One suspect has been arrested and another was being sought in connection with a theft at a business. According to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, on Sunday, July 17, Progressive Power Equipment at 5233 Wilkesboro Highway in Statesville had multiple lawn mowers stolen from the fenced in area in front of the business.
Photographs of the suspects and suspect vehicle, along with additional information, were posted on Facebook and in the media with a request from the public for assistance. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received numerous calls and letters from the public with information assisting in the identification of the suspects, 44-year-old Johnny Ray Sheets of Mocksville and 22-year-old Lonnie Joseph Pruitt of Hamptonville.
Last Wednesday (August 17), detectives from the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of detectives from the Davie County Sheriff’s Office followed up on information regarding the location of the stolen lawn mowers. All of the stolen lawn mowers from the incident, with a total value of more than $14,000 were recovered in Davie County.
Johnny Ray Sheets was arrested last Wednesday and charged with first-degree trespassing and felony larceny. Sheets received a $5,000 bond. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance last Thursday, his next appearance is scheduled for September 7 in District Court.
There are outstanding warrants for Lonnie Joseph Pruitt for the charges of First Degree Trespass and Felony Larceny. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Pruitt they are asked to contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.
There were no injuries and several pets were saved from a house fire Monday afternoon in Catawba County. According to published reports, five fire departments from Catawba, Lincoln and Iredell counties responded to the fire at a house on East Maiden Road just south of Maiden.
The published reports say the owner and her husband were inside the residence when the fire started, it is believed it ignited in the kitchen. Reports say that nine dogs and a bird were saved by the family.
The Red Cross is assisting the family.
The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce and others throughout the community are mourning the death of Terri Ferraguto, VP of Shareholder Relations. Ms. Ferraguto passed away peacefully Sunday evening after a battle with cancer.
Ms. Ferraguto was a member of the Chamber since October 2012. She is survived by her husband, Dick, and her son, Austin, as well as many friends and loved ones.
Arrangements had not been announced as of Monday afternoon.
42-year-old Carl Henry Duncan, Jr. of 17th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested on a true bill of indictment by Hickory Police at about 7:40 last night (August 21) on two felony counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. The complainant listed on H.P.D.’s arrest report is the Catawba County Clerk of Court.
Duncan was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.
42-year-old Robbie Dean Sronce of Bess Chapel Church Road in Cherryville was arrested Tuesday, August 9 by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of stolen goods.
According to a news release issued today (Monday, August 22) by Lincolnton Police, on August 9 at approximately 6 p.m., officers responded to a breaking and entering report on Louise Avenue. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim who told them that someone had broken into their residence and taken various work tools.
While at the residence investigating the breaking and entering, the officers along with the victim, observed a white male subject running toward a neighboring house carrying some of the stolen property. Officers located the man and all of the stolen goods at the neighboring house. The property was recovered and returned to the owner.
The suspect was identified as Robbie Dean Sronce and was taken into custody without incident. The value of the stolen property was in excess of $1,400. Sronce was detained in the Lincoln County Jail under $5,000 secured bond. No upcoming court dates are currently listed.
This morning (Monday, August 22), shortly after 11:00, Statesville Police Officers responded to a report of a shooting at a residence at the corner of 5th Street at Raleigh Ave. Upon arrival, officers discovered that a woman at the scene had sustained a gunshot wound. She was transported by EMS to a local hospital.
Statesville PD Criminal Investigators responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. While on the scene, it was reported that another victim, a male, had shown up at Iredell Memorial Hospital, also suffering from a gunshot wound. The conditions of the victims were not available.
The investigation into the shootings is continuing. Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Statesville Police at 704-878-3406 or Iredell Crimestoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous.
63-year-old Daniel Ussery of 6th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:20 Friday afternoon (August 19) on one felony count each of breaking and entering and habitual larceny.
Ussery had previously been arrested in connection to an incident at the Belk store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall on February 28 of this year. The reporting party told Police they saw Ussery conceal a wallet and go beyond the last point of sale without paying.
According to Hickory Police, Ussery has four previous convictions for larceny. He was served a true bill of indictment Friday at a convenience store on North Center Street where he was taken into custody without incident. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today (August 22) in Newton
28-year-old Jeremy Scott Murray of Carolina Mills Circle in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday, August 10 by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation, assault with a deadly weapon, domestic assault on a female, and injury to personal property.
