Thursday, 23 February 2017 10:20

Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Cocaine Charge

25-year-old James Lee Totty III of 23rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:20 last night (February 22) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

Totty was arrested when the vehicle he was driving was stopped for an expired registration plate at the intersection of Highway 321 N.W. and Clement Boulevard. A search of the vehicle turned up 0.5 grams of cocaine and 3.5 grams of marijuana. Totty was the vehicle’s only occupant.

He was taken into custody without incident. Totty was processed and released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. He was schedule to appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

43-year-old Bobby Ray Mayberry and 37-year-old Kathy Lynn Creech, both of the same address on Fairlane Drive in Stony Point, were arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 3 p.m. yesterday on felony counts of failure to appear (two counts for Mayberry and one for Creech).

They were arrested after Hickory Police responded to the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. During the call, Officers learned that Mayberry and Creech had outstanding failure to appear warrants out of Iredell County for felony obtaining property by false pretense.

A third subject, 43-year-old Damion Ray Duke of Stony Point, was charged with misdemeanor larceny and issued a citation after Loss Prevention reported he concealed items and went past the last point of sale.

Mayberry and Creech were each taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Mayberry set at $2,000, secured, while Creech was given a $1,000 secured bond. Both suspects have since been released. The two are scheduled to appear in District Court in Statesville on March 21.

Monday, 20 February 2017 18:20

Authorities Seek Runaway 14-Year-Old

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance is locating 14-year-old Madison Gilliland.

Ms. Gilliand is 5’3” tall, weighing 115 pounds.  She has green eyes and brown hair.  She was last seen wearing a camo-colored jacket, blue jeans and survivor boots.  

Ms. Gilliland is considered a runaway juvenile and authorities believe she ran away voluntarily.  At this time, authorities do not believe she is in danger.  Ms. Gilliland is believed to be in the area of McDowell and Buncombe counties.   

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Madison Gilliland should contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500.

Monday, 20 February 2017 11:35

Hickory Woman Jailed on Felony Drug Charge

51-year-old Janice Denise Ramseur of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was served bills of indictment by Hickory Police early Saturday morning on one felony count of conspiracy to sell or deliver cocaine.  She was also charged as an habitual felon.  The warrants for her arrest were issued on February 6.

Ramseur was taken into custody at 6:35 a.m. in a residential area on 10th Avenue S.E. in Hickory.  She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond.  An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today (February 20) in Newton.

24-year-old Kaila Ollie Corvin of Teaberry Lane and 26-year-old Taryn Michelle McCurry of West 1st Street, both from Newton, have both been arrested in connection to an armed robbery that took place early Saturday morning in Hickory.  Corvin was charged with felony robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons, while McCurry was charged with flony aiding & abetting armed robbery.

The incident happened at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday in a room at the Red Roof Inn, just of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory.  Two male victims met the two women at the hotel room.  Corbin allegedly pulled a handgun and took cash and a cell phone from one victim.  The second victim did not with to press charges.  It’s not known what, if anything, was taken from him.

The suspects left the hotel, but were stopped by Newton Police just before 9 a.m. the same day.  They were both taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $2,500, secured.  They have since been released.  First appearances in District Court were scheduled today (February 20) in Newton.

Hickory Police are investigating a shooting that took place in downtown Hickory early Saturday morning.  A 41-year-old male victim sustained a gunshot wound and was treated at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.  

Events leading to the shooting began with an altercation at Randolph Billiards.  At about 30 minutes past midnight, the parties involved encountered each other again after leaving the business, in the area of 1st Street S.W. and 2nd Avenue S.W.  The suspect fired his weapon at the sidewalk and a ricochet hit the victim.

No arrests have been made and there are no suspects at this time.  Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

A Statesville Police Officer was victimized by thieves in Hickory some time over the weekend.

A Glock 23 handgun, a range bag, hearing protection, two flashlights, two magazines and other ammunition was stolen from the Officer’s personal vehicle.  The stolen items have a total estimated value of $915.

The theft occurred between 12:40 Friday afternoon (February 17) and 10 a.m. on Sunday.  It’s not clear at this time if the vehicle was unlocked or if it was broken into.

On Friday, the Officer went to a shooting range on Springs Road and then ran several other errands.  He did not initially notice that the items were missing.  The victim believes the theft may have occurred in a parking lot near Harbor Freight on Highway 70 S.E.

Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

47-year-old John Frank Martin of Morning Sun Drive in Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count each of manufacturing marijuana and possession of marijuana.

On February 8, Iredell Co. Narcotics Officers and Officers with the Sheriff’s Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team executed a search warrant at an address on Southway Lane in eastern Iredell County.  The search was conducted after Investigators received information from a concerned citizen about a possible marijuana growing operation in area of River Hill Road and Chestnut Grove Road.  A surveillance operation was established.  Investigators identified the Southway Lane residence as the grow house.

As Investigators entered the home, they detected the very strong odor of marijuana.  The search led to the discovery of 43 marijuana plants of various sizes, water pumps, fertilizer and indoor grow lights.  In another room, they found more than 100 pots used to grow marijuana, power inverters, insulation, piping and a marijuana processing machine.

John Frank Martin is the second suspect arrested on February 14 in connection to the grow operation.  He turned himself into Deputies and was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.  Martin will appear in District Court on May 3.

The Burke County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 in the County Board Room in the Burke County Services Building, 110 North Green Street in Morganton.  The Board will also hold a 3 p.m. pre-agenda meeting that could run longer than an hour.  

The purpose of the special meeting is to discuss the county’s draft animal ordinance.  Action is not anticipated.  The Sheriff's Office has the responsibility to enforce all North Carolina laws and Burke County ordinances that pertain to animals.

Citizens are welcome to attend; however, public comments will be not accepted at the March 7 special meeting.

26-year-old Jalisa Nicole Jones of Spring Lake Road, 28-year-old Thomeka Jernaiya Collins of Laberth Drive and 30-year-old Jessica Louise Mungo of High Meadow Lane, all from Charlotte, are each facing charges in Lincoln County in connection to a fraudulent prescription scheme.  All three were charged with felony conspiracy and attempting to obtain a controlled substance by forgery or fraud.  Jones was also charged with obtaining a controlled substance by forgery or fraud.  Jones is currently in custody.  Collins and Mungo remain at-large.

The incidents involving fraudulent prescriptions occurred on January 23 & 24 at different pharmacies in Denver, N.C.  Detectives say the women conspired to produce fake prescriptions using the names of Charlotte businesses and forged the prescribers’ signatures.  The prescriptions were for highly addictive opioid-based pills, including Oxycodone.  During one incident, the women were able to get away with 60 tablets.

Lincoln County Narcotics Detectives obtained surveillance video of the transactions and were able to identify the suspects.  Following an investigation, arrest warrants for the three women were issued yesterday (February 16).  Jones is currently in jail in Iredell County on similar but unrelated charges.  The other two women have not yet been taken into custody.  Jones will appear in an Iredell County courtroom on February 24.  No Lincoln County court date is currently listed.

Detectives say the investigation is ongoing and more charges may be forthcoming.  Anyone with information regarding the case or the whereabouts of Collins or Mungo should call the Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8606 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.   All callers may remain anonymous.  Each tip will be investigated. 

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