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Friday, 23 January 2015 10:24

Boone Man Faces Felony Child Sex Charges

39-year-old John Edward Greene of Chestnut Grove Road in Boone was arrested by Watauga County Sheriff’s Officers Wednesday (January 21). Greene was charged with one count of statutory sex offense with a 13, 14 or 15 year old and one count of indecent liberties with a child.

Events leading to his arrest began on January 5 when the Sheriff’s Office received a report from Watauga County Department of Social Services alleging that a 15-year-old juvenile had been sexually assaulted on January 3 at a residence in Watauga County.

The Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Unit, D.S.S., the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Blue Ridge and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation conducted an investigation into the incident. Interviews were conducted with numerous individuals. As a result of the investigation, Greene was charged and arrested.

Greene was placed in the Watauga County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond. A court date was set for February 19.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Caldwell County Department of Social Services is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenage girl, 16-year-old Makayla Worley.

Worley, who sometimes goes by Kayla, was last seen on August 31 when she left a Youth Shelter in Gastonia. She is 5’8” inches tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds with long brown hair and brown eyes.

Worley is believed to be in the Gaston or Mecklenburg county areas.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Makayla Worley should contact the Caldwell County Department of Social Services at 828-426-8280, the Gastonia Police Department at 704-866-6702 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-843-5678.

18-year-old Tyreke Dreshawn Alexander of Buffalo Shoals Road in Lincolnton was arrested yesterday (January 21) by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of robbery with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor counts of assault inflicting serious injury and simple assault. His arrest comes in connection to an incident that resulted in the arrest last Saturday (January 17) of 16-year-old Jontavius Javez Littlejohn, which was reported Tuesday (January 20) on WHKY. Warrants have also been issued for 18-year-old Damarcus Deshaun Dixon, who lists addresses in Lincolnton and Charlotte. Dixon is charged with one felony count each of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and aiding & abetting armed robbery. He is also charged with misdemeanor assault & battery.

The January 17 incident involved a man who was assaulted and his was vehicle stolen when he drove some of the suspects to an area on Westdale Lane in Lincolnton to buy marijuana. The victim was beaten and stabbed in the arm before running away from the scene. His 2002 Jeep Liberty was stolen, but recovered several hours later on Lee Avenue in Lincolnton.

Detective Matt Burgess will also submit information to Juvenile Services regarding a 15-year-old male who was also involved in the incident. Originally, it was believed that three suspects were involved in the incident, but during the course of the investigation, it was determined that four people were involved.

Following his arrest, Alexander was placed in the Lincoln County Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond. Littlejohn also remains in jail under a $15,000 secured bond. No court date is currently listed for Alexander. Littlejohn’s next appearance in a Lincoln County courtroom was set for February 5.

Anyone with information about the incident or the whereabouts of Damarcus Deshaun Dixon should contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

73-year-old Grady Samuel Hicks of Damascus Church Road in Statesville has been arrested on 16 counts of felony first-degree sex offense with a child and two counts of sexual offense with a child by an adult offender.

On December 30, 2014, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office took a report from the victim’s father stating that his child had recently disclosed that he had been sexually abused by a family friend in the past.

The case was assigned to Detective Sergeant Mike Benfield of the Special Victims Unit. The victim, now 17 years of age, was taken to the Dove House for a forensic interview. During the interview, the victim said that while staying with Grady Hicks, a family friend, Hicks performed sexual acts on the victim.

The incidents allegedly began when the child was five years old and continued until he was 11. Hicks and additional witnesses were interviewed and Hicks was arrested.

Hicks was arrested and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $750,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on February 6.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information should contact the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180.

27-year-old Joshua Alan Fenstermacher of Shelton Avenue in Statesville has been charged as a sex offender unlawfully on school premises.

On January 13, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit was notified by Probation & Parole that Fenstermacher had been seen in the parking lot at Statesville High School.

