37-year-old Billy Wayne Barrett, Jr. of 17th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:30 last night on true bill of indictment for maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine. He was also charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, the delivery of meth, the sale of meth and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver meth. All the charges are felonies. Some of the warrants for Barrett’s arrest were issued by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office.
At least some of the charges against Barrett stem from an incident on June 23 of this year as Officers were working a traffic accident near the Speedway store on Springs Road N.E. Police saw a 2013 Hyundai Sonata pull into the parking lot. The Hyundai’s stayed in the vehicle for about 15 minutes. Officers observed the vehicle until it pulled away.
They stopped the Hyundai, which had an obstructed license tag, and identified the driver as Billy Barrett and a passenger as 32-year-old Stephanie Gwynne Patrick of Hickory. A search led to the discovery of a container in the vehicle’s center console. In the container were 4.3 grams of methamphetamine.
Barrett and Patrick were both arrested and charged at that time. The suspects were not involved in the accident.
Barrett was taken into custody without incident yesterday at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $60,000 secured bond. Appearances in Superior and District Court were scheduled today.
24-year-old Tessa Lee Hinson and 43-year-old Angela Lingerfelt Juarez, aka "Shorty", both of Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton, were both arrested Wednesday (August 24) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Juarez was also served with an outstanding order for arrest.
The two suspects were arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamine. Detectives conducted a surveillance operation on a residence in the 3200 block of Gastonia Highway.
During the operation, detectives saw what appeared to be the sale of some type of illegal drug at the residence. Narcotics detectives approached two women outside the home and seized methamphetamine from one of them.
The other female fled the area on foot and tried to hide under a blanket in a nearby mobile home under renovation. Once detectives found the woman they took her into custody for an outstanding order for arrest. With assistance from patrol deputies, detectives seized more methamphetamine from that woman.
According to detectives, a search was conducted of the home and a vehicle in the driveway. Officers seized more methamphetamine along with plastic baggies, cash, and drug paraphernalia. One of the women confessed to selling methamphetamine throughout the day and during the time detectives were watching the residence.
Hinson received a $15,000 secured bond, Juarez' bond was set at $15,500 secured.
Both suspects were scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court today (Thursday August 25).
30-year-old Claire Marie Thompson of 17th Street Place N.W. in Hickory has been arrested by Hickory Police on two felony counts each of conspiracy to sell a schedule I controlled substance and one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance.
She was arrested on outstanding warrants issued on July 19 by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office. Thompson was taken into custody without incident at her residence at about 9:20 last night (August 24).
She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond. An appearance in court was scheduled today in Newton.
39-year-old Antwan Bartholomew Wyatt of Horseshoe Lake Road in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (August 24) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three felony counts each of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II controlled Substance. He was also charged with one felony count of conspiring to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance.
The charges stem from a six-month-long narcotics investigation where detectives targeted crack cocaine sales in the Horseshoe Lake Road and Car Farm Road area. Detectives say Wyatt is the fifth person arrested for selling crack cocaine in that area of Lincoln County over the past three weeks.
Narcotics detectives used surveillance and undercover techniques to buy crack cocaine from several locations including the suspect’s home. Detectives say Wyatt sold various amounts of crack cocaine and conspired with another man in the home to sell the drug. The other subject has already been arrested for his involvement.
Wyatt's bond was set at $25,000 secured. His first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (Thursday, August 25).
27-year-old Ethan Gilbert Fleenor of Brickyard Way in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and chop shop activity by theft or fraud. Fleenor was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
27-year-old Christopher James Dishman of Wexford Lane in Denver, NC, was arrested Wednesday (August 24) by State Highway Patrol Troopers. He's charged with felony possession of heroin and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Dishman was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
37-year-old Joshua Moore of Gabriel Lane in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (August 24) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and possession of cocaine. Moore was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, August 25).
More charges have been filed against a suspect already facing multiple sex offense allegations. The Iredell County Sheriff's Office has filed additional charges against 19-year-old Devan Lane Black of Estate Drive in Statesville. He was being held in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $300,000 bond on three counts of statutory rape of a child and one count of statutory sex offense with a child. The charges stem from an investigation that began in June of this year.
Through continued investigation, the Sheriff's Office was able to obtain more evidence in this case on social media. An investigator discovered that Black had sent obscene photographs to the victim through Facebook. Two counts of disseminating obscene material to a minor were filed against Devan Black and an additional $25,000 was added to his bond, making the total $325,000.
In addition to the pending charges from this investigation, Black is also facing counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, and preparing obscene photographs. Black has District Court appearances scheduled for August 29, September 1, 12, and 14.
North Carolina prison officials received notice Wednesday (August 24) that escaped inmate Jason Strickland of Burke County was in law enforcement custody in West Virginia. Strickland, who was 35-years-old at the time of his escape, was located yesterday when he checked into in a homeless shelter in Beckley, West Virginia and he was arrested there by the Raleigh County Sheriff's Department.
