19-year-old Trevor Matthew Cagle of North Ann Street in Asheville was arrested at about 7:45 last night on a felony counterfeiting charge.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on June 6 of this year when Hickory Police responded to the Burger King on Springs Road. A counterfeit $100 bill had been passed at the restaurant. During the investigation, a suspect was developed and warrants were issued for Cagle’s arrest.
No information regarding Cagle’s bond or court date is currently listed. He is not listed as an inmate in Catawba County.
43-year-old Amy Raelynne Phillips of Noah’s Landing Farm Drive in Hiddenite was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:10 last night (June 21) on two counts of breaking & entering and two counts as an habitual felon. All the charges are felonies.
She was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. Phillips allegedly attempted to leave the store with multiple items and was stopped by a Loss Prevention Officer. Phillips had previously been banned from Walmart.
She was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for Monday (June 25) in Newton.
City of Morganton residents are reporting that scammers are calling homes and businesses threatening to disconnect their electric service. The scammers demand immediate payment over the phone, claiming to be with a utility service provider.
The City of Morganton does not call any utility customer by phone demanding immediate payment. Customers who may get behind on their payments will be notified via a City utility bill, and staff will work with customers to set up payment arrangements if at all possible.
If you receive a call, do not listen to the scammer's instructions. Hang up immediately and contact the City Electric Department at 828-438-5277. Do not share any personal information with these scammers and do not return any phone calls.
Morganton Department of Public Safety Chief Ronnie Rector said that if residents receive a phone call from a scammer, they can report it to Public Safety at 828-437-1211. He says if you're suspicious of a call, hang up immediately and call Public Safety.
32-year-old Thomas Jorell Howell of Wheeler Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (June 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and single counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and marijuana and maintaining a dwelling to keep controlled substance.
On Thursday, Investigators with the Lenoir Police Department Narcotics Unit along with the assistance of the Lenoir Police Department’s Special Response Team conducted a search at 526 Wheeler Street. The execution of this search warrant concluded a three month long investigation into drug distribution from the residence, which stemmed from community complaints.
Investigators found more than 290 grams of high grade marijuana, 13.9 grams of cocaine and more than $900 in U.S. currency. The marijuana and cocaine have a street value of $3700. Additionally, two handguns and an assault rifle were seized from the home.
Howell was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 25).
23-year-old Shiqwade Shiqwitin Dobbins of North Lackey Street in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (June 22) on one felony count of breaking & entering and one misdemeanor count of larceny. He was also charged with felony habitual larceny.
He was arrested when Hickory Police responded to reports of an intoxicated pedestrian at the Walmart Store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. Officers found the subject, Shiqwade Shiqwitin Dobbins, outside the store, sitting on a curb. A Loss Prevention Officer told Police that Dobbins had stolen items from the store. He had previously been banned from that location.
Dobbins was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He’ll make a first appearance in District Court Monday (June 25) in Newton.
32-year-old James Leon Creasy was arrested Thursday by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and receiving, transferring, or possessing a stolen vehicle, along with two misdemeanor counts of probation violation. Creasy was arrested at approximately 5:30 p.m. Thursday and placed in jail under $30,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 25).
24-year-old Martavious Steven Isbell of Jefferson Place in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:40 yesterday afternoon (June 21) on three felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering, plus one felony count each of speeding to elude arrest with two aggravating factors and failure to appear. He was also charged with single misdemeanor counts of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and failure to appear. The B&E and larceny charges are from warrants issued in Catawba County on May 19. The failure to appear charges are from warrants out of Mecklenburg County where Isbell failed to appear in court on cocaine and marijuana charges.
Events leading to his arrest began on Wednesday (June 20) when Hickory Police attempted a traffic stop on Highway 127 South, near 2nd Street S.E. The driver failed to stop and fled from Officers. In the area of 10th Avenue S.E., the vehicle hit a tree and the driver fled on foot. Warrants were obtained for the driver, who was identified as Martavious Steven Isbell.
Isbell was taken into custody without incident yesterday at a residence on 8th Street Place S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $41,000, secured. District Court appearances in Newton were scheduled for June 25 and July 26. He’ll appear in a Charlotte courtroom on July 18.
A decomposed body found last Friday (June 15) in Burke County has been identified as Kenneth Douglas Powell. Powell was a person of Interest in connection to a triple homicide that was reported on Friday, June 8. Powell’s body was identified based on multiple forms of identification on his person, in conjunction with the circumstances. Ballistic evidence involving the revolver found beside the body is still pending. Rounds fired from that weapon will be compared with the bullets from the victims’ bodies.
Powell’s body was found at about 7:30 p.m. on the fifteenth. The badly decomposed body was discovered in heavy woods about 75 yards off the end of Henrys Glen Drive, approximately one mile from Powell’s apartment.
The homicide victims, who all died of gunshot wounds, were identified as 22-year-old Jimmy “Brianna” Stamey, 57-year-old Pamela “Renee” Ward and 23-year-old Trae Montana Ward. They were killed at a residence at 3439 Enola Road in Morganton. A 22-month-old child was present at the time of the shootings. The child was found unharmed. The child is now with other family members.
31-year-old Michael Allen Montanez was arrested Thursday (June 21) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and probation violation. Montanez was arrested at an address on U.S. 70 West in Valdese and placed in jail under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 22).
