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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 05:29

Lenoir Woman Faces Trio Of Felony Drug Charges

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50-year-old Leslea Coffey Prestwood of Creekside Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (July 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine, manufacturing cocaine, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Prestwood was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (July 13).

Authorities are continuing to seek a Charlotte man wanted for allegedly setting fire to a home and kidnapping a Catawba County woman. According to the Catawba County Sheriff's office, 25-year-old Gregory James Carson of 7406 Highbury Lane in Charlotte, is wanted for assault on a female, second degree arson, second degree kidnapping, and cruelty to animals.

According to the arrest warrant, the suspect burned the home of the female victim on BJ Drive in Conover. The fire killed two dogs, a flying squirrel, and two fish. Carson also allegedly kidnapped the woman and assaulted her by punching her in the right eye and dragging her through the residence by her arm.

Carson is described as being a black male, 5'7", 190 pounds. If you have any information on his whereabouts contact the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has learned that the SBI’s main phone number is being used in a scam asking for money. That number is 919-662-4500. A news release issued Tuesday (July 11) says that the public should know that the SBI would never solicit money from a private citizen.

“Unfortunately there is no way to prevent spoofing of a phone number,” said SBI Assistant Director Chris Laws who oversees the agency’s Information Technology section. “In the event you receive such a call, simply hang up.”

The SBI provides criminal investigative assistance to local law enforcement agencies when requested by police, sheriffs, district attorneys or judges. The agency also has original jurisdiction in cases such as drug and arson investigations, election law violations, gambling, child sexual abuse in day care centers, computer crimes against children and crimes involving state property.

A Charlotte teenager has been charged with the break-in of an eastern Lincoln County home while the residents were asleep inside. 16-year-old Steven Basills Batista is charged with one felony count each of first degree burglary of an occupied dwelling, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods.

On November 14, 2016 shortly after midnight a residence in the 7500 block of Sedgebrook Drive West in Stanley was entered through a back door. The residents were awakened by noises and discovered the back door open and items missing from the house.

Deputies discovered a flat screen television, a remote and a liquor bottle while checking the property near the home. It appeared the items were dropped as the intruder fled the scene toward South Pilot Knob Road. Several fingerprints were lifted from the stolen items and submitted into evidence. Also stolen in the break-in was a purse containing credit cards, cash and keys to a vehicle.

The prints were submitted to AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) in Gaston County and it was determined that the fingerprints belonged to Steven Basills Batista. Batista was located in the Mecklenburg County Jail where he was being held on an unrelated armed robbery charge. He remains in the Mecklenburg County Jail under an $80,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance on the Lincoln County charges is scheduled for Friday (July 14).

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 04:34

Meth Possession Charge Filed Against Hickory Man

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39-year-old Roger Lafayette Ramsey of 20th Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and first degree trespassing. Ramsey was detained this morning (July 12) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. District Court dates are scheduled for Thursday (July 13) and August 15.

In Lincoln County Superior Court today (July 11), 47-year-old Lois Flowers Mahala of Grover, N.C., a former Lincoln County resident, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit child abuse by sex act and indecent liberties.

Mahala was arrested in May of 2015 on the indecent liberties charge.  On January 11 of this year, she was indicted by a Lincoln County Grand Jury on a charge of felony child abuse.  The incident involved a female who was 15 years old at the time.  The victim is related to the suspect.

Mahala received a 20-month active prison sentence with 60 months probation upon her release from prison.  She will be required to register as a sex offender and has a permanent “no contact” order with the victim.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Sally Dellinger was the investigating Officer.

Local authorities are seeking a Charlotte man wanted for allegedly setting fire to a home and kidnapping a Catawba County woman. According to the Catawba County Sheriff's office, 25-year-old Gregory James Carson of 7406 Highbury Lane in Charlotte, is wanted for assault on a female, second degree arson, second degree kidnapping, and cruelty to animals.

According to the arrest warrant, the suspect burned the home of the female victim on BJ Drive in Conover. The fire killed two dogs, a flying squirrel, and two fish. Carson also allegedly kidnapped the woman and assaulted her by punching her in the right eye and dragging her through the residence by her arm.

Carson is described as being a black male, 5'7", 190 pounds. If you have any information on his whereabouts contact the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 10:52

Taylorsville Man Arrested On Weapon Charge

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20-year-old Darius Mondrill Spratt of Taylorsville was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling or vehicle. Spratt's bond was set at $15,000 secured. He was scheduled to appear in court last week. Spratt's next appearance is scheduled for July 17 in District Court.

35-year-old Tracie Michelle Shoemaker of Mount Hebron Church Road in Taylorsville and 31-year-old Samantha Dawn Grooms of 2nd Street Place N.E. in Hickory were arrested at about 1:15 p.m. yesterday (July 10) by Hickory Police Officers.  They were each charged with felony possession of methamphetamine.  Shoemaker was also charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver marijuana and misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Both suspects were taken into custody without incident at a residence on 23rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory.  They were each jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility.  Bond for Shoemaker was set at $10,000, secured, while Grooms was given a $1,500 secured bond.  District Court appearances were set for today (July 11) in Newton.

40-year-old Omar Garcia Salinas, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 5:30 yesterday afternoon (July 10) on one felony count of malicious conduct by a prisoner and misdemeanor counts of assault on a government official and begging.

He was arrested after Officers on patrol recognized the suspect, who was panhandling at a stop sign at 15th Avenue S.E.  Officers approached Salinas.  After two verbal commands, Salinas was detained.  He reportedly spit on an Officer during the incident, resulting in additional charges.

Following his arrest, Salinas was taken to the Hickory Police Department where he continued to be uncooperative.  He refused to be fingerprinted or photographed and did not allow a DNA sample to be collected.  He was then jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he was given a $15,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

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