In Catawba County Superior Court today (April 11), 37-year-old Bradley Scott Adams of Hickory was sentenced to 25-35 years in prison by the Honorable Casey M. Viser, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County. The defendant also will be required to register as a sex offender and enroll in satellite-based monitoring for the remainder of his life. Adams pleaded guilty to 15 counts of sexual offense with a child and eight counts of indecent liberties with a child.
In July 2013, Adams sexually assaulted an 11-year-old victim each day over a seven-day period. During a forensic interview with the Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center of Catawba County, the victim said Adams gave the child pills that caused drowsiness and then sexually assaulted the child each day.
The defendant committed a second offense on a six-year-old victim in December 2013, entering a bedroom and sexually assaulting the sleeping child. The victim shared those details in a forensic interview with the Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center.
Marisa Rogers investigated the case for Hickory Police Department with assistance from the Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center. Jamie Adams handled the prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
26-year-old Brittany Chantais Orgeron of Cinnabar Lane in Iron Station has been charged with one felony count each of larceny by servant and possession of stolen goods.
She’s accused of stealing more than $1,200 worth of North Carolina Education Lottery tickets from the convenience store where she was an employee. The incident occurred at the Jetway convenience store on Highway 27, east of Lincolnton. The theft occurred between March 17 and April 4 of this year.
Store officials discovered the missing lottery tickets and a few scratched off tickets that were placed back in the slot to be sold. Surveillance video shows the employee allegedly placing a stack of lottery tickets in her purse then taking the purse out to her car.
One of the scratch-off tickets valued at $500 and another $50 ticket were redeemed on March 25. Two other tickets had been redeemed on March 17.
During an interview, Orgeron admitted to taking the scratch off tickets. Detectives arrested the suspect when she reported for work on April 4. Orgeron was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $3,000 secured bond. Her next appearance in District Court was set for April 25.
City workers in Morganton have shut off water service to a section of Watermill Road today (April 11) to repair a water line break. About 50 customers on Watermill Road are affected, from Frank Whisnant Road to the Watermill Road Bridge. Workers expect to make repairs and restore water service by no later than 4:30 this afternoon, barring any unforeseen problems. For more information, call the city’s Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
28-year-old Christian Uribe Nava of Kool Park Road N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:40 Friday afternoon (April 7) on felony indictments for possession with intent to sell or deliver methaqualone and the sale or delivery of a schedule I controlled substance. The original warrants for his arrest were issued on May 23, 2016.
Nava was arrested at the Hickory Police Department without incident. He was processed and released under an $11,500 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled yesterday (April 10) in Newton.
26-year-old Amanda Danielle Forth of McDaniel Street in Newton was arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers this morning (April 11) on three counts of failure to appear in connection to charges dating back to last year for possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The original charges stem from an incident in April 2016 at the Red Roof Inn, just off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Hickory Police responded to find E.M.S. personnel administering C.P.R. to a male subject. The man was revived and was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.
There were two other occupants in the room. A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of one Clonazepam pill, three syringes and 0.2 grams of methamphetamine in Amanda Forth’s purse. 0.3 grams of meth was found on her person.
Following her arrest today, Forth was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed in Catawba County; however, Forth does have a number of Burke County appearances scheduled in May and June for multiple vehicular infractions, a container violation and drug paraphernalia charges.
49-year-old James Walter Dunn, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:40 yesterday afternoon (April 10) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.
Dunn was taken into custody without incident at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He had previously been banned from all Walmart stores.
Dunn was locked up in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
45-year-old Charles Lewis Abernethy, Jr. of 11th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday (April 8) for two felony probation violations. He was also charged by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office with failure to appear on a child support charge.
Abernethy is on probation as he serves a 36-month suspended sentence following a March 2015 conviction in Catawba County for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and felony larceny.
He was taken into custody without incident at about 9:45 Saturday night in a residential area on 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. Abernethy was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for May 19 in Newton. He’ll also appear in court on the child support charge on April 13.
Catawba Valley Medical Group will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for their new 7,200 square foot facility at 3114 West Main Street in Claremont. The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 27.
The new facility will have capacity for additional medical providers and will be able to expand patient volumes to meet the needs of Claremont and the surrounding area. Some of the services offered include: minor procedures, diabetes education, allergy services, extended hours and more. CVMC mobile mammography will visit the facility bimonthly.
For more information, contact Kim Hudson at 828-315-0427.
James Wilson of Morganton is the second player to claim one of two winning tickets in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s Carolina Cash 5 game. Wilson won a $326,084 jackpot.
Wilson, who bought the $1 ticket at the Salem Express on Salem Road in Morganton, beat the odds of 1 in 749,398 to match all five numbers in the March 27 drawing. He split the jackpot and received $163,042. The other half was won by a Wake County man.
Wilson claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, Wilson took home $113,316.
50-year-old Timothy Carl Maynor of 25th Street N.E. in Hickory has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a bill of indictment for possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also indicted as an habitual felon. Maynor was jailed yesterday (April 10) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
59-year-old Malcolm Eugene Harrison of Pisgah Church Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (April 10) on two felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. Following his arrest, Harrison was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed on the cocaine charges; however, Harrison is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on Oxycodone charges on May 1.
27-year-old Jennifer Leann Roland of Fowler Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (April 10) on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana. Following her arrest, Roland was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. She’ll appear in Superior Court on May 1 in Lenoir.
39-year-old Carla Shante “Baby Girl” Maddox of Legion Club Road in Salisbury has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony breaking & entering and misdemeanor larceny. She was also arrested by Conover Police on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Maddox also lists an address in Claremont on Pefram Road.
Maddox was wanted by the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office in Wytheville, Virginia for a probation violation in connection to possession of a controlled substance. The warrant was issued in August of last year.
Maddox was locked up yesterday (April 10) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $26,000 secured bond. She’ll appear in District Court today in Newton.
34-year-old Garrett Tyreece Woods, Jr. was arrested by Lincolnton Police Sunday (April 9) on one felony count possession of a counterfeit instrument and one count of possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Three others, 18-year-old Winston Baxter, 19-year-old Shamaine Antwan Edwards, Jr. and 17-year-old Jaliek Raykwon Littlejohn were also arrested. Baxter was charged with one count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a law enforcement officer. He and Littlejohn were each charged with one count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. Edwards was arrested for one count of possession of marijuana greater than half an ounce and up to an ounce and a half. They were all charged with possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
At about 8:25 Sunday night (April 9), Lincolnton Police were called to the area of Turner Street in reference to a drug complaint. Officers made contact with individuals in two vehicles blocking eastbound traffic. While speaking with the occupants in both vehicles, Officers suspected drug activity. K-9 Officer Nash and his handler were brought in to assist. The dog made a hit on both vehicles. Both vehicles were searched. Over $980 in counterfeit currency was found, along with more than an ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. All the items were seized and the suspects were taken into custody.
No bond information was listed for any of the suspects. Woods was scheduled to appear in court yesterday (April 10). The other three men are all due in District Court on April 21.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call Lincolnton Police at 704-736-8900 or Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Crime Stoppers callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.