36-year-old Jessica Pauline Bonifacius of 21st Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (November 10) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was arrested when Officers on foot patrol in the parking lot at the Quail Run Condos on 21st Avenue N.W. saw a suspicious vehicle. In the vehicle, they found 0.7 grams methamphetamine, 17.2 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The driver, Jessica Bonifacius, was taken into custody without incident at about 1:20 a.m.
She was processed and released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for Monday (November 13) in Newton.
During the week of November 6, the Lincoln County Narcotics Officers charged ten people with various felony drug-related offenses. The charges were the result of several investigations into the sale, distribution and possession of methamphetamine, prescription medication and marijuana.
Detectives say undercover operations resulted in the seizure of various quantities of meth, Xanax, Adderall, marijuana and methadone. During one investigation, undercover Detectives purchased trafficking amounts of methadone on multiple occasions.
Officers say the investigations primarily took place in southern and western Lincoln County. More individuals will likely face charges for similar crimes in the coming few weeks.
Seven of the ten suspects charged thus far have been arrested.
42-year-old Stacey Loftin Duren of the Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton was charged with 14 felony counts of trafficking heroin or opiates and two felony counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. She was arrested on November 8. Bond was set at $604,000, secured.
56-year-old Susan Elaine Fitzgerald of Lincolnton was arrested on November 8 and charged with two felony counts each of for the sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, sale & delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. She was given a $27,500 secured bond.
41-year-old Crystal Gail Cooper of Palm Tree Drive in Vale was arrested on November 9 on one felony count each for the sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, sale & delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule IV controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. Cooper’s bond was set at $30,000, secured.
23-year-old Brandon Lee Buchanan of Lawndale was charged with one count of felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on November 7. Bond was set at $10,000, secured.
26-year-old Tait Richard Rogers of June Bug Road in Vale was arrested on November 10 and charged with two felony counts of trafficking heroin or opiates. She was jailed under a $100,000 secured bond.
16-year-old Dylan Thomas Doeppe of Highway 27 West in Vale was charged with two felony counts each for the sale & delivery of meth and possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance. He was released to the custody of a responsible adult.
21-year-old Jontavis Rayquan Duncan of Buffalo Shoals Road in Lincolnton was arrested on November 9 on one felony count each for the sale & delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and conspiracy to sell & deliver a schedule VI controlled substance. Duncan was given an unsecured bond of $7,500.
Three subjects are wanted and have yet to be located.
50-year-old Mickey Gene Mellon of Lawndale is wanted on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell & deliver meth and possession of a controlled substance in a jail or prison facility.
17-year-old Shane Emmanuael Cauthen of Lily Trail in Lincolnton faces one felony count each for the sale & delivery of a counterfeit substance, possession with intent to sell & deliver a counterfeit substance and conspiracy to sell a schedule VI controlled substance.
29-year-old Zachary McRae of Lincolnton is wanted on one count of obtaining property by false pretense.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mellon, Cauthen or McRae should call Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
22-year-old Chandra Katlin Patrick of Zion Church Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4 p.m. yesterday (November 8) on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of concealment of merchandise, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also charged with misdemeanor failure to appear on charges of misdemeanor larceny and first-degree trespassing. The failure to appear warrant was issued earlier this month in Lincoln County.
Patrick was taken into custody at the Goodwill Thrift Store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $8,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
41-year-old Michael Edward Gwaltney of Highway 73A in Lincoln County has been arrested on one felony count of larceny of a financial transaction card and five felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. Gwaltney is accused of stealing a Bank of America credit card from his mother and using it to obtain money.
On November 6, Gwaltney’s mother reported that the card had been taken from her residence. The following day, a Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detective began an investigation. The bank informed the victim that her stolen credit card had been used five times to obtain cash at two banks in Denver. Michael Gwaltney, who lives with his mother, admitted to her that he committed the crime.
Gwaltney was arrested on the seventh and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $27,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in Lincoln County District Court today. (November 8).
The Prysmian Group has announced an expansion to the company’s facility in Claremont. The $54 million investment will increase the plant’s capacity by 60 percent and support the production of optical fiber for the telecom industry.
The Prysmian Group is a world leader in the energy and telecom cable & systems industry. The company employs 21,000 people across 50 countries. The Claremont expansion is expected to create 50 new jobs with an average salary of $44,000 over the next three years.
