On Friday (June 23), the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit charged five people with additional drug offenses following the completion of several open investigations. The investigations are a continuation into methamphetamine sales in western and southern Lincoln County.
All five suspects had been arrested in the past six months for unrelated drug offenses. According to detectives four of the individuals are accused of being involved with either selling, delivering, possessing, or conspiring to sell and deliver methamphetamine. A fifth subject is accused of possessing a controlled substance inside a jail facility. Detectives say that the man hid drugs and a glass pipe in his rectum prior to being arrested for unrelated charges. Detectives seized the contraband after detention officers located the items during a search at the jail.
27-year-old Joshua Thomas Carpenter was charged with one felony count each of sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances, and conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance.
46-year-old Teresa Louise Dellinger was charged with one felony count each of conspire to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances.
36-year-old Megan Elizabeth Campos was charged with one felony count of conspire to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance. 37-year-old Jonita Travis Cornwell was charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
28-year-old Rusty Dewayne Johnson is charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance in a prison or jail facility and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnson has not yet been served and is wanted for these charges.
Carpenter, Dellinger, and Campos all list Cedar Grove Church Road, Vale addresses. Cornwell's address is listed as Louise Avenue in Lincolnton and Johnson's address is on Plateau Road in Vale. Carpenter received a $25,000 secured bond, Dellinger's bond was set at $10,000 secured, Campos received a $5,000 secured bond, and Cornwell's bond was set at $25,000 secured. All four suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (June 26).
Authorities continue to seek suspects on the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.
52-year-old Phillip Berryman remains on the Most Wanted List. He's wanted for fail to report a new address as a sex offender. Berryman's last known address was 109 Regatta Lane in Mooresville.
32-year-old Joseph Hall Shew also remains on the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List. The charge against Shew is also fail to report a new address as a sex offender. Shew's last known address is 530 Olin Loop in Olin.
Authorities in Iredell County are also seeking 57-year-old William Booker. He's wanted for attempt to obtain property by false pretense and forgery. Booker's last known address was 314 Braden Drive in Charlotte.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects at the Iredell County Sheriff's Office website, www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at their Statesville location, 704-878-3180 or the Mooresville office, 704-664-7500.
35-year-old Jama Mikhail Puma of Yadkin View Drive in Wilkesboro was arrested Saturday (June 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Puma was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 26).
53-year-old Michael Scott Odom of NW Prospect Street in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (June 25) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant from South Carolina. Following the arrest, Odom was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (June 26).
33-year-old Andrea Lasha Polk of 12th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Saturday (June 24) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Polk was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (June 26).
48-year-old Randy Allen McDonald of Boulder Street in Claremont was arrested Saturday (June 24) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. McDonald is also charged on a bill of indictment with reckless driving to endanger. He was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 24.
Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers raided a mobile home on Morning Drive in Catawba today (June 23) and seized approximately a kilo of cocaine, half a pound of marijuana, two firearms and about $8,000 in cash. No arrests have been made at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
27-year-old Joshua Thomas Carpenter was arrested today (June 23) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with two felony counts of sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance along with single felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Carpenter was arrested at 9:15 a.m. today and placed in jail in Lincolnton under $27,500 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 26).
36-year-old Megan Elizabeth Campos was arrested today (June 23) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Campos was arrested at approximately 8:30 a.m. in Lincolnton. Following the arrest, Campos was placed in jail under $40,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 26).
Lincolnton Police are again asking for the public’s help in locating 15-year-old Justin Shoemake, who was reported as a runaway on Friday, June 16.
Shoemake was last seen running towards the railroad tracks near the Lincoln Co. Department of Social Services on East Main Street in Lincolnton. He was wearing a blue & white tee shirt and blue jeans. He was carrying a bright green backpack.
Justin Shoemake is a white male with green eyes and blonde hair. He is five feet tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds.
Anyone with information regarding Shoemake’s whereabouts should contact Lincolnton Police Detective Sergeant Dennis Harris at 704-736-8900.
Three more suspected mid-level drug dealers who were being sought in a large drug operation have been arrested. Two of the suspects are from Burke County.
29-year-old Anthony Jarrett Burgess of South Sterling Street in Morganton and 26-year-old James Qualane Burgess of Roper St. in Morganton were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and aiding and abetting continuing a criminal enterprise.
According to the McDowell County Sheriff's Office, the investigation into this drug conspiracy began last summer with a probe of activity at the 100 Stacy Farm Road residence of 36-year-old Jamie Leonard Tate. It was determined that Tate and 35-year-old Dwayne Bullock, of Newton, conspired with numerous people to traffic and distribute hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as lesser amounts of cocaine and heroin.
On April 18, authorities began rounding up the main suspects in the conspiracy, raiding areas simultaneously in McDowell, Burke and Catawba counties, locations believed to be used for storing and distributing narcotics. Seven were apprehended that day, and another was captured in Maryland last month. Two of the major players in the conspiracy remain at large. Four mid-level dealers were arrested on June 15. Authorities said the suspects conspired with Tate and Bullock to distribute methamphetamine in McDowell and Burke counties.
Authorities are still seeking the following suspects from the Hickory Metro. 35-year-old Dwayne Bullock of Newton, 37-year-old Kelsey England of Claremont, 40-year-old Evan Lipford and 66-year-old William Pearson, both of Morganton.
Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Bullock, England, Lipford, Pearson or Sparks is asked to call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 652-2235, the McDowell County 911 communications center at 652-4000 or McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 65-CRIME (652-7463). Now, you can also text your tips to Crime Stoppers. Text MCDOWELLTIPS and your information to 274637 (CRIMES). With Crime Stoppers, your identity remains anonymous, and you could receive a cash reward.
The Catawba County Library is hosting an exclusive post-World War II exhibit at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch today (June 23) through July 3.
The 15-panel exhibit focuses on the relief efforts for child Holocaust survivors provided by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) in the Kloster Indersdorf children’s DP center near Dachau, Germany following World War II. This historical exhibit is organized by the Concentration Camp Memorial Site Flossenbürg in Germany.
According the United Nations Archives (https://archives.un.org), the UNRRA was established by the agreement of 44 nations on November 9, 1943 with operations coming to an end in 1946. The purpose of UNRRA was to "plan, co-ordinate, administer or arrange for the administration of measures for the relief of victims of war in any area under the control of any of the United Nations through the provision of food, fuel, clothing, shelter and other basic necessities, medical and other essential services".
The exhibit will be on display in the library’s community room no through July 3 and can be viewed anytime during operating hours: Monday – Tuesday 12-8pm; Wednesday – Saturday 9am-6pm. The Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library is located at 9154 Sherrills Ford Rd. in Terrell.
For the latest in library news, visit librarynews.catawbacountync.gov or stop by your local branch.
51-year-old Jerry Michael Norman was arrested Thursday (June 22) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of a weapon by a felon. Following the arrest, Norman was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (June 23) in Morganton.
39-year-old Tonaka Cook was arrested Thursday (June 22) by authorities in Burke County She's charged with felony attempt to obtain controlled substance by fraud or forgery. She's also charged with probation violation. Following the arrest, Cook was jailed in Morganton under $16,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (June 26).