32-year-old Jonathan Lee Hendren and 36-year-old Dana Dewayne Mitchem, both from Taylorsville, have been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff's Officers in connection to the theft of a tractor and bush hog. From Caldwell County, both suspects were charged with two felony counts each of larceny and possession of stolen goods. From Alexander County, they were each charged with felony counts of larceny, possession of stolen goods, conspiracy to break & enter a building with the intent to commit larceny, attempted larceny, motor vehicle theft, larceny of a motor vehicle (one count for Hendren and two counts for Mitchem), and chop-shop activity by theft or fraud (one count for Hendren and two counts for Mitchem). In addition, Hendren was charged with a probation violation. Mitchem also faces felony counts of breaking & entering, possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy, and failure to appear.
The two men were arrested in connection to an incident on December 19 of last year when the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding the theft of a John Deere LV5400 tractor with an attached 540 front-end loader and a six-foot bush hog, valued at $20,000. The equipment was stolen from Hammer Road in Taylorsville. The tractor was found on January 6 at a residence in Caldwell County's Oak Hill Community. A Kubota utility vehicle belonging to the North Carolina Forestry Service and a budget trailer, both reported stolen from Caldwell County, were also found at the residence.
Hendren and Mitchem were taken into custody and charged. Hendren was jailed under a $72,000 secured bond, while Mitchen was given a $83,500 secured bond. They will make first appearances in Alexander Co. District Court on January 27.
The investigation is ongoing with more charges forthcoming.
27-year-old Hannah Ovita Friday, who is listed as a homeless person from Catawba County, has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Officers. She was charged with one felony count of larceny of a firearm.
Friday is accused of stealing a firearm from her parent’s home in Lincoln County. On October 15 of last year, Friday's father reported a .380 caliber Ruger pistol had been stolen from a dresser drawer in the house. He also discovered that a second firearm, a 9-millimeter pistol, had been removed from his pickup truck.
He said his daughter came to his home on October 12 to ask for money to purchase prescription medication. She was given a check to cover the cost. She then left the residence.
Tuesday (January 21), Detectives interviewed Friday at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center where Friday was held following a January 7 arrest for a probation violation. The suspect admitted that she stole the firearm from her father’s residence to purchase drugs.
Friday was charged accordingly and given a $5,000 secured bond. She remains in jail without bond for the probation violation.
The investigation into the theft of the second pistol stolen from the victim's vehicle is ongoing.
25-year-old Jackie Wayne Hicks of 39th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 6 a.m. today (January 23) on one felony count of failure to appear on a charge of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The warrant for his arrest was issued on January 1. Hicks was taken into custody without incident at a shoe store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court is coming up tomorrow in Newton.
30-year-old Alvin Lorance Hames of Allendale Circle and 25-year-old Bobby Lee Melvin Holsclaw of Scarlett Ridge Way, both from Lenoir, were arrested Wednesday (January 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Both suspects were locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. The next District Court date for both suspects is February 6.
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a woman who did not appear at her sentencing Wednesday (January 22). 35-year-old Brandy Nicole Davis, whose last known address was 906 Jamestown Road in Morganton, did not appear in Burke County Superior Court as scheduled.
She was supposed to be sentenced for her involvement in two murders reported on September 18, 2016. Davis, along with Scott Hemphill, Brian Robinson and Icey Gooden were arrested in the case. Davis was charged with two felony counts of accessory after the fact.
Davis is a black female, 5'7", 230 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333. All Crimestoppers tips are anonymous, and anyone with information leading an arrest may receive a cash reward.
28-year-old Jordan Lee "Slim Soulja" Kennedy of 21st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:45 this morning (January 23) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked. He was driving a black, 2018 Chrysler 300 Limited at the time of his arrest.
Kennedy was taken into custody without incident at Southside Heights Park in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled tomorrow in Newton.
54-year-old Timothy Lavaun Crumitie has been arrested in connection to the murder of Anastasia “Star” Talisha Meaders. He is charged with felony murder.
Ms. Meaders' body was found by authorities in Iredell County on January 15, 2019. At that time, Investigators responded to a wooded area off of Bridgewater Lane near Mooresville where human skeletal remains were found. Over a two-day period, Deputies searched the area and found approximately 70 human bones. The bones were taken to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem where an autopsy was performed. The cause of death was ruled to be a gunshot wound to the head.
Experts in forensic dentistry and forensic anthropology at North Carolina State University then spent ten months processing the bones. At the same time, Iredell County Detectives searched missing persons reports for a possible identification. In October of 2019, D.N.A. extracted from one of the victim’s teeth led to the positive identification of Ms. Meaders. She had been reported missing from Charlotte in August of 2016 and was last seen alive at a beauty shop in Charlotte in June of 2016. Ms. Meaders was 29 years old at the time of her disappearance.
Ms. Meaders’ abandoned vehicle, a black 2007 Chevrolet Impala, was found at Liberty Park in Mooresville in July of 2016. The park is a few miles from the location where Ms. Meaders' remains were found in 2019. Detectives interviewed family members and other witnesses, which led them to a possible suspect, Timothy Lavaun Crumitie.
In 2018, Crumitie was convicted for the attempted murder of Kimberly Cherry (Ms. Meaders' mother) and for the murder of Michael Gretsinger, who was Ms. Cherry’s boyfriend. Those crimes happened in August of 2016 in Mecklenburg County at the same time Ms. Meaders was reported missing. Crumitie is currently serving a life sentence.
Detectives gathered evidence and statements indicating that Crumitie was the last person to be seen with Ms. Meaders. Crumitie was the pastor of a church in Concord, North Carolina, where he met Ms. Cherry and Ms. Meaders.
