40-year-old Randall Scott Smith of Phillip Lane in Hudson was arrested Saturday (January 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor failure to appear. Smith was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $15,530 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled Monday (January 6).
Workshops are scheduled at libraries in Catawba County to assist anyone who desires to learn more about technology. For those who don't have a personal e-mail address, there will be e-mail account sign up classes Wednesday (January 8) at 10 a.m. at the St. Stephens Branch Library and at 3:30 p.m. at the Southwest Branch Library.
If devices are causing you stress, library staff stand at the ready to help troubleshoot any problems. Whether you’re trying to decipher a tablet, smartphone, or laptop, they’re available to teach you the basics or unravel the confusion. All branches offer these services throughout the year by appointment, but they’re also hosting a dedicated technology session to assist with specific needs. This New Device, Help! session takes place from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, at the Maiden Branch Library. Registration is required; call 828-428-2712.
Finally, if you have concerns about how to stay safe online, the Catawba County Library is offering a presentation entitled Online Job Applications: Don’t Get Scammed. Although most employers require applicants to complete applications via the Internet, this particular approach can present new challenges in the form of online job scams. Based on NC Works’ Job Search Best Practices, we’ll present a 45-minute workshop to show you how to keep your information and bank account safe from job scammers. The session takes place at noon on Friday (January 10) at the Main Library in Newton.
33-year-old Jordan Michelle Wiseman of Central Avenue in Granite Falls was arrested Sunday (January 5) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Wiseman was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Monday (January 6).
48-year-old Jeffrey Todd Turner, Sr. of Lakeview Drive in Statesville was arrested Saturday (January 4) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and schedule IV controlled substance and maintain a vehicle for the sale of a controlled substance. He's also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a public officer, and driving while license revoked. He also faces multiple counts of failure to appear.
On Saturday, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Detectives reportedly witnessed a hand to hand drug transaction on Deaton Street in Statesville. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the suspect’s vehicle in the 1100 block of West Front Street.
The driver of the vehicle, the suspect, Jeffrey Todd Turner Sr., immediately fled on foot away from the deputies. After a brief foot chase, Turner was detained. Deputies searched Turner and his vehicle. They reportedly found multiple bags of crack cocaine packaged in a manner that led officers to believe they were for sale. In addition, officers reportedly found 20 lorazepam pills along with various items of drug paraphernalia.
After arresting Turner, the deputies determined Turner’s Driver’s License was revoked, and he had multiple orders for arrest for failure to appear in court. Turner's bond was set at $52,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for January 27. Turner's criminal history includes multiple felony cocaine charges, flee to elude arrest, breaking and entering, and driving while impaired.
28-year-old Joshua Colby Stamey of Palmer Place in Hudson was arrested Sunday (January 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Stamey was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center in Lenoir where bond was set at $25,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 4.
28-year-old Sean Thomas Lewis of Gypsy Drive in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police Sunday morning (January 5) on felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and speeding to elude arrest with a motor vehicle with three aggravating factors. Lewis was also charged with misdemeanor counts of breaking & entering, possession of drug paraphernalia, hit & run with property damage, driving while license revoked, careless & reckless driving, and resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer.
Events leading to Lewis' arrest began when Officers attempted a traffic stop on a suspected stolen vehicle at the intersection of Highway 127 and South Center Street. The driver failed to stop, fled, and eventually crashed at the intersection of Highway 70 S.E. and 6th Street S.E. The driver, Sean Thomas Lewis, fled on foot, but was found in a building in a neighborhood on 15th Avenue Circle S.E.
Lewis was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $27,500, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (January 6) in Newton.
35-year-old Nathaniel Wilson Kirby of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:15 Friday morning (January 3) on nine counts of felony sexual exploitation of a minor. He was arrested in connection to an investigation into obscene material or pornography. The investigation began on November 26 of last year.
Kirby was taken into custody without incident at his residence (a hotel). He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (January 6) in Newton.
38-year-old Michael Allen Wright of 13th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday afternoon (January 3) for a felony probation violation, a felony out-of-county probation violation, and a parole violation. Wright is on probation following a May 2018 conviction in Burke County for felony possession of a firearm and failure to appear and a December 2017 conviction in Catawba County for felony breaking & entering.
Wright was taken into custody without incident at about 4 p.m. Saturday. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. Superior Court appearances were scheduled today (January 6) and for January 13.
27-year-old Adam Christopher Daly of NE Jolly Place in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (January 4) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony conspire to traffic in methamphetamine. Daly was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under $35,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 6).
31-year-old Christy Lynn Owens Rodriguez of SW Rolling Hills Court in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (January 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance, and one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Rodriguez was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center where bond was set at $50,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 6).
44-year-old Charles Ray Lindsey of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (January 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Lindsey was brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 6).
18-year-old Jordon Martes Thompson of Claremont was arrested by Newton Police Friday (January 3) for felony conspiracy to a commit robbery with a firearm or other dangerous weapon.
Thompson was arrested in connection to a shooting that occurred at 3:20 a.m. last Thursday (January 2) on East "K" Street in Newton. A 16-year-old juvenile suspect was arrested in connection to the same incident last Thursday evening. At last report, the 17-year-old male victim was in stable condition at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
Thompson was taken into custody without incident at about 3:30 p.m. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (January 6).
Other arrests and additional charges are pending. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should contact Investigator Daniela Massey at the Newton Police Department, 828-465-7430.
A resident was killed in a Sunday morning (January 5) fire in Caldwell County. The fire occurred at a home at 3905 Orlando’s Way in the Cajah’s Mountain Community. The initial 9-1-1 call was received at 9:40 a.m. North Catawba Fire & Rescue arrived to find the residence enfulfed in flames. Crews at the scene were faced with heavy smoke, heat and fire conditions.
While conducting a search, firefighters found one victim, 29-year-old Frankie Prestwood, a resident of the home, deceased in his bedroom. Two other occupants evacuated after noticing smoke conditions in the home, and they were unharmed by the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting the residents. One firefighter was treated for burns sustained in the fire, however did not require transport to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, Caldwell County Fire Marshal’s Office and the NC State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the fire, with the Medical Examiner assisting with the cause of death investigation. The origin of the fire was the bedroom where the victim was found. An investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the fire.
Agencies responding to the initial call were North Catawba Fire & Rescue, Sawmills Fire & Rescue, Caldwell County EMS, the Caldwell County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office
Caldwell County Emergency Services reminds residents to:
* Install smoke detectors on every floor and in every bedroom.
* Test your smoke detectors every month by the pressing the “test” button.
* Ensure every person in your home understands and practices your home fire escape plan twice a year.
29-year-old Joshua Lee Beatty of Water Plant Road in Maiden was arrested Saturday (January 4) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering, and resisting a public officer. Beatty is additionally charged with 12 counts of failure to appear. He's charged with failing to appear in court on offenses including possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and highway violations.
Following the arrest, Beatty was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $43,500 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for January 13, January 14, and February 12.