Sarah Hinojoza of Claremont has won $110,000 in the N.C. Education Lottery’s Cash 5 game. She beat odds of one in 749,398 to match all five numbers in the July 28 drawing.
Hinojoza bought the winning $1 ticket at the S.M. Mart on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory. She claimed her prize Thursday (August 3) at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, Hinojoza took home $76,451.
For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in Catawba County, click on the “For Education” section at nc-educationlottery.org.
55-year-old Ellis Eugene Anderson of Oxford School Road in Catawba was arrested Thursday (August 3) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.
Thursday, at approximately 10:00 p.m. a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy on routine patrol stopped a motorcycle on NC 16 Highway North near Optimist Club Road intersection for not having tail lights on the vehicle. While speaking with the operator of the motorcycle, identified as Ellis Eugene Anderson, Deputy A.D. Sherwood noticed he appeared very nervous and continuously made movements toward his pocket. During the investigation Deputy Sherwood learned that Anderson had been charged with several felony drug offenses in a neighboring county which are still pending.
Anderson admitted to having drugs in his possession during the traffic stop and the officer found approximately 18 grams of methamphetamine and 4 grams of heroin. The drugs along with the Yamaha motorcycle and $650 were seized and placed in evidence.
Anderson was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
38-year-old David Lee Brittain of 6th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:30 a.m. yesterday (August 3) on Magistrate’s orders for felony breaking & entering and misdemeanor breaking & entering. He currently faces charges in both Catawba and Caldwell counties for felony breaking & entering and felony larceny after breaking & entering.
Brittain was taken into custody at an address on Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton. Brittain has additional court dates in Catawba County on September 7 and in Caldwell County on September 11.
50-year-old Billy Ray Potter of Pioneer Trail in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and maintain a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance.
Sheriff Alan Jones announced the arrest was made after SWAT executed an Ice Unit drug related search warrant at Potter's home at 2941 Pioneer Trail. The Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit had been investigating Potter for suspicion of distributing methamphetamine. A search warrant was issued after undercover buys for methamphetamine were conducted at his residence.
The home was searched and Narcotic Agents located and seized 26 grams of methamphetamine, digital weighing scales, and paraphernalia. The meth has a street value of $3,900 according to North Carolina State Guidelines. Potter was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court in Lenoir on Monday (August 7).
30-year-old Joshua Lee Franklin was arrested Thursday (August 3) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking methamphetamine. Franklin was arrested at an address on Della Drive in Connelly Springs. Following the arrest, Franklin was placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 4).
44-year-old Thomas Hayes Frank was arrested today (August 4) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking methamphetamine. Frank was placed in jail in Morganton under $35,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
46-year-old Shannon Renee Curley and 46-year-old Renous Alan Hughes, both of the same Dudley Shoals Road Granite Falls address were arrested Thursday (August 3) on charges filed in Catawba County. Curley was arrested by Caldwell County authorities, Hughes was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers.
They're both charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and breaking and entering to a motor vehicle. Following their arrests, both suspects were detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. They're each scheduled to appear in District Court Monday (August 7).
17-year-old Travis Cole Mosher of Brick Kiln Way in Mooresville was arrested Wednesday (August 2) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with five counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, six counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, one count of breaking and entering to a building, and two counts of misdemeanor larceny.
On July 27, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office began receiving reports of vehicle break-ins and the theft of motor vehicles. A stolen vehicle from Isle of Pines Road in Mooresville was later recovered off of Brick Kiln Way Mooresville. Around the same time that vehicle was reported stolen, authorities received calls regarding jet-skis being stolen from community marinas at Cove Creek Loop off of Isle of Pines Road and across the cove at Squam Court.
Deputies also responded to a break-in to a vehicle along with the larceny of a vehicle in progress on Poplis Road off of Brawley School Road. Once on scene Deputies determined the suspect jumped and ran from the stolen car that was found at the end of Poplis Road in the cul-de-sac abandoned with the keys still in it. A K9 Officer responded to the scene and began tracking. The track led Officers to a maintenance building belonging to Trump National Golf Club.
Deputies searched the area and located another vehicle with its parking lights on and keys inside in a wooded area near the maintenance building. It was quickly determined this vehicle belonged to Trump National Golf Club. As Deputies continued to search it was discovered the gate to the maintenance building and a window to the building had been pried open.
Another stolen vehicle report came in on Sunday July 30. This vehicle was stolen from Easton Drive in the Point and later recovered a short distance away at the intersection of Jeremy Point Place and Poplis Drive, the same area where the vehicles were stolen from the night before.
