Friday, 07 September 2018 15:12

Hickory Teen Jailed for Failure to Appear

16-year-old Khalil Sincere Rhynhart of 5th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:45 p.m. yesterday (September 6) on felony and misdemeanor counts of failure to appear.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on August 20 when Hickory Police responded to a report of larceny from a motor vehicle at an apartment complex on 10th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory. The suspect was identified and arrested on August 29.

Rynhart was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High School on 8th Avenue N.E. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for September 13 in Newton.

19-year-old Caleb Leon Stroupe of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 11 o’clock last night on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury including strangulation and one misdemeanor count of assault inflicting serious injury or assault with a deadly weapon. The warrants for his arrest were issued in Burke County on August 13.

Stroupe was taken into custody without incident at a retail store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released just over an hour later under a $15,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for October 22 in Morganton.

36-year-old Lawrence Isaac Gentry of Airport Road in Marion was arrested by Hickory Police just after six o’clock Wednesday evening (September 5). He was charged with two felony probations and single misdemeanor counts of larceny and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. The felony warrants were issued in McDowell County on July 17. The misdemeanors are from Catawba County.

Gentry was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $55,000, secured. He was no longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of this morning (September 7). Gentry has a Superior Court appearance in Marion on September 12 and a District Court date in Newton on November 6.

24-year-old Paris Christopher Blake of Columbia, South Carolina and 24-year-old Jameal Colise Harmon of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania have both been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with felony counts of trafficking MDMA by possession and trafficking MDMA by transport, plus misdemeanor simple possession of marijuana.

On Tuesday (September 4), Sheriff’s Deputies stopped a black Nissan Rogue for traffic violations on Interstate 77 North at mile-marker 65. The vehicle was occupied by Blake and Harmon, who were traveling to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from an undisclosed location in South Carolina.

While speaking to the two men, Deputies became suspicious and called a K-9 unit to the scene. The dog gave a positive alert on the vehicle for the presence of narcotics. Deputies searched the Nissan and found 998 dosage units of ecstasy and a small amount of marijuana in a backpack in the vehicle’s rear cargo area. They also found a large amount of cash wrapped in rubber bands. The drugs have an estimated value of $49,900.

Blake and Harmon were both placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center with bond for each set at $350,000, secured. They will appear in District Court on September 26.

24-year-old Sulton Jaleel “Sooty" Jones of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. and 23-year-old Kiara Lasha Gore of Claridge Drive, both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:30 yesterday afternoon (September 5). Jones was charged with one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. Both suspects were charged with failure to appear on a felony. The failure to appear warrants were issued in May of this year.

The two were taken into custody without incident at a residence on 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory. Jones and Gore were both placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Jones set at $57,500, secured, while Gore was given a $10,000 secured bond. Gore has since been released. Jones was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today with another court date set for October 9. Gore will also appear in District Court on October 9.

19-year-old Jhan Carlos Paz, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:20 a.m. yesterday (September 5) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of second-degree trespass. Paz is wanted by the Broward Co. Sheriff’s Office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for felony robbery by sudden snatching.

Paz was taken into custody without incident at a residence on 11th Street Place S.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $150,500, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today, with another court date coming up on September 26.

Just after 9:35 last night (September 4), Hickory Police responded to an armed robbery at Walgreens, 2427 Springs Road N.E. During the robbery, a suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled the property on foot, heading west on 24th Street N.E.

The suspect was described as a black male, about six feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and dark shoes.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Inv. Carlos De Los Santos at 828-261-2621 or cdelossantos@hickorync.gov. The investigation is ongoing.

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 14:17

Hickory Man Accused of Breaking Into Vehicles

42-year-old Jason Kaine Tillman of 5th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 9 a.m. yesterday (September 4) on two felony counts of breaking & entering a motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of larceny.

He was arrested after Officers responded to reports of a suspicious person pulling on car door handles at an assisted living facility on 3rd Street N.W. in Hickory. The suspect, Jason Kaine Tillman, was found on the 300 block of 2nd Avenue S.E.

Tillman was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

21-year-old Shawn Morgan Coalson of Raider Road in Statesville, 21-year-old Elliot Gerald Martinez of Darlene Lane in Harmony and 20-year-old John Christopher Shoemaker, Jr. of Loop Avenue in Jonesville, along with 34-year-old Jeremy Ryan Sherman and 18-year-old Chase Alan Johnson, both of Lackey Mountain Road in Hiddenite, have all been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers in connection to a break-in at a business. All the suspects were charged with felony breaking & entering, misdemeanor injury to personal property and second-degree trespassing. Coalson and Martinez each face three counts for B&E and property damage, while the other suspects were each charged with one count. Coalson and Martinez also face one count of felony larceny after breaking & entering.

In July of this year, the Sheriff’s Office took a report from a business owner in northern Iredell County stating that his business had been broken into. A television was stolen and windows were broken out of a vehicle on the property. During a second incident, the suspects broke windows and caused damage to a forklift inside the building.

In the course of the investigation, surveillance cameras were strategically placed around the property. On Monday, August 27, a Detective was conducting a security check at the business when he learned that the building had been broken into a third time over the weekend. The business owners were contacted. They found that the building and equipment had sustained damages estimated at several thousand dollars.

Surveillance video showed five then-unidentified white males on the property on Saturday, August 25. The men were seen damaging property and breaking into the building. Based on those images, Detectives were able to identify, locate and interview all five suspects.

Coalson and Martinez were each given a $10,000 secured bond. Shoemaker was arrested in Yadkin County and given a $5,000 secured bond. Bond for Sherman and Johnson was also set at $5,000, secured. All five suspects will appear in District Court on September 19.

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:20

Four Arrested on Meth Charges in Morganton

41-year-old Lori Lynette Goodman, 20-year-old Meagan Lynn Whaley and 33-year-old Kyle Eugene Woodard, all of Cedar Trail in Morganton, along with 21-year-old Brooke Sierra Davis of Homer Burns Avenue in Morganton, have been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers on drug charges. All four suspects were charged with felony possession of methamphetamine (two counts for Whaley and one count for the others). Goodman, Whaley and Woodard also face charges for felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or placed for a controlled substance; felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver meth; and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Whaley has two counts on the paraphernalia charge, while the others face one count. In addition, Davis was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance on prison or jail premises.

Events leading to their arrests began last month (August 2018) when Burke Co. Sheriff's Detectives initiated an investigation into drug activity at the Cedar Trail residence. The investigation identified multiple individuals who were involved with the possession, use and distribution of methamphetamine. The Morganton Dept. of Public Safety was also involved in the investigation.

On August 29, a search warrant was executed at the residence. Burke Co. Animal Control was called in to assist with aggressive dogs at the scene. Meth and drug paraphernalia were found in multiple locations throughout the residence. The drugs and paraphernalia were seized and the suspects were taken into custody. In addition, meth and paraphernalia were found on Davis' person while she was in the jail.

Bond for Goodman and Woodard was set at $25,000, secured. Whaley was held under a $29,500 secured bond, while Davis was given a $14,000 secured bond. All four suspects will next appear in District Court on September 19 in Morganton. Davis has an additional court date coming up on September 25.

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