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42-year-old David Stephen Habdas of Old Pond Drive in Lincolnton was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering and communicating threats.

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a home owner on Amity Hill Road who stated he had just arrived home and saw a white male come out of his outbuilding located behind his house. The victim called 911 and was able to provide a good description and the direction the suspect when he left.

Deputies arrived and quickly located the suspect, David Habdas, on I-77 near exit 45. The suspect admitted that he had been in the shed and claimed he was trying to locate gas because he had run out but when deputies located his vehicle the gas hand showed a quarter of a tank.    

Habdas was arrested and charged with the previously mentioned offenses. The communicating threats charge stems from comments the suspect made at the time of his arrest. Bond for Habdas was set at $10,000 dollars secured. A District Court date is scheduled for next Monday (June 29).

A Burke County resident has been charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization. The announcement was made by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, Acting U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose of the Western District of North Carolina and Special Agent in Charge John A. Strong of the FBI’s Charlotte, North Carolina, Division.

The criminal complaint was filed today in federal court, charging 19-year-old Justin Sullivan of Morganton, with one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIL, one count of transporting and receiving a silencer in interstate commerce with intent to commit a felony, and one count of receipt and possession of an unregistered silencer, unidentified by a serial number. Sullivan was arrested in his home on Friday (June 19), without incident.

In a news release, Assistant Attorney General Carlin said “As alleged in the complaint, the defendant was planning assassinations and violent attacks in the United States and is charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIL and federal firearms violations. The National Security Division’s highest priority is counterterrorism and we will continue to pursue justice against those who seek to provide material support to designated foreign terrorist organizations.”

The criminal complaint alleges that the FBI became aware of Sullivan’s plans to obtain a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle at the Hickory Gun Show in Hickory on Saturday (June 20), which he planned to use to kill a large number of U.S. citizens on behalf of ISIL. According to the criminal complaint, an FBI undercover employee (UC) made contact with Sullivan beginning on or about June 6, during which time Sullivan described himself as “a mujahid,” and as a Muslim convert living in the eastern United States. Sullivan also told the UC that “the war is here,” and gave the UC the opportunity to join what he called the Islamic State of North America, whose “doctrine is Guerilla Warfare in and out,” the complaint alleges. The criminal complaint further alleges that over the next few days and during various conversations, Sullivan discussed with the UC, among other things, his various terrorist attack concepts and instructed the UC on how to obtain weapons, specifically “an AR-15 .223 with split ammo” at a gun show.

According to the complaint, on or about June 9, 2015, Sullivan discussed with the UC the possibility of making homemade silencers and asked the UC whether he would be able to make one. When the UC said that he thought he could, Sullivan told the UC “Ill need to have one built by next week.” The complaint alleges that Sullivan also told the UC “Yeah ill let u mail me…I plan on using it this mont[h],” and that Sullivan planned on doing “minor assassinations before the big attack for training.” He also told that UC that “we are going to send a video to IS.” According to the complaint, during a follow-up conversation, Sullivan told the UC again that he would need the suppressor “before the end of next week,” apparently referring to June 19, 2015.

On June 19, 2015, the FBI, with the support of the Hickory, North Carolina, Police Department, the Burke County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, arrested Sullivan at his home and located the silencer at his residence, which Sullivan had received earlier that day. No one was harmed during the arrest.

Sullivan is currently in federal custody. He was expected to make his initial appearance in federal court today (Monday, June 22).

The charge of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign organization carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge of transporting and receiving a silencer in interstate commerce with intent to commit a felony carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The charge of receipt and possession of an unregistered silencer, unidentified by a serial number, carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

The case was investigated by the FBI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney and Senior Litigation Counsel Michael E. Savage of the Western District of North Carolina and Trial Attorney Gregory Gonzalez of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism section.

26-year-old Mark Emmanuel Olivos-Martinez of Langden Gate Drive in Charlotte was arrested on June 4 by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives on one felony count each of statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a minor.

The charges stem from a report received on May 23 regarding an alleged statutory rape. An investigation showed that on May 21, the defendant took a 13-year-old female away from her home in order to have sex. The suspect had been communicating with the victim electronically.

Olivos-Martinez was taken into custody in Anson County and then released on a $50,000 secured bond with a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court set for June 19.

When Olivos-Martinez appeared for his court date Friday, Detective Dan Renn served two additional warrants for felony second-degree kidnapping and misdemeanor dissemination to minors under the age of 18. A bond hearing was held and a District Court Judge raised the suspect’s bond to $100,000, secured. Olivos-Martinez remains in the Lincoln County Detention Center with his next court date scheduled for July 14.

