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Thursday, 05 February 2015 13:35

Photo of Suspect in Vehicle B&Es Released

Hickory Police have released another photo of the suspect in a series of larcenies from motor vehicles that began on January 29. The incidents were reported yesterday on WHKY. Anyone with information regarding the suspect should call HPD at 828-328-5551.

46-year-old Ba Van Tran of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 yesterday morning (February 4) on one felony count of failure to appear.

The arrest dates back to a July 2010 break-in at the P.C. Seafood & Oriental Market on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Tran was initially arrested in August of 2010 and then the failure to appear warrant was issued in October 2010.

He was taken into custody yesterday on Highway 321 in Hickory. Following his arrest, Tran was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for tomorrow in Newton.

40-year-old Terry Lee McConneaughey of Ann Street in Gastonia and 28-year-old Cathy Jo Wiseman of Stonewood Drive in Spruce Pine were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:15 this morning (February 5) on drug charges. McConneaughey was charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, as well as one misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule III controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wiseman was charged with one felony count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.

They were both taken into custody without incident at the Red Roof Inn, just off of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Following their arrests, the suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for McConneaughey set at $15,000, secured, while Wiseman was given a $4,000 secured bond. Wiseman has since been released. Both were scheduled to make first appearances in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating 85-year-old Fulton Walton Byrum, Jr., who was reported missing yesterday (February 3).

Deputies responded to a residence on Cedar Brook Court in Stanley Tuesday night at about 11 p.m. after a family member reported Mr. Byrum, Jr. missing. Mr. Byrum, who is in good health, was en route to a friend’s house on Lake Wylie Road to play bluegrass music, but he never showed up. Mr. Byrum called family members around 8:30 p.m. and said he was lost. The call pinged off a cell phone tower on West Shopton Road in Charlotte.

Mr. Byrum is described as a white male with gray hair and blue eyes. He is approximately six feet tall. Family members say he usually wears jeans or work pants and a tee shirt. He was driving a beige 2014 Honda Civic with North Carolina license tag CME- 4068.

He has been entered in National Crime Information Center database as a missing person. The Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office has filed for a Silver Alert to be issued.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Fulton Walton Byrum, Jr. should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln Co. Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office has determined that a robbery that allegedly occurred on January 30 on Hobbs Lane in Mooresville was a false report. The incident was initially reported the same day on WHKY.

The alleged victim told Officers he was robbed at knife-point at the end of his driveway. He said the suspect fled the area on a four-wheeler. Deputies and Detectives searched the area and interviewed numerous people who lived in the neighborhood and others who were driving in the area. Officers spoke to several witnesses who were able to provide information and provide home video of the area. Detectives viewed some of the video, but were unable to verify the reported crime.

Detectives continued to conduct interviews and finally confronted the alleged victim. The man admitted that damage to his property and minor scratches and injuries to his person were self-inflicted. The alleged victim told Detectives he was having some medical issues and said those issues led him to file the false report.

Deputies took the man to a local medical facility where he is seeking medical attention.

The investigation is ongoing.

42-year-old Mickie Michelle Philyaw Helms of Ivey Church Road in Maiden has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also served an outstanding felony warrant for obtaining property by false pretense.

Helms was arrested as Investigators followed-up on complaints from residents near Highview Lane in Lincolnton. Investigators went to a residence on Highview Lane Monday afternoon (February 2) where they conducted a “knock & talk” with the resident, who permitted Officers to conduct a search.

Investigators found Mickie Michelle Helms hiding a back bedroom, where she originally refused to allow a search of her person. Officers found the outstanding warrant for Helms’ arrest, which allowed them to conduct the search. Two grams of meth and a glass pipe were found in the woman’s purse.

Helms was placed in the Lincoln Co. Detention Center under a $2,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for March 10.

15-year-old Breanna Danielle Hoyle, who had been reported missing from Lincoln County, has been found. Detectives located Ms. Hoyle yesterday (February 3) on S&D Road in Maiden where she had been staying with family members.  Police say she is safe and in good health.

Ms. Hoyle had been reported missing after she was last seen at Lincolnton High School at 12 noon on January 22, as reported January 29 on WHKY.

17-year-old Jeffery Gustavo Zaldivar has been arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of a weapon on school property, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office received information this morning (February 4) regarding a student bringing a weapon to West Caldwell High School. The School Resource Officer requested additional assistance from the Sheriff’s Patrol Division to help locate the student and prevent the weapon from entering the school.

The student and the vehicle he was traveling in were located and a consent search was conducted. Deputies located a pellet gun and a small amount marijuana. The student was arrested and removed from school property.

Following his arrest, Zaldivar was given a custody release with a District Court date set for February 26 in Lenoir.

20-year-old Miranda May Dowdy of Willow Street in Gastonia was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on January 31 for resisting a public officer. She was also served two felony warrants for forgery of an instrument, two felony warrants for uttering a forged instrument and two warrants for misdemeanor probation violations. In addition, Dowdy was charged with misdemeanor larceny.

She was arrested after Deputies responded to an unknown disturbance at 118 Spring Lake Drive in Troutman. Deputies interviewed a female at the residence. During the interview, the woman gave Deputies a false name. She was later identified as Miranda May Dowdy. Dowdy gave Deputies the false name because of the outstanding warrants for her arrest. The warrants were issued in connection to crimes in Gaston County.

Dowdy is currently scheduled to appear in District Court in Gaston County on February 6, March 2 and March 4.

The investigation is ongoing with additional charges pending.

20-year-old Tiara Ashlene Collins and 25-year-old Brittany Correll Greene, both of Warrior Road in Lenoir, were both arrested yesterday (February 2) on charges of financial card theft and obtaining property by false pretense. According to Police reports, Collins was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers and Greene was arrested by Lenoir Police. They were both taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond for each set at $5,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today in Lenoir.