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Monday, 19 January 2015 14:09

Lenoir Man Charged with Felony Larceny

36-year-old Christopher Eugene Shook of Fave Place in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (January 18) by Lenoir Police on a charge of felony larceny. Following his arrest, Shook was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $12,000, secured. No court date is currently listed.

On January 15, Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit & Criminal Investigative Unit, assisted by the N.C. S.B.I. Clandestine Laboratory Response Team, executed a search warrant at a residence on Smith Henson Road in Sugar Grove. The search took place near the area of a murder that occurred last Thursday (January 14) and resulted in four arrests.

During a search of the residence and surrounding property, Detectives located numerous items that had previously been used in the production of methamphetamine. The items included Drano crystals (sodium hydroxide), nail polish remover (acetone), instant cold packs (ammonium nitrate) and drain cleaner (sulfuric acid). Also found were remnants of the same types of items, including discarded and partially burned Hydrogen Chloride (HCL) gas generators, 20 ounce bottles containing ammonium nitrate and pieces of lithium from batteries (which are known as “one pot” meth labs) and packages of pseudoephedrine products.

The hazardous waste was disposed of in accordance with state and federal law the S.B.I.

The investigation is still underway. Charges are expected.

26-year-old Lucas Duran Sanders and 27-year-old Jeni Leigh Lemaire of Clay Apartment Court in Lenoir were arrested by Agents with the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office I.C.E. Unit Thursday (January 15). They were both charged with one felony count each for manufacturing methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance.

The two were arrested for cooking methamphetamine at their apartment in Lenoir. The lab was the first investigated by the Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit this year.

The investigation began as the result of a complaint filed by a social worker from the Department of Social Services. The social worker was conducting an inspection with Jeni Leigh Lemaire at the suspects’ residence when the social worker became concerned about items she saw that were consistent with drug use.

The Sheriff’s Office was called in to investigate. Officers conducted a consent search, leading to the discovery of drug paraphernalia and materials used to manufacture meth. Officers then secured the residence while an Agent with the I.C.E. Unit applied for a search warrant. A Special Agent with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation also responded and assisted with the investigation.

Agents executed the search warrant and found precursor chemicals used to manufacture meth, along with three “one pot” meth labs. Lemaire was taken into custody and interviewed at the Sheriff’s Office. Sanders was found later Friday evening at a residence in Lenoir. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed and processed.

Both suspects were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond for each set at $100,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for tomorrow (January 20) in Lenoir.      

Sheriff Alan Jones commended the social worker for following up on her suspicions and getting law enforcement involved.

43-year-old Danny Don Delgado of Rebecca Jane Drive in Mooresville has been charged with one count each of assault on a government official or employee and resisting a public officer.

The incident occurred at the Iredell County Detention Center at about 11 a.m. Monday (January 12) when Deputy Joseph Prevette saw inmate Danny Delgado in violation of Detention Center rules. The Deputy approached Delgado and began to speak to him when Delgado swung at and hit the Deputy. A struggle ensued. Other Detention Officers quickly arrived and assisted in gaining control of the inmate.

Delgado and Deputy Prevette sustained only minor injuries.

Delgado had been in custody since April 26 of last year for assault on a female, violation of a protective order, statutory rape or sex offence and indecent liberties with a child. He is currently being held under a total bond of $150,000. Delgado will appear in District Court on the latest charges on January 28 and in Superior Court on February 2 on the other charges.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are continuing their investigation into a home invasion that occurred in Denver on January 10, first reported on WHKY on Tuesday (January 13).

Investigators have since learned that on the night of the incident, the homeowner made a number of telephone calls to websites that provide escort services. Investigators say the actions of the homeowner led to the home invasion. The homeowner was interviewed at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday and admitted to contacting the escort services. Possible charges are pending.

Major Crimes Unit Detective Lt. Tim Johnson says citizens in the neighborhood should feel safe. Nonetheless, the Sheriff’s Office encourages homeowners to lock their doors, turn on alarm systems and protect their property.

