23-year-old Johnithyn Thomas James Bristol was arrested Wednesday (September 21) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation. Following the arrest, Bristol was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for October 24.
31-year-old Zachary Ryan Moser of Catawba County, who was being sought by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officer in connection to an early morning assault in Stony Point, has been taken into custody, according to Sheriff Chris Bowman. He was charged with assault on a female, resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer and two counts of breaking & entering. Moser will also face outstanding warrants in Catawba County stemming from an earlier incident.
Moser's arrest comes on the heels of a nearly five-hour manhunt that involved multiple law enforcement agencies. During the manhunt, Officers utilized various technologies to narrow down Moser's location to the South Thomas Lane area in Stony Point. While patrolling that area, a Sheriff's Deputy was tipped off by a citizen to the exact location where Moser was hiding.
Officers entered a home on South Thomas Lane and took Moser into custody without further incident. The only court date listed at this time is November 21 in Catawba County on a variety of assault charges.
Sheriff Bowman expressed his gratitude to the Officers and agencies that assisted in the search and apprehension. In addition to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, those agencies include N.C. Adult Probation, the N.C. Highway Patrol, N.C. State K-9, Iredell County Sheriff's K-9 and Alexander County Emergency Management.
25-year-old Nathaniel Lee Shinn of Dickerson Court in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police just before 9 a.m. yesterday (September 20) on felony warrants from the Long View Police Department for robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons and possession of stolen goods. Those were issued in July and January of this year, respectively. His arrest came in connection to the arrest of 28-year-old Cory Elijah Moretz of Little River Church Road in Taylorsville, who was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
They were arrested at the Baymont Inn on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. after Police spotted a green Pontiac Bonneville in the parking lot with a female driver, who stayed in the vehicle for about six or seven minutes. Officers approached the woman, who said she was going to room 301. She said the car didn’t belong to her. Officers also learned that her license had been suspended. The woman was then allowed to leave the scene.
As Cory Moretz came out of room 301, a K-9 Officer alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. A search warrant was obtained and executed, leading to the discovery of a spoon, digital scales, Q-Tips, an unloaded syringe and two loaded syringes containing 0.8 grams of methamphetamine.
Moretz was charged for the paraphernalia. A warrant was issued for the female’s arrest. At the same time, Shinn was found on the property and the outstanding warrants for his arrest were located.
Moretz and Shinn were taken into custody without incident. Moretz was processed and released under a $2,000 unsecured bond with a court date set for November 1. Shinn was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court today. The female remained at large as of this afteroon.
The Alexander County Sheriff's Office is currently searching for a man wanted in connection to an early morning assault that occurred in the 8000 block of Highway 90 East in Stony Point. The suspect, Zachary Ryan Moser, is currently wanted by Alexander County authorities for Assault on a Female but is also wanted by Catawba County authorities for Resist, Delay and Obstruct stemming from a separate incident. Moser has been known to be violent and may be armed. Sheriff Chris Bowman is asking anyone who sees Moser in the Stony Point area contact the Alexander County Sheriff's Office.
64-year-old Steve Gray Adams, who is listed as a homeless person from Knoxville, Tennessee, was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 1 p.m. yesterday (September 20) on one felony count of malicious conduct by a prisoner and one misdemeanor count of assault on a female.
He was arrested in connection to an incident last Friday (September 16) at Frye Regional Medical Center. An off-duty Officer responded to an irate patient, Steve Adams, in the emergency room. Adams reportedly kicked and spit at several nurses and at the Officer. No significant injuries were reported.
Adams was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the hospital. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Lincoln County teenager.
17-year-old Tamara Stansford 3845 Oakwood Circle in Iron Station was last seen at her residence between 8 and 9 p.m. Sunday, September 18. Relatives say Stansford could possibly be in Charlotte or an unknown location in South Carolina.
She is described as a black female, five-feet-two inches tall and weighing approximately 175 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair with red dye highlights. She has several medical issues and does not have her medication with her.
Stansford has been entered NCIC as a missing person. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
29-year-old Destiny Nicole Miller of Johns River Road in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (September 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of larceny after breaking and entering, auto larceny, and possession of stolen goods or property. Miller was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. She's scheduled to appear in Superior Court October 31.
