Wednesday, 11 January 2017 14:43

Homicide Under Investigation in Iredell County

The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide at 577 Shiloh Road in Statesville.

Yesterday (January 10), Iredell County Deputies were dispatched to what was originally reported as a 9-1-1 hang up at that address.  When Deputies arrived, a man later identified as 80-year-old Hugh Lee Moose was seen through a window with obvious injuries.  Deputies entered the home where they found Mr. Moose, deceased.
     
Based on his injuries and other evidence immediately visible, Mr. Moose’s death is believed to be a homicide.  Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators are pursuing leads and exploring possible motives as they attempt to identify possible suspects and potential witnesses.  The investigation is ongoing.

Detectives are attempting to identify a man seen between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on foot in the area.  He is described as a white male, about 5’10 tall, between 25 and 35 years of age.  He was wearing light brown Carhartt-style overalls with a dark colored backpack.  The man was last seen on a side road off of Shiloh Road.

Anyone with information regarding the case should call the Sheriff’s Homicide Hotline at 704-928-9804.  Callers may remain anonymous.

36-year-old Thaddus Lamar Davis of Forest Ridge Drive in Hickory, 33-year-old Michael Alvin Punch of Lazenby Street in Newton and 41-year-old Silver Elise Jones, with no listed address, were all arrested yesterday (January 10) by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force (made up of Sheriff’s Officers and Offices with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security).

Davis and Punch were each charged with one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. Davis was also charged with felony possession of possession of a firearm by a felon. Jones was arrested on outstanding warrants for one count of failure to appear on a misdemeanor first-degree trespassing charge and two counts of failure to appear for misdemeanor shoplifting or concealment of goods.

Events leading to the arrests began as Investigators responding to an anonymous tip went to a residence where they saw a suspicious vehicle in the area. They identified a female passenger as Silver Jones, who was mentioned in the anonymous tip. Investigators knew that Jones had outstanding warrants for her arrest.

A traffic stop was conducted, during which methamphetamine was found. Investigators learned that the driver, Thaddus Davis, lived at the residence mentioned in the anonymous tip.

Investigators conducted a consent search of the residence, leading to the discovery of more meth and a 9mm handgun. The meth seized had a total weight of 40 grams.

All three suspects were taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Davis set at $30,000, secured. Punch was given a $15,000 secured bond, while Jones was held under a $2,000 secured bond. Davis and Punch were both due in court today. Jones has a District Court coming up on February 6.

The investigation is ongoing. Additional arrests may be forthcoming.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 10:47

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Fugitive Warrant

30-year-old Evan McClain Mavant Burks of Main Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 8:10 last night (January 10) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce on a warrant issued in April of 2015.

Burks was wanted by the Sheriff’s Office in Clayton County, Georgia where he was on probation for an aggravated battery conviction in June of 2013. According to Police reports, Burks failed to report for an administrative hearing and was wanted for failure to pay, as ordered. The fugitive warrant was issued in March of 2015.

He was taken into custody without incident at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $170,000 secured bond on the fugitive warrant, plus a $200 bond on the marijuana charge. Burks was scheduled to make a first appearance in court yesterday with additional District Court appearances scheduled for February 9 & 13 in Newton.

45-year-old Thaddeus Lee McKinney of 1st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 5:30 p.m. yesterday (January 10) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and habitual larceny.

He was arrested after he was observed allegedly concealing hats under his clothing at the Belk store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. McKinney was stopped past the last point of sale and escorted to the store’s Loss Prevention Office. Three Under Armour hats and three Nike hats were recovered. The hats were valued at about $150.

McKinney had previously been banned from the store in February of last year.

McKinney was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 11:07

Most Schools Delayed on Wednesday

Most area schools are operating on a delayed schedule tomorrow, Wednesday, January 11.

Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba county schools are all operating on a two-hour delay. Hickory Public Schools are on a three-hour delay Wednesday.

Newton-Conover City Schools are operating on a regular schedule.

33-year-old Maria Leslie Randall has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one count of felony identity theft.

On November 21 of last year, the Sheriff’s Office took a report in which a male victim was notified by LifeLock that someone had attempted to open a credit card in his name on November 3. The suspect, Maria Randall, had access to the victim’s personal identifying information through her employer. Throughout the investigation, evidence was discovered confirming that Randall was responsible for the identity theft.

Randall was arrested on January 5 and given a $1,500 secured bond. Her next appearance in Iredell Co. District Court was set for May 19.

27-year-old Rusty Dwayne Johnson of Deerwood Trail in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:30 last night on one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was also arrested on outstanding warrants for felony larceny of a motor vehicle and two misdemeanor counts of larceny, plus single misdemeanor counts of second-degree trespassing and failure to appear, as well as another count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

He was arrested after Police responded to a civil disturbance at the Salvation Army in Hickory. Officers identified Johnson, who initially gave them an alias. Johnson then attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended on 8th Street Drive S.E. after a brief foot chase.

Police learned Johnson’s true identity as he was processed and found the outstanding warrants for his arrest at that time.

Following his arrest, Johnson was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $28,400 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for January 13 & 27 and February 2 & 15.

Catawba County, Alexander County, Burke County, Caldwell County and Newton-Conover City Schools are all closed for students with an optional teacher or staff work day. Hickory Public Schools are closed for students, faculty and staff.

Catawba County and Alexander County are both asking staff members who choose to work to come in on a delay; three hours for Catawba and two hours for Alexander.

Catawba Valley Community College- All day and evening classes and activities are cancelled for students, faculty and staff. This includes campuses and centers in Catawba and Alexander Counties.

Caldwell Community College's Hudson campus is operating on a regular schedule, the Watauga campus will open at 9 a.m.

Western Piedmont Community College will operate on a two-hour delay for all students, faculty, and staff. Classes that begin before 10 a.m. will not meet.

Lenoir-Rhyne University- Day courses will operate on a two-hour delayed schedule, beginning at 10 a.m.

Catawba County Meals on Wheels closed today

Burke County Nutrition closed today

Catawba County District and Superior Court will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday. All offices will open at 8 a.m.

44-year-old Kevin Brian Wood of Icard Dairy Farm Road in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:40 Friday afternoon on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and displaying a fictitious, revoked or suspended registration. He also had a warrant for assault on a female, issued in November of last year.

Wood was arrested after Officers saw a suspicious vehicle at an address on 23rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory. The vehicle, a 2003 Ford Escape, was driven by Wood with two passengers. Officers searched the vehicle and found two bags of methamphetamine with a total weight of one gram. Police also found a fictitious license tag in the vehicle’s trunk area.

Wood was charged with resisting after he gave Police a false name. His true identity was discovered as he was processed at the Hickory Police Department. At that time, Officers found the outstanding assault warrant for Wood’s arrest.

The other two persons in the vehicle were not charged or cited.

Wood was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $17,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton with another court date on the assault charge set for February 13.  Court today was canceled as a result of inclement weather.

Friday, 06 January 2017 14:26

Shots Fired in Valdese; No Injuries

At 4:38 p.m. yesterday (January 5), Burke County Deputies responded to call for assistance on Leger Road in Valdese regarding a suspect threatening to shoot a victim’s car.  When Deputies arrived, the suspect was behind a mobile home loading a shotgun.  The suspect made statements that he was “going out in a blaze of glory” and fired multiple shots, though he did not fire at the Officers.  Officers did not fire any shots.  

Deputies continued to speak with the suspect for about 43 minutes until he was taken into custody.  The suspect was taken to the magistrate’s office where he was involuntarily committed.

The investigation is continuing with possible criminal charges pending.

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