25-year-old Tykevious Owan Thomas of 3rd Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:30 Saturday afternoon on two felony counts of discharging a firearm into occupied property and one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on June 22 of last year when Police responded to a shots-fired call on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory.  Thomas allegedly fired two shots from a handgun toward a vehicle.  In the vehicle were a 30-year-old male, a 29-year-old female and a juvenile female.  The vehicle was not hit and no one was injured.

Thomas was found and initially arrested later on the same date.  No details regarding a possible motive are available.

He was taken into custody Saturday without incident on South Center Street in Ridgeview.  Thomas was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond.  He has since been released.  An appearance in District Court was set for today (February 27) in Newton.

35-year-old Brady Scott Mitchell and 20-year-old Ashley Marie Morrissey of Jeremy Lane in Statesville were both arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (February 24).  They were each charged with one count of trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to sell heroin and maintaining a dwelling to sell controlled substance.  All the charges are felonies. 

Narcotics Officers and the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at the Jeremy Lane residence, leading to the discovery of 4.4 grams of heroin, a loaded 40-caliber pistol and over $1,000 in cash.  

The investigation began when Narcotics Investigators obtained information regarding the possible sale of heroin in the Bethesda Road and Jeremy Lane area in eastern Iredell County.  Surveillance operations were established and other intelligence was gathered, establishing that the occupants of the Jeremy Lane residence were selling heroin.  

Based on the evidence gathered, a search warrant was issued.  At the time of the search, Mitchell and Morrissey were at the residence.  Both admitted to knowledge of the drugs that were seized.

Following their arrests, both suspects were taken to the Iredell Co. Detention Center with bond for each set at $100,000, secured.  First appearances in District Court were scheduled today (February 27).

26-year-old Tiffany Dawn Cullins of Franklin, N.C. and 44-year-old Flora Anne Ensley of Bent Arrow Road in Catawba were both arrested by Hickory Police at 2:20 Friday afternoon (February 24).  Cullins was charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and two misdemeanor probation violations, while Ensley faces two counts of felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were arrested after Police stopped a vehicle at 21st Street S.E. and Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E.  The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Duval County, Florida.  Cullins was the driver and Ensley was the only passenger in the vehicle.  A search of Ensley’s purse turned up 1.1 grams of methamphetamine, 0.6 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Both women were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility.  Cullins was given a $65,000 secured bond.  Ensley’s bond was set at $10,000, secured.  They were each scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (February 27) in Newton.

On Wednesday and Thursday (February 22 & 23), Lincoln County Narcotics Officers arrested eight of nine people charged with drug-related offenses.  The arrests stem from multiple investigations into methamphetamine and prescription pill sales in various parts of Lincoln County.

Detectives say the investigations, which took place over several months, included undercover and surveillance operations in which street-level amounts of methamphetamine were sold.  The investigations targeted individuals selling and conspiring with dealers to sell the drugs.  Several of the individuals arrested came from the same residence or neighborhood.

Additional arrests are expected.

Those arrested thus far are:

46-year-old Teresa Louise Dellinger of Cedar Grove Church Road in Vale.  She was charged with one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, the sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.  She received a $25,000 secured bond.

35-year-old Megan Elizabeth Campos of Cedar Grove Church Road in Vale was charged with two felony counts each of sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance.  Her bond was set at $20,000, secured.

40-year-old Jerry Norman Vancise, Jr. of Cedar Grove Church Road in Vale was charged with one felony count each of sale & delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule IV controlled substance.  Bond for Vancise was set at $20,000, secured.

46-year-old William Elton Patterson of Clarence Beam Road in Cherryville (in Lincoln County) was charged with three felony counts each for the sale & delivery of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.  Patterson remains in jail without bond.

33-year-old Charlie Mack Jolly III of Broadcast Street in Gastonia was charged with two felony counts each for the sale & delivery of methamphetamine and possession with Intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance.  He was also charged with one felony count of conspiracy to sell methamphetamine.  Jolly received a $25,000 secured bond after he was arrested in Gaston County.

