Monday, 15 August 2016 07:54

Newton Teen Faces B&E and Larceny Charges

18-year-old Tanu Lefoi Wilson of Wembley Drive in Newton has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering. He was jailed yesterday (August 14) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. Wilson was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.

30-year-old Jacque Demar Morrison of Horseshoe Lake Road, 62-year-old Robert Michael Burton of Car Farm Road and 39-year-old Tyron Tremaine Jackson of Babs Court, all from Lincolnton, were arrested Thursday (August 11) by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers for the sale of crack cocaine. Morrison and Jackson each face felony charges for the sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance, four counts for Morrison and three counts for Jackson. Burton and Jackson were each charged with felony counts of conspiracy to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, two counts for Burton and one count for Jackson. Burton was also charged with felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lincoln County Narcotics Detectives say the arrests were the result of citizens’ complaints concerning drug activity in the Buffalo Shoals / Car Farm Road area. Several investigations were launched, spanning a three-to-four month period. Surveillance and undercover techniques were used to purchase various amounts of crack cocaine from the individuals arrested. Detectives say the purchases occurred during daytime and nighttime hours at various locations in the area.

Following their arrests, all three suspects were jailed with bond for each set at $15,000, secured. The three men were scheduled to make first appearances in Lincoln County District Court on Friday (August 12).

29-year-old Rodolfo Joel Ulloa-Paz and 22-year-old Alan Israel Chavez-Cruz have been identified as the suspects in last Wednesday’s (August 10) chase that began in Charlotte and ended when the truck they were driving crashed in Catawba County. Ulloa-Paz was shot by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police at that time.

Ulloa-Paz remains in Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where he is critical condition. He will likely face several felony charges. Chavez-Cruz was charged with two counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, one count of discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon, one count of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of eluding arrest.

Chavez-Cruz was has been jailed under a $460,000 secured bond. A third suspect, 19-year-old Erik Lopez, was also charged in connection to the case. He faces one felony count of possession of a weapon of mass destruction. He was given a $20,000 secured bond. Chavez-Cruz and Lopez are due in court today (August 15).

No Officers were injured during the incident. Two people were shot in Charlotte during a carjacking as the incident began.

Some Morganton and Burke County residents on the City of Morganton’s water system may have found a stake in their yard this morning with information about water testing. City staff wants to make sure residents know the test is not from the city. The test is from a local company that sells water filtration systems.

According to a press release issued by the city, the city’s water is safe. The water exceeds all state and federal regulations and recently received North Carolina’s Area-Wide Optimization Award for a seventh straight year. According to Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Jason Green, the “tests” are really the start of a sales solicitation.

The city already offers free water tests year-round, and those tests don’t come with a sales pitch.

Residents can read the city’s latest water quality report online here or call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.

36-year-old Eric Jay Ramirez of Homestead Drive in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at three o’clock yesterday afternoon (August 11) on one felony count each for the sale of cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture a counterfeit schedule II controlled substance.

He was taken into custody at H.P.D. headquarters and given a $3,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

18-year-old Damieon Michael Horton of Highway 321 in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:40 a.m. yesterday (August 11) on a bill of indictment for felony breaking & entering and a misdemeanor larceny charge. The warrants for his arrest were issued in June of this year. The complainant listed on the H.P.D. arrest report is the Catawba Co. Clerk of Court.

Horton was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $11,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance on the B&E charge was set for today, with another court date on the larceny charge coming up on August 24.

32-year-old Rhiannon Nicole Forrest of Porter Road, 37-year-old Ai Chai See of East Broad Street, 25-year-old Spring Marie Fassett of Cedar Ridge Loop and 34-year-old Michael Allen Walkup of Hillsdale Lane, all from Statesville, along with 33-year-old Tony Lee of 1st Avenue in Hickory, have all been arrested on meth-related charges.

Shortly after 1 p.m. on August 9, Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers with the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (A.C.E) Team went to the Brookwood Inn on East Broad Street after learning that a wanted person was staying in a room. When Deputies made contact with someone in the room, they smelled the strong odor of burned methamphetamine and saw a smoke cloud coming from the room.

When Deputies entered the room, they found eight people hiding inside. Deputies searched the room and found several grams of methamphetamine, over 250 grams of a cutting agent to prepare meth for sale, several plastic bags, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia.

Tony Lee and Michael Walkup were issued citations for possession of drug paraphernalia and were released. Kaw Yang was arrested on outstanding warrants for a domestic violence protection order violation and two simple assault charges. He was held without bond. Rhiannon Forrest, Spring Fassett and Ai Chai See were arrested and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were each given a $20,000 secured bond. Yang has a court date on August 29. Forrest, Fassett and See are due in court on August 25.

Forrest is currently out on a $250,000 secured bond for two counts of trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  

Thursday, 11 August 2016 17:29

Morganton Woman Charged with B&E and Larceny

24-year-old Heather Traywick Kelley of Watts Street in Morganton has been arrested by Officers in Burke County on felony counts of breaking & entering and larceny.

Yesterday (August 10), Burke County Deputies responded to an alarm at Southern Legacy on Highway 18 South. Deputies found the door open and asked Emergency Communications to notify the business owner.

A witness who lives nearby told Officers he saw a female enter the business by prying the door open with a metal bar. The witness described the suspect and told Officers she drove away in a silver Hyundai.

The business owner identified the suspect as Heather Kelley. Morganton Public Safety located the suspect a short time later and took her into custody.

Kelley was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.

The investigation is ongoing. Further charges are pending.

Thursday, 11 August 2016 17:26

Hickory Man Charged with Indecent Exposure

55-year-old Michael Cliff Brown of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. was arrested at about 8:30 Wednesday morning (August 10) on one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure.

He is accused of standing in front of the Life House while naked, shouting as passers-by. The Life House, located on 2nd Avenue Place S.E., is described as a Christian resource center for the homeless and others facing hardship.

Brown was taken into custody at the Life House and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $600 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for September 14 in Newton.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 12:09

Hickory Woman Accused of Food Stamp Fraud

45-year-old Olga Maria Vargas of 18th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at eight o’clock this morning on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses and one misdemeanor count each of food stamp or welfare fraud and obtaining public assistance by false pretenses.

She was arrested after D.S.S. reported an overpayment in food assistance.

H.P.D.’s arrest report does not indicate if Vargas was jailed and no bond amount or court dates were listed. She was not in custody as of this afternoon.

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