charlotte was arrested Saturday (October 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods or property. Jones-Gatwood was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (October 9).
A firefighter in Burke County was killed after being struck by a vehicle early this morning (October 9). According to a news release issued this morning by the Triple Community Fire Department, Sunday (October 8) at approximately 11:53 p.m., Triple Community firefighters were dispatched to a call for service for a tree blocking the eastbound and part of the westbound side of Highway 70 East near the Drexel intersection.
One Firefighter responded to the scene with an apparatus and another in his personal vehicle. The Firefighters were in the process of clearing debris from the roadway just after midnight when a vehicle traveling eastbound on Hwy 70 struck one of the Firefighters. 40-year-old firefighter Jason Keith Hensley was killed instantly upon impact.
An investigation into the accident is being conducted by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. No arrangements for Firefighter Hensley have been made at this time.
42-year-old Christopher Larry Anderson of August Street in Conover was arrested Friday (October 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Anderson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $150,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (October 9).
The Hickory Police Department is continuing to investigate a bank robbery that occurred at about 1:30 Friday afternoon (October 6) at Carter Bank & Trust. The bank is located on 4th Street Drive S.W., near Highway 70 in Hickory. According to Hickory Police Chief Thurman Whisnant, the suspect made the threat of a weapon, but no weapon was shown. He fled the scene on foot. No one was injured.
Warrants have been issued for the arrest of 46-year-old Ronald Maurice Jones on a charge of common law robbery. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Ronald Maurice Jones should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.
A first court appearance was scheduled for today (October 9) for a man charged in connection to a fatal stabbing in Burke County. 61-year-old Gerald Dean Buff was arrested Friday (October 6) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers and charged with murder.
On Friday Deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to 4459 Bill Epley Avenue in Morganton, regarding a male who was suffering from stab wounds. Burke County Emergency Medical Service personnel along with First Responders from Brendletown and West End Fire Departments responded to the scene and treated the victim. The victim, Jimmy Ray Causby, who lived at the residence, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Investigators with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) responded and began their investigation which led them to the location of the stabbing at 4441 Bill Epley Avenue. Burke CID requested the assistance of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations. Following the investigation, Gerald Dean Buff was arrested and charged with murder.
Buff was placed in jail in Morganton under no bond, a District Court appearance was scheduled for today. The investigation is ongoing.
Violent weather spawned by Tropical Storm Nate moved through the Greater Hickory Metro during the late-afternoon and early evening hours Sunday (October 8). Tornado warnings were issued for parts of the Hickory Metro. The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched ground about ten miles southeast of Morganton. Caldwell County is reporting the most extensive damage as a result of Sunday's stormy weather.
Caldwell County Roads including Mt. Herman, Country Acres, Fairway Drive, Star Cross Road and Alfred Hartley Road were closed due to downed trees and power lines. Homes in various parts of Caldwell County including Hudson and Cedar Rock sustained damage, and the steeple was blown off Refuge Missionary Baptist Church on Mt. Herman Road in Hudson. A tractor-trailer overturned in the parking lot of Burger King on U.S. 321 at Mt. Herman Road in Hudson. There were also reports of power outages in Burke and Caldwell Counties.
Two Task Force Teams in Caldwell County were scheduled to begin evaluation of damaged homes by 11 a.m. today (October 9). Each team will consist representatives of the Caldwell County Health Department, Building Inspections, Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Medical Services. All evaluation reports will be sent to North Carolina Emergency Management. The Caldwell County Sheriff ‘s office requests that unless they are a resident, all members of the public should stay out of the storm damaged areas due to the danger of power lines down and other hazards.