The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held it's annual Shareholders & Investors Luncheon Wednesday (February 13) at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. 520 people attended the event.
Kimberly George of Alex Lee Industries was the winner of the Chamber's Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award. In addition, four stories were presented featuring various members of the community.
Principal Brian Hefner, Zindy Wilfong, Jon Carter, and Morgan King did a presentation regarding opportunities at Maiden Middle School. Dustin Roache spoke of his experiences with Hickory Mechanical and as a graduate of CVCC Construction Careers Academy. A presentation was also made by Jake Toney, a former apprentice at Sarstedt Incorporated and a student at Western Carolina University.
In addition, WHKY First Talk Host Hal Row did a question and answer session with Patrick and Aimee Broos in a "Making Living Better" segment similar to that program that airs on WHKY Radio.
Three people were sent to the hospital as a result of a motor vehicle crash in Lenoir. On Wednesday (February 13) at 9:03 a.m. the Lenoir Police Department responded to the intersection of Hibriten Drive and McLean Drive Extension.
According to Lenoir Police reports, 84-year-old Joseph Henry Wilson of Lenoir was driving his 2018 GMC pickup on Hibriten Drive. Wilson turned left at the McLean Drive Extension intersection to continue on Hibriten Drive and collided with a 1988 Oldsmobile driven by 67-year-old Kenneth Raymond Brown of Lenoir.
Brown was flown by helicopter to Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte with life threatening injuries. As of the last update, Brown was listed in critical condition. Wilson was transported to Caldwell UNC Healthcare where he was treated and released. A passenger, Martha Craig, was traveling with Brown, and was also transported to Caldwell UNC Healthcare with non-life threatening injuries. Craig was listed as being in stable condition.
The Lenoir Police Department is continuing their investigation into the crash.
32-year-old Nathan Keith Chaney of 30th Street Place NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (February 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Chaney is charged with failure to appear on a count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Chaney was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled today (February 14) and a District Court appearance is scheduled for February 27.
19-year-old Cynthia Diane Chavis of Laboratory Road in Lincolnton was arrested by Maiden Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, larceny of a motor vehicle, felony larceny, and two counts of possession of stolen goods. Chavis was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (February 14) under $28,000 bond. District Court dates are scheduled for Friday (February 15) and March 20.
25-year-old Marissa Marie Phillips of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at one o'clock yesterday afternoon (February 12) on one felony count of financial transaction card fraud and one misdemeanor count of larceny. The charges were filed by the Wilkesboro Police Department.
Phillips was taken into custody without incident at an apartment on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. She was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,000 secured bond. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for April 20 in Wilkesboro.
58-year-old Brian Anthony Lalonde of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:35 yesterday afternoon on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Lalonde is wanted by the Hanover Co. Sheriff's Office in Hanover, Virginia for felony fraud or confidence game.
Following his arrest, Lalonde was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. He'll appear in District Court today in Newton.
The Newton Fire Department will conduct a controlled burn on Northwest Boulevard this upcoming Saturday (February 16). Controlled burns are training exercises that allow firefighters to hone their skills for real emergencies. Several firefighting agencies from throughout the area have been invited to participate.
Beginning around 9 a.m. Saturday, firefighters will begin setting fires in a vacant house at 2616 Northwest Boulevard The fires will be extinguished and relit throughout the day. The exercise is expected to end during the afternoon. During the controlled burn, smoke will be visible throughout the area. Smoke will likely remain visible through the evening.
The controlled burn will be held at the future site of James River Equipment, a full-service equipment and tractor dealership scheduled to open this spring. The site was formerly occupied by Slimline Industries. If you have any questions, please contact the Newton Fire Department at 828-695-4314.
An investigation is being conducted into a fatal accident this morning (February 13) in Hickory. The crash involved a passenger car and a police vehicle and a Hickory man was killed in the wreck.
Shortly after 1:00 a.m. today, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the crash on McDonald Parkway at the intersection of 12th Ave Drive NE, also known as Spencer Road. The collision involved a passenger car and a Catawba County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle.
A 2003 Honda Civic was traveling west on 12th Ave Drive NE. The deputy was traveling north on McDonald Parkway in a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe. The vehicles collided in the intersection. The Honda ran off the roadway and collided with a fence. The patrol vehicle came to rest on McDonald Parkway.
The Honda was operated by 27-year-old Hernan Cortez of Hickory. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The deputy was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center with minor injuries and has since been released. There were no other passengers.
The Highway Patrol's Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene, they were assisting with the investigation. The intersection was expected to be closed until approximately 9:00 a.m., a detour was set up by officers.
A portion of McDonald Parkway in Hickory has been closed as a result of an accident early this morning (February 13). The North Carolina State Highway Patrol reports the section closed is near Spencer Road and it is closed in both directions. Reports say the accident occurred at around 1:00 this morning and was a fatal crash. Authorities say they are hoping the road will be reopened by 9 a.m.
41-year-old Sue Ann Chambers of Landmark Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine along with misdemeanor counts of shoplifting, injury to personal property, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond for Chambers was set at $11,500 secured. No court date was listed.
25-year-old Johnathan Allen Kersey of Collettsville Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and speeding to elude arrest along with a misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.
