37-year-old Michael Peter Blanch of Silver Springs, Florida, was arrested Tuesday (October 18) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a place to keep controlled substance. Blanch was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, October 19).
46-year-old Denaita Jean Love of Shoups Grove Road in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (October 18) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with trafficking opium or heroin, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Love was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, October 19).
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (October 18).
Public Services Director Chuck Hansen presented a proposal for the acceptance of the grant-in-aid allocation of $250,000 appropriated by the NC General Assembly. These funds would be used to mitigate structural damage to Highway 70 as a result of the failed 96 inch storm drainage pipe at the site of the sinkhole. The proposal passed unanimously.
Minutes and second readings approved unanimously. Included in second readings were three items related to the acceptance of a temporary construction and permanent sanitary sewer and storm drainage easement for the property of Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company, for installation of utilities infrastructure.
The consent agenda was approved unanimously as well, council did remove two items at the request of Councilman Lail. The two items removed are both related to grants for Park 1764. Council discussed those items, then approved them as well.
Assistant City Manager Rodney Miller presented the quarterly financial report. Paula Hodges, Audit Partner with Martin Starnes & Associates, presented the 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
Mayor Rudy Wright recognized staff for receiving the 20th consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In addition, Communications and Marketing Manager, Dana Kaminske presented an update to Council regarding the branding and marketing of the city.
37-year-old Robert Christopher Cannon of Central Avenue in Granite Falls was arrested today (October 18) and charged with trafficking oxycodone pills.
Following an undercover investigation, Narcotics Agents with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit took Cannon into custody without incident after he was caught in possession of 50 oxycodone pills with the intent to distribute them. Cannon did not have a prescription for the pills. He was arrested in the parking lot at the China King restaurant in Granite Falls. The pills have a street value of approximately $750, according to North Carolina state drug guidelines.
Cannon was incarcerated in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Lenoir.
The 33rd Annual Southeastern Classic band competition will be held this Saturday (October 22) at Newton-Conover High School’s Gurley Stadium.
17 marching bands are currently confirmed, with exhibitions planned by the host band and by Lenoir-Rhyne’s Spirit of L-R Marching Band.
Gates will open at 12 noon with the opening ceremony slated for 1:30 p.m. An awards ceremony is scheduled at the completion of the event at 9 p.m.
Admission is $7. For more information, call Newton-Conover High School at 828-495-0920.
27-year-old Thomas Sherrill Graham of Parkview Lane in Sherrills Ford has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle, felony larceny and injury to personal property.
Graham was arrested in connection to an incident at about ten o’clock Friday night (October 14) on Trollingwood Lane in Mooresville. The victim reported that numerous items were taken from their unlocked vehicle. The victim said that bags filled with Karate gear were stolen with a value of over $2,600.
As Officers were taking the report, a neighbor reported damage to two screen windows in his home. The victim told Deputies he believed that a family member might be responsible for the damages to his home, as well as the vehicle break-in next door. Officers learned that the suspect, Thomas Sherrill Graham, has an extensive criminal history and is currently on probation with additional charges pending in court.
Detectives discovered that the property stolen from Trollingwood Lane was in Graham’s possession at his residence in Catawba County. Detectives went to Graham’s home where they recovered all the stolen property. The property was returned to the owner. Graham denied any knowledge of the incident and said that some friends gave the stolen property to him. He refused to provide any names.
Graham was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond on the Iredell County charges. He was also charged in Catawba County with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving while license revoked and simple assault, with an additional $1,500 secured bond on those charges. He was scheduled to appear in an Iredell courtroom today, with a Catawba Court date on November 29.
46-year-old Sandra Lynn Gaul of Clarence Beam Road in Cherryville and 59-year-old Billy Steve Schronce of Fairview Drive in Lincolnton were both arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Gaul is charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm, possession of stolen goods and possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance. She was also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Schronce is charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Investigators were in the area of the Gastonia Highway on Monday (October 17) when they recognized a passenger in a passing vehicle as a woman wanted on several felony charges.
