35-year-old Alicia Rule Gooch of 2nd Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (January 27) for felony assault or affray on E.M.T. personnel.

Gooch is accused of assaulting hospital staff at Frye Regional Medical Center while receiving treatment Sunday night (January 26). She was taken into custody at the hospital at 4:20 a.m. today.

Gooch was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. As of this morning, she was no longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow (January 28) in Newton.

24-year-old Johnaton Wilson of 14th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:45 last night (January 26) for felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor resisting a public officer.

He was arrested after Officers responded to a civil disturbance located at a residence on 14th Street S.W. in Hickory. During the incident, Officers found a handgun in Wilson's possession. Warrants were issued and Wilson was taken into custody without incident at his residence later the same day

Wilson was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (January 27) in Newton.

38-year-old Jessica Dawn Laastad of Lail Lane in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:25 Saturday afternoon (January 25) on felony warrants from Caldwell County for breaking & entering a motor vehicle and larceny after breaking & entering. Laastad was taken into custody without incident at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. As of this morning (January 27), Laastad was no longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for February 24 in Lenoir.

30-year-old Todd Lee Hefner of Friendship Church Road in Taylorsville and 41-year-old Durell Waikese Byrd of Christopher Drive in Hickory were arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 10 a.m. yesterday (January 23). Hefner was charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). Both men face one felony count of failure to appear on a charge of obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor second-degree trespassing.

They were charged in connection to an incident on October 1 of last year when Hickory Police responded to the Fast & Fresh store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in reference to subjects who were attempting to cash fake checks. Police stopped the suspect vehicle on 10th Avenue Drive S.E., just off of L-R Boulevard. During the stop, Hefner, Byrd, and a third suspect were arrested after Officers found fraudulent checks and 1.4 grams of meth.

Hefner and Byrd were taken into custody without incident yesterday at Kiwanis Park on 6th Street S.E. in Hickory. They were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Hefner was set at $20,000, secured, while Byrd was given an $11,000 secured bond. Hefner was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton. Byrd has a court date on January 27. Both men have additional District Court dates coming up on March 5.

40-year-old Michael Douglas Styers of Log Cabin Road in Statesville has been arrested on felony drug charges. He faces six counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver crystal methamphetamine, four counts of maintaining a dwelling for the sale of a controlled substance, and two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance. He was arrested Tuesday (January 21) by Iredell Co. Narcotics Investigators, with assistance from Sheriff's Deputies with the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

Investigators had received information about Styers distributing crystal meth in the Statesville area. Investigators conducted surveillance operations on Styers at various locations. They verified the initial information regarding the sale of narcotics and conducted undercover purchases of crystal meth from Styers.

On the 21st, Investigators executed a search warrant at a hotel in Statesville where they found Styers. During the course of the investigation, Styers was found to be in possession of 48 grams of crystal meth with a street value of approximately $4,000.

Styers was arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was charged accordingly. Bond was set at $65,000, secured. His next appearance in District Court is coming up on February 12.

Styers has a criminal history that includes two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, misdemeanor injury to personal property, misdemeanor resisting a public officer, D.W.I. level 3, three counts of misdemeanor assault on a female, misdemeanor disorderly conduct, misdemeanor communicating threats, felony habitual misdemeanor assault, and 14 counts of driving while license revoked.

32-year-old Jonathan Lee Hendren and 36-year-old Dana Dewayne Mitchem, both from Taylorsville, have been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff's Officers in connection to the theft of a tractor and bush hog. From Caldwell County, both suspects were charged with two felony counts each of larceny and possession of stolen goods. From Alexander County, they were each charged with felony counts of larceny, possession of stolen goods, conspiracy to break & enter a building with the intent to commit larceny, attempted larceny, motor vehicle theft, larceny of a motor vehicle (one count for Hendren and two counts for Mitchem), and chop-shop activity by theft or fraud (one count for Hendren and two counts for Mitchem). In addition, Hendren was charged with a probation violation. Mitchem also faces felony counts of breaking & entering, possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy, and failure to appear.

The two men were arrested in connection to an incident on December 19 of last year when the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding the theft of a John Deere LV5400 tractor with an attached 540 front-end loader and a six-foot bush hog, valued at $20,000. The equipment was stolen from Hammer Road in Taylorsville. The tractor was found on January 6 at a residence in Caldwell County's Oak Hill Community. A Kubota utility vehicle belonging to the North Carolina Forestry Service and a budget trailer, both reported stolen from Caldwell County, were also found at the residence.

Hendren and Mitchem were taken into custody and charged. Hendren was jailed under a $72,000 secured bond, while Mitchen was given a $83,500 secured bond. They will make first appearances in Alexander Co. District Court on January 27.

The investigation is ongoing with more charges forthcoming.

