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23-year-old Marvin Kong Vongsay and 29-year-old Sao Kong Vongxay have both been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on drug charges. Marvin Kong Vongsay was charged with four counts for the sale or delivery of heroin, five counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin and one count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine and possession of a stolen firearm. Sao Kong Vongxay was charged with the sale or delivery of heroin and possession with intent to sell or deliver Heroin

Their arrests mark the end of a three-month undercover operation conducted by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division. The investigation started when Narcotics Officers began receiving information from concerned citizens who live on Mountaineer Drive about possible drug activity on that street and in the neighborhoods around Bethesda Road.

Narcotics Officers began to conduct surveillance in the area. Narcotics Detectives identified the brothers as potential suspects responsible for drug activity in the area. Investigators were ultimately able to make undercover heroin transactions from both brothers and also purchased two handguns. Detectives bought in excess of five grams of heroin with an estimated street value of $1,000. In addition, one of the handguns was reported stolen from a residential break-in reported earlier in the year. That firearm will be returned to the victim.

The brothers were arrested today (June 14) and additional amounts of heroin and meth were seized from Marvin Kong Vongsay. He was jailed under a $50,000 secured bond and his brother received a $15,000 secured bond. Appearances in District Court were set for August 8.

The investigation is ongoing to determine if the brothers are responsible for other larcenies and residential break-ins in Iredell County.

19-year-old Tyler Vincent Day of Sparta Drive in Mooresville was arrested Sunday (June 12) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with seven counts of felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, five counts of larceny after breaking and entering, three counts of misdemeanor larceny, and one count of injury to personal property.  

On Sunday Deputy D.C. Neill responded to the Jehovah’s Witness Congregation Church at 125 Olympia Drive in Mooresville to investigate a break-in into a motor vehicle. Upon arrival Deputy Neill was informed that the church had surveillance footage of the suspect.

After watching the video Deputy Neill was able to find out that the suspect left riding a white in color mountain bike. Sgt. A.W Blackburn then arrived on  the scene and both Deputies began canvassing the area. After further investigation it was found that Tyler Vincent Day of Sparta Drive in Mooresville matched the description of the white male on the surveillance camera.  After a short interview with Day he took the Deputies to where he had left all of the stolen property.

Throughout the day several individuals from the Olympia neighborhood began finding their cars broken into. Sgt. Blackburn and Deputy Neill were able to locate all of the stolen property and return it to its owners. Day was also found in possession of property taking from different residences.

Day was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where bond was set at $15,000 secured. He's scheduled to appear in District Court July 5.

50-year-old Andres Urgelles Martinez of Katy, Texas was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:20 last night (June 13) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.

He was arrested after Police responded to the Speedy Mart on Fairgrove Church Road S.E. The storeowner said a man, later identified as Andres Martinez, pried open a pump and used a device to slow down the meter as he was pumping gas. Officers searched the truck and found the device in question.

Martinez was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

36-year-old Michael Robert “Doc” Geressy of South New Hope Road in Gastonia was arrested by Lincolnton Police Friday (June 10) on one felony count of soliciting a child for a sex act by computer and appearing at the meeting place.

The suspect was arrested as the result of an undercover sting operation during which Geressy communicated with a Detective who posed as a 14-year-old child on social media. During the operation and investigation, Geressy discussed meeting a person he believed to be a 14-year-old child in Lincolnton to engage in sexual activity. Geressy arrived at the predetermined meeting location at about 3 o’clock Friday afternoon. He was arrested without incident.

Geressy was operating a 1987 Ford Crown Victoria, an exact replica of the car used in the “Men in Black” movie. The car had emergency light equipment, as well as after-market toggle switches to accurately replicate the movie car. In the back seat were New York license plates. Geressy was wearing a black suit, a black tie and black sunglasses, the same as the characters in the film.

Investigators also learned that Geressy has replicas of the vehicles used in the movies, “Ghostbusters” and “The Blues Brothers”. The suspect uses the vehicles and costumes as part of a business in which he entertains at parties. Additionally, Geressy is employed as an instructor at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Charlotte. Detectives are investigating the possibility that Geressy may have been in contact with other underage victims in the past. The suspect uses the alias “Doc Geressy” when he is in character.

