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A Newton man will serve a prison sentence of 12-16 years following a guilty plea on drug charges Tuesday (June 2) in Catawba County Superior Court.

28-year-old Codey Weiss pleaded guilty to one count of manufacturing methamphetamine and two counts of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, and was sentenced to serve his prison term in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Hugh B. Lewis, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County.

In December 2013, an informant contacted the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office regarding possible methamphetamine production at a home where Weiss was residing. When officers arrived at the scene, Weiss and the home owner gave permission for a search of the premises, and numerous items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine were recovered along with substances that when tested by the State Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab turned out to be meth.

Weiss also was involved in another alleged incident of manufacturing methamphetamine at a different residence that occurred that same month.

Multiple co-defendants still have pending court dates for their cases connected to Weiss.

Wes Hawn prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office. Members of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force led the investigation with assistance from State Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Chip Hughes.

The charges against a Lincolnton woman who allegedly was assaulted by a former Hickory Police Department officer were dismissed in Hickory District Court Tuesday (June 2).

26-year-old Chelsea Nicole Doolittle was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting a public officer in November 2013. Those charges were dismissed at the close of state’s evidence Tuesday by District Court Judge Christine Underwood.

The action comes almost two months after the Catawba County Grand Jury on April 6 returned a true bill of indictment on an additional charge against 43-year-old Robert Michael George.

George initially was indicted on a charge of felonious assault inflicting serious bodily injury from the November 2013 incident in which he allegedly assaulted Doolittle during her arrest.

The District Attorney’s Office prepared a superseding indictment against George for felonious assault inflicting serious bodily injury and misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury.

“It is a charging decision that gives a jury more options,” District Attorney David Learner said.

George’s case is on next week’s Catawba County Superior Court docket, however his attorney is involved in a capital case in another district.

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 14:30

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony ID Theft Warrants

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46-year-old David Joaquin Perry of 48th Avenue Lane N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after nine o’clock last night (June 2) on two felony counts of identity theft. He was charged on warrants out of Cabarrus County, issued in February of this year.

Perry was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was processed at H.P.D. and then released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for June 9 in Concord.

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 14:24

Conover Man Busted for Meth in Alexander County

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31-year-old Ryan Lewis Craig of Conover has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of trafficking methamphetamine by possession, trafficking meth by transportation, possession of a controlled substance on jail premises, possession drug paraphernalia, driving left of center and failure to dim headlamps.

On May 26, Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a vehicle stop at the intersection of Blankenship Road and Teague Town Road. The vehicle was stopped for failure to dim headlights and driving left of center.

During the investigation, Detective Tim Sims and the Alexander County Sheriff’s K9 were called to the scene to conduct an open-air sniff of the vehicle for possible possession of narcotics. The K9 alerted to the odor of narcotics, leading to a search of the vehicle. During the search, a quantity of pills and drug paraphernalia were found.

Craig was taken into custody. As he was processed in the Narcotics Office, the suspect was found to be hiding at total of 3.5 ounces of meth on his person.

Craig was given a $90,000 secured bond. Craig’s next appearance in District Court is coming up on June 15.

Homeland Security Investigations, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office and the Taylorsville Police Department are assisting the Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office as the investigation continues.

On May 5, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding Financial Card Fraud at businesses in Iredell and Mecklenburg counties. Detective Sgt. D.R. Getz with the Economic Crime Unit was assigned the case.

The victim lives in Ohio and was still in possession of her debit card when she found four fraudulent transactions drawn against her bank account. Two of the unauthorized charges appeared on the victim’s debit card at a business on Williamson Road in Mooresville and the others occurred in Charlotte.

The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect, whose image was captured by surveillance cameras. Anyone with information should contact Iredell/Statesville Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340 or call Detective Sgt. Getz at 704-878-3180.

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 11:20

Flat Bed Truck Hits House Following Wreck

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An accident this morning slowed traffic on Startown Road in Newton. A flatbed truck collided with another car, ran off the road and into the side of a house. The flatbed truck struck the front of the car as the car was exiting Startown Elementary School.

WHKY's Fentress Chestnut was there this morning and she reports that the carport at the house sustained the bulk of the damage. No one was home at the time of the crash. Two people were taken to the hospital as a result of the collision between the truck and the car. Their injuries are reportedly not serious.

56-year-old William Michael Fowler was arrested today (Wednesday, June 3) by Burke County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with possession of controlled substance in prison or jail and resist, delay, and obstruction of an officer. Following the arrest, Fowler was detained in jail under $27,500 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (June 4).

41-year-old Willie Charles Davis of Homer Burns Avenue in Hickory was arrested today (Wednesday, June 3) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony breaking and or entering with larceny, misdemeanor breaking and or entering with larceny, and felony possession of burglary tools. Davis was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 6.

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 03:24

Search Continues For Hickory Murder Suspect

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Authorities are continuing to search for the man they believe is responsible for a fatal shooting. 23-year-old Tevin Jerome Davis is wanted by Hickory Police in connection to a murder in Hickory Monday night (June 1). 46-year-old Lancelot Kenyatta Ellison of Georgia was shot and killed at a residence at 38 8th Avenue Drive S.E.

Police responded to the residence at 11:40 p.m. Monday where they found the victim dead inside the house as the result of multiple gunshot wounds. Police say the murder weapon was a handgun. The suspect and victim were acquainted. Neither lived at the residence, though Police believe the victim was staying there while he was in town.

Two other people were present at the time of the shooting. They were not injured. A search of the house was conducted, leading to the discovery of an unspecified quantity of marijuana.

Warrants have been issued for Davis’ arrest on one felony count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon. Davis is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees the suspect should not approach him, but should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

Davis was out on bond after being charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill in Iredell County. He also faces charges in Catawba County on two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count each of common law robbery and driving while license revoked.

34-year-old Marcus Franklin Little of Oakwood Circle in Sherrills Ford was arrested Tuesday (June 2) by Maiden Police Officers. He’s charged with possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver methamphetamine, selling methamphetamine, delivering methamphetamine, two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule III controlled substance, two counts of selling schedule III controlled substance, two counts of delivery of schedule III controlled substance, and two counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Following the arrest, Little was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $57,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, June 3).