30-year-old LeighKathrine Mina of Burke Hollow Road in Boone has been arrested on a charge of felony first-degree kidnapping.  She was arrested by Burke County Detectives in Watauga County yesterday (January 23).

Mina was charged in connection to the January 18 kidnapping of Carlton Lamaar Edmonston.  31-year-old Robert Leroy Littleton III of Fleetwood, N.C. was previously arrested in Tennessee in connection to the same case.  Mina told authorities that she and Littleton had recently married, but she was unable to produce any documentation to verify the marriage.

The investigation into the kidnapping began last Friday (January 19) when Edmonston’s family contacted the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office.  The kidnappers called the victim’s family and demanded money.  Following Littleton’s arrest, the suspect told Investigators that Edmonston had been taken to a remote location in Tennessee where he was assaulted and abandoned.  Edmonston has not been found.

Mina was placed in Burke-Catawba District Confinement Center under a $200,000 bond.  She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Morganton.

The investigation in ongoing.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 11:53

Conover Man Charged on Second Fugitive Warrant

32-year-old Christopher Jihoon Kim of County Home Road in Conover was charged by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (January 23) on a warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

Kim is wanted in Frederick County, Virginia on three felony counts of attempting to obtain money by false pretense.  Warrants for his arrest were issued by the Winchester Police Department in Virginia for crimes that allegedly occurred on three different dates in August of 2016.

Kim was already a prisoner in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility, where he had been held since December 21 of last year on another fugitive warrant.  Total bond was set at $55,000, secured.  An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

25-year-old Sheleka Lucinda Tribble of 9th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (January 24) on one felony count of breaking & entering and one misdemeanor count of interfering with emergency communications.

Her arrest stems from an incident on January 13 when Hickory Police responded to Frye Regional Medical Center in reference to an assault that had occurred at a residence on 3rd Avenue S.E.   During the assault, multiple known suspects forcibly entered the residence.

Arrest warrants were issued for four suspects, including Sheleka Tribble.  She was taken into custody without incident just before 3 a.m. today.  Tribble was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $2,000, secured.  An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 11:26

Maiden Man Faces Felony Drug Charge

39-year-old Scott Duncan Robinson of Forest Drive in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:35 p.m. yesterday (January 23) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance.

Robinson was taken into custody without incident at a restaurant on 11th Street Court S.E. in Hickory.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured.  An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 11:26

Authorities Seek Missing Man from Lincolnton

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man, Richard Keith Purdue.  Mr. Purdue is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Mr. Purdue is a 53-year-old white male.  He is 5’5” tall and weighs 135 pounds.  He has black, ear-length hair and blue eyes.  Mr. Purdue was last seen at 1428 Little Valley Lane in Lincolnton.  He was wearing black jogging pants and a dark blue hoodie.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Richard Keith Purdue should call Det. Kelly Paris at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-735-8202.

18-year-old Derek Dwain Exline of Old Plank Road in Iron Station and 18-year-old Dax Moore Cranmer of Hickory Creek Drive in Denver have both been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers in connection to a residential break-in that occurred on December 14 of last year.  They were charged with one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.

The incident took place at a residence on Highway 16 South in Stanley.  Deputies responded to the call after it was reported that a back window had been broken and the back door kicked in.  Electronic equipment and jewelry valued at more than $1,500 were stolen.  

Fingerprints were collected and sent to the Gaston County Police Department for examination and entry in the Automated Fingerprint Identification System.  On January 12, Detective Greg Hager received information that the prints were a match for Exline and Cranmer.

Both suspects were arrested and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center with bond for each set at $20,000, secured.  Exline will appear in District Court on January 25, while Cranmer has a court date on February 8.

40-year-old Angle Dawn Deyton of County Home Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:20 p.m. yesterday on one felony count of conveying a message or weapon to a convict.  The warrant for her arrest was issued in Burke County.

Deyton was taken into custody without incident on the 400 block of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory.  She was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $5,000 unsecured bond.  An appearance in District Court was set for January 29 in Morganton.

25-year-old Marcus Gunnar McDowell of Harbor Drive in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday (January 20) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.  The warrants for his arrest were issued on January 2 of this year.

McDowell was taken into custody without incident at Catawba Valley Medical Center on Fairgrove Church Road.  He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond.  He has since been released.  McDowell was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today (January 22) in Newton.

48-year-old Deven Kirby Ward of 1st Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:30 Friday night (January 19) on one felony count each of possession of stolen goods and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.

Ward was arrested after Hickory Police stopped a vehicle with a stolen North Carolina license plate on the 900 block of 2nd Street N.E. The plate was reported stolen on December 28, 2017.  During the arrest, Officers found 1.4 grams of crack cocaine, 0.8 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Ward was taken into custody without incident.  He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released after a Bondsman posted an $8,000 secured bond.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (January 22) in Newton.

35-year-old Stephanie Lea Jonas of Highway 70 East in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police just after 2:30 Friday afternoon (January 19) on two felony counts of failure to appear on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, plus two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.  The warrants for her arrest were issued in March of last year.

Jonas was taken into custody without incident at an address on 26th Street S.E. in Hickory.  She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $46,000, secured.  Jonas will appear in District Court on February 21 and in Superior Court on March 19, both in Newton.  Another District Court date was scheduled for February 15 in Duplin County on the drug paraphernalia charge.

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