27-year-old Timothy Joseph McCall of Vine Street in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (April 14) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, probation violation, and probation violation out of county. In addition, McCall is charged with two counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. McCall was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. He made his first appearance in District Court Thursday.
28-year-old William Thomas Ray Miller of 6th Drive NW in Hickory was arrested Thursday (April 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance and non-support of child. Miller was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,750 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, April 15).
The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners meets in regular session on Monday (April 18). The board will hold a public hearing to receive comments on a local jobs incentive for the initiative entitled "Project LG". In addition, the board will receive information from Emergency Management Coordinator Kenneth Teague regarding a FEMA grant to acquire property damaged during a microburst event in 2013.
The consent agenda to be presented at Monday's meeting includes several budget amendments. In addition, there is a request included in the consent agenda to schedule a special meeting for discussion regarding the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 County Budget. In addition, a request to reschedule the June 6 Board of Commissioners meeting to June 13 is among the consent items.
Caldwell County Commissioners will also recognize retirees Cheryl Whittington and Audrey Harmon at Monday's meeting.
The meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. Monday in the City/County Meeting Room at the Alden E. Starnes Administration Building at 905 West Avenue NW in Lenoir.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting normally held on the third Monday of the month has been cancelled. The next Catawba County Commissioners meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m., Monday, May 2 at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
28-year-old Dylan Bruce Godfrey of Espie Little Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Godfrey was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Friday, April 15) under $2,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
Authorities in Lenoir are investigating two fires they believe were intentionally set to the same structure during a two-day span.
According to a news release issued this afternoon (Thursday, April 14) by the Lenoir Police Department, on Saturday (April 9) at 12:46 p.m. the Lenoir Fire Department and the Lenoir Police Department responded to a 911 call of a fire at a vacant house at 229 Pennton Avenue. Neighbors called 911 when they noticed smoke coming out of a vent in the attic. Once the fire was extinguished, the investigation into the origin of the fire revealed that it was intentionally set. The damage to the residence at this point was estimated at $1,000.
On Sunday (April 10) at 7:20 p.m. the Lenoir Fire Department and the Lenoir Police Department responded a second time to the same vacant house on Pennton Avenue. During this incident a passerby saw flames coming from the rear of the residence and called 911. Firefighters were able to subdue the fire. The subsequent investigation revealed that another fire had been intentionally set inside the rear of the residence. The damage to the residence during this incident was estimated at $10,000.
The Lenoir Police Department is asking anyone with information relating to this, or any other crime, to contact the Lenoir/Caldwell County Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300 or the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100.
25-year-old Joshua Thomas Carpenter of Ritchie Road in Lincolnton was arrested Monday (April 11) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver counterfeit controlled substance and two counts of sell or deliver MDPV. MDPV is a psychoactive recreational drug with stimulant properties. The warrants for Carpenter's arrest were issued on February 16.
Carpenter was arrested at a residence on Cedar Grove Church Road in Vale. The warrants were the result of an investigation conducted by the Lincolnton Police Department Narcotics Unit. The investigation was the result of several drug complaints by citizens involving specific residences on Hubbard Street, Lynch Street, Arney Street, Green Street, and Benfield Street, all in the city limits of Lincolnton.
Carpenter was transported to the Lincoln County Magistrate’s Office where he received a $5,000 secured bond for his charges. Carpenter was placed in the Lincoln County Jail and had his first appearance on these charges on Tuesday (April 12) in Lincoln County District Court. His next appearance in District Court is scheduled for May 2.
36-year-old Adam Castillo of Cedar Grove Church Road, and Chasta Alaine Buff of Bud Davis Road, both from Vale, were arrested Tuesday (April 12) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Castillo is charged with one felony count each of Breaking and Entering a Building, Larceny after Breaking and Entering, Possession of Stolen Goods, Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule II and one misdemeanor count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Buff is charged with one felony count each of Breaking and Entering a Building, Larceny after Breaking and Entering, Possession of Stolen Goods, Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule II.
The arrests are in connection with a breaking and entering at a western Lincoln County home. Deputies were dispatched to the 500 block of Wise Road on Tuesday when the homeowner returned home to find someone had broken into the residence by prying open a window. Several items including jewelry, clothing and electronics were stolen in the break-in.
The victim told officers he believed he interrupted the break-in and the suspects fled toward a nearby creek. Officers checked the creek and found Adam Castillo and Chasta Alaine Buff walking in the water. One of the suspects was wearing boots that were stolen from the home where they left their old shoes behind. Deputies located the items stolen from the home on the suspects and took them in custody. Officers also discovered the pair had methamphetamine.
Castillo was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $26,000 secured bond. Buff was incarcerated under a $25,000 secured bond.
Jury selection in the triple homicide case of 37-year-old Everette Porshau Hewitt of Claremont has been completed, and opening statements for the capital trial will begin next week.
The final alternate juror for the case was selected on Wednesday (April 13), but the Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, granted time to allow defense counsel an opportunity to review some new evidence that surfaced during the jury selection process.
Poovey announced that opening statements for the case are now scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, at 9:30 a.m. in Catawba County Superior Court in Newton.
Hewitt is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the March 15, 2011, shooting deaths of Wade Sigmon, Susan Blevins and Connie Miller at Oak Knoll Mobile Home Park on Emmanuel Church Road in Conover. He is accused of shooting a fourth victim, Joseph Burke, in the neck. Burke survived the shooting.
Hewitt was taken into custody a little more than 24 hours later on March 16, 2011. He also is charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, first-degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
The state is pursuing the death penalty against Hewitt, who has been incarcerated at the Catawba County Detention Center without bond on the murder charges since his arrest.
Prosecutors for the State and defense attorneys began jury selection on March 28. They spent 15 days selecting the 12-member jury panel and two alternates for the trial. The jury is made up of four men and eight women, one black member and 11 white members. The alternates are a black female and a white male.
Assistant District Attorneys Sean McGinnis and Kyle Smith will present opening statements first on April 19, followed by statements from Defense Counsel Robert Campbell and Keith Hansen. Those statements will be made to the jury in front of Judge Poovey, who is presiding over the case.
28-year-old Ashley Dawn Ramsey was arrested Wednesday (April 13) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony larceny and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Ramsey was placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled for April 25.
24-year-old Brittany Nashay Herndon of Lincolnton has been arrested on charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance, the sale or delivery of a schedule I controlled substance, trafficking opiates by possession, trafficking opiates by sale and trafficking opiates by delivery.
According to a press release issued by the Lincolnton Police Department today (April 14), Herndon’s arrest was the result of a narcotics investigation conducted by Lincolnton Police after Detectives received complaints from citizens regarding drug activity in the area of Hubbard Street, Lynch Street, Green Street, Arney Street, and Benfield Street in Lincolnton. The complaints specifically mentioned Herndon as a drug trafficker. The information indicated that Herndon was selling opiate-based prescription medication.
As a result of their investigation, Detectives seized a large quantity of opiate-based prescription medication. The street value of the drugs seized was estimated at $500. Detectives utilized undercover operations, physical surveillance and drug interdiction techniques in the investigation.
On April 5, Herndon was arrested at the Lincoln County Magistrate’s Office where she turned herself in on a number of outstanding felony narcotics warrants. She was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $50,000 secured bond. She had a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on April 6. Her next court date is coming up on May 10.