34-year-old Stephanie Lea Jonas of Lyle Haven Drive NW in Conover was arrested Wednesday (January 4) by Long View Police Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Jonas was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, January 5).
28-year-old Cameron Diamond Dejuan Walton of Robinwood Circle in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (January 4) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm. Following the arrest, Walton was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,500 secured bond. No court date was listed.
37-year-old Chad Eric Lowman of 22nd Street NE in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, no operators license, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Lowman was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Thursday, January 5) under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
18-year-old Moises Emanuel Hernandez of Charlotte was arrested by Officers with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit yesterday (January 3) on one felony count of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. Two other men have outstanding warrants pertaining to the case, but have yet to be located. They are 23-year-old Rodolfo Felix and 18-year-old Jose Javier Reyes, both of Charlotte. They are each charged with one felony count of conspiracy to traffic meth.
The charges come as a result of a five-month long investigation into drug trafficking. Narcotics Detectives say the three men conspired to transport over a half a pound (approximately 238 grams) of meth through Lincoln County from Charlotte on July 31 of last year. The investigation began when a Deputy noticed a suspicious vehicle near the 5400 block of Highway 27 West in Vale. The Deputy conducted a traffic stop after the driver nearly struck a gas pump at a nearby convenience store.
During the stop, Deputies searched the vehicle and found several items including marijuana, drug paraphernalia and over $7,000 in cash. Both occupants of the vehicle were arrested for misdemeanor violations and later made bond.
Narcotics Detectives were notified and the vehicle was impounded. The next day, Detectives executed a search warrant on the vehicle and seized several items including a ledger, cell phones and a small amount of meth hidden in the vehicle.
Over the next several months, Detectives executed additional search warrants on electronic devices, phone records and other law enforcement agency records. After reviewing the data and conducting interviews, Detectives brought charges against the three suspects. Investigators don’t know exactly how long the operation had been going on, but they believe the suspects had been transporting the drugs on a regular basis.
Following his arrest, Hernandez was given a $9,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (January 4).
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Rodolfo Felix or Jose Javier Reyes should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. A Crime Stoppers tip leading to an arrest could result in a reward of up to $1,000.
29-year-old Miranda Day Beaver and 25-year-old Dennie Lee Mitchell, both of Buckskin Trail in Vale, were both arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged in Lincoln County with one felony count each of larceny of a motor vehicle and breaking and entering a motor vehicle. They are also charged with one misdemeanor count each of larceny and possession of stolen goods. They're both charged in Burke County with felony possession of a motor Vehicle and possession of methamphetamine.
The suspects are charged in Lincoln County with stealing a privately owned vehicle from the parking lot of R and K Trucking at 151 Cedar Grove Church Road in Vale. That theft occurred on December 11
The owner of the vehicle told deputies he drives for R and K Trucking and left the facility at approximately 10:30 a.m. on December 11, and when he returned at around 7:50 p.m. his green 1997 GMC Yukon was missing.
The vehicle was located several days later in Burke County and Detective Matt Burgess went to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility to interview the two people who were suspects in the case.
Beaver and Mitchell were moved from Burke County and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on Monday (January 2) under $25,000 secured bond each. They both have District Court appearances January 23.
37-year-old Daniel Cecil Kerley of Heritage Farm Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest and two misdemeanor counts of hit & run with property damage. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of D.W.I. and driving while license revoked.
Events leading to his arrest began when Police responded to reports of a possible drunk driver in the area of Highway 70 S.E. and Fairgrove Church Road S.E. Officers spotted the vehicle, a 2005 Chrysler 300C, at 5th Avenue Court N.E. and Highway 127. They attempted to stop the Chrysler, but lost sight of it after the driver turned near Hickory High School.
A short time later, Officers were called to a two-vehicle crash near the Cook Out restaurant on North Center Street. One of the vehicles was the Chrysler, driven by Daniel Kerley. No injuries were reported.
Kerley was taken into custody without incident just after 2:30 a.m. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $9,500, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (January 3) in Newton.
24-year-old Morgan Rio-Shay Blevins of Moore Mountain Road in Moravian Falls was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning for a felony probation violation and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear on a charge of driving while license revoked. She also faces felony methamphetamine charges in Alexander and Catawba counties, plus a misdemeanor firearms charge in Catawba and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge in Alexander.
Blevins was taken into custody without incident just before 4 a.m. today at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $14,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for January 9 in Taylorsville with a District Court date on January 24 in Newton.
35-year-old George Edward Linder III was arrested Tuesday (January 3) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony non-forced breaking and entering. Linder was placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond. A court date is scheduled for February 13 in Morganton.
30-year-old Tasha Nichole Greenlee of Holly Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (January 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to keep controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Greenlee was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled for Tuesday.
32-year-old Michael Shane Coffey of NE Jolly Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (January 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of attempted first degree arson and breaking and entering. Coffey was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $60,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
47-year-old Tracy Lynn Kaylor and 38-year-old Jacob Dewey Coffey, both of the same Chester Road, Lenoir, address, were both arrested Tuesday (January 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with single felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance, and maintain a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance.
Kaylor and Coffey were both placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond apiece. They are both scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday (January 5).
City of Morganton tax payments should be received by tomorrow (Thursday, January 5). After the deadline, any unpaid taxes will be assessed two-percent interest. An additional three-quarters-percent interest will be assessed each month thereafter. Property owners can pay in person in Morganton City Hall at 305 East Union Street, Suite A100. Residents can pay online at www.morgantonnc.gov/payonline. There is no fee if you pay with an e-check. There is a 2.6% fee for payments made with credit cards.
51-year-old Mark Edward Bell of County Home Road in Conover was arrested Tuesday (January 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of trafficking opium or heroin and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bell was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $65,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled for today (Wednesday, January 4) and next Monday (January 9).
17-year-old Luis Manuel Rivera-Montes of 12th Avenue Drive NE in Conover was arrested Tuesday (January 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Rivera-Montes was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, January 4).