Today (November 16), Burkemont Avenue will be closed between West Union Street and New Street. Only local traffic will be allowed through. The city encourages truck traffic to avoid Burkemont Avenue completely between West Union Street and West Fleming Drive and to use the bypass instead. Traffic will also be shifted on West Union Street for a water line tie-in. No left turns will be allowed onto Burkemont Avenue from West Union Street at the intersection.
Water will also be shut-off in an area that includes Smith Street, Haley Place and Josephine Lane, as well as the area along Burkemont Avenue from West Union Street to Circle Court and West Union Street from North College Street to Silver Creek Road. Water will remain off until the work is complete.
38-year-old Jeramie Lee McSweeney of Hillside Street NW in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (November 15) in Caldwell County. He was taken into custody by a bondsman. McSweeney is charged with possession of stolen property and was also picked up on an order revoking his bond. McSweeney was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $155,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (November 20) and a Superior Court date is set for February 5.
39-year-old Randy Junior Mullins of College Avenue in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (November 15) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of being a fugitive from another state and one misdemeanor count of resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer. Mullins is wanted on unspecified felony charges from Dickerson County, Virginia. Following his arrest, Mullins was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $510,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (November 16) and February 15.
27-year-old Geoffrey Alan York was arrested Wednesday (November 15) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of motor vehicle parts and misdemeanor second degree trespassing. York was placed in jail under $31,000 secured bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for Friday (November 17) and November 28 in Morganton.
35-year-old Rolando Mario Vasquez was arrested Wednesday (November 15) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of forgery and uttering, obtaining property by false pretense, and identity theft. Vasquez was placed in jail in Morganton under $32,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (November 16).
41-year-old Shaun Michael Pressley of 10th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (November 15) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Pressley was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (November 16).
38-year-old Chad Eric Lowman of 22nd Street NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (November 15) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He's also charged by Probation & Parole with felony probation violation. Lowman was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $60,500 bond. District Court dates were scheduled for today (November 16) and December 13. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (November 20).
36-year-old Rofelle Delone Nash of Marrow, GA, 28-year-old Paul Edward Glover of Charleston, WV, 32-year-old Christian Daniel Delgado Hernandez of North Las Vegas, NV, and 39-year-old John Douglas Shannell Gray of Atlanta, GA, were all arrested Tuesday (November 14) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers.
Nash is charged with felony counts of conspire to transport more than 400 grams of methamphetamine, and conspire to possess more than 400 grams of meth, trafficking of more than 400 grams of meth by transport, and trafficking of more than 400 grams of meth by possession. Glover is charged with felony counts of conspire to traffic more than 400 grams of meth by transport, conspire to traffic more than 400 grams of meth by possession, and possession of meth. Hernandez and Gray are each charged with felony counts of conspire to traffic more than 400 grams of meth by transport and conspire to traffic more than 400 grams of meth by possession.
On Tuesday at approximately 4:00 p.m., members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Team and members of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office Highway Interdiction Team (HIT) were conducting criminal interdiction on Interstate I- 77 in Northern Iredell County as part of Operation Tarheel Gauntlet.
Iredell County Sheriff’s Office ICE Team deputies noticed individuals exchanging packages between four vehicles at a business just off of the interstate. When the subjects noticed the uniformed deputy, they quickly exited the business at a high rate of speed. Two vehicles went I-77 North and two went I-77 South. Due to having numerous deputies on the interstate all four vehicles were stopped a short time later.
While speaking with the drivers of the vehicles, a canine was utilized and indicated positively on all of the vehicles of the presence of illegal drugs. Deputies then searched the vehicles and located numerous items of evidence.
In one of the vehicles a large box was located and inside the box, several containers were easily identified as containing methamphetamine. In another vehicle a backpack was located and inside it were numerous bundles of US Currency. In another car, a brown paper bag was located under the seats with several bundles of US Currency in it also. In all over 28 pounds of Methamphetamine worth $5,189,184, more than $100,000 in US Currency and four vehicles were seized as a result of these stops.
Nash, Glover, and Hernandez were placed in jail under $2,000,000 secured bond apiece, Gray's bond was set at $1,000,000 secured. All four men are scheduled to appear in District Court November 27.
30-year-old Michael Shane Blansett, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police at 2:20 yesterday afternoon (November 14) on one count of possession of cocaine. Blansett was taken into custody without incident on the 1,000 block of 10th Street Boulevard N.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
50-year-old Tonya Deneen Burch of 7th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:45 p.m. yesterday (November 14) for a felony probation violation. She was arrested on an outstanding warrant issued by another agency. Burch is on probation following a January 2014 felony conviction in Catawba County for multiple larcenies.
She was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. Burch was processed and released under a $30,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for November 20 in Newton.
16-year-old Aaron Dequan Whittmore of Park Drive in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of breaking & entering a motor vehicle (55 counts), larceny of a firearm (four counts) and misdemeanor larceny (12 counts). Two juveniles were taken into custody at the same time.
On Sunday (November 5), the Sheriff’s Office received numerous reports regarding vehicle break-ins that occurred during the late night hours in the area of the Hickory Highway and Ashbrook Drive in western Iredell County. Deputies, Detectives and crime scene Investigators arrived on scene and began searching for suspects and witnesses and collecting evidence. Numerous potential witnesses were interviewed.
At about 1:30 a.m. on Friday, November 10, Deputies responded to the area of Bethlehem Road near the Statesville Airport after a homeowner was awakened by a car alarm. Upon arrival, Deputies learned that there had been a second wave of vehicle break-ins. They determined that the suspects were most likely still in the area. A perimeter was established to contain the suspects, who were believed to be on foot.
Deputies were able to corner the suspects in a wooded area. The suspects attempted to flee on foot, but Deputies captured three male subjects. It’s possible that other suspects eluded capture. Two of the subjects taken into custody were juveniles, 14 and 15 years-of-age. The third suspect was identified as Aaron Dequan Whittmore. He and the two juveniles were taken to the Sheriff’s Office where they were interviewed.
Investigators determined that the same suspects were responsible for the incidents on November 5 & 10. Police say the suspects went to various developments and looked for unlocked vehicles that they believed contained valuables. Break-ins occurred on Ashbrook Drive, Bethlehem Road, Doubletree Drive, Heathrow Lane and Gatwick Court, all in Statesville.
Whittmore was charged accordingly, and juvenile petitions are being sought against the other two subjects. Whittmore was held under a $50,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on December 4. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.
42-year-old Nowlin Powell Crooks of Kool Park Road NE in Hickory was arrested today (November 15) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with possession of a firearm by a felon. Crooks was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (November 16).
29-year-old Christy Lynn Owens of Rolling Hills Court in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (November 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with failure to appear on counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of stolen goods, misdemeanor larceny, simple possession of schedule V controlled substance, and second degree trespassing. Owens was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $6,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for December 14.
54-year-old Robbie Dean Killian of Snow Creek Road in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with assault with physical injury on an emergency person and assault on a government official or employee. Killian was detained this morning (November 15) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court date is set for tomorrow (November 16).