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40-year-old Kimberly Lynn Bivens of Betterbrook Lane in Lincolnton was arrested Tuesday (May 26) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers and charged with one felony count each of Possession with the Intent to Manufacture, Sell and Deliver a Controlled Substance Schedule II, Sell and Deliver a Controlled Substance Schedule II and Maintaining a Dwelling/Vehicle for a Controlled Substance.

The arrest was made after officers made undercover drug buys and searched Bivens' residence west of Lincolnton. Officers used the undercover buys to get a search warrant for the residence and executed that search warrant on Tuesday.

Seized during the search were 1.3 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and 3.4 grams of a counterfeit crystalized substance. During the investigation, investigators learned that the suspect had also been selling the counterfeit substance as methamphetamine.

Bivens was incarcerated in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance was scheduled in Lincoln County District Court today (Wednesday May 27).

Narcotics Sgt. Jonathan Dunigan urged residents to continue using the Drug Tip Line which has led to a number of arrests on drug charges. The Tip Line Number is 704-736-8422.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 10:56

Felony Assault Charge Filed

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36-year-old Brandon Ray Mayberry was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault inflicting serious injury.

On May 21 at approximately 11:45 p.m. Deputies from the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to an assault call on Hemingway Lane in Statesville. Upon arrival Deputies found a 57-year-old man with what appeared to be serious injuries as a result of an assault. The victim who was being transported by Emergency Medical Personnel was able to name the person who assaulted him as Brandon Mayberry. Detectives and crime scene personnel were contacted to assist in the investigation.    

During the investigation statements were taken from the victim, suspect and others who were both directly and indirectly involved in the incident. The evidence located and information gained from statements indicate this was a domestic situation where a dispute over what one person believed another to have said led to the assault. The victim who was transported to Charlotte for treatment sustained serious injuries and it is unknown at this time the full extent of the injuries.

Mayberry, who admitted involvement but claimed self-defense, went before the magistrate and was given a $15,000 unsecured bond pending his District Court appearance June 16.

34-year-old Miguel Angel Cruz Lemus of Hickory was arrested Tuesday (May 26) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force Officers. He’s charged with trafficking marijuana by possession and transportation, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances, and driving while license revoked.

The Task Force investigation consisted of the Sheriff’s Office, Maiden Police Department, and United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations. Working in conjunction with the United States Postal Inspectors, the arrest came after a traffic stop was conducted by interdiction officers. Officers smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and a search was conducted resulting in the seizure of over 14 pounds of marijuana with a street value ranging from $12,000 to $20,000.

Lemus was also served with an outstanding order for arrest from McDowell County for failure to appear for driving while license revoked. Also seized during the incident was $480 and Lemus’ 2005 Chevrolet Equinox that he was driving at the time of the traffic stop. The investigation is ongoing, more arrests are expected.

Lemus was detained at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.

A Claremont man will be spending at least 25 years in prison following his guilty plea to multiple sexual offenses with a minor female child during Catawba County Superior Court Tuesday (May 26). 32-year-old Robert Lee Downs pleaded guilty as charged to 10 counts of indecent liberties with a child and seven counts of sex offense with a child by an adult offender. The Honorable Hugh B. Lewis, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, sentenced Downs to serve 25-35 years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.

Downs will be required to register as a sex offender and enroll in satellite-based monitoring for the remainder of his life. The alleged offenses occurred in Catawba County over a three-year period from October 2009 to October 2012 and involved a juvenile female who was between the ages of 10 and 13 when they occurred.

During the period of time the offenses took place the defendant engaged in numerous sexual acts with the victim, specifically oral sex on at least seven occasions. In addition, Downs touched the victim in an inappropriate manner and exposed his genitalia to her.

On at least one occasion, Downs made the girl view a pornographic video with him, and he also watched her take a shower through a hole in the wall of one of the Long View mobile homes they were staying in at the time of the offenses.

The victim told investigators that after each incident Downs told her he would kill her if she told anyone what he had done. Mike Ford investigated the case for Long View Police Department, along with assistance from Jennifer Owens of the Catawba County Department of Social Service and the Catawba County Child Advocacy and Protection Center.

Lance Sigmon and Michael Van Buren handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.

26-year-old Samuel Justus of Colonial Village Drive in Lincolnton was arrested in Catawba County on charges filed by the Lincolnton Police Department. He’s charged with assault with a deadly weapon, communicating threats, assault on a female, and false imprisonment. Following the arrest, Justus was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Wednesday, May 27) under no bond. A District Court date is set for June 29.

24-year-old Benny Dale Laney Jr. of Piper Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (May 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of heroin and failure to appear on a count of misdemeanor larceny. Following the arrest, Laney was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $16,000 secured bond. He made a first appearance in District Court Tuesday, his next appearance is scheduled for June 16.

Beginning today (Wednesday, May 27), at 8 p.m., the N.C. Department of Transportation will shift traffic on Interstate 40 West to a temporary detour. Lane and ramp closures will be in place during the traffic shift, which is part of continued work on the I-40/77 Interchange Improvement Project in Statesville.

