Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Detectives are asking for the public's help in locating a missing teen. He is 17-year-old Trystin Allen Akers, who was reported missing on Monday (October 21). He was last seen leaving his residence at 3524 Toth Lane in Lincolnton at approximately 4 p.m. on October 15 in a black, four-door Honda sedan. Relatives say the missing teen could be in the Gastonia area.
Trystin Akers is a white male. He is 5'11" inches tall and weighs about 135 pounds. He has green eyes and blond hair. His hair has been shaved on the sides and is long on top, pulled into a bun. There is no information regarding the clothing he was wearing.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Trystin Allen Akers should contact the Sheriff's Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202, or Lincolnton/Lincoln Co. Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
53-year-old Leonard Wade Scott Johnson of Monterey Drive in Iron Station has been charged with breaking into a vending machine at the Boger City Pawn Shop. Johnson had previously been accused of vending machine break-ins after he allegedly broke into trailers parked at Cowan’s Ford Community Storage on Rivers Edge Drive in Stanley and at the Prestige Car Wash on Business Highway 16 North. He was initially arrested on October 10, as reported by WHKY on October 11.
The most recent charges against Johnson were filed after he confessed to breaking into a soda machine and taking approximately $70. He was charged with felony breaking & entering a currency operated machine and misdemeanor larceny.
Yesterday (October 21), the magistrate placed Johnson under an additional $10,000 secured bond, increasing his total bond to $170,000, secured. He has District Court dates in Lincoln County on October 24 and November 4.
30-year-old Edgar Flores Lozada of 15th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about two o'clock this morning (October 22) on felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.
He was arrested in connection to an incident yesterday when Police responded to a break-in at a residence on 14th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Warrants were issued for Lozada's arrest.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at a residence on 1st Avenue Circle N.W. in Hildebran. Following his arrest, Lozada was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. He was not listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of 11:15 this morning. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
A Caldwell County man will spend five to seven years in prison following his conviction for two counts of felony breaking and entering, one count of felony flee to elude arrest and admission of his habitual felon status.
38-year-old Jamie Todd Miller of Granite Falls, was given the active prison term by the Honorable David A. Phillips, Superior Court Judge from Gaston County, following his guilty plea during Caldwell County Superior Court on Monday, October 21, 2019.
He had previous felony convictions for breaking and entering in Caldwell County (2002), breaking and entering in Burke County (2005), and breaking and entering a motor vehicle in Caldwell County (2012).
On November 18, 2017, Miller broke into a Granite Falls secured storage business and stole various tools, electronics and a generator. Investigators with Granite Falls Police Department tracked the defendant through Caldwell County and identified him via business surveillance footage and store receipts as Miller used a credit card stolen from one of the storage units.
A surveillance camera captured video footage of a distinctive SUV pulling into the parking lot of a Lenoir civic organization on January 13, 2018. It showed Miller exiting the vehicle and breaking into several vehicles by smashing a window on each. He took cell phones, coins and other items from the vehicles.
Officers from the Lenoir Police Department located the vehicle at a restaurant that same day. The defendant fled in the vehicle and led officers on a chase through Lenoir. He ultimately abandoned the vehicle and ran away on foot. Officers found the SUV along with Miller’s wallet inside.
The cases were investigated by Sgt. Ferguson of the Granite Falls Police Department, and Officers Nichols and Sanders of the Lenoir Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Jennifer C. Mathews prosecuted matters for the State.
27-year-old Matthew Aron Jones of Scotts Creek Road in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. According to information released today (October 22) by the Sheriff's Office, he's charged with felony breaking and entering with intent to terrorize or injure and misdemeanor assault on a female by a male over 18-years-old.
On October 6, 2019 a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in reference to an assault involving a 13-year-old child. Upon completion of the investigation, arrest warrants were obtained for Matthew Aron Jones charging him with the break-in and assault counts.
Jones was arrested on October 15. Bond was set at $20,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for November 4.
In August of 2019, a report was filed that stated Jones was found inside the same residence the most recent incident occurred. Jones was arrested and charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering at the time. He went to trial, and was found guilty of the charges on October 7. Felony charges are still pending.
22-year-old Rian Scott Williams of N.C. Highway 10 West in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:20 this morning (October 22) on a felony warrant for an out-of-county probation violation. Williams is on probation as he serves a 12-month suspended sentence following a July 2019 conviction in Lincoln County for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Williams was taken into custody without incident at a convenience store on Highway 127 South in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for October 28 in Newton.
26-year-old Stephenson Eugene Clark of 17th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Monday morning (October 21) for felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny. He was also served with an outstanding warrant for possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine.
He was arrested in connection to a larceny that was reported on September 12. The incident occurred in the parking lot at a convenience store on 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hickory.
Clark was taken into custody without incident at about 9 a.m. Monday at an address on 9th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (October 22) in Newton. Clark will appear in Superior Court on the meth charge on November 18.
