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Friday, 13 April 2018 05:54

Two Suspects Face Stolen Vehicle Charges

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30-year-old Dusty Ray Whisnant of Whisnant Road and 27-year-old Danielle Marie Conner of Piedmont Drive, both from Lenoir, were arrested Thursday (April 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. Both suspects are charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Conner is also charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless driving to endanger and fictitious or altered title, registration or tag. Both suspects were detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center, Whisnant's bond was set at $25,000 secured, Conner received a $10,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday.

56-year-old Carol Jean Dunn of Calico Road and 36-year-old Jama Mikhail Puma of Yadkin View Drive, both from Lenoir, and 38-year-old Danny Carl Lackey of Carolina Beach, were all arrested Wednesday (April 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. Dunn is charged with felony counts of traffic in methamphetamine, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. She's also charged by Probation and Parole with felony probation violation. Puma is charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Lackey is charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon.

On Wednesday, shortly before 5 a.m., Deputies with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search along with North Carolina Probation and Parole Officers at 2461 Collettsville Road in Lenoir. After making contact with the home owner, Officers began their search and located Carol Dunn in one of the bedrooms. After a search of her room she was found to be in possession of over 11 ounces of methamphetamine, $11,316 in cash, digital weighing scales and other drug paraphernalia items.

Puma, who was in a separate room, was also found to be in possession of individually packaged baggies of meth hidden underneath the bed mattress. Lackey, who is a convicted felon, was found to be in possession of a shotgun that he had attempted to hide while Officers were initially at the door. A small amount of marijuana was also seized from the premise. The drugs have a street value of $49,380 according to North Carolina State Drug Guidelines.

Dunn was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $300,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled for Thursday (April 12) and a Superior Court appearance is set for August 20. Puma and Lackey were both jailed under $25,000 secured bond, they both had District Court appearances scheduled Thursday.

43-year-old Charles Ray Hildebran of Airport-Rhodhiss Road in Hickory and 18-year-old Marcus Savon Bowman of East 1st Street in Newton were arrested last Friday (April 6) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. Hildebran is charged with three felony counts of possession of a weapon by a felon, one felony count of possession of methamphetamine, and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and parole violation. Bowman is charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a news release issued Thursday, (April 12), last Friday, Investigators with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division assisted North Carolina Probation Officers at 954 Airport Rhodhiss Road in Hickory. While at the scene, they found three firearms along with methamphetamine and items of drug paraphernalia. Hildebran and Bowman were transported to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. Hildebran's bond was set at $64,000 secured and Bowman was given a $4,000 unsecured bond. They both have District Court dates April 30.

30-year-old Justin Bradford Davis of Old U.S. Highway 70 in Black Mountain was arrested Thursday (April 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods or property. Davis is also charged with failure to appear on a count of misdemeanor probation violation. He was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $26,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for Monday (April 16).

Friday, 13 April 2018 04:44

Building Sustains Heavy Damage In Hickory Fire

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At 5:22 p.m. Thursday (April 12), Hickory firefighters were dispatched to 905 2nd Ave SW. Firefighters responded with three engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and a command unit.

Upon arrival at 5:24, firefighters reported fire and smoke coming from the back of the building. They worked to extinguish the fire coming from burning spare automobile parts within a fenced area behind the building. Fire from the burning parts threatened the interior of the business.

No injuries were reported and fire damages were considered heavy. Fire investigators determined the fire to be caused by a mechanical failure from an outdoor air compressor.

Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives are looking for a 43-year-old Brian Edward Leatherman on a number of charges, including kidnapping and domestic violence.

Leatherman, who lives on Matthew Miller Road in Vale, was last known to be in McDowell County on April 11, where the person he is accused of kidnapping jumped from a vehicle moving at a high rate of speed. She is a 46-year-old female from Tallent Road in Vale. The incident occurred on Interstate 40 near mile marker 86. The victim was transported to Mission Hospital in Asheville where she is listed in stable condition.

The victim went missing on April 8. Family members last saw the victim when she went to her mother’s home and said she would be back in a couple of hours. The next day, Deputies went to a location on Matthew Miller Road after Catawba County Deputies said a woman who had been assaulted in Catawba County might be on Matthew Miller Road. The victim had been at a residence on Old Shelby Road in Catawba County when Leatherman broke in and forcibly removed her.

Leatherman was charged with one felony count each of attempt first-degree forcible rape, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, first-degree kidnapping, restraint of an adult without that person’s consent, possession of stolen goods, larceny of a motor vehicle, a felony probation violation and obtaining property by false pretenses. He was also charged with two misdemeanor domestic violence protective order violations. In addition, Leatherman faces charges from Catawba County for a domestic violence order violation and assault with a deadly weapon.

The investigation is ongoing. Additional charges may be filed.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Brian Edward Leatherman should contact the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.

41-year-old Webb Massey King of Frank Smith Mobile Home Park in Taylorsville was arrested Wednesday (April 11) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession with intent to manufacture meth precursors, possession of pseudoephedrine after conviction of manufacturing meth, and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to sell controlled substance, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Wednesday, a deputy was patrolling in the area of Branchwood Road in Northern Iredell County, when he noticed a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of the roadway. As the deputy approached the vehicle to speak with the occupant, he saw an open container of alcohol in the driver’s area. The officer asked the driver, Webb Massey King, to step out of the vehicle.

A subsequent search of the vehicle uncovered several items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine. They included pseudoephedrine, magnesium sulfate and cold packs, which were found inside the vehicle, along with an amount of actual meth and several items of drug paraphernalia.

King was taken into custody and charged. He was given a $75,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.

22-year-old Byron David Aguirre of Pasadena, Texas has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine by transportation and trafficking meth by possession.

On Monday (April 9), Iredell County Deputies stopped a black Nissan pickup truck for a traffic violation on Interstate 40 westbound at mile marker 144. As Deputies interacted with Byron David Aguirre, a narcotics K-9 gave a positive indication, leading to a search of the vehicle.

Deputies found approximately 4,983 grams of crystal meth concealed in the vehicle. The drugs have an estimated value of $1,993,200.

Aguirre was arrested and taken to the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $1,000,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on May 1.

31-year-old Bobby Ray Mounts of Butler, Tennessee was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:30 this morning (April 12) on one felony county of a schedule II controlled substance. Mounts was taken into custody without incident at a pool hall on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

28-year-old Joe Clifford Tipps, Jr. of Pea Ridge Road in Lawndale was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 4 p.m. yesterday. He was charged with a felony probation violation.

Tipps was one of four people who were injured during a shooting early Sunday morning (April 8) outside The Vault Bar & Lounge on 1st Avenue N.E. in downtown Hickory. One person died as a result of his wounds. Tipps was treated and released at the hospital in Valdese.

Another subject who was injured in the same incident was also arrested yesterday on three misdemeanor counts of failure to appear and a warrant from the Dept. of Probation & Parole. He is 23-year-old Keeuntae Kaleel Kee of Conover.

Tipps and Kee have both been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Tipps was set at $20,000, secured, while Kee was given a $1,500 secured bond. Tipps is due in Superior Court on April 16. Kee will make an appearance in District Court on May 8.

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