Thursday, 19 October 2017 14:03

Claremont Woman Faces Felony Marijuana Charge

35-year-old Jessica Lynn Parker of Yount Road in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:25 p.m. yesterday on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance.  The warrant for her arrest was issued on October 2.  Parker was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department.  She was processed and released after posting a $2,500 secured bond.  An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for October 23 in Newton.

34-year-old Javon Dooley of Radio Road in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, resisting a public officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was also charged with a misdemeanor parole violation.  Dooley had been listed as an absconder for parole.

The original incident and arrest occurred on October 11 of last year.  At that time, Officers on foot patrol on the 800 block of 2nd Street S.W. saw Dooley in a parking lot.  Police found 1.5 grams of marijuana, a Rossi revolver and ammunition.

Dooley was served a true bill of indictment at an address on South Center Street in Hickory at 1:10 a.m. today.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $126,500, secured.  He was scheduled to make an appearance in Superior Court on October 23 with a District Court date on January 11 of next year.

27-year-old Brad William Clark of Pennton Avenue in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police at about 9:30 yesterday morning (October 18) on felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, manufacturing a schedule I controlled substance, manufacturing marijuana and possession of a stolen firearm.

He was arrested when Lenoir Narcotics Officers and Officers with L.P.D.’s Criminal Investigations Division served a search warrant at Clark’s residence.  During the search, Detectives found 151.1 grams of meth, 35.3 grams of marijuana, 1.7 grams of mushrooms and 17 Xanax pills.  Also found and seized were three pistols and an AK-47 assault rifle.  One of the pistols had been reported stolen from Bedford County, Virginia.  According to North Carolina State Guidelines, the drugs are valued at $22,945.

Following his arrest, Clark was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Facility under a $350,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.

Additional charges may be forthcoming.

18-year-old Erik Ivan Rodriguez of English Oak Drive in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with felony indecent liberties with a child.

Detective Dan Renn charged Rodriguez in connection to an incident that occurred between September 1 and October 9 of this year.  The parents of a 13-year-old female filed a report with the Sheriff’s Office on October 9.

The victim and suspect met and began talking on the social media app “Snapchat” and eventually met in person at the victim’s residence.

Rodriguez was arrested yesterday (October 18) and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was scheduled today.

The Western Piedmont Symphony has announced four finalists, one of whom will be chosen as the symphony’s new conductor.  The current conductor, Maestro John Gordon Ross, will retire at the end of the current season after 27 years behind the baton.  Each of the finalists will conduct one Masterworks Concert during the 2018-2019 season.

The four finalists are as follows:

Matthew Troy has led orchestras across the country, including at least two in North Carolina.  He is currently the Music Director of the Piedmont Wind Symphony and Education Conductor for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.  He will conduct the first 2018 Masterworks Concert on October 6, 2018.

Arthur Post was Music Director for Canada's Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra from 2010-2017.  He has conducted a number of distinguished ensembles including at least one in North Carolina.  He will lead the Western Piedmont Symphony for a Masterworks Concert on November 3, 2018.

Bruce Kiesling currently conducts the University Orchestra and Opera at the University of California Santa Cruz.  He has conducted at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, among others.  His previous positions include resident conductor of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.  He’ll conduct a Masterworks Concert on February 2, 2019.

Mélisse Brunet is one of the six conductors selected from 161 applicants for the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera and she regularly guest conducts five French professional orchestras.  Currently, Brunet is the Director of Orchestral Activities at Appalachian State.  She will conduct the fourth Masterworks Concert on March 3, 2019.

The Western Piedmont Symphony’s new Music Director & Conductor will be selected following the March 3, 2019 concert.

27-year-old Damion Christopher Payne of West Wilson Avenue in Mooresville and 35-year-old Wendy Slone Mathena of Cherry Street in Statesville have both been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers.  Payne was charged with failure to register as sex offender, while Mathena faces a charge of failure to report a noncompliant sex offender.

