50-year-old Tonya Deneen Burch of 7th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:45 p.m. yesterday (November 14) for a felony probation violation. She was arrested on an outstanding warrant issued by another agency. Burch is on probation following a January 2014 felony conviction in Catawba County for multiple larcenies.
She was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. Burch was processed and released under a $30,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for November 20 in Newton.
16-year-old Aaron Dequan Whittmore of Park Drive in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of breaking & entering a motor vehicle (55 counts), larceny of a firearm (four counts) and misdemeanor larceny (12 counts). Two juveniles were taken into custody at the same time.
On Sunday (November 5), the Sheriff’s Office received numerous reports regarding vehicle break-ins that occurred during the late night hours in the area of the Hickory Highway and Ashbrook Drive in western Iredell County. Deputies, Detectives and crime scene Investigators arrived on scene and began searching for suspects and witnesses and collecting evidence. Numerous potential witnesses were interviewed.
At about 1:30 a.m. on Friday, November 10, Deputies responded to the area of Bethlehem Road near the Statesville Airport after a homeowner was awakened by a car alarm. Upon arrival, Deputies learned that there had been a second wave of vehicle break-ins. They determined that the suspects were most likely still in the area. A perimeter was established to contain the suspects, who were believed to be on foot.
Deputies were able to corner the suspects in a wooded area. The suspects attempted to flee on foot, but Deputies captured three male subjects. It’s possible that other suspects eluded capture. Two of the subjects taken into custody were juveniles, 14 and 15 years-of-age. The third suspect was identified as Aaron Dequan Whittmore. He and the two juveniles were taken to the Sheriff’s Office where they were interviewed.
Investigators determined that the same suspects were responsible for the incidents on November 5 & 10. Police say the suspects went to various developments and looked for unlocked vehicles that they believed contained valuables. Break-ins occurred on Ashbrook Drive, Bethlehem Road, Doubletree Drive, Heathrow Lane and Gatwick Court, all in Statesville.
Whittmore was charged accordingly, and juvenile petitions are being sought against the other two subjects. Whittmore was held under a $50,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on December 4. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.
54-year-old Clifford Dean Kerley, whose last known address was a storage building at the Taylorsville Cemetery, is wanted by the Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office for failure to register as a sex offender.
Kerley is on the Sex Offender Registry as the result of a 2008 conviction in Alexander County for indecent liberties with a minor. At the time of the offense, Kerley was 44 years old and the victim was six.
Kerley was living in the storage building at the Taylorsville Cemetery when authorities told him that he could no longer live there due to the building’s proximity to a daycare facility. He has since failed to report an address.
Kerley is a white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 5’7” tall and weighs 142 pounds.
Citizens should never attempt to apprehend a fugitive by themselves. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Clifford Dean Kerley should call the Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-1111.
51-year-old Devon Duprea Barry, whose last known address was on Poplar Springs Road in Statesville, is wanted by the Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office. Barry is a registered sex offender in Alexander County. He no longer lives at his registered address.
Barry is on the Sex Offender Registry as the result of a 1983 conviction in Dallas, Texas for aggravated rape. He has outstanding warrants in Alexander, Iredell and Cabarrus counties.
Authorities say Barry may be living in Mecklenburg County or out-of-state. He is a black male with black hair and brown eyes. He is six feet tall and weighs 220 pounds.
Citizens should never attempt to apprehend a fugitive by themselves. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Devon Duprea Barry should call the Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-1111.
A Catawba County jury has found 30-year-old William Howard Lail III of Hickory guilty of second-degree murder in the death of a 20-month-old boy at a Long View residence in May 2013.
After approximately 19 hours of deliberation over a five period, the jury returned the verdict, ending the trial after more than four weeks. The decision was handed down in Catawba County Superior Court this morning (November 14).
Lail was convicted of killing Jaydon Sandlin. The jury also found him guilty of two counts of felony child abuse against Jaydon Sandlin and his sister Kylie Sandlin, plus two counts of non-felonious child abuse.
The Honorable Forrest D. Bridges, Superior Court Judge from Cleveland County, sentenced Lail to an active prison term of 17-to-22 years for second-degree murder and felony child abuse, with an additional 300 days to be served at the conclusion of that period for the non-felonious child abuse cases.
Lt. Mike Ford led the investigation for Long View Police Department, with assistance from Agents Marc Sharpe and Heath McBride of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
Michael Van Buren and Jamie Adams prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office with assistance provided by Victim Witness Legal Assistant John Hoyle.
The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce has announced their 2017 Edison Project winners. The first place winner was Carmen Eckard with “Foothills Digest”. In second place was Justin Fox with Apple Valley Orchard & Cidery and the third place winners were Jens Roessler, Tomas Hans and Sercan Cihan with InPort.
The Edison Project is sponsored by the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. The program recognizes entrepreneurs who have innovative, viable business ideas for Catawba County.
Winners of the competition receive seed investment incentives in the amounts of $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place and $3,000 for third place.
All finalists and applicants for the Edison Project have the opportunity to continue their goals of establishing their start-up businesses through ongoing training, mentoring, workshops and assistance from area business consultants.
For more information on the Edison Project and the 2017 finalists, visit the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce website at catawbachamber.org.
36-year-old Johnny Dwayne White of Sandalwood Court in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police just after 11:30 Friday night (November 11) on one felony count of failure to appear for possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor counts of assault on a female and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
White was arrested in connection to an assault that occurred on November 2. He was also served with two other outstanding warrants. All the warrants were issued earlier this month.
White was taken into custody at a hotel on Highway 70 S.W. He was locked up in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he was initially held without bond. Bond has since been set at $14,500, secured. District Court dates were scheduled for January 8 & 24.
36-year-old Desiree Deon Stollings of 8th Avenue N.E. in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 7:30 Saturday evening (November 11) on one felony count of habitual larceny.
She was arrested Saturday after Officers responded to a larceny call at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. The suspect, Desiree Stollings, allegedly left the store after taking merchandise. She was found and taken into custody without incident.
Stollings was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (November 13) in Newton. She’ll also appear in court on December 8 on a misdemeanor shoplifting charge.
Stollings has a number of previous convictions for larceny and shoplifting starting in 2003 in Caldwell, Lincoln, Catawba, Iredell, Burke and Wilkes counties.
46-year-old Paul Edward Ikard of 17th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:45 yesterday afternoon (November 12) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
He was arrested as Hickory Police were assisting Probation & Parole Officers. On Ikard’s person, Police found 1.3 grams of meth and six dosage units of 6 Oxycodone.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
35-year-old Brandy Nicole Earp of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:25 Friday night (November 10) on one felony count of larceny of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor counts of misdemeanor larceny and failure to appear.
The failure to appear charge comes in connection to a shoplifting incident on August 6 at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. The motor vehicle theft warrant was issued last month in Wilkes County and the misdemeanor larceny charge comes from Buncombe County on a warrant issued earlier this month.
Earp was taken into custody without incident at an address on Highway 70 S.W. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,250 secured bond. She’ll appear in a Buncombe County courtroom on December 13, with a court date in Newton on January 9 and another in Wilkes County on January 31.