On April 21 of this year, the Boone Police Department began an investigation into a missing person case. James “Martin” Roberts. Roberts, a college student, was last seen in Boone, near the Appalachian State University Campus. A letter was found in his room indicating that he was leaving everyone behind, but the letter made no specific mention of harming himself. Police and Mr. Roberts’ family said that they know from the content of the letter that Roberts was experiencing some challenges in life and may have wanted to escape from his circumstances.
Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford says investigators have nearly exhausted their available leads and have begun looking at more unlikely scenarios. Recently, Boone Police Detective Kevin Wilson, the lead Investigator on the case, spent two days with experienced Investigators from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). Those Investigators will assist with technical aspects of the case.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of James “Martin” Roberts should call 828-268-6900.
60-year-old Bobby Gene Huffman, Jr. of Bethlehem was arrested Friday (July 22) by Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers on three counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor.
The investigation leading to Huffman’s arrest stems from a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which notified the Sheriff’s Office on Friday. The incidents occurred from February through June of 2015. A search warrant was issued by a Superior Court Judge. The search warrant was executed at Huffman’s residence Friday.
Huffman was taken into custody and then taken before a Magistrate and given a $12,000 secured bond. Today (July 25), 11 more warrants were issued on the same charge. Those warrants stem from the same investigation. Huffman was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.
This investigation is continuing.
53-year-old Ted McMurray Olson of Catawba Street in Glen Alpine was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:10 Saturday morning (July 23) on two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
He was arrested after Police were called to fight in progress at the Metro Treatment Center on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard, S.E. They found the victim, a 30-year-old Claremont man, on his knees in the parking lot, suffering from a knife wound on his upper, left back area. The victim pointed out the suspect, Ted Olson, who was still on the premises.
Police say the victim was waiting to pay inside the treatment center when he became upset that a slow computer was making it difficult for him to check out. He stepped outside to vent when the suspect allegedly came up from behind and hit the victim in the back of the head. The victim confronted Olson, who produced a knife and cut him.
The victim was not hospitalized. Olson complained of back pain and shortness of breath, but he refused treatment from E.M.S.
Olson was taken into custody without incident. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $45,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (July 25) in Newton.
41-year-old Elmer Guicharquintero of Foxwood Drive in Maiden was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers Wednesday (July 20) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Guicharquintero is wanted by authorities at the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California for a sex offense against a child ten years old or younger.
Guicharquintero was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $200,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (July 21) with another court date coming up on August 18 in Newton.
Foothills Performaing Arts (FPA) has announced that it will be the resident theater at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on Hickory Boulevard S.E. in Lenoir.
Approximately four months ago, FPA began negotiating an agreement with the Broyhill Center to become the theater in residence. All of FPA's productions will be performed on the Broyhill Center’s main stage. The move will enable the theater to stage more large-scale shows with more advanced technology incorporated into the productions.
FPA and the Broyhill Center will remain separate entities.
FPA has also announced that they have begun the process of hiring a new Company Manager. The Company Manager will manage and complete the theater’s routine administrative tasks in order to effectively run a non-profit organization and theater arts company. The Company Manager will facilitate effective communication between Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, the Broyhill Center and FPA, and will improve communications between the FPA board and the theater’s artistic and technical directors.
The job will be a part-time position with a fixed schedule for ten hours per week. The Company Manager will start during the week of August 22.
For more information, visit fpatheatre.org.
24-year-old Jordan Alexander Rivera of 12th Street N.E. in Hickory and 26-year-old Devin Maurice Ussery of Breana Court in Conover have both been charged with two felony counts of murder. The two are accused of killing Mark Anthony Wilson and Diedra Lacarol Ramseur. They were shot to death on March 14 of this year in their home on Rest Home Road in Claremont.
Rivera was already in custody in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. He had been arrested on April 1 on a number of narcotics and firearms charges. He was served with the murder warrants at the jail at about 6 a.m. today (July 22). Ussery was taken into custody at about 6:10 this morning at his residence. He was also placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility.
Both men are being held without bond on the murder charges. Rivera also has a $151,000 bond on the other charges. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for Monday (July 25) in Newton.
30-year-old Claydon Laural Turner of Hickory has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle and D.W.I.
He was arrested in connection to an incident that occurred just after seven o’clock last night. Mooresville Police responded to a call reporting that a pedestrian had been struck while crossing Williamson Road. Upon arrival, Mooresville Police and personnel with Mooresville Fire & Rescue found 52-year-old Jeffrey Patrick Archer of Troutman in the roadway. Mr. Archer was pronounced dead at the scene.
Turner will appear in District Court August 11.
The Mooresville Police Department is investigating.
45-year-old Brian Wayne Rhyne of Maple Lane in Lincolnton has been charged with shooting at his sister with a handgun during an incident last night (July 20). He was charged with one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill.
Rhyne was arrested after Deputies responded to a suspicious circumstances call on the 1700 block of Maple Lane. A homeowner reported that three people were on his back porch ringing the doorbell and saying that someone was trying to kill them.
While Deputies were on the scene, they were notified that a female was at the Lincolnton Police Department to report an assault that occurred on Maple Lane. The female also requested medical attention for an injury that occurred during the incident.
The 36-year-old victim told Deputies that she and her family live with her brother, Brian Rhyne, at the Maple Lane address. At about 9:30 Wednesday night, the brother and sister got into an argument. The brother allegedly pulled a gun from his pocket and pointed it at his sister. The gun discharged, missing the woman’s head. The victim and her family fled the scene.
The victim contacted her husband, who picked them up and took them to the Police Department. She was transported by E.M.S. to CHS-Lincoln for treatment, but was found to have no injuries.
Deputies went back to the Maple Lane residence where the suspect was taken into custody without incident. The .380 caliber handgun used in the incident was recovered. It had been buried in the dirt underneath a lawn mower in an outbuilding on the property.
Rhyne was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (July 21).
25-year-old Edward Roger McCraw of Millers Park Lane in Vale has been arrested by Officers in Lincoln County on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.
McCraw is the second person charged in connection to a June 25, break-in at the Cat Square Family Restaurant in Vale. As reported previously on WHKY, a former employee, 45-year-old Crystal Lynn Dellinger of Cedar Grove Church Road in Vale, was arrested earlier this month on the same charges. The pair is accused of stealing $202 from the cash register in the restaurant.
McCraw was arrested after Detective Matt Burgess received information that he was staying at a location in Lincolnton. Lincolnton Police found McCraw yesterday (July 19) on South Laurel Street, near the intersection with Rhodes Street. He was detained and turned over to Detective Burgess for processing.
McCraw gave a full confession and was taken before a Lincoln County Magistrate. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $9,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today.
29-year-old Felicia Denise Harrison of Reedham Court in Charlotte was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:20 last night (July 19) on misdemeanor and felony counts of larceny. She was also charged with a felony parole violation and she was charged as an habitual felon.
Harrison was arrested in connection to an incident on November 6 of last year at the Priscilla McCall’s store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. The store manager told Police that three black females entered the store. As they exited the store, a security sensor went off. The manager confronted the women, who eventually left.
A review of video surveillance later determined that one of the women removed a pink, Evolve Dream Maker dual stimulator from the package, put it in her purse and left without paying. The woman was identified as Felicia Harrison and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
Harrison has previous larceny convictions in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014. She was on parole as a result of those convictions and had been absconder by the N.C. Dept. of Probation & Parole.
Harrison was taken into custody without incident yesterday on 1st Street S.W. in Hickory’s Ridgeview area. She has been confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $11,750 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.