42-year-old Steven Dewayne Icard, Jr. of Highway 70 East in Hildebran was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (April 24) on one felony count of failure to appear. The warrant for his arrest was issued on April 17.
Icard was taken into custody without incident at about 2:15 a.m. today at an address on 14th Street S.W. in Hickory. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000. As of late this morning, he was listed as an inmate in Burke County. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for May 20 in Morganton. No further details are available.
33-year-old Christopher Andrew Mullins of Johnson City, Tennessee was arrested by Hickory Police just before seven o'clock last night (April 23) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon, plus one misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed gun.
Mullins was arrested after Hickory Police initiated a traffic stop at the Highway 321 South / Interstate 40 interchange. During the stop, Officers found a .380-caliber firearm that had been reported stolen out of Johnson City, Tennessee.
Mullins was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
41-year-old Adam Colby Starnes of Taylorsville was arrested Monday (April 22) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear. He also received citations for driving with a suspended license and improper tag.
On Monday, officers with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office conducted a vehicle stop at the intersection of US Highway 64 and Liledoun Road. The vehicle was stopped due to an improper tag and the driver was identified as Adam Colby Starnes.
There was an active warrant on Starnes for Failure to Appear and he was also reportedly driving with a suspended license. Starnes was placed under arrest and his vehicle was searched. A plastic bag with a crystal substance inside was found during the search.
Starnes was incarcerated in the Alexander County Detention Center under an $8,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (April 29).
26-year-old James Edward Staley of Morganton was arrested Tuesday (April 23) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering into an automobile.
Tuesday, shortly before 9 p.m., Officers with Morganton Department of Public Safety were dispatched to a break-in to a vehicle in progress at 100 Carbon City Road. Authorities were told that a man was inside a vehicle at that address. The suspect fled the area when confronted by the owner. He was described as a man wearing a a dark colored hoodie carrying a dark backpack.
The suspect reportedly went behind the Mimosa Shopping Center. An officer arrived shortly after the call was made and found a man matching the suspect description walking behind Flex Gym. Staley was arrested and transported to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. He was incarcerated under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (April 24).
40-year-old Steven Curtis Fisher, Jr. of Gladstone Lane in Maiden was arrested Monday (April 22) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and possession of schedule II controlled substance. He's also charged with three counts of misdemeanor simple possession of Schedule IV controlled substance.
On Monday, narcotics investigators and Baker District deputies executed a search warrant at the residence in the 4100 block of Gladstone Lane in Maiden. During the search officers reportedly found marijuana, methamphetamine and various prescription pills.
Following the arrest, Fisher was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $90,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 7.
The search was executed as part of a six-month long investigation that is on-going. Additional charges are expected to be filed.
A meth lab was reportedly discovered by authorities in Catawba County and an investigation is being conducted. On Monday (April 22) Deputies with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Group responded to 104 4th Avenue SW in Catawba in reference to possible drug activity at that location.
While there, deputies discovered evidence of a meth lab in one of the rooms of the house. The residence was evacuated due to concerns over the possible presence of hazardous waste. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was contacted and arrived a short time later for evidence recovery and clean up. At this time, no charges have been filed. The investigation is ongoing.
An investigation is being conducted into a fatal crash Tuesday (April 23) in Lincoln County. At approximately 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, the NC State Highway Patrol responded to a collision in Lincoln County on Startown Road near Eva Court. A 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt was traveling south on Startown Road when it crossed the double yellow centerline and collided with a northbound Ford F350 pickup truck.
The driver of the Chevrolet, 17-year-old Nicole Taelor Kennett, of Maiden, died at the scene. The Ford was driven by a 72-year-old Lincolnton man. There were two other people in the Ford. All three were injured and transported by EMS to CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia with varying levels of injuries.
The investigation into the crash is continuing.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office has provided an update on a case in which they were requesting assistance in locating a person for questioning in a shooting. The Sheriff’s Office is seeking Joseph Barker for questioning in connection to a shooting that occurred Tuesday (April 23) in the 4700 block of Plateau Road in Vale. Published reports say a woman was shot to death in the incident and her body was found in a residence.
The update, released this morning (April 24), states that Transylvania County Sheriff David Mahoney said that a Toyota Camry registered to Joseph Barker wrecked along Old Rosman Highway on Wednesday morning. Barker reportedly he fled the scene of the wreck. It's unclear whether the suspect ran away or left in another vehicle.
Transylvania County authorities say they are now looking for the driver of a red, Chevy S-10 pickup truck that was seen traveling from the Old Rosman Highway area toward Brevard at around 5 a.m. today.
Anyone with information about Joseph Barker’s location or with other relevant information, is encouraged to contact the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-5241. Barker should be considered armed and dangerous, do not approach him. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available.
On Tuesday (April 23) the Hickory Police Department received multiple calls from individuals who were victims of an attempted scam. The victims are receiving a telephone call from a telephone number that shows up on their caller ID as the Hickory Police Department (828-324-2060) and are being advised they have a warrant for their arrest for failing to appear for jury duty.
The caller asks the victim for all of their personal information to include their address, driver’s license number and vehicle information. The victims are then kept on the telephone by the caller while they drive to their bank to withdraw money to pay the fines for failing to appear in court. They are then directed to go to Food Lion in Hickory to obtain money orders for the dollar amount which is typically around $2000.
