22-year-old Tresean Caron Dula of Staircase Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of obtain property by false pretense and possession of stolen goods. Dula was given a custody release. He has a District Court appearance scheduled for next Monday (November 27) in Lenoir.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a suspect in connection with several break-ins in the Lincoln Forest subdivision near Highway 150 east of Lincolnton early Monday morning (November 20).
The Lincoln County Communication Center began receiving calls about multiple residential burglaries and vehicle break-in that occurred in the 2300 block of Kings Grant Road and 2600 block of Queen’s Road. During the investigation multiple neighboring residents provided video footage of the suspect in the area. That information led to the identification of 18-year-old Caleb Wynn Loper of Leeping Brook Road in Lincolnton, who lives in the same neighborhood where the break-ins occurred.
Loper was taken into custody on Tuesday (November 21) and charged with two felony counts of first degree burglary, felony larceny, felony possession of stolen goods, four felony counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, and one misdemeanor count of breaking and entering.
Loper was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under an $85,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court today (November 22) Lincoln County District Court.
38-year-old David Arrex Burleson was arrested Tuesday (November 21) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Burleson was being held in jail in Morganton under $205,000 secured bond. He has Superior Court dates January 2 and January 8.
36-year-old Brian Lee Maynor of Stubbs Place in Maiden was arrested today (November 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with identity theft, obtaining property by false pretense, and resisting a public officer. Maynor was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $70,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for January 22.
24-year-old Adam Kyle Ramsey of Mitchell Drive in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (November 21) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, preparation to break or enter a motor vehicle by possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, and failure to appear on a count of driving while license revoked. Ramsey was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $22,500 bond. District Court dates are scheduled for next Monday (November 27) and January 4.
18-year-old Blakelynn Paige Young of Clarks Chapel Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Young's bond was set at $3,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (November 27) in Lenoir.
46-year-old Stephen Todd Lipe of Clontz Hill Road in Troutman was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of identity theft, financial card theft, and financial card transaction fraud, along with a misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of motor vehicle.
Iredell County Criminal Investigations Detectives were contacted about Stephen Todd Lipe using a vehicle without permission and asked to assist the owner with locating the vehicle. Further investigation led to the discovery that Lipe was also using a debit card belonging to the vehicle owner to make cash withdrawals at area ATM machines as well as to purchase various items at convenience stores. Detectives and Patrol Deputies recovered the vehicle, which was still in the suspect's possession.
Lipe was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $4,500 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for December 11.
21-year-old Juan Kaleb Contreras of Hartland Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with auto larceny. Contreras was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (November 22).
23-year-old Victor Contrell Stewart and 37-year-old Melissa Ann Pounds, both of South Ashe Avenue in Newton, were arrested Monday (November 20) by Newton Police Officers. Stewart is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Pounds is charged with possession of up to one-half ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Monday at 1:49 p.m. the Newton Police Department responded to a mutual aid request from the North Carolina Department of Community Corrections, Probation and Parole. Newton officers responded to 404 South Ashe Avenue where probation officers were conducting a home visit of probationer Victor Contrell Stewart. During their visit, probation officers noticed a bag of marijuana on a table in the living room of the apartment and smelled a strong odor of marijuana. The renter of the apartment, Melissa Ann Pounds, Stewart's mother, was present and gave consent for officers to search the apartment. After the search began Pounds revoked her consent to search. Officers immediately stopped searching and secured the apartment until a Search Warrant could be obtained.
Once a Search Warrant was obtained Officers continued with their search locating a brown Louis Vuitton backpack in Stewart's bedroom. The backpack contained marijuana, digital scales, a 22 caliber semi-automatic pistol and a wallet containing Stewart’s North Carolina identification. A purse was also found in Stewart’s closet containing $80.00 cash. Stewart was additionally found to be in possession of two small plastic baggies containing marijuana, digital scales, and a larger bag 25.5 grams of marijuana. A white powdery substance was found on a set of scales, the substance tested positive for cocaine.
Stewart was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $19,000 bond, he was scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday (November 21). Bond for Pounds was set at $1,000. She's scheduled to appear in court January 19.
29-year-old Timothy Joseph McCall of Littlejohn Church Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, single felony counts of traffic in heroin or opium, maintain a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance, and speeding to elude arrest. McCall is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, resist, delay, or obstruct a public officer, and fail to stop for a stop sign or red light.
Following the arrest, McCall was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (November 22).
Hickory City Council met in regular session last night (November 21). The late Mayor Rudy Wright was honored, his wife Donna was presented with his gavel. Habitat for Humanity presented information about The Rudy Project, a community effort to benefit Habitat and honor Mayor Wright.
Audit Manager Kari Dunlap with Martin Starnes gave an audit presentation. Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were all approved unanimously. Two separate public hearings were held, each for different rezoning petitions, each passed unanimously.
Deputy City Attorney Dula presented the consideration for amending the city code of ordinance in regard to motor vehicles and traffic. The proposed amendments list designated bicycle lanes in both sections. The inclusion of designated bicycle lanes is for public safety. No one appeared to speak at the public hearing, Council passed the amendment unanimously.
Ron Huffman, Principal Landscape Architect with AMEC discussed the 60% City Walk design. Council approved the plan as presented with an added coordination meeting regarding the railroad. The motion passed unanimously. Glenn Walters with Design Workshop presented the 30% Riverwalk design. Council approved the Riverwalk plan unanimously.
One suspect has been arrested and another is being sought in a Burke County kidnapping case. 29-year-old Krisie Melissa Parrish of Virginia Street SW in Lenoir was arrested today (November 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged in Burke County with first degree kidnapping and simple assault. Authorities are seeking 20-year-old Marcus Allen Richard Whisnant of Neighborly Place in Lenoir on a charge of first degree kidnapping.
On Monday (November 20) the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division was called to investigate a possible kidnapping at 2676 Lot 122, Timmerill Mobile Home Park on US Highway 18/64 in Morganton. Investigators interviewed witnesses, processed the scene and they were able to retrieve video footage that led to arrest warrants being issued for the two suspects. The charges are in connection with the kidnapping of Taylor Sierra Kirby.
Following her arrest earlier today, bond for Parrish was set at $125,000 secured. Whisnant had not yet been located. If anyone has knowledge of Whisnant's whereabouts, contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton-Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333.
18-year-old Gabriel Dawson Propst of Openview Drive in Lincolnton was arrested today (November 21) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with larceny of a firearm and break or enter a motor vehicle. Propst was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
19-year-old Garland Rayshon Davenport of Logan Street in Shelby was arrested Monday (November 20) by Hickory Police on charges filed in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of statutory rape of a victim 13, 14, or 15 years of age, and kidnapping.
Davenport was arrested by Hickory Police Officers without incident just before 1 p.m. on Monday. He was placed in jail in Morganton under $90,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (November 21) in Morganton.