Lenoir Caldwell Crimestoppers is asking for the public's assistance in finding a suspect wanted on a sex offense charge.
42-year-old Hubert Williams is being sought by authorities. He's wanted on a charge of taking indecent liberties with a child. Williams is a white male, 6'1", 160lbs. If you have any information regarding Williams whereabouts, call Detective Roger Crosby with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office 759-1554. You can also call Lenoir Caldwell Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300.
Crimestoppers also issued a news release stating that Granite Falls Police Department Investigators have obtained additional video surveillance from a recent robbery. The footage is from area businesses, it captures the suspect's vehicle fleeing the scene of an armed robbery at the Market Basket convenience store in April. On April 26 at approximately 9:30 p.m. a suspect wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans entered the store at 91 South Main Street. The suspect displayed a knife and demanded an undisclosed amount of money from the clerk.
Anyone that can identify the suspect or the vehicle is asked to contact Detective Clint Ferguson with the Granite Falls Police Department at (828)396-3358, by email at email@example.com, or contact Caldwell County Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300.
Long View Police report the arrest of a man in connection with the death of his wife. 61-year-old Ronald Clay Lane was arrested Wednesday (May 11) by Long View Police Officers and charged with murder.
According to Long View Police, Lane was arrested in connection to the death of a woman whose body was found at a home in a section of Long View located in Burke County.
Officers responded to a home on the 300 block of 39th Street SW at approximately 11:30 a.m. Wednesday (May 11) after a call about a possible homicide. When they arrived at the scene, they found 60-year-old Audrey Lane, the wife of the suspect, deceased.
Police are not yet releasing information regarding how the victim was killed. Lane is being held in jail in Morganton without bond. A bond hearing was scheduled for today in District Court.
A teenager has been charged in connection with an incident that resulted in a Catawba County high school being placed on lockdown. 16-year-old James Edmond Driver was arrested by Newton Police Officers Wednesday (May 11) and charged with Making a False Report Concerning Mass Violence on Educational Property.
Wednesday at 2:41 p.m. the Newton Police Department received a report of a former student threatening the use of a deadly weapon or a firearm at Newton-Conover High School. Newton Police responded and discovered the school was in lockdown status.
Officers immediately responded to the area of the potential threat in the building but did not locate anything suspicious. The entire campus was searched for any potential threats prior to any students or staff members being released. After the campus was thoroughly searched each classroom and office was systematically cleared.
Staff and students were checked prior to being escorted off campus to a secure pickup location. The school was searched again after all staff and students were evacuated prior to being turned over to Newton-Conover City Schools. Driver was taken into custofdy, questioned, and charged by Newton Police.
Driver's bond was set at $10,000 secured. He was not listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of this morning (Thursday, May 12).
Newton Police received assistance from the following agencies: The Newton Fire Department, Catawba County EMS, Newton-Conover Rescue, Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Conover Police Department, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, ALE, State Bureau of Ivestigations, NC License and Theft and Gaston Police.
49-year-old Michael Nelson Riddle, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:20 a.m. yesterday on one felony count of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear.
He was arrested when Officers in the parking lot at the Fast-N-Fresh store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. saw Riddle and knew there was an outstanding warrant for is arrest. A search of Riddle’s person was conducted, leading to the discovery of one 1-mg Lorazepam pill, two 2-mg Alprazolam pills, 15 25-mg Promethazine pills, one 2.5-mg Amlodipine pill and one 5-mg Amlodipine pill.
The failure to appear charge was from a warrant issued on May 3.
Riddle was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,000 secured bond. He has a number of District Court dates coming up, including appearances on June 1 and June 7 for the schedule IV drugs. He also had an appearance scheduled today for shoplifting, with additional court dates on May 19 and June 28 for misdemeanor larceny and possession of stolen goods.
18-year-old Floyd Powell, Jr. of Cajah Mountain Road in Hudson was arrested by Hickory Police just after midnight today (May 11) on one felony count of assault on a government official, plus misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure, driving while impaired, careless & reckless driving and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
He was arrested after Police responded to a reported domestic dispute at the Eastmont Apartments on 4th Street N.E. and 14th Avenue N.E. Officers arrived to find Floyd Powell naked outside the apartment. He had previously driven to the apartment and run his vehicle off the road. According to Police reports, he was under the influence of an unspecified drug.
