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).
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.
A Hickory man will spend at least nine years in prison after being found guilty by a Catawba County jury of habitual larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia and habitual felon status during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
56-year-old Gary Lynn Johnson was sentenced to an active prison term of nine to 12 years by the Honorable Carla N. Archie, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, following the jury’s verdict after a short period of deliberation brought the two-day trial to a close. The defendant will serve his prison term in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections at the conclusion of the sentence he currently is serving.
The sentence imposed by Judge Archie was enhanced by Johnson’s habitual felon status that included prior convictions for breaking and/or entering (April 1994) and break or enter a motor vehicle (January 2002), both in Catawba County, along with breaking and/or entering (September 2007) in Guilford County.
Johnson went into a Hickory business on Dec. 30, 2015, concealed multiple items on his person and left the establishment without paying for them. The actions were reported to Hickory Police Department, and he was confronted a short time later by an officer who located the items taken from the store along with items of drug paraphernalia.
The defendant had at least four prior larceny convictions in Catawba County (April 1994, December 1997, July 2000) and Guilford County (September 2007). James Crapps investigated the case for Hickory Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Melanie Earles handled prosecution for the State.
37-year-old Jensen Creed Reinhardt of Vale was arrested Tuesday (April 10) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny.
On Tuesday, Deputies from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received a report in reference to a 24’ Coachman Camper being stolen from the Bethlehem Community. After meeting with the victim, physical evidence was collected at the scene and turned over to Detectives. Further investigation resulted in a suspect being connected to the physical evidence.
In a joint effort with Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, investigators were able to locate and charge Jensen Creed Reinhardt with the theft of the Camper. Reinhardt was arrested without incident and transported to the Alexander County Detention Center where he was placed under a $7500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court is scheduled for next Monday (April 16).
A fundraiser will be held Sunday, April 15, for Robert “Robbie” Fenton, hosted by Shooters of Viewmont, the Standard Oyster Company and Granny’s Country Kitchen.
The event will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Shooters, 2149 North Center Street in Viewmont. Tickets are $10, which includes barbecue, mac & cheese and more. Two bands will perform in the parking lot.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Fenton has tended bar at the Hickory Tavern, Sundries, Alessio’s Lounge & Grill, Shooters and most recently at the Standard Oyster Company. He is currently battling a rare condition called a spinal fistula, which is an abnormal connection between an artery and a vein that are normally not connected. All proceeds from Sunday’s event will be used to defray his medical expenses.
For those who would like to help but are unable to attend Sunday, donations can be made at the Standard Oyster Company, 2147 North Center Street in Viewmont.
28-year-old Michael Roam Bass of Charles Avenue in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:25 Wednesday morning (April 11) on one felony count of failure to appear on a felony.
On April 7, Hickory Police responded to a call for service at a hotel on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. During the incident, Officers found 0.4 grams of methamphetamine, one gram of marijuana, counterfeit bills and drug paraphernalia. Bass was initially arrested on that date.
He failed to appear in court on charges of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a counterfeit instrument, currency or check, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
Following his arrest yesterday, Bass was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court today (April 12) in Newton.