18-year-old Kenneth Wade Fredell of Sigmon Street in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (June 7) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of statutory rape of a child by an adult and indecent liberties with a child.
Fredell was charged in connection with an incident that occurred on May 28, 2017. During the investigation it was determined that Fredell inappropriately touched the victim, a six-year-old female. The incident occurred at the victim’s home, she and the suspect were acquainted.
Fredell was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate where he was ordered placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 8).
31-year-old Tony Timothy Martin of Gene Moretz Lane in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (June 8) on one felony count each of larceny of a motor vehicle and obtaining property by false pretense, plus misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property and resisting a public officer. He was arrested on outstanding warrants dated June 2, 2017. The resisting charge was filed today.
Martin, who was armed with a shotgun at the time of his arrest, was taken into custody at about 20 minutes past midnight today at a retail store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility this morning under a $5,500 secured bond. District Court dates were scheduled for June 12 and July 19 in Newton.
32-year-old Kelli Renee Short was arrested Wednesday (June 7) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and failure to appear. Short was placed in jail in Morganton under $9,500 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (June 8).
27-year-old Francisco Javier Rodriguez was arrested Wednesday by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony second degree rape. Following the arrest, Rodriguez was placed in jail in Morganton under $500,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 31.
40-year-old Susan Michelle Hollar of Fred Watson Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (June 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She was charged with Civil Contempt. Following the arrest, Hollar was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. No court date was listed.
23-year-old Laken Terri Yarbrough of 15th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (June 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony accessory after the fact. Yarbrough was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 8).
39-year-old David Paul Patterson II of 12th Street Place NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (June 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a true bill of indictment with possession of a counterfeit instrument or currency, on a bill of indictment with felony uttering a forged instrument, and with failure to appear on a count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Patterson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. Superior Court dates were scheduled for today (June 8) and July 10.
A former teacher in Catawba County has been indicted on indecent liberties charges. According to various published reports, 26-year-old Kyle Kanupp, a former teacher and coach at Fred T. Foard High School, has been indicted on four counts of taking indecent liberties with students.
Kanupp is not in custody and according to the published reports, deputies say he is cooperating with their investigation. There is no information on the North Carolina Courts website regarding the indictments. Kanupp reportedly worked as an assistant in-school suspension teacher and was an assistant wrestling and football coach at Fred T. Foard High School. He was fired in May when the allegations were revealed.
34-year-old Abraham Leng Thor of Berry Road Extension in Connelly Springs was arrested today (June 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Thor was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for July 24.
23-year-old Donald Clay Helton of White Eagle Ranch Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 12:30 yesterday afternoon (June 6) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.
Helton was arrested in connection to an incident on May 23 when Officers responded to a larceny at Best Buy. An investigation led to the identification and arrest of 24-year-old Chelsea Olivia Fox of the same address on White Eagle Ranch Road. She was charged with misdemeanor larceny. Officers then learned that multiple items had been pawned by Fox and Helton. A warrant for Helton’s arrest was issued on June 1.
Helton was taken into custody without incident at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
30-year-old Mineka Gibson of Wandering Trail in Lincolnton was arrested this morning (June 7) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Gibson was also charged on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant with failure to comply.
Deputies were dispatched to the 2500 block of Teague Street in Lincolnton at around 3 a.m. today in connection with a possible stabbing incident. When they arrived officers found Ashley Logan Ritchie with a puncture wound in her neck.
Detective Justin Link was called to the scene and during his investigation it was determined the suspect in the case was Mineka Gibson. The victim told officers that she and Demory Jerquan Williams were sitting in a car listening to music and drinking when they heard a car door open on a vehicle behind them. Ritchie said Gibson jumped in the vehicle and stabbed her one time with a sharp object. The suspect then fled the scene. The victim was transported by Lincoln County EMS to CHS-Lincoln for treatment.
Gibson was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $15,380 secured bond. No court date was listed. Detective Link said Ms. Gibson was already on probation for assaulting Ritchie.
34-year-old Edgar Alrcon Romero of Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (June 6) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child.
On May 18, Investigators from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Alexander County Department of Social Services regarding possible sex abuse to an 11-year-old. An investigation was conducted by the Alexander County Department of Social Services and the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. As a result of the investigation, it was learned that the suspect in this case was 34 year old Edgar Romero of Taylorsville.
Romero was taken into custody and placed in jail under a $150,000 Secured Bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 7).
33-year-old Brandon Eugene Anthony was arrested Tuesday by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and breaking and entering. Anthony was placed in jail in Morganton under $27,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 7).
54-year-old Lester Ray Bradshaw, Jr. of Johnstown Road in Crouse has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count each of trafficking heroin or opium by possession and possession with intent to sell & deliver schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.
Yesterday (June 6), Officers with the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit arrested Bradshaw for trafficking a large amount of opioid pain pills. The arrest came during a traffic stop near the intersection of N.C. Highway 27 East and Orchard Road in Iron Station. Officers stopped the vehicle for an expired registration plate.
During the stop, Detectives saw a passenger, Lester Ray Bradshaw, shoving plastic zip-lock bags in his pants. After a search of the subject’s clothing, Detectives seized more than 33 grams (80 tablets) of Hydrocodone pills and more than half an ounce of marijuana. Detectives say the man was attempting to hide the drugs, but part of the plastic bag was sticking out of the front of his pants, in plain view. Investigators interviewed the man, who admitted to purchasing the pills to re-sell for profit.
Bradshaw faces the highest level of trafficking charges, carrying a possibility of 225 months in prison if convicted. The investigation is ongoing.
Following his arrest, Bradshaw was given a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was set for today.