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16-year-old Joshua David Vera and 21-year-old Ivanna Rebecca Vera both of Stewart Rock Road in Stony Point, along with 19-year-old Austin Dimitris Mitchell of Island Ford Road in Statesville, 18-year-old Dallas Allen Hatcher of Drumstand Road in Stony Point and 19-year-old Cassidy Dawn Benfield of Jennings Road in Statesville have all been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on felony marijuana charges.

Joshua Vera was charged with four counts of felony possession with intent to sell & deliver marijuana, four counts of felony sale & delivery of marijuana and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. Ivanna Vera was charged with one count of felony conspiracy to sell & deliver marijuana. Mitchell faces charges for one count of felony possession with intent to sell & deliver marijuana and one count of felony sale & delivery of marijuana. Hatcher was charged with one count of felony conspiracy to sell & deliver marijuana and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce; and Benfield was arrested on one count of felony conspiracy to sell & deliver marijuana.

An undercover investigation into the distribution and sale of marijuana in western Iredell County spanning from April of this year through June 9 concluded Tuesday with a traffic stop at the intersection of Sharon School Road and Lookout Dam Road. Patrol & Narcotics Officers had received information from residents and businesses in the area of Sharon School Road, Island Ford Road and Lookout Dam Road regarding possible narcotics-related activity.

Based on further information gathered by Narcotics Officers, surveillance operations were set up in the area. Several individuals and vehicles were identified. As a result of the undercover operations, a case was opened on Joshua Vera. During the course of the investigation, numerous undercover purchases of marijuana were made from Joshua Vera in the Sharon School Road area. The suspect brought various individuals with him each time he sold marijuana to the undercover Officers.

All five suspects were taken before the magistrate at the Iredell County Detention Center. Joshua Vera’s bond was set at $10,000, secured. The other four suspects were each given a $5,000 secured bond. The Veras both have court dates coming up on June 30, while the other three suspects are due in court on July 1.

61-year-old Eugene Dalton Myers Jr. of Walker Road in Morganton was arrested Thursday (June 11) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a fugitive warrant from Carter County Tennessee.

On Thursday, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division received information that an absconded, registered sex offender from Elizabethton, Tennessee was living at 134 Lot A Walker Road, Morganton. Investigators confirmed with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation that Eugene Dalton Myers Jr. was a registered sex offender. In addition, Investigators contacted the Carter County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office and confirmed that their agency held outstanding warrants for Myers’ arrest.

Investigators responded to the location on Walker Road and took Myers in custody without incident. Myers was transported to the Burke County Magistrate’s Office and served with the Fugitive Arrest Warrant and placed in the Burke Catawba District Confinement Center under no bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 15).      

A man was killed in a stabbing incident late Thursday night in Catawba County. According to a published report, an argument over cleaning led to a man stabbing his roommate with a pocket knife.

According to the published report, Randall Head said he and his renter David Petrea got into an argument when he asked Petrea to pick up after himself. According to the report, Head said he considered Petrea a friend, but said he had no choice but to defend himself after being attacked inside his own home.

Deputies said Head did call for help earlier wanting Petrea thrown out of his home, but deputies did not evict him because he was paying money to live there. Investigators plan to forward their case to the district attorney.

45-year-old Alan Clark Dorsey of Starlight Drive in Lincolnton is charged with one felony count each of Possession with the Intent to Manufacture, Sell and Deliver a Controlled Substance Schedule IV, Sell a Controlled Substance and Deliver a Controlled Substance. He is also charged with two counts each of felony Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana and Sell and Deliver Marijuana. He was placed under a $19,800 secured bond.

45-year-old Daniel Marcel Poovey of Bynum Road in Lincolnton is charged with two felony counts each of Sell and Deliver a Controlled Substance Schedule II, Possession with the Intent to Manufacture, Sell and Deliver a Controlled Substance Schedule II and Maintaining a Vehicle/Dwelling for a Controlled Substance. He is also facing one count each of Sell and Deliver a Controlled Substance Schedule IV and Possession with the Intent to Manufacture, Sell and Deliver a Controlled Substance Schedule IV.

39-year-old Angela Elaine Watts of West Church Street in Lincolnton is charged with two counts of Trafficking Opium or Heroin, one count of Conspiracy, and one count each of Selling a Controlled Substance Schedule II and Deliver a Controlled Substance Schedule II. She is also charged with two counts of Possession with Intent to Manufacture Sell and Deliver Schedule IV and one count of Maintaining a Vehicle/Dwelling for a Controlled Substance. She was placed under a $40,000 secured bond.

19-year-old Michael Thomas Closky of Leonard Road in Lincolnton was charged with one felony count of Conspiracy to Traffic Opium or Heroin. He was placed under a $12,000 secured bond.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators made the four arrests on Wednesday related to four separate undercover operations. In two of the cases trafficking amounts of methamphetamine and opium-based pills were seized and in all cases the suspects arrested sold drugs to undercover officers. The operation was conducted over several months using information obtained from tips and complaints from citizens.

