38-year-old Chad Stephenson Ramsey, whose last listed address was on Asbury Church Road in Lincoln County, is wanted by the Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office for failure by a convicted sex offender to register a change of address. A warrant for his arrest was issued yesterday (December 12).
In November, a North Carolina Probation & Parole Officer called Lincoln County Detectives to notify them that Ramsey was no longer living at his registered address on Asbury Church Road. The Officer found the residence abandoned with a padlock on the door. As of Monday (December 9), Ramsey had not come to the Sheriff’s Office to complete a change of address form, as required by law in North Carolina.
Ramsey was convicted of sex offense of certain victims and taking indecent liberties with a minor in March of 2012 in Mecklenburg County. The suspect is a white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 6'4" tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Chad Stephenson Ramsey should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 the Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.
22-year-old Tanner McKinley Philyaw of Kincaid Circle in Hudson was arrested by Hickory Police Wednesday afternoon (December 11) on one felony count of selling or delivering obscene literature. Philyaw was taken into custody without incident at about 2:50 p.m. Wednesday at the Hickory Police Department. He was given a $750 unsecured bond. Philyaw is not currently in custody in Catawba County. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (December 12) in Newton.
29-year-old Derrick Joseph Reynolds and 29-year-old Rashad Demico Young were arrested Thursday (December 12) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. They're both charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Reynolds is additionally charged with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, speeding in a school zone, and driving during revocation. Young is also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
The suspects were arrested just before 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Independence Boulevard and Wamsutta Mill Road in Morganton. They were both placed in jail, Reynolds under $13,500 secured bond, Young under $11,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (December 13).
24-year-old Brett Michael Myers of Brown Summit Avenue in Statesville was arrested today (December 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Myers was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
39-year-old Michael Keith Hodges of Lenoir was arrested Thursday (December 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Hodges was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (December 16).
41-year-old Jason Matthew Libera of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (December 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle. Libera was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled Thursday.
30-year-old Johnathan Benjamin Penley of Lee Pearson Road in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (December 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and failure to appear, along with a misdemeanor count of failure to appear. Penley was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $30,500 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled Thursday.
40-year-old Jerry Paul Sigmon of 34th Avenue Place NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (December 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with 21 counts of break or enter a motor vehicle. Seven of the counts are listed as felonies, the other 14 are not designated as either felony or misdemeanor. Sigmon was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility, his bond is listed at $5,000. District Court dates were scheduled Thursday and for January 15.
52-year-old Michael Anthony Rednour of Howard's Creek Mill Road in Vale was arrested Thursday (December 12) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with eight felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, four felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, single felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver schedule IV controlled substance, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance.
Rednour is also charged with two misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule IV controlled substance and single misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges were filed following a year-long drug investigation.
Officers from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic Division, SWAT team, Adam District Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, ALE, and task force officers from the DEA and Homeland Security executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1100 block of Howard’s Creek Mill Road during the early morning hours Thursday.
The SWAT team made entry into and secured the residence with no injuries. As a result of the investigation, more than 120 grams of methamphetamine, valued at $1,500, was seized at the residence. Rednour was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (December 13).
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending. Narcotics investigators anticipate more arrests to follow.
28-year-old Tyesha Baranda Saddler of 9th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (December 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony common law robbery.
She's charged in connection with a robbery that occurred around 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sunhouse convenience store on Hwy 70 SW in Hickory. The incident first came to the attention of law enforcement when a Long View Police Officer observed people chasing a person wearing a mask across Highway 70 SW.
The officer intervened and was informed that the person wearing the mask, later identified as Saddler, robbed the Sunhouse convenience store. The store's clerk, who was one of the people giving chase, stated that Saddler indicated that she possessed a firearm, then robbed the store of close to $1,000. All of the money was recovered and returned to the store.
Saddler was arrested and charged, then placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (December 13).
Due to the winter weather advisory calling for possible hazardous road conditions in the morning (December 13), Catawba County Schools, Hickory Public Schools and Newton-Conover City Schools will operate on a three-hour delay for staff and students on Friday.
The Catawba County Schools delay includes the QUEST before- and after-school care program. The Elementary Robotics competition has been rescheduled for January 17.
District Courts in Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba counties are on a delay due to inclement weather. They will start at 10 a.m. on Friday. Small Claims Court in those counties is also on a delay and will start at the same time as District Court.
Alexander County Schools are on a three-hour delay. Elementary schools were to have an early release. They will now dismiss at normal time.
Burke County Public Schools will operate on a two-hour delay on Friday. The delay is in effect for students and staff. The delay will not affect breakfast service. School daycares will also operate on a two-hour delay.
Caldwell County Schools will also operate on a two-hour delay Friday.
