Friday, 12 January 2018 13:44

Conover Man Wins Big in Powerball Drawing

Kody Pugh of Conover has won $100,000 in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s Powerball game.  Mr. Pugh bought the winning ticket at the Citgo Food Mart on East Conover Boulevard in Conover.  The drawing was held on December 30.

Mr. Pugh’s winning ticket beat odds of one in 913,129.  He claimed his prize Thursday (January 11) at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.  After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $69,501.  Mr. Pugh said he plans to use some of the money to buy a new car, and he wants to take his mother on a Las Vegas vacation.

For details on how lottery funds have been used in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website,

The Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office has released more information on the arrest of a Stanley woman, initially reported yesterday on WHKY, along with the arrest of a second suspect.

36-year-old Tammy Lynne Erickson of Pinetop Drive and 48-year-old Donald Lee Davis, Jr. of Hines Circle, both from Stanley, were each charged with one felony count each of trafficking cocaine by transport, trafficking cocaine by possession and possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule IV controlled substance.  

The two were arrested Wednesday (January 10) by Lincoln County Narcotics Officers.  The arrests came during a traffic stop near the 6,900 block of Sifford Road in Stanley.  Detectives stopped the vehicle after it was spotted left of the centerline.  The vehicle also had an expired registration plate.

Investigators say the driver and passenger were behaving nervously.  Detectives found cocaine as they conducted a pat down of both subjects’ clothing.  A search of the vehicle turned up both powder and crack cocaine, various prescription pills and over $25,000 in cash.  The cocaine weighed 30 grams (just over an ounce).

Erickson was jailed under a $110,000 secured bond, while Davis’ bond was set at $60,000, secured.  Erickson will next appear in District Court on January 23.  Davis has a court date on January 11.

Thursday, 11 January 2018 14:53

Hickory Man Faces Felony Firearms Charge

34-year-old Clarence Martin Hayes III of 32nd Street Lane N.E. was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:15 yesterday afternoon (January 10) on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon.  

On December 9, 2017, Hickory Police responded to a residence on 48th Avenue Lane N.E. in reference to a subject with a gun.  The subject, Clarence Martin Hayes III, left the property before Officers arrived.  Hayes is a convicted felon.  On January 2, a warrant for his arrest was issued.

Hayes was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department.  He was later released under a $7,500 unsecured bond.  An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.

35-year-old Teddy Lee Bentley of Taylorsville has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one count of felony child abuse inflicting severe physical injury.

Yesterday (January 10), Alexander County Investigators took a report from the Alexander Co. Department of Social Services regarding possible child abuse involving a 13-month-old victim. The incident reportedly occurred the previous day.

The child was seen at the Davis Regional Medical Center’s Carolina Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine unit in Statesville and was then taken to Brenner Children’s Hospital. Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and D.S.S. responded to Brenner where they were able to meet with the victim and the victim’s family. The child was treated and released.

The investigation led to Bentley’s arrest. He was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Alexander Co. Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond. Bentley will make a first appearance in District Court on Monday, January 22.

36-year-old Jerry Markei Ramseur of Mosteller Estate Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (January 10) following an attempted vehicle stop.  Officers initiated the stop at the intersection of 4th Street S.E. and 8th Avenue S.E. in an attempt to apprehend a potential wanted person in the vehicle, a 2015 Dodge Journey.

During the initial stop, a Hickory Police vehicle was struck and the suspect vehicle fled.  Officers followed the vehicle, and the suspect was arrested at the intersection of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard and 10th Avenue S.E.  At least eight H.P.D. vehicles were on the scene as Ramseur was taken into custody.  7.8 grams of marijuana were found at the time of his arrest.

Ramseur was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $15,000 secured bond.  He was scheduled to appear in District Court today on charges of felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle with two aggravating factors, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, hit & run with property damage, injury to personal property and assault with a deadly weapon.

Hickory Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Walmart Neighborhood Market service station on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory.  The incident occurred shortly after 6 p.m. yesterday (January 10).

An unknown suspect carrying an undetermined firearm forced the 43-year-old female victim to open the register and hand over property or cash that included a pack of Newport cigarettes valued at $5.41.

No injuries were reported and no description of the suspect is available at this time.

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

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 14:15

Newton Man Busted on Felony Marijuana Charge

24-year-old John Markel Gaither of McKay Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at noon yesterday (January 9) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested after hickory police responded to a drug violation call at the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry on 1st Avenue S.E.  Upon arrival, Officers found John Markel Gaither, who had 27 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his possession.

Gaither was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured.  A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

21-year-old Destiny Dawn Bentley of Berkley Street in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at 7:10 yesterday evening (January 9) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

Hickory Police stopped a 2004 Toyota Camry yesterday at the intersection of 10th Avenue Drive S.E. and 13th Avenue Drive S.E.  During the stop, Officers found 0.3 grams of methamphetamine on the rear seat of the vehicle.  The rear passenger, Destiny Dawn Bentley, was arrested.  The driver was given a citation for an expired registration and driving while license revoked.  An additional passenger was not charged.

Bentley was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $12,000, secured.  She has since been released.  She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday in Newton.

27-year-old Kyle Wayne Stutts of Tuckers Grove Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office for failure by a sex offender to notify authorities of an address change.

The warrant for Stutts’ arrest was issued in September 26.  He was placed on the Iredell County Sheriff’s Most Wanted List and was entered into a national database as a wanted person.  Stutts is on the Sex Offender Registry as the result of a 2011 conviction for indecent liberties with a minor.  

This week, Sex Offender Compliance Deputy John Adams, received a tip regarding Stutts’ location.  Deputy Adams followed up and found Stutts at 375 Brookfield Drive in Statesville.

Stutts was placed under a $20,000 secured bond for the address registration violation.  The suspect also had outstanding warrants for possession with intent to sell & deliver marijuana and providing fictitious information to an officer.  He was given an additional $10,000 secured bond on those charges.

Stutts’ criminal history includes one previous instance of failure to notify of a change of address and two counts of failure to register as a sex offender, plus charges for schedule I controlled substances, breaking & entering, larceny, resisting a public officer and injury to personal property.

24-year-old Malik Karim Yesher-El of Harrington Woods Road in Charlotte has been arrested by Conover Police for providing fictitious information to an officer and attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud or forgery.  He was also charged with four counts of failure to appear on charges of trafficking in opiates by possession, attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud or forgery, resisting a public officer, driving while license revoked and possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.  In addition, the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office served a felony warrant on Yesher-El as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

Yesher-El is wanted in Greenville County, South Carolina for violation of a drug distribution law for a non-controlled substance or imitation controlled substance.  He is wanted for prosecution by the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control in Columbia, which issued the warrant for his arrest in October of 2016.

Yesher-El was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility on January 4.  The fugitive warrant was served yesterday (January 9).  A District Court appearance on the fugitive warrant was scheduled today.  Additional District Court dates are coming up on January 17, 18 & 29, and on February 5, 13 & 23.

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