42-year-old Andrew John-Kenneth Patrick of 12th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday (October 19) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Patrick is wanted by authorities in the Carter County city of Elizabethton, Tennessee for failure to appear on a charge of driving under the influence.
Patrick was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (October 21) in Newton.
The City of Hickory will once again offer curbside collection of leaves, as one of the many services provided by the Solid Waste Division of Public Services. Each collection area of the City will have two pickups, and time allotted in each area is based on the number of mature trees and the size of each collection area. This service is dependent on the weather and citizens are asked to be patient and understand that pickup could be delayed due to inclement weather.
Here is the schedule for leaf pickup. The Northwest A Quadrant pickup will be November 11-15 and December 16-20. The Boundaries of Northwest A are the city limits on the west, North Center Street on the east, north of Norfolk Southern Railroad and south of 12th Avenue NW (Geitner Road), 6th Street NW, and 16th Avenue NW.
Northwest B Quadrant pickup dates will be November 18-22 and December 23-27. The boundaries of Northwest B are all of the city limits north of 12th Avenue NW (Geitner Road), 6th Street NW, 16th Avenue NW, and west of North Center Street. Pickup dates for the Southeast and Southwest Quadrants are November 25-29 and December 30-January 3. And leaf pickup for the Northeast Quadrant are December 2-13 and January 6-17.
Citizens are reminded that the City collects leaves and yard waste year round, if the material is placed in clear plastic bags or 32-gallon containers marked Yard Waste. These materials are collected on the citizens’ regularly scheduled garbage collection day. For information regarding leaf collection in the City of Hickory, call (828) 323-7500.
44-year-old Charles Edward Fenner of Hanks Mobile Home Park in Hudson was arrested Monday (October 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Fenner was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $2,500 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled Wednesday (October 23).
39-year-old Michael Adrian Dula of SW Virginia Street in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (October 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on a felony and resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer. Dula was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $62,500 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is set for December 2, a District Court date is slated for December 4.
34-year-old Larry Scott Helton of Players Ridge Road in Hickory was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. According to information released Monday (October 21), he was arrested last Friday (October 18) and charged with four felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and one felony count of discharging a weapon into occupied property. Helton was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled Monday.
29-year-old Michael Leon Travis of Oakwood Avenue in Claremont was arrested Monday (October 21) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony habitual larceny. Probation and Parole also charged Travis on a parole warrant. Following the arrest, Travis was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 22).
38-year-old Matthew Hugh Black of Confederate Road in Lincolnton was arrested twice recently by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. The arrests were made on October 12 and October 18.
Black is charged with two felony counts apiece of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen property. In addition, Black is charged with single counts of felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, and misdemeanor possession of stolen property. He is also facing charges filed by the Lincolnton Police Department.
Black is accused of breaking into a residence in the 900 block of McRee Road in Lincolnton and removing items including a welder, large truck tool box and other various tools valued at $3,000. The break-in was discovered by the homeowner on October 14.
Black is also charged in connection to a break-in on or about September 23 to a residence in the 1600 block of Startown Road in Lincolnton. Entry to the house under renovation was made by prying open a back door. Stolen in the break-in were power tools, hand tools, a pressure washer and other items. The value of the stolen goods was placed at $5,600. Black was also charged with possession of a vehicle stolen from an auto repair shop on the Maiden Highway in Lincolnton.
Bond for Black has been set at $107,500 secured. He has upcoming District Court dates on October 31, November 12, and December 17. A Superior Court appearance is slated for November 7. The investigation is continuing by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
27-year-old Jeffery Conrad Childress and 29-year-old Herbert Ranger Gilbert, both from different addresses in Winston-Salem, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:15 Friday evening (October 18). They were each charged with one count of felony larceny. Also arrested was 30-year-old Lola Ferre Edwards, who lives at the same address as Gilbert in Winston-Salem. She was charged with felony aiding & abetting and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
They were arrested following a larceny at Sam’s Club on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. The suspects left the property, but were stopped by Officers at the intersection of 25th Street Boulevard S.E. and 15th Avenue S.E. All three suspects were taken into custody without incident.
Childress, Gilbert, and Edwards were all jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $10,000, secured. They were all scheduled to make first appearances today (October 21) in Newton.
38-year-old Grady Scott Bumgarner of September Lane in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:20 p.m. Saturday (October 19) for a felony probation violation. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen goods, first-degree trespassing, resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer, and three counts of failure to appear. He allegedly failed to appear in court on two counts of driving while license revoked and one count of communicating threats.
Bumgarner was taken into custody without incident at a grocery store on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,600, secured. District Court dates were scheduled for October 28 and November 5, with Superior Court date coming up on November 22.
34-year-old Sarah Noel Davis of Congo Road in Wilkesboro was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.
Last Tuesday, (October 15), deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to break-in that was in progress at a residence on Paddock Road in Union Grove. The caller gave a description of the suspect. When deputies arrived on scene they spotted the suspect standing in the victim’s driveway. She was identified as Sara Noel Davis.