37-year-old Ellis Shane Shuler of Willow Street in Gastonia was charged with one felony count each for the sale & delivery of methamphetamine, conspiracy to sell & deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell & deliver a counterfeit controlled substance.  He received a $40,000 secured bond after he was arrested in Gaston County.

30-year-old Michele Lee Vance of Holly Hawk Court in Cherryville (in Lincoln County) was charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.  She was given a $7,000 secured bond.

And…

26-year-old Joshua Thomas Carpenter of Cedar Grove Church Road in Vale was charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine.  He received a $5,000 secured bond.

Still at-large is 31-year-old Courtney Marie Helms, formerly of Highway 27 East in Lincolnton.  Helms has been charged with one felony count each of conspiracy to sell methamphetamine and conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine.  She has not been arrested.  Her name has been entered into the National Crime Information Center’s database.
 
Citizens are urged to report any suspicious drug activity to the Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8606 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.  Caller may remain anonymous and all tips are investigated.  A Crime Stoppers tip leading to an arrest could result in a reward of up to $1,000.

22-year-old Daniel Dayila See of County Home Road in Conover and 23-year-old Johnny See of Blue Sky Court N.E. in Newton were both arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 24). Daniel See was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnny See faces one felony count each of possession of a stolen firearm and possession with intent to sell marijuana, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

117 grams (just over four ounces) of marijuana were seized at the time of their arrests.

The two were taken into custody without incident at a business on Highway 70 S.W., near Long View. Both men were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Daniel See set at $5,000, secured, while Johnny See was given a $7,500 secured bond. They will each make a first appearance in District Court Monday (February 27) in Newton.

Just after nine o’clock last night (February 23), Hickory Firefighters were dispatched to a reported fire at 3512 4th Avenue Lane N.E. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck and two command units.

Upon arrival, Firefighters reported heavy fire on the front side of the double-wide mobile home. After ensuring there were no occupants inside the home, Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, which was under control by 9:20. No injuries were reported and fire damages were considered moderate.

The St. Stephens Fire Department, Catawba County E.M.S., Hickory Rescue and the Hickory Police Department also responded to the scene.

Fire Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire, which is under investigation.

34-year-old Jonathon Erik Allen, Jr. of 27th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police for felony habitual larceny.

Allen was arrested in connection to a February 17 incident at the Publix store on 29th Avenue N.E. in Hickory.  Police responded to a report of shoplifting at the store.  A male subject concealed items, including razors and Prilosec, and left the store without paying.  The man was later identified as Jonathon Allen, Jr.

He was taken into custody without incident at about 1:25 this morning (February 24) at his residence.  Allen was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $11,000 secured bond.  An first appearance in District Court was set for Monday (February 27) in Newton.

39-year-old Jhilliaun Gay Osborne of 9th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:20 last night (February 23) on one felony count of possession of heroin and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Osborne was taken into custody without incident at her residence.  She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond.  An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 11:15

Newton Man Convicted in 2014 Murder Case

38-year-old Kevin Jamal Haqq of Newton will spend 38 years in prison after a Catawba County jury found him guilty of second-degree murder yesterday (February 22).

After an eight-day trial, Haqq was found guilty of the July 24, 2014 stabbing death of 20-year-old Jason William Margarita of Sherrills Ford at a Balls Creek residence.

Following the jury’s verdict, the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, gave Haqq an active prison term of 38 to 46 years.

After closing remarks by Prosecutor Sean McGinnis and Defense Attorney Ken Darty, the jury deliberated for about three hours Wednesday before rendering its verdict, which came in at about 6:30 last night.

Chris Branch led the investigation for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. McGinnis and Chad Smith prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

Thursday, 23 February 2017 10:20

Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Cocaine Charge

25-year-old James Lee Totty III of 23rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:20 last night (February 22) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.

Totty was arrested when the vehicle he was driving was stopped for an expired registration plate at the intersection of Highway 321 N.W. and Clement Boulevard. A search of the vehicle turned up 0.5 grams of cocaine and 3.5 grams of marijuana. Totty was the vehicle’s only occupant.

He was taken into custody without incident. Totty was processed and released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. He was schedule to appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton.

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