34-year-old Tajuana Shamika Young of 8th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 11 a.m. yesterday (January 24) for a felony probation violation. Young is on probation after she was given an 18-month suspended sentence following a conviction on January 5 of this year in Catawba County for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Young was taken into custody without incident at a restaurant on Union Square in downtown Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for January 29 in Newton.
30-year-old Andrew Marquese Izard of 10th Street Boulevard N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 11 a.m. yesterday (January 24) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, he was armed with a handgun at the time of his arrest.
Izard was taken into custody without incident at a residence on 5th Street S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $9,500 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Animal cruelty charges against a man facing multiple counts have been dismissed. 37-year-old Daniel Dawarren Pride of South Center Street in Hickory was charged with 31 counts of felony animal cruelty. The charges were in connection to an incident January 3 at 535 7th Avenue Place S.W. in Hickory, in which Hickory Police responded to a reported suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, Officers located multiple animals, some deceased, inside a building on the property.
Criminal processes issued by a magistrate against Pride for multiple counts of felony animal cruelty were quashed during Catawba County District Court today (January 25). The Court ruled during a probable cause hearing in Newton that the criminal processes issued by a Catawba County magistrate against 37-year-old Daniel Dawarren Pride were fatally defective for the charges of felony animal cruelty.
The ruling noted that the processes did not contain allegations that the acts were done “maliciously,” an element needed to charge felony animal cruelty, and the 31 counts of felony animal cruelty against Pride were dismissed.
Pride waived probable cause on charges of possession of firearm by a felon and maintain a dwelling/vehicle/place for a controlled substance.
A number of items seized at the scene have been submitted to the North Carolina State Crime Lab for scientific examination and testing. Investigation into the matter continues by Hickory Police Department. When the investigation has been completed, all materials will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office, and an appropriate charging decision will be made at that time for consideration by the Catawba County Grand Jury.
19-year-old Christopher James Werner of Fairway Drive in Mooresville was arrested Monday (January 22) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana, and maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and misdemeanor resisting a public officer.
Deputies were called to investigate suspicious vehicles near the boat docks on Old Post Road in The Point off of Brawley School Road. Upon arriving in the area, deputies located a black van parked in the cul-de-sac near the boats. While checking the docks and boats, deputies located Robert Taylor Moore. When asked what he was doing on the boat docks Moore admitted to being on the boat docks smoking marijuana with his friend Christopher Werner.
Deputies attempted to locate Werner and discovered he had jumped into the water to hide when the deputies arrived. A search of the area was made and deputies saw a male coming out of the water. When asked for his identity, the man said Christopher Werner. Iredell County EMS was called to check on the man who was extremely cold.
A search of the van located a large package of marijuana weighing 12.5 ounces with an estimated street value of $6800, and numerous smaller baggies consistent with packaging marijuana for sale. Robert Taylor Moore was charged with Possession of Marijuana. No bond information was given for Moore, he's scheduled to appear in District Court March 1. Werner's bond was set at $4000 secured. He has a District Court date February 13.
Burke County is partnering up with Relay for Life for a second year in a row in efforts to raise money for the American Cancer Society with a pair of events this weekend. Both events will take place at the City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium (CoMMA).
On Friday (January 26) during the "Dancers Fighting Cancer" show, Travis Stancil teams with local dancers and the American Cancer Society to premiere his upcoming tour and raise money to fight for a cure. The show starts at 7 p.m.
The stars will also participate in a dance competition Saturday (January 27). Each star will perform a dance routine with their professional dance partner. With the support from the community, each star has been working to raise funds for Relay For Life. To see the list of Stars, go to www.dancingwiththeburkestars.com. The Saturday show also starts at 7 p.m.
Money can be donated through the website or directly to the star. All donations are tax-deductible.
