29-year-old Christopher Lee Mincer of Spruce Street in Lenoir was arrested today (Tuesday, September 13) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance.
This morning, officers from the Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Unit, with the assistance of the Special Response Team, served a search warrant at 422 Spruce Street. During the search of the residence, detectives located 4.6 grams of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and $370 in US currency. According to North Carolina State Guidelines, the seized drugs were valued at $920.00. The search was the result of a three month long investigation that was prompted by citizen complaints.
Following the arrest, bond for Mincer was set at $50,000 secured. He's scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday (September 15). Additional charges may be forthcoming.
38-year-old David Lee Story of Kentwood Street in Lenoir was arrested MOnday (September 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Story was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. No court date is listed.
53-year-old William Buddy Loftis was arrested Monday (September 12) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance. Loftis was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, September 13).
28-year-old Ashley Nicole Corpening of Justin Carlton Lane in Lenoir was arrested Monday (September 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Corpening was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, September 13).
29-year-old Angela Nicole Smith of 7th Avenue NW in Hickory was arrested by Long View Police Officers. She's charged on Bills of Indictment with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Smith was locked up this morning (Tuesday, September 13) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today.
33-year-old William Lamar Walker of East A Street in Newton was arrested Monday (September 12) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon. Walker was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, September 13).
A woman reported missing from Nebo has returned home. According to a news release from the McDowell County Sheriff's Office, 38-year-old Robin Daniels Eudy, who had been missing since August 19, has returned home. No other details were released.
32-year-old Eddie Scott Gates of Victory Grove Church Road in Lincolnton was arrested last Thursday (September 8) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He was charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, sale of methamphetamine, delivering methamphetamine, sale of schedule II controlled substance, delivery of schedule II controlled substance, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to a news release issued Monday (September 12), last Thursday at approximately 2:20 p.m., detectives with the Lincolnton Police Department noticed a vehicle traveling in the area of Jerry Crump road in Lincolnton. The suspect, Eddie Scott Gates was a passenger in that vehicle. A traffic stop was initiated and Gates was arrested without incident.
Following the arrest, detectives executed a search warrant at a building on Gates’ property. A small amount of controlled substances was found along with paperwork indicating other possible illegal activity being conducted by Gates and his known associates. These items were seized as evidence.
The warrants were the result of a month long investigation into Gates selling methamphetamine, other illegal narcotics, and a handgun in the city of Lincolnton.
Bond for Gates was set at $50,000 secured, he made his first court appearance last Friday (September 9).
Since the beginning of September, the Lincolnton Police Department has arrested several offenders related to a three month investigation into the illegal drug sales involving one specific residence in the Oaklawn community. The investigation was initiated after the Lincolnton Police Department received several complaints from concerned citizens in the Oaklawn community about a specific residence where it was believed that suspects were selling drugs.
The first suspect arrested was 36-year-old Paul Richard Walton, Jr., AKA “Pooh-Pooh” or “Pretty Paul”. Walton was arrested on Thursday, September 1, and charged with five counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, five counts of the sale of cocaine, and five counts of delivering cocaine. Walton was given a $1 million secured bond. On Friday, September 2, 2016, Walton had his first appearance in Lincoln County District Court where his bond was lowered to $350,000.00 by the presiding judge.
Last Tuesday, September 6, Paul Walton’s mother, 64-year-old Elizabeth Hall Walton, AKA “Miss Elizabeth”, was also arrested in connection with this investigation. Elizabeth Walton was charged with multiple counts of felony maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. Her bond was set at $60,000 and she has since been released. Elizabeth Walton made her first court appearance last Wednesday.
Last Friday (September 9) Paul Walton’s brother, 35-year-old William Perry Walton, AKA “Bookie”, was also arrested for his connection with this investigation. He's charged on felony drug warrants with multiple counts of sell and deliver cocaine, the sale of cocaine, and delivering cocaine. Additionally, Walton was charged with resist, delay, and obstruct for fleeing from officers. His bond was set at $501,500, his first court appearance was scheduled for Monday (September 12).
Also on Friday, 40-year-old Connell Jerome Forney, AKA “C.J.” was arrested in his connection in this investigation. Forney is a known long time associate of Paul Walton. Forney was charged with two felony counts of conspiracy to sell or deliver cocaine. Forney received a $5,000 secured bond for his charges and was scheduled to appear in court Friday.
On Monday, Paul Walton’s first cousin, 45-year-old William Lee Hall, AKA “Chilly Willie” was arrested for his connection to this investigation. William Hall was charged with multiple counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, the sale of cocaine, delivering cocaine, and conspiracy. Bond for Hall was set at $30,000 secured. In addition on Monday, Hall entered a guilty plea in Lincoln County Superior Court to pending felony charges against him for habitual felon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine, and sale and delivery of cocaine. These charges were unrelated to this case. Hall was sentenced to 117 to 153 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections by Superior Court Judge Nathan Poovey.
In addition on Monday, 36-year-old Dion Albert Torrence, AKA “Big”, was arrested in his connection in this investigation. Torrence is also a known associate of Paul Walton. Torrence was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine, sale of cocaine, and delivering cocaine. Torrence was scheduled to make a first court appearance today (Tuesday, September 12). No bond information for Torrence was available.
