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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 05:57

Claremont Man Charged With Intimidating Witness

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33-year-old Albert Dennis Schroeder of Hamlette Drive in Claremont was arrested Monday (April 17) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of intimidating a witness. In addition, Schroeder is charged with misdemeanor stalking, communicating threats, and breaking and entering. Schroeder was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $28,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (Tuesday, April 18), and May 1.

27-year-old Jeffrey Scott Ohmer of Whitetail Drive in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 17) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a stolen firearm. Following the arrest, Ohmer was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today (Tuesday, April 18).

18-year-old Layton Charles Jenkins of Green Meadow Lane in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance, felony possession of marijuana, felony maintain a place for the sale of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and underage possession of alcohol. Jenkins was also served outstanding warrants for simple possession of marijuana, possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  
        
According to a news release, embers of the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (A.C.E) Team had received numerous complaints about the possibility of drugs being sold in the area of Green Meadow Lane and Jane Sowers Road. Deputies set up surveillance and identified Layton Charles Jenkins as the suspect.

On April 14 deputies observed what they thought was a drug deal taking place on Green Meadow Lane in front of Jenkins residence. Deputies then went to speak with Jenkins and could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from a playhouse behind the residence. Jenkins was found in the playhouse and he consented to a search. Officers found more than 50 grams of marijuana, close to ten grams of Butane Hash Oil (BHO) or “Shatter”, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia, and alcohol.

Jenkins' bond was set at $30,000 secured. A District Court appearance is scheduled for May 4.

22-year-old Cameron Dwayne Jordan of Charlotte, 18-year-old Brian Hady Karimian of Sherills Ford, and 21-year-old Melvin Patrick McCullah Jr. of Maiden were all arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers.

Jordan is charged with one felony count each of conspiracy, obtaining property by false pretenses, possession of a stolen firearm, larceny of a firearm, and breaking and entering a vehicle. He is also charged with misdemeanor conspiracy, possession of stolen goods, and larceny. Karimian was charged with two felony counts each of obtaining property by false pretenses and aiding and abetting a felony.  He is also charged with one felony count each of conspiracy and possession of a stolen firearm along with one misdemeanor count of Conspiracy. McCullah was charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of stolen goods.

Last Saturday (April 15), Baker District deputies were dispatched to two vehicle break-in calls on Brookwood Road in Lincolnton. In one break-in items in the vehicle had been moved around but nothing appeared to have been taken.

In the second reported vehicle break-in, the victim told officers that her purse, which contained a .380 caliber handgun, credit cards, and identification, had been stolen from her unlocked vehicle overnight on April 14, 2017 and discovered the next morning. The credit card company called the victim to inquire about a number of purchases that had been made overnight and that alerted the victim to the break-in.

Deputies viewed surveillance video at Walmart in Lincolnton where purchases were made with one of the stolen credit cards.  Using information from the video, officers were able to identify one of the suspects. That led to a residence on Ginger Lane where a search warrant was executed. Baker District deputies located items purchased at Walmart with the stolen credit card and some of the belongings of the victim. The handgun was located near a bridge on four-lane Highway 16 near Highway 150.

Jordan and Karimian will also be charged with two additional vehicle break-ins on Brookwood Road. Bond for both Jordan and Karimian was set at $41,000 secured. McCullah was released on a $2,500 secured bond. Jordan was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Tuesday, April 18). McCullah has a District Court date May 5, and Karimian will also appear in District Court May 9.

34-year-old Brian Lee Tate of Roger Hill Road in Connelly Springs and 18-year-old Ryan Kaine Whisnant of Kayla's Ridge Road in Hickory were arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony breaking and entering, along with misdemeanor counts of larceny from a building and damage to personal property. Tate is also charged with misdemeanor probation violation, and Whisnant faces additional misdemeanor counts of operating a vehicle with no insurance, speeding, and resisting arrest.

On Sunday (April 16) at approximately 6:30 a.m., members of Shady Grove United Methodist Church at 5483 Sugar Loaf Road in Morganton, were preparing for Easter services when they discovered the sound equipment missing. They realized the church had been broken into and there were other items missing along with damage to the interior of the church.

The suspects spray painted two windows and scattered church files and other items throughout two of the offices. A member told deputies he saw two white males carrying backpacks walking on Corn Hill Road while on his way to the church. A Burke County Sheriff’s Office deputy located two male subjects walking along Kayla’s Ridge Road. The men were identified as the suspects Tate and Whisnant. According to a news release, they were carrying backpacks containing stolen property from the church.

