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22-year-old Jacob Andrew Watham, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:25 yesterday afternoon (April 3) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Watham is wanted by the Pottawatomie Co. Sheriff's Office in Shawnee, Oklahoma for failure to appear on charges of assault by strangulation, assault in the presence of a minor, and possession of a controlled substance in jail.

Watham was taken into custody yesterday at a medical facility on Fairgrove Church Road after he was given Thorazine and discharged by doctors. According to H.P.D.'s arrest reports and a spokesperson for the Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office, the suspect was uncooperative at the police department and at the detention facility and could not be photographed or fingerprinted at either location.

He is being held in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

33-year-old Samuel David Cook Jr. of McGee Drive in Granite Falls was arrested yesterday (April 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of identity fraud. He’s also charged with misdemeanor failure to appear in court.

Cook was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $4,500 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today and for April 22.

32-year-old Daquan Blalark of Troy, New York, was arrested Tuesday (April 2) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking marijuana by possession and transport and possession with intent to sell, manufacture, or distribute schedule VI controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of assault on a government official and resist, obstruct, or delay a public officer.

On Tuesday, Deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on an Enterprise rental vehicle, a 2017 Nissan Altima for traffic violations.
The vehicle was occupied by Daquan Blalark, who it was determined through criminal data systems verifications, is a known drug violator residing in Troy New York. During the traffic stop Blalark became extremely nervous. A narcotics detecting canine was called to assist with the stop, and gave a positive indication on the vehicle.

While attempting to search the vehicle, Blalark reportedly assaulted the deputies, striking one of them in the head. Blalark then attempted to flee in the vehicle but was stopped. He fled through the woods where he again attempted to assault the deputies. The deputies deployed a Taser and took him into custody. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of ten individually vacuumed packaged bags of high grade marijuana buds.

Bond was set at $75,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 24.

35-year-old Ashley Sylvester Butler was arrested Wednesday (April 3) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of stolen goods. Butler was arrested shortly after midnight Wednesday morning and placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled Wednesday.

35-year-old Phillip Geoffrey Cammidge of Charlotte was arrested Tuesday (April 2) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine. Cammidge was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled Wednesday (April 3).

Thursday, 04 April 2019 04:01

Suspect Sought In Wednesday Carjacking

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a carjacking that occurred in the parking lot of Murphy’s Convenience Store in Denver. Deputies were dispatched to the location at approximately 10:45 a.m. Wednesday (April 3) when a woman called the Lincoln County Communications Center saying that a man had taken her vehicle at knife point.

The victim said that she and the suspect worked at a fast food restaurant on Highway 73 and left the business together. She said they traveled to the Murphy Convenience Store where an argument occurred. The suspect pulled a knife and threatened the victim. She exited the vehicle along with her two-year-old daughter. The suspect then fled in the vehicle toward the intersection of Highway 73 and Highway 16 four lane. The victim was not injured.

The suspect who was identified as 33-year-old Brandon Wayne Morefield of Jenkins Road in Lincolnton. He is 5' 9", weighing around 185 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen driving a black 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer with a North Carolina license tag reading CBT 4422. He is armed with a knife.

Morefield has been charged with one felony count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and larceny of a motor vehicle. He had not been arrested and is known to frequent the Gaston County area. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Morefield is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or your nearest law enforcement agency.

38-year-old Antares Octavius Mattison of Charlotte was arrested Tuesday (April 2) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule I and II controlled substance. In addition, Mattison is charged with possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Mattison was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Wednesday (April 3).

27-year-old Elizabeth Jane Lewis of Hartley Kincaid Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (April 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, and maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for controlled substance.

The Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Unit had been investigating drug sales they believed were connected to the suspect, Elizabeth Jane Lewis. Police say during the investigation it was learned that Lewis was selling and transporting illegal narcotics. On Wednesday officers stopped Lewis’s vehicle near the intersection of Connelly Springs Road and Oak Street for a minor traffic violation.

A Lenoir Police Department K-9 detected the odor of illegal drugs in the car. Lewis’ 2001 Ford Escape was searched. 6.8 grams of methamphetamine and 0.1 grams of cocaine were found in a small safe in the back floorboard. According to North Carolina State guidelines, the seized drugs were valued at $1,030. The arrest was the product of a month long investigation.

Lenoir Police say this is the third time that Lewis has been arrested on drug charges this year. She was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond, she remained in jail as of earlier today (April 4). A District Court appearance was scheduled today.

Hickory Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Cubbard Express on 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory.

At about 9:50 last night (April 2), a suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the store heading toward The Abbey Apartments on 9th Avenue Drive N.E.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male wearing a gray hoodie, blue jean pants, and a bandanna around his face.

Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Carlos De Los Santos directly at 828-261-2621 or

47-year-old Derone Martin McNeill of Victoria Drive in Statesville was taken into custody by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers today (April 3) on two felony counts of second-degree forcible rape, two felony counts of second-degree forcible sex offense, and three felony counts of sexual activity with a student by school personnel.

Officers began the investigation against McNeill after an administrator at a school in Statesville expressed concerns. McNeil is the former Athletic Director at the Statesville Christian School.

Detectives with the Special Victim’s Unit conducted an interview with the victim, who told them that she had been sexually assaulted multiple times by McNeill between 2012 and 2014. Detectives continued to speak with multiple witnesses to gather information and corroborate the victim’s statement. Detectives attempted to obtain a statement from McNeill, but he declined to speak with Investigators.

Based on the information and evidence that was gathered, arrest warrants for McNeill were released last Tuesday (March 26). He was also charged by the Statesville Police Department. In all, McNeill faces over 70 charges. He was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $2,000,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed.

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