58-year-old Patricia Wellborn Hunley of Morganton was given an active prison term of 13 to 17 years after pleading guilty to attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
The Honorable Eric L. Levinson, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, handed down Hunley’s sentence following her guilty plea during Burke County Superior Court on Monday (January 22). Hunley will serve her sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Hunley and a co-defendant, Stacy Heatley, were involved in an assault and robbery at a residence on Pete Brittain Road on Dec. 16, 2016. Hunley called the victim and requested help in moving from her mobile home. The two began assaulting the victim with a hammer, knocking him unconscious. The victim was tied up and beaten in the head then robbed of $6,500 in cash and his pickup truck.
The victim had severe injuries and was transported by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where he was treated for multiple skull fractures and swelling on his brain. The injuries were described as life-threatening, and he was hospitalized for more than two weeks.
The victim’s truck was recovered in Marion, and the defendants later were arrested at a Winston-Salem hotel after numerous people contacted law enforcement officers about their location. Through interviews with the defendants, it was discovered that Hunley had planned to lure the victim to her residence in order for the assault and robbery to take place.
Heatley pleaded guilty to the same offenses in Burke County in March 2017 and was given an active prison term of 25 to 31 years. He also pleaded guilty to charges of attempted murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in McDowell County.
Hunley, also a co-defendant in the McDowell County cases, faces charges there as well. Det. Daniel Strauss led the investigation for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Michelle Lippert prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
41-year-old Adrian Levaughn Tribble of 9th Avenue Drive SE in Hickory was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with two counts apiece of robbery with a dangerous weapon, misdemeanor larceny, and communicating threats. Tribble is also charged with breaking and entering and assault and battery. Following the arrest, Tribble was jailed this morning (January 25) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $422,400 total bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today, February 21, and March 28.
51-year-old Juan Carlos Soto of Long Neck Drive in Iron Station was arrested Wednesday (January 24) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with seven felony counts of second degree kidnapping, one felony count of discharging a firearm inside an occupied building, and one misdemeanor count of assault by pointing a gun.
The arrest followed an early morning domestic dispute involving a firearm. Baker District deputies were dispatched to a residence on Long Neck Drive at approximately 3:00 a.m. and were told that shots had been fired. Officers set up a perimeter around the residence while the Lincoln County Communications Center continued to get additional information on the incident.
One of the victims stated that Juan Soto, the suspect, was somewhere in the residence while she, her sister and five children were in a back bedroom. Deputies were able to assist all of them out of a bedroom window to safety. Shots had been fired during the incident one in the ceiling and another in the floor but no one was injured.
Unable to get anyone to respond to their commands, deputies devised a plan to make entry into the residence. Sheriff David Carpenter, who was on the scene, unlocked the front door to the home with a key provided by one of the occupants and officers using a shield for protection entered the residence. Soto was lying on a sofa in the living room. He failed to respond to commands and was taken to the floor and secured in handcuffs following a brief struggle.
Soto was placed in the Harven A.Crouse Detention Center under a Domestic Violation No Bond hold. He was scheduled to have a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (January 25).
19-year-old Anthony Gerard Ferguson of Fannie Drive in Charlotte was arrested on charged filed by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office. He's charged with felony counts of identity theft and financial card fraud.
On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in reference to fraudulent purchases on a business and personal financial transaction card. The case was assigned to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crime Unit. The victim reported a former employee, Anthony Gerard Ferguson had stolen the business credit card and the victim’s personal bank card.
Approximately $1500 in fraudulent charges were made on the victim’s cards. During the course of the investigation, evidence was gathered through bank records to prove the charges were made by Ferguson. The suspect was arrested in Mecklenburg County, and was released on $10,000 dollars bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court in Iredell County February 9.
27-year-old Curtis Rakeem Clarke, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Clarke was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (January 25) under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
26-year-old Wesley Nathaniel Pope of West Indiana Avenue in Bessemer City and 27-year-old Ashley Michael Pope of Hudspeth Road in Statesville were arrested last Friday (January 19) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Both suspects are charged with four felony counts apiece of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Wesley Pope, who was initially arrested by Conover Police during a misdemeanor larceny investigation, is also charged with obtaining property by false pretense.