Catawba Valley Community College will open at 10 a.m. Friday. The Caldwell and Watauga campuses of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will open at 9 a.m.
The Luminary Display at Blue Ridge Memorial Park at 2017 Wilkesboro Boulevard in Lenoir has been postponed until Friday, December 20.
29-year-old Cesar Garcia of Brookfield, Illinois and 22-year-old Oscar Antonio Santana-Murillo of Cicero, Illinois have both been arrested in Lincoln County. They were charged with trafficking cocaine by possession, trafficking cocaine by transportation, conspiracy to traffic cocaine by possession, conspiracy to traffic cocaine by transportation, possession with the intent to sell & deliver cocaine, and conspiracy to possess with the intent to deliver cocaine.
Their arrests were the result of a joint operation conducted by the Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office, Lincolnton Police, and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. They were arrested Tuesday (December 10) as Officers stopped a suspicious vehicle just off East Main Street in Lincolnton. During the stop, Officers seized ten kilograms of cocaine with a street value of $310,000. Officers also seized $24,000 in cash.
Garcia and Santana-Murillo were placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center with bond for each set at $1-million, secured. Both suspects will appear in District Court on December 23.
The City of Morganton announced that Jessie Parris will be the city's new Finance Director. Parris comes to Morganton from the civil engineering company WithersRavenel, where she worked most recently as a Finance Manager. She will begin her new role with the City on December 30.
Parris offers the City a breadth of financial experience in both the private and public sectors. She has served as the Finance Director for the Town of Rutherfordton, and worked for auditing firms Deloitte & Touche, LLP and KPMG in Charlotte. Parris earned her Master’s in Accountancy from Wake Forest University, and her Bachelor’s in Accountancy from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a Certified Public Accountant.
Parris’ experience includes a wide range of budget management, fund financial analysis, capital improvement planning, funding strategy, Local Government Commission application support and other finance-related skills. She serves as treasurer on the board of the Family Care Center of Catawba Valley.
Parris said she was drawn to Morganton because the City is innovative in its approach to development and is continually looking toward the future. The City offers a chance to realize her dream of returning to the world of government finance in a more direct way. Parris and her husband Trevor have two children. She grew up in Granite Falls.
20-year-old Olivia Texanna Ray of Old Blue Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs was arrested Wednesday (December 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of uttering a forged instrument, identity fraud, and attempted forgery and uttering. Ray was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (December 12).
24-year-old Stephen Tyler Bolick was arrested Wednesday (December 11) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and failure to appear. Bolick was arrested shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $105,000 secured bond. Superior Court appearances are scheduled for Friday (December 13) and January 27.
32-year-old Amanda Kaye Gouge of Petra Mill Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (December 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with cruelty to animals.
She was arrested after Caldwell County Animal Control Officers, assisted by Sheriff’s Deputies, seized 33 dogs and one kitten. All of the animals have been checked by veterinarians. Four of the animals remain in veterinary care.
Gouge was processed and released under a $9,999 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (December 12) in Lenoir.
41-year-old Crystal Gail Miller of NW Piedmont Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. Miller was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (December 12).
32-year-old Jonathan Deante Parrish of NW Piedmont Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance (cocaine). Parrish was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (December 12).
30-year-old Rustin Bryant Winkler of Knight Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 11) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine. Winkler was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled Wednesday.
18-year-old Austin John Frisbee of Clark Loop and 19-year-old Jadayn Mckenzie Moorefield of South Park Drive, both from Morganton, were arrested Tuesday (December 10) by Morganton Public Safety Officers.
Frisbee is charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest and possession of methamphetamine, along with misdemeanor counts of reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, and domestic violence protection order violation. Moorefield is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, Public Safety Officers attempted to stop a vehicle traveling on Burkemont Avenue for a fictitious registration plate. The driver of the vehicle reportedly accelerated onto Salem Road in attempt to flee from officers. Due to the acceleration of the vehicle and the roads being wet from recent rain, the driver lost control of the vehicle, slid through yards and struck a house at 1023 Salem Road.
Officers identified the driver as Austin Frisbee. He was pinned inside the vehicle for a short time after the crash. With the assistance of the Salem Fire Department, Frisbee was freed from the vehicle which was severely damaged. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol investigated the crash scene. The passenger was identified as Jadayn Moorefield. Both Frisbee and Moorefield were transported to CHS Morganton and later released with no serious injuries. No one in the residence was injured as a result of the crash.
During the crash investigation, Officers found methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia in the vehicle and in Moorefield’s possession. Both suspects were placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. Frisbee's bond was set at $14,000 secured, Moorefield received a $3,000 secured bond. They both have District Court dates Friday (December 13).