Fenstermacher is currently a registered sex offender in Iredell County. He registered in July 2014 after moving to Iredell County from New York. N.C. state law states that certain sex offenders are not allowed to be on the premises of a place primarily for the use of children, such as a school or day care.

Deputies from the Special Victims Unit investigated the incident and obtained a felony warrant for Fenstermacher’s arrest. He was taken into custody on January 14 and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court on January 26.

Thursday, 22 January 2015 09:41

New Business Opens in Newton

The City of Newton welcomed a new business to the city with a ribbon cutting ceremony last Friday (January 16). Liberty Tax Service is located at The Market Place shopping center, 2725 Northwest Boulevard, Suite H1, between Bi-Lo and Big Lots. Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman, as well as representatives from Newton City Council, the Newton Business Advisory Committee, the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce and First Citizens Bank, were all on-hand for the ceremony.

The business employs about 10 people and offers preparation and filing of tax returns, Affordable Care Act enrollment assistance and accounting services focusing on small businesses.

Husband-and-wife team Drew and Jacki Collins chose Newton as the location for their venture late last year. His work will focus on the accounting end of the business, while she will serve as Liberty Tax Service’s Affordable Care Act specialist. The Collinses, who have a 4-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter, plan to finish the 2015 tax season before relocating their family to a home near Newton.

For more information, call Liberty Tax Service at 828-348-0986.

39-year-old Primitivo Hernandez of Chestnut Grove Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on 28 counts of statutory rape of a 13, 14 or 15 year old.

On January 9, the School Resource Officer at North Iredell High School received a report from a student regarding sexual abuse. The case was assigned to Detective Sergeant Amy Dyson of the Special Victims Unit.

The victim was taken to the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center for a forensic interview. During the interview, the child disclosed ongoing sexual abuse by a family member at several locations in Iredell County. The incidents allegedly occurred from September of 2012 through December of last year. Potential witnesses were identified and interviewed and the suspect was located and interviewed.

Following his arrest, Hernandez was placed in the Iredell County Detention center under a $2 million bond. He will next appear in District Court on February 9.

53-year-old Michael Clarence Hood of Cottrell Hill Road in Lenoir was arrested early this morning (January 21) on three felony counts each of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance.

His arrest came about as the result of an investigation involving the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, the Lenoir Police Department and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. The agencies began investigating Hood several months ago after receiving numerous complaints of suspected drug activity at his residence.

After I.C.E. Agents made several undercover drug buys from Hood, the Sheriff’s SWAT team executed the search warrant early this morning. Agents searched the home and seized a quantity of oxycodone, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, over $4,000 in cash, and 24 handguns. The drugs seized have an estimated street value of $1,600.

Hood and another individual, whose identity was not released, were taken into custody without incident. Hood was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. He’ll make a first appearance in District Court tomorrow in Lenoir.

According to a press release from the NCDOT, all lanes have reopened on Interstate 85 Northbound near Exit 22 in Gaston County after an overturned tractor-trailer shut down the interstate this morning.

All lanes reopened shortly before 11 a.m. Some congestion remained in the area as traffic flow returned to normal. Motorists are asked to stay alert and use caution when traveling through the area.

Additional charges have been filed against 40-year-old Danny Lee Hensley of Matthew Miller Road in Vale. He was initially arrested on charges of second-degree rape, kidnapping, sex offense in a parental role and first-degree sex offense with a child, as reported December 22, 2014 on WHKY.

Those charges were filed after Lincolnton Police on December 14 took a report alleging child molestation. After further investigation evidence was found to charge the suspect.

Yesterday (January 20), Detective Brent Heavner charged Hensley with 80 counts of kidnapping, 80 counts of indecent liberties with a child and attempted first-degree rape, as well as one misdemeanor count of communicating threats.

Hensley has been confined in the Lincoln County Jail with bond on the latest charges set at $1 million, secured. He was due in a Lincoln County courtroom today.