Both subjects were taken into custody and placed in Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility. Tate's bond was set at $46,000 secured, Whisnant was jailed under $35,500 secured bond. Tate has a court date April 24, Tate was scheduled to make his first appearance Monday (April 17).

The Burke County Sheriff's Office is warning citizens of two scams that have affected residents.

On Thursday April 6, the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division was notified by a member of the Burke County Board of Realtors of a possible scam involving houses listed for sale. The scammers targeted a house listed on the Burke County Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and used photographs and the location of the home (found on the MLS website) to list the house for rent.  

The scammers utilized social media to advertise the fake rental home and included a contact email address and phone number. A narrative was included stating the home is for rent because the occupants are out of the country on an extended mission trip. The fake advertisement also requested the individual to send a security deposit and first month’s rent. Upon receipt of the rent and deposit, the victim would receive a confirmation email and be directed to report to the Real Estate Office to pick up the keys.
    
Officers contacted the telephone number listed in the online posting and after identifying themselves as Investigators, the person hung up. Authorities are working with the Burke County Board of Realtors and would like to remind citizens who are in the market for a rental home to: Always contact a real estate office to confirm that a potential rental home is for rent and not for sale. And never send currency, gift cards, money grams, etc. to unknown sources.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is also receiving reports from citizens receiving telephone calls from a person claiming to be Sgt. Jackson with the Sheriff's Office. The caller instructs the citizen to go to CVS Pharmacy or Rite Aid to obtain green dot cards to submit money for missing jury duty. Authorities warn citizens that this or any similar request is a scam.

The Hickory Police Department is investigating the robbery of a credit union.

On Monday (April 17) at approximately 4:30 p.m., officers responded to a robbery at the Members Credit Union at 2142 12th Avenue NE. During the incident, a man entered the bank and approached the counter where he displayed a handgun and demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he exited the business and fled on foot.  

The subject is described as being a white male in his early 20s, 5’6” with stocky build, weighing approximately 250 pounds.  The suspect was wearing a royal blue shirt, black jogging pants, black rimmed glasses, a fake beard, he was carrying a backpack and wearing a hat.

Hickory Police are actively seeking the above subject at this time. Anyone with information in reference to this case is asked to contact Inv. K. Craig at the Hickory Police Department at (828) 328-5551 or at (828) 261-2616 or kcraig@hickorync.gov.

22-year-old Khali Amir Holmes has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on two felony counts of statutory rape of a child as well as four felony counts of statutory sexual offense with a child by an adult offender.

On March 24, the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding the statutory rape of a child.  An investigation led to Holmes’ arrest on one count of statutory rape.  He was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center.  

Through further investigation, Detectives learned  that the suspect had several prior encounters with the juvenile victim, leading to additional charges.  The offenses allegedly occurred between January 1 and March 24 of this year in southern Iredell County.

Holmes was given a $300,000 secured bond.  District Court appearances were scheduled for today (April 17) and for April 19.

31-year-old Robert Brandon Simons of 2nd Street N.E. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:20 Friday evening (April 14) on one felony count of assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer and misdemeanor counts of assault by pointing a gun and breaking & entering.

He was arrested after Police responded to reports of a person with a gun at an address on 25th Street N.E.  Residents and guests at the property reported that an unknown male approached the fence-line.  When one of the guest approached, the man presented a handgun.  No injuries were reported, and the suspect left the scene prior to the arrival of Police.  

Catawba County Communications then reported that the possible subject had been seen at an address on 26th Street N.E.  The suspect, Robert Brandon Simons, was then found in a garage at a different address on 25th Street N.E.  Simons was taken into custody without incident.

He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $23,000, secured.  An appearance in District Court was scheduled today (April 23) in Newton.

21-year-old Dexton Markez Banner of Medley Lane in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 11 a.m. Friday (April 14) on failure to appear warrants for one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury including strangulation and misdemeanor counts of assault inflicting serious injury or assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a female by male over 18 years of age and assault on a minor under 12 years of age.  The assault on a female warrant dates back to last year and was issued in Alexander County.  The other warrants originated in Catawba County in 2015.

Banner was taken into custody without incident at a residence on Glenwood Place Court in Mountain View.  He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $60,000 secured bond.  An appearance in District Court was set for May 8 in Taylorsville with a Superior Court date on June 5 in Newton.

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