41-year-old Thalmus Jaton Linder and 42-year-old Kevin Maurice Linder, who are both listed as homeless persons from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (November 1). Thalmus Linder was charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He faces additional charges for failure to appear on one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as resisting a public officer and a felony probation violation. Kevin Linder was arrested for a felony probation violation.
Thalmus Linder is on probation as he serves a 30-month suspended sentence following a February 2019 conviction in Catawba County on felony counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and speeding to elude arrest. It's not clear why Kevin Linder is on probation; however, he is currently listed on the Catawba County "Who's In Jail" website as a Federal Inmate.
Both suspects were taken into custody at about 3:30 this morning at an address on 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory. At the Hickory Police Department, they refused to photographed or fingerprinted. The Linders were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Thalmus Linder set at $8,500, secured, while Kevin Linder is being held without bond. Thalmus Linder will appear in District Court on Monday (November 4) and on November 18 and December 10, with a Superior Court date coming up on November 21. No court date is currently listed for Kevin Linder.
40-year-old Jeffery Daniel Watson of Winston-Salem was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:45 yesterday afternoon (October 31) on outstanding warrants out of Guilford County for felony possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine. He also had failure to appear warrants for misdemeanor possession of stolen goods or property and fictitious or altered title, registration card, or tag. The warrants were issued on October 26 & 29.
Watson was taken into custody without incident at a convenience store on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. He'll appear in District Court Monday (November 4) in Guilford County.
A registered sex offender who authorities say failed to report a change of address was taken into custody Thursday night (October 31). 30-year-old Allen Joseph Heckelman was arrested By Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of failing to register a change of address by a sex offender, parole violation and malicious conduct by a prisoner along with two misdemeanor counts of resist, delay and obstruct a public officer.
Heckelman was at a residence on Rhodes Rhyne Road when he was found. Officers went to the address and while speaking with the resident Heckelman was spotted outside. After a struggle with the suspect officers were able to take him into custody and place Heckelman in a patrol car. While in the back seat of the patrol car the suspect spit inside the back passenger area and through the cage into the front of the vehicle.
Deputies had been looking for Heckelman after he allegedly failed to report a new address after being evicted from a residence on Rustic Drive, Lincolnton on October 11, 2019. He was given a $25,000 secured bond plus a no bond hold on the parole violation.
The City of Newton experienced a wastewater spill on Thursday (October 31) during heavy rains. The spill at 1019 West 1st St. was estimated at 9,750 gallons and reached surface waters.
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Division of Water Resources was notified and is reviewing the matter. The spill had no negative impact on the environment.
For more information, contact Dusty Wentz, Public Works and Utilities Director, at 828-695-4286.
41-year-old Windy Jane Messer and 46-year-old Ronnie Wayne Isaacs, both of the same Powell Brickyard Road, Lenoir address, were arrested Thursday (October 31) by Lenoir Police Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle. Both suspects were brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center, they each received bonds of $3,000 secured. District Court appearances are scheduled for next Monday (November 4).
37-year-old Joshua Norman Chandler and 38-year-old Kristin Leigh Benfield, both of the same Winchester Drive SE, Lenoir address, were arrested Thursday (October 31) by Lenoir Police Officers. Both suspects are charged with possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Chandler is additionally charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of schedule II controlled substance.
Both suspects were brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center. Bond for Chandler was set at $150,000 secured, Benfield received a $25,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday. Chandler also has a District Court date November 20.
33-year-old Bruce Allan Offenbacker of Limestone Drive in Catawba was arrested Wednesday (October 30) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Offenbacker was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Monday.
We have more information on three wanted suspects we first reported on earlier this week. The three suspects were added to the Burke County most wanted list last Friday (October 25). They're wanted in connection to the same investigation.
27-year-old Sarah Marie Worth of Gains Street in Hickory, 23-year-old Destiny Dawn Bentley of East Berkley Street in Granite Falls, and 31-year-old Beige Elizabeth Brown of Pineburr Avenue SE in Morganton, were all placed on the most wanted list.
Warrants have been issued for all three suspects. Worth is charged with felony counts of larceny of chose in action and obtaining property by false pretenses. Bentley is charged with felony counts of larceny of chose in action, forgery of an instrument, and uttering a forged instrument. And Brown is charged with three felony counts of larceny of chose in action and two felony counts of attempted obtaining property by false pretenses.
The suspects are charged in connection to an investigation conducted by the Burke County Sheriff's Office regarding numerous mail thefts in Burke, Catawba, Caldwell, and McDowell counties. The thefts involve approximately 60 victims from late September to early October. All mail that has been recovered has been given to the United States Postal Service Postal Inspectors to reprocess and deliver to the addressees.
Anyone who is aware of mail stolen from their mail receptacles is asked to file a report with your local law enforcement agency and notify your local mail carrier or the US Postal Service. The investigation has led to arrest warrants being issued for the three suspects. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are expected. Anyone with information on the suspects whereabouts is asked to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333. All Crimestoppers tips are anonymous, and anyone with information leading an arrest may receive a cash reward.
36-year-old Melea Dawn Gibbs of 8th Street Place SE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (October 31) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon, intimidate a witness, and communicating threats. Gibbs was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $200,000 bond. No court date was listed.
42-year-old Dameon Eldoris Corpening of 5th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:40 last night (October 30) on one felony count of attempted robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons.
Corpening was arrested after Hickory Police responded to an armed robbery at the Fast & Fresh store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. The suspect attempted to obtained money from the the store, but was unsuccessful. The suspect was identified as Dameon Eldoris Corpening and warrants for his arrest were issued.
Corpening was taken into custody without incident at the intersection of 2nd Avenue S.E. and 5th Street Court S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
42-year-old Jason Richard Hoffman, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:50 yesterday afternoon (October 30) on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a charge of tampering with a vehicle. He also had warrants on charges of intoxicated and disruptive, breaking & entering, larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny of motor vehicle parts, and larceny after breaking & entering.
Hoffman was taken into custody without incident at a convenience store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $17,000, secured. District Court dates were scheduled for December 4 and January 15 in Newton.
38-year-old Michael Allen Wright, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested Wednesday (October 30) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of probation violation. One of the counts is from a 2017 warrant, the other from this year. Wright was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (November 4).
A prisoner was stabbed to death by another prisoner during an altercation at Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville Wednesday night (October 30).
33-year-old Christopher Parker was stabbed with a homemade weapon at approximately 10 p.m. in a housing unit at the prison. He was transported by EMS to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:51 p.m.
Local law enforcement was immediately notified and is investigating. North Carolina Department of Public Safety is fully cooperating with the investigation and has launched an internal investigation as well. The prison was placed on lockdown.
31-year-old Emmett Lee Jacobs of Old Catawba Road in Catawba was arrested Tuesday (October 29) by authorities in Catawba County. He's charged on bills of indictment from the Claremont Police Department with possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting a public officer. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office charged Jacobs with obtaining property by false pretense. He's also charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Jacobs was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,000 bond. District Court dates are scheduled for November 13 and November 20, a Superior Court date is set for November 20.