The caller advises the victim that if they do not stay on the phone and do exactly as they say, an officer will be dispatched to their home to arrest them. This is a scam. Please do not give out any personal information to anyone over the phone. The Hickory Police Department does not call people to tell them they have a warrant for failing to appear for jury duty.
Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers are asking for the public's assistance in locating 45-year-old Michael Dwaine Davis of Tower View Lane in Sophia, North Carolina. Davis is wanted on felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.
On April 10, Deputies responded to a reported B&E at an address on Tabor Road near Olin. The homeowner said someone had stolen several tools from his carport at some point during the day. The tools were valued at more than $2,100. Deputies gathered additional information and collected evidence from the crime scene. Detectives spoke to the victim and canvassed the neighborhood, searching for anyone with information regarding the larceny.
Detectives found several of the stolen tools at a pawnshop in High Point, North Carolina. The store provided information indicating that Michael Dwaine Davis and another unidentified man came into the shop on the afternoon of April 10 and sold the tools for cash. Detectives traveled to the pawnshop, recovered the stolen tools, and returned them to the victim.
Felony warrants for Davis' arrest were issued. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Michael Dwaine Davis should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3100.
Davis has a criminal history that includes misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of misdemeanor injury to personal property, two counts of misdemeanor drunk and disruptive, D.W.I. level 5, misdemeanor fishing without a license, D.W.I. level 2, four counts of felony larceny, felony larceny after breaking & entering, misdemeanor breaking & entering, misdemeanor unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, fleeing to elude arrest, felony burning of certain buildings, misdemeanor possession of stolen goods, three counts of misdemeanor larceny, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, three counts of obtaining property by false pretense, and two counts of felony uttering a forged endorsement.
27-year-old Nhia Vue of Conover was convicted of trafficking in methamphetamine by possession, trafficking in methamphetamine by transportation, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon during Catawba County Superior Court today (April 23).
The Honorable Stanley Allen, Superior Court Judge from Rockingham County, consolidated the three counts into one judgment and sentenced Vue to an an active prison term of six to eight years.
The offenses occurred October 19, 2017, when Vue was stopped for driving with a suspended license and fictitious tag. Officers found a hidden compartment inside Vue’s vehicle which contained a Taurus PT-22 firearm, and 29.63 grams of methamphetamine. Vue had been previously convicted for possession of methamphetamine in 2015.
The State and Vue were set to try the case to a jury this week. Prior to selecting a jury, Vue and his attorney filed a motion to suppress statements made by Vue to narcotics investigators implicating himself as a drug trafficker. After a full hearing, Judge Allen denied Vue’s motion to suppress. Vue then waived a jury trial and pleaded guilty to all counts without a plea agreement with the State.
The case was investigated by Senior Investigator Bart Lowdermilk of the Catawba County Sheriff Department, with assistance of Conover Police Department and Newton Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Jessica A. Phillips prosecuted the case for the State.
33-year-old Michael David Kennedy of Hickory was arrested Sunday (April 21) by Alexander Co. Sheriff's Officers and Troopers with the N.C. State Highway Patrol. He was charged with resisiting arrest, driving while impaired by drugs, and driving left of center.
Events leading to his arrest began as Officers responded to a motor vehicle accident on Highway 127 at Telephone Exchange Road in the Bethlehem community. Officers found Micheal Kennedy in the driver’s seat. Kennedy refused to show his hands to Officers. When Officers asked if he had any weapons, Kennedy said he had hand grenades and an AK-47.
Kennedy was given multiple commands to step out of the vehicle, but he refused to do so. Officers physically removed Kennedy from the vehicle. The suspect continued to resist.
Kennedy was arrested and placed in the Alexander Co. Detention Center under a $3,000 secured bond. He will make a first appearance in Alexander Co. District Court on May 6.
38-year-old Steven Bruce Dougherty of Bonji Drive in Conover was arrested yesterday (April 22) by Catawba Co. Sheriff's Officers on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.
Dougherty is wanted by Franklin County Parole Officers in Frankfort, Kentucky for a parole violation. He on parole following convictions for trafficking a controlled substance and an unspecified drug charge, plus multiple counts of theft by deception and burglary. Dougherty has also been charged with absconding from parole, failure to report to a parole officer, and failure to make restitution as directed. The warrant for his arrest was issued in November of last year.
Following his arrest yesterday, Dougherty was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
49-year-old Robert Anthony Watts of Fairgrounds Road in Taylorsville was arrested Sunday (April 21) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and four misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest.
On Sunday, officers with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and Taylorsville Police Department responded to a home on Fairgrounds Road in reference to a civil dispute with shots fired. Officers arrived at the residence of Robert Anthony Watts and knocked on the door. Officers heard a gunshot fired from inside the home, it was fired in the direction of the Officers.
Officers identified themselves and a short time later, Watts came out of the residence, armed with a rifle, although it was not pointed at the officers. Watts then began ordering officers to leave his property and making threats to kill them. The suspect was ordered several times to put the weapon down, and refused to do so. He then put the weapon inside the residence and began to speak with the officers before re-entering the home.
Officers entered the residence, where Watts attempted to reach the weapon. Officers were able to place the suspect into custody. Two firearms were seized from the home. Watts was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court Monday (April 22). The investigation is continuing and more charges may be pending.