The Catawba County Board of Commissioners has ended the State of Emergency declared in response to the recent flooding event in Catawba County. That became effective at 12:00 p.m. today (June 11). In addition, Mayor Hank Guess terminated the state of emergency declared for the City of Hickory in response to the recent flooding event, also effective at 12 noon today.
38-year-old Jerry Lee Lippard III of Desiree Drive in Statesville, 33-year-old Breanna Frances Oliver of Regatta Lane in Mooresville, and 34-year-old Michael Joseph Gamboa of Carriage Drive in Charlotte have all been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers. Lippard and Oliver were each charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine by possession and by transport, conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell & deliver meth, and possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule III controlled substance (buprenorphine). In addition, Lippard was charged with felony maintaining a vehicle for the sale of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while license revoked. Gamboa faces one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Sunday (June 8), Officers stopped a vehicle on Interstate 77 northbound at the mile-marker 49 for a traffic violation. Deputies saw three people in the vehicle. They asked the driver, Jerry Lee Lippard III, to step out of the vehicle. A search of Lippard's person turned up marijuana and buprenorphine. Deputies then searched the vehicle and found over 30 grams of crystal meth and drug paraphernalia.
The passengers, Oliver and Gamboa, were searched. Oliver was in possession of over 40 grams of meth, along with several buprenorphine pills and strips. Gamboa was found to be in possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. Deputies also learned that Oliver had outstanding warrants for removing her G.P.S. ankle monitoring device, which was required as part of her probation.
All three suspects were taken into custody and placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center. Bond for Lippard was set at $250,000, secured, while Oliver was given a $255,000 secured bond. Bond for Gamboa was set at $5,000, secured. Lippard has court dates on June 24, July 18 & 23, and August 5. Oliver is due in court on June 26. Gamboa made a first appearance yesterday (June 10) with no additional court dates listed.
29-year-old Jeremy Neal McDougal of Lincolnton and 18-year-old Savannah Lee Ann Goins of Crouse were both arrested today (June 11) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Both suspects are charged with felony counts of buying and receiving stolen property and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver Schedule II controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. McDougal is additionally charged with three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Following complaints and tips from the public, narcotics investigators began surveillance of a residence in the 2100 block of Swanson Road in Crouse. A search of the home was conducted today. Officers seized 25 grams of methamphetamine valued at $700, two stolen guns and drug paraphernalia.
McDougal was placed in the Harven A Crouse Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. Goins was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond. They are both scheduled to appear in District Court Wednesday (June 12).
25-year-old Jessie Barnes, originally from Texas, was arrested Monday (June 10) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a federal detainer with felony probation violation for transporting aliens across the border.
Monday, at approximately 5:45 p.m., officers with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, Taylorsville Police Department, and United States Marshals Service, responded to an apartment complex in Taylorsville in reference to a person wanted by the United States Marshal Service out of Texas. Officers found Jessie Barnes and he was taken into custody on a warrant that was issued on May 30.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Barnes went on the run after that warrant was issued. He was jailed in the Alexander County Detention Center under no bond. He is awaiting transport by the United States Marshals Service to Texas.
20-year-old Ozzy Lee Edwards of 24th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:15 last night (June 10) on an outstanding felony warrant. That warrant was issued on June 4. It's not clear what Edwards is charged with; however, he does have a court date pending in Iredell County on felony counts of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and larceny. The suspect was taken into custody without incident Monday at his residence. Edwards was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. He was no longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of this morning. An appearance in District Court was scheduled tomorrow in Newton. An Iredell County court date is coming up on July 15.
26-year-old Samuel Lamont Harris, Jr. of East Club Drive in Gastonia was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (June 11) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of a stolen firearm, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer. According to H.P.D.'s arrest report, Harris was in possession of a handgun at the time of his arrest. In addition, the suspect was arrested on outstanding warrants on 12 counts of breaking & entering a motor vehicle, four counts of misdemeanor larceny, and ten counts of felony conspiracy. Those warrants were issued on June 7 & 11.
Harris was taken into custody without incident at 1 a.m. today at a fast-food restaurant on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $160,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today with another court date coming up on June 25, both in Newton.
30-year-old Brandon Chase Benham and 53-year-old James Marvin Benham, both of the same Evening Drive, Claremont, address, were arrested Monday (June 10) by authorities in Catawba County. They're charged on bills of indictment from Caldwell County with felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, larceny, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Both suspects were placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center, Brandon Benham under $30,000 secured bond, James Benham under $15,000 secured bond. They are both scheduled to appear in Superior Court July 22.
Due to an improvement in local conditions, Catawba County Emergency Management has closed the shelter at Catawba Valley Community College’s Tarlton Complex effective 8:00 a.m. today (June 11). Since opening the morning of June 9, the shelter provided services to 39 residents temporarily displaced by localized flooding.
The American Red Cross will continue to provide assistance to Catawba County residents and may be reached at (828) 322-4151 for more information.
26-year-old Octavius Dontae Morgan of 10th Street NE in Hickory was arrested last Thursday (June 6) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony assault inflicting serious injury.
Last Wednesday (June 5), Hickory Police responded to an address on 12th Avenue SE in reference to a sick or injured person. Upon arrival officers found the victim and Morgan was arrested.
Morgan was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 unsecured bond. He was not listed as an inmate as of today (June 11). The next District Court date is scheduled for July 3.
39-year-old Donnie Edward Stevens of Rainbow Heights Circle in Lenoir was arrested Monday (June 11) 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. Stevens was given a custody release. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 22.
19-year-old Dylan William Travis of 14th Avenue Place SW in Hickory was arrested Monday (June 10) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with assault by strangulation and injury to personal property. Travis was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (June 11).
A Burke County man who was shot by a SWAT team member during a standoff in late May then later left a hospital before being discharged was back in custody. According to the Burke County Police to Citizen website, 50-year-old Johnny Allen Kaylor was being held in jail in Burke County as of earlier today (June 11). The charges against him include felony counts of trafficking heroin and methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of schedule VI controlled substance.
Kaylor was arrested Friday (June 7). He'd been on the loose since the previous Monday, June 3, when he left the hospital early. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office was waiting for Kaylor to be medically cleared to be released and incarcerated to serve the pending charges.
The initial incident occurred at a residence on Airport-Rhodhiss Road in Hickory on May 22. The suspect reportedly would not comply with officers commands and made a move under a bed cover that resulted in a Burke County SWAT officer firing a shot. Kaylor was transported to an out-of-county hospital and had been receiving medical care since that time.
A Ruger semi-automatic handgun, 273 grams of methamphetamine, an assortment of prescription medications, and a small amount of marijuana were seized from the mobile home. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) street value guidelines, the meth had a value of $27,300.
Kaylor's bond was set at $40,000 secured. He's scheduled to appear in District Court in Morganton Wednesday (June 12).
Catawba County officials have announced that St. Stephens and Bakers Mountain Park will reopen today (June 11) with normal operating hours. Riverbend Park will remain closed until further notice.
The City of Hickory had a discharge of untreated wastewater on Sunday (June 9) of an estimated 185,000 gallons at 2061 Snow Creek Road. The untreated wastewater was discharged into Snow Creek.
The City also had a discharge of untreated water Sunday of an estimated 78,000 gallons at 310 Cloninger Mill Road. The untreated wastewater was discharged into Falling Creek.
On Monday (June 10), The City had an additional discharge of an estimated 80,000 gallons at 12th Avenue SE. The untreated wastewater was discharged into Clark Creek.
City officials say all water is safe following the incidents.