The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a man who has been missing since the early morning hours of April 21, 2018. Detective Justin Link identified the man as 30-year-old Jeremy Tony Adams formerly of 1609 Broome Street in Lincolnton.
Adams was last seen at around 3:40 a.m. last Saturday (April 21), when he was discharged from the emergency room at CHS-Lincoln. Due to substance abuse problems in his past the family fears for his safety. Adams is described as a white male, 5' 9", weighing around 170 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He has tattoos on his left forearm and upper left arm.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked the contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
18-year-old Caleb Lee Elkins was arrested this afternoon (April 24) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felon larceny after breaking and entering. Elkins was arrested at 1:07 p.m. today and placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
Two people have been arrested and one more is at-large in connection to a camper that was broken into earlier this month while it was parked in a wooded area near River Run Road.
19-year-old Bradley Kendall Freeman of River Run Road and 19-year-old Jacob Maquazes Shaffer of Riverfield Drive, both from Statesville, have been arrested on two felony counts each of breaking & entering a vehicle, plus misdemeanor counts of larceny and injury to property. 19-year-old Ty’Heem Antoine Phifer of Branchwood Road in Statesville is wanted on the same charges.
The incidents occurred from March 20 to April 5 of this year. A report was filed with the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office on April 3. Responding Officers learned that someone had forced their way through the door of an Airstream camper. Once inside, they did several hundred dollars’ worth of damage and they stole a 24-inch ax the victim kept in the camper. Detectives searched the scene and learned there was a residence a few hundred yards from the camper, through the woods.
On April 10, Detectives went back to the camper where they could see that someone had returned to the camper. Investigators reviewed surveillance footage from a camera they had placed at the scene. The footage clearly showed three young men entering the camper on April 5.
An Iredell Co. School Resource Deputy identified one of the subjects as Ty’Heem Phifer. On April 12, Detectives made contact with a second person seen in the surveillance images. He was Bradley Freeman. Detectives soon learned that the third suspect was Jacob Maquazes Shaffer.
Freeman and Shaffer were both arrested. Freeman was given a $5,000 secured bond and Shaffer’s bond was set at $4,000, secured. They’re both due in court on May 7.
Warrants are outstanding for Phifer’s arrest. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should call the Sheriff’s Office.
39-year-old Jason Donald Buchanan of Doc Pugh Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday (April 23) on one felony count each of possession of cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.
Buchanan was taken into custody without incident at the bar where he works on 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory. He was processed and released under a $3,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Road closures are reported in Caldwell County due to flooding. As of this morning (April 24), according to Caldwell County Emergency Services, Brown Mountain Beach Road is closed at the intersection with Adako Road. Wilson Creek has risen to cover Brown Mountain Beach Road about 100 yards from the intersection.
In addition, Emergency Services reports the Old Johns River Road is closed at the second bridge. The road is flooded, not the bridge. Caldwell County officials say that the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is en route to assess the area. Area fire departments were putting up closure signs.
48-year-old William Andrew South of East Frank Dillard Road in Jefferson was arrested Monday (April 23) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule two controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear on a count of driving while license revoked. South was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for Friday (April 27) and May 24.
21-year-old Richard Anderson Burnette of Melrose Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin. Bond for Burnette was set at $2,000 secured. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 23.
24-year-old Kevin Brandon Avery of Pax Hill Road in Morganton was arrested by authorities in Burke County on charges filed in Caldwell County. Avery is charged with felony counts of auto larceny and obtaining property by false pretense. Avery was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 3.
Rainfall continued overnight with the Upper Catawba River area seeing the heaviest rainfall of the region. The forecast was for continuing showers through the day today (April 24), heavy at times. The Upper Catawba could see up to an additional inch of rain today. Wednesday (April 25) should be clear with showers moving in again on Thursday with an additional one-quarter to one-half inch of rain possible.
The conditions of the Upper Catawba as of 9 a.m. today were as follows:
Bridgewater/Lake James was at 99.57 feet rising slightly with spilling expected but should not exceed 102 feet based on conditions this morning. Lake Rhodhiss was at 97.43 feet and rising with strong inflows from John’s River. Lake Rhodhiss was expected to spill but was not expected to exceed 102 feet based on this morning's conditions.
Oxford/Lake Hickory was at 95.6 feet, maintaining a five-and-a-half gate. Inflows from Rhodhiss may dictate an increased gate later today. Lookout was at 97.2 feet, spilling was anticipated later today with additional gate movement at Oxford. Cowan’s Ford was at 99.08 feet, additional generation will be used as inflows begin raising the basin level.
25-year-old Zachery George Stephenson of Norwood Street in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of methamphetamine. Stephenson is also charged with failure to appear. Bond was set at $20,750 secured, a District Court date was scheduled today (April 24).
32-year-old James Allen Jones of Stamey Road in Hudson was arrested Monday (April 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Jones was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for Thursday (April 26).
29-year-old Tabitha Christine Robinson was arrested Monday (April 23) by authorities in Burke County. The North Carolina Court System website says Robinson is charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Robinson was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for Wednesday (April 25).
37-year-old Buckey Ray Bolden of South 2nd Avenue in Maiden was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. The charges against Bolden include possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon, and create counterfeit controlled substance. Bolden was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (April 24) under $36,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (April 26).
69-year-old Frank Eugene Caldwell of Morganton was arrested Saturday (April 21) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substances.
According to information released Monday (April 23), on Saturday, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Morganton Public Safety Officers participated in a license checking station on Hogan Street, Near Cross Street. When the driver of a black Chrysler 300, Frank Eugene Caldwell, showed officers his license, a strong odor of marijuana was detected coming from the vehicle.
Caldwell was asked to exit the vehicle. A probable cause search was conducted. Several marijuana “blunts” were found in a small bag. During a search of the vehicle, a pill bottle containing 48 dosage units of hydrocodone that were not prescribed, was found, along with 14.2 grams of marijuana. $735 in cash and the illegal drugs were seized. According to Public Safety, the quantity of hydrocodone pills found was probable cause to charge Caldwell with trafficking opiates.
Caldwell’s bond was set at $50,000 secured, he was not listed as an inmate in Morganton as of today (April 24). A District Court appearance was scheduled today.