31-year-old Homero Javier Martinez of Parsonville Road in Taylorsville has been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers and charged with first-degree burglary, attempted robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, kidnapping and discharging a firearm into an occupied residence.
Events leading to his arrest began when Alexander County 9-1-1 took a call shortly after 2:38 a.m. on June 24 regarding a break-in in progress at a home on Springfield Drive in Stony Point. Deputies arrived and found that the homeowners had restrained the suspect and were holding him on the floor. Officers took the suspect into custody and identified him as Homero Javier Martinez.
The victims told Police that Martinez had knocked on their door and told the victims that he was stranded and needed a phone. The victims gave the suspect a phone to use. A short time later, Martinez handed the phone back to the victims, pulled a gun and demanded entry into the home. Once inside, Martinez demanded money.
The homeowner grabbed Martinez and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, the gun discharged. No one was injured and the homeowner was able to take the gun away from Martinez and hold him on the floor until Police arrived.
Following his arrest, Martinez was given a $250,500 bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (June 27).
The investigation is continuing and further charges are possible.
58-year-old Juan Antonio Luciano of Turnberry Lane in Mooresville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count each of first-degree sex offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child.
He was arrested after a report was filed regarding the sexual abuse of a 12-year-old child between September and October of 2013. The investigation was turned over to Detective Jason Lowrance with the Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit. The juvenile victim was interviewed at the Dove House Child Advocacy Center where she stated that a family member sexually abused her at a home in Mooresville. Numerous other witnesses were also interviewed.
As a result of the investigation, warrants were issued and Luciano was arrested on June 22. He was placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center under a $100,000 bond. Luciano’s next appearance in District Court was set for July 11.
37-year-old Billy Wayne Barrett, Jr. of 17th Street S.E. and 32-year-old Stephanie Gwynne Patrick of 16th Avenue Place N.E., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday (June 23). They were each charged with one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance.
Events leading to their arrests began as Officers were working a traffic accident near the Speedway store on Springs Road N.E. Police saw a 2013 Hyundai Sonata pull into the parking lot. The Hyundai’s occupants did not get out of the vehicle. One patrol car stayed in the parking lot as Officers continued to observe the Hyundai and its occupants, who remained in the vehicle.
Officers eventually approached the Hyundai and identified the driver as Billy Barrett and the passenger as Stephanie Patrick. Officers conducted a search, leading to the discovery of a container in the vehicle’s center console. In the container were 4.3 grams of methamphetamine.
The suspects were not involved in the accident.
Both were taken into custody without incident. They were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $5,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for Monday (June 27) in Newton.
This Saturday (June 25), the Boone Police Department and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office will be at The Pet Place, located in Shops at Shadowline, in support of a fundraiser for local law enforcement K-9s. The event will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Law enforcement K-9s provide a number of services for the community. They help with the detection of illegal narcotics and substances. They assist in the apprehension of fugitives, and they provide assistance in locating missing persons, including lost children and the elderly. K-9s are also used to help educate citizens in the region’s schools, businesses and community groups.
K-9s and their handlers will be at The Pet Place on the 25th. The public is invited to come out and meet K-9s Simba and Elvis and their handlers, Officer Petey Hausley and Deputy Rick Ruppert.
Shops at Shadowline is located at 240 Shadowline Drive in Boone.
Carolina Cross Connection, a Christian ministry designed to reach out to those who need assistance in the community, is back for another summer. Carolina Cross Connection brings together youth and adults from churches all around North Carolina to provide minor home repairs for individuals in need of assistance. The volunteer ministry takes on projects like painting, yard work, cleaning and basic construction. Services are provided free of charge.
Interested persons should contact the ministry’s staff at 980-439-4514. Donations are gratefully accepted. Those interested in donating should call 704-477-3225.
Three people were arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers when a search warrant was executed at a residence on Mineral Springs Mountain Road in Valdese.
38-year-old Clee Eugene Blankenship and 29-year-old Elizabeth Maria Hanna, both of Mineral Springs Mountain Road, were taken into custody on a non-support charge for Blankenship and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer for Hanna. 53-year-old Rocky Darell Powell of Orchard Street S.E. in Valdese was arrested for a failure to appear on a first-degree trespassing charge in Caldwell County and a failure to appear on a shoplifting charge in Newton.
At about 4:30 Tuesday afternoon (June 21), Officers arrived at the residence and found 12 individuals at various locations on the property and in the residence. The homeowner, Gail Phillips, was not present at the time of the search.
During the search, Officers found a small amount of drugs and paraphernalia inside the residence. While searching the property, Officers found a truck in the woods that had been reported stolen in Drexel. Drexel Police responded to the scene where they recovered the truck.
Following their arrests, Blankenship was given a $1,000 cash bond. Hanna’s bond was set at $1,000, secured, and Powell was given a $1,500 secured bond. Powell has since been released. No court date is currently listed for Blankenship. Hanna will appear in court on July 20, while Powell has a Caldwell County court date on July 21 and an appearance in Catawba County on August 1.
The investigation is ongoing. Charges against Gail Phillips are pending, based on the items found in the residence.
30-yer-old Joshua Wayne Kirby of 26th Street S.W. in Hickory has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was also served with true bills of indictment for felony larceny, financial card theft and financial card fraud. Kirby was wanted in Jackson County, Florida for a felony probation violation.
He was jailed Monday (June 20) on the indictments. Kirby was served with the fugitive warrant yesterday while in custody at the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. He’ll appear in District Court Monday (June 27) on the fugitive warrant and in Superior Court on September 6 on the other charges.
36-year-old Latissa Decona Price of Lyle Haven Drive N.W. of Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:35 last night (June 22) on one felony count of habitual misdemeanor assault and one misdemeanor count of simple assault & battery.
She was taken into custody without incident on the 900 block of South Center Street in Hickory. Price was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for June 27 in Newton.
A World of Discovery, the childcare center that Zane Vest attended, will sell t-shirts in honor of Zane, who died as the result of an accident Monday night (June 20) on Hartland Road in Gamewell. He was five years old.
All proceeds will go to the child’s mother, Alivia Ashley, to help with expenses. Zack Vest, Zane’s father, was also killed in the accident.
The shirts will be priced at $12 each. Those interested should contact the childcare center. Email Discoverycdcpreschool@gmail.com or call 828-728-7590 between 6 a.m. & 6 p.m. Include a name, size and contact number. Shirts will be ready for pick up at the center next week. The shirts are available in a number of youth and adult sizes.
Receiving will be this Saturday, June 25, at Mountain Grove Baptist Church from 3 until 4:30 p.m. Services for Zack and Zane Vest will follow.
38-year-old Christopher Burton Drake of Baldwin Lane in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincolnton Police Monday (June 20) on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
He was arrested after patrol Officers responded to a business on the 1600 block of East Main Street in Lincolnton to perform a welfare check on a man who was asleep in his vehicle. The man did not initially respond to Officers, who then contacted Lincoln County E.M.S.
Officers were eventually successful in making contact with the man, who was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. The man was identified as Christopher Burton Drake. Officers found meth and various prescription controlled substances in his possession. Those items were seized as evidence.
Drake was taken to the emergency room at Carolinas Healthcare System-Lincoln, where he was treated and released. He was then placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was scheduled for today (June 22).
Drake has prior convictions on a variety of felony drug charges, plus convictions for breaking & entering, larceny, assault with a deadly weapon and more. Additionally, the suspect is currently awaiting trial on a charge of making threatening phone calls in Burke County.