Skeletal remains found in Mooresville in January of this year have been identified. The deceased is Anastasia Talisha "Star" Meaders.
On January 15, Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers responded to a wooded area off of Bridgewater Lane in Mooresville where skeletal human remains had been found. Detectives confirmed that the remains were human and secured the area.
Over a two-day span, numerous human bones were found and collected. The remains were transported to North Carolina Baptist Hospital where an autopsy was performed and the bones were examined. The cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound to the head. The race, age, and gender could not be immediately determined.
The remains were then sent to North Carolina State University where experts, including a forensic dentist and a forensic anthropologist, spent approximately ten months processing and examining the bones. At the same time, Detectives searched missing persons reports for a possible identification.
In October 2019, Detectives were notified that D.N.A. extracted from a tooth confirmed that the victim was Ms. Meaders, who had been reported missing from Charlotte in August of 2016. Ms. Meaders was last seen alive at a business in Mecklenburg County in June of 2016 when she was 29 years old.
Ms. Meaders’ vehicle, a black 2007 Chevrolet Impala, had been found, abandoned, at Liberty Park in Mooresville in July of 2016. The park is a few miles from the area where her remains were found.
The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation into Ms. Meaders' murder. Detectives are attempting to identify the person or persons who gave the suspect a ride after leaving the victim’s car in Liberty Park in June of 2016.
Anyone with information into the disappearance of Anastasia “Star” Meaders should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or call the Homicide Hotline at 704-928-9804.
A settlement has reportedly been reached in a Hickory case involving the excessive use of force. According to published reports, Hickory officials agreed to a deal giving Chelsea Doolittle $400,000. Doolittle was thrown to the ground by former Hickory Police sergeant Robert George in 2013. George was found guilty earlier this year of using unreasonable force against Doolittle after she'd been arrested on a disorderly conduct charge. George was sentenced in federal court to four years probation.
One of two people charged in the November 12 break-in at Alternative Health on Business Highway 16 North in Denver, NC has been arrested. 31-year-old Roy Lee Blue, Jr. of Rollins Drive in Catawba was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He was turned over to Lincoln County Deputies and charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of stolen goods.
According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Blue, along with 51-year-old Londie Allan Woods, also of Rollins Drive in Catawba, are charged with the break-in to the business. Approximately $8,400 worth of CBD Hemp was stolen during that break-in. Woods had not yet been apprehended.
On November 12, deputies were dispatched to Alternative Health where a burglar alarm involving glass breakage was reported. When officers arrived they discovered a broken glass door and12 mason jars containing two ounces each of various brands of CBD oil had been stolen. The investigation led to the two suspects.
Blue was released from custody after posting $6,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court December 19. Police are still looking for Woods. Anyone with information on Woods whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
33-year-old Ashley Renee Stone, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested Tuesday by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with 25 counts of felony break or enter a motor vehicle, four counts of felony larceny of a firearm, along with single felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and larceny. Stone is also charged on a bill of indictment with break or enter a motor vehicle. She also faces misdemeanor larceny and attempted financial card fraud charges.
Stone was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $70,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (December 6), a District Court date is scheduled for December 20.
29-year-old Zachary Gray Jenkins of 4th Street Court NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (December 3) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. He's charged with break or enter a motor vehicle, forgery of an instrument, and uttering a forged instrument. Jenkins was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 bond. No court date was listed.
26-year-old Matthew David Suzelis and 23-year-old Grace Luella Wetmore, both from the same address on Judas Road in Mooresville, have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers. They were each charged with felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. In addition, Suzelis was charged with two counts of felony obtaining property by false pretense.
They were arrested Saturday (November 30) when Deputies responded the Judas Road residence in reference to a larceny. The victim said the garage had been broken into and a large amount of tools had been stolen. The victim also said that Matthew Suzelis and his girlfriend, Grace Wetmore, had admitted that they were responsible.
The victim then provided Deputies with pawn slips that were given to him by Suzelis. The pawn slips proved both suspects had pawned the stolen tools at various pawnshops in and around Iredell and Rowan counties. Detectives obtained statements from both suspects regarding their involvement in three break-ins: one on Judas Road and two at addresses on North Main Street, all in Mooresville.
Suzelis and Wetmore were taken into custody placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center. Bond for Suzelis was set at $15,000, secured, while Wetmore was given a $10,000 secured bond. They will both appear in Iredell County District Court on December 17.
