44-year-old Michael Maleek Wilfong of 6th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:15 yesterday afternoon (July 31) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an once.
He was arrested after Officers stopped a 2000 GMC Yukon on the 100 block of 6th Avenue Place S.W. in Hickory. Wilfong was the driver.
A K-9 Officer alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. As Wilfong stepped out of the vehicle, Police saw a baggie containing a white rock-like substance that proved to be 15.1 grams of crack cocaine. On Wilfong’s person, Officers found 6.2 grams of marijuana, plus another 0.1 grams of crack cocaine. In a coffee cup, they found an additional 9.4 grams of marijuana.
Wilfong was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
19-year-old Cedric Devonta Ellis of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 5 p.m. Friday on one felony count each of first-degree burglary second-degree kidnapping and two misdemeanor counts of simple assault of battery.
He is the second person arrested in connection to an incident that occurred on June 14 at the Civitan Court Apartment complex on 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. 20-year-old Michael Emmanuel Tucker, Jr. of Hickory was arrested on July 10.
On June 14, two victims heard a knock at the door. A 19-year-old female victim came downstairs and was briefly assaulted. The 23-year-old male victim also came downstairs where he was assaulted and dragged away from the residence. Neither victim was transported to the hospital.
Ellis taken into custody without incident near his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $58,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (August 1) in Newton.
Tucker remains in jail under a $63,400 secured bond. He was also scheduled to appear in court today.
[NOTE: this story was edited to remove the name of Jalen Michael Shade, who had erroneously been identified as a suspect in the assault case. Mr. Shade was not charged in connection to the assault case and is not a suspect.]
47-year-old Deven Kirby Deal of North Center Street in Hickory was arrested Friday (July 29) by Hickory Police on one felony count each of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. She was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, simple possession of a schedule II and schedule III controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was arrested after Police went to Deal’s residence with Probation & Parole Officers, looking for an individual who was on probation. That individual was not at the residence, but Deven Deal was present. Officers conducted a search, leading to the discovery of 7.2 grams of methamphetamine, 1.8 grams of marijuana, one Buprenorphine Hydrochloride pill, seven dosage units of amphetamine, two Cyclobenzaprine Hydrochloride pills, one dosage unit of M.S.M. (Methylsulfonylmethane) and 6.5 dosage units of Baclofen, as well as drug paraphernalia.
Deal was taken into custody without incident at about 11:20 Friday morning. The homeowner, who was also present, was not charged. Deal was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $210,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (August 1) in Newton.
59-year-old Gary Stephen Hughes of Williamson Road in Mooresville was arrested Wednesday (July 27) by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on three felony counts each of possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, the sale & delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance and the manufacture of a schedule VI controlled substance.
Hughes’ arrest marked the end of a two-month undercover investigation into the sale and distribution of marijuana in the southern end of Iredell County. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit received information and established a surveillance operation at the suspect’s residence. They determined that Hughes was growing marijuana at the residence.
Following his arrest, Hughes taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was jailed under a $15,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on August 15.
Statesville Police report that 17-year-old Sterling Andrew Adams, who had been reported as a runaway yesterday (July 27), has returned home and is safe. Iredell County Search & Rescue looked for the missing teenager from 7:30 p.m. Wednesday until almost 5 a.m. today (July 28).
36-year-old Alvin Jack Johnson of Sun Valley Trail in Lincolnton and 30-year-old Stephanie Danielle Metcalf of “B” Street in Maiden have both been arrested on drug charges by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were both charged with one felony count each of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count each for possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnson was also served with an outstanding order for arrest for driving while license revoked. In addition, Metcalf was served with an outstanding Catawba County warrant for misdemeanor second-degree trespassing.
The two were arrested yesterday (July 27) after patrol Officers conducted a traffic stop near Car Farm Road and the Maiden Highway. Deputies positively identified the driver as a subject who had no driver's license. During the stop, Narcotics K9 Anya alerted to the presence of illegal drugs in the vehicle.
After a search of the vehicle, Detectives seized meth and drug paraphernalia, including used needles and plastic bags containing meth residue. A routine records check showed that both subjects had outstanding warrants.
Following their arrests, Johnson and Metcalf were each given a $6,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court today (July 28).
27-year-old Ricky David Chagnon II of Stony Point, 28-year-old Nicholas Seth Sharpe of Statesville and 33-year-old Jennifer Suzanne Grant of Statesville have all been arrested by Statesville Police. All three were charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of meth precursors and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Chagnon faces charges for felony maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon, a felony probation violation and several vehicle & traffic violations. Chagnon was also served outstanding failure to appear warrants from Alexander County for driving while license revoked, unsafe movement, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a weapon of mass destruction.
At about 7:15 Tuesday night (July 26), while on patrol, Statesville Police Officer Jody Johnson spotted a vehicle at West Front Street near Oakland Avenue that had several equipment violations. The vehicle then made an unsafe movement and was stopped by Officer Johnson. According to a press release issued by the Statesville Police Dept., the vehicle’s three occupants behaved nervously. One of the occupants told the Officer that there was a firearm in the vehicle.
Other Officers came to assist and all three subjects were asked to exit the vehicle. A sawed off 12-gauge shotgun and a revolver were found in the vehicle. Also in the vehicle were several chemicals and precursors that appeared to be used in the manufacture of meth.
The suspects were detained while appropriate personnel were contacted to deal with the dangerous chemicals. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s Meth Lab Disposal Unit arrived, conducted their investigation and properly dismantled and collected the meth precursors for destruction.
After they were decontaminated, all three suspects were taken into custody. They were all placed in the Iredell County Detention Center. Chagnon was held under a $231,500 secured bond. Sharpe and Grant were each given $50,000 secured bonds. First appearances in District Court were scheduled yesterday (July 27).
Corrections and law enforcement Officers are seeking an escaped inmate, 35-year-old Jason Lorance Strickland. Strickland escaped this morning (July 27) when he left a Department of Transportation highway work crew on Old Salisbury Road in Wilkes County. Authorities believe he was picked up by a female driving a dark-colored GMC Jimmy SUV, who then headed south on N.C. Highway 115.
Strickland is from Burke County. He was serving a prison sentence following a November 2015 felony conviction for larceny and breaking & entering in Burke County. He was due for release in October. He is a minimum-custody inmate assigned to Wilkes Correctional Center.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jason Lorance Strickland should call local law enforcement or call the Wilkes Correctional Center at 336-667-4533.
26-year-old Jessica Lynn Edwards of Southmont Road in Iron Station was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers yesterday (July 26) and charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Her arrest was the result of surveillance and undercover operations conducted by Officers with the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit.
Following her arrest, Edwards was given a $5,000 secured bond. She has since been released from custody. Edwards was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on July 27, 2016.
Anyone with information concerning drug activity can call the Sheriff’s Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8606 or call Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. Callers can remain anonymous.
43-year-old Jason Lewis Elliott of the Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers and charged with two felony counts each for the sale of a schedule II controlled substance, delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance.
Yesterday (July 26), Lincoln County Narcotics Officers arrested Elliott after Detectives conducted separate surveillance and undercover operations targeting the sale of methamphetamine in the county. Detectives say Elliott had been involved with the possession, sale and distribution of meth for several months.
Elliott was arrested while wearing a court-ordered ankle-monitoring device from the N.C. Department of Corrections Division of Probation & Parole. He is currently on probation for possession of meth.
Elliott was given a $50,000 secured bond on the new charges and was paced in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center without bond for the probation violation. He was scheduled to appear in court today.