The officers stopped the vehicle on the Gastonia Highway near Gaston-Hillside Drive. The woman, Sandra Gaul, was taken into custody.
A search of the woman and the vehicle turned up methamphetamine packaged for sale and a glass pipe. When the driver of the vehicle was asked for his identification he handed the officers his wallet. In addition to his identification detectives found a small amount of meth in his wallet.
Gaul is charged in connection with an October 10 break-in at the residence of Galan Peterson of Dave Peterson Lane in Vale. Stolen in the break-in were 32 rifles, shotguns and handguns and a credit card. Warrants were obtained on Gaul after she attempted to use the stolen credit card at several stores in Gastonia. She was identified on store security systems when she attempted to use the credit card.
Gaul was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and placed under a $50,000 secured bond. Schronce was placed under a $10,000 secured bond. Both suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Tuesday, October 18).
None of the firearms, valued at $21,300, have been recovered. Anyone with information about the firearms is asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. If your Crime Stoppers tip leads to an arrest you could receive a reward of up to $1,000.
The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a complaint of vandalism and littering at a local church. Grace Baptist Church, located at 627 Rink Dam Road in Bethlehem, was the recent target of vandals who threw empty beer bottles and beer cans in the church’s front yard.
The vandalism is an apparent protest of the church’s stance against the upcoming alcohol referendum. The bottles, which bore a printed white label that read, “If we can’t have the tax, you can have the trash,” were thrown into the churchyard sometime between Thursday evening (October 13) and Friday morning (October 14). 15 beer bottles were recovered from the scene and will be processed for any latent evidence.
Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in solving the case. Anyone with information should call the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-1111 or the Alexander County Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 828-632-8555. Callers may remain anonymous.
The City of Newton is offering curbside leaf collection starting October 24. Collection will continue until January 13.
The city will have two trucks operating this leaf season. Collection will begin at the south end of the city and the trucks will travel in a grid pattern. The trucks will run a route through the entire city and then will restart at the beginning of the route. The process will continue until leaf season is over. City staff anticipates a route will require three weeks to complete.
Residents are asked to ensure that tree limbs, sticks and metal are removed from the leaf piles. Yard debris other than leaves will clog or damage the machine, slowing down the collection process. Also, please keep leaves out of the roadway by raking them behind the curb. Leaves should be placed in the utility strip adjoining your property. Leaves placed behind the sidewalk or in ditches will not be collected. Please note that the vacuum truck cannot reach leaves that are raked beside parked cars.
For more information, call the Newton Public Works and Utilities Department at 828-695-4310.
34-year-old Jeffrey Michael Brown was arrested Monday (October 17) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture schedule VI controlled substance. Brown was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, October 18).
24-year-old Jacob Ballard Hensley was arrested Monday (October 17) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny. Hensley was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for December 12.
A second person has been charged in connection with child sexual assault incidents that reportedly occurred between January 2005 and December 2009.
43-year-old Beverly Kistler Sherbert of Davis Road in Lincolnton was arrested Monday (October 17) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged by with one felony count of accessory after the fact of a felony and one misdemeanor count of common law obstruction of justice. According to a news release, the charges stem from Sherbert’s knowledge of alleged incidents involving sexual assault and that she did not report them. She is also accused of encouraging the victim by text messages to drop the charges.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report on September 16 in reference to the crime of indecent liberties that occurred when the victim was a juvenile. Detective Harrington began the investigation and following an interview on September 28 the suspect was charged.
47-year-old Scott Allen Sherbert, also of Davis Road in Lincolnton, was previously arrested and charged with two felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor. The victim and both suspects in the case are related. Scott Sherbert was released after posting a $100,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is December 13. Beverly Sherbert was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Tuesday, October 18).
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office has made six arrests in connection to several breaking and entering with larceny cases. The crimes occurred in the western end of the county near Lake James over the past several weeks.
