Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers seized a large amount of crack cocaine found in Catawba last week, according to Captain Jason C. Reid of the Sheriff’s Drug Task Force.  

In the previous month, Investigators had made three-to-five arrests in the area in response to tips received from citizens.  Last week, an additional tip suggested that Officers had yet to find the bulk of the drugs involved, pointing Officers to a residence on Sherlock Street in Catawba and a wooded area about the size of a football field.

On Friday (November 4), a search warrant was obtained and executed.  Investigators found approximately 5.5 pounds of crack cocaine in a plastic bag under a 10x10-foot trash pile, approximately 100 yards from the residence.  The seizure is the largest crack cocaine seizure in Catawba County history.

No additional arrests have been made at this time.  The resident of the apartment on Sherlock Street is not considered to be a suspect.  The investigation is ongoing.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating 17-year-old Tamara Stansford of 3845 Oakwood Circle in Iron Station.  Ms. Stansford was last seen at her residence on November 2.  Relatives say she could possibly be in Charlotte.

Ms. Stansford is described as a black female, 5’2” tall, weighing approximately 175 pounds.  She has brown eyes and brown hair with red dye highlights.  

Ms. Stansford has been entered in the National Crime Information Center’s database as a missing person.   Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Tamara Stansford should call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

21-year-old Allayah Danielle Ridings of Sparrow Drive in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:15 a.m. yesterday (November 7) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods, plus three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

Events leading to her arrest unfolded on October 31 of this year as the staff at Plato’s Closet, a consignment store at Valley Crossing on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory, was notified by a citizen that the store might have purchased items that were stolen from the citizen’s residence. On November 1, the female victim confirmed that approximately 11 stolen items had, in fact, been sold to the store. She filed a report with the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office.

On November 2, the victim and Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers came to Plato’s Closet and recovered the stolen property, minus four items that had already been sold. The store manager contacted Hickory Police that same day and filed a report. Plato’s Closet cooperated fully with the investigation and is not suspected of any wrongdoing.

Store management determined that Allayah Ridings sold the stolen items to the store on October 11 and twice on October 18. Warrants for her arrest were issued on November 4.

Ridings was arrested yesterday at Hickory Police headquarters. She was processed and released under an $8,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

21-year-old Jackie Wayne Hicks of 39th Street N.W. in Hickory was served a felony indictment at the Hickory Police Department shortly after three o’clock Saturday afternoon (November 5). He was charged with one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen property.

Hicks was initially arrested on March 3 of this year at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. He was arrested after a store employee saw an alleged shoplifter concealing several items (mostly automotive accessories) and taking them past the last point-of-sale without paying.

Hicks was stopped and taken to the store office where he was arrested by Hickory Police. He had previously been banned from the store in May of 2015.

Following his arrest Saturday, Hicks was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today (November 7) in Newton.

41-year-old Miles Allen Thornburg of Bethel Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:15 Friday evening (November 4) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.

He was arrested after a Loss Prevention Officer at the Walmart Store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory saw a white male, allegedly removing items from their packaging and concealing those items on his person. The man, Miles Thornburg, took the items past the last point-of-sale without paying. The items included a cell phone mounting kit, men’s watches and a hands-free mico-earpiece, with a combined value of $65.

He was stopped and taken to the Loss Prevention office where Hickory Police took him into custody. Thornburg had previously been banned from the store in June of this year.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (November 7) in Newton.

24-year-old Brandon Michael Beatty of North Main Avenue in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5 a.m. yesterday on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.

He was arrested following a break-in at the Hickory Jewelry Connection at 1475 Highland Avenue. Police responded to the store, where they saw a white male dressed in black running on the 1400 block of 9th Avenue N.E. He ran into the area near an abandoned factory at the corner of Highland Avenue N.E. and 14th Street N.E.

The suspect climbed onto the roof of the old factory and then dropped back to the ground, where he sustained minor injuries. The suspect, Brandon Beatty, was transported by E.M.S. to Frye Regional Medical Center.

Officers recovered multiple jewelry items on the scene, including rings, watchbands and bracelets. The stolen merchandise was valued a slightly over $6,000.

He was taken into custody and incarcerated in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility after being cleared by medical staff. Beatty’s bond was set at $50,000, secured, with an appearance in District Court scheduled today (November 7) in Newton.

A 2014 Subaru has been stolen from Cosmo Motors at 545 12th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory. The car is a black Subaru Impreza WRX STI. It was taken at about 3:15 yesterday (October 26). The vehicle has Cosmo Motors tags on it. Information leading to the arrest of the suspect and the recovery of the vehicle could result in a $2,000 reward.

Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

Thursday, 27 October 2016 14:52

Drug Roundup in Iredell County

Yesterday (October 26), Iredell County Narcotics Officers and other Deputies spread out across Iredell County in the early morning hours in an effort to arrest over 20 wanted drug suspects. The majority of the suspects are wanted on various prescription drug charges.

Statistics published by the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services’ Injury & Violence Prevention Branch show that prescription opioid pain medications are responsible for more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. If the current trend continues, unintentional poisoning deaths (overdoses) will surpass motor vehicle deaths as the leading cause of injury death in North Carolina by 2017. The vast majority of these deaths are caused by methadone, oxycodone, hydrocodone and other opioid-based medications.

