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46-year-old Patrick Sean Johnson of Sheriffs Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 4) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three felony counts of forgery of an instrument and two felony counts of uttering a forged instrument. Johnson also faces single felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, obtaining property by false pretense, and possession of a stolen firearm. He's charged with single misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen goods, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, carrying a concealed weapon, and multiple traffic violations.

Johnson was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $353,000 bond. District Court dates are scheduled for April 19 and May 6. A Superior Court appearance is slated for June 13.

52-year-old Tamara Hager Brito of Statesville was arrested Monday (April 4) by Statesville Police Officers. She's charged with false imprisonment and two counts of assault on a handicapped person.

According to a news release issued by the Statesville Police Department, last Thursday (March 31) Dianne Hickman went to the Statesville Police Department and reported an assault involving her 91-year-old father and a nurse at Iredell Memorial Hospital.  The SPD Criminal Investigations Division began an investigation into the allegations. The nurse named in the incident was Tamara Hager Brito of Statesville. The investigation revealed that the victim, who suffers from dementia, was a patient in the skilled nursing area of Iredell Memorial Hospital on the dates of the alleged incidents.  

The first incident occurred in the early morning hours of March 1. An employee of the hospital entered the hospital room of the victim and found the victim had been tied to his bed, reportedly by Brito.  Brito was still in the room and in addition to tying the victim to the bed, the news release says she had sprayed the victim in the face with a cleansing body lotion, containing Dimethicone, used to treat dry skin. The investigation also revealed that patients in this area of the hospital were not permitted to have restraints placed on them by the staff.  

The second incident occurred on March 4. On this date, Brito and another employee were in the patient’s room moving him from his bed to a recliner. The patient was uncooperative and Brito reportedly began spraying the victim in the face with the cleansing body lotion again.  

Iredell Memorial Hospital Administrative Staff was fully cooperative with the investigation and told police that Brito was no longer an employee at the facility. The evidence in the case was presented to the District Attorney’s Office and warrants were obtained. On Monday, Brito turned herself in and was taken before the magistrate where she was placed in the Iredell County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for June 21.

A suspect in a crime that occurred earlier this week in Caldwell County was caught on camera, and authorities are asking for the public's assistance in finding the person or people responsible for the theft of multiple items.

The Granite Falls Police Department is investigating a larceny that occurred earlier this week. The crime occurred on Sunday (April 3) at 53 Grandview Street. According to a news release from Granite Falls Police, the perpetrator(s) stole a 5’x 8’ white in color enclosed utility trailer, a motorcycle, and other unspecified personal items. The owner of the property was able to capture an image of the suspect on video surveillance.

Anyone with information on this incident and or the identity of the perpetrator, should contact Sergeant J. Morrison of the Granite Falls Police Department at (828) 396-3358, Morrison@granitefallspolicenc.com or Lenoir/Caldwell County Crimestoppers (828) 758-8300. You can also contact Crimestoppers with information on any crimes that have occurred in Caldwell County, you may remain anonymous when contacting them.

Monday, 04 April 2016 15:06

Hickory Man Faces Felony Cocaine Charge

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28-year-old Michael Kayleeon McBryde of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:45 p.m. Friday (April 1) on one felony count of possession of cocaine.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on December 11 of last year. Hickory Police were on patrol in the area of the Sunny Valley apartment complex when they saw a man on foot attempting to conceal an open alcoholic beverage. Officers smelled marijuana. They searched the man and found a baggie containing 0.3 grams of white powder substance that was identified as cocaine. The man, Michael McBryde, was not arrested at that time. A warrant for his arrest was issued on March 8.

He was taken into custody without incident on the 900 block of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory. McBryde was processed and released after posting a $20,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today (April 4) in Newton.

Monday, 04 April 2016 14:49

Hickory Man Jailed on Felony Cocaine Charges

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43-year-old Byron Joseph Knox of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 11 a.m. Friday (April 1) on one felony count each of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and the sale or delivery of cocaine, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Knox was arrested at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (April 4) in Newton.

24-year-old Jordan Alexzander Rivera of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:15 Friday evening (April 1) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. At the same time, 26-year-old Devin Maurice Ussery of Breana Court in Conover was arrested on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.

They were arrested as Police served an indictment against Rivera for charges dating back to last year for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the sale or delivery of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. Officers found Rivera in the driver’s seat of a silver 2006 Chevy Malibu in front of Rivera’s apartment. Ussery was in the passenger seat.

As Officers arrested Rivera on the indictment, they detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and spotted a firearm near the driver’s seat. A search of the vehicle turned up 0.3 grams of crack cocaine and 2.8 grams of marijuana in the passenger’s side. Rivera was charged for the firearm and Ussery was charged for the drugs.

Both suspects were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention facility with bond for Rivera set at $225,000, secured, while Ussery was given a 2,000 secured bond. Ussery has since been released. Both men were scheduled to appear in District Court today (April 4) in Newton.

43-year-old Mary Ann Carter of Ridgecrest Drive in Stanley was arrested Friday (April 1) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers and charged with one felony count of Child Abuse with Serious Injury

The charge is in connection with injuries to her 14-month-old son. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the Lincoln County Department of Social Services on March 15 after they received an anonymous report that the child had an injury to his right leg. An X-Ray of the leg revealed a fracture of his Tibia.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Dan Renn and Kelsey Harrington began an investigation into the cause of the leg injury. During the investigation, detectives discovered that the child had additional bruises including head injuries. Lincoln County EMS was called to the residence and transported the child to the Levine’s Children Center in Charlotte. While at the hospital, it was determined the child had a fractured skull and brain bleed. The child has been released from the hospital and is in the care of foster parents in Lincoln County.

Carter was placed the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today (Monday, April 4).

Monday, 04 April 2016 11:24

Caldwell County Man Arrested On Meth Charge

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42-year-old Landon Arthur Haynes of Pax Hill Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (April 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Haynes was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, April 4).

Monday, 04 April 2016 10:46

Tires & Rims Stolen from IFH Trucks

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Hickory Police are investigating the theft of 24 heavy truck tires and rims. The incident occurred Thursday night or Friday morning (March 31 or April 1) at Advantage Truck Center on 15th Avenue Place S.E. in Conover. The trucks involved belong to PFG-IFH (Performance Food Group-International Food House, Inc.) on 12th Street N.W. in Hickory.

The wheels were taken from six Volvo tractor-trailers that were at Advantage Truck Center as they were being equipped and prepped for certification by the NCDOT. The suspect or suspects cut through a fence to gain entry to the property.

24 Bridgestone tires and 24 white steel-wheels rims were stolen. They are valued at approximately $18,500. All six trucks and 120 lug nuts were also damaged, with damage estimates set at over $19,300.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

Statesville Police are investigating a homicide that occurred Saturday night (April 2) on South Lackey Street in Statesville. The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Emmanuel Terrell Teasley of Statesville.

At 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Police responded to reports of a gunshot victim on South Lackey Street. Officers found Mr. Teasley inside the residence suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Iredell County E.M.S. responded and pronounced the victim deceased.

The Statesville Police Criminal Investigations division responded and began their investigation. Officers have learned that Mr. Teasley was attending a party at the residence when an unknown suspect shot him during an altercation. At this time, the suspect’s identity is unknown.

Anyone with information concerning the case or the identity of the suspect should contact Statesville Police at 704-878-3515 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers may remain anonymous.