Friday, 22 September 2017 06:03

Two Arrested Following Shots Fired Call

17-year-old Luis Javier Chavez II of Hickory was arrested Tuesday (September 19) by Officers with the Catawba County Sheriff's Drug Task Force. As WHKY reported on Wednesday (September 20), Chavez was charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.

The arrest was made following a search conducted at a residence at 3401 Highland Avenue NE. The search warrant was obtained after deputies responded to a shots fired call in the area. When they arrived they came into contact with Eliceo Lee Chavez and Luis Javier Chavez II. Deputies were allowed inside the residence to retrieve the firearm at which time they saw marijuana and drug paraphernalia in plain view.

During the search of the home, officers found more than 230 grams of meth, more than 28 grams of marijuana which was packaged for sale, a 12 gauge shotgun, and multiple items of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Luis Chavez was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $114,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 22). Eliceo Chavez was arrested on unrelated charges.

Starting next Tuesday (September 26), Stonebridge Drive in Morganton will be closed during the day in preparation of improvements planned for the road. Stonebridge Drive will be closed from Bethel Road to the entrance of the Stonebridge Apartments from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday September 26 through Friday September 29. Anyone who uses that road on a daily basis will need to seek an alternate route.

Friday, 22 September 2017 05:43

False Pretense Charge Filed Against Lenoir Man

27-year-old Justin Drew Coffey of Prospect Street NW in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (September 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Coffey was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Thursday (September 21).

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the person in this photograph. The subject in the photograph is wanted for questioning regarding an ongoing breaking and entering investigation in Burke County.  

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or, if you desire to receive a reward contact Morganton-Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333. All Crimestoppers tips are anonymous, and anyone with information leading to the location of this person may be eligible for a cash reward.

32-year-old Tommy Warren Boyett of 21st Street Drive SE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (September 21) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, along with single counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Boyett was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $350,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 22).

Friday, 22 September 2017 05:18

Hickory Man Charged With Meth Possession

41-year-old Shaun Michael Pressley of 10th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (September 21) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Pressley was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 22).

39-year-old Misty Parker Cornelius, whose address is not listed, was arrested Thursday (September 21) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of the sale of schedule II controlled substance and the delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Cornelius was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $35,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 22).

46-year-old Johnny Leon Jackson of Old Farm Road in Stanley and 45-year-old Darren Dwayne Kelly of Mayflower Avenue in Cramerton were arrested Tuesday (September 19) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Both suspects are  charged  with felony counts of larceny and conspiracy. 47-year-old Willie Cox, Jr. and 43-year-old Michael Shane Moore, both of West Park Drive in Stanley are each charged with one felony count each of larceny and conspiracy.  They had not been arrested in the case.

The four suspects are charged in connection to the theft of an enclosed trailer from Real Life Community Church on East Highway 27 in Iron Station. On September 12 a larceny report was filed by church officials regarding the theft of the trailer from church property which contained camping supplies. The vehicle used to take the trailer appeared to be a white crew cab truck.

On September 13, Detective Kelly Paris received a call from Gaston County authorities who said they were working on a trailer theft case involving a truck similar to the one used in Lincoln County. During the investigation officers learned that Willie Cox Jr. may be a possible suspect.  

On September 14, Gaston County officers said that while searching the residence of Willie Cox, Jr. the stolen camping supplies were found. Detectives recovered an Ozark trail tent, a Coleman lantern a two burner cooking stove, a Blackstone flat top grill, and a white plastic cargo container with air mattresses, propane tanks and various camping supplies. The property was identified by church officials and returned to the church.

According to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, during the investigation an incriminating confession was given by one of the suspects and warrants were obtained on the four individuals. Jackson is in jail on a no bond hold. Kelly was being held in the Gaston County Jail under a $45,000 secured bond. Both men have District Court dates October 10. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Cox and Moore is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

The enclosed trailer has not been recovered and is believed to have been taken out of state.

A Lawndale man will spend at least 25 years in prison after pleading guilty as charged to sex-related criminal acts involving a minor victim.

20-year-old Jacob Marcus Humphries pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree sexual offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (September 20). The Honorable Forrest D. Bridges, Superior Court Judge from Cleveland County, sentenced Humphries to serve 25 to 35 years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. The defendant also will be required to register as a sex offender for 30 years.

The offenses occurred August 3rd and 4th and then again from August 18th to September 5th of 2015, when the female victim was seven-years-old. The incidents involved various means of inappropriate touching. The victim provided details of the encounters during a forensic interview with the Child Advocacy Protection Center of Catawba County, and the victim told investigators what the defendant did to her.

Dane Hoyle and Spencer Cline handled the investigation for Newton Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Michael Van Buren prosecuted the case for the State.

A Hickory man will serve an active prison sentence of at least seven years after pleading guilty to drug offenses and admitting his status as a habitual felon during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (September 20).  50-year-old Michael Duane Izard was given a prison term of seven to ten years by the Honorable Forrest D. Bridges, Superior Court Judge from Cleveland County, following his guilty plea to two counts of selling cocaine.

The defendant’s sentence was lengthened by his status as a habitual felon. Izard has prior felony convictions for breaking and entering (September 1991 and September 1995) and possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (July 2001). All those occurred in Catawba County.

Undercover officers from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force made purchases of single crack rocks from Izard on January 14, 2016 and again on February 19, 2016. Those substances were confirmed to be cocaine by testing conducted at the North Carolina State Crime Lab.

Undercover officers investigated the cases for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. State prosecution was conducted by Assistant District Attorney Sean Baetjer.

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