33-year-old Shannon Louise Fredo of Withers Drive in Hudson was arrested Saturday (May 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on a felony fugitive warrant from Virginia. The charges against Fredo were not specified. She was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 23).
30-year-old Michael Shane Christy of Coddle Creek Highway in Mooresville was arrested May 18 by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts apiece of felony breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering, along with single counts of attempted felony breaking and entering and obtaining property by false pretense.
According to a news release issued Friday (May 20) a local business on Coddle Creek Highway in Mooresville was broken into two consecutive nights in a row on May 15 and 16. There was also an attempted breaking and entering at the business on April 25. The suspect developed in the case was Michael Shane Christy. The suspect resides next door to the business and since he'd moved into that residence there have been several breaking and entering incidents in the area to the neighboring homes and vehicles. The news release says Christy was also familiar with the interior of the store.
The suspect initially denied any knowledge or involvement in the incidents. However, on May 17, Christy sold some of the stolen property to another business in Mooresville for $30. Additional stolen property was also found inside the suspect's residence. According to the news release, Christy stole merchandise and cash totalling $819.48 from the business. The items stolen include cigarettes, tobacco, various food and drink items, various household items, US Currency and an assortment of Dale Earnhardt die cast and matchbox cars.
Following his arrest, Christy was confined in the Iredell County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court June 8.
On Saturday morning (May 21) at 12:05, an officer with the Statesville Police Department was involved in a single vehicle accident with a pedestrian. The officer, who was operating a marked patrol vehicle, struck a pedestrian in the road near the intersection of S. Center St and Bell St. Iredell County EMS and Statesville Fire responded to the scene. Iredell County EMS pronounced the pedestrian deceased at the scene.
Statesville Police Chief Joe Barone confirmed the identity of the pedestrian as John Cousins, Jr., of Statesville and the officer driving the vehicle that struck him is Sgt. Scott Reed. The Highway Patrol is heading up the investigation and the Statesville Police Department is cooperating with them in the release of information.
An armed robbery is under investigation in Burke County.
On Friday (May 20) at 5:54 a.m., officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to the Shop and Save #1 at 1504 Bethel Road in reference to a report of an armed robbery. One officer spoke with the clerk while other officers canvased the area trying to locate the suspect described as a white male, wearing all black clothing.
According to Public Safety, the suspect began to look at phone chargers located near the register. After looking at the chargers, the suspect walked back to the drink coolers, opened a 12 ounce can of Dr. Pepper, drank some of the soda and walked back to the register. The suspect sat the drink can on the counter and began to pay cash for the drink. When the clerk opened the register to make change, the suspect pulled a black pistol out of his pocket and told the clerk that he was going to need all of the money in the register. After taking the money from the clerk, the suspect walked over to the phone chargers and stole one before walking out of the store. However, the suspect forgot his Dr. Pepper can sitting on the counter before making his exit.
Officers and Investigators were able to collect video footage from the store as well as the drink can the suspect left behind. The suspect appears to be between 20 and 30-years-old with no facial hair. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a black hoodie with the hood pulled over his head. He was also wearing black pants that were loose fitting and black tennis shoes with white soles. The suspect left the store walking towards I-40.
If you have any information about this crime, you are asked contact the Morganton Department of Public Safety or call 911.
48-year-old Mari Jo Rudisill of Sulphur Springs Road in Hickory was arrested Sunday (May 22) by Long View Police Officers. The charges filed against Rudisill are two counts apiece of sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession of controlled substance with intent to sell or deliver along with a single count of habitual felon. Rudisill was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, May 23).
The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce announced today (Sunday, May 22) that Chamber President Danny Hearn will be retiring after a 43 year career in Chamber work which includes 12 years at the Catawba County Chamber. He will leave his position effective Friday, September 30th.
Darrell Johnson, CommunityOne Bank and Chair-Elect of the Chamber will head the Search Committee composed of the current Executive Committee and Sheree Watson, Graystone Eye and Past Chair of the Chamber. Chuck Ewart with The Ewart Group in Spartanburg, SC has been hired to conduct the search. Chuck was also President of the Catawba County Chamber from 1985 - 1995.
In making the announcement, Johnson said that "plans are to have the new Chamber President in place by the first of 2017. Lindsay Keisler, Sr. VP of the Chamber will act as Interim President for the fourth quarter of 2016."
Danny Hearn started his Chamber career as a senior at Lenoir Rhyne University in February of 1973 as a paid intern doing research at the Hickory Chamber. After graduation he was named Manager of Research and Community Development. Hearn's near 44 year Chamber career had stops in Hickory, NC; Norfolk, VA; Rockingham. NC; Statesville, NC and back to Catawba County in 2004.
