33-year-old Chai Lor was arrested Thursday (August 25) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of controlled substance in prison or jail. Lor was placed in jail in Morganton with bond set at $85,000 secured. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, August 26).
24-year-old Roger Arron Oxendine of 20th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (August 25) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine, along with single counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Oxendine was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, August 26).
46-year-old Travis Christian Bryant of 21st Avenue NW in Hickory was arrested Thursday (August 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bryant was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond, a Superior Court date is set for October 31.
The staff of the Mountain View Recreation Center in Morganton will host an open house and community day at the center tomorrow (Saturday, August 27), from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Visitors will be treated to free hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and drinks, music, and games which will include ping pong, corn hole, basketball, and inflatables!
In addition to the food, music, and games, the staff will present the Y.E.L.L. Program Award ceremony followed by a motivational speaker.
For more information, call Rakeem Rutherford, Mountain View Recreation Center Supervisor, at 828-438-5356, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
28-year-old Joshua James Hampton of Icard Dairy Barn Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:45 this morning (August 26) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen goods or property.
He was arrested after Police spotted a 2000 Dodge Neon with a stolen license plate in the parking lot at the Jack in the Box restaurant on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. The vehicle was occupied by Joshua Hampton and a female, who was not charged.
As Hampton got out of the vehicle, 0.5 grams of methamphetamine fell to the ground. Hampton was taken into custody without incident.
He was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today in Newton.
In a special meeting held Wednesday (August 24), Hickory City Council voted unanimously to approve two design service contracts with AMEC, Foster, Wheeler to design the Citywalk and two gateways.
The Citywalk and Gateways projects are part of the bond referendum that Hickory voters approved in 2014. The Citywalk is an urban greenway that will be developed along Main Avenue, from Lenoir-Rhyne University to Downtown Hickory, promoting connectivity and walkability within the city. Gateways mark the major entrances into the city with distinctive signage, landscaping, and sculptures or art. The design contract is specifically for two gateways; one at Highway 321 and Highway 70, and one at Highway 321 and Clement Boulevard.
The City solicited requests for qualifications and conducted a thorough interview process with multiple firms before selecting AMEC, Foster, Wheeler. AMEC is a full service engineering firm with significant landscape architecture focus, as well as gateway design and construction experience. They have successfully completed numerous comparable projects across the Southeast.
The total cost specified in the Citywalk design contract is $1,095,151, which includes the design fee, subsurface utility location, site visits and inspections, and various necessary permits and expenses. The total cost for design services and expenses for the two gateways is $32,956. Both of the contractual costs will be funded by the $40 million bond referendum.
Additionally, the Citywalk project is eligible for multiple grant programs, and has already been awarded $7,680,000 from the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). These grant dollars will help offset the Citywalk’s construction costs.
The design for the Gateways will likely be completed by summer 2017, with the completed Citywalk design following in autumn 2017.
46-year-old Jonathan Scott Davis of Island Ford Road and 38-year-old Donald David Mesiemore of Hidden Valley Road, both from Statesville, were arrested Wednesday (August 24) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with four counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office started an investigation of a rash of residential break-ins that occurred earlier this week. The break-ins were committed in the western part of Iredell County from Buffalo Shoals Road to the area of Taylorsville Highway. In all of the cases, suspects were entering unoccupied homes during daylight hours by forcing open doors. The items being stolen ranged from televisions and other electronics to jewelry and money.
Detectives spoke to witnesses who described seeing two white males in a suspicious small white Toyota car with damage to the rear bumper riding through the neighborhoods. Earlier in the week, Patrol Deputies stopped a suspicious white Toyota car in the early morning hours on Taylorsville Highway. The car was occupied by Jonathan Scott Davis and Donald David Mesiemore. During the traffic stop, Deputies observed a television and some other items in the back seat of the car, but at that time, the break-ins had not been reported.
Patrol Deputies believed when they stopped the suspects they were acting suspiciously, it appeared they were nervous. At the time of the stop, Deputies did not have any charges on the two subjects and documented their names and forwarded the information to the Detective Division. Detectives followed up on the information and began receiving more information regarding the cases.
On Wednesday (August 24), Detectives found Davis and Mesiemore at a residence at 2100 Island Ford Road along with the white Toyota car that was seen in the area of the break-ins. Detectives interviewed the two men and during the course of the investigation, some of the stolen property was found inside the residence. As a result, Detective Miller took out warrants on the two suspects.
Davis and Mesiemore were transported to the Iredell County Jail where bond was set for each suspect at $10,000.00 secured. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (Friday, August 26). The Iredell County Sheriff's Office says that both men are repeat offenders and have histories of committing break-ins.
