27-year-old Jonathan Christopher Vess was arrested Wednesday (June 22) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Vess was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make his first court appearance yesterday.
Three people were arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers when a search warrant was executed at a residence on Mineral Springs Mountain Road in Valdese.
38-year-old Clee Eugene Blankenship and 29-year-old Elizabeth Maria Hanna, both of Mineral Springs Mountain Road, were taken into custody on a non-support charge for Blankenship and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer for Hanna. 53-year-old Rocky Darell Powell of Orchard Street S.E. in Valdese was arrested for a failure to appear on a first-degree trespassing charge in Caldwell County and a failure to appear on a shoplifting charge in Newton.
At about 4:30 Tuesday afternoon (June 21), Officers arrived at the residence and found 12 individuals at various locations on the property and in the residence. The homeowner, Gail Phillips, was not present at the time of the search.
During the search, Officers found a small amount of drugs and paraphernalia inside the residence. While searching the property, Officers found a truck in the woods that had been reported stolen in Drexel. Drexel Police responded to the scene where they recovered the truck.
Following their arrests, Blankenship was given a $1,000 cash bond. Hanna’s bond was set at $1,000, secured, and Powell was given a $1,500 secured bond. Powell has since been released. No court date is currently listed for Blankenship. Hanna will appear in court on July 20, while Powell has a Caldwell County court date on July 21 and an appearance in Catawba County on August 1.
The investigation is ongoing. Charges against Gail Phillips are pending, based on the items found in the residence.
30-yer-old Joshua Wayne Kirby of 26th Street S.W. in Hickory has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was also served with true bills of indictment for felony larceny, financial card theft and financial card fraud. Kirby was wanted in Jackson County, Florida for a felony probation violation.
He was jailed Monday (June 20) on the indictments. Kirby was served with the fugitive warrant yesterday while in custody at the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. He’ll appear in District Court Monday (June 27) on the fugitive warrant and in Superior Court on September 6 on the other charges.
36-year-old Latissa Decona Price of Lyle Haven Drive N.W. of Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:35 last night (June 22) on one felony count of habitual misdemeanor assault and one misdemeanor count of simple assault & battery.
She was taken into custody without incident on the 900 block of South Center Street in Hickory. Price was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for June 27 in Newton.
27-year-old Cory Samuel Martin was arrested Wednesday (June 22) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny of a firearm. Following the arrest, Martin was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (June 24).
25-year-old Jordan Lee Weaver was arrested Wednesday (June 22) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony forced breaking and entering. Weaver was jailed in Morganton under $40,000 bond. A court appearance is scheduled for July 5.
28-year-old Linda Kay Slone was arrested Wednesday (June 22) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony common law robbery. Following the arrest, Slone was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 1.
34-year-old Justin Mikeal Freeman of KT Lane in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with violating a house arrest order. Freeman was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $200,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
35-year-old Daniel Sherman King and 29-year-old Teresa Nicole Gouge, both of the same 8th Street NE, Hickory address, were both arrested Wednesday (June 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. King is charged with felony counts of forgery of an instrument, obtaining property by false pretense, and identity theft. Gouge is charged with one count of obtaining property by false pretense. Both suspects were locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. King was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Thursday, June 23). No court date was listed for Gouge.
36-year-old Michael Dale Biddix of Ocean Court in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (June 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony indecent liberties with a child and disseminating obscene material. Biddix was jailed at the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 25.