Strickland escaped by leaving a highway work crew in Wilkes County on July 27. That day he was picked up by a female driving an SUV. Several days later he was spotted at a shop in Galax, Virginia, but there had been no leads since then.
Strickland was serving a prison sentence following a November 2015 felony conviction for larceny and breaking & entering in Burke County. He was due for release in October. He was a minimum-custody inmate assigned to Wilkes Correctional Center. Preparations are being made for Strickland's extradition to North Carolina.
A man who was cleared in a rape case after serving 24 years in prison will receive more than three-million dollars following a settlement with the City of Hickory. In a special meeting Wednesday (August 24), Hickory City Council voted unanimously to approve a settlement agreement with Mr. Willie Grimes in the amount of $3,250,000.
Grimes was convicted of the rape and kidnapping of Carrie Lee Elliot in July of 1988. He was sentenced to life, plus nine years. After serving 24 years of his sentence, Mr. Grimes was released in 2012 while still maintaining his innocence. His claim of innocence was investigated by the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, a State agency which investigates post-conviction claims of innocence. The Commission found that latent finger prints from the case did not match Grimes’ prints. Grimes was exonerated of the crime in October 2012 by the Commission.
In 2014, Grimes filed a lawsuit against the City of Hickory, former Chief of Police Floyd Lucas, former police officers Steve Hunt and Steve Bryant, and Chief Tom Adkins, who was currently serving as Chief of Police when the lawsuit was filed. Grimes sought compensatory and punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, litigations expenses, courts costs, and a jury trial.
After Plaintiffs and Defendants mediated the case, a proposed settlement was reached, which releases all Defendants. The City will pay $2,250,650, while the City’s insurance carrier, National Casualty, will be responsible for $999,350.
Officials with the North Carolina Department of Commerce announced last Thursday (August 18) that a $300,000 building renovation grant has been awarded to Craftmaster Furniture. The grant will assist with phase II of a renovation project at Plant 4 on N.C. Highway 90 East.
Craftmaster has pledged to create at least 30 new full-time positions as part of the grant requirements. The company’s total investment in this portion of the project is approximately $1.7 million. Renovations include roofing, electrical systems, lighting, ventilation systems and interior offices.
Originally constructed in 1950, the former Broyhill plant was purchased by Craftmaster in 2013. The building was in severe disrepair and had been empty for several years. A 2014 renovation grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce was awarded, resulting in the creation of approximately 110 new jobs in the facility. Matching funds, amounting to five percent of the renovation grant amount, are provided by Alexander County Government to fund grant administration.
Craftmaster Furniture was founded in 1972. By 1974, the company had constructed a 50,000 square foot facility in Hiddenite where they employed about 50 people. Craftmaster was purchased in May 2006 by Samson Holdings and has continued to grow its business, making Craftmaster one of the most well-known upholstery manufacturers in the country. Over the past 44 years, the company has grown to occupy approximately 600,000 square feet and has 619 full time employees.
For more information about Craftmaster Furniture, visit www.cmfurniture.com.
28-year-old Justin Wayne Singleton of Valdese faces charges from the Alexander County Sheriff's Office for larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny of a dog and cruelty to animals.
The charges come in connection to an incident last Wednesday (August 17) at the Dollar General store in Bethlehem. The victim parked her 2009 Nissan Cube in front of the store with the engine running and the air conditioning on, leaving a white Shih Tzu dog in the vehicle. Two white males entered the store and quickly exited. They got into the parked Nissan and drove away with the dog still inside.
Singleton is currently in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility on unrelated charges. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (August 24) in Taylorsville.
More arrests are expected as the investigation continues.
61-year-old Michael Greylen Robinson of 3rd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:45 p.m. yesterday (August 23) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine.
He was arrested after Officers traveling west on 14th Avenue S.W. in Hickory saw a 2008 Chevy Impala swerve left-of-center, twice. They stopped the vehicle at 14th Avenue S.W. and 3rd Street Place S.W. Robinson was the vehicle’s only occupant.
In the Chevy was a lunchbox containing two baggies. 1.3 grams of powder cocaine and 0.6 grams of crack cocaine were found in the baggies.
Robinson was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
33-year-old Zabian Devon Patterson of Hope Mills, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police just before 11 o’clock last night (August 23) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to manufacture and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.
He was arrested after Officers on foot patrol at the Red Roof Inn off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory smelled the odor of marijuana coming from a room at the hotel. There were three occupants in the room.
In Patterson’s belongings, Police found 1.3 grams of cocaine and 4.9 grams of marijuana. Another subject in the room was issued a citation for simple possession of marijuana. The third person was not charged or cited.
Patterson was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.