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The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Davin Caelen Ratliff.  He left his home in the middle of the night and is considered to be a runaway.

Mr. Ratliff is described as a white male.  He is 5’9” tall with green eyes and brown hair.  He is believed to be in the area of Burke, McDowell or Rutherford counties.   

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Davin Caelen Ratliff should call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500.

46-year-old Johnny Leon Jackson of Old Farm Road in Stanley and 45-year-old Darren Dwayne Kelly of Mayflower Avenue in Cramerton were arrested Tuesday (September 19) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Both suspects are  charged  with felony counts of larceny and conspiracy. 47-year-old Willie Cox, Jr. and 43-year-old Michael Shane Moore, both of West Park Drive in Stanley are each charged with one felony count each of larceny and conspiracy.  They had not been arrested in the case.

The four suspects are charged in connection to the theft of an enclosed trailer from Real Life Community Church on East Highway 27 in Iron Station. On September 12 a larceny report was filed by church officials regarding the theft of the trailer from church property which contained camping supplies. The vehicle used to take the trailer appeared to be a white crew cab truck.

On September 13, Detective Kelly Paris received a call from Gaston County authorities who said they were working on a trailer theft case involving a truck similar to the one used in Lincoln County. During the investigation officers learned that Willie Cox Jr. may be a possible suspect.  

On September 14, Gaston County officers said that while searching the residence of Willie Cox, Jr. the stolen camping supplies were found. Detectives recovered an Ozark trail tent, a Coleman lantern a two burner cooking stove, a Blackstone flat top grill, and a white plastic cargo container with air mattresses, propane tanks and various camping supplies. The property was identified by church officials and returned to the church.

According to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, during the investigation an incriminating confession was given by one of the suspects and warrants were obtained on the four individuals. Jackson is in jail on a no bond hold. Kelly was being held in the Gaston County Jail under a $45,000 secured bond. Both men have District Court dates October 10. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Cox and Moore is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

The enclosed trailer has not been recovered and is believed to have been taken out of state.

A Lawndale man will spend at least 25 years in prison after pleading guilty as charged to sex-related criminal acts involving a minor victim.

20-year-old Jacob Marcus Humphries pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree sexual offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (September 20). The Honorable Forrest D. Bridges, Superior Court Judge from Cleveland County, sentenced Humphries to serve 25 to 35 years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. The defendant also will be required to register as a sex offender for 30 years.

The offenses occurred August 3rd and 4th and then again from August 18th to September 5th of 2015, when the female victim was seven-years-old. The incidents involved various means of inappropriate touching. The victim provided details of the encounters during a forensic interview with the Child Advocacy Protection Center of Catawba County, and the victim told investigators what the defendant did to her.

Dane Hoyle and Spencer Cline handled the investigation for Newton Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Michael Van Buren prosecuted the case for the State.

Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:32

Newton Man Gets 6-to-8 Year Sentence for Cooking Meth

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49-year-old Homer Lee Honaker, Jr. of Newton was given an active prison sentence of at least six years following a guilty plea for manufacturing methamphetamine.  The Honorable Forrest D. Bridges, Superior Court Judge from Cleveland County, sentenced Honaker to serve six-to-eight years in Catawba County Superior Court yesterday (September 20).

In October of last year, the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office that Honaker was manufacturing meth.  Honaker was on probation at the time.  Probation Officers requested consent to search Honaker’s residence.  Three other Officers were present as items consistent with the manufacture of meth were found, along with the remnants of a one-bottle meth lab that was filled with liquid containing meth.  

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab confirmed that the substance was meth.  Honaker admitted to cooking methamphetamine and described the process he used to manufacture the illegal substance.

Undercover Officers with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office handled the investigation, with assistance from the S.B.I.  Sean Baetjer handled the prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.

A Hickory man will serve an active prison sentence of at least seven years after pleading guilty to drug offenses and admitting his status as a habitual felon during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (September 20).  50-year-old Michael Duane Izard was given a prison term of seven to ten years by the Honorable Forrest D. Bridges, Superior Court Judge from Cleveland County, following his guilty plea to two counts of selling cocaine.

The defendant’s sentence was lengthened by his status as a habitual felon. Izard has prior felony convictions for breaking and entering (September 1991 and September 1995) and possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (July 2001). All those occurred in Catawba County.

