News

News (2085)

Friday, 15 September 2017 05:58

Maiden Man Charged With Multiple Drug Offenses

Written by

33-year-old Larry Jermaine Gibbs of Biggerstaff Road in Maiden was arrested Thursday (September 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking, opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I controlled substance, maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Gibbs was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $95,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 15).

Friday, 15 September 2017 05:49

False Pretense Charge Filed Against Rhodhiss Man

Written by

26-year-old Nathaniel Lee Shinn of Hillcrest Avenue in Rhodhiss was arrested Thursday by authorities in Burke County on a warrant from Caldwell County. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Shinn was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for October 10.

Friday, 15 September 2017 05:41

Granite Falls Woman Charged With Drug Trafficking

Written by

57-year-old Sheila Bowman Lail of Springlake Mobile Park in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (September 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony traffic in opium or heroin. Lail was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (September 18).

We have more information on the arrests of two Lexington men on heroin charges in Catawba County. We previously reported on the arrests of 54-year-old Barry John Hunter and 32-year-old Austin Hayes Wood on Thursday (September 14). Hunter is charged with felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, manufacture, sell, deliver or possess controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, and maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance. Hunter is also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Wood is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, and manufacture, sell, deliver or possess controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Wednesday (September 13) Investigators with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force received two anonymous tips regarding narcotics in a vehicle. The Dodge Ram Pickup was located in the parking lot of Walmart Supercenter in Conover. According to a news release, the vehicle was searched and Investigators found more than 17 grams of heroin, more than 13 grams of methamphetamine, two grams of cocaine, five dosage units of MDMA, more than $400 in cash, and a Titan .25 caliber handgun. Both suspects were detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility, Hunter under $70,000 secured bond, Wood's bond was set at $25,000 secured. They both had first court appearances Thursday, they are scheduled to make their next District Court appearances on October 5.

In an unrelated incident the Drug Task Force arrested 44-year-old Shawndale La'mar Barnett aka "New York" "Shaw" of Charlotte following an investigation into the trafficking of heroin from the Charlotte area into Catawba County. Barnett is believed to be a high level heroin trafficker in the Catawba County area. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin, and maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, along with a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed gun. He was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday.

Task Force Investigators found Barnett in the parking lot of the Murphy Gas Station in Conover near the Walmart Supercenter. Barnett was taken into custody without incident. During a search of the vehicle Barnett was driving, officers found more than 14 grams of heroin, more than $400 in cash, and a Taurus handgun.

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.

Thursday, 14 September 2017 11:08

Lake James Dragon Boat Festival Set for Sept. 30

Written by

The annual Lake James Dragon Boat Festival will be held on Saturday, September 30 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Paddy’s Creek, Lake James, Morganton.

The free event is open to the public and hosted by the Healing Dragons of Lake James and Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge.  Last year’s event raised $10,000 for the cancer treatment center at the hospital in Valdese.

The Healing Dragons is a dragon boat racing team made up of many breast cancer survivors.  They started the festival in 2015.

Teams race in multiple categories and compete for the chance to win gold, bronze and silver awards.  The venue will accommodate up to 20 teams.  Nine teams have signed up, to date.

For more information, visit lakejamesdragonboat.com, call 813-426-3544 or email healingdragonslj@yahoo.com.

42-year-old Rodriguez Lavan of Hickory was sentenced to serve four-to-six years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon.  He was also sentenced as an habitual felon.  The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes in Catawba County Superior Court yesterday (September 13).  The case went to trial, but the defendant chose to enter a guilty plea after all evidence had been presented.

The habitual felony designation was applied as the result of Lavan’s prior felony convictions for possession of a schedule II controlled substance (August 1993), possession of cocaine (April 1996) and possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine (June 1999), all in Catawba County.

The firearms charge was filed when Hickory Police Investigators reviewed video surveillance from an incident in January 2015 at a Hickory convenience store.  The video showed the defendant to be a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  Rodriguez Lavan was arrested at the same store about three hours later.  

Anthony Horton investigated the case for Hickory Police Department.  Chad Smith handled the prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office, with assistance from Jonathan Greer.

Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:51

Authorities Seeking Suspects In Theft At Business

Written by

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help identifying two men involved in a larceny at a business in Mooresville. On Sunday, September 3, two white men driving a blue hatchback style vehicle went to a  business on Barley Park Lane and stole several large pieces of Billet Aluminum. The vehicle appears to have paint peeling from the driver’s side of the hood. The suspects used a pry bar to pry the locks from the fence and then break the locks on two storage containers.

The milled aluminum stolen consisted of some large square pieces, and several triangle shaped pieces that are nearly four inches thick. They are consistent with the pieces used in the company's CNC Machine. If anyone has information that would assist authorities in the identification of the suspects they are asked to call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or Crimestoppers at 704-662-1340.

Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:27

Conover Woman Indicted On Meth Charge

Written by

42-year-old Paula Renee Cruz of Wineberger Street in Conover was arrested Wednesday (September 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on a bill of indictment with possession of methamphetamine. She's also charged with failure to appear on counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and manufacture, sell, deliver or possess controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school. Cruz was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. Superior Court appearances are scheduled for tomorrow (September 15) and November 6.

42-year-old Melody Elaine Poarch Ray of Maple Street in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (September 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Ray was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 14).

Thursday, 14 September 2017 06:18

Felony Drug Charge Filed Against Lenoir Man

Written by

36-year-old Michael Wayne Walker of Twin Meadow Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (September 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Walker was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 14).

News Arrest Disclaimer:
The individuals depicted have been arrested but not convicted at the time of story postings. This information does not infer or imply guilt of any actions or activity other than their arrest. We make no warranty or guaranty as to the accuracy of this data.

© 2017 Long Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved
526 Main Avenue SE, Hickory, NC 28602 - Phone: 828-322-1290 - Fax: 828-322-8256