Wednesday, 10 April 2019 11:08

Connelly Springs Woman Busted on Meth Charge

51-year-old Debra Kay Eastham of Cara Drive in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:45 yesterday afternoon (April 9) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Events leading to her arrest began when Officers responded to a reported suspicious vehicle (a red, 2006 Chevrolet Aveo) behind an import auto repair shop on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. During the incident, Officers found 16.7 grams of methamphetmine, one dosage unit of Oxycodone, and drug paraphernalia.

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

44-year-old James Paul Dugger of U.S. Highway 70A East in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 6:40 p.m. yesterday (April 9) for failure to appear on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with indecent exposure.

The original incident leading to Dugger's arrest occurred in July 2017. At that time, Officers on foot patrol at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory found 0.1 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Dugger was taken into custody without incident yesterday at the Budget Inn. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $51,000. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for April 15 on the exposure charge and on May 6 on the drug charge, both in Newton.

44-year-old Jammie Ray Pittman of Della Drive in Connelly Springs has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff's Officers on felony counts of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pittman was arrested after Officers received calls regarding heavy vehicle traffic and disturbances at the Della Drive residence. Burke County Narcotics Detectives launched an investigation. On March 28, Deputies and a SWAT team served a search warrant on the residence.

The SWAT team breached the front door of the residence and detained several people, including Jammie Ray Pittman. The search led to the discovery of schedule I controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.

Pittman was placed in the Burke/Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on April 17 in Morganton.

45-year-old Jennifer Dawn Coleman of Kela Court in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:25 yesterday afternoon (April 8) on one felony count of habitual larceny. She was taken into custody without incident at a grocery store on 14th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Coleman was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

31-year-old Andrew Marquese Izard of 11th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Sunday night (April 7) on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and possession of a firearm by a felon, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.

Izard was arrested after Police conducted a traffic stop on the 100 block of 9th Avenue S.E. in Hickory. During the incident, Officers found 14 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a .40-caliber handgun, and ammunition.

Izard was taken into custody at about 9:50 last night and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $17,500. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (April 8) in Newton.

29-year-old Vincent Paul Deritis of Arrowhead Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested at about 2:15 yesterday afternoon (April 17) on one felony count of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

On March 19, Hickory Police received a cyber-tip from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. As a result of the investigation, warrants were issued and Deritis was taken into custody after he was discharged from Catawba Valley Medical Center. According to Police reports, he had gone to the hospital after stabbing himself in the chest with a knife.

Deritis was arrested at the hospital and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

52-year-old Mary Ann Teague of Norwood Street in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (April 5) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

She was arrested as Officers were conducting surveillance late last night at a convenience store on 2nd Avenue N.W. when they saw a suspicious vehicle. During the incident, Police found 0.4 grams of methamphetamine.

Teague was taken into custody without incident at about 1 a.m. today at a nearby fast-food restaurant on Highway 321 N.W. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

30-year-old Amber Lynn Edwards of Kenny Lane in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before eleven o'clock last night (April 4) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

She was arrested after Officers stopped a vehicle in the parking lot at a convenience store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. During the incident, Officers found 0.3 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Amber Lynn Edwards, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was taken into custody without incident.

She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $3,000 bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

38-year-old Grady Scott Bumgarner of 18th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (April 5) on one felony count of failure to appear. It is not clear on which charges Bumgarner failed to appear, but he does have upcoming District Court appearances scheduled for April 25 & 26 on misdemeanor counts of larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia, and 2nd-degree trespassing. The warrant for his arrest was issued on March 18.

Bumgarner was taken into custody without incident at about 12:30 a.m. today at a convenience store on 16th Street N.E. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,000. He was longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County as of 11 a.m. today. According to H.P.D.'s arrest report, an appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for May 6 in Newton.

Lincoln County Deputies are investigating the theft of commercial equipment from a work site on Christalina Lane in Denver, N.C.

Deputies were dispatched to the site Wednesday (April 3) where they were told that two skid steers were stolen from the construction site between April 2 and the morning of April 3.

The skid steers are a black & yellow 2003 John Deere 260 and a black & yellow 1998 New Holland LX865. The equipment is valued at $24,000. Both skid steers have been entered into the National Crime Information Center's (N.C.I.S.) database as stolen.

Anyone with information regarding the theft should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

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