The Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance in identifying the man whose body was found over the weekend. The hispanic male is believed to be in his early 20s, 5'4" tall, 134 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. The victim had tattoos on his left and right shoulder and on his right hand between his thumb and index finger.
The victim was found at the edge of the woods off River Road Saturday morning (April 1) at approximately 9:15. It is believed the body was left there late Friday night (March 31) or early Saturday morning. Grass cuttings were found on his pants legs and boots so he may have been working with a yard crew.
Anyone with information should call the Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office at 828-464-5241.
48-year-old Kris Kordell Clubb of Taylorsville was arrested Friday (March 31) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony stalking. Following the arrest, Clubb was placed in jail under $150,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for Monday (April 3).
33-year-old Tajuana Shamika Young, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:30 last night (April 3) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested after Officers on foot patrol on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory encountered Young and found 0.2 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
Following her arrest, Young was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $4,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
27-year-old Terrall Lee Mitchell of 2nd Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:20 yesterday afternoon (April 3) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also charged as an habitual felon.
Mitchell was arrested in connection to an incident on September 12 of last year. A traffic stop was conducted on 2nd Street Place S.W., south of 6th Avenue S.W. Mitchell was the driver with one other occupant in the vehicle. During the stop, the 12.7 grams of crack cocaine and 3.5 gms powder cocaine were found on Mitchell’s person. A .40 caliber handgun was found in the vehicle. The passenger, Eddie Carlos Linder, was also arrested on an outstanding warrant as an habitual felon.
He was taken into custody without incident yesterday as he was released from Frye Regional Medical Center. Mitchell was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. No bond amount was listed. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
24-year-old Kalie Elizabeth Pearson was arrested this morning (Tuesday, April 4) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Pearson was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
40-year-old Benjamin Clay Ayres of U.S. Highway 70 in Connelly Springs was arrested today (Tuesday, April 4) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with sale of schedule II controlled substance, conspiracy to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Ayres was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (April 5).
26-year-old Benny Dale Laney Jr. of Piper Place in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods or property. Laney was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for May 1.
43-year-old Melissa Joy Missy Tester of Squirrel Hollow Lane in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and single felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Tester was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (April 6).
26-year-old Maurice Centel Mayfield of Hickory, was given an active prison term of 17-21 years after pleading guilty to second-degree murder during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (April 3).
The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, issued Mayfield’s prison term, which will be served in the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.Mayfield pleaded guilty to the Nov. 20, 2012, death of 35-year-old Billy Chad Dellinger. Dellinger was a U.S. Army Veteran who served in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division.
Witness accounts indicated that Dellinger and Mayfield started arguing at Dellinger’s residence in Hickory around 3:30 a.m., and the victim told the defendant he needed to leave. Mayfield became angry, pulled out a small handgun and shot Dellinger once in the chest.
Dellinger was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 11:45 a.m. Just before 5 p.m. that same day, Mayfield turned himself in at Hickory Police Department.
A search of Mayfield’s residence turned up a .380-caliber handgun that had been hidden on top of a kitchen cabinet. It matched the description given by witnesses of the gun Mayfield used to shoot Dellinger. The bullet taken from Dellinger also was a .380-caliber. Analysis by the State Crime Lab showed that the bullet taken from Dellinger and the cartridge recovered at his residence were fired from the handgun recovered at Mayfield’s residence.
Jeff Pruitt led the investigation for Hickory Police Department. Lance Sigmon prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
The North Carolina Department of Information Technology says AT&T experienced an outage late this morning (April 3).
The outage occurred at approximately 11:15 a.m., affecting multiple states and companies throughout the country, including North Carolina’s government phone systems.
The Department of Information Technology was in contact with AT&T throughout the day as they monitored the situation. The outage may have affected citizens’ ability to conduct business with state government.
Acting Secretary & State Chief Information Officer Danny Lineberry recommended that North Carolinians utilize agency websites, email and social media to contact the State until the situation is corrected.
To access a list of agency and office websites, visit nc.gov/agencies.
31-year-old Joshua D. White, 36-year-old Samantha L. Braaksma, and 16-year-old Ethan Aldridge, all of the same Jordan Crest Lane, Stony Point address, were all arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Braaksma and White are charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, felony maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance, and two counts each for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Aldridge is charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Last Thursday (March 30) a 14-year-old student brought candy that contained marijuana to West Iredell Middle School. The student reportedly gave the marijuana candy to at least three other students before school officials discovered what had happened. School officials notified the school resource officer, who began an investigation into which students had received the candy and how it showed up at the school.
After interviewing several students, officials were able to determine which student brought the candy. The resource officer then contacted the parents of each student involved. The officer also contacted Lt. C.L. Stone of the Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team and gave him the address of the student who brought the candy to school so that he could began an investigation into whether there was more of the marijuana candy at their residence.
Officers responded to the residence at 138 Jordan Crest Lane in Stony Point where they were able to meet with the child’s mother, Samantha Braaksma, and her boyfriend, Joshua White. After speaking with them Deputies located numerous bags of marijuana and marijuana candy in the bedroom and bathroom of Braaksma and White. The total weight of the marijuana and marijuana candy was 882.5 grams (1.94 pounds). The deputies also seized an additional 14 grams of marijuana out of Ethan Aldridge’s room.
White received a $30,000 secured bond and Braaksma received a $20,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, April 3). No bond or court information is given for Aldridge. White is currently out on bond for Felony Possession of Marijuana. Juvenile services will be contacted in regards to charges on the juvenile.
56-year-old Omus Jermerl Napier of 4th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:20 p.m. Friday (March 31) on one felony count of failure to appear in connection to a charge of discharging a firearm into occupied property.
The arrest come is connection to an incident dating back to September of 2015. At that time, Officers responded to Napier’s residence where a subject that had fired a Daisy Powerline air rifle into the residence. There were three occupants in the residence during at the time. No one was injured. Warrants were issued and Napier was initially arrested three days after the incident.
Napier was reportedly uncooperative during the booking process and was not photographed or fingerprinted until he arrived at the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. He is being held there under a $45,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for June 5.
22-year-old Sulton Jaleel Jones of 29th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:10 Friday night (March 31) on one felony count of trafficking in cocaine and one misdemeanor count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
He was arrested after Police received anonymous information regarding drug trafficking. Officers responded to the area of 2830 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory where they found four male subjects.
During the incident, Sulton Jones resisted an Officer and fled the scene on foot. He was detained after a short foot chase. As Officers chased Jones, the other three subjects left the scene. During the incident, Police found digital scales, 32.7 grams of crack cocaine and over $1,000 in U.S. currency.
Jones was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $51,000 secured bond. He has since been released. Jones was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (April 3) in Newton.
26-year-old Rodney Dale Reese of Fairgrove Church Road SE in Conover was arrested today (Monday, April 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Reese was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. No court date was listed.