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34-year-old Danny Allen Lawrence, Jr. and 19-year-old Jeila Renee Dula-Ferguson, both of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory, along with 38-year-old Angelo Lamar Jackson of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory, were all arrested by Hickory Police last night (July 7) on a variety of drug charges. Lawrence was charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver schedule II and schedule VI controlled substances. Dula-Ferguson faces felony charges for possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver schedule a schedule VI controlled substance. Both were charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Jackson was charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

Events leading to the arrests began when Officers on foot patrol at the Hillside Gardens apartment complex on 1st Street S.E. saw a person they believed to banned from the property entering an apartment. As Officers went to the apartment to confirm that subject’s identification, they smelled marijuana. Five persons were present in the apartment. None of the five were the person who Officers initially suspected. The apartment is the residence of Lawrence and Dula-Ferguson.

In plain view in the apartment was a baggie containing 13.5 grams of marijuana and a plate with another 3.9 grams of loose marijuana. As Officers cleared the apartment, Jackson stood up, revealing another bag containing 1.1 grams of marijuana. In the couch cushion, they found 0.1 grams of crack cocaine. A search of Jackson’s person turned up another three grams of marijuana, plus 3.2 grams of crack cocaine and 0.9 grams of powder cocaine.

In addition, a search of the apartment yielded 107 grams of marijuana, 1.6 grams of crack cocaine, 1.1 grams of powder cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

All three suspects were taken into custody without incident at about 10:35 last night. The other two subjects present at the time were not charged. Lawrence and Jackson were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Lawrence set at $15,000, secured, and bond for Jackson set at $5,000, secured. Dula-Ferguson was processed and released under a $3,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today in Newton.

33-year-old Clarence Martin Hayes III of 32nd Street Lane N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:15 p.m. yesterday (July 7) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury.

Martin was arrested in connection to an incident on June 19 when Police responded to a reported assault at a residence on Wandering Lane N.E. in Hickory. A suspect, described as a white male with short hair and a short beard, drove an A.T.V. through the victim’s yard. The victim, a 77-year-old Vietnam veteran, confronted the suspect. The suspect then allegedly assaulted the victim, breaking his jaw. The victim was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory where his jaw was wired shut.

Information from the community led to the identification of Clarence Martin Hayes III as the suspect.

Hayes turned himself in Thursday at H.P.D. headquarters where he was processed and released under a $15,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

52-year-old Mark Anthony Helms and 27-year-old Brittany Karen Helms, both of the same South College Avenue, Newton, address, were both arrested Thursday (July 7) by Newton Police Officers. They're each charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. Mark Helms is also charged with communicating threats. Following their arrests, both suspects were locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility. Mark Helms' bond was set at $75,000 and Brittany Helms' bond was set at $9,999. They were both scheduled to appear in court today (Friday, July 8).

Friday, 08 July 2016 06:02

Granite Falls Man Arrested On Meth Charge

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26-year-old Jacob Alexander Greene of Grace Hill Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (July 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Greene was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 25.

Three suspects have been arrested and another is being sought following an investigation in Iredell County. According to information released Thursday (July 7) by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, Information was gathered from an on-going investigation into the sales and distribution of methamphetamine in the central portion of Iredell County and the City of Statesville. As a result of that investigation, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators and members of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team searched a home located at 185 Miller Farm Road in Statesville on Thursday June 23.

25-year-old Justin David Watson, a resident of that address, was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and 23-year-old  Caitlyn Melody Diane Allison of Grassy Meadow Lane in Statesville was found to be in possession of schedule III narcotics and drug paraphernalia. Both suspects were taken to the Iredell County Detention Center and charged. Watson was jailed under $50,000 secured bond and Caitlyn Allison was detained under $5,000 secured bond.

Later the same day a call was received from 185 Miller Farm Road in reference to a possible breaking and entering. When deputies arrived they learned no crime had occurred however, the alleged suspect, 24-year-old Jessica Evon Queen of Grier Farm Road in Statesville, was shown to have an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court. Queen was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where she was placed under $30,000 secured bond.

