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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 13:00

Four Suspects Arrested On Drug Charges

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33-year-old James Alfred Rhyne and 33-year-old Phillip James Preston, both of the same South Ingleside Farm Road, Iron Station Address, 19-year-old Bradley James Flowers (aka Parrott) of a different South Ingleside Farm Road address, and 29-year-old Justin Dru Bragg of Bittersweet Trail in Lincolnton were all arrested Tuesday (September 27) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers.  

Rhyne was charged with one felony count each of Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Possession of A Firearm by Felon.  He was also charged with two felony counts each of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance and Maintaining a Dwelling Vehicle for Controlled Substances.  He was also charged with a misdemeanor count of Possessing Drug Paraphernalia.

Preston and Flowers were both charged with one felony count each of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession Firearm by Felon, and one misdemeanor count of Possessing Drug Paraphernalia. Flowers was also served with an outstanding Order for Arrest for Probation Violation. Bragg was charged with one felony count of Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance and one misdemeanor count of Possessing Drug Paraphernalia.  

Narcotics detectives arrested the suspects after conducting a search near the 900 block of South Ingleside Farm Road.
Detectives went to the residence looking for a wanted subject they say sold methamphetamine to an undercover detective. When detectives arrived at the residence to serve the warrant, they saw multiple subjects in an outbuilding with the door open.  

Officers approached the building and searched everyone for weapons. Detectives located the wanted subject inside the outbuilding and placed him into custody. During the process officers saw, in plain view, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Detectives located additional methamphetamine, digital scales, plastic baggies, and a stolen handgun.  

Rhyne received a $45,000 secured bond. Bond for Preston was set at $20,000 secured. Flowers received a $40,000 secured bond. Bond for Bragg was set at $6,000 secured. Court dates were not listed.

The search is continuing for 11-year-old Emily Dowdle, the Catawba Elementary School student who has been missing since yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, September 27). WHKY's Fentress Chestnut reports that the Catawba Police Chief considers Dowdle a runaway. In addition, the FBI is now involved in the search. According to authorities, Dowdle went missing from her home after getting off of the school bus yesterday afternoon at approximately 2:40.

She is described as approximately 4'11'' tall. She has long light brown hair, has hazel eyes, and wears black framed glasses. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt with an unknown design & capri jeans. In the event you have any information regarding 11-year-old Emily Dowdle's whereabouts after 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, contact the Catawba County Sheriff's Department at 828-464-3112 and ask for Chief Duane Cozzen or Brandon Styers.

41-year-old Rodriquez Lavan of 2nd Street S.E. in Hickory was charged by Hickory Police at about 12:30 yesterday afternoon as an habitual felon. In addition, he faces charges for felony failure to appear on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He has also been charged by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office for possession of a stolen motor vehicle, plus an additional charge as an habitual felon.

The H.P.D. charges come in connection to an incident in January 2015 at the A&W Mini-Mart on South Center Street. Lavan and another subject entered the store as Police were on the scene conducting a property check. The subjects concealed several items behind merchandise on the store shelves, apparently out of concern that Officers might find the items on their persons. The items included crack cocaine and a firearm. Lavan returned the same day to retrieve the items the same day and was arrested on the scene.

Lavan has been in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility since June 8 of last year. He was served the H.P.D. habitual felon warrant at the Detention Facility. He remains in custody under a $56,000 secured bond. He had a Superior Court date on Monday of this week, with another Superior Court appearance scheduled today in Newton.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 10:23

Granite Falls Man Faces Felony Meth Charge

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29-year-old Nathan Daniel Smith of Dudley Shoals Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (September 28) on charges of felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested when Police initiated a traffic stop just south of the Speedway convenience store on Highway 321 N.W. The 2001 Oldsmobile had a license tag that was not registered with any insurance company, as required by state law. The vehicle eventually turned onto 7th Avenue S.W. where it stopped. Smith, the driver, was the vehicle’s only occupant.

Officers saw a glass pipe in the vehicle and found a baggie containing 0.83 grams of methamphetamine. Smith was taken into custody at 24 minutes past midnight. He was also cited for no insurance and for driving while license revoked.

Smith was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

22-year-old Brianna Shay Wayt of 32nd Street SE in Hickory was arrested today (Wednesday, September 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers and Conover Police. She's charged with two counts of possession of stolen vehicle filed by the Sheriff's Office along with counts of misdemeanor larceny and resisting a public officer filed by the Conover Police Department. Wayt was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday, September 29). 

26-year-old Terrence Micheal Blevins was arrested Tuesday (September 27) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of stolen goods. Blevins was being held in jail in Morganton on that and other charges under $12,500 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, September 28).

42-year-old Timothy Wayne Tezino of Westwood Drive in Statesville was arrested Saturday (September 24) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with a felony count of registered sex offender on social media.

On September 20 Deputy Craig Bess received information that a registered sex offender, Timothy Wayne Tezino, was maintaining an active Facebook account. This is in violation of North Carolina law that prohibits registered sex offenders from maintaining profiles on certain types of social media, including Facebook.

During his investigation, Deputy Bess obtained information from Facebook and determined that Tezino had been active on his Facebook account as recently as September 16. Following the arrest, Tezino was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for October 17.

57-year-old Clifton Eugene Leary was arrested Tuesday (September 27) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony sell or deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Leary was arrested Tuesday at an address on Jefferson Street in Morganton. Following the arrest, Leary was jailed under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, September 28).

41-year-old Billy Roger McGee Jr. of Tunner Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (September 27) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. McGee was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for tomorrow (Thursday, September 29).

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 05:21

Granite Falls Woman Arrested On Felony Firearm Charge

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25-year-old Amber Ruby Jean Snipes of Helton Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (September 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm. Snipes was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (September 29).

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