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25-year-old Rebecca Larae Arney of County Home Dairy Road in Conover was arrested Friday (February 15) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Arney is also charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer, larceny, second degree trespassing, and driving while license revoked. Arney was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,750 bond. District and Superior Court appearances are scheduled for March 11.

55-year-old Karan Lynn Holmes-Still of Rhoney Farm Road in Vale was arrested Friday (February 18) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Holmes-Still is charged in connection to a reported shooting incident early Friday morning (February 15) in southwestern Catawba County. Just before 3 a.m. Friday, the Catawba County Emergency Communications Center received a call from a man who said he had been shot and was at his residence on Highway 10 West in Vale.

Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the caller’s residence. The victim, identified as Terry Joe Anderson, told deputies he had been shot at an address on Rhoney Farm Road in Vale by his girlfriend, identified as 55-year-old Karen Holmes-Still of 2818 Rhoney Farm Road in Vale. Anderson was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center by Catawba County EMS with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Deputies went to the Rhoney Farm Road address where they found three people who were interviewed by law enforcement. The Catawba County STAR Team was training in the area and responded to the scene to assist.

Holmes-Still was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $18,000 bond. She remained there as of earlier today (February 18). A District Court appearance was scheduled today.

45-year-old Richard Lenoir Church III of Main Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:40 this morning for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

His arrest stems from an investigation into a stabbing at 1380 Fairgrove Church Road on February 11, initially reported by WHKY on February 12. The victim, a 46-year-old female from Hickory, sustained non-life-threatening stab wounds.

Church was taken into custody at his residence. According to H.P.D.'s arrest report, he was in possession of a lethal cutting instrument at the time of his arrest. Church was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for Monday (February 18) in Newton.

Anyone with additional information regarding the incident should call Hickory Police Investigator Brian Ollis at 828-261-2614.

28-year-old Ezekiel Trey Painter of Country Acres Lane in Maiden was arrested last Friday (February 8) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with five felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

According to a news release issued today (February 15), on January 15, 2019 Lake Norman Sewer and Septic Service notified the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office that a former employee had charged more than $2,300 in merchandise to the business account through Advance Auto Parts. The multiple transactions occurred between September 27, 2018 and January 14, 2019.

The investigation revealed that Advance Auto employees completed the transactions for Ezekiel Trey Painter. The suspect was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $7,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for February 28.

47-year-old Roger Lee Dyson, Jr. of Taylorsville has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff's Officers on one count of first-degree statutory rape of a child under 13, four counts of first-degree statutory sex offense with a child under 13 and four counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Events leading to his arrest began on Monday, February 4, when Alexander County Investigators were notified about a possible sexual assault of a child. The offenses occurred in Alexander County between August and October of last year. Investigators determined that Roger Lee Dyson, Jr. was the suspect.

Yesterday (February 14), Dyson was arrested at his residence and placed in the Alexander Co. Detention Center under a $1.5-million secured bond. He'll appear in District Court in Taylorsville on Monday (February 18).

The investigation is ongoing.

20-year-old Jonathan Tyler Laxton of 32nd Street Drive N.E. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:10 last night (February 14) on one felony count of possession of marijuana and one misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested when Police responded to perform a health check in the parking lot at a shopping center on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory. During the incident, Officers found 59.4 grams of marijuana, four dosage units of Xanax and drug paraphernalia.

Laxton was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $11,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Friday, 15 February 2019 11:02

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

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38-year-old Larry Elwood-Brown Steptoe, Jr. of 11th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 7:30 yesterday morning (February 14) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Steptoe was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was processed at the Hickory Police Department. He was released at about 10:30 a.m. after posting a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

32-year-old David Warren Sandford, Jr. of High Point, N.C., 28-year-old Montino Deshaun Dalton of Eden, N.C. and 40-year-old Octavio Lizarraga Ayala of Rosedale, Maryland have all been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officer on multiple drug charges.

Sandford and Dalton were both charged with possession of marijuana and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana. Sandford was also charged with maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and carrying a concealed weapon. Ayala faces two counts of trafficking methamphetamine and one count of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. All three suspects were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

The arrests were the result of a four-day, joint operation involving the Iredell Co. Interstate Criminal Enforcement Team and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Crime Reduction Unit. The operation took place on Interstate 40 and Interstate 77 in Iredell County and on Interstate 85 in Rowan County. “Operation Tar Heel Gauntlet” was executed on February 11-14 as Officers spent two days in each county.

On Monday (February 11), Deputies stopped a burgundy 1999 Toyota Corolla on southbound I-85 for a routine traffic violation. David Warren Sandford, Jr. was the driver and registered owner of the vehicle. Montino Deshaun Dalton was a passenger. Deputies smelled marijuana as they approached the vehicle. A probable cause search was conducted, leading to the discovery of a loaded .9-mm handgun in the center console and a bag containing approximately 700 grams of marijuana under the front passenger seat. The marijuana was valued at approximately $1,500.

The following day, Deputies stopped a black Nissan Altima with Maryland registration on southbound I-85 for a routine traffic violation. Octavio Lizarraga Ayala was the driver and owner of the Altima. Ayala consented to a search of the vehicle. Iredell County Deputies found approximately 2.2 pounds of suspected methamphetamine concealed in a bag on the front passenger seat. Also seized was approximately $2,000 in cash. The narcotics seized were valued at approximately $100,000.

Following their arrests, Sandford and Dalton were both jailed in Rowan County with bond for each set at $25,000, secured. Ayala was also jailed in Rowan County under a $520,000 secured bond. In addition, Investigators determined that Ayala is in the United States illegally. All three suspects were scheduled to make first appearances in a Rowan County courtroom yesterday (February 14).

The United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations assisted in the investigation, which is ongoing.

Friday, 15 February 2019 06:05

Shooting Under Investigation In Catawba County

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A shooting is under investigation in Catawba County. Just before 3 a.m. today (February 15), Catawba County Emergency Communications Center received a call from a male subject stating he had been shot and was at his residence at 7428 Highway 10 West in Vale, located in Southwestern Catawba County.

Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the caller’s residence on Highway 10 West in Vale. The victim, identified as Terry Joe Anderson told deputies he had been shot at 2818 Rhoney Farm Road Vale, NC by his girlfriend, identified as 55-year-old Karen Holmes Still of 2818 Rhoney Farm Road in Vale. The victim, Terry Joe Anderson, was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center by Catawba County EMS with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Deputies arrived on scene at 2818 Rhoney Farm Road where they found three people who were interviewed by law enforcement. The Catawba County STAR Team was training in the area and responded to the scene to assist. Charges are pending, more information will be released as it is available.

46-year-old Richard Kenneth McCroskey and 43-year-old Scott Douglas Jackson, both of Lenoir, were arrested Thursday (February 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen property. Both suspects were detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond apiece. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday.

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