37-year-old Billy Wayne Barrett, Jr. of 17th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:30 last night on true bill of indictment for maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine. He was also charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, the delivery of meth, the sale of meth and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver meth. All the charges are felonies. Some of the warrants for Barrett’s arrest were issued by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office.
At least some of the charges against Barrett stem from an incident on June 23 of this year as Officers were working a traffic accident near the Speedway store on Springs Road N.E. Police saw a 2013 Hyundai Sonata pull into the parking lot. The Hyundai’s stayed in the vehicle for about 15 minutes. Officers observed the vehicle until it pulled away.
They stopped the Hyundai, which had an obstructed license tag, and identified the driver as Billy Barrett and a passenger as 32-year-old Stephanie Gwynne Patrick of Hickory. A search led to the discovery of a container in the vehicle’s center console. In the container were 4.3 grams of methamphetamine.
Barrett and Patrick were both arrested and charged at that time. The suspects were not involved in the accident.
Barrett was taken into custody without incident yesterday at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $60,000 secured bond. Appearances in Superior and District Court were scheduled today.
24-year-old Tessa Lee Hinson and 43-year-old Angela Lingerfelt Juarez, aka "Shorty", both of Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton, were both arrested Wednesday (August 24) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Juarez was also served with an outstanding order for arrest.
The two suspects were arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamine. Detectives conducted a surveillance operation on a residence in the 3200 block of Gastonia Highway.
During the operation, detectives saw what appeared to be the sale of some type of illegal drug at the residence. Narcotics detectives approached two women outside the home and seized methamphetamine from one of them.
The other female fled the area on foot and tried to hide under a blanket in a nearby mobile home under renovation. Once detectives found the woman they took her into custody for an outstanding order for arrest. With assistance from patrol deputies, detectives seized more methamphetamine from that woman.
According to detectives, a search was conducted of the home and a vehicle in the driveway. Officers seized more methamphetamine along with plastic baggies, cash, and drug paraphernalia. One of the women confessed to selling methamphetamine throughout the day and during the time detectives were watching the residence.
Hinson received a $15,000 secured bond, Juarez' bond was set at $15,500 secured.
Both suspects were scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court today (Thursday August 25).
30-year-old Claire Marie Thompson of 17th Street Place N.W. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on two felony counts each of conspiracy to sell a schedule I controlled substance and one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance.
She was arrested on outstanding warrants issued on July 19 by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office. Thompson was taken into custody without incident at her residence at about 9:20 last night (August 24).
She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond. An appearance in court was scheduled today in Newton.
39-year-old Antwan Bartholomew Wyatt of Horseshoe Lake Road in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (August 24) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three felony counts each of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II controlled Substance. He was also charged with one felony count of conspiring to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance.
The charges stem from a six-month-long narcotics investigation where detectives targeted crack cocaine sales in the Horseshoe Lake Road and Car Farm Road area. Detectives say Wyatt is the fifth person arrested for selling crack cocaine in that area of Lincoln County over the past three weeks.
Narcotics detectives used surveillance and undercover techniques to buy crack cocaine from several locations including the suspect’s home. Detectives say Wyatt sold various amounts of crack cocaine and conspired with another man in the home to sell the drug. The other subject has already been arrested for his involvement.
Wyatt's bond was set at $25,000 secured. His first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (Thursday, August 25).
27-year-old Ethan Gilbert Fleenor of Brickyard Way in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and chop shop activity by theft or fraud. Fleenor was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
27-year-old Christopher James Dishman of Wexford Lane in Denver, NC, was arrested Wednesday (August 24) by State Highway Patrol Troopers. He's charged with felony possession of heroin and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Dishman was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
37-year-old Joshua Moore of Gabriel Lane in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 24) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and possession of cocaine. Moore was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, August 25).
More charges have been filed against a suspect already facing multiple sex offense allegations. The Iredell County Sheriff's Office has filed additional charges against 19-year-old Devan Lane Black of Estate Drive in Statesville. He was being held in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $300,000 bond on three counts of statutory rape of a child and one count of statutory sex offense with a child. The charges stem from an investigation that began in June of this year.
Through continued investigation, the Sheriff's Office was able to obtain more evidence in this case on social media. An investigator discovered that Black had sent obscene photographs to the victim through Facebook. Two counts of disseminating obscene material to a minor were filed against Devan Black and an additional $25,000 was added to his bond, making the total $325,000.
In addition to the pending charges from this investigation, Black is also facing counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, and preparing obscene photographs. Black has District Court appearances scheduled for August 29, September 1, 12, and 14.
