23-year-old Montavious Lemar Mayfield of 3rd Avenue Court S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (May 10) on one felony count each of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon, plus misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon, second-degree trespass and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.

Mayfield was taken into custody at about 1:45 a.m. today at a residence on 9th Avenue S.E. in Hickory. He was armed with a handgun at the time of his arrest.

Mayfield was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $20,900, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

41-year-old Christopher David Leatherman of Highway 10 West in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (May 9) on a charge of common law robbery.

He was arrested in connection to a robbery Saturday (May 6) at the LifeWay Christian Store on Highway 70 S.E.  Officers responded to the call shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday.  

After the suspect was in the store for a short period of time, he approached the register and requested money.  No weapons were displayed.  The suspect then left on foot.

Through the use of social media, Officers identified the suspect as Christopher David Leatherman.  Warrants for his arrest were issued on Sunday (May 7).

Leatherman was taken into custody without incident at his nearest relative’s address in Denver, N.C.  He was served with multiple outstanding warrants at the time of his arrest.  Those include shoplifting, breaking & entering, breaking & entering a motor vehicle, larceny, possession of stolen goods and obtaining property by false pretense.

Leatherman was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $293,700 secured bond.  A District Court appearance on most of the charges was set for today in Newton, with another court date on the shoplifting charge coming up on June 5.

More than 30 employers will be on-site each day during the Catawba Goodwill Job Fair at the Goodwill Career Connections Center, which runs May 15-19.

A resumé-writing workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 9, from 3-5 p.m.  A speed interviews workshop will take place on Thursday, May 11, 3-5 p.m.  Call 828-466-2346 to reserve space in the workshops.

The Connections Center is located at 837 Conover Boulevard West in Conover.  More information is available at catawba.goodwilljobfair.org.

In Caldwell County, automotive components manufacturer GKN Driveline and retail grocery store Lowes Foods are the latest businesses to commit to attend the 14th “Caldwell is Hiring” job fair scheduled for Thursday, May 18 from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.
Nearly 50 businesses are planning to attend with more than 2,600 jobs available.  GKN Driveline will be hiring for 156 positions and Lowes Foods has 63 openings.

More information is available under the "news" tab at caldwelledc.org.  The Broyhill Center is on Hickory Boulevard S.E. in Lenoir.

On Friday night (May 5), Statesville Police conducted a special operation to address recent shooting incidents and violent crimes in the area.  32 traffic stops were conducted.  At least five subjects were charged with a variety of offenses.  Among the items seized were two firearms, 2.1 grams of crack, 4.8 grams of marijuana and $180 cash.

26-year-old Mark Londel Seabrook Dukes of Statesville was charged with a domestic violence protection order violation and a pre-trial release violation.  He was held under a $200,000 secured bond.  His only listed court date is on May 25 on misdemeanor marijuana charges, traffic violations and two misdemeanor probation violations.

27-year-old Anthony Jonathan Smyre of Statesville was charged with possession of marijuana paraphernalia.  He was given a $1,000 secured bond.  Smyre will appear in District Court on June 6.

20-year-old Keith Eugene Lackey, Jr. of Statesville was arrested for possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, simple possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Lackey’s bond was set at $15,000, secured.  A District Court date was scheduled on May 24.

25-year-old Quantaey Lewis McDonald of Statesville was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, communicating threats, larceny, damage to property and possession of marijuana.  McDonald was held without bond for communicating threats.  He was given a $25,000 secured bond on the other charges.  McDonald will appear in District Court on May 16.

21-year-old Shabaz Daequan Lovette of Statesville was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, no operator’s license and displaying a fictitious tag.  His bond was set at $5,000, secured.  A District Court date was scheduled for August 8.  He has another court date coming up on May 31 on a misdemeanor marijuana charge and a Superior Court date on July 10 for felony breaking & entering.

23-year-old Christopher Dalton Oberle of 21st Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 7 p.m. Friday (May 5) on two felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture a schedule VI controlled substance and driving while impaired.

On May 2, Hickory Police responded to a call regarding an unconscious subject in a vehicle at the intersection of Highway 321 N.W., across from the Sunoco gas station.  In the vehicle, Police found ten grams of heroin, five dosage units of Oxycodone, 33.5 dosage units of Clonazepam and eight dosage units of Xanax.

Oberle was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,650, secured.  He has since been released.  He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (May 8) in Newton.

25-year-old Roger Aaron Oxendine of 20th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:30 Friday night (May 5) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine.  The warrant for his arrest was issued on January 3 of this year.  In all, Oxendine faces two felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and two felony counts of trafficking cocaine.

He was taken into custody without incident at the ABC Store on North Center Street in Hickory.  Oxendine was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $65,000 secured bond.  He has since been released.  The suspect was scheduled to appear in Superior Court on all the drug charges today (May 8) in Newton.

