43-year-old Michael Dean Campbell of 10th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested early this morning (April 8) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
He was arrested after Hickory Police conducted a traffic stop for failure to signal. When Police activated their blue lights, an occupant of the vehicle threw two plastic bags from the passenger window. Michael Campbell was the passenger and a white male from Hickory was the driver.
Officers recovered the baggies, which contained 0.3 grams of amphetamine and 0.2 grams of crack cocaine. Campbell was taken into custody without incident at about 17 minutes past midnight. The driver was not charged.
Campbell was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
25-year-old Marcus Paul Sells of Pine State Road in Troutman was arrested Monday (April 6) and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
Monday at approximately 6:40 p.m. the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office was called to 460 Pine State Rd. in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival Deputies learned that Matthew Sells had been shot by his brother Marcus Sells. Marcus Sells fled the scene and Matthew Sells was been taken to the hospital. It was learned that Matthew had been shot in the leg with a .22 caliber pistol. The incident stemmed from an argument that the two had earlier at an Easter gathering at their parent’s house who lived next door. Marcus was made to leave and he went to his house at 168 Pine State Road.
Later the victim went to 168 Pine State Rd. to further discuss the issue with the suspect. Again the disagreement got heated. Marcus Sells told Matthew Sells to leave. As the victim was attempting to leave Marcus Sells shot at Matthew Sells three to five times before striking Matthew Sells in the back of the knee. Marcus Sells fled the scene before deputies could speak with him. A warrant was issued for Marcus Sells for Assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury, with intent to kill.
Deputies later received information that Marcus Sells was at 274 Hemlock Road, when Deputies went to this address they located the suspect. While attempting to take him into custody, Marcus Sells tried to fight the arresting Deputies and was not being compliant with their instructions. After a short struggle the suspect was placed under arrest. At the time of the struggle with Deputies, Marcus Sells had several knives on him that were within reach. Deputies also seized several firearms from the suspect. Marcus Sells was taken to the magistrate’s office where he was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 22.
According to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators, detectives, and patrol deputies fanned out across their respective counties this morning targeting 50 suspects in each county involved in illegal drug activities. Armed with warrants teams of officers were assigned a list of individuals who are suspects in the operation that got underway this morning shortly after a 5:30 a.m. briefing. When apprehended suspects will be brought to the Magistrate’s Office where they will be processed then placed in jail.
Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter said, “Operation 50-50 is being conducted as a joint operation with Catawba County because of our close working relationship. We utilize every possible resource available to seek out and apprehend the scum that continue to plague our neighborhoods with the sale and delivery of illegal drugs. It is my goal, as Sheriff, to continue these efforts and hopefully send more of them to prison for longer periods of time. Words can’t really express how proud I am of the professional work of the officers that work for our office and what they continue to accomplish each day.”
In Lincoln County there are more than 220 felony drug related charges on 50 defendants. 20 of the 50 offenders are facing multiple trafficking charges and face mandatory prison time if found guilty. The offenders range in age from 18 to 71 years old and over half of the offenders in this roundup are repeat offenders. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Lt. Jason Reid said, “During the past year our agency has seen an increase of persons who reside outside of Lincoln County bringing controlled substances into the county for distribution. When this was discovered Sheriff Carpenter asked us to concentrate our efforts on these outside offenders as well as local offenders. So we combined forces with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division in an attempt to apprehend as many drug offenders from as many counties as possible in six months.” Reid went on to say,” Both agencies stopped at 50 offenders and decided it was time for a roundup. Sheriff David Carpenter and Sheriff Coy Reid decided the county line which separated their counties would not prevent their agencies from pursuing drug offenders no matter which county the offenders resided in.”
Morganton Department of Public Safety Officers responded to a gunshot victim on Stephens Drive in Morganton late Monday night (April 6), just before midnight.
When officers arrived they discovered 36-year-old Antwaune Martin suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck and forearm. Burke County EMS responded and transported Martin to CHS Morganton, then to CHS Charlotte. Martin was in critical, but stable condition when he was transported to Charlotte.
Morganton Public Safety Criminal Investigations responded to the residence and processed the crime scene. The investigation is ongoing at this time.
25-year-old Rodrigo Jose Cardenas Munoz of South Caldwell Avenue in Newton was arrested this morning (Wednesday, April 8) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with six counts of trafficking in cocaine and three counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. The suspect was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $120,000 bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (April 10).
43-year-old Brian Keith Bloom of 6th Street SW in Conover was arrested this morning (Wednesday, April 8) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two counts of trafficking, opium or heroin, and maintain a place to keep controlled substance. Following the arrest, Bloom was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (April 10).
19-year-old Jamie Virgil Hicks and 19-year-old Katie Dawn Sessoms, both of the same Wildwood Drive, Lenoir address, were arrested Tuesday (April 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. Both suspects are charged with felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with serious bodily injury. Following their arrests, Hicks and Sessoms were both locked up in the Catawba County Detention Center. Hicks’ bond was set at $100,000 secured, Sessoms’ bond was set at $75,000 secured. They’re both scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday (April 9).
29-year-old Brandon Eric Watson of Justin Carlton Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (April 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with two counts of probation violation and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Following the arrest, Watson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $31,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Tuesday (April 14).
46-year-old Marc Henkle Cline of Rocky Ford Road in Newton was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute meth, maintaining a place to keep a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon, driving while license revoked, and exceed pseudoephedrine limits. Following the arrest, Cline was detained this morning (Wednesday, April 8) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $26,000 bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today.
The City of Morganton Water Resources Department will temporarily shut off water on Bouchelle Street Thursday morning (April 9), weather permitting. Water Resources workers need to replace a fire hydrant and a waterline valve. The water shut off will occur from about 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., barring any unforeseen problems. About 35 to 40 homes on Bouchelle from Patterson Street to Roper Street will be affected by the shut off. For more information, call the City of Morganton Water Resources department at 828-438-5276.