More information released in the arrest of 31-year-old Tony Timothy Martin of Gene Moretz Lane in Hickory. He was arrested by Hickory Police early Thursday morning (June 8) on one felony count each of larceny of a motor vehicle and obtaining property by false pretense, plus misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property and resisting a public officer. He was arrested on outstanding warrants dated June 2, 2017. The resisting charge was filed Thursday.
Events leading to his arrest began on June 7 when Officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot at a retail store on Highway 70 S.W. Upon arrival, Officers saw a green Toyota Camry parked on the southwest side of the building. The driver, Tony Martin, had two outstanding felony warrants and one outstanding misdemeanor warrant.
During the arrest, Martin resisted Officers, but was detained without further incident. In the vehicle, Officers found ammunition, two shotguns, a .45-caliber ACP rifle, an Airsoft handgun and a BB handgun. A male passenger was not cited or charged.
Martin was arrested at about 20 minutes past midnight Thursday. He remains in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,500 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on June 12 and July 19 in Newton.
58-year-old Brantley Blackburn of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 8 a.m. yesterday (June 8) for failure to appear on one felony count of possession of stolen goods and misdemeanor counts of shoplifting and assault on a female.
He was taken into custody at an address on 1st Street S.W. in Hickory. Following his arrest, Blackburn was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $13,000 secured bond. He will appear in District Court on June 27 in Newton.
49-year-old James Arthur Kendrick of Hickory was given an active prison term of six-to-eight years after he pleaded guilty to trafficking opium by possession. The Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County, issued the sentence during Catawba County Superior Court yesterday (June 7). In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Pomeroy also imposed a mandatory fine of $50,000. The defendant will serve his term in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
A confidential informant purchased marijuana from Kendrick on February 5 of 2014. A day later, officers with the Hickory Police Department Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at Kendrick’s Hickory residence. During the search, numerous varieties of pills were seized, along with drug paraphernalia, cash and a handgun. Kendrick also was caught attempting to discard marijuana.
The case was investigated by the Hickory Police Department’s Narcotics Unit. Sean Baetjer handled the prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
40-year-old Angela Kelso McCollum of the Taylorsville Highway and 43-year-old Scottie Eugene Hopkins of Suzanne Lane, both from Statesville, have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with conspiracy to sell & deliver a schedule III controlled substance. McCollum was also charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
They were arrested in connection to an investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit into the sale of methamphetamine in the western part of Iredell County.
The two were under investigation when Hopkins was arrested on unrelated charges. While in the Iredell Co. Detention Center, Hopkins was mailed a letter by Angela McCollum. Investigators intercepted the letter and examined the letter and the envelope. Enclosed in the envelope were small pieces of a Suboxone strip that had been hidden inside.
McCollum was arrested and jailed under a $15,000 secured bond. Hopkins was served with the conspiracy warrant. He was given a $10,000 secured bond on that charge.
McCollum has a criminal history that includes larceny and worthless checks. Hopkins has a long criminal history, including numerous drug charges, as well as assault, B&E and larceny charges, among others.
26-year-old Shawn Donnell Whren, Jr. of Statesville has been arrested by Statesville Police on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and first-degree burglary.
He was wanted in connection to an incident that occurred Sunday night (June 4) in Alexander County, previously reported on WHKY on June 5. Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers responded to a stabbing at a residence on Highway 90 East in Stony Point where they found 66-year-old Steven Anderson of Stony Point suffering from multiple stab wounds.
Investigators learned that the suspect broke into the victim’s residence where he confronted the victim and demanded money. The suspect then stabbed Mr. Anderson. The suspect left the residence with an undisclosed amount of money. Investigators say the victim and the suspect were acquaintances.
At about nine o’clock last night (June 7), Statesville Police found Whren walking on Old Salisbury Road, near Hunt Street. After a brief foot pursuit, Whren was arrested and taken before a Magistrate.
He was placed in the Iredell County Jail under a $250,000 secured bond. He was then taken to the Alexander County Detention Center. No court date in Alexander County is currently listed.
Alexander Co. Sheriff Chris Bowman expressed his appreciation to the Statesville Police Department for their assistance in the case.
23-year-old Donald Clay Helton of White Eagle Ranch Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 12:30 yesterday afternoon (June 6) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.
Helton was arrested in connection to an incident on May 23 when Officers responded to a larceny at Best Buy. An investigation led to the identification and arrest of 24-year-old Chelsea Olivia Fox of the same address on White Eagle Ranch Road. She was charged with misdemeanor larceny. Officers then learned that multiple items had been pawned by Fox and Helton. A warrant for Helton’s arrest was issued on June 1.
Helton was taken into custody without incident at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
54-year-old Lester Ray Bradshaw, Jr. of Johnstown Road in Crouse has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with one felony count each of trafficking heroin or opium by possession and possession with intent to sell & deliver schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.
Yesterday (June 6), Officers with the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit arrested Bradshaw for trafficking a large amount of opioid pain pills. The arrest came during a traffic stop near the intersection of N.C. Highway 27 East and Orchard Road in Iron Station. Officers stopped the vehicle for an expired registration plate.
During the stop, Detectives saw a passenger, Lester Ray Bradshaw, shoving plastic zip-lock bags in his pants. After a search of the subject’s clothing, Detectives seized more than 33 grams (80 tablets) of Hydrocodone pills and more than half an ounce of marijuana. Detectives say the man was attempting to hide the drugs, but part of the plastic bag was sticking out of the front of his pants, in plain view. Investigators interviewed the man, who admitted to purchasing the pills to re-sell for profit.
Bradshaw faces the highest level of trafficking charges, carrying a possibility of 225 months in prison if convicted. The investigation is ongoing.
Following his arrest, Bradshaw was given a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was set for today.
21-year-old Antaisha Adell Allred of Triangle Circle in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 5:10 yesterday afternoon (June 5) on one felony count of insurance fraud. On H.P.D.’s arrest report, the complainant is listed as the Department of Insurance and the suspect’s employer is listed as a local home healthcare company.
Allred was arrested without incident at the Hickory Police Department. She was released about 30 minutes later under a $4,500 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
23-year-old Sarah Marie Ibrahim of Bethel Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:40 p.m. yesterday (June 5) on one felony count of defeating an anti-shoplifting device, plus misdemeanor counts of shoplifting, failure to appear on a larceny charge and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
She was arrested after Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Dollar General store on Highway 70 S.W. The reporting party said a white female concealed items while in the store. The subject, later identified as Sarah Ibrahim, initially provided false identification. She was arrested and charged with shoplifting and resisting, and was also charged on two outstanding warrants, which were issued last month.
Ibrahim was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured. She’ll appear in a Burke County courtroom on June 27 with a court date in Newton the following day.
35-year-old Jennifer Michelle Taylor of Keener Acres Street in Lincolnton was charged with one felony count each of larceny by servant or other employee and possession of stolen goods.
Taylor is accused of stealing lottery tickets from the business where she worked. The missing tickets were discovered when a representative of the Lottery Commission came to the Handy Corner Convenience Store on Startown Road in Lincolnton to conduct a routine audit of their records. The tickets were discovered missing during the investigation. They were cashed at a convenience store in Cherryville.
Detectives viewed surveillance video from the store in Cherryville and sent a photo of the suspect to the owner of the Handy Corner. The owner identified the suspect as Jennifer Taylor, who was an employee. Detectives interviewed Taylor, who confessed to the crime.
Taylor was arrested on June 1 was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center. She was then released under a $1,500 secured bond. She’ll appear in District Court on June 27.