Events leading to the arrests began when the Sheriff’s Office received information that Damion Christopher Payne, a sex offender from Catawba County, was living in Statesville.  Deputy John Adams’ investigation confirmed that Payne was staying at the Cherry Street address with Mathena, who is also a registered sex offender.

Payne was placed on the sex offender registry in 2013 for a 2011 conviction on a charge of indecent liberties with a minor.  He faces a number of pending charges and has multiple previous convictions on a variety of charges including failure to report a new address and indecent liberties with a child.  Mathena was placed on the registry in 2011 for a 2009 conviction on a charge of indecent liberties with a minor.  Her prior convictions include two counts of indecent liberties with a minor and two counts of sex offense by an offender in a parental role.

Payne was arrested on September 16 and given a $20,000 secured bond.  Mathena was arrested on October 17.  She was given a $3,500 secured bond.  Payne will appear in court on the failure to register charge on December 6.  Mathena has a court date on October 23.

In Lincoln County Superior Court, 25-year-old Alomar Teracious Edwards of Lee Avenue in Lincolnton pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree kidnapping.  He was given a sentence of 30-to-96 months.  Edwards also pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent liberties with a child.  He received 36 months of supervised probation on each charge.  Two charges of statutory rape of a child were dismissed by the District Attorney’s Office as part of the plea agreement.

The investigation into the case began when Deputies responded to a call at Carolinas HealthCare System-Lincoln regarding a missing 15-year-old juvenile.  Detective Kelsey Harrington was notified on December 28, 2016.

Investigators learned that the juvenile had engaged in sexual intercourse with Alomar Teracious Edwards.  The incidents occurred between January 1, 2016 and January 12, 2017.  The victim knew the suspect.

Detective Harrington interviewed Edwards on January 13 of this year while he was in the Lincoln County Detention Center on other charges.  He admitted to having sex with the female and was charged with two counts of statutory rape or sex offense of a victim 13, 14 or 15 years old by a defendant at least six years older.  He was indicted by the Lincoln County Grand Jury on the second-degree kidnapping charge.

Edwards has been transferred to the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

Contractors in Morganton plan to close a section of Bouchelle Street tomorrow morning (October 19) for utility work related to the construction of the new Mountain View Elementary School.  Bouchelle Street will be closed after 8 a.m. from Morehead Street to First Street.  The street should be back open by the afternoon.  Drivers should seek an alternate route.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 09:38

Still Found in Morganton; Citation Issued

54-year-old Timmy King of Douglas Fox Road in Morganton has been cited for manufacturing non-tax paid liquor and possession of non-tax paid liquor.

The citation was the result of a tip received by the Burke County Narcotics Task Force regarding a working liquor still on Old Highway 18.  N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement Agents and a Burke County Deputy went to Douglas Fox Road and found a 30-gallon still in operation.

The still and 15 quarts of non-tax paid brandy were seized.  140 gallons of mash was destroyed.

King will appear in District Court on December 15 in Morganton.

56-year-old Michael Clarence Hood of Cottrell Hill Road in Lenoir has been arrested by Lenoir Police on one felony count each of trafficking opium or heroin, the manufacture, sale or delivery of opiates within 1,000 feet of a school or public park and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

He was arrested at 11:45 Monday night (October 16) when Lenoir Narcotics Officers and members of the Lenoir Police Special Response Team served a search warrant at Hood’s residence.  The search led to the discovery of 69 Hydrocodone 10-mg pills, 152 Oxymorphone 20-mg pills, four Oxycodone 10-mg pills, four Methadone 10-mg pills, four Alprazolam 1-mg pills and one Oxycodone 15-mg pill.  According to North Carolina State Guidelines, the seized drugs were valued at $9,917.  Investigators also found and seized two pistols and $2,311 in cash.  

Hood was arrested and taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $150,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (October 17).

Additional charges may be forthcoming.

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