In April of 2016, Crumitie was living with an older female in Rowan County who died under questionable circumstances. Crumitie had befriended the elderly female, and at some point during their year-long relationship, he was appointed as her power of attorney and executor over her estate.
In July of 2013 Concord Police investigated the murder of Sharon Crumitie, who was Timothy Crumitie's wife. At that time, a man named James Banks reportedly broke into the garage at the Crumitie's home where he allegedly shot Sharon Crumitie in the head. Timothy Crumitie claimed he then wrestled the gun away from Banks and shot Banks in the head after sustaining a gunshot wound to his hand.
In December of 2013, Crumitie’s home burned to the ground. An investigation determined that Crumitie intentionally set the fire. He was arrested in March of 2014 for insurance fraud. About five months later, he was arrested for fraudulently burning a dwelling and was convicted in December of 2015.
In September 2005, Crumitie was arrested in Mecklenburg County for the murder of his business partner, Danny Daye Johnson. He spent five years in jail and was later released after the case was dismissed. In September 1989, Crumitie was arrested in Onslow County for armed robbery. He was convicted in March 1990 and was released in August 1998 after serving eight years in prison.
Tuesday (January 21), while serving a life sentence for the Gretsinger murder, Timothy Lavaun Crumitie was served with an arrest warrant for the murder of Anastasia Talisha Meaders. No bond was set. He'll appear in District Court on February 10.
The investigation is ongoing.
Sexual Exploitation Charges Lodged Against Caldwell County Man (Updated With More Details, 1:35 p.m., 1/23/20)Written by Rob Eastwood
55-year-old Martin Van Driver of Townhouse Way in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (January 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of felony second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
Local members of the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Driver. The arrest followed an investigation conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Computer Crimes Unit that began in October, 2019.
Following the arrest, Driver was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $500,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 23). Further charges are pending at this time.
31-year-old Joshua James Smith of Surfwood Drive in Sherrills Ford was arrested Wednesday (January 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Smith was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 23).
38-year-old Crystal Nina Allen of John Wesley Drive in Catawba was arrested Wednesday (January 22) on charges filed by the Newton Police Department and North Carolina Probation & Parole. Newton Police charged Allen with possession of methamphetamine. Probation & Parole charged her with two counts of misdemeanor probation violation. Allen was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today and January 29.
23-year-old Lillian Sierra Eldreth of Pooh Place in Lenoir was arrested Monday (January 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Eldreth was released on $5,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled Wednesday (January 22).
37-year-old Patrick Matthew Vaught of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (January 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to an automobile. Vaught was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Wednesday (January 22).
29-year-old Joel Javan Caldwell of Chrosaro Place in Lenoir was arrested Monday (January 20) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Caldwell was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Wednesday (January 22).
32-year-old Melinda Sue Mullinax of Jennifer Lane in Claremont was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Mullinax was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (January 23) under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (January 27).
49-year-old Michael Shawn Duncan of Massey Deal Road in Statesville was arrested by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and parole violation. The Catawba County Sheriff's office also charged Duncan with felony probation violation out of county.
Duncan was jailed this morning (January 23) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today and February 21.
36-year-old Rhiannon Nicole Forrest of Porter Lane in Statesville was arrested Tuesday (January 21) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with three felony counts possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine.
On Tuesday, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators, and deputies with the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team arrested Forrest, ending an investigation into the distribution of crystal methamphetamine in Iredell County.
Narcotics Investigators had received information alleging that Forrest was again distributing the drug, they were familiar with her from previous investigations into the distribution of meth in 2016. During those investigations, undercover investigators purchased meth directly from Forrest, resulting in her being convicted in Federal Court.
Forrest received early release, and returned to Iredell County. While she was on probation, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office investigators reportedly began to conduct purchases of crystal meth from her. Forrest’s Federal Probation Officer was informed of these purchases and she was arrested and charged.
Forrest was issued a $60,000 secured bond and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center. No court date was listed. Narcotics Investigators are working alongside Federal Probation Officers and the United States Attorney’s Office in this case.
32-year-old Christopher O’Neil Smith of Lakeland Avenue in Lincolnton has been sentenced to a maximum of ten years in prison after he pleaded guilty in Lincoln County Superior Court Tuesday (January 21). He was given a sentence of 90-to-120 months.
Smith pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture a schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, & deliver a schedule I controlled substance; and possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver a schedule III controlled substance.
The case against Smith began after neighbors filed complaints regarding drug activity in the area of Smith’s home. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division launched an investigation. Detectives say surveillance and undercover techniques were used to purchase various amounts of drugs from Smith on multiple occasions. Smith was arrested after he was indicted by a Lincoln County Grand Jury in December of 2018.
42-year-old Jay Allen Goolsby of Springdale Drive in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police just before 9:30 last night (January 21) on one felony count each of forgery of endorsement and credit card fraud. He was arrested after Hickory Police took a report of credit card fraud by telephone on January 6. Warrants for Goolsby's arrest were issued yesterday.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at his residence. Goolsby was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (January 22) in Newton.
47-year-old Chafin Wayne Caskey of 43rd Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 1 p.m. yesterday (January 21) for failure to appear on a felony. He allegedly failed to appear in court on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. The warrant for his arrest was issued on January 8.
Caskey was taken into custody without incident at Catawba Valley Medical Center on Fairgrove Church Road. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He has since been released. Caskey will appear in District Court on February 18 in Newton.
29-year-old Anthony Randall Lewis of Liberty Church Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 7:30 last night (January 21) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Hickory Police stopped a vehicle on 4th Street S.E. for an expired registration plate. During the stop, Officers found 0.24 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
Lewis was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, unsecured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (January 22) in Newton.