The Moon will pass between the Earth and the Sun today, resulting in and an eclipse of the Sun that will be visible from North Carolina. In the western part of the state, there will be a total solar eclipse (the Moon will completely cover the Sun), while the rest of the state will see a partial solar eclipse (the Moon will cover only part of the Sun).
At the SALT Block today, there will be live streaming of the eclipse in the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, planetarium shows on the eclipse in the Millholland Planetarium, a video on the eclipse in the Drendel Auditorium, crafts and face painting with the Hickory Museum of Art and more. All activities are family-friendly and are free of charge.
In the Catawba Valley, the eclipse will begin at 1:10 p.m. Maximum coverage will occur at 2:39 p.m. and the event will end at 4:02 p.m. Exact times may vary, depending on location.
Looking directly at the Sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (known as “totality”) when the Moon entirely blocks the Sun. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses”. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun.
The SALT Block is located at 243 3rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory.
Three suspects on the Burke County Most Wanted list have been arrested.
21-year-old Allayah Danielle Ridings, whose last known address was on Sparrow Drive in Granite Falls, was arrested by Drexel Police on August 13. She had been wanted for felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Ridings will appear in District Court on August 28. She also has a Superior Court date coming up on October 30 on felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.
21-year-old Dillon Dwight Norris was arrested by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol on August 13. He was wanted for larceny and possession of stolen goods. Norris also faces charges for misdemeanor possession of a schedule II controlled substance, two misdemeanor probation violations and a long list of vehicular violations. Norris is currently in jail under a $21,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in court on August 28 with multiple additional Burke County court dates in September, October and December.
26-year-old Matthew Eugene South, whose last known address was on Putnam Street in Morganton, has been arrested by Boone Police. He was wanted in Burke County for a misdemeanor out-of-county probation violation. His only currently listed court dates are on September 19 & 27 in Watauga County for felony larceny and misdemeanor counts of larceny and death by vehicle.
56-year-old Karl Philip Smith of Morganton faces an additional charge for failure to disclose to any law enforcement officer that the person holds a valid permit and is carrying a concealed handgun when approached or addressed by the officer, which is an infraction under North Carolina state law. He was charged last Thursday (August 17).
As previously reported on WHKY, Smith was initially charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault in connection to the pepper spraying of Confederate re-enactors during the 2017 Soldiers Reunion parade.
Smith, who is a former principal at East Burke High School and W.A. Young Elementary School in Burke County, will appear in District Court on October 11 in Newton.
29-year-old Devan Hawk Enloe of Gosnell Place in Hudson has been arrested by Hickory Police on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance; possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana; possession of a firearm by a felon, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance (two counts) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Enloe was jailed this morning (August 21) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. He’ll make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
30-year-old Manuel Villarreal, Jr. was arrested last night (August 20) on charges of murder and possession of a stolen firearm. He was also charged with failure to appear in connection to charges of assault on a female, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats.
Villareal is accused of killing 37-year-old Roberto Beltran of Hickory in an incident that occurred early Saturday morning (August 19). At about 12:37 a.m. Saturday, Hickory Police were called to a reported shooting at 1752 16th Street N.E. Upon arrival, Officers found Mr. Beltran suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim died at the scene as a result of his injuries. Police say the incident does not appear to be a random act of violence.
The Morganton Department of Public Safety, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol all assisted Hickory Police in their search for the suspect. Villarreal was taken into custody in Morganton.
Villarreal was jailed early this morning in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. He is being held without bond on the murder charge. Bond on the other charges was set at $15,000, secured. He’ll appear in District Court today on the murder and firearms charges with another court date coming up on September 15.
Joshua Swift of New Hanover, North Carolina will become Public Health Director of the Caldwell County Health Department, starting September 5.
Mr. Swift comes to Caldwell County with over nine years of experience in Public Health leadership. He previously served as Deputy Public Health Director in New Hanover, a position he held since 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Swift served as Stokes County’s Health Director from 2008-2011.
Currently, he is the president of North Carolina Public Health Association (NCPHA) and he participated in National Association of County & City Health Officials “Survive & Thrive” program for new health directors.
Mr. Swift earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion from Appalachian State University and a Master in Public Health from the University of South Carolina.
For more information, contact Anna Martin, Caldwell County Health Department Public Information Officer, at 828-426-8506.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing person. He is 38-year-old Robert Vincent Redmond, who has no known home address but formerly lived in Charlotte.
Mr. Redmond last contacted family members in late April of this year, about two weeks after he was released from the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center in Lincolnton. Redmond is also wanted for two misdemeanor probation violations.
Mr. Redmond is described as a white male, six feet tall, weighing 160 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Robert Vincent Redmond should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.
21-year-old Shawn Scott Bridle and 33-year-old Christopher Ryan Preston, both of Old Plank Road in Stanley, and 30-year-old Justin Dru Bragg of South Ingleside Farm Road in Iron Station, were all arrested Wednesday (August 16) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers.
Bridle is charged with one felony count each of first degree burglary of an occupied dwelling, three counts of larceny after breaking and entering, one felony count of conspire to commit burglary, three felony counts of possession of stolen goods. Preston is charged with one felony count each of first degree burglary, larceny, possession of stolen goods and conspiracy to commit burglary. Bragg is charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of stolen goods.
