52-year-old John Michael Wall of 13th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 10:30 Saturday night (November 21) on two felony counts of breaking & entering and one felony count each of larceny after breaking & entering, conspiracy to traffic in heroin and trafficking heroin or opium.
He was arrested after Officers went to Wall’s residence to serve several outstanding warrants. During the arrest, a syringe containing heroin was found on Wall’s person.
He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $85,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (November 23) in Newton. He has an appearance in Superior Court scheduled for December 4 on the heroin charges and other drug charges, also in Newton.
36-year-old Timothy Jerome Deyton was arrested Sunday (November 22) by authorities in Burke County. He’s charged with one count of felony incest. Deyton was placed in jail in Morganton under $150,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, November 23).
28-year-old Sean Lee Compton of Sawmills School Road in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (November 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen goods, and obtaining property by false pretense. Compton was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, November 23).
55-year-old Randy Lee English of 13th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Sunday (November 22) by Conover Police Officers. He’s charged with breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. English was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, November 23).
31-year-old Benny Ray Prestwood of Zacks Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (November 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and attempted uttering. Prestwood was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, November 23).
35-year-old James David McGinnis of Keller Avenue in Hildebran was arrested Sunday (November 22) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon. McGinnis was confined at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for December 4.
On Saturday (November 21), a fourth person was charged in connection with the meth lab discovered last Tuesday on Loomis Street south of Lincolnton. Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Narcotics detectives continued the meth lab investigation and found evidence linking a fourth person to the lab. Video surveillance, physical evidence, and statements from witnesses helped lead detectives to discover additional involvement.
41-year-old Joey Lister Jones of West First Street in Cherryville, was charged with one felony count each of Manufacturing Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possess or Distribute Meth Precursors, and Conspiracy.
According to Detectives, Jones turned himself in on Saturday after learning he had outstanding warrants for his arrest. Detectives say many times “meth cooks” will get a third party to purchase the products needed for the meth lab in an attempt to avoid detection.
Detectives say Jones, however, had a direct relation to the other three people previously arrested. On Tuesday detectives arrested 31-year-old Brandon Stewart Shronce and 32-year-old Meghan Elizabeth Cochrane, both of Lincolnton, and 39-year-old Jamie Shane Richard of Ivey Church Road in Iron Station. All three are charged with Manufacture a Controlled Substance Schedule II, Possess and Distribute Meth Precursors, and Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine.
Jones is currently being held in the Harven Crouse Detention Center without bond. His first court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, November 23) in Lincoln County District Court.
Paving of several local streets in Morganton has been delayed, but, according to a news release issued last Friday, the contractor working for the City was hoping to finish up some of the work this week.
Maymead was awarded a contract to pave 1.6 miles of street in Morganton this year including portions of Huffman Street, Bouchelle Street, Riverside Drive, Woodbine Terrace, Inglewood Drive, and Crayton Street.
So far, Maymead has paved Woodbine Terrace and a portion of Riverside Drive. Maymead told City staff they plan to finish up Riverside Drive and Bouchelle Street this week.
Maymead started paving in Morganton on October 21, and per the contract, the company was supposed to have the streets completed by November 15.
A Hickory man charged with murder made his first appearance in Catawba County District Court on Friday (November 20).
20-year-old LaKeith Marshaun Lawrence was charged with murder in the shooting death of 45-year-old Philip Eugene McLean on Thursday, Nov. 19.
According to information from the Hickory Police Department, officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 600 block of 17th Street Drive NW in Hickory shortly after 1 p.m. last Thursday (November 19) and found McLean lying on the ground suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lawrence appeared before District Court Judge Richard S. Holloway Friday. He was not given a bond, and Vicky Jayne was appointed as his attorney on a provisional basis. His next court date for a probable cause hearing will be December 11.
Lawrence was convicted of attempted common law robbery in Catawba County in May 2013. He remains incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility.
A Newton couple was ordered never to own animals again after being found guilty earlier this month in Catawba County District Court of a combined 26 counts of cruelty to animals, restraining dogs in a cruel manner, communicating threats and making harassing phone calls.
30-year-old Michael D. Hedrick and 27-year-old Sarah S. Sims were each sentenced to serve three days in jail, placed on 18 months of probation and ordered to perform 24 hours of community service by District Court Judge Robert A. Mullinax in addition to his order that they never own animals again.
Hedrick and Sims also were ordered to pay a combined $2,517 to Catawba County for Animal Shelter costs and services.
Officer Jenna Arsenault, who investigated the case for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, went to the couple’s residence on three occasions. Her initial response was for a report of an aggressive dog.
She discovered that the couple had six dogs with no food or water wearing choke collars and chains that were too heavy and too short. One of them had a chain padlocked around its neck.
Sims told the officer she “didn’t care” what happened to the dogs, and Hedrick threatened to kill Arsenault if she returned to the property. The dogs were deemed to be in imminent danger and were seized by deputies from the Sheriff’s Office and Catawba County Animal Control on Aug. 18, 2015.
Laura Hill prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.