As Powell was being arrested, he allegedly struck an Officer in the head with his hand. No charges were filed in connection to the initial domestic dispute call and no injuries were reported.
Powell was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $4,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.
25-year-old Donshea Martel Smith of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:15 last night (May 10) on one felony count of possession of cocaine.
His arrest stems from an incident on December 11 of last year when Officers responding to multiple drug complaints at the Sunny Valley apartment complex searched an apartment there. During the search, the resident, Donshea Smith, returned home. 0.2 grams of powder cocaine was found on his person and 0.1 grams of powder cocaine was found in the apartment.
Smith was taken into custody without incident yesterday after a prosecution summary was submitted to the District Attorney’s office. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
39-year-old Kelly Lynn Ward of 19th Street SW in Hickory was arrested today (Wednesday, May 11) by Long View Police Officers. She's charged on Grand Jury Indictments with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, felony possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ward was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday, May 12).
38-year-old Brian Charles Morrissey of North Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:20 yesterday morning (May 10) on two felony counts of larceny by servant or other employee.
Events leading to his arrest began in February of this year when the Inspector General’s Office for the U.S. Postal Service contacted Hickory Police. An investigation revealed that a postal worker allegedly stole ten gift cards from the mail. The stolen cards were valued at $1,100.
Morrissey was taken into custody yesterday after Police submitted a prosecution summary to the District Attorney’s office. He was arrested at his residence without incident and later released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
The Newton Fire Department will begin annual fire hydrant maintenance and testing in the northwest quadrant of the city on Monday, May 16.
The northwest quadrant of the city includes areas north of A Street and west of Main Avenue. Maintenance and testing will continue for several weeks. Citizens residing in the area may experience a discoloration of their water due to minerals inside underground water lines being disturbed. If water discoloration is experienced, allowing water to run from any faucet for several minutes should eliminate discoloring of the water.
Fire hydrant testing is crucial to locating fire hydrants that are inoperable or need repair. In addition, the North Carolina Department of Insurance requires annual fire hydrant testing for the purposes of grading municipal water systems, which determines municipal insurance ratings.
The city of Newton apologizes for any inconvenience you encounter during the testing period. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Newton Fire Department at 828-695-4314.
Based upon further investigation into a phone call this past weekend from the missing mother, Shannon Johnson Ikard, a family reported missing from Statesville has been located in Winston Salem. The Winston Salem Police Department verified that all three family members are accounted for and are okay. The family has apparently moved to that area.
Last Friday the Statesville Police Department issued a news release stating that they were seeking information regarding the whereabouts of 37-year-old Shannon Dawn Johnson Ikard and her two children, 11-year-old Brandon Malik Johnson and eight-month-old Tarella R. Johnson. They were reported missing by a family member.
25-year-old Tyler Allen Marshall of Arrowhead Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (May 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine. Marshall was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court Tuesday.
Friends of Hickory will celebrate the groundbreaking of a new park in Downtown Hickory today (Wednesday, May 11) at noon.
The park, located just west of Union Square on the corner of Third Street and Main Avenue NW, is the culmination of over two years of planning and fundraising by the non-profit group.
Friends of Hickory board members collaborated with representatives from Lowes Foods, CommScope, and Corning, as well as additional donors, to symbolically transform the present overflow parking lot into a new community gathering space.
The park, which is the first project to be developed along the City’s new Citywalk, will offer a cosmopolitan mix of both old and new, with modernized Danish “unstructured” play equipment, outdoor seating, and a splash pad modeled after the Catawba River Valley that pays homage to the area’s geography and history. It will feature pottery by local artist, Kim Ellington, and mosaic tile from regional artist, Leslie Scott. A music section, toddler area, and bicycle repair stand are also planned.
Funding options for the park are still available through Mosaic benches and laser-engraved bricks, as well as some naming opportunities. Park completion is expected in August 2016.
For more information about the Friends of Hickory, go to www.FriendsofHickory.com.