The suspects are charged in connection to multiple home break-ins in eastern Lincoln County earlier this summer. The break-ins occurred at home on Lowe’s Lane and Old Plank Road in Iron Station. The break-in at the home in the 1000 block of Lowe’s Lane occurred while the residents were still in the home. The incident occurred in the early morning hours of July 29 and involved the theft of outside power tools valued at approximately $1,200.
The break-ins on Old Plank Road occurred on July 30 and August 13 and also involved the theft of outside power tools. During the investigation Detective Frank Runyon developed suspects in the case and on Tuesday (August 15) went to a residence in the 900 block of South Ingleside Farm Road to interview suspects in the case. Shawn Scott Bridle fled the scene on foot. Runyon went back to the residence on Wednesday and located Bridle hiding under a bed. He was taken into custody and brought to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for questioning.
Bridle was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. Bridle also has warrants from Gaston County with a no hold bond. Preston was jailed under a $15,000 secured bond. Bragg is in jail on unrelated charges and was scheduled to be served with the outstanding warrants today (August 18).
The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected to be made in the home break-ins.
28-year-old Jessie James Shull was arrested today (August 18) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Shull was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
58-year-old Frances Calhoun Yancey and 37-year-old James Thomas Harless are both wanted as absconders by High Country Crime Stoppers and Watauga County Probation & Parole.
Yancey is on parole following a September 2015 conviction in Watauga County for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of schedule II and schedule III controlled substances. Harless is on probation after he was convicted on larceny charges in Watauga County in May 2016 and in Wilkes County in June 2016.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Frances Calhoun Yancey or James Thomas Harless should call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 or 828-737-0125 or the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office at 828-264-3761.
All information will be kept confidential.
High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information that leads to arrests, recovery of stolen property, seizure of drugs or the location of wanted persons.
32-year-old Kevin Matthew Revis was arrested today (August 18) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Revis was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
56-year-old Karl Philip Smith of Morganton was arrested by Newton Police yesterday (August 17) on two counts of misdemeanor assault. Smith is accused of pepper spraying Confederate re-enactors during the 2017 Soldiers Reunion parade.
At 5:34 p.m. Thursday, Newton Police Officers were notified that a male subject armed with pepper spray was following the re-enactors. Two complainants said that when the re-enactors stopped to fire their weapons, the man discharged his pepper spray.
The suspect was described and pointed out to Officers, who immediately took Karl Smith into custody without incident. Police seized a small canister of pepper spray and a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver. Smith did have a valid conceal carry permit for the firearm.
Smith was charged and then released on a written promise to appear in court. He’ll appear in District Court on October 11 in Newton.
Personnel with the Newton Fire Department and Catawba County E.M.S. treated and released two victims for pepper spray exposure at the scene.
No other incidents were reported during the week-long series of Soldiers Reunion events.
The second reading of the proposed "Brunch Bill" is on the agenda for the next Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday (August 21). The proposed ordinance, which is Senate Bill 155, allows the sale of alcoholic beverages before noon Sundays at licensed premises. City Councils in Hickory and Morganton recently approved the ordinance.
Other items on Monday's agenda include a resolution in support of a ban on centers and institutes under the University of North Carolina System from participating in litigation against any individual, entity or government. Commissioners will also hear departmental reports including a website redesign update and an update on the strategic plan.
Monday's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
36-year-old Johnathan Andrew Akers was arrested this morning (August 18) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of a weapon of mass destruction. Akers was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for September 25.
34-year-old Ernest Ray Smith of Whitener Drive in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, driving while license revoked, and reckless driving to endanger. Smith was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (August 18) under $19,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
38-year-old Alicia Rae Lail of Beatrice Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (August 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Lail was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (August 21).
37-year-old Humberto Pichardo Resendiz of Blue Bird Lane in Boone was arrested Thursday (August 17) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with felony possession of cocaine. Following the arrest, Resendiz was given a custody release. He's scheduled to appear in Superior Court September 11.
24-year-old Clarence Casey Chester of Barlowe Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (August 17) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. Chester was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 11.
27-year-old Guiovanni Mosquera of Lobolly Lane in Newton was arrested Thursday (August 17) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of possession of firearm by a felon, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and marijuana, maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mosquera was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (August 18).
37-year-old Holly Kristen Lawing of Hickory was arrested Wednesday (August 16) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts of obtaining controlled substance by fraud or subterfuge.
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, Lawing is employed as the Director of Alexander Assisted Living on Highway 16 South in Taylorsville. The arrest is the result of an ongoing joint investigation that's been conducted since August of 2016 by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and the SBI. The investigation revealed that Lawing was substituting non-controlled medications for Hydromorphone and Xanax.
Public records show that Lawing was charged and convicted of a similar offense in Burke County Superior Court in 2011. She also has pending charges in Iredell County for driving while impaired, failure to maintain lane control, possessing an open container or consuming alcohol in passenger area, misdemeanor possession of schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Following the arrest, Lawing was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond. She's scheduled to make a first appearance in Alexander County District Court on Monday (August 21).