23-year-old Marvin Kong Vongsay and 29-year-old Sao Kong Vongxay have both been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on drug charges. Marvin Kong Vongsay was charged with four counts for the sale or delivery of heroin, five counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin and one count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine and possession of a stolen firearm. Sao Kong Vongxay was charged with the sale or delivery of heroin and possession with intent to sell or deliver Heroin
Their arrests mark the end of a three-month undercover operation conducted by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division. The investigation started when Narcotics Officers began receiving information from concerned citizens who live on Mountaineer Drive about possible drug activity on that street and in the neighborhoods around Bethesda Road.
Narcotics Officers began to conduct surveillance in the area. Narcotics Detectives identified the brothers as potential suspects responsible for drug activity in the area. Investigators were ultimately able to make undercover heroin transactions from both brothers and also purchased two handguns. Detectives bought in excess of five grams of heroin with an estimated street value of $1,000. In addition, one of the handguns was reported stolen from a residential break-in reported earlier in the year. That firearm will be returned to the victim.
The brothers were arrested today (June 14) and additional amounts of heroin and meth were seized from Marvin Kong Vongsay. He was jailed under a $50,000 secured bond and his brother received a $15,000 secured bond. Appearances in District Court were set for August 8.
The investigation is ongoing to determine if the brothers are responsible for other larcenies and residential break-ins in Iredell County.
50-year-old Andres Urgelles Martinez of Katy, Texas was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:20 last night (June 13) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.
He was arrested after Police responded to the Speedy Mart on Fairgrove Church Road S.E. The storeowner said a man, later identified as Andres Martinez, pried open a pump and used a device to slow down the meter as he was pumping gas. Officers searched the truck and found the device in question.
Martinez was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
36-year-old Michael Robert “Doc” Geressy of South New Hope Road in Gastonia was arrested by Lincolnton Police Friday (June 10) on one felony count of soliciting a child for a sex act by computer and appearing at the meeting place.
The suspect was arrested as the result of an undercover sting operation during which Geressy communicated with a Detective who posed as a 14-year-old child on social media. During the operation and investigation, Geressy discussed meeting a person he believed to be a 14-year-old child in Lincolnton to engage in sexual activity. Geressy arrived at the predetermined meeting location at about 3 o’clock Friday afternoon. He was arrested without incident.
Geressy was operating a 1987 Ford Crown Victoria, an exact replica of the car used in the “Men in Black” movie. The car had emergency light equipment, as well as after-market toggle switches to accurately replicate the movie car. In the back seat were New York license plates. Geressy was wearing a black suit, a black tie and black sunglasses, the same as the characters in the film.
Investigators also learned that Geressy has replicas of the vehicles used in the movies, “Ghostbusters” and “The Blues Brothers”. The suspect uses the vehicles and costumes as part of a business in which he entertains at parties. Additionally, Geressy is employed as an instructor at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Charlotte. Detectives are investigating the possibility that Geressy may have been in contact with other underage victims in the past. The suspect uses the alias “Doc Geressy” when he is in character.
Geressy was given a $75,000 secured bond and placed in the Lincoln County Jail. Geressy has since made bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was scheduled yesterday (June 13). His next court date was set for July 14.
Investigators are asking for the public’s help in determining if anyone has had inappropriate contact with Geressy in the past and to determine if any additional crimes have been committed. The case is still under investigation and further charges may apply. Geressy has no prior criminal record.
Anyone with information should contact Lincolnton Police Det. Brent Heavner at 704-736-8900 or Lincolnton-Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous. Information leading to an arrest could result in a cash reward of up to $1,000.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating a two-car collision this morning that claimed the life of one driver and sent two other people to the hospital, one of them in critical condition. The head-on collision shut down a portion of Highway 64 in Burke County at 8:23 this morning (Monday, June 13).
According to the N.C. State Highway Patrol, a 1992 Lexus northbound on Highway 64, driven by 20-year-old Dalton Rhom of Morganton, crossed the centerline and collided with a southbound 2016 Dodge Charger driven by 64-year-old Edward Braren, Jr. The accident occurred about nine miles south of Morganton.
