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Friday, 22 February 2019 04:34

New Suspects Added To Area Most Wanted List

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Two new names were added to the Iredell County most wanted list this week.

41-year-old Stewart Brandon Mullins was added to the list. He's wanted on felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and larceny. The last known address for Mullins was 2584 Old Mountain Road in Statesville.

58-year-old Joe Kirk Bost, Jr. was also placed on the Iredell County most wanted list. He's wanted on charges of felony obtaining property by false pretense along with resisting a public officer. The last known address for Bost was 6900 John Deere Drive in Sherrills Ford.

27-year-old Patricia Yates remains on the most wanted list. She's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and conspiracy to sell controlled substance. Yates' last known address was 197 Austin Road in Statesville.

25-year-old Christian Raenard Carter also remains on the Iredell County most wanted list. He's charged with felony counts of sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell schedule II controlled substance. The last known address for Carter was 107 JC Circle in Mooresville.

You can see the entire list of wanted suspects with their photos at www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list you can e-mail icsoinfo@co.iredell.nc.us. You can also call any tips into the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at their Statesville location, 704-878-3180, or the Mooresville office, 704-664-7500.

Friday, 22 February 2019 04:24

Lenoir Man Arrested On Vehicle Theft Charges

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31-year-old Jesse James Ralph Lefevers of Hollomans Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (February 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle. Lefevers was released after posting $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for next Monday (February 25).

24-year-old Deboyce Davis, whose address was not listed, was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed gun. In addition, Davis is charged with eight counts of failure to appear on charges including first degree trespassing and misdemeanor larceny. Davis was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (February 22) under $12,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for Monday (February 25) and March 15.

27-year-old Jordan Shea Byrd of Windsong Circle in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (February 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen vehicle and flee to elude arrest. In addition, Byrd is charged with misdemeanor attempted breaking and entering and failure to appear. Byrd was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $70,000 secured bond. A District Court date is next Monday (February 25) in Lenoir.

29-year-old Curtis Trelemar Elliot of Sugar Creek Road in Charlotte was arrested Thursday (February 21) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony second degree kidnapping. In addition, Elliot is charged with assault on a female and communicating threats. Elliot was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A District Court date is scheduled for next Monday (February 25).

38-year-old Amy Norris Branch of Maiden has been sentenced to serve four-to-six years in prison following her conviction on three counts of solicitation to commit a sexual offense with a child. The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, handed down the sentence today (February 21) after Branch pleaded guilty during Catawba Co. Superior Court.

The defendant’s sentence will run concurrent to the prison term she is currently serving following a 2017 conviction in Davie County. That term is set to expire in January of 2020. In addition, Branch will have to register as a sex offender for life and is subject to lifetime satellite-based monitoring.

A co-defendant, Jamie Merritt, pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree statutory sex offense last month in Catawba County and was sentenced to an active prison term of 20-to-25 years.

The investigation leading to the convictions began in 2015 when Merritt reported his activity to Investigators with the Claremont Police Department. Branch later confessed to her involvement in the crimes. The investigation showed that Merritt and Branch used Benadryl to drug a then-ten-year-old female victim and touch her inappropriately. Merritt also admitted that he engaged in oral sex with the child. The events occurred on three occasions in September of 2010.

Interviews with the victim corroborated the events that Merritt and Branch shared with investigators.

Claremont Police Capt. Allen Long led the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Scott Lippert prosecuted the case.

Thursday, 21 February 2019 13:40

Authorities Searching For Escaped Inmate

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State correctional officers and local law enforcement are searching for an inmate who escaped from Rutherford Correctional Center. Minimum custody inmate Jeremy Keith Fincannon, was determined to be missing after a 7:30 a.m. routine count of offenders today (February 21).

Fincannon is a 22-year-old white male, 6 feet tall, 171 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes, originally from Rutherford County. He was serving a term of five years and six months as a habitual felon after convictions for assault. He was admitted to prison on January 25, 2017. He was scheduled for release on September 16, 2019.

If you see Fincannon, please call local law enforcement or the Rutherford Correctional Center at (828) 286-4121.

Shortly before 7:00 this morning (February 21), Hickory firefighters were dispatched to a possible partial building collapse at Rainbow Childcare, 1031 Fairgrove Church Road SE. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue and one command unit.

Firefighters arrived to find a portion of the ceiling had collapsed along with water damage in the center of the building. Upon further investigation it was found that multiple roof trusses had failed, causing a partial roof collapse. At the time of the incident, no children were in the daycare and no injuries were reported. Building Inspectors are investigating the cause of the collapse.

At this time, the building is deemed unsafe for occupancy until repairs are made. Management personnel for the childcare center were working on a contingency plan this morning for their operations.

Thursday, 21 February 2019 11:41

Hickory Woman Faces Stolen Goods & Firearms Charges

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54-year-old Ginger Darlene English of 13th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:45 last night (February 20) on one felony count of possession of stolen goods and two misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule III, IV or V controlled substance. English was taken into custody at a convenience store on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,500, secured. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for March 11 in Newton.

20-year-old Dontayzah Michelle Peterson of Bristol Creek Avenue in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 21) on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm. She was taken into custody without incident at an address on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory. Peterson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

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