58-year-old Malinda Hightower Hester was arrested Wednesday (February 15) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony non-forced breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Hester was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 8.
21-year-old Dalton Randolph Rhom was arrested Wednesday (February 15) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony non-forced breaking and entering. Rhom was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 8.
Deputies responded to the area of West Iredell Circle in western Iredell County on Wednesday morning (February 15) in reference to a possible kidnapping. A citizen called 911 after they saw 4 to 5 people in a blue mini-van and a brown SUV taking the male juvenile by force at the house next door. The caller told Deputies that they witnessed the unknown people put some type of restraints on the juvenile and forced him into the van, then drove away toward Old Mountain Rd. The caller could hear the victim yelling at the people to let go of him.
Deputies and Detectives arrived at the residence and soon were able to make contact family members of the juvenile who lives in the home. Deputies learned that the juvenile should be at home and no one should be taking him anywhere. After further investigation, Deputies learned that the victim’s father, Rickey David Thomas Jr. from Massachusetts, had gone to West Iredell High School earlier in the day with four other people trying to locate the juvenile. Rickey Thomas and the other suspects were traveling in a blue mini-van and a brown SUV with out of state tags.
Detectives were able to obtain the tag number from security footage and found it to be a license plate issued from Maine. A short time later the vehicle and four suspects were located by Virginia State Police. The juvenile was also located and is currently in the custody of Virginia Department of Social Services.
Interviews were conducted with the suspects and it was determined that the juvenile’s father, Rickey David Thomas, had hired a transport company to forcefully take his son away from family members in Iredell and take him back to Massachusetts. Deputies learned that the hired transport personnel along with the child’s father forced their way into the juvenile’s home on West Iredell Circle in order to take him. Once the child was restrained it appears the father left for the airport leaving his child with the others to drive back to Massachusetts.
At the time of the stop in Virginia authorities located plastic zip ties inside the mini-van that are believed to have been used restrain the juvenile. Virginia authorities will hold the suspects on Iredell County Charges pending extradition. There are no indications the juvenile has any serious injuries and the Virginia Department of Social Services will make the determination in regard to custody of the child.
Detectives with the Iredell County Sheriffs have drawn warrants for Felony Restraint and Felony Breaking and entering for the suspects, Lorraine Colpitts, Michael Warman, Tony Winslow, and Mickey Mitton. The father of the child Rickey Thomas who has not yet been located has warrants for Conspiracy to commit Felony Restraint and Felony Breaking and Entering. The District Attorney’s office has agreed to seek extradition of the suspects back to NC to face charges.
A man recently added to the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted list has been arrested. 25-year-old Brandon Jeffery Hyler of Miller Bridge Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Wednesday (February 15) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest. Hyler was added to the Most Wanted List last Friday (February 10). He was not listed as an inmate in Burke County as of earlier today. A Superior Court date on the charge is scheduled for March 20.
There are still several wanted suspects being sought by authorities in Burke County. One of the individuals who has been on the Most Wanted List the longest is 40-year-old Tong Xeng Yang Moua. He's wanted for felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver meth, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Moua's last known address was 2650 Old Blue Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs. He's been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List since August 14, 2014.
You can see the entire list at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List call 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
39-year-old Stevie Allen Woody of Fletcher Street in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (February 15) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Woody was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 16).
31-year-old Matthew Allen Porter of Robbins Lane in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (February 15) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with three counts apiece of felony break or enter a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods. Porter was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for March 6.
54-year-old Glenn Dale Coffey of Camary Lane in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (February 15) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Coffey was given a custody release. He's scheduled to appear in Superior Court March 6.
Catawba Co. Narcotics Investigators and other Officers, along with personnel from the Department of Revenue, conducted a drug offender round-up this morning. The operation, called Operation M-80, was an attempt to locate 80 individuals who have been involved in ongoing drug-related investigations in Catawba County. Jason Reid of the Catawba Co. Drug Task force cited the tip line as the originating source in the majority of the investigations.
The operation began at six o’clock this morning (February 15) as Officers prepared to serve 111 felony indictments. Officers went to various locations and arrested 33 of the 80 suspects immediately. Those suspects were taken before a Magistrate, who set bond. The Department of Revenue also assisted with property seizures from suspects who owed money due to the possession of illegal narcotics.
During the arrest of 41-year-old Rebecca Lynn Rose at 5220 Chaucer Street in Conover, Deputies found a weapon of mass destruction. The Gastonia Police Dept. Bomb Squad was called in to disarm the device. In addition to the weapons charge, Rose was arrested for trafficking opium or heroin and possession of methamphetamine.
Officers will continue to search for the remaining suspects. Their names are being entered into the National Crime Information Center’s database.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating 20-year-old Dillon Andrew Walker of Cedar Ridge Lane in Vale.
A report was filed on February 15 after Mr. Walker had not been heard from since February 13. Detective Dan Snellings said Mr. Walker left his residence around 10 p.m. on the thirteenth, en route to his mother’s home on Dirty Ankle Road in Cleveland County. He never arrived.
Mr. Walker is described as a white male, 5’9” tall, weighing 260 pounds. He has brown hair, light skin and blue eyes. He drives a blue 1998 Saturn with North Carolina tag number EEK-2336.
Anyone with regarding the whereabouts of Dillon Andrew Walker should contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
Narcotics Officers with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office were out early this morning (February 15) rounding up suspects in a drug operation. "Operation M-80" is targeting 80 individuals wanted for various drug offenses. Officers began making arrests this morning and were planning to continue the operation until all suspects were in custody.
Watch WHKY-TV News tonight for the latest details on the operation, along with a conversation with Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid about the roundup.
The new Catawba County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO was introduced during today's Annual Shareholder and Investor Luncheon. Lindsay Keisler, who has been serving as Interim President since Danny Hearn's retirement, has been elevated to the position on a permanent basis. Keisler grew up in Conover and had served as Senior Vice President since 2013. The Keynote Speaker for the Chamber Luncheon was Clifton Lambreth, a North Carolina native who worked for more than 26 years for Ford Motor Company including during the company's financial recovery from 2006 to 2009.
36-year-old Mary Nicole Miskell was arrested Tuesday (February 14) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony possession of controlled substance on the premises of a penal institution. In addition, Miskell is charged with misdemeanor counts of larceny, possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and first degree trespassing.
Miskell was arrested at an address on NC Highway 73 in Denver shortly after 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. She was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $7,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (February 16).
27-year-old Joe Clifford Tipps of Pea Ridge Road in Lawndale was arrested Tuesday (February 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, two counts of possession of stolen goods, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Tipps was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $45,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 8.
54-year-old Todd Douglas Setzer of Pinewood Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (February 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of stolen property. Setzer was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 6.