The victim suffered cuts to his lip and face during the incident, but refused treatment when asked if he needed to be checked by E.M.S. Stolen during the break-in were firearms valued at $3,100, electronic equipment valued at $3,500, credit cards and about $1,000 in cash.

36-year-old Jamie Cook Fox and 38-year-old Heath Lee Simmons, who are both listed as homeless persons from Hickory, along with 29-year-old Timothy Ray Whisenant, Jr. of Lick Mountain Drive in Hudson, were all arrested by Hickory Police late Wednesday or early Thursday (January 14 & 15). They were all charged with felony possession or distribution of immediate meth precursor chemicals with intent to manufacture and misdemeanor breaking & entering. Fox was also charged with resisting an officer on a warrant from 2014, while Simmons faces additional charges from Caldwell County dating back to last year for failure to appear on one count each of possession of stolen goods and possession of a stolen automobile.

Their arrests came about as the result of information received by Police regarding subjects using an abandoned warehouse to make meth. Officers on foot patrol on the 900 block of 16th Street N.E. saw a car occupied by a female outside a warehouse on 10th Avenue N.E. As Officers spoke to the woman, two subjects, Fox and Whisenant, came out of the warehouse. Police located a third person, Simmons, inside the building.

When questioned, Simmons showed Officers where the precursor chemicals were located within the structure. Police then cleared the scene and notified the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. S.B.I. Agents arrived yesterday (January 15) and processed the scene.

All three suspects were taken into custody on the scene without incident. The female who Officers encountered in the car was not charged.

The three were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Fox was set at $52,000, secured. Simmons was given a $65,000 secured bond and Whisenant was placed under a $20,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for today.

Thursday, 15 January 2015 13:45

Lenoir Man Arrested after Living in Stolen Car

27-year-old Devan Hawk Enloe of Blue Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested yesterday by Agents with the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s I.C.E. Unit on one felony count each of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and chop shop activity - altering a vehicle identification number. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of driving while license revoked, displaying a fictitious registration plate and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Agents stopped Enloe at the intersection of Creekway Drive and Main Street in Lenoir after he was spotted driving a 1997 Honda Accord with an expired license plate. After the stop, Agents learned Enloe’s driver’s license was revoked and the license plate on the vehicle was fictitious. Enloe was taken into custody.

Upon further investigation, Agents learned the vehicle had been reported stolen from Granite Falls last December. Agents also noticed the ignition switch had been damaged and looked to have been altered. The VIN number on the dashboard had been switched with another Honda and the VIN number on the doorframe had been scratched off. The Honda’s real VIN number was a match with the vehicle stolen from Granite Falls.

Agents impounded and searched the vehicle, leading to the discovery of drug paraphernalia. Bags of Enloe’s clothing were also found in the car, leading Agents to the conclusion that Enloe had been living in the stolen car.

Agents are familiar with the suspect, who they say has a past criminal history. Enloe declined to be interviewed and was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Bond was set at $50,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (January 15) in Lenoir.

46-year-old Mavis Yvette Clark of Emmanuel Church Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:15 last night (January 14) on one misdemeanor count of larceny and one felony count of habitual larceny.

She is accused of stealing one 24-ounce can of beer from the Total Convenience Market on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Clark has previous larceny convictions in 1995 and 1998 and two convictions last year.

Clark was taken into custody without incident at the store and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Hickory.

The Watauga Co. Sheriff’s Office has released a brief, preliminary statement regarding an “alleged” homicide on Smith Henson Road in Sugar Grove.

Two men and one woman are currently in custody. Neither their identities nor the identity of the victim have been released.

No injuries to responding Sheriff’s Officers were reported.

Yesterday (January 14), Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) was named by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling to serve as the Vice Chairman of the full committee for the 114th Congress.

During the 113th Congress, McHenry led the committee's efforts to investigate racial and gender discrimination at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau while serving as the Chairman of the committee's Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee.

McHenry has served on the Financial Services Committee since his first term in 2005. In addition to serving as Vice Chairman of the full committee, McHenry will be a member of the Capital Markets & Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee, as well as the Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee.