48-year-old Lisa Ann Evans and 68-year-old Allen Franklin Morrison, both of the same address on Four Oaks Drive in Cleveland, N.C., were arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers last Friday (October 9). Evans was charged with four felony counts of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and three felony counts of sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. She was also charged on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. Morrison was charged with four felony counts of conspiracy to sell & deliver cocaine and one felony count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to sell a controlled substance.
Their arrests were the result of a four-month investigation into the sale and delivery of crack and powder cocaine in the south Statesville and Troutman areas. Narcotics Investigators received information about Lisa Evans and a then-unknown black male selling the drugs.
Undercover surveillance operations were established. Investigators made multiple cocaine and crack purchases from Evans. During each transaction, a black male was with her. He was identified as Allen Franklin Morrison. Evans and Morrison were taken into custody without incident Friday, east of Statesville on Highway 70.
Both suspects were placed in the Iredell County Detention Center. Bond for Evans was set at $40,000, secured, while Morrison was given a $50,000 secured bond. Both have been convicted on drug charges on multiple occasions in the past. Morrison is currently on probation in Rowan County. They will both appear in District Court on October 27.
47-year-old Warren Darnell Tipps of New Hope Road in Lawndale was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after midnight today (October 14) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree trespass.
He was arrested when Officers on foot patrol at the Blue Ridge Heights apartment complex on the 900 block of 1st Street S.W. saw Tipps near a vehicle. The Officers knew Tipps had previously been banned from Hickory Public Housing Authority property.
As they approached, the vehicle drove away. Tipps was searched, leading to the discovery of 0.3 grams of crack cocaine and a crack pipe.
Tipps was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for Friday (October 16) in Newton.
One Lincoln County Deputy was injured and three patrol cars were damaged as Officers responded to a call for assistance from Mount Holly Police, who were chasing a vehicle into Lincoln County.
The Deputies were traveling southbound on Business Highway 16 when they encountered the chase heading in the opposite direction on Highway 16. The lead patrol car attempted to stop and turn around near Unity Church Road and Business Highway 16 in Denver. Two following patrol cars crashed into the rear of the lead car, creating a chain reaction collision. One Deputy was taken to the hospital with a leg injury. The three patrol cars were towed from the scene.
The chase ended on Highway 150 East in a construction zone on a bridge over Lake Norman at the Catawba-Iredell County line. The vehicle being chased, a van, crashed into construction equipment and the two occupants jumped in the lake. They were taken into custody when they swam back to shore.
24-year-old Jeremy Kyle Goodrich of 14th Street Place N.E. was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police yesterday (October 12) on one count of possession of heroin. The warrant for his arrest was issued on September 15.
Goodrich was taken into custody without incident on the 400 block of Main Avenue N.E. in Hickory and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for this Friday (October 16) in Newton.
27-year-old Joseph Paul Prentice of 2nd Street Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested at about 9:30 Saturday night (October 10) on one felony count of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Officers on foot patrol at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory saw drug paraphernalia through the window of a hotel room. They searched the room and found 1.5 grams of marijuana, two packages of heroin containing a total of 2.7 grams and one Xanax pill.
Prentice was charged for the marijuana and the heroin. A male subject was issued a citation for the Xanax. A female present in the room was not charged.
Prentice was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,750 secured bond. He had a first appearance scheduled yesterday (October 12) with another court date coming up on November 2.
19-year-old Christopher Robert Gochnour of Naguib Amin Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police last Friday (October 9) on two felony counts of financial card fraud.
He was arrested after Police responded to the Sunglass Hut in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall in response to a report of larceny by employee. A victim noticed charges on their card for purchases at the Sunglass Hut that weren’t made by the victim.
The victim notified management at the Sunglass Hut. Loss Prevention Officers told Police they believed a former employee, Christopher Gochnour, used a customer’s credit card to purchase sunglasses from the store.
Gochnour was taken into custody at the mall. He was processed and released under a $1,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (October 12) in Newton.
31-year-old William Tyler Jarvis of Mock Mill Road in Statesville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers for felony habitual misdemeanor assault.
On September 20, a victim called 9-1-1 and reported that the father of her child had assaulted her. Deputy Cody Jarvis responded and arrested William Jarvis for assault on a female. Jarvis reportedly grabbed the victim by her arm as he took a cell phone from her, leaving multiple dark bruises on her arm. The victim then left the residence and called 9-1-1. She told Officers the incident was not the first time Jarvis had assaulted her.
The case was then forwarded to Det. Sgt. Katie Harwell, who found that Jarvis had convictions in September 2011 and again in December 2012 for assault on a female. Both offenses occurred in the past 15 years and the third offense resulted in an injury, making Jarvis eligible for the felony habitual assault charge.
Jarvis was arrested on October 7 and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $10,500 bond. He’ll appear in District Court on October 21.
24-year-old Kevin Anthony Foster has been charged by the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office as a sex offender on school premises, which is a felony.
On October 1, Deputy D. C. Price of the Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit took a report from Foster’s Parole Officer stating that the suspect had been on school grounds at Mitchell Community College on West Broad Street in Statesville. Foster, a registered sex offender, is required to wear a GPS tracking device in keeping with the terms of his parole.
The Deputy confirmed that Foster had, in fact, been on the campus for an extended period of time on September 30. Foster was convicted in 2014 on eight counts of indecent liberties with a minor and has been on the Iredell County Sex Offender Registry since August of this year. Foster’s sex offender registration prohibits him from being on school premises.
Foster was arrested on October 2 and jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $15,000 bond. He’ll appear in District Court on October 21.
35-year-old Angela Michelle Williams of 13th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about nine o’clock Friday night (October 9) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of concealment of merchandise and second-degree trespass.
She was arrested after Police responded to the Wal-Mart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory where Loss Prevention Officers saw white female concealing merchandise in her purse. Officers approached the suspect, Angela Williams, while she was in the store and escorted her to the Loss Prevention office.
A search of Williams’ purse turned up a small bag containing 0.3 grams of methamphetamine. Also found were a lens case, lip balm, ribbon, rope, ketchup, a necklace, a wrist band, a pencil bag, a plate lunch, lip gloss, mascara, an LED ring, a painter’s pen and tape. The merchandise was valued at $81. Williams had previously been banned from the store, resulting in the trespassing charge.
The suspect was arrested without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (October 12) in Newton.
67-year-old Bobby Mitchell of 10th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 6 p.m. yesterday on one felony count of forgery or falsification of documentation by a sex offender.
Mitchell is on the N.C. Sex Offender Registry as the result of a 1990 conviction in Johnston County for second-degree rape and attempted second-degree rape and a 2003 conviction in Catawba County on three counts of second-degree rape. He is registered for an aggravated offense or as a recidivist. It is a lifetime registration.
Mitchell was taken into custody without incident at the Ridgeview Plaza on South Center Street. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for October 12 in Newton.