48-year-old Harvey Lee Miller was arrested Friday (June 17) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture schedule IV controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Miller is charged with misdemeanor second-degree trespassing. Following the arrest, Miller was jailed under $30,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court today (Monday, June 20).
26-year-old Jerry Lee Price of West Highway 10 in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:15 Saturday night (June 18) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of stolen property.
Events leading to his arrest began on June 9 when Avis Car Rental at Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall reported that a 2015 Ford Escape had been rented, but not returned. The rental car company made numerous unsuccessful attempts to contact the renter. Later, an unidentified male called Avis and reported that the vehicle had been stolen from the renter.
On June 18, Police responded to a residence on 21st Avenue Place N.E. in reference to suspicious vehicles. Officers saw the stolen Ford and found Price in the passenger seat. The vehicle was confirmed as stolen and a search was conducted. The search turned up one 20-mg M. Amphet salts capsule (Amphetamine & Dextroamphetamine).
Price was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for tomorrow (June 21) in Newton.
21-year-old Imran Chaudhary of Winter Flake Drive Statesville was arrested last Wednesday (June 15) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a stolen firearm, carrying a concealed gun, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a news release issued today (Monday, June 20), last Wednesday Lt. C.L. Stone of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team conducted a traffic stop on a 1997 model Honda on Shelton Avenue just south of Statesville for an equipment violation. Stone approached the vehicle and advised the driver, Imran Chaudhary, of the violation.
After having Chaudhary exit his vehicle Stone noticed a bulge inside his left side pants pocket. When Stone asked Chaudhary if he had anything illegal in his possession Chaudhary attempted to walk around to the passenger side of his vehicle without answering. Stone then grabbed Chaudhary’s arm and asked him a second time if he had anything illegal. Chaudhary then attempted two different times to place his left hand into his pants pocket. After Stone grabbed both of Chaudhary’s arms, Chaudhary admitted to having a gun in his pants pocket.
After Stone removed the loaded handgun from inside Chaudhary’s pocket he discovered that it was stolen out of Caldwell County. Stone then searched Chaudhary and located a bag of marijuana in his other pocket. A search of the vehicle was then conducted and digital scales were located. Chaudhary was placed under arrest and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he received a $6,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court July 5 and July 22. Chaudhary already had charges pending due to possessing illegal narcotics.
29-year-old Josiah Phillip Denman of 33rd Street SW in Hickory and 30-year-old Garry Dean Sanders Jr. of Jason Place in Lenoir were both arrested Sunday (June 19) by Lenoir Police Officers. They're each charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. Following their arrests, Denman and Sanders were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. No court date was listed for either suspect.
42-year-old Marcus Shane Jackson of Scroggs Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (June 17) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Jackson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $9,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, June 20).
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets in regular session tonight. Prior to this evening's meeting, the board will tour the Justice Center expansion site at 100 Southwest Boulevard in Newton at 5:30 p.m.
During the meeting, the board will vote on a resolution in honor of Captain Bradley Long, who died while attempting to recover a body in Lake Norman two weeks ago. Mr. Long served with the Newton and Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire Departments. In addition, the board will hold a public hearing on a rezoning request for property at 3189 East NC Highway 10. The board will also hear departmental reports from the Finance Department regarding financing for Catawba Valley Community College, and Utilities and Engineering regarding the selection of an architect for the jail expansion.
Tonight's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
31-year-old Robert Wayne Whitener of 19th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Saturday (June 18) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with three felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, two felony counts apiece of sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and one felony count of selling marijuana. Whitener was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 1.
40-year-old Franklin Jevon Lackey of South Caldwell Avenue in Newton was arrested Friday (June 17) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor resisting a public officer. Lackey was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (June 21).
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek suspects on it's Most Wanted List.
48-year-old Craig Wilson is wanted for fail to register as a sex offender. His last known address was 439 Rinehardt Road in Mooresville.
38-year-old Misty Chilton is wanted on a felony custody order violation. Her last known address was 4132 Emily Drive in Hamptonville.
31-year-old Matthew Gray Ritchie is wanted on charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine and assault on a law enforcement officer. Ritchie's last known address was 2475 Shelton Avenue in Statesville.
You can see the entire list of Most Wanted suspects at the Iredell County Sheriff's Office website, www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list call the Sheriff's Office at 704-878-3180.
On Friday (June 17) the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested a Lincolnton man after finding marijuana plants growing at his home.
20-year-old Dilon Gregory Garcia of Nottingham Road in Lincolnton was charged with one felony count each of manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances.
Working from a tip called into the Sheriff's Office Drug Tip Line, detectives went to a residence in the 2400 block of Nottingham Road where they found three marijuana plants growing on the property in front and in the back of the residence. Detectives interviewed the suspect and he admitted responsibility for the plants.
Following his arrest, Garcia's bond was set at $15,000 secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (Monday, June 20). Garcia is currently on probation and had an ankle monitor on during his arrest.
Citizens are urged to call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8606 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909 to report any suspected drug activity. All drug tips are investigated.