30-year-old Felicia Denise Kennedy of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory and 30-year-old Jennifer Lynn Moss of West 19th Street in Newton were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 4 p.m. Friday.  Kennedy was charged with two felony counts of habitual larceny and one misdemeanor count each of possession of stolen goods and first-degree trespassing.  Moss faces one count of felony larceny and one count of misdemeanor larceny.

They were arrested after Officers responded to a shoplifting call at Dillard’s in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall.  The suspects, Kennedy and Moss, were no longer on the scene by the time Police arrived.  Personnel at Dillard’s reported that the two women had also concealed items May 1.

The N.C. State Highway Patrol stopped a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description on 13th Avenue Drive S.E., near the KOBE restaurant.  Multiple items from Dillard’s, Victoria's Secret, Academy Sports & Outdoors and J.C. Penny were recovered from the vehicle.  The stolen items had an estimated value of $3,500.

Both women were taken into custody without incident.  They were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Kennedy set at $80,000, secured, while Moss was given a $22,000 secured bond.  First appearances in District Court were set for today (May 8) in Newton.

57-year-old Neil David Krasnigor has been arrested on charges from Iredell County for indecent liberties with a minor and assault on a female.

On March 27, took a report filed by Iredell-Statesville Schools regarding a schoolteacher at the Mt. Mourne International Baccalaureate School in Mooresville who allegedly touched students inappropriately.  The investigation was assigned to Detective Patrick Dixson of the Special Victim’s Unit.  Additional students were interviewed and several new witnesses were identified.

The District Attorney’s Office reviewed the incident and charged Krasnigor with seven counts of indecent liberties and one count of assault.  Krasnigor was arrested by Cabarrus Co. Sheriff’s Officers on May 3.  He was jailed under a $100,000 secured bond.  An appearance in District Court was set for today (May 8).

46-year-old Randy Allen Taylor of Cindi Lane in Claremont has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriffs officers as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.  He has also been charged by Probation & Parole Officers in Catawba County for a felony probation violation.

Allen is wanted in the Dickenson County town of Clintwood, Virginia for felony larceny of a motor vehicle.  He is on probation in North Carolina following a November 2015 felony conviction in Catawba County for larceny, obtaining property by false pretenses and receiving a stolen vehicle.

Allen was served with the fugitive warrant yesterday (May 4) at the Catawba Co. Detention Facility, where he has been since April 28.  Bond was set at $60,000, secured.  A District Court date on the fugitive warrant was set for today, with Superior Court appearance for the probation violation coming up on June 15.

22-year-old Drafton Douglas Davis, Jr. of Grassy Court, 20-year-old Rakeem Deshon McCree of East Fifth Avenue and 21-year-old Benshawn Theron Robertson of South Marietta Street, all from Gastonia, have been arrested in connection to an armed robbery in Lincolnton.  They were each charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of stolen goods.

At about 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, Lincolnton Police responded to a reported armed robbery in the parking lot at a local business.  Officers spoke to the victim, who said he had arranged to sell a pair of Nike Air Jordan tennis shoes to a person he met through social media.  The victim met with the potential buyer in the parking lot.  Other subjects were with the potential buyer.  As they discussed the shoes, one of the subjects pulled out a handgun and demanded the sneakers, money and the victim’s watch.  The victim complied.  He was not injured.  

The victim got a description of the suspect vehicle, including the N.C. license tag number.  He was also able to provide Officers with specific information about the robbery.  

Probable cause was developed and warrants were issued for Drafton Davis and Rakeem McCree.  Both subjects were entered into the National Crime Information Center’s database as wanted persons.  Investigators also contacted authorities in Gaston County in an attempt to locate both men.
On March 27, Davis was arrested and was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $21,000 secured bond.  At the time of his arrest, Davis was on probation as the result of a previous common law robbery conviction.  He had a court date in late March.  No additional appearances are listed at this time.  

On April 13, McCree was arrested in Gaston County and jailed under a $50,000 secured bond.  He has a May 18 court date pending in Lincoln County.  At the time of the robbery, McCree also had active felony warrants in Gaston County for uttering a forged instrument, forgery of endorsement, obtaining property by false pretense and a felony probation violation.  McRee is a validated member of the Bloods street gang and was also on probation at the time of his arrest.

Yesterday (May 4), Gastonia Police were investigating another armed robbery in which the suspects had been identified.  One of them was Benshawn Robertson.  Gastonia Detectives compared evidence with Lincolnton Detectives and determined that Robertson was involved in the March 27 robbery, along with Davis and McCree.  

Robertson was arrested in Gaston County on warrants from both robberies.  He was jailed under a $125,000 secured bond.  A court date in Lincoln County will be scheduled next week.

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