The man who was pulled out of a burning home on Main Avenue Drive Northwest in Long View early last evening (Thursday, May 19) has passed away. According to published reports, 45-year-old Kevin Christenbury passed away this afternoon (Friday, May 20) at the hospital. According to reports, firefighters had to force open the front door to get to Christenbury. He was unconscious when firefighters found him. Rescue workers resuscitated Christenbury before transporting him to the hospital for treatment. The fire is under investigation by fire officials in Long View and the Burke County Fire Marshal's Office.
60-year-old Michael Kevin Julian of Taylorsville has been arrested by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers and charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child under the age of 13. Detectives arrested Julian yesterday (May 19).
Julian was jailed under a $150,000 bond. He’ll make a first appearance in District Court on Monday (May 23).
Due to the sensitive nature of the case, no further information will be released.
28-year-old Brandon Keith Maynor of Betterbrook Lane, 20-year-old Jessica Brittany Lane of Rosehill Drive, 62-year-old Robert Deal Shuford of North Grove Street, 40-year-old Jon Christopher Shuford of Pruitt Houser Street and 30-year-old Leslie Katherine Shuford of North Grove Street, all from Lincolnton, have been arrested by Lincolnton Police on drug charges.
Maynor was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also arrested less than a week later by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers for trafficking meth and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance. Lane was charged with possession of meth. Robert Shuford, the owner of the residence on North Grove Street, was charged with maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. Jon Shuford faces charges for possession of schedule II & schedule III controlled substances, while Leslie Shuford was charged with possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.
According to a press release issued yesterday, on Saturday, April 30, Lincolnton Police and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers executed a search warrant at the North Grove Street residence. The search was the result of a joint investigation conducted by narcotics units from both agencies into drug-related traffic at the residence. The two agencies combined resources in an effort to curb drug trafficking activity at the residence and in elsewhere in western Lincoln County. The joint investigation was the result of numerous citizens’ complaints.
The residence has been the location of previous drug arrests. Detectives believe it to be hub for drug trafficking and distribution in the area.
When the search warrant was executed, Officers found nine people at the residence. They also found various amounts of meth and several different types of prescription medication, as well as paraphernalia used in the packaging & distribution of controlled substances. All the items were seized as evidence.
The operation was coordinated by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Lt. Jon Propst and Lincolnton Police Lt. Jason Munday.
Maynor was scheduled to appear in court today (May 20) on an unrelated misdemeanor weapons charge, with an appearance on the drug charges set for July 12. Lane has no Lincoln County court dates listed; however, she does have an October 3 appearance scheduled in Gaston County on a felony meth charge. Robert Shuford will appear in Lincoln County District Court on June 7. Jon Shuford has a court date on June 17 and Leslie Shuford was due to appear in a Lincoln County courtroom today.
30-year-old John Christopher Watts of Reece Road in Drexel was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:40 yesterday (May 19) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Police were called to reports of a suspicious person looking into vehicles in the parking lot at the Hardee’s restaurant on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. Officers arrived and found the man, who was identified as John Watts. Police say Watts behaved nervously. As they conducted a safety check for weapons, Officers found a total of 48.4 grams of marijuana and a digital scale on Watts’ person.
He was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
37-year-old Forrest Morgan Street was arrested Thursday (May 19) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Street was jailed in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for June 27.
21-year-old Kassy Logan Hollar of Shamrock Circle in Hudson was arrested Thursday (May 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony larceny. Hollar was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
30-year-old Melissa Faye Dillingham of Johnson Bridge Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Thursday (May 19) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Dillingham was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
45-year-old Michael Wilson Lesswing of Shady Bark Trail in Catawba, South Carolina, was arrested Wednesday (May 18) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with solicit a child by computer for sexual activity.
On Wednesday, detectives with the Lincolnton Police Department traveled to York County Jail in York, South Carolina to pick up Lesswing. He had been arrested by York County Sheriff’s Office on a fugitive warrant from a charge taken out by Lincolnton Police Department. After being arrested on the fugitive warrant Lesswing waived an extradition hearing. The warrant taken out by Lincolnton Police Department was for Soliciting a Child by a Computer for Sexual Activity. The warrant was the result of an undercover detective acting as a child exchanging messages via social media with Lesswing. The messages included arrangements for Lesswing to meet the child for sexual activity.
