In Burke Co. Superior Court today (February 13), 41-year-old Jeremy Ozais Carswell of George Hildebrand School Road in Connelly Springs pleaded guilty to felony larceny and failure to appear on a class B felony. He was also sentenced as an habitual felon. Carswell, who (according to his attorney, suffers from mental health issues), was sentenced to 58-to-82 months in jail.

Carswell was convicted in connection to the December 2014 theft of a four-wheeler from a home on Buzz Lowman Street. In January 2015, witnesses photographed Carswell driving the stolen ATV on Jacob’s Fork River Road in Catawba County. Officers found the ATV in the area and arrested Carswell two days later after he was identified from photos posted by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and shared by various media outlets.

Monday, 13 February 2017 11:07

Bomb Threat Suspect Pleads Guilty (Updated)

27-year-old Cody Matthew Startt of Matoaka, West Virginia pleaded guilty this morning (Monday, February 13) in Burke County Superior Court to 251 counts of making false bomb threats and 253 counts of terrorism. Startt was sentenced to 11 to 21 years in prison on the charges filed in Burke County.

The incidents happened from May through July of last year. The suspect used apps on his phone and police scanners to make calls to hundreds of businesses. F.B.I. and local law enforcement agencies helped trace the calls back to Startt.

Startt remains in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with total bond set at $1,238,000, secured. He's still scheduled to appear in court to answer to the bomb threat charges in Caldwell and Catawba Counties.

50-year-old Joseph Tyrone Dillard of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (February 12) for a felony probation violation. Dillard is on probation as he serves a 36-month suspended sentence following a February 2016 conviction in Catawba County for felony speeding to elude arrest.

Dillard was taken into custody without incident at 1:30 a.m. Sunday at a residence on 1st Street S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for February 16 in Newton.

Friday, 10 February 2017 17:46

School Bus Accident on Bethany Church Road

A Catawba County school bus was involved in an accident on Bethany Church Road in Catawba County around three o’clock this afternoon (February 10). The bus was traveling from the Catawba Rosenwald Education Center.

Three students, the bus driver and a monitor were on the bus at the time. At last report, they were being evaluated by paramedics and emergency management services, but – according to a press release issued by Catawba County Schools -- there appear to be no serious physical injuries to the students, the bus driver or the monitor.

A second vehicle was involved in the crash. Other published reports state that one occupant of the second vehicle died as a result of the accident.

31-year-old Amanda Dawn Krug of Flower House Loop in Troutman was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Tuesday (February 7) on charges of trafficking in heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for the sale of a controlled substance, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At about 3 p.m. Tuesday, a Sheriff’s Deputy stopped Krug on Bethesda Road, near Fieldcrest Drive.  Krug provided an expired driver’s license and displayed a fictitious registration plate on her vehicle.  Krug was found to have an extensive history with narcotics.  She is currently out on bond for felony narcotics charges.

A search of Krug’s car was conducted leading to the discovery of heroin, cocaine, Xanax, Suboxone and assorted drug paraphernalia.  The search also turned up more than $13,500 in cash.

Krug was arrested and placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $350,000 secured bond.  She has District Court dates set for February 20 & 28, plus a Superior Court appearance coming up on March 6.

43-year-old Misty Nicole Rohr, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 9) for a felony probation violation. Rohr, also known as Misty Nicole Gragg, is on probation following an August 2015 conviction in Catawba County for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. She had been listed as an absconder from probation.

Rohr was taken into custody without incident at about 10 past midnight today at the Sunny Valley apartment complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. She was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. She has since been released. No bond amount or court date was listed.

32-year-old Larry Jermaine Gibbs of Mauney Drive and 44-year-old Dana Wilson Johnson of Loomis Street, both from Lincolnton, along with 40-year-old Jesse James Trent of Lester Trail in Iron Station have all been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers on drug charges.

Gibbs was charged with three felony counts for the sale & delivery of a schedule I controlled substance, five felony counts for possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule I controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.  Johnson and Trent were each charged with the sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, three counts for Johnson and two counts for Trent.  Johnson and Trent were also charged with possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance, three counts for Johnson and one count for Trent.  In addition, Johnson was charged with maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

The three were arrested yesterday (February 7) by Lincoln County Narcotics Officers.  The arrests came after an investigation into methamphetamine and heroin sales in the central and eastern parts of the county.

Detectives utilized undercover and surveillance techniques to purchase drugs from the suspects.  In every case, the drugs sold were street-level amounts, sold by repeat offenders.  Detectives say the cases involving the three suspects were unrelated.

During one of the arrests, Narcotics Detectives report that one of the suspects was a passenger in a vehicle that arrived at his residence while Detectives were there to serve warrants on him.  As he was taken into custody, Detectives seized several grams of heroin from the suspect.
Following the arrests, Gibbs was given a $40,000 secured bond.  Johnson’s bond was set at $25,000, secured, while Trent’s bond was set at $20,000, secured.  All three were scheduled to appear in District Court today.

Lincolnton Police assisted in the investigation that led to Gibbs’ arrest.  Patrol Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office also assisted in Tuesday’s arrests.

37-year-old Wayne Bernard Patton has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on two counts of felony habitual assault.  He was also charged with assault on a female, assault inflicting serious injury and a pretrial release violation.

On February 1, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an assault call on Fox Run Drive in Statesville.  Wayne Patton allegedly assaulted the victim by hitting her multiple times, causing contusions and breaking her ribs.  Patton was arrested at the scene without incident.

On February 2, Domestic Violence Detectives followed up on the incident and found that Patton had assaulted the victim earlier that day, causing injury to her head and hip.  Detectives determined that Patton had violated his pretrial release conditions by contacting the victim.

Patton was jailed under a total bond of $260,000.  He will next appear in District Court on February 22.

Patton has a history of assaulting females with recent convictions for assault on a female, habitual assault, assault with a deadly weapon and going armed to the terror of the people.

Hickory Police are investigating a case in which shots were fired in downtown Hickory early this morning.

An unknown number of shots were fired just before 2 a.m. today near Randolph Billiards on 2nd Street N.W. There were no witnesses. No one was injured and no property damage was reported.

Police believe the incident may be connected to an altercation that occurred earlier inside the pool hall. No suspects have been identified at this time.

Anyone with information should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 13:41

Hickory Man Charged with Making Bomb Threat

24-year-old Jeffrey Emmanuel Nazario of 3rd Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday (February 4) on one felony count of making a false bomb report.

The charge stems from an incident on October 27, 2016 in which Nazario allegedly phoned in a bomb threat to the Kangaroo Express store on Highway 70 S.E. The threat was determined to be false.

Nazario was taken into custody without incident Saturday on the 900 block of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday in Newton.

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