29-year-old Matthew Lawrence Farthing of Walt Arney Road in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before seven o'clock Sunday night (January 19) on one felony count of larceny by anti-inventory device and one count of misdemeanor larceny.
He was arrested after Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Kohl's store on Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. The suspect, Matthew Lawrence Farthing, reportedly removed an anti-theft security device and concealed items. He was found and taken into custody without incident at a fast-food restaurant on Catawba Valley Boulevard.
Farthing was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (January 21) in Newton.
23-year-old Cody Christopher Meehan of Lee Cline Road in Conover and 23-year-old Revonda Nicole Mathis of Camp Creek Road in Old Fort were both arrested by Hickory Police shortly after noon on Saturday (January 18). Meehan was charged with failure to appear for a second time on a misdemeanor probation violation. He was also charged with misdemeanor unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The warrants for his arrest were issued on January 14 & 15. Mathis was charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). She was also arrested on multiple outstanding warrants for larceny of a motor vehicle, two counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, reckless driving to endanger, injury to personal property, speeding, driving while license revoked, and possession of drug paraphernalia. One of the stolen vehicle charges is out of McDowell County.
They were arrested after Police responded to an apartment on 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hickory where a subject with an outstanding warrant, Cody Meehan, was located. Officers also found Revonda Nicole Mathis, who was wanted on a number of warrants. During the arrests, Officers found 0.3 grams of meth.
Both suspects were taken into custody without incident. They were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Meehan set at $16,000, secured, while Mathis was given a $15,000 secured bond. Meehan was scheduled to appear in District Court on January 27 and February 24 in Newton. Mathis had a first appearance in District Court scheduled today (January 21) in Newton. She'll also appear in Superior Court on February 10 in Newton and in McDowell County.
34-year-old Michael James Notheisen of Majestic Pine Drive in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police at 7:50 Sunday morning (January 19) for possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed gun, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance; simple possession of schedule II & schedule III controlled substances; possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine; and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with failure to appear on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of meth, carrying a concealed gun, a misdemeanor out-of-county probation violation, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and a felony probation violation. In addition, Notheisen was served with bills of indictment for possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II & schedule VI controlled substances.
According to H.P.D.'s arrest report, Notheisen was in possession of a firearm at the time of his arrest. He was taken into custody without incident at a hotel on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $248,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (January 21) in Newton. Additional Disrict Court dates were scheduled for January 30 and February 4, with Superior Court dates coming up on February 6 & 17. No additional details are available.
39-year-old Eddie Shelton Dunn of Martin, Georgia was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:30 Sunday night (January 19) on one felony count each of trafficking heroin or opium and trafficking in methamphetamine. Dunn was taken into custody without incident near the intersection of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard and Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1-million secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (January 21) in Newton. No additional details are available.
26-year-old Jakime Raheim Whiteside of Hudson will serve an active prison sentence of six-to-eight years following his conviction for felony trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The Honorable Alan Z. Thornburg, Superior Court Judge from Buncombe County, handed down the sentence after Whiteside pleaded guilty during Caldwell County Superior Court on Friday (January 17).
He was convicted and sentenced after Caldwell Co. Narcotics Officers conducted an investigation into Whiteside and the distribution of illegal drugs. In September of 2018, Officers made controlled buys using a confidential informant at two locations where the defendant was present. On September 18, 2018, Narcotics Agents, the Sheriff's SWAT Team, and Lenoir Police Detectives executed a search warrant at a Lenoir residence where Whiteside said he lived.
Officers recovered several baggies containing a controlled substance, as well as a handgun. The State Crime Lab determined that the substance was made up of various mixtures of cocaine, fentanyl, and methamphetamine. Small amounts of marijuana were also seized. Whiteside had previously been convicted of possession of a schedule II controlled substance in McDowell County in 2017.
Chris Everhart investigated the case for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Nancy Lee handled the prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
31-year-old Cory Samuel Martin of Clover Meadow Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (January 18) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Martin was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $10,000 secured. A District Court date is set for Wednesday (January 22).
Attorney General Josh Stein recently released consumer protection information to help military servicemembers and their families as servicemembers from North Carolina deploy overseas in response to international events. The military community is frequently targeted by scammers and con artists.
“Members of the armed forces deploying from North Carolina and their families are making enormous sacrifices in service to our country,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “They shouldn’t have to also worry about being scammed out of their money or personal information. My office will do everything in our power to keep military families in North Carolina safe from scams and fraud in this uncertain time. If you or a member of your family has been the victim of a scam, please call my office at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.”
Members of the military and their families are often vulnerable to scams and frauds because they travel frequently and have to do business with companies and business owners they aren’t familiar with in new places. Their families may also be targeted by scammers trying to take advantage of their fears and concerns for their loved ones serving overseas.
Information on common military scams can be found, and consumer protection resources to help military families can be found at a link available at www.ncdoj.gov.
If you feel that you or someone you know has been the victim of a scam, you can file a complaint with the Department of Justice online at ncdoj.gov/file-a-complaint or call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within North Carolina to request a complaint form. From outside North Carolina, call 919-716-6000. For assistance in Spanish, call 919-716-0058.
20-year-old Christopher Derrick Allen of South Main Avenue in Newton was arrested Monday (January 20) by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Allen was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 21).
28-year-old Travis Burgin Fillers of Kings Ridge Drive in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (January 18) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. Fillers was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Wednesday (January 22).
39-year-old Grady Scott Bumgarner of September Lane in Conover was arrested Friday (January 17) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Bumgarner was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 21).
A homeless man was burned in an incident in Morganton. Monday (January 20) just before 5 a.m., Morganton Public Safety officers were dispatched to McDonald’s restaurant on West Union Street after a report of a fire that burned a man. It was reported that, while sleeping, the man kicked over a nearby kerosene heater that he used to keep warm overnight and it ignited an area under the bridge nearby.
Officers aided the man until Burke County EMS arrived and transported him to the hospital. The man, who was identified as Bennett Deaton, was treated for burns to his arm, hand and side of his face. Deaton's dog, a brown and white pit bull mix that answers to "DJ," reportedly ran from the scene and had not been found as of earlier today (January 21).
The fire was extinguished by Morganton Department of Public Safety firefighters. This incident is still under investigation. If anyone locates the dog, do not try to catch it, instead call Public Safety at 828-437-1211.
55-year-old Tony Allen Tomlinson of Brittan Hollar Road in Hickory was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday (January 19) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. Following his arrest, Tomlinson was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $25,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court is coming up tomorrow in Lenoir.
44-year-old Gregory Lee Greene of Dale Bowman Place in Morganton and 27-year-old Kenan Thomas Greene of Celia Creek Road in Lenoir were both arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers Saturday (January 18). They each face one count of felony larceny greater than $1,000. Following the arrests, both suspects were taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond for Gregory Greene set at $30,000, secured, while Kenan Greene was given a $10,000 secured bond. Both men were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court tomorrow (January 21) in Lenoir.
Contractors will be working in several areas around the City of Morganton Tuesday (January 21) and Wednesday (January 22) to install iTracker Smart Wastewater Sensors for the City’s wastewater system. These sensors will monitor inflow and infiltration in the City’s wastewater system.
Crews from Duke’s Root Control will be working in the areas of Curtis Street, Vinearden Road, Butler Street, Powe Street, Linville Street and Center Street. Citizens traveling in these areas of Morganton Tuesday and Wednesday should expect to see workers installing the inflow and infiltration detection devices.
No interruption to water service is expected as a result of this work. Should customers experience any issues, they can call 828-438-5276.