29-year-old Devin Nelson Shade was arrested Tuesday (March 29) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods. Shade is also charged with two counts of failure to appear. Bond was set at $15,000 secured, a District Court appearance is scheduled for August 18.
33-year-old Michael Shane Carver was arrested today (Thursday, March 30) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Carver was placed in jail under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
32-year-old Jerry Robert Sanders of Hayes Place NW in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (March 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Sanders was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today (Thursday, March 30).
22-year-old Dustin Edward Kidd of Frank Trail in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (March 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Kidd was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, March 30).
28-year-old Bethany Patrice Link of Manassas, Virginia, was arrested Wednesday (March 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Link was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, March 30).
Two teenagers recently reported missing have been found and were reported to be safe. 19-year-old Aaliyah Danielle Cline of Bethlehem was reported missing Tuesday (March 28) by the Alexander County Sheriff's Office. On Wednesday (March 29) the Sheriff's Office reported she was located in Yadkin County and was okay.
15-year-old Shane Michael Szathmary of Maiden was reported missing by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Tuesday, he'd been missing since Sunday night (March 26). Szathmary was located near Kings Mountain on Wednesday. He was not reported to have been harmed.
Detectives with the Lincolnton Police Department arrested several alleged online predators, including a former teacher at Newton-Conover Middle School. He is 51-year-old Blane Fitzgerald Gregory of Watson Drive in Spruce Pine. Gregory is charged with soliciting a minor and appearing at the meeting place. He is being held under a $50,000 bond.
According to published reports, Gregory was led to believe that he was talking to a 14-year-old girl online. Gregory allegedly left the school yesterday (March 28) with plans to meet the girl in Lincolnton. When he arrived, he was taken into custody. Gregory resigned from the Newton-Conover school system this morning.
Gregory and seven others were arrested as the result of a three-month long undercover operation. Detectives portrayed children on various social media outlets. During the operation, they developed a dialogue in which an agreement was made for offenders to meet the child in Lincolnton in order to have an unlawful sexual relationship. They were all charged with one count of soliciting a child for an unlawful sex act by a computer and appearing to meet the child.
The others arrested are as follows:
28-year-old Matthew Johnathon Morrison of Two Moons Drive in Charlotte, who was also charged with disseminating obscene material to a minor. Bond was set at $50,000.
51-year-old Jeffrey Alan Churchwell of Minnesota Road in Charlotte, who was also charged with disseminating obscene material to a minor and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He was given a $250,000 bond.
65-year-old Michael John Seidle of Verdict Ridge in Denver. Seidle’s bond was set at $25,000.
51-year-old Paul Robert Icenhour II of Graceview Place in Granite Falls. Icenhour faces an addition charge of disseminating obscene material to a minor. Bond was set at $50,000.
59-year-old George Alan Kanupp of Island Ford Road in Maiden. Kanupp was given a $50,000 bond.
65-year-old Brent Robert Odenheimer of Davis Street in Lincolnton, who was also charged with disseminating obscene material to a minor. Odenheimer’s bond was set at $150,000.
And, 30-year-old Matthew Ryan Ellis of Brattonsville Road in McConnells, South Carolina. Ellis was also charged with disseminating obscene material to a minor. He was given a $100,000 bond.
19-year-old Nicholas Anthony Santellan of 5th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:15 yesterday afternoon (March 28) on one felony count of possession of heroin and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, hit & run with injury, driving while license revoked and reckless driving to endanger.
Santellan was arrested after Officers responded to a hit & run on the 1100 block of Fairgrove Church Road. The suspect vehicle, a 2004 Toyota Camry, was located on the 3000 block of 12th Avenue S.E. At that location, the suspect was detained by a Probation & Parole Officer after the Officer saw the initial hit & run on Fairgrove Church Road and a single-car accident on 12th Avenue S.E. During the arrest, 0.2 grams of heroin and paraphernalia were found on Santellan’s person.
The suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
The sinkhole that formed in Hickory Tuesday evening has resulted in the closure of a portion of a well-traveled roadway.