Those charged are:

29-year-old Norman Andrew Batz of Barbary Drive in Statesville, on charges of possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana and possession drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $ 2,500, secured.

25-year-old Kayla Dawn Caudill of the Turnersburg Highway in Statesville, charged on outstanding warrants for felony possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and felony sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance.

30-year-old Billy Ray Eagle, Jr. of Sweetwater Drive in Statesville, charged with felony counts of trafficking in opium or heroin. He was given a $300,000 secured bond.

28-year-old Ryan Michael Forcier of Foxcroft Lane in Statesville, charged with two felony counts of trafficking in opium or heroin, felony possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and felony sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. Bond was set at $20,000, secured.

22-year-old Julius Cordell French of Zircon Road in Statesville, charged with outstanding warrants for felony possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and felony sale & delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance.

19-year-old Austin Lee Hector of Prince Street in Hickory, on outstanding warrants for felony possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and felony sale & delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance.

33-year-old Kayla Busbey Hilton of Virgil Hodges Lane in Jonesville, for conspiracy to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance, conspiracy to sell & deliver a schedule III controlled substance, possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. Bond was set at $50,000, secured.

53-year-old Timmy Lee Hudnall of Babson Lane in Statesville, charged with three felony counts each of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule III controlled substance and sale & delivery of a schedule III controlled substance. He was given a $50,000 secured bond.

22-year-old Christine Elizabeth Lankford of Windy Knoll Lane in Mooresville, charged with outstanding warrants for four felony counts of trafficking in opium or heroin.

39-year-old Tracy Marie Lynch of Lockhart Farm Road in Statesville, charged with outstanding warrants for two felony counts of trafficking of opium or heroin.

44-year-old Melissa Rhea Malone of River Hill Road in Statesville, charged with nine felony counts of trafficking in heroin or opium. She was given a $500,000 secured bond.

26-year-old Kenneth Guy Miller Jr. of King Street in Statesville, charged with outstanding warrants for two felony counts each of possession with intent to sell & deliver cocaine the sale & delivery of cocaine.

53-year-old Jody Wiley Mullins of Fink Road in Statesville, charged with felony possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and felony sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. Bond was set at $25,000, secured.

23-year-old Danielle Corrine Redfield of Longview Road in Statesville, charged with outstanding warrants for two felony counts each of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance.

28-year-old Randall Todd Poole of 4th Street in Statesville, charged with outstanding warrants for two felony counts each of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance.

26-year-old Jonathan Bruce Shires of River Hill Road in Statesville, charged with outstanding warrants for felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule III controlled substance. Shires may be armed and should be considered dangerous.

42-year-old Lisa Ann Spencer of Pigeon Lane in Olin was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance and felony sale or delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance. She was given a $15,000 secured bond.

59-year-old Terry Lee Waller of Virgil Hodges Lane in Jonesville, charged with conspiracy to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance, conspiracy to sell & deliver a schedule III controlled substance, plus two felony counts each of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule III controlled substance and sale & delivery of a schedule III controlled substance. He was also arrested by the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office on outstanding child support warrants. Bond on the Iredell County charges was set at $20,000, secured.

45-year-old Gregory Devon Wilson of Stillmeadow Lane in Troutman, charged with two felony counts each of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. He was given a $50,000 secured bond.

25-year-old Rebecca Lynn Hayworth of Branchwood Road in Statesville, charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Bond was set at $10,000, secured.

68-year-old Mary Goodson Redden of Chantilly Lane in Statesville, charged with six felony counts of trafficking opioids or heroin. Redden was given a $10,000 secured bond.

56-year-old Patricia Barnes Keene of Ashleybrook Lane in Statesville, charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance and felony sale & delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance. Bond was set at $16,200, secured.

19-year-old Christina Jean Norman of Somers School Road in Hamptonville, charged with outstanding warrants for felony possession of methamphetamine.

49-year-old Tonya Deneen Burch of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:50 yesterday afternoon on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.

She is accused of filing falsified timesheets while employed as a temp worker for Hickory Printing. Burch reportedly was paid approximately $2,000 she wasn’t entitled to. The incidents occurred in May of this year and were reported the following month.

Burch turned herself in yesterday at H.P.D. headquarters and was released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. No court date is currently listed.

45-year-old Christopher Todd Hodges of Lenoir, a former Trooper with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, pleaded guilty to simple assault during Caldwell County District Court Monday (October 24).

Hodges was given a 30-day suspended sentence with 12 months of unsupervised probation by District Court Judge Sherri Elliott. He also was required to pay court costs and not have any contact with the victim.

Hodges resigned his position following an internal investigation by the NCSHP shortly after the June 4, 2016 incident. The incident occurred while Hodges was off-duty. He used excessive force on a DWI suspect who was in custody of another State Trooper. The assault occurred after the DWI suspect crashed his pickup truck in front of Hodges’ residence.

The District Attorney’s Office requested a full investigation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation before charges were filed. As a result of former Trooper Hodges’ actions, all charges issued by Hodges that were pending as of the date of the incident (June 4) were dismissed.

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