Undercover officers from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force made purchases of single crack rocks from Izard on January 14, 2016 and again on February 19, 2016. Those substances were confirmed to be cocaine by testing conducted at the North Carolina State Crime Lab.

Undercover officers investigated the cases for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. State prosecution was conducted by Assistant District Attorney Sean Baetjer.

Thursday, 21 September 2017 06:12

Man Arrested On Charges From Two Counties

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28-year-old Daniel James Coffey of Charlie Little Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (September 20) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation in Caldwell County, and felony auto larceny in Burke County. Coffey was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Caldwell County court appearance is scheduled for October 23, Coffey's Burke County court date is November 13.

Thursday, 21 September 2017 06:01

More Information Released On Arrest Of Caldwell Man

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We have more information on an arrest we first reported Wednesday (September 20) on WHKY. 49-year-old Tracy Lloyd Lail of Reid Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense.

On Monday (September 18) a search was conducted at Lail's residence. The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office obtained the search warrant following a report of a bank card theft in the Dudley Shoals Area. It was discovered that the card was stolen out of a mailbox. Surveillance footage was obtained showing Lail using the stolen card to make a purchase.

Additional reports have been filed in the Granite Falls and Dudley Shoals areas regarding the theft of mail from mailboxes. During the search Monday, dozens of stolen credit cards and additional pieces of mail not belonging to Lail were recovered. The mail is addressed to residences in Caldwell, Alexander, Burke, and Catawba Counties.  The investigation into this case is ongoing and additional charges are expected.  

Lail was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $150,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 21).

Thursday, 21 September 2017 05:47

Woman Reported Missing in Caldwell County is Found Safe

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A woman reported missing in Caldwell County this week has been found. Investigators with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office were looking for 25-year-old Caitlin Briana Taylor, she'd been missing since August 7. The Sheriff's Office reports that Taylor was found earlier this week. A spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office says she is safe. No additional information was released.

38-year-old John Earl Hooker of Tulbert Lane in Hamptonville, 24-year-old Christian Andrew Anderson of Union Grove Road in Hamptonville were both arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with breaking and entering to terrorize or injure, felony assault inflicting serious injury, and felony conspiracy. Authorities were still seeking 18-year-old David Waylon Todd Hooker of Tulbert Lane in Hamptonville on charges of assault inflicting serious injury and felony conspiracy and 19-year-old Abigail Lottie Tulbert of Sloans Mill Road in Olin on a charge of felony conspiracy.

On the night of Tuesday September 5, Deputies responded to Iredell Memorial Hospital in reference to an assault.  When Deputies arrived at the hospital, they found a male victim had been transported to the Emergency Room with serious facial injuries. The victim had been found by a friend unconscious and bloody in the kitchen floor of his home on Troy Mill Road in northern Iredell County. The friend was able to get the victim responsive and immediately transported him to the E.R.  

Deputies were able to speak to the victim at the hospital. He told Deputies that he was at home when someone knocked on his door wanting to use the bathroom. The victim said he knew the people and allowed them into his home. He allowed two of the suspects in, and while he was talking to them, two other individuals forced their way into the home through the front door.  

The victim told Deputies that the three men then surrounded him in the living room and started a verbal confrontation with him. The victim said he was hit in the back of the head and knocked to the floor. The victim remembers being kicked and hit repeatedly in his head by both John Hooker and David Hooker, who are father and son. The victim stated he went unconscious and didn’t remember anything until his friend found him later that same evening. The victim was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital.

John Earl Hooker and Christian Anderson were later located and arrested. John Hooker was placed in the Iredell County Jail under a $52,500 secured bond. Christian Anderson's bond was set at $15,000 secured. They both have District Court dates October 9. The Sheriff’s Office was still attempting to locate David Hooker and Abigail Tulbert. Anyone with information on them are asked to call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180.

Thursday, 21 September 2017 05:09

Suspect Sought In Credit Card Fraud Case

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Authorities are seeking a suspect who used another person's credit card to make purchases at businesses in Iredell and Catawba Counties. A report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday (September 21) in reference to the discovery of fraudulent charges on a credit card which had been lost earlier in the day.

The suspect used the victim’s card at several locations along Turnersburg Highway in Statesville, and in Hickory. The suspect is believed to be around five feet tall, with brown hair. They are seen wearing glasses in all available security footage. At some of the locations, the suspect is accompanied by a young, taller, white female with dark hair.

If you have any information on the identity of the suspect, contact the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.

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