During the investigation the victim told officers that Davis walked into his home, and started cussing him. She then walked past him, and removed a roll of toilet paper. Davis was arrested at the scene and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where she was charged with.
Bond was set at $7,500 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for November 4.
40-year-old Shandrick Tyrone Rankins of North Patterson Street in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance (crack cocaine), possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule IV controlled substance (alprazolam), and maintaining a dwelling for the use or sale of a controlled substance.
Last Monday, (October 14) officers executed a narcotics search warrant at a residence on North Patterson Street in Statesville. Investigators received information about Shandrick Rankins possibly distributing crack cocaine in the community. During the investigation, investigators purchased crack cocaine on more than one occasion from Rankins at that residence.
Investigators found .3 grams of Crack Cocaine, and 79 dosage units of Alprazolam, also known as Xanax hidden inside the residence. Rankins was transported to the Iredell County Jail where he was issued a $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for November 5.
A new pharmaceutical manufacturer plans to begin operations in its first U.S. facility in Caldwell County in 2020. The company, BioNutra, Inc., closed on the purchase of the former Hammary/Kincaid furniture factory on Norwood Street in Lenoir on September 30. The 150,000 square foot facility, located on nearly 12 acres, has been vacant for more than eight years, with the exception of a brief period when it was used as warehouse space for furniture sales.
BioNutra will manufacture probiotics, medicinal foods, and dietary supplements. Their products will come from a wide range of formulations like tablets, gelatin capsules, gummies, liquids, and ointments. The company plans to hire 35-to-45 people each year as it grows, reaching approximately 200 by year four or five. The company’s initial investment will be approximately $8-million.
Lenoir was chosen over sites in Baltimore, Dallas, Charlotte, and several in the Unifour area. The property was purchased with assistance from the Caldwell E.D.C. BioNutra applied for a grant through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Rural Infrastructure Authority. The company was awarded a $500,000 Building Re-use grant on October 17 to help with the renovation of the former furniture factory.
Parent company Virchow Biotech Private Limited is located in Hyderabad, India and has been in operation for eighteen years. The company exports to more than 40 countries and has over 1,300 employees.
Eight people have been arrested in Burke County in connection to the operation of video poker, fish games, and sweepstakes games.
46-year-old Freddie W. Nichols and 48-year-old Tammy Nichols, both of the same address on Willow Creek Lane in Mocksville, were each charged with felonious operation of five or more video gaming machines and misdemeanor gambling at 2000 Johns River Loop in Morganton. They also face the same charges in connection to an establishment at 1460 U.S. Highway 70 West in Valdese.
38-year-old Rebecca Allendria McCloud of Hildebran View in Connelly Springs was charged with felonious operation of five or more video gaming machines and misdemeanor gambling at 2210 U.S. Highway 70 East in Morganton.
56-year-old Lisa Byrd Branch of Antioch Road in Morganton faces the same charges in connection to an establishment at U.S. Highway 70 West in Valdese.
48-year-old Magdalena Villa-Gomez Kruse of Reese Road in Morganton was charged with misdemeanor operating a video gaming machine at 2000 Johns River Loop in Morganton.
19-year-old Caitlin Shenae Nicole Hicks of Annas Street in Connelly Springs and 40-year-old Angela Page Hicks of Independence of Morganton were both charged with misdemeanor operating a video gaming machine at 1460 U.S. Highway 70 West in Valdese, and Michael Andrew Sunflower, whose age and address were not listed, faces the same misdemeanor charge in connection to an establishment at 2210 U.S. Highway 70 East in Morganton.
On October 15, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that the video sweepstakes system operated by Gift Surplus, L.L.C. and Sandhill Amusements, Inc. is illegal under North Carolina's video sweepstakes laws. The plaintiffs notified Burke Co. Sheriff Steve Whisenant that their clients have begun removing all Gift Surplus branded products, a process that will be complete before November 4.
Prior to the court ruling, on October 8, the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office and all other law enforcement agencies in Burke County handed out a letter to video poker, fish games, and sweepstakes operations throughout the county. The letter provided the businesses with the opportunity to immediately comply with the law. Businesses that failed to comply were told that they would face an investigation that could result in criminal charges and the seizure or forfeiture of the devices in question.
Events leading to the arrests began with the execution of a search warrant at four gaming establishments on August 23. The search was conducted after Burke County law enforcement agencies received complaints from citizens regarding criminal activity at or near the gaming sites, ranging from solicitation of prostitution, the illegal sale and use of controlled substances, possession of firearms, and the possible sale of stolen property. Citizens also complained of break-ins, larcenies, and trespassing on private property.
Both of the Nichols and Lisa Branch will appear in District Court on October 30. No court date is currently listed for McCloud. The other four suspects are all due in District Court on November 4. Following their arrests, the suspects immediately made bond at the magistrate’s office. No mugshots were taken.