51-year-old Samuel Tyron Young of Hull Street in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on 13 counts of first-degree rape of a child and 25 counts of statutory rape.
In January 2016, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding a female child who had been sexually assaulted by a family member. The abuse occurred between 2010 and 2013.
The case was assigned to Detective Sergeant Amy Dyson of the Special Victims Unit. The child was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. Additional witnesses were also interviewed.
As a result of the investigation, Samuel Young was arrested and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $750,000 secured bond. His next appearance in District Court was set for May 11.
38-year-old Heath Allen McPherson of Kiplin Drive in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at 2 p.m. yesterday (April 27) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of driving while impaired.
His arrest stems from an incident at about 9:15 a.m. on April 9 of last year when Officers stopped a vehicle driven by McPherson for speeding on the 200 block of 10th Avenue S.W. Police smelled alcohol on McPherson’s breath and conducted a field sobriety test.
During that time, another subject, Bryan Steven Lutz, approached the suspect on foot. Police searched Lutz and found 0.3 grams of a white, rock-like substance identified as crack cocaine. They also searched McPherson and found 0.4 grams of a yellow substance identified as MDMA (or Ecstasy) on his person.
Both suspects were arrested at that time. Yesterday, McPherson was served an indictment on the felony drug charge at H.P.D. headquarters. He was processed and released under a $5,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.
24-year-old Richard Corey Crowder of Hartland Trail in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (April 27) by authorities in Caldwell County. Crowder is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. The charges are from warrants issued in Burke County. Crowder was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 2.
26-year-old Sasha Luecinda Chapman of Cramer Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police early his morning (April 28) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia. Another 25-year-old female suspect was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Chapman was taken into custody at the Red Roof Inn, just off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard, at about 3:20 a.m. today. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
35-year-old Eddie Carlos Linder of “F” Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 7:20 last night (April 27) on two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance within 300 feet of school property and four felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine. The warrants for his arrest were issued on April 5.
Linder was taken into custody without incident at another residence on “F” Avenue. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
A pedestrian was hit and killed on a busy Caldwell County roadway early this morning (Thursday, April 28).
Shortly after 6 a.m. today a white female was walking on Blowing Rock Boulevard (U.S. 321) in Lenoir. Initial information suggests she was attempting to cross the road and was struck by a vehicle. Before emergency responders could arrive, a second vehicle struck the victim while she was lying in the roadway. The victim was transported to Caldwell UNC Health Care and was pronounced deceased by medical personnel.
The identity of the female is still being investigated by officers at this time. The second vehicle involved left the scene of the accident and Officers are looking for a dark in color pickup truck. The make and model are unknown at this time. The vehicle left the scene traveling north on Blowing Rock Blvd.
Anyone with information as to the identity of the victim or information on the second vehicle are asked to contact The Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100 or to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300. The investigation is ongoing at this time.
63-year-old Wallace Floyd Montgomery of Zion Avenue in Taylorsville was arrested Wednesday (April 27) by authorities in Caldwell County. Montgomery is charged on warrants from Alexander County with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, sale of cocaine, and delivery of cocaine. Montgomery was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $70,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
61-year-old Gary Steve Shuford of Preach Drive in Newton was arrested Wednesday (April 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Shuford was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, April 28).
25-year-old Michael Donovan Wilson of 1st Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (April 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance and sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Wilson is also charged with failure to appear on a count of driving while license revoked. Following the arrest, Wilson was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, April 28).
The discovery of a body in Burke County is under investigation. Hikers found a body in the Pisgah National Forest in the section of Burke County known as "God's Country." The remains were reportedly found off Highway 181 at the Steels Creek Waterfall. The body was discovered by a hiker around noon Wednesday (April 27) at the base of the falls. A vehicle found three miles from where the body was discovered was registered to a man reported missing last week.
According to a news release issued today (Thursday, April 28) by the Burke County Sheriff's Office, on April 19, family members filed a report with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office that 56-year-old Richard Dale Triplett of Connelly Springs had been missing since April 18, at approximately 6:00 a.m. The missing person report was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. On Wednesday (April 27) during the course of the investigation, a 2001 Honda CRV was located on a US Forest Service Road in the Wilson’s Creek area of Burke County.
The Honda CRV was registered to Richard Dale Triplett. The body found on Wednesday was found approximately three miles away from the Honda CRV. The male subject has not been positively identified at this time. The investigation is ongoing and further details will be released as more information is gathered.