33-year-old Christopher Jesse Erickson was arrested Tuesday (September 20) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to an automobile and larceny from an automobile. Officers apprehended Erickson at an address on Sanford Drive in Morganton. He was placed in jail in Morganton with bond set at $19,000 secured. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, September 21).
28-year-old Jeric Avery Carey of 16th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (September 20) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Carey was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, September 21).
30-year-old Natasha Danielle Steele of North Olivers Cross Road in Newton was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, and driving while license revoked. Steele was jailed this morning (Wednesday, September 21) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. She was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today, and in District Court November 10.
Hickory City Council met in regular session last night.
Community Development Manager Dave Leonetti presented a request for a vacant building demolition grant for Jerry Lee Pruitt, LLC, for the former Regal Manufacturing Building on 12th Avenue NE. The building has been vacant for more than 20 years. Following a public hearing, the grant approval passed unanimously.
In other activity at last night's Hickory City Council meeting, Planner Cal Overby presented a proposal for the voluntary contiguous annexation for a portion of the street right of way at 42nd Avenue Drive NE. The proposal passed unanimously. Cal Overby also presented a proposal for the consideration of a voluntary satellite annexation of 3.18 acres at 2520 & 2530 Brookford Boulevard. The proposal passed unanimously.
Overby also presented a proposal for the voluntary contiguous annexation of 2.135 acres at 826 & 828 21st Street Drive SE and 857, 863, 903 23rd Street Court SE. The annexation passed unanimously. Dave Leonetti also presented proposed revisions to the Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program and Relocation Policy. Council approved the revisions unanimously.
The Burke County Sheriff's Office has released an update in the case involving a burned vehicle. Investigators discovered what appeared to be the remains of two people in the vehicle, which was discovered Sunday morning on Canoe Creek Way in Northwestern Burke County. The investigation is now classified as a homicide. One of the individuals has been identified as Albert Alexander Austin and the investigation is continuing.
Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Canoe Creek Way at approximately 8 a.m. Sunday in reference to the report regarding the burnt vehicle. Upon arrival, deputies discovered the human remains. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene along with agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and an Investigator with the Burke County Fire Marshall’s Office.
With the assistance of an Investigator of the North Carolina License and Theft Bureau, Investigators learned the vehicle was a Cadillac Deville belonging to Mr. Albert Alexander Austin but registered to Mr. Spencer “Jermain” Murray.
There is now a Burke County Crime Stoppers Reward in the amount of $1,000. Anyone with information are encouraged to contact Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 828-438-5500, or Burke County Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333 anytime day or night.
37-year-old Kevin Darnell Turner of Branch Drive in Statesville was arrested Friday (September 16) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with fail to notify change of address.
According to a news release issued today (Tuesday, September 20) Deputy David Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit was contacted by Detective Lt. Brian Boyd about Kevin Turner, a registered sex offender. Lt. Boyd advised Deputy Price he had spoken to a subject about a separate incident in which Turner was involved. Lt. Boyd learned Turner was a registered sex offender and notified Deputy Price about the possibility he may not be living at his registered address.
Deputy Price began an investigation into Turner’s whereabouts and was able to determine he was indeed living at 111 Branch Drive and had not reported his change of address, which he is required to do within three business days. Since Turner was in violation of the North Carolina Sex Offender Law Deputy Price charged him with failing to notify change of address.
Turner is on the sex offender registry for a 2001 conviction for Indecent Liberties with a Child. He was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for October 12.
41-year-old Bennie Reece Wiles, Jr. of Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for failure by a sex offender to notify authorities of a change of address.
On September 15, Deputy David Price with the Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit received information that Wiles, who is on the Sex Offender Registry as the result of a 2006 conviction for first-degree kidnapping, was not staying at his address of record. Deputy Price learned Wiles might be staying at his girlfriend’s residence on River Run Road. After further investigation, the Deputy spoke to two witnesses who verified that Wiles had been staying at the River Run Road residence the majority of the time.
A warrant for Wiles’ arrest was issued and he was taken into custody on September 18. He was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for October 3.
Wiles has multiple prior convictions in Iredell and Yadkin counties for kidnapping, larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle, assault on a female, common law robbery and injury to personal property.