The I-40 West traffic shift and detour are necessary so crews can remove the old I-40 bridges over U.S. 21, continue completing the new I-40 bridges and complete a temporary access to U.S. 21. Crews will finish shifting traffic into the temporary pattern by 6 a.m. on Thursday (May 28). Traffic will remain in this detour for 60-90 days, weather permitting.

Work on the traffic shift will begin with a left lane closure on I-40 West to open up areas in the concrete barrier wall so that crews can tie-in the new traffic pattern to the existing route. All westbound traffic will be shifted to the left, across the old median and onto the new concrete pavement. Then, just before N.C. 115, traffic will be shifted back to the right and onto the original westbound lanes.

While traffic is shifted onto the detour, crews will also close the ramp from I-77 South to I-40 West.

Traffic traveling I-77 South to I-40 West will use the following detour route: Take I-40 East to Exit 154 at U.S. 64, and at the end of the ramp, turn left, go to the light and turn left to return to I-40 West. This ramp closure and detour will be in place for 60-90 days, weather permitting.

During the overnight work to shift traffic onto the detour, the U.S. 21 Ramp to I-40 West will be closed. This closure will allow crews to remove and replace pavement markings and place a concrete barrier wall for the new traffic pattern from U.S. 21 to I-40 West. Also during this time, the left lane of I-40 East will be closed from N.C. 115 to U.S. 21 to allow crews to place a concrete barrier wall.

Traffic traveling on US-21 to I-40 West will use the following detour route: Traffic will take I-40 East, to I-77 North, keep right and continue on the loop ramp to I-40 West. This ramp and lane closure will only be in place while crews implement the traffic shift and should be removed by 6 a.m. on Thursday.

Traffic is encouraged to slow down and use caution while the traffic shift is implemented and while the detour is in place. Signs and message boards will alert motorists to the new traffic pattern.

Officials in Burke County are still in the process of trying to find a location for a new jail. According to a published report, county officials still have some obstacles to overcome for the Government Drive site to be a viable option for a jail and a possible courthouse. One issue that officials are dealing with is whether a traffic light can be installed at the entrance to Government Drive.

In the published report, Burke County Manager Bryan Steen is quoted as saying he is waiting to get information from the North Carolina Department of Transportation about placement of a traffic light at the intersection of Enola Road and Government Drive before the county moves forward in the process.

According to the report, that's not the only issue with that site, another is an oversight in zoning at the property. When county commissioners held a work session to discuss the jail last week, Architect Jack Hemphill said when the city did an overhaul of its zoning ordinance last year, the zoning of the property on Government Drive no longer allows jails, despite the fact that there is already one there. A Morganton official has reportedly confirmed that this is the case, but has also says that this issue will be corrected and it will be brought before the Morganton planning board at their next meeting.

The consensus of the board of commissioners was to move forward with a new location after Morganton City Council voted not to close a portion of Bouchelle Street for the jail to be built downtown behind the courthouse. Commissioners are considering not only building a new jail on Government Drive but a new courthouse on the property. During the work session, Hemphill told commissioners there is enough county-owned property on Government Drive for a 256-bed jail and courthouse with room to expand in the future. County officials believe a jail and courthouse need to be together for security reasons.

A suspect wanted for 24 sex offense charges is being sought by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. 45-year-old Rudy Anthony Prickler Jr. of Coddle Creek Highway in Mooresville is wanted by authorities.

On April 24, 2015, a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office by the Department of Social Services in reference to the sexual assault of a young child by a male family member. The case was sent to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit and was assigned to Detective Sergeant C M Benfield. The child was scheduled for a forensic interview at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. During that interview the child disclosed numerous occasions when she had been sexually abused in Prickler’s home.

On these occasions, Prickler showed the child erotic material, and sexually assaulted her. She also disclosed that Prickler took photographs of her while she was unclothed. After the interview, Detectives searched Rudy Prickler’s home in southern Iredell County. During this search, numerous items of evidence were seized.

At this time, 24 warrants have been issued for Rudy Prickler; 12 counts of First Degree Sex Offense with a Child under 13, and 12 counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child. The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible. At this time Prickler’s whereabouts are unknown and the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance from the public in locating Rudy Prickler. If anyone has information on the location of Rudy Prickler you are urged to contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or communications at (704) 878-3100.

26-year-old Edward Ryan Williams, who is listed on police reports as a homeless person from Hickory, was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at about 7:30 Friday evening. He was charged with two felony counts of trafficking in heroin or opium

He was charged in connection to a vehicle stop in February of this year. Five grams of heroin and 4.3 grams of marijuana were allegedly found in the vehicle. At the time, Alfred Wright was charged with trafficking and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. Williams initially faced a misdemeanor marijuana charge; however, after further investigation, the felony trafficking charge was added.

Williams was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for May 29 in Newton.