Geressy was given a $75,000 secured bond and placed in the Lincoln County Jail. Geressy has since made bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was scheduled yesterday (June 13). His next court date was set for July 14.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help in determining if anyone has had inappropriate contact with Geressy in the past and to determine if any additional crimes have been committed. The case is still under investigation and further charges may apply. Geressy has no prior criminal record.

Anyone with information should contact Lincolnton Police Det. Brent Heavner at 704-736-8900 or Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous. Information leading to an arrest could result in a cash reward of up to $1,000.

29-year-old Corey Alan Robinson of May Jean Drive in Statesville was arrested Saturday (June 11) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Saturday the Iredell County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to 120 Coleman Drive in Troutman in reference to an impaired male sitting on the front porch of the residence. The man had not been seen in the neighborhood before. Upon arrival a Deputy spoke with a man who was identified as Corey Alan Robinson. There was a beer can seated next to the man and the deputy noticed a needle sticking out of Robinson’s left breast shirt pocket.

The Deputy asked Robinson what was in the needle and he told the Officer there was heroin in the needle mixed with Coca-Cola. The deputy placed Robinson under arrest and searched him prior to placing him in the patrol car.

The Deputy found a bottom portion of a soda can used to hold the heroin mixture while pulling the mixture into a needle.  Robinson was brought to the Iredell County Detention Center where bond was set at $4,000 secured. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance Monday (June 13).

20-year-old Richard Tyler Mckinney of Morningside Lane in Lenoir was arrested Friday (June 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Mckinney was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $12,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance Monday (June 13).

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 06:04

Fire Rating Improves In Morganton

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After a recent inspection by the North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI), the City of Morganton’s fire rating is Class three, a great improvement from the previous rating of Class five.

Public Safety Chief Ronnie Rector said in a news release issued by the City of Morganton “This rating indicates that Morganton is better prepared and equipped to respond to fires within the City of Morganton than any previous time period,” Rector added that “Morganton is the only Class 3 fire department in Burke County. In addition, according to the NCDOI website, only 37 fire departments in North Carolina and 3,220 fire departments nationwide were a Class 3 or better.”

The inspection, conducted by officials with the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshall (OSFM), is required on a regular basis as part of the North Carolina Response Rating System (NCRRS). State law requires OSFM officials to inspect departments serving districts of 100,000 people or less, which makes up all but six of the state’s fire districts.

The purpose of the NCRRS is to evaluate the fire prevention and fire suppression capabilities of individual communities or fire protection areas, to determine a Public Protection Classification for property insurance rating and to establish a checks and balance system to ensure agencies are meeting criteria set up by the National Fire Protection Association.  The NCRRS rating system ranges from one, which is the best rating to ten, which means the department is not recognized as a certified fire department by the state. These ratings are used by insurance companies to assist in setting insurance rates in a particular fire district.

The inspection evaluated four areas: Emergency Communications, Water Supply, Fire Department Operations, and Community Risk Reduction. The Class 3 rating is effective Sept. 1, 2016.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 05:55

Lenoir Woman Arrested On Meth Charge

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49-year-old Sandra Hicks Quick of Tumbleweed Drive in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (June 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with possession of methamphetamine. Quick was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first court appearance Monday (June 13).

An Iredell County man is reportedly among the 49 people killed in the shooting early Sunday morning (June 12) at Orlando's Pulse nightclub. 25-year-old Tevin Crosby, who was from Statesville but had recently moved, was among the 49 victims in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

According to published reports, a little more than a year ago, Tevin Crosby moved to Florida. He then moved to Michigan for a job shortly after he'd arrived in Florida. Reports say Mr. Crosby was in Orlando over the weekend to visit friends.

His parents went to Orlando following the shooting. As of late yesterday (Monday, June 13) no funeral arrangements had been made.

24-year-old Divonte Kierre Dula of Penridge Place in Lenoir was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of marijuana one-half ounce to one-and-one-half ounces. Dula was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Tuesday, June 14) under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.