26-year-old Samuel Roy Sipe of East Church Street in Maiden has been arrested by Maiden Police for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also faces one count of failure to appear in court on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon. Sipe was jailed last night (January 8) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $35,000. He'll make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton. A court date on the failure to appear charge is coming up on February 3.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating a runaway juvenile. She is 12-year-old Albree Brooke Gallimore.
Ms. Gallimore is a white female. She is approximately 5'6" tall and weighs 100 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair, usually worn in a top bun. Ms. Gallimore has post earrings in the lobes and upper cartilage of both ears. She does not have any tattoos.
She was reported missing Sunday (January 5). At about 12 a.m., a family member saw the juvenile leave a residence on Sonja Drive in Statesville and get into a dark, older-model sedan operated by an unknown black male. Authorities believe Ms. Gallimore was in the area of Douglas Street in Statesville. She may also be in the Park Drive area.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Albree Brooke Gallimore should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3100 or dial 9-1-1.
Beginning this morning (January 9) at 8:30, Third Avenue Drive N.W. and Third Avenue Court N.W. in Hickory will be closed for roadway repairs and construction. The roadway will be reopened to traffic when the work is complete. The work zone and detours will be established and clearly marked. Delays should be expected.
25-year-old Lea Michelle Hamby of Green Street in Hudson was arrested by Granite Falls Police yesterday (January 8) for felony failure to appear and misdemeanor resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer. Following her arrest, Hamby was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $2,500, secured. It’s not clear on which charges Hamby failed to appear in court, but she was scheduled to appear in District Court yesterday for felony uttering a forged instrument. She has upcoming court appearances on February 5 for misdemeanor unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and on February 6 for resisting.
26-year-old Kristen Jewel Ellis of Morganton will spend at least seven years in prison following her conviction for multiple criminal offenses during Burke Co. Superior Court on Monday (January 6). The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, sentenced Ellis to an active prison term of seven-to-11 years, followed by an additional suspended sentence of 22-to-46 months with 60 months of supervised probation upon her release. Ellis pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, attempted trafficking of opiates, and fleeing to elude arrest.
On May 17 of last year, Ellis and a co-defendant traveled to a Morganton residence where she went inside and met an occupant of the dwelling in his bedroom. A short time later, she left the room, unlocked the front door, and allowed the co-defendant (who was armed with a revolver) to enter the residence. The two defendants demanded that the victim give them his pain medication. When he refused, a struggle ensued. Multiple shots were fired and the victim was shot.
Ellis collected the medication, retrieved a shotgun from the room, and struck the victim in his jaw with the gun. The victim took a knife and stabbed both defendants as they headed to their vehicle. Ellis sped away from the scene, leading Officers on a chase before she was apprehended. The co-defendant, 23-year-old Ezra Harold Patton, has a Superior Court date in Morganton coming up on February 17.
Donnie Dellinger investigated the case for the Morganton Department of Public Safety. Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lippert handled the prosecution for the state.
25-year-old Bradley Dale Morgan of North Main Street in Granite Falls was arrested by Granite Falls Police Tuesday (January 7) for possession of methamphetamine and failure to appear. Following his arrest, Morgan was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $10,500, secured. He'll appear in District Court on February 5 in Lenoir.
59-year-old Mark Russell Triplett of Sullivan Avenue in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers Tuesday (January 7) for a felony probation violation. Triplett is on probation as he serves a 30-month suspended sentence following an October 2018 conviction in Catawba County for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Following his arrest, Triplett was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $15,000, secured. He'll appear in Superior Court on February 3.
28-year-old Elizabeth Jane Lewis of Forrest Hill Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers Monday (January 6) for violating a house arrest order. She was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $25,000, secured. No court date is currently scheduled.
46-year-old John Paul Hammer and 53-year-old Todd Lee Hefner, both from Taylorsville, have been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff's Officers on drug charges. They were both charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Hammer was also charged with misdemeanor possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, while Hefner faces an additional charge for possession of drug paraphernalia.
They were arrested at about 7:30 Monday morning (January 6) when Deputies responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle on Friendship Church Road in the Wittenburg community. Deputies found the vehicle a short time later at the intersection of U.S. Highway 64 and Church Road. They stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Highway 64 and Herman Road. As the Deputies attempted to make contact with the vehicle's occupants, they noticed a passenger attempting to hide a pipe.
Both men were taken into custody with bond for each set at $3,500, secured. First appearances in Alexander County District Court are coming up on January 13.
24-year-old Ethan Scott Kirby of Hillcrest Avenue in Rhodhiss was arrested Tuesday (January 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a firearm and larceny of a motor vehicle. Kirby was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. No upcoming court dates were listed.
51-year-old Regina Diane Cannon of Cannon Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (January 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Cannon was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 8).
33-year-old Anthony Michael Karanicolas of Cleveland, Ohio was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff's Officers today (January 8) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Karanicolas is wanted by authorities in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. He's charged with failure to appear on counts of possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Following his arrest, Karanicolas was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court is coming up on January 13 in Newton.
34-year-old Rafael Septine Soto of 21st Street Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:30 Monday afternoon (January 6) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. According to H.P.D.'s arrest report, Soto was not armed at the time of his arrest.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at an auto dealership on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. Soto was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (January 7) in Newton.
45-year-old Michael James Ward of Enlos Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (January 7) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. Ward is also charged with driving while license revoked. He was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (January 8).