Mr. Braren died en route to the hospital. A helicopter was initially called to the scene, but Mr. Braren was not stable enough for air transport. As of 3:30 this afternoon, Mr. Rhom was in critical condition at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville with what were described as life-threatening injuries. A passenger in the Lexus, 30-year-old Roger Franklin of Morganton, was treated at Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge in Morganton. He has been released.
The Highway Patrol is conducting an ongoing investigation. As of this afternoon, they had no comment regarding any factors that might have contributed to the accident.
54-year-old Bryan Lee Parks of 7th Avenue Court S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 6 p.m. yesterday (June 12) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested when Police at Kiwanis Park in Hickory saw a large group of people gathered around an individual pushing a moped on 7th Avenue S.E. Officers learned that the man, Bryan Parks, had a knife on his person. As Police secured the knife, they found 1.9 grams of crack cocaine and 1.7 grams of marijuana.
Parks was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (June 13) in Hickory.
20-year-old Kaslyn McMahan Wallace of Williams Drive and 28-year-old Nicholas Brennan Hand of Starnes Lane, both from Taylorsville, were arrested by Hickory Police at 10:20 Saturday night. Wallace was charged with one felony count each of sale of delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver schedule II, III and IV controlled substances, plus on misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Hand faces misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance (two counts).
They were arrested after Officers on patrol at Twin Cedars on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. saw several subjects standing near a vehicle in the parking lot. Nicholas Hand was in the driver’s seat. Officers spoke to Hand a learned that he had a handgun. As they removed Hand from the vehicle, Officers saw several pills in the driver`s side door. Those included one Morphine Sulphate, three Oxycontin and five Clonazepam.
Officers then searched the vehicle. In the glove box, on the passenger side where Kasylyn Wallace had been seated, Police found four Zolpidem Tartrate pills and one syringe containing a dark colored liquid. In addition, Officers found five plastic straws with white powder residue and one syringe in the zipper pouch in Wallace`s green bag. Finally, on Wallace’s person, Police found ten Clonazepam, 29 Morphine Sulfate, oneDiazepam and one Buprenorphine Hydrochloride.
Both subjects were taken into custody without incident. Wallace was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facilty under a $100,000 secured bond, while Hand was given a $1,500 secured bond. Hand has since been released. A first appearance for Wallace was set for today (June 13). Hand will appear in District Court on October 11.
18-year-old Kaitlyn Marie Coronado of Main Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7 p.m. Friday (June 10) on one felony count of first-degree arson and one misdemeanor count of simple assault & battery.
She was arrested after Police responded to a disturbance at Coronado’s residence. Officers arrived to find various household items on fire on the front lawn. They also located a 22-year-old male assault victim in the basement. He had been struck in the face. No medical treatment was required.
Coronado was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention facility where she was initially held without bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (June 13) in Newton.
25-year-old Kyle Clifton Jones of Balls Creek School Road in Newton was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers Wednesday (June 8) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Jones was wanted in Saint Tammany Parish, Louisiana for a probation violation in connection to a charge of possession of Oxycodone, which is a schedule II controlled substance.
Jones was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. He’ll appear in District Court on June 16 in Newton.
Hickory Police are investigating an assault that took place yesterday (June 9) around 1:30 p.m.
A 36-year-old man from Bessemer City, N.C., a maintenance worker at Catawba Ridge on 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory, told Police he was at work when he was attacked by an unknown suspect who beat the victim with his fists and strangled him with a white cord.
The victim was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries.
Anyone with information regarding the incident should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.
24-year-old Robbie Octavion Little of 5th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested early this morning (June 10) on one felony count of habitual misdemeanor assault and one misdemeanor count each of breaking & entering and assault on a female.
He was arrested after Police responded to an assault call shortly before 1 a.m. today on 11th Avenue Drive S.E. Initially, Officers were unable to locate both the suspect and the victim. Police canvassed the area and saw a black male behind an apartment building. The man fled on foot and was pursued by Police, who apprehended the suspect, Robbie Little, in the carport at a nearby house.
Officers also located the victim, a 22-year-old Hickory woman, on the front porch at another residence in the neighborhood. She refused treatment from E.M.S.
Little was arrested without further incident at about 1:40 a.m. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond due the domestic nature of the charges. Bond on the habitual assault charge was set at $10,000. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.