The Prysmian Group has approved a capital expenditure of more than $79 million for its Claremont facility, starting in 2014. The latest expansion will be Prysmian’s third in Claremont since that time. The expansion in Catawba County is facilitated in part by a $500,000 grant to the City of Claremont from the Building Reuse Program, under the Rural Development Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
For more information about the Prysmian Group, visit na.prysmiangroup.com.
A man turned himself in to authorities following a reported shooting late Tuesday afternoon (November 7) in Long View. According to Long View Police, the incident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. at the Hilltop Apartments on 18th Street Place N.W. The shooting occurred as the result of a domestic dispute. Police say a black male shot a black female in the shoulder. She was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory and then to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s STAR team was called in after reports suggested the shooter might still be in the apartment, but when the STAR team made entry, the suspect had already left the scene. The suspect turned himself in a short time later at the Hickory Magistrate’s office.
The Catawba County "Who's In Jail" website is showing the arrest by Long View Police of 36-year-old Jericho Lamont Lavar McCombs of Main Avenue Drive NW in Hickory. McCombs was arrested late Tuesday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. WHKY spoke with a representative from the Long View Police Department this morning (November 8). They could not confirm that McCombs is connected with the incident at Hilltop Apartments. McCombs was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $200,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today. The victim's identity had not been released.
22-year-old Malinda Ann Bolen of King Wilkinson Road in Denver has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of larceny and possession of stolen goods. She is accused of taking a 2007 Honda Pilot without the owner’s permission.
On November 2, a male victim reported that his roommate’s friend, Malinda Ann Bolen, took the vehicle from the residence. The theft occurred after Bolen spent the night at the residence on October 14. The theft was discovered the following morning when the occupants discovered Bolen and the vehicle were missing.
The victim told Officers he contacted Bolen numerous times to get her to bring the vehicle back, but he was unsuccessful. Felony warrants for Bolen’s arrest were issued.
On November 5, the vehicle was recovered at Bolen’s parents’ home on Lynch Street in Lincolnton. She was taken into custody by Lincolnton Police following a vehicle chase later that night.
Bolen was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on the felony warrants and a number of charges filed by Lincolnton Police, including felony fleeing to elude arrest and a long list of traffic offenses. She also faces felony schedule III drug charges. Bond was set at $35,000, secured. District Court dates were scheduled for November 14 & 16.
21-year-old Summer Nicole Clark of 4th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 3 p.m. yesterday (November 6) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee.
No details are available. On H.P.D.’s arrest report, Clark’s employer is listed as Mighty Dollar. She was taken into custody without incident at an address on Highway 127 South in Hickory.
Clark was processed and released under a $1,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
32-year-old Alan Grant Drake of 10th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after one o’clock yesterday afternoon (November 6) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Hickory Officers responded to a suspicious person call at a restaurant on Highway 70 S.W. There, Police found half a gram of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in Drake’s vehicle.
He was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Four more suspects have been taken into custody in the second round of arrests stemming from “Operation Southbound” conducted by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigations Unit. WHKY reported five previous arrests on October 10.
The suspects were identified through surveillance operations that were conducted over the course of several months in the City of Mooresville and the surrounding area. Based on those operations and other intelligence gathering activities, undercover Investigators were able to target and make hand-to-hand purchases of illegal drugs from the suspects.
26-year-old Timothy Franklin Wing of Planters Lane in Mooresville was charged with felony possession with intent to sell & deliver methamphetamine, felony sale & delivery of meth and two felony counts of conspiracy to sell & deliver meth. Wing was given a $10,000 secured bond.
36-year-old April Ann Newcomb of Gold Street in Mooresville faces charges for Felony Possession with Intent to Sell & Deliver meth, Felony sale & delivery of meth and Felony conspiracy to Sell & Deliver meth. Bond was set at $25,000, secured.
59-year-old Allen Eugene Payne of McKendree Road in Mooresville was arrested for felony possession with intent to sell & deliver schedule cocaine and felony sale & delivery of cocaine. Payne’s bond was set at $10,000, secured.
34-year-old Gina Renee Wilkins of Stacy Road in Mooresville faces charges for felony possession with intent to sell and deliver meth and felony sale & delivery of meth. She was given a $3,500 secured bond.
The operation is ongoing. More arrests are anticipated.