31-year-old Brandon Kelly Fox of Browning View Road in Morganton is charged with felony armed robbery with a dangerous weapon. 33-year-old Anthony Random Mull of Highway 70 West in Glen Alpine is charged with felony possession of stolen goods. 42-year-old Travis Alvalon Scott, 34-year-old Terry Joseph Brown, 38-year-old Johnnie Denise Hickman, and 34-year-old Heather Renee Brown, all of the same George Drive, Nebo, address, were all arrested and charged with felony larceny. Scott faces two counts and the other three George Drive residents face one count apiece.
Officers with the Burke County Sheriff's Office received information in regards to stolen goods being taken to an address in McDowell County. Officers followed up on the information and recovered a stolen Sea-doo with a trailer, and a Polaris four-wheeler at 96 George Drive approximately two weeks ago.
The investigation continued and officers returned to that address last week and arrested four of the suspects for their involvement. Officers recovered a motorcycle last week and a four-wheeler this week off Browning View Road in two separate fields and wooded areas. Anthony Mull was arrested at a garage off Highway 70 West near Glen Alpine last Thursday (October 13). On Friday (October 14), officers arrested Brandon Fox on Snowhill Church Road. Fox was hiding in the trunk of his girlfriend’s vehicle, Sabrina Starnes. There was a loaded 12 gauge shotgun lying beside Fox along with narcotics inside the trunk.
Bond for Fox was set at $200,000 secured, a District Court date is set for November 7. Mull's bond was set at $1,000 secured, his District Court appearance is scheduled for November 1. Scott's bond is $35,000 secured, he has District Court dates October 24 and 31. Terry Brown's bond is $10,000 secured, his District Court date is October 31. Hickman's bond was set at $5,000 secured, she's scheduled to appear in District Court October 31. Heather Brown's bond is $10,000 secured, she's scheduled to appear in District Court November 1.The investigation is ongoing and further arrests are expected.
City of Morganton Water Resources workers was planning to close a section of State Road today (Tuesday, October 18) to install a valve on a water line in the area. Workers were scheduled to close the road as early as 8 a.m. The road was expected to re-open by 4 p.m., barring any unforeseen problems.
Residents will still be able to access State Road via South College Street and Oak Grove Street. Wall Lumber Company will still be accessible via State Road.
Hickory City Council meets tonight (Tuesday, October 18) in regular session.
Among the items on the agenda, under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings, the board will consider three items related to the acceptance of a temporary construction and permanent sanitary sewer and storm drainage easement for the property of Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company, for installation of utilities infrastructure. The first reading votes were unanimous for all three items.
Also under second readings, council will consider the acceptance of the bid and award to the contract to General Services Inc. in the amount of $78,300 for repairs and coating at the Water Treatment Facility. Council will also consider approval of a close out deductive change order number one with Wilkie Construction related to Phase II of the planned improvements to Hickory Optimist Park. These items were also approved unanimously on first reading.
In addition, at tonight's meeting, under new business, council will consider the approval of the application for the North Carolina General Assembly and acceptance of the authorized grant-in-aid allocation of $250,000. These funds would be used to mitigate structural damage to Highway 70 as a result of the failed 96 inch storm drainage pipe at the site of the sinkhole.
Tonight's Hickory City Council meeting starts at 7:00 at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street in downtown Hickory.
32-year-old Bobby Glenn Ray, Jr. of Bessemer City and 30-year-old Megan Smith Ray of Dallas, N.C. were both arrested yesterday (October 16) by Hickory Police in connection to a shoplifting incident. Bobby Ray was charged with felony habitual larceny and was also served with a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Megan Ray was charged with aiding & abetting larceny. Also arrested on a number of outstanding warrants was 35-year-old Jamie Marie Ballew of Gastonia. She faces two felony counts of failure to appear and misdemeanor counts of larceny and injury to personal property.
They were arrested after Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store on 21st Drive S.E. As Officers spoke to the store manager, Police dispatchers gave information on the suspect vehicle, which was being followed by a witness.
