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42-year-old Christopher Adam Balentine was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony fail to notify change of address for a sex offender.

According to a news release issued today (Thursday, April 20), on December 19, 2016 Deputy David Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit attempted to locate and verify an address for Balentine, who is a registered sex offender. Deputy Price made several attempts to locate  Balentine but had been unable to locate him. During one attempt to locate the suspect, Deputy Price noticed that the residence appeared to be vacant.

Since Balentine had not notified anyone at the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office that he had moved or was staying somewhere else, Deputy Price began an investigation. Through this probe, it was determined that Balentine’s water had been turned off and his meter box had been removed from the residence by the power company for failing to pay his bill. It was also learned the residence was up for sale and in danger of being foreclosed on.  

On Monday, Balentine was located and arrested by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit. He was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was given a $5000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 8.

The District Attorney’s Office has released a statement concluding that Hickory Police Officers acted lawfully when they fatally shot 33-year-old William David Whetstone at his residence on 12th Street Place N.W. in Hickory on February 3 of this year.

According to the D.A.’s statement, Whetstone was involved in the sale of narcotics in the days prior to the shooting and was the target of an ongoing investigation, leading to the issuance of what was described as a high-risk search warrant.  Because Police knew Whetstone had firearms in the house, the search warrant was served by the H.P.D.’s Special Operations Team.

Officers entered the house during daylight hours, loudly identifying themselves as Police Officers with a warrant.  Another suspect in the residence immediately complied with Officers’ commands to get on the floor.  Whetstone was told repeatedly not to move, but he reached between the cushion and arm of the sofa, pulled out a handgun and pointed it directly at Officers, who were only a few feet away.  Officers immediately fired their weapons, striking Whetstone multiple times.  The entire sequence of events unfolded in a few seconds.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (S.B.I.) investigated the shooting.  Multiple body camera videos of the shooting exist and they were collected and preserved by the S.B.I.  The D.A.’s Office reviewed eyewitness accounts, corroborated by the body camera footage and other physical evidence, and found all the information to be consistent.

Thursday, 20 April 2017 11:01

Runaway Teen Sought In Lincoln County

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office detectives are looking for a runaway teenager who went missing Wednesday night (April 19).

Deputies were dispatched to 141 St. Matthews Church Road in Maiden in reference to a runaway teen. 15-year-old Tipton Lamar (TJ) Jones left the residence around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday.  He was wearing blue jeans, tennis shoes but no shirt.  

Tipton Lamar Jones is described as a white male, 5'3" tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

34-year-old Tyrone Pernell Chambers of East Horah Street in Salisbury, 45-year-old Kenneth Jerome Dulin of Deaton Street in Statesville and 36-year-old Courtney Deshawn Bradshaw of Granby Avenue in High Point have all been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers.  Chambers was charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon.  Dulin was charged with resisting a public officer and Bradshaw was arrested on outstanding warrants.

At about 7 p.m. Monday (April 17), Officers working in the area of the Salisbury Highway saw a green Honda sedan make a traffic violation.  An Officer activated his emergency lights in attempt to make a traffic stop, but the Honda continued onto Third Creek Road.  The vehicle then turned onto Palmer Lane where it stopped.

Deputies approached the vehicle and found that the driver, Kenneth Dulin, had a suspended license.  While speaking with Dulin, Deputies noticed the rear passenger, Tyrone Chambers, reaching into his clothing.  Chambers took a semi-automatic 9mm handgun from his waistband and drop it to the floorboard between his feet.

Deputies detained everyone in the vehicle.  A records check revealed that Chambers was a convicted felon for selling cocaine and armed robbery.  While attempting to detain Dulin, he became aggressive and pulled away from the Officer, resulting in the resisting charge.

Chambers was given a $25,000 secured bond.  Dulin’s bond was set at $500, secured.  Chambers has a court date on May 8, while Dulin is due in court on June 5.  No bond amount or court dates were listed for Bradshaw.

All three suspects are repeat offenders with extensive criminal histories.  The investigation is ongoing with more charges expected.

Thursday, 20 April 2017 09:54

Cornelius Woman Faces Multiple Assault Charges

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31-year-old Stacey Ann Keaton of Henderson Road in Cornelius has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of assault & battery, domestic criminal trespass and three counts of assault on a child under 12.

On April 15, Deputies responded to the scene of a domestic dispute on Mott Road in Mooresville.  Stacey Keaton reportedly came to the residence and got into a verbal altercation with her estranged husband and his fiancé.  Keaton was asked to leave the residence several times before being locked out.  Keaton then kicked the door open and assaulted the victim while trying to gain entry into the home to get to her child.  She had to be physically removed from the residence.

Detectives spoke to the victim and other witnesses.  They learned that Keaton also assaulted three other children who were inside the home at the time of the incident.

Keaton was arrested Tuesday (April 18) and given a $2,500 unsecured bond.  She’ll appear in District Court on May 12.

Thursday, 20 April 2017 09:38

City Of Hickory Reports Wastewater Overflow

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The City of Hickory had a discharge of untreated wastewater on Tuesday (April 18) of an estimated 6,600 gallons near 11th Avenue Circle NW. The untreated wastewater was discharged into Cripple Creek.

The Division of Water Resources was notified of the event Wednesday (April 19) and is reviewing the matter. A news release from the city says that the water remains safe after overflow. For more information contact the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department at 828-323-7427.

31-year-old Michael Paul Denton was arrested Wednesday (April 19) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Denton was placed in jail in Morganton, bond was set at $9,500 secured. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, April 20).

38-year-old Jessica Lee Greene was arrested today (Thursday, April 20) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance. Greene was placed in jail in Morganton under $28,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.

Thursday, 20 April 2017 05:38

Conover Man Indicted On Multiple Charges

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21-year-old Derek Gene Yoder of Valwood Road in Conover was arrested Wednesday (April 19) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on Grand Jury Indictments with two counts of break or enter a motor vehicle, and single counts of habitual larceny, breaking and entering, and misdemeanor larceny. Yoder was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A Superior Court date was set for today (Thursday, April 20).

Thursday, 20 April 2017 05:22

Drug Charges Filed Against Granite Falls Man

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29-year-old Anthony Clay Hatton of Sawmills School Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (April 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Hatton has been released on $1,500 secured bond, a District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, April 20).

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