At the time of his arrest, Lesswing was out on bond from similar charges in a case investigated earlier this year by Lincolnton Police. Lesswing was arrested on those charges stemming from an investigation conducted in February and March, 2016, in which Lesswing communicated with an undercover detective acting as a child on social media. In this case as well, Lesswing made arrangements to meet the child on March 1 for sexual activity. In this case, Lesswing actually showed up and was arrested. He was charged with Soliciting a Child by a Computer for Sexual Activity and Appearing. Lesswing spent 19 days in Lincoln County Jail on that charge before making bond on March 20. This initial charge is still pending in Lincoln County Superior Court.
Detectives, after making contact a second time with Lesswing via social media, counseled the case with the Lincoln County District Attorney’s office. At this time, a warrant was issued and detectives entered Lesswing into the N.C.I.C. national database as wanted. Detectives then contacted York County Sheriff’s Office and informed them of the charge. York County Sheriff’s Office then arrested Lesswing.
Lesswing was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $275,000 secured bond. He appeared in District Court Thursday (May 19).
53-year-old Darrell Lee Compton of Forest Hill Court in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (May 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Compton was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. No court date is listed.
34-year-old Andrew Ray Jonas of Taylorsville was sentenced to serve an active prison term of 10 to 13 years during Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday (May 19).
Jonas pleaded guilty to breaking and entering a place of worship, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of motor vehicle, felony hit and run, and admitted his status as a habitual felon. He was sentenced to serve his prison term by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County.
The defendant also had prior felony convictions in Catawba County (July 2000) and Alexander County (May 2001 and April 2012) that led to his habitual felon status and enhanced the sentence imposed by Judge Kuehnert.
All the offenses took place on April 16, 2014. On that date, Jonas broke a window to gain access into Faith Baptist Church, damaging property and taking cash and a bank bag from the house of worship. Those items later were found in his possession in a stolen vehicle Jonas took from an apartment complex in Hickory.
That stolen vehicle was recovered later that day in Jonas’ possession by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol at the scene of a collision on Snow Creek Road. He left the scene of the crash on foot but was located and apprehended by deputies from Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver of the vehicle struck by Jonas received serious injuries.
Richard Frank of Hickory Police Department investigated the breaking/entering and larceny cases. The hit and run was investigated by Trooper M.G. Adams of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Melanie Earles prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
A suspect being sought by authorities in Caldwell County on a sex offense charge has been apprehended. 43-year-old Jody Quint Greene of Blackberry Road in Lenoir has been arrested.
As WHKY previously reported, on April 29, Lenoir Caldwell Crime Stoppers issued a news release that said authorities were seeking Greene, who was wanted on a count of taking indecent liberties with a child. At the time, the news release did not indicate where Greene may be staying.
Greene was arrested by detectives with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office in Mountain City, TN. On Thursday (May 19) the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office charged Greene on a bill of indictment with indecent liberties with a child. He was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 25.
If you have any information on any suspects being sought in Caldwell County, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300. You do not have to reveal your name and you could receive a cash reward if an arrest is made.
Delta Apparel said Thursday it will cut 160 jobs and close a textile manufacturing facility in Maiden as part of a new cost-cutting initiative. According to Marketwatch.com, the apparel design and marketing company said it will transition production from the Maiden facility to its facility in Honduras. The company will invest $7 million to expand its overseas operations.
The company, which makes t-shirts, is expected to shut down on July 1. In June, 2014 the company lost 70 jobs to a factory in Honduras.
14-year-old Benjamin Lee Mack, II has been found and is back home with his parent. The teen’s mother contacted Sheriff’s Deputies last night (May 18) and reported that he had returned home. A Deputy went to the residence and found the teen to be in good condition.
Benjamin Mack was reported missing Monday (May 16) by his mother. He had last been seen the previous day, as reported Monday on WHKY.
The Newton Fire Department was recognized recently by the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshall for excellent response to fires and emergencies.
The new rating is the result of an inspection conducted by officials with the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal. The inspection is required on a regular basis as part of the North Carolina Response Rating System. Among other things, the routine inspections look for proper staffing levels, sufficient equipment, proper maintenance of equipment, communications capabilities, and availability of a water source.
The rating system ranges from one, which is the highest, to 10, which means the department is not recognized as a certified fire department by the state. Newton’s rating this year was three, a one-point improvement over last year’s score. While ratings do not necessarily indicate poor service, a rating closer to one suggests that a department is overall better equipped to respond to fires in its district. Higher ratings can also significantly lower homeowners insurance rates in that fire district.
State law requires Office of State Fire Marshal officials to inspect departments serving districts of 100,000 people or fewer, which includes all but six of North Carolina’s fire districts.