The arrests followed a month long investigation into several home break-ins. On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, Deputies responded to 142 Northfield Drive in reference to a breaking and entering. When they arrived on the scene, they located minimal signs of forced entry to the home. There was very little evidence left behind by the suspects, who removed approximately $15,000 in jewelry and other items belonging to the homeowners.
Deputies were called to homes located at 190 and 216 Loggerhead Road on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Both residences had been broken into in a similar manner and had several items stolen from each. A residence at 140 Darty Lane was broken into on Thursday, January 11, 2018. Detectives were able to locate a Milwaukee hammer drill which belonged to the victim at a local pawn shop. Further evidence located led detectives to obtain multiple felony warrants on two brothers, Wesley and Ashley Pope.
Following the arrests, Wesley Pope's bond was set at $180,000 secured on the Iredell County charges, he has a District Court date March 5. Ashley Pope was given a $25,500 secured bond, a District Court appearance is scheduled for February 6.
37-year-old John Ryan Vice of Armstrong Circle in High Shoals was arrested Tuesday (January 23) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of possessing a stolen firearm, along with misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun, resisting a public officer, and driving while license revoked.
Vice's arrest came during a traffic stop near the 1200 block of Depot Street in Iron Station. Narcotics detectives, acting on a tip, saw a vehicle travelling west on NC Hwy 27 East and made a positive identification of the driver. The driver had a suspended license and detectives conducted a traffic stop. During the stop detectives saw the man reaching underneath the driver’s seat of the vehicle as if he was trying to grab something or hide something.
Detectives ordered the man out of the vehicle and he refused. After a brief struggle, detectives were able to arrest the man without any further incident. During a search of the driver’s area of the vehicle investigators located a semiautomatic pistol directly under the driver’s seat. A check of the gun’s serial number resulted in detectives discovering it was stolen.
Following the arrest, Vice was jailed under a $12,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for February 13.
A Claremont man will spend at least 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the January 2016 shooting death of a Newton resident during a heavy snowstorm. 29-year-old Marvin Jacob Lee was sentenced to an active prison term of 14 to 19 years following his plea to the murder charge for the death of 26-year-old Jefferson Lee Heavner and two counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (January 24).
The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed the prison term for Lee, who will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. Members of the Heavner family and law enforcement agreed with the plea arrangement.
Lee shot and killed Heavner during a heavy snowstorm that blanketed the area on January 22, 2016. According to the investigation by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Lee’s vehicle stalled in the snow on Mathis Church Road in the Bandys community of southeast Catawba County, and Heavner stopped with some friends to assist. Witnesses indicated that the defendant appeared to be impaired, and one of them reached inside the car and took the keys out of the ignition. When that happened, Lee exited the vehicle, pulled out a handgun and opened fire.
Several shots struck Heavner, causing him to fall in the snow before he was hit by more shots from Lee. Other shots were fired into vehicles of those who stopped to assist the defendant. Members of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office STAR Team arrived at the scene and took notice that Lee appeared to be passed out in the vehicle. They extracted the defendant from the vehicle and took him into custody.
An autopsy performed at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem revealed Heavner’s cause of death to be a result of multiple gunshot wounds to his torso and extremities. Lt. Aaron Turk was the lead investigator for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Kyle Smith prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
Caldwell County Sheriff’s Investigators responded to what is believed to be a murder-suicide this afternoon (January 24).
According to a news release, the call came in as a gunshot at 1:06 p.m. from 4947 Brookview Place in Granite Falls. A person who rents a room at the residence made the call.
Officers arrived to find a man and woman both dead from gunshot wounds. Names were not released pending notification of family members.
Investigators say it appears the 72-year-old man shot his 72-year-old wife with a handgun then turned the gun on himself. Both were deceased at the scene.
There is no suspicion of foul play. Officers had responded to a previous call at the residence in late Fall of 2017.
(News release from Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office)