27-year-old Hannah Ovita Friday, who is listed as a homeless person from Catawba County, has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Officers. She was charged with one felony count of larceny of a firearm.

Friday is accused of stealing a firearm from her parent’s home in Lincoln County. On October 15 of last year, Friday's father reported a .380 caliber Ruger pistol had been stolen from a dresser drawer in the house. He also discovered that a second firearm, a 9-millimeter pistol, had been removed from his pickup truck.

He said his daughter came to his home on October 12 to ask for money to purchase prescription medication. She was given a check to cover the cost. She then left the residence.

Tuesday (January 21), Detectives interviewed Friday at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center where Friday was held following a January 7 arrest for a probation violation. The suspect admitted that she stole the firearm from her father’s residence to purchase drugs.

Friday was charged accordingly and given a $5,000 secured bond. She remains in jail without bond for the probation violation.

The investigation into the theft of the second pistol stolen from the victim's vehicle is ongoing.

25-year-old Jackie Wayne Hicks of 39th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 6 a.m. today (January 23) on one felony count of failure to appear on a charge of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The warrant for his arrest was issued on January 1. Hicks was taken into custody without incident at a shoe store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court is coming up tomorrow in Newton.

28-year-old Jordan Lee "Slim Soulja" Kennedy of 21st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:45 this morning (January 23) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked. He was driving a black, 2018 Chrysler 300 Limited at the time of his arrest.

Kennedy was taken into custody without incident at Southside Heights Park in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled tomorrow in Newton.

54-year-old Timothy Lavaun Crumitie has been arrested in connection to the murder of Anastasia “Star” Talisha Meaders. He is charged with felony murder.

Ms. Meaders' body was found by authorities in Iredell County on January 15, 2019. At that time, Investigators responded to a wooded area off of Bridgewater Lane near Mooresville where human skeletal remains were found. Over a two-day period, Deputies searched the area and found approximately 70 human bones. The bones were taken to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem where an autopsy was performed. The cause of death was ruled to be a gunshot wound to the head.

Experts in forensic dentistry and forensic anthropology at North Carolina State University then spent ten months processing the bones. At the same time, Iredell County Detectives searched missing persons reports for a possible identification. In October of 2019, D.N.A. extracted from one of the victim’s teeth led to the positive identification of Ms. Meaders. She had been reported missing from Charlotte in August of 2016 and was last seen alive at a beauty shop in Charlotte in June of 2016. Ms. Meaders was 29 years old at the time of her disappearance.

Ms. Meaders’ abandoned vehicle, a black 2007 Chevrolet Impala, was found at Liberty Park in Mooresville in July of 2016. The park is a few miles from the location where Ms. Meaders' remains were found in 2019. Detectives interviewed family members and other witnesses, which led them to a possible suspect, Timothy Lavaun Crumitie.

In 2018, Crumitie was convicted for the attempted murder of Kimberly Cherry (Ms. Meaders' mother) and for the murder of Michael Gretsinger, who was Ms. Cherry’s boyfriend. Those crimes happened in August of 2016 in Mecklenburg County at the same time Ms. Meaders was reported missing. Crumitie is currently serving a life sentence.

Detectives gathered evidence and statements indicating that Crumitie was the last person to be seen with Ms. Meaders. Crumitie was the pastor of a church in Concord, North Carolina, where he met Ms. Cherry and Ms. Meaders.

In April of 2016, Crumitie was living with an older female in Rowan County who died under questionable circumstances. Crumitie had befriended the elderly female, and at some point during their year-long relationship, he was appointed as her power of attorney and executor over her estate.

In July of 2013 Concord Police investigated the murder of Sharon Crumitie, who was Timothy Crumitie's wife. At that time, a man named James Banks reportedly broke into the garage at the Crumitie's home where he allegedly shot Sharon Crumitie in the head. Timothy Crumitie claimed he then wrestled the gun away from Banks and shot Banks in the head after sustaining a gunshot wound to his hand.

In December of 2013, Crumitie’s home burned to the ground. An investigation determined that Crumitie intentionally set the fire. He was arrested in March of 2014 for insurance fraud. About five months later, he was arrested for fraudulently burning a dwelling and was convicted in December of 2015.

In September 2005, Crumitie was arrested in Mecklenburg County for the murder of his business partner, Danny Daye Johnson. He spent five years in jail and was later released after the case was dismissed. In September 1989, Crumitie was arrested in Onslow County for armed robbery. He was convicted in March 1990 and was released in August 1998 after serving eight years in prison.

Tuesday (January 21), while serving a life sentence for the Gretsinger murder, Timothy Lavaun Crumitie was served with an arrest warrant for the murder of Anastasia Talisha Meaders. No bond was set. He'll appear in District Court on February 10.

The investigation is ongoing.

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