33-year-old Joshua Michael Campbell was arrested today (December 3) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with two felony counts failure to appear on a felony, single felony counts of breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, possession of schedule II controlled substance, and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving during revocation.
Campbell was arrested at 1:42 a.m. today on Morganton Heights Boulevard in Morganton. He was placed in jail under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (December 4).
28-year-old Ashleigh Adrieona Young of 3rd Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested today (December 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, and resisting a public officer. Young was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for December 9.
37-year-old Michael Alvin Punch of Sedeywood Lane in Cherryville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers on felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell or deliver meth, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Events leading to Punch's arrest began last Wednesday (November 27) when an Officer saw a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot at McDonalds on the Taylorsville Road in Statesville. The Officer ran the tag number and found that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Maiden. Other deputies arrived to assist. Five occupants of the vehicle were detained.
During a search of the car, 101.1 grams of meth and two sets of digital scales were found in the driver’s area. The driver, Michael Alvin Punch, was arrested on the scene.
Punch was verified as a Folk Nation gang member by the North Carolina Dept. of Corrections. He was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for December 18.
Punch has a long criminal history that includes misdemeanor and felony breaking & entering, two counts of felony forgery of an instrument, 25 counts of felony breaking into a motor vehicle, felony larceny, felony identity theft, felony habitual breaking & entering, felony possession of a firearm by a felon, and felony possession of meth. His record also includes misdemeanor counts of shoplifting by concealment, possession of stolen goods, assault on a female, assault & battery, criminal contempt, and resisting a public officer.
More information has been released in the arrest of 57-year-old Richard Keith Johnson of 14th Street Circle N.E. in Hickory. Johnson was arrested by Hickory Police at about eleven o'clock yesterday morning (December 2) on one felony count of assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer.
Events leading to Johnson's arrest unfolded as Officers responded to the residence where a 16-year-old male juvenile had stabbed his 51-year-old mother in the leg with a knife. The victim was to taken to Frye Regional Medical Center and later to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The juvenile was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He was taken to the Alexander Juvenile Detention Center in Taylorsville.
During the incident, Richard Johnson arrived on the scene and attempted to attack his son. One Hickory Officer sustained a broken leg while attempting to detain the elder Johnson. The Officer was treated and released from Frye Regional Medical Center. Johnson was taken to the ground and arrested.
Johnson was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $6,000, secured. He was no longer in custody as of this morning. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton. The investigation is on-going.
Contractors began conducting manhole rehab work in the City of Morganton on Monday (December 2) and will be working in various locations throughout the City limits for the next two months.
Manhole rehab work will be performed in the areas of Bethel Park, North Terrace Place and Bouchelle Street. City of Morganton water customers are not expected to be affected by the work.
The City of Morganton Water Resources Department is asking motorists to use caution when driving in these areas and watch for contractors working in the road.
42-year-old Alaca Spring Smith of Chatam Street in Newton was arrested today (December 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, resisting a public officer, center lane violation, failure to stop for a steady red light, and misdemeanor larceny. Smith was detained in the Catawba County Detention Center under $13,500 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today and December 9.
34-year-old Joshua Garris Hamby of Yadkin View Drive in Ferguson was arrested Monday (December 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Hamby was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $7,500 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for January 13.
The driver in a fatal hit and run crash in Iredell County has turned themselves in. Shortly before 9 p.m. last Thursday (November 28), the N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal hit-and-run collision in Iredell County on U.S. 64 near Barry Oak Road.
A bicyclist traveling east on U.S. 64 in the travel lane was struck from behind by a pickup truck. The bicyclist was ejected from the bicycle, knocked into the opposite lane, and struck by a westbound G.M.C. sport utility vehicle. The G.M.C. immediately stopped. The pickup truck did not stop and continued traveling east on U.S. 64.
The bicyclist, 30-year-old Matthew Franklin Redden of Statesville, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was dressed in dark clothing and was not wearing a helmet. According to the initial information released by Highway Patrol The G.M.C. was driven by a 39-year-old woman from Paradise, Texas. The occupants of the S.U.V. were not injured.
According to information released Monday (December 2), the pickup truck and driver have been located. The driver turned himself in to Troopers at the State Highway Patrol office in Iredell County Monday afternoon. Investigators also found and secured the suspect vehicle. The collision remains under investigation; more information will be released when available.