During the investigation, Detectives interviewed multiple victims and witnesses about possible suspects. They received information about a suspect named Travis who lived in the area where the crimes had occurred. A witness told officers he was a passenger in one of the stolen vehicles, not knowing it was stolen.
Additional witnesses were located who indicated that Travis Cole Mosher had been driving the stolen vehicles. Mosher was also connected to the boat breaking-ins and stolen Jet Ski’s in the area of Milford Circle.
The investigation revealed that the suspect would take cars and Jet Skis for joy rides along with other crimes including setting off fire extinguishers while out at night.
Mosher was placed under arrest, transported to the Iredell County Detention Center and given a $40,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for August 18.
There are two new names on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.
21-year-old Allayah Danielle Ridings was recently added to the Most Wanted List. She's wanted for felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Ridings' last known address was 5851 Sparrow Drive in Granite Falls. She was added to the list last Friday (July 28).
29-year-old Justin Wayne Singleton AKA Jonathan Howell is wanted by authorities in Burke County. Under charges for Singleton it says he has an active bond but was released from Ashe County. Singleton's last known address was 3206 Windy Hill Drive, Lot 3, in Valdese. He was also added to the list last Friday.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information about any of the suspects on the list call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to email@example.com, or submit an anonymous tip to Morganton/Burke Crime Stoppers. The Crime Stoppers phone number is 828-437-3333.
24-year-old Zachery George Stephenson of Becky's Drive in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (August 3) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with traffick in methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Stephenson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $251,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (August 7).
30-year-old Dorian Roshad Ferguson of Legion Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (August 3) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with felonious possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin and maintaining a vehicle to keep or store a controlled substance, plus two probation violations.
Ferguson was arrested as part of an undercover operation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and the Lenoir Police Department. The investigation was the result of numerous complaints concerning high-volume traffic at Ferguson’s residence and suspicious persons in the area. During the investigation, several grams of a substance believed to be heroin were confiscated.
Ferguson was incarcerated in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $1-million secured bond. He’ll make a first appearance in District Court in Lenoir on Monday (August 7).
Agents say the investigation is continuing and more arrests are anticipated.
19-year-old Spencer Shawn Kain of Union Street in Maiden was arrested Thursday (August 3) by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of marijuana, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Kain was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 4).
28-year-old Joii Sharood Moon of 4th Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (August 3) for a felony probation violation and misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
Moon is serving a 36-month suspended sentence following a February 2017 felony conviction in Catawba County for obtaining property by false pretense. He had been listed as an absconder from probation.
Moon was taken into custody without incident shortly before 4 a.m. today on the 900 block of South Center Street in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for September 5 with a Superior Court date scheduled in December.
Today (August 3) at 6:09 a.m., officers from the Newton Police Department responded to a reported motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian on US 321 (Southwest Blvd) just south of NC Highway 10 West. Upon arrival, officers discovered a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle traveling north on US 321.
According to a news release, early indications are that 58-year-old Randy Dale Benfield of Newton was attempting to cross US 321 from Burger King walking west toward the Circle K located at the intersection of NC 10 Hwy and US 321. As Mr. Benfield was standing in the northbound turn lane, he was struck by a Chevrolet Impala. It appears that the driver was attempting to merge left into the northbound turn lane when he struck Mr. Benfield. The ambient light conditions were low at the time which officers currently believe led to the driver not seeing Mr. Benfield standing in the roadway.
Surveillance video from surrounding businesses appears confirm this sequence of events. Mr. Benfield was treated at the scene by Newton Fire, Catawba County EMS, Newton-Conover Rescue and Newton Police. He was transported from the scene via Med Center Air to Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte where he is currently listed in critical condition. The news release does not state that the driver has been charged in the incident.
On Friday (August 4), the Newton Police Department will be hosting a regional “Watch for Me NC” training for area law enforcement participating in the statewide “Watch for Me NC” program. “The “Watch for Me NC” program, which started with a pilot program in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties in 2012, each year invites communities across North Carolina to become partner communities. As part of that effort, partner communities receive additional support and training from NCDOT.” This year the City of Newton Police Department was selected to participate in this statewide program which “aims to reduce pedestrian and bicycle injuries and deaths through a comprehensive, targeted approach of public education, community engagement, and high visibility law enforcement.” More information about the “Watch for Me NC” program can be found at www.watchformenc.org.