Hickory Police have released more information regarding the arrest of 21-year-old Fantazia Iesha Weeks of Morrow, Georgia. She was arrested at about 11:40 a.m. yesterday (December 29) on two felony counts of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by forgery or fraud.
She was arrested after Police responded to the Viewmont Pharmacy on 13th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Staff at the pharmacy reported that a woman was attempting to obtain Alprazolam and Promethazine using a fraudulent prescription. Authorities confirmed the fraud with the prescribing physician.
Officers took Weeks into custody without incident at the store. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for January 26 in Newton.
It was announced today (December 29) that Kaco USA Inc. will expand its production facility in Lincoln County. The company will hire an additional 100 workers over the next three years as it invests nearly $8.4 million there.
Kaco USA manufactures high-precision sealing solutions for the automotive industry. The company is part a German-based privately held manufacturer founded in 1914. Its Lincolnton plant is one of nine locations worldwide.
Kaco will add production, accounting and management personnel at its Lincolnton facility. Salaries will vary by position, but will average $34,580 per year.
Kaco USA’s expansion in North Carolina was made possible in part by a performance-based grant of up to $100,000 from the One North Carolina Fund. In addition to North Carolina Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C., other partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, Gaston College, Lincoln County and the Lincoln Economic Development Association.
19-year-old Marcus Brown of Dogwood Court in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 11 a.m. yesterday (December 28) on felony count of attempted robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons.
Brown was arrested in connection to an incident at the LifeWay Christian Store at 1714 Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. On H.P.D.’s arrest report, Brown is listed as an employee at the store.
At about 9:40 Wednesday morning, Brown allegedly entered the store holding a knife. He was identified during the attempted robbery and subsequently left the store without taking anything.
Police spotted the suspect vehicle and the suspect at Corinth Reformed United Church on 16th Avenue N.W. in Hickory. He did have a knife in his possession at the time of his arrest. Brown was taken into custody without incident.
He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
53-year-old Clifford Dean Kerley is wanted by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office. Kerley is a sex offender whose last known address was a building located at the Taylorsville Cemetery.
Kerley has not been seen since the summer of 2015. There are active warrants for Kerley’s arrest for failure to register a change of address and a probation violation. He is on the Sex Offender Registry as the result of an October 2008 conviction for indecent liberties with a minor.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to his arrest. Anyone with information should call 828-632-8555.
28-year-old Todde O’Brien Houston of Charlotte has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony identity theft and felony attempting to obtain property by false pretense.
Houston was arrested after he went to Lake Norman Imports on December 8 and used a fake identification and fraudulent information in an attempt to purchase a $33,000 Jaguar automobile. The purchase did not go through.
Houston was arrested in Mecklenburg County where he was also charged with multiple felonies. He’ll appear in District Court on January 26 in Mecklenburg County.
34-year-old David Nathaniel Neal of Highland Bluff Court in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Narcotics Officers on one felony count each of trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of firearm by a felon. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each for simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sheriff’s Officers are also looking for 36-year-old Travis Shane Bivens of Pete’s Road in Lincolnton. He has outstanding warrants on one felony count each of fleeing to elude arrest, trafficking in meth, possession of a firearm by a felon and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and reckless driving to endanger.
The two men were charged on Tuesday (December 20) after Detectives say the men led Deputies on a vehicle chase in western Lincoln County the previous day (December 19). Patrol Deputies attempted to stop a vehicle for several equipment violations on Reepsville Road, near Killian Road. The vehicle fled the scene as the driver refused to stop. During the chase, Deputies saw the occupants throw a duffle bag from the vehicle’s window.
Narcotics Detectives stopped and recovered the duffle bag. In the bag were nearly three ounces (approximately 76 grams) of meth, along with marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a handgun. Detectives also found items in the bag that identified the vehicle’s driver.
During the investigation, Detectives were able to identify David Nathaniel Neal as a passenger in the vehicle. Neal was on active probation and parole wearing an ankle-monitoring device. With assistance from N.C. Probation & Parole, Detectives were able to pinpoint Neal’s exact location during the entire incident, indicating that he was in the vehicle.
Neal was arrested, but Bivens has not been found. Neal was jailed under a $50,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on January 10.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Travis Shane Bivens should call Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
29-year-old Brandon Lynn Canipe of Startown Road in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:15 last night (December 20) on one felony count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. He was served an indictment as the result of a warrant issued by Claremont Police on December 5.
Canipe was taken into custody on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. He was processed and released under a $2,500 secured bond. He will appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton.
47-year-old Allandus Ezar Corpening of 1st Avenue Place N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday (December 20) on one felony count of assault on a handicapped person. The warrant for his arrest was issued on November 28 in Caldwell County.
Corpening was arrested at the Sunny Valley apartment complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he was held without bond. An appearance in District Court was set for January 10 in Lenoir.
17-year-old Sulayman Admeer Williams of 23rd Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 6:30 p.m. yesterday (December 20) on one felony count of breaking & entering a motor vehicle, plus two misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen goods and one misdemeanor count of larceny.
The arrest is Williams’ third this month. He was previously arrested on December 6 for breaking & entering, larceny and damage to property and again on December 15 for breaking & entering.
His arrest yesterday comes in connection to a vehicle break-in on 23rd Avenue N.E. The vehicle was locked, but a front passenger window was busted and various items were removed from a purse, including credit cards and debit cards. It’s not clear how Williams was linked to the break-in.
He was taken into custody without incident yesterday at his residence. Williams was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton.
Hickory Police are investigating another robbery at the CVS store on 2nd Street N.E. in Hickory. The store was previously robbed on December 14. Based on a similar description, Police believe the same suspect is responsible for both robberies.
Shortly after midnight today (December 21), a male suspect entered the store, displayed a knife and demanded money. He was given an undisclosed sum of cash and left the store. It’s not clear if he left on foot or in a vehicle. No one was injured.
The suspect was described as a white male with a slim build, about 18-to-20 years old. He was wearing a black mask and a black hooded sweatshirt.
In the December 14 incident, the suspect did not display a weapon.
Anyone with information regarding the robberies should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.