North Carolina prison officials received notice Wednesday (August 24) that escaped inmate Jason Strickland of Burke County was in law enforcement custody in West Virginia. Strickland, who was 35-years-old at the time of his escape, was located yesterday when he checked into in a homeless shelter in Beckley, West Virginia and he was arrested there by the Raleigh County Sheriff's Department.
Strickland escaped by leaving a highway work crew in Wilkes County on July 27. That day he was picked up by a female driving an SUV. Several days later he was spotted at a shop in Galax, Virginia, but there had been no leads since then.
Strickland was serving a prison sentence following a November 2015 felony conviction for larceny and breaking & entering in Burke County. He was due for release in October. He was a minimum-custody inmate assigned to Wilkes Correctional Center. Preparations are being made for Strickland's extradition to North Carolina.
A man who was cleared in a rape case after serving 24 years in prison will receive more than three-million dollars following a settlement with the City of Hickory. In a special meeting Wednesday (August 24), Hickory City Council voted unanimously to approve a settlement agreement with Mr. Willie Grimes in the amount of $3,250,000.
Grimes was convicted of the rape and kidnapping of Carrie Lee Elliot in July of 1988. He was sentenced to life, plus nine years. After serving 24 years of his sentence, Mr. Grimes was released in 2012 while still maintaining his innocence. His claim of innocence was investigated by the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, a State agency which investigates post-conviction claims of innocence. The Commission found that latent finger prints from the case did not match Grimes’ prints. Grimes was exonerated of the crime in October 2012 by the Commission.
In 2014, Grimes filed a lawsuit against the City of Hickory, former Chief of Police Floyd Lucas, former police officers Steve Hunt and Steve Bryant, and Chief Tom Adkins, who was currently serving as Chief of Police when the lawsuit was filed. Grimes sought compensatory and punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, litigations expenses, courts costs, and a jury trial.
After Plaintiffs and Defendants mediated the case, a proposed settlement was reached, which releases all Defendants. The City will pay $2,250,650, while the City’s insurance carrier, National Casualty, will be responsible for $999,350.
Officials with the North Carolina Department of Commerce announced last Thursday (August 18) that a $300,000 building renovation grant has been awarded to Craftmaster Furniture. The grant will assist with phase II of a renovation project at Plant 4 on N.C. Highway 90 East.
Craftmaster has pledged to create at least 30 new full-time positions as part of the grant requirements. The company’s total investment in this portion of the project is approximately $1.7 million. Renovations include roofing, electrical systems, lighting, ventilation systems and interior offices.
Originally constructed in 1950, the former Broyhill plant was purchased by Craftmaster in 2013. The building was in severe disrepair and had been empty for several years. A 2014 renovation grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce was awarded, resulting in the creation of approximately 110 new jobs in the facility. Matching funds, amounting to five percent of the renovation grant amount, are provided by Alexander County Government to fund grant administration.
Craftmaster Furniture was founded in 1972. By 1974, the company had constructed a 50,000 square foot facility in Hiddenite where they employed about 50 people. Craftmaster was purchased in May 2006 by Samson Holdings and has continued to grow its business, making Craftmaster one of the most well-known upholstery manufacturers in the country. Over the past 44 years, the company has grown to occupy approximately 600,000 square feet and has 619 full time employees.
For more information about Craftmaster Furniture, visit www.cmfurniture.com.
28-year-old Justin Wayne Singleton of Valdese faces charges from the Alexander County Sheriff's Office for larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny of a dog and cruelty to animals.
The charges come in connection to an incident last Wednesday (August 17) at the Dollar General store in Bethlehem. The victim parked her 2009 Nissan Cube in front of the store with the engine running and the air conditioning on, leaving a white Shih Tzu dog in the vehicle. Two white males entered the store and quickly exited. They got into the parked Nissan and drove away with the dog still inside.
Singleton is currently in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility on unrelated charges. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (August 24) in Taylorsville.
More arrests are expected as the investigation continues.
61-year-old Michael Greylen Robinson of 3rd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:45 p.m. yesterday (August 23) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine.
He was arrested after Officers traveling west on 14th Avenue S.W. in Hickory saw a 2008 Chevy Impala swerve left-of-center, twice. They stopped the vehicle at 14th Avenue S.W. and 3rd Street Place S.W. Robinson was the vehicle’s only occupant.
In the Chevy was a lunchbox containing two baggies. 1.3 grams of powder cocaine and 0.6 grams of crack cocaine were found in the baggies.
Robinson was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.