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Monday, 21 March 2016 11:13

Felony Forgery Charge Filed In Burke County

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22-year-old Obasomidotun Ayomoposi Awoyinfa was arrested Saturday (March 19) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony forgery and uttering. Awoyinfa was placed in jail in Morganton under $250,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 21).

54-year-old Sandy Leroy Linfield was arrested Sunday (March 20) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine precursor. Linfield was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for May 16.

21-year-old Dustin Michael Baker of Feimster Street in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (March 21) on one felony count of first-degree burglary and misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.

He was arrested after Officers responded to a reported fight at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. As Police arrived, they saw a vehicle leaving the scene at a high rate of speed. Officers were told that Baker kicked in a hotel room door where and assaulted the victim, a 25-year-old Hickory man. The victim’s ex-girlfriend was also present.

The vehicle, occupied by Baker and the ex-girlfriend, was stopped and searched at on the 500 block of 7th Avenue Drive S.W. Brass knuckles and scales were found in the vehicle.

Baker was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

43-year-old Gary Dean Greene of Duncan Drive and 31-year-old Carrie Sue Fairchild of Frog Hollow Lane, both from Granite Falls, were both arrested last Tuesday (March 15) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Greene is charged with resisting a public officer, and faces charges on outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants from three different counties. Fairchild faces felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen goods, and obtaining property by false pretense. Those charges are on warrants from Alexander County.

Last Tuesday, Sgt. Bentley of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team conducted a traffic stop on a 1991 Oldsmobile on East Garner Bagnal Blvd. Bentley approached the suspect vehicle and told the driver, Carrie Fairchild, to step out of the vehicle. Bentley then advised Fairchild that he needed to check her information and asked Fairchild to walk back to his patrol car. Once seated in the patrol car Bentley began the process of verifying Fairchild’s information and found outstanding warrants in her name. During this time Bentley noticed the passenger door on Fairchild’s vehicle opening and the male passenger, Gary Greene, exiting the vehicle. Bentley approached the suspect vehicle and commanded Greene to stay inside the car.

At this time Greene ran from the suspect vehicle towards the back of a nearby business. Bentley began to pursue Greene on foot just as Sgt. Sherrill arrived. Sherrill saw that Bentley was in foot pursuit after someone and positioned his patrol car to block Greene’s direction of travel. Greene then turned around and ran the opposite direction as the Sherrill exited his patrol car and began to pursue him on foot also. Bentley was able to close distance on Greene and repeatedly commanded Greene to stop running and Greene eventually stopped.  At this time Greene turned and postured towards Bentley as if he was going to resist being taken into custody.

It was unclear at this point if Greene was armed, the two officers took Greene to the ground where Greene resisted in an attempt to keep from being handcuffed. Bentley and Sherrill were able to gain control of Greene and place him in handcuffs.

Greene was placed in the Iredell County Jail under $91,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court May 2.
Fairchild was transported to Alexander County were she was placed in jail under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 21).

39-year-old Matthew Franklin Ward 23-year-old Nicholas Allen Donelow, both of the same Bradley Farm Road, Statesville, address, were arrested last Thursday (March 17) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony maintain a dwelling to sell marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.   

Last Wednesday (March 16) the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigations Unit received information about marijuana being sold at a residence at 295 Bradley Farm Road.
Detectives went to the home and met with the residents there.  After gaining consent to search the home, a significant amount of marijuana was located in a bedroom next to a playpen where a small child slept.

Detectives seized the marijuana and numerous items of paraphernalia. The detectives then secured felony arrest warrants for Ward and Donelow. Detectives then called the Iredell County Department of Social Services to make them aware of the drug activity at the residence in close proximity to a small child.

Ward was was apprehended following a traffic stop on Thursday and was taken into custody. He was placed in jail under $15,000 secured bond. A check of Ward’s record indicated he was out on a $7500 bond for an earlier charge of Felony Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana. Donelow turned himself in to the Iredell County Detention Center late Thursday evening. He was incarcerated under $5000 secured bond.

Ward is scheduled to appear in District Court April 26, no court date was listed for Donelow.

A Special Joint Meeting of the Hickory City Council and Catawba County Board of Commissioners will be held today (Monday, March 21) at 5 p.m. at Catawba Valley Community College, 2550 US 70 in Hickory, in the Sipe Board Room. The purpose of this Special Meeting is to discuss Park 1764. The regular Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting normally held on the third Monday of the month has been cancelled.

38-year-old Jeremy Shaun Ollis of South King Street in Morganton was arrested Friday (March 18) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Misdemeanor Counts of Carrying a Concealed Weapon, and  Simple Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance.

On Friday, Morganton Public Safety Officers were dispatched to the area of South King Street in reference to the sound of gunshots in the area. A white male was located in the area matching the description given to officers as a possible suspect. Upon approaching the suspect, later determined to be Jeremy Shaun Ollis, officers noticed a suspicious bulge in the waistband of the suspect's pants. Officers found a concealed .40 caliber handgun in the waistband.

Ollis was taken into custody and charged. He was then placed into the custody of the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 21) in District Court in Morganton.

More charges are pending in the case.

19-year-old Anthony Maurice Stevenson Jr. was arrested Friday (March 18) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule VI controlled substance.

According to a news release issued over the weekend by Morganton Public Safety Officers, on Friday, a Public Safety Officer stopped a Ford Fusion for speeding. During the initial approach and after speaking with the driver, the officer smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

According to the news release, the marijuana was found on the backseat passenger, who was Stevenson. The pot was found in Stevenson's front pocket in a brown paper bag. At that time Stevenson was arrested and charged.

Following the arrest, Steveson was confined in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $7,000 secured bond. A First appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, March 21) in District Court in Morganton.

Two people were arrested Friday (March 18) in connection with a break-in and larceny on March 7 at Food Country on West NC Hwy 27 in Vale.

21-year-old Mitchell Adam McMickle and 23-year-old Leslie Nicole Boone, both of the same Northbrook Three School Road address in Vale, were arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers and charged with one felony count each of Breaking and Entering a Building, Larceny after Breaking and Entering, and Possession of Stolen Goods.

On March 7, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Food Country convenience store in connection with a breaking and entering. A suspect had entered the store by removing a window air conditioner and climbing through the window.

Review of the surveillance video at the store revealed one individual wearing a hoodie, gloves and a wolf mask went to a desk drawer and file cabinet where the money was kept. The suspect removed a total of $4,500 from the office. McMickle and Boone were named as possible suspects in the case.

According to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, a sum of money was found in McMickle’s car that had unique hand written markings. The money was identified as belonging to Food Country. A search warrant issued for the suspects Northbrook Three School Road residence led to a portion of the stolen money. McMickle was interviewed and confessed to the crime. He also said he was assisted by Boone, who is a former employee of Food Country.

Both suspects were released after posting a $5,000 secured bond each. They were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, March 21).

Monday, 21 March 2016 05:23

Newton Man Charged With Felony Cocaine Offense

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34-year-old Roberto Joseph Cabrera of West 7th Street in Newton was arrested Saturday (March 19) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, misdemeanor child abuse, and four counts of failure to appear. Cabrera was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,471 total bond. District Court dates are scheduled for April 18, April 20, and April 21.