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28-year-old Tyler Joseph Smith of Statesville was arrested yesterday (December 11) by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers.  He faces felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.  Smith was jailed under a $40,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to appear in an Alexander County courtroom yesterday.

35-year-old Gary Carnell Smith of Charleston, South Carolina, was arrested last Saturday (December 9) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a news release issued today (December 12), on Saturday, at approximately 5:10 p.m. Sgt. L.J. Hayes with the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (A.C.E) Team stopped a vehicle on Interstate 77 at E. Broad St. for a traffic violation. Sgt. Hayes spoke with the driver, Gary Smith, and asked him to step back to his vehicle while he checked the validity of his driver’s license and registration.

After Smith exited his vehicle Hayes checked him for illegal contraband. While doing this Sgt. Hayes found Smith to be in possession of a plastic bag containing cocaine. Following his arrest, Smith was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where bond was set at $1,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for December 19.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 10:50

Drug Charges Filed Following Traffic Stop

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41-year-old Kevin Charles Jackson of Oak Street in Mooresville was arrested last Saturday (December 9) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a news release issued today (December 12), last Saturday, Sgt. W. E. Line of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team stopped a white Chevy Trailblazer for a minor traffic violation. The driver was identified as Tracy Walker and the passenger was identified as Kevin Jackson. Both suspects reportedly appeared to be very nervous and their actions prior to the traffic stop seemed suspicious.  A K-9 Officer was brought to the scene to search for the presence of illegal narcotics.

Methamphetamine was reportedly found in Jackson's pocket along with a small straw. Additional paraphernalia was located in the passenger area of the vehicle. Jackson was arrested, his bond was set at $1,000 secured. A District Court date is set for January 8.

23-year-old John Markel Gaither of Mckay Road in Newton was arrested Monday (December 11) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and Deliver cocaine and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. In addition, Gaither is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Gaither was arrested at an address on South Center Street in Hickory shortly after 5 p.m. Monday. According to the HPD report, 24.3 grams of crack cocaine and 24.8 grams of marijuana were seized during the arrest. Bond for Gaither was set at $5,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduld for today (December 12) in Newton.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 10:32

Statutory Rape Charge Filed Against Statesville Man

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20-year-old Kristopher James O'Neill of Ashley Brook Lane in Statesville was arrested last Friday (December 8) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with statutory rape of a child 15 years-of-age or younger.

According to a news release issued today (December 12), on November 2, 2017 Deputies were called to 2172 Wilkesboro Hwy in reference to a missing 15-year-old. As Deputies were searching the area, they found the 15-year-old female in the area with Kristopher James O’Neill. A few days later a report was filed with the Sheriff’s Office stating that the juvenile was sexually assaulted.

The investigation was turned over to Detective Sergeant Jason Lowrance of the Special Victim’s Unit. The victim was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center and statements were gathered from other witnesses. A warrant for arrest was issued for O’Neill and he was arrested last Friday. O'Neill's bond was set at $9,000 secured, he was scheduled to make a first court appearance Monday (December 11).

40-year-old William Daniel Brown of Union Grove was arrested last Tuesday (December 5) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of identity theft.

According to a news release issued today (December 12) by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, on September 9, 2017, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report of identity theft. According to the incident report the victim discovered her wallet missing soon after getting fuel at Phil’s Food Mart on Wilkesboro Highway. The victim stated she called her bank to report the lost credit cards, and was told that her card had just been used across the street at the Dollar General.

During the investigation detectives worked with Phil’s Food Mart, and Dollar General to determine who made the charges to the victim’s account. Detectives were able to get video and pictures from Phil’s Food Mart, and Dollar General showing the suspect using the debit card belonging to the victim. They identified the suspect as William Daniel Brown.

Brown was arrested last Tuesday, he was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for December 19.                     

55-year-old Joseph Harlon Godfrey of Granite Falls, was found guilty of first-degree statutory sex offense by a jury and given a minimum active sentence of 24 years in prison during Caldwell County Superior Court last Friday (December 8).

The jury needed approximately three hours of deliberation over two days to return the guilty verdict from a May 2004 offense involving a then-12-year-old female victim. The Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed a sentence of 24 to 29 years for Godfrey, who will serve the prison term in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

The victim, now 25-years-old, reported to Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Roger Crosby that she had been victimized by a family member (Godfrey) when she was a child. The defendant was indicted for the last reported sexual offense that occurred when the victim was 12.