The N.C. State Highway Patrol stopped the vehicle at exit 28 on Highway 321 South. Megan Ray was the driver. Hickory Police arrived and assisted with the arrest at about 5:30 Sunday afternoon. A Husqvarna backpack blower and a 300-piece Kobalt tool set, valued at $488, were recovered.
Bobby Ray was wanted in Hall County, Georgia for a probation violation. The warrants for Ballew’s arrest were issued in Gaston County.
All three suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Bobby Ray was set at $32,000, secured. Megan Ray was given a $2,000 secured bond and Ballew’s bond was set at $30,000, secured. Bobby Ray was due in court today. Megan Ray has a November 9 court date and Ballew will appear in Superior Court in Gastonia on November 15.
There was one fatality in a house fire last night (Sunday, October 16) in eastern Catawba County. The Catawba Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 5300 block of Hudson Chapel Road at 11:49 p.m. Sunday. When firefighters arrived they discovered a single story frame house completely engulfed in flames, its roof had already collapsed.
The fire was brought under control by 12:16 a.m. The body of a deceased individual was found inside the house during cleanup. The Catawba County Fire Marshal’s Office, the State Bureau of Investigation, and the Catawba Police Department were called in to investigate. The body was transported to the Medical Examiners Office. As of this afternoon, the body had not been identified. More information will be released following the completion of the Medical Examiner’s report.
The Catawba Fire Department received mutual aid from the Bandys Fire Department, the Claremont Fire Department, the Catawba Rescue Squad, Catawba County EMS and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. The scene was cleared at 8:03 a.m. today (Monday, October 17).
47-year-old Michael Reid Hovis of Benny Shrum Lane, along with 25-year-old Christopher Mark Conte and 23-year-old Summer Leann Hoyle, both of the same address on South “D” Avenue, all from Maiden, have all been arrested by Hickory Police on drug charges. Hovis and Conte were charged with felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance. Hoyle was charged with misdemeanor possession of a schedule VI controlled substance. All three were charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
They were arrested shortly after nine o’clock Friday morning (October 14) after Officers on patrol at the Midland Plaza shopping center on Highway 70 S.W. saw a vehicle parked in the southern part of the parking lot, away from the businesses located there. Hovis was the driver. Conte was in the front passenger and Hoyle was a rear passenger.
Officers reportedly saw Hoyle attempting to conceal an item in the rear seat. A search turned up a pipe in the seat and 2.3 grams of marijuana on Hoyle’s person. In the passenger side, Officers found a syringe containing a brown liquid.
All three suspects were taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Hovis was given a $16,600 secured bond. Conte’s bond was set at $12,250, secured, and Hoyle was given a $575 secured bond. They have all been released. Hovis and Conte were due in District Court today (October 17). Hoyle has a court date on November 3.
45-year-old Michael Timothy Howard of Mays Chapel Church Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:45 Friday night (October 14) on one felony count of hit & run with failure to stop for personal injury and misdemeanor counts of careless & reckless driving, driving while license revoked and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged on outstanding warrants for felony failure by a sex offender to report a new address and two misdemeanor probation violations. In addition, Howard faces charges from the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office for injury to personal property, failure to perform work after being paid, possession of stolen goods and two out-of-county probation violations.
Events leading to his arrest began as Police responded to a single vehicle accident near the Cooperative Christian Ministry building on 1st Avenue S.E. in Hickory. A silver Nissan Altima had run into a utility pole.
Police arrived to find one subject still on the scene, but a second subject, Michael Howard, had left. Officers learned that the Nissan had previously been reported stolen from AVG Automotive and that Howard had been identified as the suspect in that theft.
Howard was located, on foot, on 9th Street S.W., near 7th Avenue S.W. On his person, Officers found a white bag containing a syringe with a crystal residue.
Howard was taken into custody without incident. The other subject at the accident scene was not charged. Howard was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a total bond of $87,500, secured. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (October 17), tomorrow and October 28.
Additional charges are possible.
30-year-old Joshua Anthony Allen of Roaring River, North Carolina was arrested Friday (October 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and misdemeanor communicating threats. Allen was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for November 3.