27-year-old Joseph Scott Bolick Jr. of Pendley Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Friday (July 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony failure to report a new address as a sex offender. Bolick is also charged with second degree trespassing. He was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 30).
35-year-old Brian Christopher Andrews of Taylorsville Highway in Statesville was arrested Friday (July 27) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, conspire to sell meth, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, larceny of a motor vehicle, carrying a concealed gun, fictitious information to an officer, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance.
On May 25, a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office regarding a break-in at a business at 1132 Secor Street. Tools and other equipment valued at $70,000 were reported stolen. Andrews, who was a former employee, was developed as a suspect. Detectives learned Andrews had left the business at the first of the year and possibly still had keys to the building. It was believed that he was opening a new business on the Taylorsville Highway and some of the stolen items were reportedly spotted at that location.
Last Monday (July 23), detectives stopped a suspect vehicle leaving that new business. The occupants of vehicle were in possession of some of the victim’s stolen tools along with methamphetamine and other illegal drugs. The Taylorsville Highway business was searched and approximately $25,000 in stolen property along with methamphetamine and marijuana were found and seized.
Following his arrest by Newton PD, Andrews was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $37,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 30) in Catawba County and Wednesday (August 1) in Iredell County.
35-year-old Denard Anthony Blakeney of German Street NW in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (July 29) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged on a felony out of state fugitive warrant. Blakeney is wanted in New Jersey on unspecified charges. He was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (July 30) in Lenoir.
23-year-old Jacob Allen Kranhenbuhl of Celeste Eufola Road in Statesville was arrested Friday (July 27) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with 11 counts of felony first degree sex offense with a child.
On Sunday, July 22 a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in reference to possible sexual assault involving a 13-year-old female victim. The victim told officers that the assaults occurred between 2010-2015 while she was living at the suspect's home on Celeste Eufola Road. The case was assigned to the Special Victims Unit for further investigation.
During the investigation, the victim was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. The victim identified Jacob Allen Kranhenbuhl as the suspect in the case. Based on interviews and statements gathered in the investigation, investigators were able to obtain multiple felony warrants on Kranhenbuhl.
The suspect was arrested on Friday and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $1,000,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is August 14.
We have more information on the arrest of a Burke County man on a sex offense charge. 35-year-old Anthony Joseph Cramer of Pax Hill Road in Morganton was arrested last Wednesday (July 25) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony solicitation of a child by a computer. WHKY first reported on Cramer's arrest last Friday (July 27).
Last Wednesday, the Burke County Sheriff`s Office Criminal Investigation Division assisted Investigators from the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office with the execution of a search warrant at 2778 Pax Hill Road in Morganton. The search warrant was the result of an undercover, online investigation conducted by Alamance County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a news release from the Burke County Sheriff's Office, during their undercover operation it was discovered that Anthony Joseph Cramer was engaged in an inappropriate conversation with a minor through social media. Cramer allegedly solicited the minor to meet for sex acts; however, Investigators arrived, and he was taken into custody.
Cramer was incarcerated in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $4,000 secured bond. He was no longer listed as an inmate as of today (July 30). A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
19-year-old Luis Manuel Rivera-Montes of Conover, will spend a minimum of 14 years in prison after being convicted of multiple sex-related criminal offenses during Catawba County Superior Court on Friday (July 27).
The Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, imposed an active prison term of 14 to 21 years for Rivera-Montes, who pleaded guilty as charged to three counts of first-degree sex offense, three counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and three counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
Investigators with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office received a tip from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) that images of child pornography were being downloaded from a Conover residence. When they followed up on the information, investigators found numerous images on a computer at Rivera-Montes’ residence, and they also discovered that he had shared some of those images with others. Those images depicted children, some ranging in ages from 3 to 7, engaged in various forms of sexual activity.
Further investigation revealed that Rivera-Montes also had sexually assaulted a 9-year-old female victim on multiple occasions. The offenses occurred between August and November 2016. When he was questioned about the sexual assault and child pornography, Rivera-Montes confessed to the crimes.
Kristy Towery led the investigation for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Michael Van Buren prosecuted the case for the State.
