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66-year-old Gary Lynn Smith of Hedden Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (September 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of stolen property and five counts of failure to appear. Smith was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $9,800 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, September 8).

30-year-old Jonathan Andrew Mayfield of Laurel Street NE in Valdese was arrested Wednesday (September 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen property, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Mayfield was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, September 8).

A Morganton woman who admitted her habitual felon status will spend at least ten years in prison following her guilty plea last week in Burke County Superior Court.

34-year-old Jada Renee Gilliland was sentenced to serve 10 to 14 years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County. The guilty plea was entered last Thursday (September 1).

Gilliland pleaded guilty to identity theft, obtaining property by false pretense, forgery of instrument and uttering a forged instrument from an April 2015 offense, and admitted guilt to November 2015 charges for obtaining property by false pretense, forgery of instrument and uttering a forged instrument.

On April 30, 2015, Gilliland tried to use a stolen identification card to cash a stolen check. When questioned about the ID card, the defendant left everything and ran out the door. Video from the credit union showed an ankle monitor, and probation officials were able to identify Gilliland.

In November 2015, she attempted to purchase about $200 of items with a stolen check, including an $80 ring. The clerk did not take the check, but Gilliland left the store with the ring in her pocket.

Gilliland’s admission of habitual felon status enhanced the sentence imposed by Judge Kuehnert. She had prior felony convictions in Burke County in December 2012, September 2014 and September 2015.

The cases were investigated by Joseph Beaver of the Morganton Department of Public Safety. Assistant District Attorney Frank Webster handled prosecution.

A Glen Alpine man will spend at least 15 years in prison for statutory rape of a person 13, 14 or 15 years old and indecent liberties with a child.

According to a news release issued by the District Attorney's Office on Wednesday (September 7), 37-year-old Timothy Jerome Deyton pleaded guilty to the charges during Burke County Superior Court on Tuesday, August 30. He was given an active prison sentence of 15 to 23 years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County.

In addition, Deyton will have to register as a sex offender for 30 years and 10 years of satellite-based monitoring.

In November 2015, the 15-year-old female victim let the defendant into her room at a home where he was not allowed to be. When a relative of the child saw the open window, she moved the curtains and found the victim naked under a blanket with the defendant also naked behind her.

During an interview, the child told how the defendant had sex with her. Deyton also admitted to having sexual intercourse with the child. A search of his phone revealed numerous text conversations between defendant and victim that contained explicit details of sex.

Joseph Beaver of Morganton Department of Public Safety handled the investigation. Assistant District Attorneys David Swanson and Michelle Lippert prosecuted the case.

A Morganton man was given a prison sentence of at least 18 years after pleading guilty to statutory rape of a 13 year old, statutory sex offense with the 13 year old and soliciting a child by computer for a sex act. The guilty plea was entered during Burke County Superior Court on Friday (September 2).

28-year-old Joshua Michael Abernathy was given an active prison term of 18 to 27 years in the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, after pleading guilty to the charges against him.

Additionally, Abernathy will be required to register as a sex offender for 30 years and submit to 10 years of satellite-based monitoring.

The female victim was 13 years old at the time of the offense in July 2015 and was staying at her grandparents’ home. The defendant was present and demanded sex from the child after other family members went to bed.

After a report was filed with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, the victim was interviewed at the Gingerbread House Child Advocacy Center in Burke County.

During an undercover operation, Abernathy solicited a person he believed to be an underage female for sexual acts. Detectives from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office arranged a meeting and arrested Abernathy, who admitted that he came to the meeting to have sex with the person he met online.

Det. Isaac Propst investigated both cases for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, and Frank Webster prosecuted them for the District Attorney’s Office.

A Catawba County jury needed about two hours of deliberation to find a Hickory man guilty of a sexual assault and strangulation of a female victim.

The jury determined that 25-year-old Phillip Voltz IV was guilty of second-degree sexual offense, assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury from a May 2015 incident. Voltz was also found guilty of felony breaking and entering and intimidating a witness from a January 2016 offense. The verdict last Friday (September 2) ended a four-day trial in Catawba County Superior Court.

Following the jury’s verdict, the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, sentenced Voltz to an active prison sentence of six to twelve years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.

On May 13, 2015, the then 24-year-old female victim’s roommate invited Voltz to their residence. While there, Voltz sexually assaulted the victim, strangled her and slammed her on a concrete floor. As he left, Voltz told the victim he would “see her again.”

On Jan. 2, 2016, Voltz broke into an apartment he thought was the victim’s armed with a knife, but he was in a neighbor’s apartment instead. Realizing he was in the wrong place, the defendant left the scene.

Thad Scronce led the investigation for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Jamie Adams handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 14:45

Hickory Man Jailed in Connection to March 2016 Meth Case

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44-year-old Bryan Scott Young, Sr. of Airport Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday (September 6) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance.

He was initially arrested in connection to the same case on March 21 of this year. At that time, Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that had no headlights or taillights. A search led to the discovery of 4.6 grams of methamphetamine.

Young was taken into custody at an auto parts business on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $17,000 secured bond with an appearance in Superior Court scheduled today in Newton.

The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating multiple vehicle break-ins that occurred on September 3 in the southern part of the county. Officers say the suspects appear to be targeting neighborhoods where they can find unlocked vehicles. In some cases, the suspects located and used credit or debit cards in Charlotte. The Sheriff’s Office has released photos of three suspects and two suspect vehicles. Evidence gathered in connection to the Mooresville cases has also been linked to other break-ins that occurred in Mint Hill, N.C.

Citizens are cautioned against approaching the suspects. In one incident in Mint Hill, a victim reported hearing a shot fired when he approached the suspects. It is unclear if the suspect shot at the victim, but a suspect can be seen in a video from one of the Mooresville cases holding what appears to be a gun. Anyone who believes someone is breaking into his or her vehicle should call 9-1-1 immediately.

Anyone who recognizes the suspects or the suspect vehicles should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or call Iredell Co. Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1330.

24-year-old Julius Andrew “Smoke” Coleman of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 7 p.m. yesterday on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, plus misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

He was arrested after Officers on patrol on the 400 block of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory spotted Coleman and knew there were outstanding warrants for his arrest. Those were indictments for possession of a firearm by a felon and carrying a concealed gun.

A search of Coleman’s person turned up baggies containing 0.6 grams of powder cocaine and two more baggies containing 9.9 grams of marijuana. Officers also found 1.5 dosage units of Hydrocodone.

Coleman was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. Appearances in Superior Court and in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.

46-year-old Eric Donnelle Cherry was arrested August 26 by Statesville Police on charges issued by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office. He's charged with felony fail to report a new address as a sex offender.

According to a news release issued today (Wednesday, September 7), on July 14, Deputy David Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit attempted to verify a valid address on Eric Cherry, a registered sex offender. Deputy Price had tried several times to locate Cherry at this address but had been unable to do so.

After speaking to a resident at the address Deputy Price determined Cherry had not been living there for several weeks. Further investigation revealed that Cherry had violated the law concerning the sex offender registry.      

Cherry was located and arrested by Officer Bradley Hendren of the Statesville Police Department. He was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is September 19.

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