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Thursday, 14 September 2017 05:12

Wanted Man Arrested In Case Involving Multiple Suspects

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A fourth suspect in a case we previously reported on here on WHKY has been arrested. 40-year-old Nigel Eugene Terry of Clontz Hill Road in Troutman was arrested Tuesday (September 12) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Tuesday, Sergeant Ryan Sherrill with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team was working in the area of North Main Street in Troutman when he came into contact with Nigel Eugene Terry. Terry was found to have outstanding felony warrants for his arrest and was taken into custody. Deputies conducted a search of Terry’s vehicle and found heroin and drug paraphernalia.

Terry's bond was set at $7,500 unsecured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Wednesday (September 13). Sami Price Driggers, Jordan Tyler Melton, and Matthew Gray Ritchie were all previously arrested in connection to the investigation that resulted in warrants against Terry.

26-year-old Brittany Jean Blackwelder of Old Landfill Road in Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (September 12) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony child abuse-sexual act.

Following further investigation into a felony child abuse case that occurred in July at 1139 Olin Loop in Olin, an additional charge has been filed. Evidence was obtained that resulted in the new charge being filed against Brittany Jean Blackwelder, the mother of the seven-year-old victim.

Following Tuesday's arrest, Blackwelder was given a 100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for October 2.

Thursday, 14 September 2017 04:40

Suspects Arrested On Heroin Charges In Catawba County

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54-year-old Barry John Hunter of Blaine Lane in Lexington and 32-year-old Austin Hayes Wood, whose address is not listed, were both arrested Wednesday (September 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, manufacture, sell, or deliver controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hunter is also charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, felony possession of cocaine, and maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance.

Both suspects were detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility, Hunter under $70,000 bond, Wood under $25,000 bond. They were both scheduled to make District Court appearances today (September 14).

27-year-old Matthew Charles Minton of Lenoir has been sentenced to serve five-to-seven years in prison after pleading guilty as charged to felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle, felony failure to appear and felony assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury.  He was also sentenced as an habitual felon.

The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, handed down the sentence yesterday (September 12) in Caldwell County Superior Court.  Minton’s active prison term will be served in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.  Minton also faces an additional sentence of 6-to-17 months if he fails to successfully complete 30 months of supervised probation upon his release.

The habitual felony designation was applied as the result of prior felony convictions for possession of a stolen motor vehicle in May 2008 and possession of stolen goods August 2010 & August 2014, all in Caldwell County.

In October of 2015, Minton used a small blade tool to break into a vehicle.  When confronted by the vehicle’s owner, Minton fled into a nearby wooded area, but was later apprehended by Lenoir Police after a foot chase.  He failed to appear in court for his trial on March 21 of this year.

In April 2017, Minton was pulled over for driving with a burned out headlight.  He gave Officer Mark Coffey II a false name and ran away from the vehicle.  Coffey caught up with Minton and they engaged in a physical struggle.  Minton attempted to strangle the Officer and pulled at his service weapon several times.  Officer Coffey used a Taser to regain control of the situation.  Minton and Coffey suffered injuries from the altercation, but were treated at a local hospital.

Officer Coffey and Officer Chris Smith handled the cases for Lenoir Police Department, with assistance from Deputy Kaiser Isbell of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.  Jennifer C. Mathews prosecuted the cases for the District Attorney’s Office.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:43

Trailer Stolen from Lincoln County Church

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating the theft of an enclosed trailer from a Lincoln County church.

Yesterday (September 12), Deputies were dispatched to N.C. Highway 27 East to investigate the theft of the trailer from the Real Life Community Church.  Church officials reported the trailer was last known to be at the church on Sunday, September 10.

Surveillance video shows a white pickup truck, possibly a Ford F250, as the driver pulled into the driveway and turned off the headlights.  The driver then backed up and hooked up to the trailer.   Deputies believe two or more suspects were involved.  They think one person had been dropped off earlier to cut the lock.  It took two minutes for the truck to back up to the trailer and leave the scene.

The 14-foot box trailer is white and chrome.  It contained camping supplies.  The name of the church, Real Life Community Church, is printed on both sides of the trailer in large green letters.

Anyone with information about the stolen trailer should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:39

Hickory Woman Re-Arrested on Felony Drug Charge

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33-year-old Tajuana Shamika Young of 8th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:20 yesterday (September 12) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Her arrest stems from an incident in April of this year.  Officers on foot patrol at the Sunny Valley housing complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. encountered Young and found 0.2 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia on her person.  She was initially arrested at that time.

Young was taken into custody without incident yesterday at a convenience store on South Center Street.  She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,000, secured.  An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.

38-year-old Kenneth Wayne Ryckeley of Maiden was sentenced to serve at least 11 years in prison after he was found guilty by a Catawba County jury of possession of a firearm by a felon and carrying a concealed weapon on Tuesday (September 12).

Ryckeley also admitted his status as an habitual felon, which enhanced the prison term imposed by the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County. Hayes sentenced Ryckeley to serve 11 to 14 years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.

The defendant has prior felony convictions for felony larceny in Lincoln County (January 2006), obtaining property by false pretense in Gaston County (April 2009) and possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine in Iredell County (August 2013).

Ryckeley was driving a van on the N.C. Highway 16 Bypass on Jan. 15, 2015, in excess of the posted speed limit and was stopped just before reaching the Lincoln County line by Catawba County Sheriff’s Inv. Dennis Smith. During the stop, Smith asked if the defendant had any drugs or weapons in the vehicle. Ryckeley admitted to having a .22-caliber handgun in the vehicle. When Smith searched the vehicle, he located the revolver in a compartment next to the passenger seat where the defendant told him it would be. The gun was wrapped in a pair of men’s camouflage gloves.

Dennis Smith was the lead investigator for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Melanie Earles prosecuted the case for the State.

23-year-old Michael Coy Reed was arrested Tuesday (September 12) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny by destroying antitheft device. Reed was placed in jail in Morganton under $12,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for October 3.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 05:51

Stolen Vehicle Charge Lodged Against Lenoir Woman

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20-year-old Madison Cherie Minton of Calico Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (September 10) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Minton was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. Her next court date is October 2.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 05:32

Granite Falls Man Charged With Attempted Arson

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45-year-old Ned Junior Haskett of Gristmill Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (September 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony first degree attempted arson. Haskett was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday (September 12).

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