A fatal shooting is under investigation in Catawba County. At approximately 6:10 p.m. Wednesday (February 7) the Catawba County Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting call in the area of Startown Road and Blackburn Bridge Road. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office found a vehicle stopped on the side of the roadway along with a person who had been shot. The man was transported to CMC Lincoln.
Investigators learned that the shooting occurred at a residence in the 4000 Block of Fairview Drive near Maiden. After interviewing several individuals, investigators learned that there was an exchange of gunfire at the residence. Officers found out that the man shot was a 17-year-old resident of Lincolnton. He was later pronounced deceased at CMC Lincoln. No arrests had been made as of this morning (February 8) and the investigation is continuing.
Yesterday (February 6), Officers with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit executed several search warrants at various locations in the county. The search warrants were the result of an investigation into large-scale drug trafficking in the area, according to a press release issued by the Sheriff’s Office this morning.
Properties searched were located off of Highway 10 East in Catawba, off of Sunrise Beach Road in Catawba and on North Ashe Avenue in Newton. Investigators seized over $146,000 in cash, over a pound-and-a-half of cocaine, over seven pounds of marijuana and one firearm. At least some of the drugs and the firearm were seized in a residential area less than a quarter-mile away from North Newton Elementary School.
The investigation is ongoing. Several arrests are expected.
18-year-old Malik Rashead Danner of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at eight o’clock last night (February 6) on one felony count of possession of marijuana and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was taken into custody without incident as Hickory Police assisted Probation Officers. Officers found 131 grams of marijuana (just over 4.5 ounces) in Danner’s residence. Danner is on probation as he serves a 24-month suspended sentence following a June 2017 conviction in Catawba County for felony possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
In a letter distributed this morning (February 7), Captain Jason Reid with the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office announced that he will resign his position to pursue his campaign for Sheriff. Captain Reid is attempting to fill the position that will be vacated by his father, Sheriff Coy Reid, when the Sheriff retires later this year.
The election will be held on November 6, 2018. Newton Police Chief Don Brown II has also announced his candidacy for Sheriff.
Jason Reid previously worked for the Newton Police Department and the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office. He joined his father at the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office in 2015.
An Alexander County man was sentenced to an active prison term of at least three years for drug charges during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (February 6).
30-year-old Brandon Edward Coulbourn of Taylorsville pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted trafficking of opium/heroin during Catawba County Superior Court on January 24, 2018, and sentencing was continued until this week. He was given an active prison term of three to five years by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County. That sentence will be served in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
In February 2016, an undercover officer from Newton Police Department and confidential source met Coulbourn at a Newton location and made a purchase of pills from him. Those pills were sent to the North Carolina State Crime Lab for testing and determined to be Oxycodone
D.B. Jenkins investigated the case for Newton Police Department. Sean Baetjer handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
26-year-old Seria Lynn Norman of Glimmering Sands Lane in Conover was arrested Tuesday (February 6) by Maiden Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and possession of drug paraphernalia. Norman was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (February 7).
49-year-old Timothy Wayne Calloway of Drum Circle SW in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Calloway was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Thursday (February 8).
26-year-old Michael Donald Bullock of Coventry Terrace Court in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (February 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. In addition, Bullock is charged with failure to appear. Bond was set at $5,000 secured. A Superior Court date is scheduled March 5 and a District Court appearance is scheduled for March 13.
43-year-old Jonathan Wesley Holland of Ledgehill Road in Statesville was arrested last Thursday (February 1) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Holland is also charged with multiple counts of probation violation.
According to a news release issued Tuesday (February 6), on January 30, a resident came to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office to report a gun had been stolen from her residence. The victim stated the gun was a Taurus model 85CHSS 38 caliber revolver. It had been stolen between September 2017 and November 2017. Investigators determined that Jonathan Wesley Holland was the suspect in this theft.
On February 1, the Sheriff’s Office received information about the suspect being seen at his residence. Several deputies and detectives responded the suspect’s residence located at 207 Ledgehill Road in eastern Iredell County to attempt to serve the arrest warrants.
When detectives knocked on the door to the residence, movement could be heard inside. Holland barricaded the front door to prohibit entry. Detectives obtained a key to the back door of the residence from family members. When detectives tried to unlock the back door, the suspect held the lock. The suspect told officers he wasn’t going to come out of the residence and surrender to officers. Forcible entry was then made to the home and Holland was found in the master bedroom and taken into custody without further incident.
Holland was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $130,000 secured bond. He has District Court dates February 12 and February 26.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (February 7) and discussed several items. Council unanimously approved a naming request from the Hickory Kiwanis Club and the Western Catawba County Kiwanis Club for the “Charles D. Dixon Memorial Splash Pad” at Kiwanis Park.
City Attorney John Crone recommended and City Council approved an open application process for filling the Ward 2 seat on City Council. More details on that application process will be posted later this week.
City Manager Warren Wood announced Rick Beasley as the new Assistant City Manager. Beasley has been serving in that position on an interim basis since November 2017, after the departure of Andrea Surratt. Beasley has numerous years of city management experience.
46-year-old Michael Timothy Howard of Mays Chapel Church Road in Newton was arrested Tuesday (February 6) in Catawba County on charges filed by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Howard is charged by the Sheriff's Office with felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and hit and run, along with two counts of driving while license revoked and one count of reckless driving. Highway Patrol charged with Howard with possession of stolen goods, misdemeanor aid and abet larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.
Howard was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,200 total bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for February 27 and March 14.
22-year-old Kasey Lane Pharr of Sherills Ford Road in Sherills Ford was arrested Saturday, January 27, by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged in Iredell County with felony counts of breaking and entering, safecracking and larceny after breaking and entering. Pharr is also charged in Catawba County with possession of marijuana, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to a news release issued today (February 6), on Friday January 26, Iredell County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a break in call on Bostain Lake Road west of Statesville. Deputies were told that the home owner was out of town and it appeared someone had broken into the back window of the residence. The scene was processed and a report was taken, but it was unknown what if anything was stolen.
On Saturday January 27, Sheriff’s Office detectives received a call from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office who told them they had responded to a domestic situation on Sherrills Ford Road and located Kasey Lane Pharr in possession of marijuana and a firearm. Catawba County deputies said Pharr admitted to stealing the firearm from his mother’s residence on Bostain Lake Road.
The homeowner was contacted when she returned home and confirmed Pharr had entered the residence through a window and stole a personal safe containing a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and ammunition. Pharr was given a $5,000.00 secured bond on the Iredell County charges by a magistrate in Catawba County. Pharr was scheduled to appear in District Court in Iredell County yesterday (February 5), he has a District Court date in Catawba County February 19.
25-year-old Roger Joel Harper was arrested Monday (February 5) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a weapon by a felon. Harper was arrested shortly before 6 p.m. Monday and placed in jail in Morganton under $7,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Wednesday (February 7).
49-year-old Melissa Fern Ledford of Lostkey Drive in Connelly Springs was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (February 5) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. In addition, she faces six counts of failure to appear on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, driving while license revoked, providing fictitious information to an officer and fictitious, concealed, revised or altered registration card or tag.
The felony fugitive warrant was issued by Probation Officers in Blount County in eastern Tennessee. Ledford was wanted for a probation violation.
Following her arrest, the suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $80,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today with additional court dates coming up on March 1 & 7, all in Newton.