25-year-old Michael Wayne Hensley of Clay Court in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (May 10) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hensley was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $6,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 1.
51-year-old Ronald Spearman of B Street in Fayetteville was arrested Tuesday (May 10) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering, felony larceny, habitual felon, six counts of obtaining property by false pretense, five counts of possession of stolen goods, and three counts of failure to appear. Spearman was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. He's scheduled to appear in Superior Court May 31.
38-year-old Timothy Hal Edwards of Morganton will serve six to nine years in prison for his role in the concealment of a body.
Edwards pleaded guilty to the charge during Burke County Superior Court on Monday (May 9) and was issued his active prison sentence by the Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County. The defendant will serve his prison term in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.
Edwards was involved with concealing the body of 39-year-old Leslie Renee Hensley after she was accidentally shot and killed in his presence by 27-year-old Michael Lee Shuping, in April 2015.
He and Shuping dumped Hensley’s body down an embankment off a dirt road in Rutherford County. Shuping later confessed to the shooting and led investigators to the body, implicating Edwards for his role. Edwards also confessed his involvement to law enforcement officers.
Shuping pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and concealing a death during Burke County Superior Court last week, and was given a sentence of 10 to 14 years in prison for those charges.
Stephen Ritchie and Rodney Norman of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case with assistance from Agents Charlie Morris and Rob Powers of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Frank Webster handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
18-year-old Watson Grady Graham III was arrested last Friday (May 6) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering, larceny and two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. Another suspect is being sought in connection with the case connected to the charges against Graham.
According to a news release issued today (Tuesday, May 10), on Saturday, April 9, Deputies responded to 187 Chadwick Road in Harmony, where a breaking and entering and a larceny occurred.
Once the initial incident report was taken it was forwarded to the Criminal Investigation Division. After a thorough investigation several suspects were developed. Detectives were able to link Watson Graham III and Hayden Turner to the crime.
Evidence showed that Graham and Turner had broken into and entered a building located at 187 Chadwick Rd and took several items. The items were located at two pawn shops in the Statesville area where Graham reportedly sold the items and Turner was reported to have been with him while he sold the items.
On Friday at 6:06 pm Graham was taken into custody without incident on the warrants that had been obtained. Graham was taken to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed and then placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 20.
Charges for Breaking, Entering and Larceny, and Obtaining Property By False Pretense are pending on Turner.
If anyone should know the whereabouts of Hayden Turner you are asked to call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180.
Two suspects are being sought in a jewelry store robbery in Morganton. WHKY's Fentress Chestnut is following developments in this case. According to published reports, two suspects ran into Gregory Jewelers on North Sterling Street early this morning (Tuesday, May 10), smashed display cases and stole merchandise. The suspects then reportedly jumped onto a motorcycle and fled the scene.
The incident reportedly occurred just after 9 a.m., shortly after the business opened. Reports say the robbers smashed display cases with a hammer so they could steal diamonds.
Fentress Chestnut will have more details on tonight's WHKY-TV News.
27-year-old April Lynn Howell of Sellerstown Road in Cherryville was charged yesterday (May 9) with three felony counts each for the sale & delivery of methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell or deliver meth.
The charges are the result of an undercover operation conducted by Lincoln County Narcotics Officers. The investigation spanned several months. Howell is accused of selling various amounts of meth to an undercover Detective. Detectives say she was bringing meth into Lincoln County and selling it in different locations, including parking lots at convenience stores and other public places.
Howell is currently in jail in Gaston County on unrelated charges. She was given an additional $50,000 secured bond on the meth charges. Howell will next appear in District Court on the meth charges on May 13.
Hickory Police are investigating an armed robbery at the CVS store at 1504 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory. Today (May 10), at approximately 5:20 a.m., two males entered the store. One of the men showed a handgun to the clerk as the other man took an undisclosed amount of cash. Both subjects fled on foot.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.
31-year-old Tyrell Lewis Jenkins of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 5:20 p.m. yesterday (May 9) on one felony count each of sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. The warrants for his arrest were issued on April 4 of this year.
Jenkins was taken into custody without incident near his residence. He was processed at H.P.D. and then released under a $20,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.