While many schools across the state have been in operation for more than two months, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol is taking proactive steps to ensure school bus safety is not overlooked.
Starting yesterday (Monday, October 15) troopers statewide began participation in Operation Stop Arm, a week-long event held each year. Objectives of the campaign include an increase in educational programs and enforcement in and around school zones. Throughout the week, troopers will ride on school buses and use unmarked vehicles to monitor bus routes to and from school.
“Every child should be afforded a safe means of travel as they attend their respective educational institution”, said Colonel Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “While this operation is scheduled to conclude on Friday, our efforts will continue throughout the school year.”
A Hickory man will spend at least eight years in prison after a Catawba County jury found him guilty of robbery with a firearm and conspiracy to commit robbery with a firearm.
24-year-old Montavious Lamar Mayfield was given an active prison sentence of eight to 11 years by the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County. The sentence was imposed following his conviction by a jury last Thursday (October 11) in Catawba County Superior Court. The trial started last Monday (October 8), and covered four days, ending Thursday afternoon after the jury deliberated for less than half an hour.
The offenses occurred October 29, 2016, when Mayfield entered a convenience store on Old Lenoir Road in Hickory wearing a hoodie and gloves with his face covered. Upon entry to the store, Mayfield fired a shot past the clerk with a .45-caliber semi-automatic rifle and then proceeded to demand money from the register along with an unidentified co-defendant.
When the two men departed the store, Mayfield left the gloves and clothing that covered his face behind the business. The defendant had an unsuspecting citizen drive him back to the location early the next morning where he was seen looking for items by a witness who reported the activity to law enforcement. That allowed investigators to conduct a search that led to the recovery of the weapon and apparel.
DNA profiles were obtained from the gloves, one of which matched the profile of the defendant, tying him to the robbery. Justin Levey was the lead investigator for Hickory Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Kyle Smith handled prosecution for the State.
52-year-old Billy Ray Potter of Pioneer Trail in Lenoir was arrested Monday (October 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and obtaining property by false pretense. Potter was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 16).
A Hickory man has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting of a 21-year-old that occurred during a suspected road rage incident. District Attorney David Learner determined that 58-year-old Joseph Mark Harrison acted in self-defense when he fired a shot that struck Joshua Max Barnes, of Connelly Springs, in the shoulder on October 4, 2018.
Learner reached his conclusion after reviewing the evidence, witness statements and investigative findings of the Valdese Police Department. No charges will be filed against Harrison.
The incident occurred at approximately 1:35 p.m. on October 4 on Main Street in Valdese after Barnes had been closely following Harrison on U.S. Highway 70 coming into Valdese. Harrison pulled over almost to the right curb and stopped his vehicle to give Barnes plenty of room to go by him.
Eyewitness reports given to investigators from Valdese Police Department indicated that Barnes stopped, got out of his vehicle, went directly to the driver’s side window of Harrison’s vehicle and immediately punched him at least three times. Harrison pulled out a handgun and fired a single shot that struck Barnes in the shoulder and then waited for law enforcement officers to arrive.
Based on his review of the evidence and statements from the witnesses, Learner concluded that Harrison acted in self-defense while being assaulted through the window of his vehicle. There were two other firearms in Harrison’s vehicle, and investigators seized all three. Learner authorized the immediate return of the firearms to Mr. Harrison and for charges to be filed against Barnes.
Barnes has been charged with assault and battery in connection with this incident.
57-year-old Michael Anthony Franklin of West “B” Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police Sunday morning (October 14) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury including strangulation. He was arrested in connection to a domestic incident that occurred yesterday.
Franklin was taken into custody without incident at 8:15 a.m. yesterday at a hotel on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,500, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
We have more information on the arrest of a man on a drug trafficking charge, we first reported the arrest earlier today (October 15). 25-year-old Zachery George Stephenson of Norwood Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (October 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of a stolen firearm.
Stephenson was charged following a search at 3450 Evanbrook Court in Lenoir. The firearm, a Ruger 9mm pistol, had been reported stolen from Lenoir. At the time of the search, Stephenson was found in a spare room of the residence and had approximately 90 grams of meth hidden inside a dresser. The gun was in the same dresser in the drawer next to the meth, which has a street value of $13,500 according to North Carolina State Drug Guidelines.
Stephenson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.
30-year-old Alan James Moore of Dogwood Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 7:30 last night (October 14) on one felony count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Police stopped a 2002 Mercury on Falling Creek Road N.E. in Hickory. Officers served the driver with two outstanding processes. During the arrest, Police found 53 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Moore was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,000, secured. He has since been released. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (October 15) in Newton.
56-year-old Pamela Speagle Adams of Rhoney Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police just before 3 p.m. Friday (October 12) on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and three misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. The felony warrants were issued in June of this year in McDowell County and the misdemeanor warrants were issued in May 2018. It’s not clear which charges she failed to appear on; however, Adams faces a long list of vehicular offenses in McDowell, Beaufort, Wake, Columbus and Caldwell counties.
She was taken into custody without incident at a used car lot on Highway 70 S.E. in Newton. Adams was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,250 secured bond. She was no longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of this morning (October 15). Adams will appear in District Court on the felony charges in Marion on October 22.
40-year-old Travoris Dantwan Williams of Philadelphia Road in Lawndale was arrested by Hickory Police Friday morning (October 12) on an order for arrest out of Cleveland County. He faces one felony count of failure by a sex offender to report a change of address.
Williams was taken into custody without incident at about 8:15 a.m. Friday at a residence on 5th Avenue S.W. in Hickory. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. He was no longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of Monday morning (October 15). An appearance in District Court was scheduled for October 19 in Shelby.
39-year-old Donnie Edward Stevens, Sr. of Rainbow Heights Circle in Lenoir was arrested Friday (October 12) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and probation violation. Stevens was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for October 25.
19-year-old Breanna Raylea Freeman of Zion Road in Morganton was arrested Friday (October 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony common law robbery. Freeman was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (October 15).
52-year-old George Gregory Anthony of South Davis Avenue in Newton was arrested Sunday (October 14) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, and failure to appear on a count of misdemeanor larceny. Anthony was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $31,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today (October 15) and November 8.
A new name was recently added to the Iredell County most wanted list.
29-year-old Sharon Renee Parker Davis is the most recent addition to the list of suspects wanted in Iredell County. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny. The last known address for Davis is 1016 Knox Avenue in Statesville.
Authorities in Iredell County are continuing to seek 24-year-old Lonnie Pruitt. He's wanted for first degree trespassing. The last known address for Pruitt was 1140 Northwood Church Road in Yadkinville.
41-year-old Jennifer Head also remains on the Iredell County most wanted list. She's wanted for felony breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Head's last known address was 4063 Alexandria Drive in Trinity.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects with their photos at www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call any tips into the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at their Statesville location, 704-878-3180, or the Mooresville office, 704-664-7500.
25-year-old Zachery George Stephenson of Norwood Street in Lenoir was arrested Friday (October 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. Stephenson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (October 15).