According to a news release issued today by the Lincolnton Police Department, on August 10, officers with the Lincolnton Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance to a residence on Georgetown Road. Upon arrival, officers found a female victim with noticeable injuries. The victim reported her boyfriend, who just fled the scene, assaulted her by choking her and by putting a knife to her throat. Additionally, the victim reported that the boyfriend had damaged several items of her clothing during the assault. The victim’s injuries were documented and the boyfriend was identified as Jeremy Scott Murray.
Officers found Murray a short time later. He was taken into custody without incident. Two knives were found on him and seized as a result of the arrest. Murray was initially jailed under no bond, during his first appearance in District Court, he was issued a secured bond of $2,000. His next appearance is scheduled for August 29 in District Court.
35-year-old Chad Daunta Bess of 34th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (August 20) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
He was arrested when Officers who were attempting to serve a warrant at a residence on 34th Street Drive N.E. heard what they believed to be gunfire. After further investigation, Officers determined that the sound was a vehicle backfire; however, they did locate Bess in the vicinity, holding a handgun.
Bess, who had a previous felony drug conviction in Catawba County in 1998, was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today on the firearms charge and a number of felony drug charges. He also has a September 19 court date on additional firearms and drug charges.
28-year-old Robert Joshua Copeland of 35th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about three o’clock Friday afternoon (August 19) on one felony count each of forgery of bank notes and uttering a forged instrument, plus a misdemeanor probation violation and misdemeanor failure to appear on a drug paraphernalia charge. He was also charged by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office on a surrender by surety for possession of stolen goods, driving while license revoked not impaired, possession or display of an altered, fictitious or revoked driver’s license and possession of heroin.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on August 6. The general manager at Cookout Burgers on North Center Street in Hickory reported that someone passed a counterfeit $100 bill at the restaurant. The manager was able to give a vehicle description, which led to the identification of Robert Joshua Copeland as the suspect. Warrants for his arrest were issued on the same date.
Copeland was taken into custody at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $58,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (August 22) in Newton. Additional court dates are coming up on September 8, September 21 and October 28.
28-year-old Samuel Leonard Benge was arrested Sunday (August 21) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony forced first-degree burglary. Benge was placed in jail in Morganton under $75,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court today (Monday, August 22).
26-year-old Lauren Nicole Sherrill and 23-year-old Lamar James Breedlove, both of the same 10th Street SW Hickory address, were both arrested Friday (August 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. Sherrill is charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Breedlove is charged with auto larceny and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Both suspects were placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond, they were both scheduled to appear in District Court in Lenoir today (Monday, August 22).
One suspect has been arrested in connection to the discovery of a pair of meth labs, a second suspect is being sought. 50-year-old Joseph Robert Creech of Swanson Road in Crouse was arrested Saturday (August 20) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of manufacturing methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. the charges stem from an August 14 investigation near the 2400 block of Swanson Road where deputies found multiple "one pot" meth labs.
During the investigation, patrol deputies responded to the residence after receiving a call about someone possibly cooking meth. On arrival, deputies recognized items consistent with a "one pot" meth lab and called for Narcotics Detectives to respond.
Once narcotics detectives confirmed it was in fact a meth lab, the SBI was called to assist with clean up. While on the scene narcotics detectives were told about a second meth lab across the road at a neighbor's residence. After a search of that property, detectives found a second "one pot" meth lab.
According to detectives, this investigation makes the third time in less than 12 months where a meth lab or meth lab precursors have been located on or near these properties. In each previous case detectives have made an arrest. Both subjects charged in this case had left the scene prior to officers arriving.
Creech was placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond. His first court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, August 22) in Lincoln County District Court.
Detectives are still looking for a second subject in the case. 39-year-old James Norman Merriam of Swanson Road in Crouse is wanted for Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Felony Possession of Heroin.
Citizens are urged to call Lincoln County Communication Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909 if they have any information as to Merriam’s whereabouts.
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek information on suspects on the agency's Most Wanted List.
36-year-old John Yang is being sought by the Burke County Sheriff's Office. He's wanted on charges of felony failure to appear on a count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver controlled substance and failure to appear for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Yang's last known address was 2871 Cougar Valley in Morganton. He has been wanted since December 11 of last year.
40-year-old Tony Lynn Bollinger is wanted for non-payment of child support. Bollinger's last known address was 5597 Manley Clark Road in Morganton. He's been wanted since September 8, 2014.
You can see the entire Most Wanted List at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of any of the suspects on the list you can call 828-438-5500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.