According to published reports, Kersey is charged in connection to a chase that started after an officer attempted to pull a vehicle over. The pursuit reportedly ended when the car hit a home on Setzer's Creek Road. The impact of the crash reportedly caused the roof to collapse. There were no serious injuries as a result of the crash. The suspects attempted to flee on foot but were caught.
Kersey was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (February 13).
36-year-old Terry Lee Chapman, Jr. of Mount Ulla Highway in Mooresville was arrested Tuesday (February 12) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felonious restraint and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Chapman was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center without bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (February 14).
61-year-old Chuck Leslie Brown of Monford Drive in Conover was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony providing contraband to an inmate.
According to a news release issued Tuesday (February 12), on January 30, 2019, Burke County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives were contacted for assistance by Foothills Correctional Institution Administrators regarding the possible delivery of controlled substances to the prison grounds. According to the news release, later that day, at approximately 10:00 p.m., a suspect delivered a schedule III-controlled substance onto the prison grounds.
The substance was found by detectives and correctional officers and secured as evidence. Burke County Sheriff’s Office detectives and patrol deputies conducted an investigative vehicle stop. The driver of that vehicle was the suspect, Chuck Leslie Brown.
Brown was arrested and charged then confined at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $25,000 secured bond. He was no longer listed as an inmate as of today (February 13). The next District Court appearance for Brown is scheduled for February 22.
A man reported missing has been found safe. The Maiden Police Department reports that 42-year-old Shanta Kinte Edwards of Maiden has been located.
Yesterday (February 12) Maiden Police reported that Mr. Edwards had last been seen on Friday, February 1 as he left his workplace, Carolina Nonwovens on J.W. Abernathy Plant Road in Maiden. A news release issued just before 4 p.m. Tuesday by the Maiden Police Department stated that he was found and is safe. No other details were released.
47-year-old Pamela Alice Moses of Coldwater Street in Connelly Springs was arrested February 1 by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce.
According to a news release issued Tuesday (February 12) by the Burke County Sheriff's Office, On February 1, North Carolina Probation and Parole Officers initiated an investigation at a residence on Coldwater Street in Connelly Springs and requested assistance of Burke County Sheriff’s deputies. While at the residence Probation officers and deputies made contact with probationer Pamela Alice Moses.
Officers seized methamphetamine and marijuana from Moses’ residence. Deputies arrested Moses and transported her to the Magistrate’s Office where she was charged with the drug counts. Her bond was set at $5,500 secured, and she was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. Moses remained in jail as of earlier today (February 13). She had District Court appearances scheduled today and February 25.
A Lincoln County man who was reported as missing on Monday (February 11) is now listed as wanted. Deputies were told that 33-year-old Justin Wayne Anthony of Lincolnton ran from a residence on J. Rhyne Reep Road when he learned that Lincoln County EMS was coming to check him out because of a fall. Deputies checked the area but could not locate Anthony.
Today (February 12) Detective Jon Propst received a report that Anthony had been seen at a local retail establishment. Detectives viewed the business security video and confirmed that the person was Anthony. Detectives spoke with Anthony’s girlfriend who admitted Anthony ran from the residence when EMS was called because of outstanding orders for arrest, which are for failing to appear in court on a driving while license revoked charge.
Anthony has been cleared as a missing person and is now considered a wanted person. Additional charges are possible in the case. Anyone with information on Anthony’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
On Monday (February 11) at approximately 8:58 p.m. Hickory Police received a call regarding a stabbing at an address on Fairgrove Church Road. Officers responded to a restaurant and discovered a 46-year-old woman from Hickory suffering from non-life threatening stab wounds. The victim was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Warrants have been obtained for 45-year-old Richard Lenoir Church III of Hickory for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Church is a white male last seen wearing jeans and a dark jacket. Anyone with information about this incident or reference the location of Church is encouraged to contact the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.
Maiden Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man. He is 42-year-old Shanta Kinte Edwards of Maiden. Mr. Edwards was last seen on Friday, February 1 as he left his workplace, Carolina Nonwovens on J.W. Abernathy Plant Road in Maiden.
Mr. Edwards is known to frequent the Lincolnton area, in particular the Oak Lawn neighborhood. He also frequents the Newton and Hickory areas.
Mr. Edwards is a black male. He is six feet tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Shanta Kinte Edwards should call the Maiden Police Department at 828-428-5005.
44-year-old Ebony Denise Robinson of East Herman Sipe Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:45 Saturday night (February 9) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Robinson was served an outstanding warrant on a bill of indictment in connection to a case dating back to April of last year. During the original arrest, an unspecified amount of crack cocaine was found.
Robinson was taken into custody without incident Saturday at an address on 10th Avenue S.W. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,500, secured. She was scheduled to appear in District Court yesterday (February 11) with a Superior Court date scheduled for March 4 and another District Court date coming up on March 14, all in Newton.
28-year-old Alicia Leighann Hart of Riverdell Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday (February 10) on one felony count of failure to appear. She allegedly failed to appear in court on one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle.
Hart was taken into custody without incident at an apartment complex on 12th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. Hart was no longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of this morning (February 12). An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for March 4 in Lincolnton.