39-year-old Juan German Vazquez-Pineda of Wilkesboro, 21-year-old Juan Jose Alarado Ibarra of Burlington and 40-year-old Rufino Iturbe Jimenez of Charlotte have all been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on drug charges. All three suspects were charged with felony possession of cocaine. Vazquez-Pineda was also charged with felony possession with intent to sell & deliver cocaine. Vazquez-Pineda and Ibarra were both charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and Jimenez faces an additional felony count for possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine.
On Sunday, April 8, as Iredell County Deputies were working security at a rodeo at Van Hoy’s Campground on Jericho Road in Harmony, they noticed three men behaving suspiciously near a wooded area. Deputies approached the men and began to question them. The men were evasive in their answers.
Deputies conducted pat down searches and found drugs and drug paraphernalia on the three men. Officers seized ten baggies containing cocaine and three baggies containing meth, all packaged for sale.
All three suspects were taken into custody and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center. Vazquez-Pineda was given a $25,000 secured bond. Ibarra’s bond was set at $5,000, secured, and Jimenez was held under a $20,000 secured bond. Court appearances were set for April 30.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for 39-year-old Caroline Jean Fitter, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Ms. Fitter is a white female. She is 5' 7" tall and weighs 153 pounds. She has medium-length, brown hair and blue eyes. Ms. Fitter was last seen at 104 Walker Foundry Loop in Taylorsville. She was wearing a black sweater, blue jeans and brown boots.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Caroline Jean Fitter should call the Alexander Co. Sheriffs Office at 828-632-2911.
Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives are looking for a 43-year-old Brian Edward Leatherman on a number of charges, including kidnapping and domestic violence.
Leatherman, who lives on Matthew Miller Road in Vale, was last known to be in McDowell County on April 11, where the person he is accused of kidnapping jumped from a vehicle moving at a high rate of speed. She is a 46-year-old female from Tallent Road in Vale. The incident occurred on Interstate 40 near mile marker 86. The victim was transported to Mission Hospital in Asheville where she is listed in stable condition.
The victim went missing on April 8. Family members last saw the victim when she went to her mother’s home and said she would be back in a couple of hours. The next day, Deputies went to a location on Matthew Miller Road after Catawba County Deputies said a woman who had been assaulted in Catawba County might be on Matthew Miller Road. The victim had been at a residence on Old Shelby Road in Catawba County when Leatherman broke in and forcibly removed her.
Leatherman was charged with one felony count each of attempt first-degree forcible rape, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, first-degree kidnapping, restraint of an adult without that person’s consent, possession of stolen goods, larceny of a motor vehicle, a felony probation violation and obtaining property by false pretenses. He was also charged with two misdemeanor domestic violence protective order violations. In addition, Leatherman faces charges from Catawba County for a domestic violence order violation and assault with a deadly weapon.
The investigation is ongoing. Additional charges may be filed.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Brian Edward Leatherman should contact the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202.
22-year-old Byron David Aguirre of Pasadena, Texas has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine by transportation and trafficking meth by possession.
On Monday (April 9), Iredell County Deputies stopped a black Nissan pickup truck for a traffic violation on Interstate 40 westbound at mile marker 144. As Deputies interacted with Byron David Aguirre, a narcotics K-9 gave a positive indication, leading to a search of the vehicle.
Deputies found approximately 4,983 grams of crystal meth concealed in the vehicle. The drugs have an estimated value of $1,993,200.
Aguirre was arrested and taken to the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $1,000,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on May 1.
31-year-old Bobby Ray Mounts of Butler, Tennessee was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:30 this morning (April 12) on one felony county of a schedule II controlled substance. Mounts was taken into custody without incident at a pool hall on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
28-year-old Joe Clifford Tipps, Jr. of Pea Ridge Road in Lawndale was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 4 p.m. yesterday. He was charged with a felony probation violation.
Tipps was one of four people who were injured during a shooting early Sunday morning (April 8) outside The Vault Bar & Lounge on 1st Avenue N.E. in downtown Hickory. One person died as a result of his wounds. Tipps was treated and released at the hospital in Valdese.
Another subject who was injured in the same incident was also arrested yesterday on three misdemeanor counts of failure to appear and a warrant from the Dept. of Probation & Parole. He is 23-year-old Keeuntae Kaleel Kee of Conover.
Tipps and Kee have both been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Tipps was set at $20,000, secured, while Kee was given a $1,500 secured bond. Tipps is due in Superior Court on April 16. Kee will make an appearance in District Court on May 8.
A fundraiser will be held Sunday, April 15, for Robert “Robbie” Fenton, hosted by Shooters of Viewmont, the Standard Oyster Company and Granny’s Country Kitchen.
The event will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Shooters, 2149 North Center Street in Viewmont. Tickets are $10, which includes barbecue, mac & cheese and more. Two bands will perform in the parking lot.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Fenton has tended bar at the Hickory Tavern, Sundries, Alessio’s Lounge & Grill, Shooters and most recently at the Standard Oyster Company. He is currently battling a rare condition called a spinal fistula, which is an abnormal connection between an artery and a vein that are normally not connected. All proceeds from Sunday’s event will be used to defray his medical expenses.
For those who would like to help but are unable to attend Sunday, donations can be made at the Standard Oyster Company, 2147 North Center Street in Viewmont.
28-year-old Michael Roam Bass of Charles Avenue in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:25 Wednesday morning (April 11) on one felony count of failure to appear on a felony.
On April 7, Hickory Police responded to a call for service at a hotel on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. During the incident, Officers found 0.4 grams of methamphetamine, one gram of marijuana, counterfeit bills and drug paraphernalia. Bass was initially arrested on that date.
He failed to appear in court on charges of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a counterfeit instrument, currency or check, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
Following his arrest yesterday, Bass was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make an appearance in District Court today (April 12) in Newton.
At approximately 8:30 Tuesday evening (April 10), Hickory Firefighters were dispatched to a fire at 230 5th Avenue N.E. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck and a command unit.
Upon arrival a few minutes later, Firefighters reported a small fire in a room on the second floor of the house. Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire and keep it from spreading.
No injuries were reported and damages were considered minor. Investigators determined the fire was accidental and was caused by an electrical failure.
28-year-old Dallas Loyd Gragg of 19th Avenue Place N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:35 yesterday morning (April 10) on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance and the sale or delivery of a controlled substance within 300 feet of school property. The warrants for his arrest were issued on April 8.
Gragg was taken into custody without incident at the Probation & Parole Office on Main Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $11,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.