Dorsey was placed in jail under $19,800 secured bond, Watts was detained under $40,000 secured bond, and Closky was incarcerated under $12,000 secured bond. No bond was listed for Poovey. All four suspects were scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court Thursday (June 11).

34-year-old Brian Allen Dameron of Cornelius Road in Mooresville was arrested Thursday (July 11) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with seven counts of obtaining property by false pretense, four counts of driving while license revoked, two counts of felony probation violation out of county, one count of misdemeanor probation violation out of county, simple possession of schedule four controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods. Following the arrest, Dameron was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $74,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 15).

21-year-old Anthony Clarence Smith of Featherbrook Road in Charlotte was arrested Thursday (June 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with felony indecent liberties with a child. Following the arrest, Smith was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance Thursday.

Friday, 12 June 2015 04:10

Six Arrested In Burke Meth Lab Investigation

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Six people were arrested on various charges following the investigation of a reported meth lab in Burke County.

On Wednesday (June 10), the Burke County Narcotics Task Force went to a residence at 6570 Camp Meeting Road to investigate a possible active Methamphetamine Lab. According to a news release, While speaking with subjects, David William Pope and Tiffany LeAnn Massey, Investigators could see drug paraphernalia scattered around the property; as a result, the premises were secured and a search warrant was obtained. During the execution of the search warrant, Investigators located 6 ounces of methamphetamine, several guns, a liquor still, and a large amount of cash. Investigators continued to search the property and located William David Pope (son of David William Pope) in a camper nearby. The son was also in possession of methamphetamine.

While the previously mentioned suspects were being arrested, Brandon Lee Bradshaw, Juan Jesus Santellan and Tewsdai Ondus McNeely came onto the property. Bradshaw and Santellan were in possession of methamphetamine and McNeely was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear.

60-year-old David William Pope of Camp Meeting Road in Connelly Springs is charged with maintaining a dwelling for the selling of controlled substances and resisting a public officer. He was placed in jail under a $12,500 bond with a court date today (Friday, June 12).

27-year-old William David Pope of Camp Meeting Road in Connelly Springs is charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and conspire to traffic methamphetamine. He was jailed under $110,000 bond with a court date June 18.

27-year-old Tewsdai Ondus McNeely of Airport Rhodhiss Road in Hickory is charged with failure to appear. She was jailed under $12,000 bond with a court date July 8.

27-year-old Tiffany Leann Massey of Miller Bridge Road in Connelly Springs is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $1,000 with a court date set for July 13.

31-year-old Brandon Lee Bradshaw of Van Horn Road in Connelly Springs is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed in jail under $48,000 bond. A court date was scheduled for today.

23-year-old Juan Jesus Santellan of Highland Avenue NE in Hickory is charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. He was jailed under $100,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court Thursday (June 11).

Friday, 12 June 2015 04:06

Catawba Commissioners To Meet Monday

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The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on a proposed Community Development Block Grant 2015-2016 Commerce Fellows Program Application, which would request $25,000 to be used to engage in high-quality professional development and training, with an emphasis on community development and improving opportunities for low and moderate income individuals, when the Board meets at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 15, at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

The Board will also hear a report on a proposed Catawba County Library Strategic Plan 2016-2019, prepared following extensive study and public input via focus groups and community meetings and recommended for approval by the Library Board of Trustees. This includes a request to fund a new Digital Services Librarian position, the top priority of the plan.

The final public input session for the Downtown Newton Streetscape Project and North Newton Master Plan is at 7 p.m. Monday (June 15) at the Newton Fire Department Headquarters on South Brady Avenue.

Renovations to be discussed include sidewalk makeovers, reworking of downtown parking, and new special features that will make Downtown Newton and North Newton more appealing to residents and visitors.

Plans scheduled to be unveiled this summer will introduce several short-term and long-term redevelopment projects based on input from citizens, businesses and city staff. Developers prefer to invest in cities where a wide range of urban design projects has already been vetted. Input from Newton’s residents is essential to crafting plans the entire Newton community embraces.

Allison Platt, of landscape design and urban architectural firm Allison Platt & Associates, will lead the meeting and is creating the plans. Platt has worked on projects around the world, including a tourism development plan for Liverpool, England, and a center city study for Belfast, Northern Ireland. Most of Platt’s work focuses on small- to medium-sized cities. She has worked with cities in North Carolina including Belhaven, Goldsboro, New Bern and Shallotte.

Thursday, 11 June 2015 14:32

Hickory Man Indicted on Felony Meth Charge

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54-year-old Ronald Lee Kennedy of Bowman Road in Hickory was served a felony indictment early this morning (June 11) by Hickory Police on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The indictment comes in connection to an incident in September of last year when Officers on foot patrol at the Deluxe Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory smelled marijuana. They located and searched a room occupied by Ronald Kennedy, leading to the discovery 1.1 grams of methamphetamine, 0.8 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Kennedy was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court tomorrow in Newton.