Crosby investigated the case for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Nancy Lee prosecuted on behalf of the State.

39-year-old Edlyn Richard Johnson Jr. of Elgin Street in Granite Falls was arrested last Friday (December 8) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.

According to a news release issued Monday (December 11) by the Burke County Sheriff's Office, on the morning of December 6, 2017, Elite Auto located on Costner Road in Hildebran, contacted Burke County 911 to report that vehicles were broken into and several items had been stolen from the business. Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office responded and obtained security video footage of the incident.

The Criminal Investigations Division was assigned to the case and located additional security video footage, they also were able to determine where the suspects were staying. Detectives interviewed Edlyn Richard Johnson, Jr. who, according to a news release issued by the Burke County Sheriff's Office, confessed to the crimes.

Johnson was taken into custody and placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $10,000.00 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (December 12). He was scheduled to make his first court appearance yesterday, his next District Court date is January 2. Further arrests are expected.

16-year-old Chandler Gauge Davis of Frontier Lane in Lincolnton, 16-year-old Joshua Devon Hinsey of Hager’s Hollow Drive in Denver, and 18-year-old Landon Cole Parker of Mack Ballard Road in Maiden were all arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They were charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, and conspiracy.

A false kidnapping call led officers to the suspects, who are charged in connection to a home break-in that occurred in the 600 block of Raintree Lane in Lincolnton on December 7, 2017. According to a news release issued Monday (December 11) by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, the home owner arrived home to find the front door to the residence had been kicked in and guns, several knives and an X-Box game had been stolen.  A neighbor gave a good description of the suspect vehicle. A short time later the home owner told the Lincoln County Communications Center the vehicle was back in the area and he was in pursuit of the vehicle northbound on Buffalo Shoals Road.

The home owner lost sight of the vehicle as it entered Catawba County. Deputies say the vehicle description matched a vehicle they had pulled over the night before.  That vehicle was in the possession of Chandler Gauge Davis. Several hours later the mother of Chandler Davis reported that she received a call from her son who claimed he was tied up and needed help somewhere on Falcon Ridge Road. Deputies located the suspect vehicle from the breaking and entering a residence in the 3300 block of Falcon Ridge Road. Officers knocked on the door and could hear movement inside but no one came to the door.

Detectives went to the magistrate’s office to obtain a search warrant for the home but because of the circumstances it was decided to make entry into the home. A forced entry was made through the front door. Inside the home were nine people including Chandler Davis who did not appear to be tied up or kidnapped in any way. A search of the residence was done and two firearms, several knives and an X-Box game that had been stolen from the Raintree Lane home were recovered. All individuals in the home were questioned and results of the interviews determined the kidnapping claim was unfounded.

According to the news release, the suspects confessed to breaking into the home on Raintree Lane. Secured bond for Davis was set at $30,000, Parker's bond was set at $20,000 secured and bond for Hinsey was set at $9,000 secured. All three suspects have District Court dates January 2.

27-year-old Nicholas Ryan Callahan of Ginger Lane in Maiden was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of trafficking in opium or heroin, maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled substance, possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of schedule IV controlled substance.

Shortly after midnight on December 8 a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy observed what he suspected to be a drug deal near the Quick Trip on Highway 73 in eastern Lincoln County. Following what appeared to be an exchange the vehicles left going separate directions. The Deputy followed one of the vehicles, a Ford Taurus, as it headed south on NC Business 16. He conducted a traffic stop near Hills Chapel Church after observing a malfunctioning brake light and the vehicle exceeding the posted speed limit.

The driver, Nicholas Ryan Callahan, made a move toward the center console before exiting the vehicle. A female passenger also exited the vehicle and left in plain view a bag containing two hypodermic needles in the center console area. A search of Callahan turned up contraband inside the front waistband consisting of just over 21 grams of Hydrocodone in one clear plastic bag, another bag containing five Xanax pills and another bag of a crystal type substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Also seized from the vehicle were baggies used to package drugs for sale, a set of digital scales and $121 in cash. A cell phone was also seized and a search warrant will be obtained to determine if the phone was used in the commission of narcotics sales. There is no information regarding any charges against the female passenger. Callahan was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $225,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court January 2.

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