The 33rd Annual Southeastern Classic band competition will be held this Saturday (October 22) at Newton-Conover High School’s Gurley Stadium.

17 marching bands are currently confirmed, with exhibitions planned by the host band and by Lenoir-Rhyne’s Spirit of L-R Marching Band.

Gates will open at 12 noon with the opening ceremony slated for 1:30 p.m. An awards ceremony is scheduled at the completion of the event at 9 p.m.

Admission is $7. For more information, call Newton-Conover High School at 828-495-0920.

27-year-old Thomas Sherrill Graham of Parkview Lane in Sherrills Ford has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle, felony larceny and injury to personal property.

Graham was arrested in connection to an incident at about ten o’clock Friday night (October 14) on Trollingwood Lane in Mooresville. The victim reported that numerous items were taken from their unlocked vehicle. The victim said that bags filled with Karate gear were stolen with a value of over $2,600.

As Officers were taking the report, a neighbor reported damage to two screen windows in his home. The victim told Deputies he believed that a family member might be responsible for the damages to his home, as well as the vehicle break-in next door. Officers learned that the suspect, Thomas Sherrill Graham, has an extensive criminal history and is currently on probation with additional charges pending in court.

Detectives discovered that the property stolen from Trollingwood Lane was in Graham’s possession at his residence in Catawba County. Detectives went to Graham’s home where they recovered all the stolen property. The property was returned to the owner. Graham denied any knowledge of the incident and said that some friends gave the stolen property to him. He refused to provide any names.

Graham was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond on the Iredell County charges. He was also charged in Catawba County with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving while license revoked and simple assault, with an additional $1,500 secured bond on those charges. He was scheduled to appear in an Iredell courtroom today, with a Catawba Court date on November 29.

The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a complaint of vandalism and littering at a local church. Grace Baptist Church, located at 627 Rink Dam Road in Bethlehem, was the recent target of vandals who threw empty beer bottles and beer cans in the church’s front yard.

The vandalism is an apparent protest of the church’s stance against the upcoming alcohol referendum. The bottles, which bore a printed white label that read, “If we can’t have the tax, you can have the trash,” were thrown into the churchyard sometime between Thursday evening (October 13) and Friday morning (October 14). 15 beer bottles were recovered from the scene and will be processed for any latent evidence.

Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in solving the case. Anyone with information should call the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-1111 or the Alexander County Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 828-632-8555. Callers may remain anonymous.

Monday, 17 October 2016 14:00

Shoplifting Incident Leads to Three Arrests

32-year-old Bobby Glenn Ray, Jr. of Bessemer City and 30-year-old Megan Smith Ray of Dallas, N.C. were both arrested yesterday (October 16) by Hickory Police in connection to a shoplifting incident. Bobby Ray was charged with felony habitual larceny and was also served with a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Megan Ray was charged with aiding & abetting larceny. Also arrested on a number of outstanding warrants was 35-year-old Jamie Marie Ballew of Gastonia. She faces two felony counts of failure to appear and misdemeanor counts of larceny and injury to personal property.

They were arrested after Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store on 21st Drive S.E. As Officers spoke to the store manager, Police dispatchers gave information on the suspect vehicle, which was being followed by a witness.

The N.C. State Highway Patrol stopped the vehicle at exit 28 on Highway 321 South. Megan Ray was the driver. Hickory Police arrived and assisted with the arrest at about 5:30 Sunday afternoon. A Husqvarna backpack blower and a 300-piece Kobalt tool set, valued at $488, were recovered.

Bobby Ray was wanted in Hall County, Georgia for a probation violation. The warrants for Ballew’s arrest were issued in Gaston County.

All three suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Bobby Ray was set at $32,000, secured. Megan Ray was given a $2,000 secured bond and Ballew’s bond was set at $30,000, secured. Bobby Ray was due in court today. Megan Ray has a November 9 court date and Ballew will appear in Superior Court in Gastonia on November 15.

Monday, 17 October 2016 11:10

Three Arrested on Drug Charges in Hickory

47-year-old Michael Reid Hovis of Benny Shrum Lane, along with 25-year-old Christopher Mark Conte and 23-year-old Summer Leann Hoyle, both of the same address on South “D” Avenue, all from Maiden, have all been arrested by Hickory Police on drug charges. Hovis and Conte were charged with felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance. Hoyle was charged with misdemeanor possession of a schedule VI controlled substance. All three were charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were arrested shortly after nine o’clock Friday morning (October 14) after Officers on patrol at the Midland Plaza shopping center on Highway 70 S.W. saw a vehicle parked in the southern part of the parking lot, away from the businesses located there. Hovis was the driver. Conte was in the front passenger and Hoyle was a rear passenger.

Officers reportedly saw Hoyle attempting to conceal an item in the rear seat. A search turned up a pipe in the seat and 2.3 grams of marijuana on Hoyle’s person. In the passenger side, Officers found a syringe containing a brown liquid.

All three suspects were taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Hovis was given a $16,600 secured bond. Conte’s bond was set at $12,250, secured, and Hoyle was given a $575 secured bond. They have all been released. Hovis and Conte were due in District Court today (October 17). Hoyle has a court date on November 3.

