52-year-old Jeffrey Devon Turner of Signal Hill Drive in Statesville was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:25 Friday afternoon (March 23) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and stalking, plus two misdemeanor domestic violence protection order violations and one count of domestic criminal trespass.

He was arrested in connection to an incident on March 17 when Hickory Police responded to a domestic-related break-in at a residence on the 200 block of 7th Street S.W. Turner was taken into custody without incident Friday at a pharmacy on Fairgrove Church Road S.E.

He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $30,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for April 2 in Newton.

36-year-old Jason Anthony Riddle of Drumstand Road in Stony Point was arrested by Conover Police yesterday (March 25) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.

Riddle was wanted in Dickenson County, Virginia on a larceny charge. He was charged with petite larceny by the Clintwood Police Department. It was at least a third offense for the suspect, making the charge a class six felony. Riddle is accused of taking two packages of shorts from a Dollar General Store.

Following his arrest Sunday, Riddle was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.

On Wednesday (March 21), four Officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety were recognized for their acts of heroism on June 19, 2017. Investigator Donny Dellinger, Investigator Kyle Goforth, Investigator Ryan Stotts and Public Service Officer Daniel Gabryszewski all received medals during an awards ceremony at CoMMA.

Goforth, Stotts and Gabryszewski each received the Distinguished Service Citation for Valor and the Medal for Valor. Dellinger received the Meritorious Service Citation and Medal. The awards were presented by Chief Ronnie Rector.

The Officers were recognized for their actions on June 14 of last year. At 11:15 that morning, M.D.P.S. Officers responded to the Catawba River, behind Judges Riverside Restaurant. They arrived to find Julie Pedro, two small children, a stroller and a dog in the middle of the river. The stroller was washed away and Ms. Pedro was holding the children tightly, along with her dog. A third child had been pulled out of the water prior to the Officers’ arrival.

Investigators Goforth, Stotts and Dellinger were among the first responders. Stotts and Goforth jumped into the moving water as the river continued to rise. The water rose an additional three feet during the rescue. They were able to grab Ms. Pedro, the children and the dog. Dellinger entered the water to assist with the recovery of the children.

As Inv. Stotts began to carry one of the children to dry ground, Officer Gabryszewski entered the water from a position upstream with a safety line, moving to the middle of the river to assist with the rescue. Stotts brought the one-year old child to safety and then went back into the middle of the river where he retrieved the four-year old child. Gabryszewski held the rescue line in the middle of the river while Inv. Stotts carried the four-year old to safety. Inv. Goforth assisted Ms. Pedro and the family dog to safety.

22-year-old Christina Michelle Escamilla of Russell Drive in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at 1:20 p.m. yesterday (March 22) on one felony count of embezzlement.

On Wednesday (March 21), Hickory Police were dispatched to the Fast Track convenience store on Fairgrove Church Road S.E. in reference to a larceny by employee. A store employee, Christina Escamilla, allegedly took money and lottery tickets from the store.

Escamilla was taken into custody without incident at the store. She was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released into her husband’s custody under a $1,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

40-year-old Rodney Lamont Pounds of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory was served a grand jury indictment by Hickory Police shortly after 3 p.m. yesterday (March 22) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon. He also faces charges for assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a female and injury to personal property.

The felony charge comes in connection to an incident on November 12, 2016 when Hickory Police responded to an assault call at an address on 2nd Street S.W. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries. Pounds was initially arrested a week later.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident yesterday at his residence. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $16,000 secured bond. Pounds was scheduled to make an appearance in Superior Court today in Newton. A District Court date was set for April 25.

23-year-old Sulton Jaleel “Sooty” Jones of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:50 p.m. yesterday (March 21) on one felony count of possession of counterfeit controlled substances and misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance and discharging a firearm in the city limits. He was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for felony trafficking in cocaine. That warrant was issued in January of this year in Catawba County.

Jones was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was processed at H.P.D. and then released under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.

28-year-old Dontea Devar Kennedy of Springhill Lane in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:40 yesterday afternoon (March 21) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus misdemeanor count of possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer and displaying a fictitious, revoked or suspended registration.

According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, Kennedy was in possession of 12.5 grams of cocaine, 23 dosage units of oxycodone and 0.9 grams of marijuana at the time of his arrest. He was taken into custody without incident at an address on 15th Street N.E. in Hickory. Kennedy was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.

56-year-old Sherman Laverne Banner of Lenoir will spend 26-to-44 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine. He was also convicted as an habitual felon. The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, handed down the sentence during Caldwell County Superior Court on March 13.

In January of last year, Agents with the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at the defendant’s home. When he was approached, Banner told Officers he had cocaine and he told them where it could be located. Officers then found a small bag of crack cocaine in that location.

Banner’s habitual felon status was the result of previous convictions for possession of cocaine (March 2012), sale or delivery of cocaine (February 1995) and possession of stolen goods (June 1989). Those convictions were all in Caldwell County.

J.T. Reynolds handled the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office. Nancy Lee prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

39-year-old Adrian Douglas Corpening of Morganton was sentenced to 30-to-45 months in prison after a Caldwell County jury convicted him of possession of methamphetamine. The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, handed down the sentence last Thursday, March 15. The jury deliberated for ten minutes before returning the guilty verdict.

Corpening’s sentence was enhanced by his status as an habitual felon. His habitual felon status is the result of prior felony convictions for breaking & entering (June 2012), possession of stolen goods (March 2009) and sale or delivery of cocaine (September 2003), all in Burke County.

In August 2016, a Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a call regarding a suspicious person. The Deputy found Corpening with a backpack. The defendant had outstanding warrants from Burke County and was taken into custody. A search of the backpack led to the discovery of five baggies of a crystalline substance. A test of the substance determined that one of the bags contained methamphetamine.

Matt January handled the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Nancy Lee prosecuted the case.

Corpening will serve the sentence imposed last week at the end of another sentence he is currently serving in the Mountain View Correctional Institution in Spruce Pine. In May of last year, he was sentenced to two-to-3.5 years following a Burke County conviction as an habitual felon (two counts), felony possession with intent to sell a schedule VI controlled substance and felony failure to appear in court. That sentence is set to expire in March of next year.

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