All of the suspects with the exception of Torrence list the same East Catawba Street, Lincolnton address. The address listed for Torrence is on Crab Apple Trail in Denver. These arrests were centered around the Walton residence located in the Oaklawn community. The investigation is still active and ongoing and additional offenders have been identified and further arrests are still expected.
27-year-old Terrell Lee Mitchell of 2nd Street S.E. and 36-year-old Eddie Carlos Linder of South Center Street, both from Hickory, were arrested early this morning (September 12) by Hickory Police. Mitchell was charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Linder was arrested on a felony warrant as an habitual felon.
They were arrested after Officers on patrol in the area of 7th Avenue S.W. and 4th Street S.W. saw a 2004 BMW with an expired registration. They stopped the vehicle just south of 6th Avenue S.W. Officers saw a digital scale in plain view. A subsequent search turned up 12.7 grams of crack cocaine, 3.5 grams of powder cocaine and a semi-automatic handgun.
Linder was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant.
Both suspects were arrested without incident at about 1:40 this morning. Mitchell was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $32,000 secured bond. He has been released. Linder was processed and released on an unsecured bond. Mitchell was due in District Court today, while Linder had a Superior Court appearance scheduled today.
26-year-old Jonathan Edward David Safley of Olin was arrested last Thursday (September 8) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and misdemeanor first degree trespassing.
Last Thursday, deputies received a call from a citizen who observed what appeared to be someone climbing over a fence to a business. When Deputies arrived one suspect was located and detained while a second man ran from the scene. Detectives arrived at the scene and began an investigation. It was determined the two men climbed over a fence to gain entry to the business and broke into a vehicle on the property.
The owner of the business was contacted and was notified about the incident. Safley was arrested and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $7500 secured bond. A District Court date is set for September 30. The investigation is still on going to identify the second suspect.
25-year-old Ronald Anthony Green-Jones of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and 26-year-old Orlando Leverne Jones of 18th Avenue N.E. in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police Saturday (September 10). Green-Jones was arrested on a felony warrant from Norristown, Pennsylvania for a parole violation in connection to a charge of forgery of securities. Jones was charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
They were arrested after a search warrant was conducted at Jones’ residence. Officers found a digital scale, a handgun and a cigar box containing 5.5 grams of marijuana.
Another person present in the residence, 45-year-old Herbert Brian Hubbard of Alexander Street in Statesville, was also arrested on four misdemeanor failure to appear warrants related to a variety of traffic violations. A female subject was issued a citation for simple possession of marijuana.
Green-Jones was taken into custody just before 1 p.m. Saturday and Jones was arrested at about 11:40 a.m., both without incident. Bond for Green-Jones was set at $50,000, secured, while Jones was given a $30,000 secured bond. Jones has since been released. Both were scheduled to appear in District Court today (September 12) in Newton. Hubbard also remains in jail under a $3,500 bond. He has court dates coming up on October 26 and November 18.
31-year-old Avery Labronze Stokes of Cedar Ridge Loop in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with first degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, two counts of assault by strangulation, and assault on a female by a male over 18.
Last Thursday (September 8) Deputies responded to 140 Cedar Ridge Loop in reference to a call regarding an assault and a man being in possession of a gun. When deputies arrived they heard what sounded like a dispute going on in the residence and also heard threats being issued. When Deputies knocked on the door of the residence the suspect, Avery Stokes, answered the door which allowed the victim, Christopher Baker, to escape and run from the residence.
While investigating the call Deputies received another call that a separate female victim, who had been assaulted by the suspect, was located on Caldwell Street in Statesville and taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital. Baker was picked up by a family member and taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Both victims were strangled by the suspect and struck about their face and head. Baker also received injuries to his mouth and throat from the suspect shoving a shotgun down the victim’s throat.
The woman was treated and released from Iredell Memorial. Baker was transferred to NC Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem for further treatment of his injuries. Stokes was arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was detained under $150,000 secured bond on the assault of Baker and no bond on the assault on the woman. Stokes is scheduled to appear in District Court September 26.
The State of North Carolina is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fatal shooting of Shelby Police Officer Tim Brackeen. Officer Brackeen was a 12-year veteran of the department and former officer of the year. WHKY has confirmed that the officer passed away this afternoon (Monday, September 12).
At about 12:20 a.m. Saturday (September 10), Officer Brackeen was shot in the line of duty in the area of Parkview Street while searching for a subject who was wanted on outstanding warrants. Investigators have identified the suspected gunman as 23-year-old Irving Lucien Fenner, Jr. of Blacksburg Road in Grover, North Carolina. A felony warrant has been issued for Fenner’s arrest, additional charges are likely.
Officer Brackeen was taken to Cleveland Regional Medical Center and then to Carolinas Medical Center, where he passed away.
Officer Brackeen had been with the Shelby Police Department since July of 2004. At the time of the shooting, he was assigned as a K-9 Officer. Officer Brackeen was 38 years old. He was married and had one daughter.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call the Shelby Police Department at 704-484-6845 or the State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.
A fundraising page has been set up for Officer Brackeen’s family at gofundme.com/23f7dutg.