32-year-old Christopher O’Neil Smith of Lakeland Avenue in Lincolnton has been sentenced to a maximum of ten years in prison after he pleaded guilty in Lincoln County Superior Court Tuesday (January 21). He was given a sentence of 90-to-120 months.

Smith pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture a schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, & deliver a schedule I controlled substance; and possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver a schedule III controlled substance.

The case against Smith began after neighbors filed complaints regarding drug activity in the area of Smith’s home. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division launched an investigation. Detectives say surveillance and undercover techniques were used to purchase various amounts of drugs from Smith on multiple occasions. Smith was arrested after he was indicted by a Lincoln County Grand Jury in December of 2018.

42-year-old Jay Allen Goolsby of Springdale Drive in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police just before 9:30 last night (January 21) on one felony count each of forgery of endorsement and credit card fraud. He was arrested after Hickory Police took a report of credit card fraud by telephone on January 6. Warrants for Goolsby's arrest were issued yesterday.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident at his residence. Goolsby was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (January 22) in Newton.

47-year-old Chafin Wayne Caskey of 43rd Avenue Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 1 p.m. yesterday (January 21) for failure to appear on a felony. He allegedly failed to appear in court on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. The warrant for his arrest was issued on January 8.

Caskey was taken into custody without incident at Catawba Valley Medical Center on Fairgrove Church Road. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He has since been released. Caskey will appear in District Court on February 18 in Newton.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 10:53

Hickory Man Arrested on Felony Cocaine Charge

29-year-old Anthony Randall Lewis of Liberty Church Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 7:30 last night (January 21) 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 Police stopped a vehicle on 4th Street S.E. for an expired registration plate. During the stop, Officers found 0.24 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Lewis was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, unsecured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (January 22) in Newton.

18-year-old Cody Daniel Wells of Wallace Springs Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers on five counts of felony secret peeping.

According to information released by the Sheriff's Office today (January 21), on Friday, December 20, 2019, a report was filed after a female victim discovered an electronic video recording device hidden in her western Iredell County home. Search warrants were executed at the residence and evidence was seized. Several witnesses were also interviewed.

Based on the evidence gathered, Cody Daniel Wells was charged. The incidents reportedly occurred from January 1 through December 20 of last year.

Wells was arrested last Wednesday (January 15) and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where bond was set at $50,000, secured. His next appearance in District Court is coming up on February 4.

29-year-old Matthew Lawrence Farthing of Walt Arney Road in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before seven o'clock Sunday night (January 19) on one felony count of larceny by anti-inventory device and one count of misdemeanor larceny.

He was arrested after Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Kohl's store on Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. The suspect, Matthew Lawrence Farthing, reportedly removed an anti-theft security device and concealed items. He was found and taken into custody without incident at a fast-food restaurant on Catawba Valley Boulevard.

Farthing was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (January 21) in Newton.

23-year-old Cody Christopher Meehan of Lee Cline Road in Conover and 23-year-old Revonda Nicole Mathis of Camp Creek Road in Old Fort were both arrested by Hickory Police shortly after noon on Saturday (January 18). Meehan was charged with failure to appear for a second time on a misdemeanor probation violation. He was also charged with misdemeanor unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The warrants for his arrest were issued on January 14 & 15. Mathis was charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). She was also arrested on multiple outstanding warrants for larceny of a motor vehicle, two counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, reckless driving to endanger, injury to personal property, speeding, driving while license revoked, and possession of drug paraphernalia. One of the stolen vehicle charges is out of McDowell County.

They were arrested after Police responded to an apartment on 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hickory where a subject with an outstanding warrant, Cody Meehan, was located. Officers also found Revonda Nicole Mathis, who was wanted on a number of warrants. During the arrests, Officers found 0.3 grams of meth.

Both suspects were taken into custody without incident. They were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Meehan set at $16,000, secured, while Mathis was given a $15,000 secured bond. Meehan was scheduled to appear in District Court on January 27 and February 24 in Newton. Mathis had a first appearance in District Court scheduled today (January 21) in Newton. She'll also appear in Superior Court on February 10 in Newton and in McDowell County.

34-year-old Michael James Notheisen of Majestic Pine Drive in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police at 7:50 Sunday morning (January 19) for possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed gun, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance; simple possession of schedule II & schedule III controlled substances; possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine; and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with failure to appear on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of meth, carrying a concealed gun, a misdemeanor out-of-county probation violation, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and a felony probation violation. In addition, Notheisen was served with bills of indictment for possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II & schedule VI controlled substances.

According to H.P.D.'s arrest report, Notheisen was in possession of a firearm at the time of his arrest. He was taken into custody without incident at a hotel on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $248,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (January 21) in Newton. Additional Disrict Court dates were scheduled for January 30 and February 4, with Superior Court dates coming up on February 6 & 17. No additional details are available.

39-year-old Eddie Shelton Dunn of Martin, Georgia was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:30 Sunday night (January 19) on one felony count each of trafficking heroin or opium and trafficking in methamphetamine. Dunn was taken into custody without incident near the intersection of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard and Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1-million secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (January 21) in Newton. No additional details are available.

26-year-old Jakime Raheim Whiteside of Hudson will serve an active prison sentence of six-to-eight years following his conviction for felony trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The Honorable Alan Z. Thornburg, Superior Court Judge from Buncombe County, handed down the sentence after Whiteside pleaded guilty during Caldwell County Superior Court on Friday (January 17).

He was convicted and sentenced after Caldwell Co. Narcotics Officers conducted an investigation into Whiteside and the distribution of illegal drugs. In September of 2018, Officers made controlled buys using a confidential informant at two locations where the defendant was present. On September 18, 2018, Narcotics Agents, the Sheriff's SWAT Team, and Lenoir Police Detectives executed a search warrant at a Lenoir residence where Whiteside said he lived.

Officers recovered several baggies containing a controlled substance, as well as a handgun. The State Crime Lab determined that the substance was made up of various mixtures of cocaine, fentanyl, and methamphetamine. Small amounts of marijuana were also seized. Whiteside had previously been convicted of possession of a schedule II controlled substance in McDowell County in 2017.

Chris Everhart investigated the case for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Nancy Lee handled the prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.

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