53-year-old Brian Richard Harwell and 35-year-old Stephen Rush Styron, who each list separate addresses on Rinehardt Road in Mooresville, were arrested Thursday (June 26) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Harwell is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Styron is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of meth, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Thursday, officers arrived at 351 Rinehardt Road in Mooresville in an attempt to locate Stephen Rush Styron. The deputies had information he was possibly living at this location and they had felony arrest warrants for him. While at the address a deputy spoke with the homeowner, Brian Richard Harwell. The deputies gained consent to come in to conduct a search of the residence.
During the search an officer found pipes used to smoke meth. A further search of the residence, resulted in the discovery of 3.3 grams of meth, which, according to a news release belonged to Harwell, as well as numerous items of meth related paraphernalia.
A short time after Harwell’s arrest, a 911 call was received. The caller said Stephen Styron was on Rinehardt Road. Officers responded and arrested Styron. He was found to be in possession of 8.2 grams of meth along with related paraphernalia.
Harwell received a secured bond of $5,000 dollars, Styron's bond was set at $15,000 secured. Harwell had a District Court date scheduled today (July 27). Styron is scheduled to appear in District Court August 31.
35-year-old Bradley Thomas Sain of Dudley Shoals Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:40 p.m. yesterday on one felony count each of breaking & entering a motor vehicle, larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, plus single misdemeanor counts of larceny and assault on a female.
Sain was arrested in connection to an incident on July 23 after Hickory Police were called to Frye Regional Medical Center on North Center Street in reference to a stolen motor vehicle. On July 25, the vehicle was recovered by the N.C. License & Theft Bureau in Morganton. Sain was taken into custody yesterday after he barricaded himself inside a hotel room on Highway 70 and was called out by Police.
He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $30,000, secured. Sain was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton, with additional court dates coming up on July 30 and August 14.
23-year-old Tony Aaron Ferguson of Hudson was sentenced to three-to-four years in prison following his conviction for trafficking in methamphetamine. The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, handed down the sentence during Caldwell Co. Superior Court on Wednesday (July 25).
The investigation leading to his conviction began when Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Investigators received information that Ferguson was selling meth. On July 31 of last year, Deputies saw Ferguson driving to the residence of a known drug supplier. When he left that location, a traffic stop was conducted and meth was found in the vehicle.
The case was investigated by the Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit. It was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Andrew Jennings.
The victim in a fatal fire last week in Hickory has been identified as 63-year-old Gary Michael Martin. The fire happened at 5335 Rogers Road in Hickory just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18.
The fire was reported by a passerby. The George Hildebran Fire Department responded, along with assistance from the Icard, Lovelady, Mountain View, Enola, South Mountain and Cookesville fire departments. Firefighters arrived to find the two-story, single-family residence fully involved in fire.
Firefighters discovered a body on the second story of the residence. Yesterday (July 26), the Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that the deceased is Gary Michael Martin. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation are assisting the Fire Marshal’s Office with the investigation.
37-year-old Christy Lynn Curtis of Forest Hill Court in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (July 26) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Curtis was released on $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (July 30).
29-year-old James Wesley Bare of Lenoir, was sentenced to two to three years in prison after he was convicted of felonious assault inflicting serious injury during Caldwell County Superior Court on Wednesday (July 25). Bare was sentenced by the Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County.
The defendant kicked a female victim during a domestic dispute on May 27, 2016, causing injury. She made her way to a neighbor’s house where 911 was dialed to get assistance from medical and law enforcement personnel. The assault led to the victim being treated at Carolinas Medical Center.
Deputy Scott Williams investigated the case for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Andrew Jennings handled prosecution for the State.
35-year-old Anthony Joseph Cramer was arrested Wednesday (July 25) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony solicitation of a child by computer or electronic device to commit a sex act. Cramer was arrested shortly after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at an address on Pax Hill Road in Morganton. He was not listed as an inmate in Burke County as of today (July 27). A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
43-year-old Sammi Michelle Pollard of Walter Taylor Avenue in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (July 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Pollard was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,500 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday (July 26).