Crews have closed a section of N.C. 127 at First Ave. NE in Hickory due to a culvert failure, causing a sinkhole to form in the roadway. NCDOT engineers are on site, assessing what work will be needed in order to prepare an emergency repair contract, which will expedite opening the road.
The closure is expected to remain in place for several weeks. The following detour is in place for motorists:
N.C. 127 South: Follow to Second Ave. NE. Turn left to Main Ave. NE, which turns into Eighth St. NE. Turn left to Seventh Ave. NE and follow to Lenoir Rhyne Blvd. Turn right to First Ave. SE back to N.C. 127.
N.C. 127 North: Turn right to Second Ave. SE, then turn left on Lenoir Rhyne Blvd. Follow to Seventh Ave. NE and turn left. Turn left to Eighth St. NE, which turns into Main Ave. NE. Follow to Third Ave. NE, then turn right. Stay left to remain on Third Ave., then turn right to N.C. 127 North.
Transportation officials remind motorists to drive safely, obey all posted speed limits, detour signs and work-zone postings.
41-year-old Tracie Dianah Bass was arrested Tuesday (March 28) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Bass was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, March 29).
33-year-old Stephanie Yoder Nieft was arrested Tuesday (March 28) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Nieft was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, March 29).
27-year-old Christopher Michael Riley of Ashford Drive in Newton was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (March 28) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Riley was wanted in Broome County, New York for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree and D.W.I. He was indicted for the offense by the Sheriff’s Office in Binghamton, N.Y. in August of last year.
Following his arrest, Riley was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court this morning in Newton.
18-year-old Austin Shane “Cutta” McCutcheon of Oakhill Street in Denver and 23-year-old Macy Jordan Walker of George Brown Road in Crouse have been charged in connection to an assault in Lincolnton. Both were charged with Felony Conspiracy to Commit assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Walker was also charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. McCutcheon has been arrested. Walker has not yet been taken into custody.
At about 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, Lincolnton Police performed a welfare check on a subject with a possible head injury walking on North General’s Boulevard in Lincolnton. Officers found that the victim sustained several injuries to his head after he was struck with a blunt object or weapon. Lincoln County E.M.S. transported the victim to Carolinas Healthcare System-Lincoln for emergency treatment. He was treated and released.
Officers learned that the victim had been struck in the head multiple times by a female armed with what was believed to be a tire tool or baseball bat. A white male was with the female during the assault and drove her to and from the scene.
Investigators identified the two assailants as McCutcheon and Walker and developed probable cause to obtain warrants for their arrests. McCutcheon was taken into custody without incident at about 7:30 Saturday evening (March 25). He was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond with a first appearance in District Court scheduled Monday (March 27). His next court date was set for April 10.
According to Police, McCutcheon is a member of the “700” street gang. At the time of his arrest, he was out on bond on other pending felony charges pending in Lincoln County, including possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine.
Macy Walker is still at large. She is described as a white female, approximately 5’7” tall, weighing 135 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Walker frequents the Lincolnton and Crouse areas and has relatives in Rocky Mount. She is also currently out on bond on a variety of pending charges in Lincoln County.
Anyone with information regarding Walker’s whereabouts should contact Lincolnton Police at 704-736-8900 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
A Lincoln County man will spend a minimum of 13 years in prison following his guilty plea to sexual offenses with a minor female child during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (March 28).
41-year-old Clayton Houston Hoyle was given an active prison term of 13-21 years by the Honorable Lisa C. Bell, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, after entering his guilty plea to statutory rape of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old, statutory sex offense with a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old and indecent liberties with a child.
Hoyle will serve his prison sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. He also will have to register as a sex offender and enroll in satellite-based monitoring for the remainder of his life.
The offense occurred on Dec. 29, 2014, when the then 15-year-old victim was staying with a family member at a residence where the defendant also was at the time. The victim had been asleep but woke up with the defendant on top of her engaged in sexually assaulting her.
Extractions of DNA from a sexual assault kit conducted by medical personnel were a match with DNA samples taken from the defendant.
Thad Scronce was the lead investigator for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and received assistance from the Catawba County Child Advocacy Center. Jamie Adams prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.