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Thursday, 01 February 2018 06:05

Suspect Sought In Animal Cruelty Case

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Caldwell County Animal Control has obtained an arrest warrant for 23-year-old Dieron O’Shay Ruff for one misdemeanor count of Cruelty to Animals. Ruff's address is unknown. The investigation began on January 25 when a property owner, Benjamin Kirk, of Hickory, arrived at 2502 Fiesta Court in Lenoir to evict the tenants, who included Ruff.

Mr. Kirk called officials when he said he discovered two deceased dogs on the property. The dogs are believed to have been two Pitbull type dogs. Upon consultation with investigators with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Control obtained the warrant for arrest. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Dieron O’Shay Ruff should contact your local law enforcement agency.

Thursday, 01 February 2018 05:53

Sprint Store Break-in Under Investigation

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an early Tuesday morning (January 30) break-in at the Sprint Store at 7260 Highway 73 in Denve. Detective Greg Hager reported two suspects were seen on surveillance cameras throwing a rock through a window in the store to gain entry.

The alarm was activated and the suspects were gone by the time deputies arrived on the scene. Nothing appeared to have been stolen and damage to the window was placed at $500. Anyone with information about the suspects or suspect vehicle is asked to contact Detective Greg Hager at 704-740-8120, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

26-year-old Dante Eugene Lowrance, 22-year-old Terrel Jamaul Avery, and 20-year-old Taylor Anne Penley, all of Morganton, were arrested Wednesday (January 31) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. Lowrance and Avery are each charged with one count of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of felony first degree burglary. Penley is charged with aid and abet robbery and aid and abet burglary. Lowrance is additionally charged with driving while license revoked, failure to burn headlamps, giving fictitious information to an officer, expired tag, and he was also charged on outstanding warrants with assault by pointing a gun and two counts of failure to appear.

Wednesday at 12:33 a.m., Public Safety Officers responded to 113 Erwin Street in reference to a breaking and entering. The victim told officers that two black males broke into the residence through a bedroom window. The suspects first attempted to kick in the front door but were unsuccessful and then climbed through the window. The suspects were described as two black skinny males, one with long hair and a gray sweatshirt with jeans and the other wearing black with shorter hair.  

The suspects left the residence and got into a black four door vehicle with a white female driver and left towards East Concord Street. At 12:42 a.m., officers responded to 218 South Chestnut Street in reference to a home invasion. When officers arrived the victim said that a tall skinny man wearing a black jacket and dark ski mask broke into the residence by kicking the front door open. The suspect then pointed a gun at the victim and demanded money.  

A second suspect was described as a black male wearing a hat with hair sticking out and brown shoes. The suspects took a wallet containing $50 cash and several cellphones. The suspects left on foot towards the area of East Concord Street. The suspects matched the description of those involved in the breaking and entering on Erwin Street. A short time later officers spotted a vehicle with occupants matching the description of the suspects from both crimes. The vehicle was seen in the area of Vine Arden Road and Center Street. Officers conducted a traffic stop and found evidence from the home invasion inside the vehicle.  

All three suspects were detained in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. Bond for Lowrance was set at $310,000, Avery received a $300,000 bond, and Penley's bond was set at $75,000. Lowrance and Avery were scheduled to appear in District Court Wednesday, Penley has a District Court date February 21. The case is still under investigation. If you have information call (828) 432-2394.

51-year-old Anthony Towan Roberson of Newton, will spend a minimum of just under six years in prison after being convicted of trafficking heroin and cocaine during Catawba County Superior Court Wednesday (January 31). The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed a mandatory active sentence of 70-93 months that Roberson will serve in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. Roberson also will have to pay a mandatory $50,000 fine.

In March 2017, officers from Newton Police Department responded to several complaints of drug activity at a Newton apartment complex and observed multiple people coming and going from an apartment without using keys. A confidential informant was used to make drug purchases from the residence, and additional information obtained indicated that the defendant was storing more narcotics in another apartment.

Inside the apartments, investigators found 29 grams of cocaine, 14 grams of heroin, four “gray death” capsules, digital scales, plastic bags and additional empty capsules. Roberson gave a written confession that all of the items found were his. T.B. Yang was the lead investigator for Newton Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Sean Baetjer prosecuted the case for the State.

40-year-old Shannon Neil Childs, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested today (January 31) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. In addition, Childs is charged with two misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure, and single misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer and simple assault. Childs was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (February 5).

42-year-old Jerry Gerard Parson of Bush Drive in Conover has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The Sheriff’s Strategic Tactics and Response (STAR) team executed a search warrant at Parson’s residence yesterday (January 30).  A search of the residence turned up more than 28 grams of cocaine, two firearms and more than $1,500 in cash.

The investigation was the result of information from the community regarding the sale & distribution of cocaine by Parson.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, Parson has a previous conviction for conspiring to distribute cocaine.  He served several years in prison before receiving a presidential pardon.

The STAR team was utilized as the result of Parson’s criminal history and the presence of young children in the neighborhood.  The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

Parson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond.  As of this afternoon, he was no longer listed as an inmate in the Detention Facility.  No court date is currently listed on the current charges; however, Parson does have a March 12 date in Superior court for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 13:26

Hickory Woman Arrested on Felony Drug Charge

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40-year-old Aundrea Killian Bowers of 9th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:45 last night (January 30) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.  She was taken into custody without incident at her residence.  Bowers was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 11:45

Statesville Man Faces Felony Sex Offense Charges

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25-year-old Colby Eugene Duncan of Westwinds Loop in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on four felony counts of statutory rape of a child and two counts of felony statutory sex offense with a child.

On November 17 of last year, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding the possible sexual assault of a 15-year-old victim.  The victim said the assaults took place at the suspect’s residence in October and November of 2017.

The case was assigned to Detective Sergeant Jason Lowrance.  The victim was interviewed and identified Colby Eugene Duncan as the suspect.  Based on interviews, statements and evidence gathered throughout the investigation, Investigators obtained warrants for Duncan’s arrest.  

Duncan was taken into custody yesterday (January 30) without incident.  He was placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today.

The investigation is ongoing.

32-year-old Funchee Matthew Moua of Freedom Drive in Albemarle was arrested today (January 31) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and conspire to traffic methamphetamine. Moua was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for March 5.

65-year-old Douglas Mcarthur Pope was arrested today (January 31) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Pope is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, and displaying an expired registration plate. Pope was arrested at an address on NC Highway 73 in Denver at approximately 1:30 a.m. today. Following the arrest, Pope was placed in jail under $8,500 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled today.

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