35-year-old April Marie Byrd was arrested Thursday (June 21) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of tools for counterfeiting and obtaining property by false pretense. Byrd is also charged with misdemeanor counts of probation violation and failure to appear. Records show the charges were filed in another county, which is unspecified. She was arrested at approximately 9:15 a.m. at an address on Texs Fish Camp Road in Connelly Springs. Byrd was placed in jail in Morganton under $30,500 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 25).
For the 33rd consecutive year, the city of Newton has been awarded the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The Newton Finance Department was presented with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the city’s comprehensive annual financial report for fiscal year 2017.
The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the areas of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Attainment of the certificate represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management, according to GFOA. Members of the Finance Department were honored for winning the award at the June 19 Newton City Council meeting.
The GFOA established the certificate program in 1945 to encourage and assist governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association that serves more than 19,400 government finance professionals throughout the United States and Canada.
48-year-old Kevin Wolford of Cheryl's Pass Road in Statesville was arrested Wednesday (June 20) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts apiece of breaking and entering to a residence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, along with single felony counts of larceny after breaking and entering, breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, larceny of a motor vehicle, and larceny of a firearm.
On Sunday June 10, 2018 a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. The victim reported that several firearms and televisions were stolen from the property. Deputies found a broken window in the front of the residence. The suspect made entry by throwing a concrete block through it.
While investigating this incident, detectives gained information about a possible suspect, Kevin Wolford. The reporting victim’s family said Wolford was recently fired by the victim. When detectives arrived at Wolford’s new workplace, he fled on foot through the woods. After speaking with the victim’s brother, detectives learned Wolford was driving a blue Cadillac Escalade which the victim’s brother let him borrow.
The Cadillac was still at Wolford’s workplace and the owner had the keys. Consent was given for detectives to search the vehicle. They discovered several blood stains in the driver and rear passenger seats. These were collected to be tested against blood stains that were collected at the original crime scene.
On Wednesday, June 13, a caller told the Sheriff's Office that Wolford stole his neighbor’s vehicle from South Chipley Ford Road. Detectives and deputies searched the area for the vehicle and were unable to find it. Officers learned that Wolford went to a residence in the stolen vehicle. While investigating the stolen vehicle, detectives discovered the residence where the vehicle was stolen from had also been broken into. It was learned that a firearm was stolen from the residence. The stolen vehicle was found later that day abandoned on Lippard Farm Road.
On Wednesday detectives learned Wolford would be at a local business. Detectives and deputies went to the business and found the suspect, who was taken into custody without incident. Wolford was detained in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $120,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 11.
60-year-old Ricky Edward Blevins, who is listed as a homeless person from Newton, was arrested Thursday (June 21) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with break or enter a motor vehicle and attempted larceny. Blevins was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 25).
32-year-old Raven Nicole Duncan Brown of Allendale Lane in Taylorsville was arrested Thursday (June 21) by Maiden Police Officers. She was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office added a charge of possession of controlled substance on prison or jail premises. Brown was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court date is set for next Monday (June 25).
41-year-old Ryan Eller McRee of South Second Avenue in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (June 21) on charges of fictitious or altered registration card or tag, driving while license revoked, resisting a public officer, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle (three counts) and altering or destroying a serial number or motor number. He was also charged with three counts of failure to appear, two for driving while license revoked and one for no inspection.
McRee was taken into custody without incident at about 3 a.m. today at an auto dealership on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $19,000, secured. Appearances in District Court were set for June 25, July 12, August 1 and August 2.
41-year-old Jamie Edward Lewis of Hope Road in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police at 6:10 p.m. yesterday for a felony probation violation. Lewis is on probation as he serves an 18-month suspended sentence following a May 2017 conviction in Catawba County for possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Lewis was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for June 25 in Newton.
45-year-old John Paul Hammer of Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (June 19) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers with assistance from the Taylorsville Police Department. He was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The charges stem from an investigation into an accidental 911 call from Hammer’s residence. When officers arrived and made contact with Hammer, a meth pipe was found in his possession, resulting in the charges being filed. A news release says Hammer was found to be in possession of 2.6 grams of meth, 113 dosage units of alprazolam, and marijuana.
Hammer was arrested without incident and transported to the Alexander County Detention Center where he was placed under a $35,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 25).
Two people are dead as a result of an early morning crash in Caldwell County. According to multiple published reports, the North Carolina Highway Patrol says the wreck occurred at around 4 a.m. on U.S. 321 near Waterfalls road in northern Caldwell County.
The Highway Patrol reports that two men from Florida were killed when the tractor-trailer they were traveling in ran off the road into a runaway truck ramp on the southbound side of U.S. 321. Both men were thrown from the tractor-trailer. The truck was reportedly hauling several spools of metal when it crashed. The men who were killed have not been identified. Investigators were expected to remain at the scene of the crash until at least noon.
37-year-old Joel Columbus Williams of 8th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (June 20) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia. Williams is also charged with possession of stolen goods and driving while license revoked on warrants from Burke County, and misdemeanor larceny and possession of stolen goods on Caldwell County warrants.
Following his arrest, Williams was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,300 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for next Monday (June 25), July 12, July 18, and August 29.
40-year-old Mickey Joe Calloway of Moss Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (June 20) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony counts of identity fraud and financial card theft along with a misdemeanor count of financial card fraud. Calloway was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 23.