40-year-old Webb Massey King of Bruce Farm Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, displaying a fictitious tag and operating a vehicle with no insurance. He was also served with several outstanding warrants. At the same time, a second subject, Brittany Walker, was arrested on warrants for felony probation violations.
At about 2 p.m. yesterday (October 6), an Officer with the Sheriff’s Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (A.C.E) Team stopped a vehicle on the 300 block of Bruce Farm Road for displaying a fictitious tag. The driver, Webb King, was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia commonly used with methamphetamine. Deputies also learned that King was on probation for manufacturing meth. Sgt. Hayes then walked his
K-9 Officer “Danny” walked around the vehicle and alerted to the presence of narcotics. Deputies searched the vehicle and found meth and drug paraphernalia.
Brittany Walker was a passenger in the vehicle. Outstanding warrants were found for both subjects.
They were both placed in the Iredell County Detention Facility with bond for King set at $50,000, while Walker was given a $25,000 secured bond. King will appear in District Court on Monday. No court date is currently listed for Walker.
The Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating 51-year-old Joel Whitener Hart. Mr. Hart was last seen at about 9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 30, at his home on Deal Lane in Hudson. He had planned to visit a friend in the Rhodhiss area before a scheduled 11 a.m. appointment in Morganton.
Mr. Hart is 5'8” tall and weighs 220 pounds. He was last seen on a silver and blue moped.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Joel Whitener Hart should call the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office at 828-758-2324 or Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300.
22-year-old Jessica Leigh Deal of North Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 6:45 p.m. yesterday (October 5) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.
On September 20, the Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office contacted H.P.D. regarding a breaking & entering case in which personal checks were stolen. On September 14, one of the checks was cashed at the State Employees Credit Union on 16th Street N.E. in Hickory. That check, for just over $400, was made out to Jessica Deal. Charges against Deal were filed on the twentieth.
Deal was taken into custody without incident yesterday at her residence. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
47-year-old Delvin Roger Fox of Fingerbridge Road in Hickory, 43-year-old Chris Scott Nance of West Wilson Avenue in Mooresville, 30-year-old Matthew Wade Packard of Deal Road in Cherryville, 55-year-old Terrence John Reed of Roseland Drive in Lincolnton, 63-year-old Monte Lynn Wall of Swanson Drive S.W. in Lenoir and 63-year-old Jeffrey Ralph Talbott of Rocky Face Church Road in Taylorsville have all been arrested by Lincolnton Police as the result of an undercover operation focused on online sex predators who target children. All six alleged offenders were taken into custody without incident.
Fox was arrested on October 4 and charged with solicitation of a child by a computer for an unlawful sex act and appearing to meet the child. He was given a $50,000 secured bond and placed in the Lincoln County Jail with a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court scheduled today (October 5).
Nance was arrested on September 15 and charged with solicitation of a child by a computer for an unlawful sex act and appearing to meet the child. Nance was given a $50,000 secured bond. He had a first appearance on September 16 and was scheduled to appear in court again yesterday.
Police arrested Packard on September 27 and charged him with solicitation of a child by a computer for an unlawful sex act and appearing to meet the child. Packard was given a $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court on September 28. No additional court date is listed at this time.
Reed was arrested on September 26 and charged with solicitation of a child by a computer for an unlawful sex act and appearing to meet the child and disseminating obscene images to a minor. Reed was jailed under a $75,000 secured bond. Reed was scheduled to make a first appearance on September 27 with another court date coming up on October 11. Reed also has two counts of sexual battery pending in Lincoln County.
Wall was arrested on September 29 and charged with solicitation of a child by a computer for an unlawful sex act and appearing to meet the child and disseminating obscene images to a minor. Bond for Wall was set at $50,000, secured. His first appearance was scheduled for September 30 with another court date on October 11.
Talbott was arrested on September 23 and charged with solicitation of a child by a computer for an unlawful sex act and appearing to meet the child and disseminating obscene images to a minor. He was given a $70,000 secured bond. Talbott’s first appearance was set for September 26 with his next court date scheduled for October 11.
All six suspects were confined in the Lincoln County Jail. With the exception of the charges pending against Reed, none of the six have any prior criminal history.
24-year-old Hannah Christine Lanning, a Lincoln County woman who had been reported missing earlier this week, has been located at a residence on Betterbrook Lane in Lincolnton. She is no longer listed as a missing person.
Relatives told Detectives earlier that Ms. Lanning, of Wallace Lane in Denver, had last been seen on September 22 by her bondsman in Lincolnton.
25-year-old Shawn Tyler Love of Shoupes Church Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 5) for a federal probation violation.
He was taken into custody at 1:25 a.m. today on the 1700 block of Main Avenue Drive N.W., not far from Best of Beers on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. Love was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for November 14 in Morganton.
50-year-old Jeraine Ray Wilson of Plateau Road in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:20 a.m. yesterday (October 3) on one felony count of habitual larceny.
She was arrested after Officers responded to a shoplifting call at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. A Loss Prevention Officer at the store said she saw Wilson conceal a number of items and go beyond the last point of sale without paying. Items taken include hair color, headbands, Kraft singles, ground beef, a shirt and Sun Drop, all with a combined value of $36.
Loss Prevention detained Wilson until Police arrived. Investigators found that Wilson has more than three previous misdemeanor larceny convictions, resulting in the habitual larceny charge.
The suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, a local anti-bullying group called Stand UP Speak OUT hosted "An Evening with Jane Clementi" last night at the Crowne Plaza in Hickory.
Ms. Clementi is the mother of Tyler Clementi and co-founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, which is dedicated to ending online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces and faith communities. Tyler Clementi took his own life as the result of bullying.
In addition to Ms. Clementi’s remarks, the event featured a special musical performance by Carri Isenhour, who sang a song – “Keep Your Head Up" – that she also wrote. Ms. Isenhour is a 14-year-old freshman at South Caldwell High School. Local entrepreneur, author and activist, Mitchell Gold, introduced the keynote speaker.
The event was sponsored by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and the Catawba Valley Medical Center.
Bullying Prevention Month will continue as the group, One Voice, takes their Anti-Bullying Tour to Hickory's Oktoberfest. One Voice will perform on Saturday, October 8, at 8 p.m. On Monday, October 10, One Voice will begin their in-school performances at ten schools throughout the Catawba Valley.
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51-year-old Kenneth Otto Jones of 26th Street in Hickory and 56-year-old Michael Ray Klaus of Ladybug Lane in Vale were both arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 2 a.m. today (October 4). They were each charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine. Jones was also charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Klaus faces an additional felony count of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance.
Few details are available, but seven ounces of methamphetamine was seized at the time of the arrests and a 2000 Chevy Camaro was impounded. According to H.P.D.’s arrest reports, at least one of the suspects was armed with a handgun.
Both men were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Jones was set at $300,000, secured, while Klaus was given a $150,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today in Newton.
At about 12:35 this afternoon (October 3), Granite Falls Police responded to a robbery in progress at the First Citizens Bank at 45 Falls Avenue.
Upon arrival, Officers learned that the suspect is a white male, approximately 6’0” tall, weighing 180 pounds. He was wearing shorts, a purple sweatshirt, a red or orange baseball-style hat and sunglasses.
The suspect entered and exited the bank’s front door. After demanding money, the suspect left the bank and was last seen running toward Al’s Diner, east on Falls Avenue. Investigators believe the suspect left the area in a vehicle.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, Lenoir Police and the N.C. Highway Patrol are all involved in the investigation, in addition to Granite Falls Police.
Anyone with information should Granite Falls Police Detective Clint Ferguson at 828-396-3358 or Caldwell County Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300.