Queen told investigators she had been assaulted the prior evening at the Miller Farm Road residence by 22-year-old William Anthony Jolin. A warrant was secured for Jolin’s arrest by members of the Special Victim’s Unit of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. If you know where Jolin, a white male, can be located, call Crime Stoppers or the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3100.

The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office is continuing to seek assistance in locating a Runaway Juvenile. 17-year-old Lacey Cheyenne Johnson, a white female, was last seen in the Gamewell Area of Caldwell County last Saturday, July 2.

If you have seen Ms. Johnson or know where is she is please contact the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, Detective B. Kanupp at (828) 759-1554 or if you wish to remain anonymous please contact the Caldwell County Crimestoppers at (828) 758-8300.

35-year-old Ritchie Ponce Granado of Springdale Drive in Newton was arrested Thursday (July 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, resisting a public officer, common law obstructing justice, misdemeanor larceny, and possession of stolen goods or property. Granado was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $177,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, July 8).

We have more information on recent arrests made during an initiative in Burke County entitled "Summer Campaign To Serve Warrants." Due to the fact that crime typically increases during the summer months, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office is aggressively serving warrants within the county. 45 warrants were served on 30 people within a three day span late in June. The Sheriff's Office recently issued a news release listing more suspects arrested as part of this campaign. We reported on some of those suspects earlier this week, and we've got details on two more today.

51-year-old James Andrew Johnson of Sugar Hill Road in Marion is charged with felony possession of stolen goods or property. He was jailed in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond, a court appearance is scheduled for August 1.

22-year-old Christopher Javar McNeill of Western Avenue in Morganton is charged with felony possession of a weapon by a prisoner. McNeill's bond was set at $5,000 secured. He's also scheduled to appear in court August 1.

People who have pending warrants can voluntarily turn themselves in. Anyone who has any information on the location of suspects with pending warrants can contact the 911 Center or utilize Crime Stoppers by calling 828-437-3333, texting 274637 with the keyword BURKETIPS and then texting your tip, or go to www.tipsoft.com and download a free TipSubmit application to submit pictures and videos.

Thursday, 07 July 2016 11:43

Bomb Threat Suspect Arrested in West Virginia

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27-year-old Cody Matthew Startt was arrested yesterday (July 6) in West Virginia in connection to the recent rash of bomb threats in the Unifour area.

Since May 21, businesses and agencies within the 25th Judicial District (Burke, Catawba and Caldwell counties) have received over 400 bomb threats that were all determined to be hoaxes. Since that time, multiple law enforcement agencies have worked together as part of a large-scale investigation to identify and determine the source of the threats. This investigation led to Startt.

He was arrested in Matoaka, West Virginia by the Hickory Police Department, the F.B.I. and West Virginia State Police. Startt was charged with felony probation violations related to prior convictions for making bomb threats. The suspect is being held without bond and is awaiting extradition to Catawba County.

Charges against Startt will be forthcoming in connection to the most recent bomb threats that occurred in the Hickory, Newton, Conover, Morganton, Lenoir, Granite Falls and at other locations throughout the three-county area. All agencies are working with the F.B.I., the U.S. Marshals and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, as well as the District Attorney’s office for the 25th District. Authorities will determine the exact charges Startt will face and whether he will be prosecuted in state or federal court.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information should contact their local law enforcement agency. Hickory Police can be reached at 828-328-5551.

21-year-old Jeannie Lynn Dickens of Arden Drive in Lincolnton, 47-year-old Lena Sjurset Abernathy of Highway 27 West in Vale, 25-year-old Malik Aquan McConnico of Armstrong Lane in Denver, and 27-year-old Kaila Lee Hester of Hudson Street in Maiden were all arrested Wednesday (July 6) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. All four suspects are charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Dickens is also charged with felony trafficking methamphetamine. Abernathy faces additional counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear. McConnico is also charged with possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The arrests came after multiple investigations into drug activity at various locations across Lincoln County.

The investigations included executing search warrants, conducting surveillance operations, and follow up investigations stemming from citizen complaints about drug activity. During the investigations, narcotics detectives seized multiple ounces of methamphetamine, several grams of cocaine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Dickens' bond was set at $50,000 secured, Abernathy's was set at $60,000 secured, McConnico's bond is $10,000 secured, and Hester's bond was set at $5,000 secured. They were all scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court today (July 7).

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