45-year-old Michael Timothy Howard of Mays Chapel Church Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:45 Friday night (October 14) on one felony count of hit & run with failure to stop for personal injury and misdemeanor counts of careless & reckless driving, driving while license revoked and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged on outstanding warrants for felony failure by a sex offender to report a new address and two misdemeanor probation violations. In addition, Howard faces charges from the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office for injury to personal property, failure to perform work after being paid, possession of stolen goods and two out-of-county probation violations.

Events leading to his arrest began as Police responded to a single vehicle accident near the Cooperative Christian Ministry building on 1st Avenue S.E. in Hickory. A silver Nissan Altima had run into a utility pole.

Police arrived to find one subject still on the scene, but a second subject, Michael Howard, had left. Officers learned that the Nissan had previously been reported stolen from AVG Automotive and that Howard had been identified as the suspect in that theft.

Howard was located, on foot, on 9th Street S.W., near 7th Avenue S.W. On his person, Officers found a white bag containing a syringe with a crystal residue.

Howard was taken into custody without incident. The other subject at the accident scene was not charged. Howard was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a total bond of $87,500, secured. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (October 17), tomorrow and October 28.

Additional charges are possible.

37-year-old Wilbur Junior White of 11th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:45 Thursday morning (October 13) on one felony count each for the sale of cocaine and possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance. He was arrested on warrants issued by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office on August 16 of this year.

White was taken into custody without incident at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $70,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today (October 14) in Newton.

On Wednesday (October 12), Lincoln County Narcotics Officers arrested five people on drug charges during two different operations. All five subjects arrested possessed methamphetamine at the time of their arrests.

43-year-old Angela Lingerfelt Juarez of the Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton was charged with one felony count each of trafficking methamphetamine, sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

41-year-old Jimmie Leonard Ward, Jr. of Mulberry Lane in Cherryville was charged with one felony count each of felon possessing a firearm by a felon and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of failure to appear.

47-year-old Jimmy David Beard of Aderholdt Road in Lincolnton was charged with one felony count of trafficking meth.

31-year-old Leslie Katherine Shuford of North Grove Street in Lincolnton was charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

26-year-old Logan Daniel Heafner of Pleasant Grove Church Road in Crouse was charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count each of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

During one operation, Detectives say Angela Juarez sold meth to undercover Detectives. When Detectives took Juarez into custody at her residence, they saw, in plain view, nearly three ounces of meth in a plastic container.

During the other operation, Detectives went to Leslie Shuford’s residence after receiving information that a wanted subject was there. The homeowner gave Detectives consent to search the residence for the individual. During the search, Detectives saw a small amount of meth, pills and drug paraphernalia in plain view throughout the house.

As Detectives executed a search warrant at the residence, three subjects arrived at separate times. One subject, Jimmie Ward, showed up carrying a handgun in his back pocket. Detectives recognized him as a convicted felon and took him into custody. A search of Ward’s person turned up more than half an ounce of meth and a 9mm semi-automatic handgun.

A second subject arrived later with over an ounce of meth in his vehicle. That subject was taken into custody without further incident. A third subject arrived and quickly left the scene at a high rate of speed when he saw Detectives. The vehicle was stopped and Detectives seized meth and drug paraphernalia from the driver.

Juarez was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. Ward was jailed under a $16,000 secured bond. Beard was given a $40,000 secured bond. Shuford’s bond was set at $5,000, secured, while Heafner was jailed under a $5,000 secured bond. Juarez and Shuford have District Court dates on October 20. Ward and Beard are scheduled to appear in court on November 1, while Heafner has an October 31 court date.

26-year-old Leanna Grace Perkins of Society Road in Statesville has been arrested on charges of felony attempted murder and felony discharging a firearm into occupied property.

Today (October 13), Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to shots-fired calls from two addresses on Society Road. Deputies arrived and spoke to Leanna Perkins, who told them that she had heard someone blowing the horn and when she looked outside, she saw a man in the car. She said she thought the man was going to get out of the car. She told Deputies she was in fear and fired a handgun in the direction of the car.

Deputies then went to another address on Society Road where 38-year-old Timothy Campbell was suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Medical personnel arrived and the victim was transported to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem for treatment. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Both residences were secured as the investigation continued. Detectives and Investigators spoke to multiple potential witnesses in the area. Investigators processed and collected evidence, including a handgun and spent shell casings.

The victim and suspect were acquainted as the result of a reported history of problems involving pets going on each other’s property. Campbell’s family members said that Campbell had gone to the suspect’s house to tell her that her cat was on his property and for her to get the cat before he let out his dogs.

Campbell reportedly never exited his vehicle and blew the horn in an attempt to get Perkins to come outside. Investigators say Perkins was the only person with a weapon. Perkins said that when Campbell moved as though he was going to open the car door, she fired at the vehicle. An unspecified number of rounds went through the door with at least one round striking the victim.

Perkins was arrested and placed in the Iredell County Detention Facility under a $350,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Friday (October 14).

32-year-old Ahmad Emmanuel Pinnix of 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 13) on felony counts of possession of cocaine, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, plus misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

Pinnix was taken into custody without incident at the St. Stephens Mobile Home Park just after 3 a.m. today. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.

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