21-year-old David Warren Shortridge of Main Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning on felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and careless & reckless driving, as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while impaired.

Events leading to his arrest began at 1:04 a.m. when Police arrived to check on the health of a driver slumped over the steering wheel while his 2010 Nissan Versa was in the roadway at 4th Street S.W. and 1st Avenue S.W. As Officers attempted to speak to the driver, David Shortridge, he sped away, leading Officers on a brief chase that ended when the vehicle crashed on 1st Avenue S.W. at 14th Street S.W.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident. Shortridge was not injured.

He was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at 8,500, secured. He will appear in District Court on June 29 in Hickory.

35-year-old Amanda Nicole Fugitt of Rocky Ridge Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:20 yesterday afternoon (June 21) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

She was arrested after Police and E.M.S. personnel responded to the Quality Suites hotel on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory where a woman was reported to be suffering from a possible overdose. Responders found the woman, Amanda Fugitt, conscious and able to communicate. She refused medical treatment.

A search of Fugitt’s room was conducted, leading to the discovery of 0.5 grams of crystal meth.

She was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $9,750 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.

59-year-old Charles Franklin Cardwell of Pleasant Acre Drive in Mocksville was arrested Friday (June 19) on one felony count each of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, soliciting a child by computer, dissemination of obscenity and indecent liberties with a child.

His arrest was the result of a joint investigation involving the Boone Police Department, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Davie County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.

Events leading to Cardwell’s arrest unfolded as a Boone Police Detective posed as a 14-year-old girl and responded to a personal ad on a popular web site. The ad requested that “young” girls (“the younger, the better”) should respond. Detectives identified Cardwell as the person who placed the ad.

Cardwell communicated with the undercover Detective, who he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, for some time and he requested a rendezvous in Boone. When the suspect arrived at the pre-arranged meeting place, he was approached by a Boone Police Detective and a Special Agent with S.B.I. Cardwell was arrested and his vehicle was searched. Detectives seized evidence from the vehicle that they believe showed Cardwell’s intentions.

Cardwell was jailed under a $200,000 secured bond. He will appear in court tomorrow (June 23).

The man who police say shot a Wilkes County deputy has died as a result of injuries sustained during a standoff with law enforcement.

A man identified as 60-year-old James Monroe Barrett of Bethel Road in Jonesville, exchanged gunfire with deputies responding to a domestic dispute that involved Barrett. Barrett is also believed to have then set a house on fire before fleeing into the woods. Law enforcement pursued him.

An updated news release from the SBI announced that Barrett passed away from his injuries. The unidentified deputy was airlifted from the scene.

The SBI, Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office, Wilkesboro Police Department, State Highway Patrol and NC Wildlife conducted the manhunt that resulted in Barrett’s arrest. This investigation is ongoing.

Monday, 22 June 2015 05:46

Caldwell County Man Killed In Hickory Wreck

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A Caldwell County man was killed in an accident Friday in Hickory. Friday (June 19) at 8:25 p.m. a 2003 Yamaha YZF-R6 motorcycle driven by 27-year-old Joshua Allen Pope of Granite Falls struck a 1999 Isuzu Rodeo driven by a 31-year-old female. The crash occurred at the intersection of US 321 NW at 13th Avenue Drive NW. The motorcycle was traveling southbound on US 321 at a high rate of speed in the right lane and the Isuzu was heading northbound attempting to make a left turn onto 13th Avenue Drive NW when the collision occurred.

Mr. Pope sustained fatal injuries due to the collision. He was transported by Catawba County EMS to Hickory Regional Airport, where he was transported by Med Center Air to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. On Saturday (June 20) at approximately 11:45 a.m. Mr. Pope passed away. The driver of the Isuzu was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries.

The Hickory Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit is investigating the collision. The investigation is ongoing. Speed is a contributing factor in the accident. At this time, alcohol is not suspected to be a contributing factor in the crash.

23-year-old Trevor David Welch of 29th Avenue Drive Northeast in Hickory was arrested Friday (June 19) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with trafficking, opium or heroin. Following the arrest, Welch was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for today (June 22).

35-year-old Reginald Curtis of Lane Street in Morganton was arrested Saturday (June 20) by Alcohol Law Enforcement Officers. He’s charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, trafficking, opium or heroin, trafficking in methamphetamine, traffic methamphetamine by possession, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to keep controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a public officer, and driving while license revoked. Curtis was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $361,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, June 22).