28-year-old Ezekiel Trey Painter of Country Acres Lane in Maiden was arrested last Friday (February 8) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with five felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

According to a news release issued today (February 15), on January 15, 2019 Lake Norman Sewer and Septic Service notified the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office that a former employee had charged more than $2,300 in merchandise to the business account through Advance Auto Parts. The multiple transactions occurred between September 27, 2018 and January 14, 2019.

The investigation revealed that Advance Auto employees completed the transactions for Ezekiel Trey Painter. The suspect was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $7,000 secured bond. A District Court date is scheduled for February 28.

A shooting is under investigation in Catawba County. Just before 3 a.m. today (February 15), Catawba County Emergency Communications Center received a call from a male subject stating he had been shot and was at his residence at 7428 Highway 10 West in Vale, located in Southwestern Catawba County.

Catawba County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the caller’s residence on Highway 10 West in Vale. The victim, identified as Terry Joe Anderson told deputies he had been shot at 2818 Rhoney Farm Road Vale, NC by his girlfriend, identified as 55-year-old Karen Holmes Still of 2818 Rhoney Farm Road in Vale. The victim, Terry Joe Anderson, was transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center by Catawba County EMS with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Deputies arrived on scene at 2818 Rhoney Farm Road where they found three people who were interviewed by law enforcement. The Catawba County STAR Team was training in the area and responded to the scene to assist. Charges are pending, more information will be released as it is available.

46-year-old Richard Kenneth McCroskey and 43-year-old Scott Douglas Jackson, both of Lenoir, were arrested Thursday (February 14) by Lenoir Police Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen property. Both suspects were detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond apiece. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday.

20-year-old William London Crenshaw of 37th Avenue Place NW in Hickory was arrested Thursday (February 14) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with statutory sex offense with a child 15-years-old or younger and indecent liberties with a child.

According to Hickory Police Department reports, on February 1, they received a report regarding the sexual assault of a minor. The investigation led to warrants being obtained against Crenshaw.

Crenshaw was arrested at his residence without incident shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday and was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 15).

There's another new name on the Iredell County most wanted list.

28-year-old Carson Rose Starr is wanted by authorities in Iredell County on a charge of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon. Starr's last known address was 167 Oak Tree Drive in Mocksville.

24-year-old Robert John Mazzullo remains on the Iredell County most wanted list. He's wanted for nine counts of felony stalking along with a charge of felony possession of a stolen vehicle. The last known address for Mazzullo was 178 Woodwinds Drive in Mooresville.

Authorities are also continuing to seek 42-year-old Lloyd Walter Idol, Jr. He's wanted on charges of trafficking opiates, the sale and delivery of methamphetamine and the sale of heroin. Idol's last known address was 131 Greentree Drive in Statesville.

You can see the entire list of wanted suspects with their photos at www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list you can e-mail icsoinfo@co.iredell.nc.us. You can also call any tips into the Iredell County Sheriff's Office at their Statesville location, 704-878-3180, or the Mooresville office, 704-664-7500.

24-year-old James Nicholas Braun of Southard Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (February 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with interfering with an electronic monitoring device, injury to personal property, and three counts of electronic house arrest violation. Braun was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond on the house arrest violation charges and no bond on the other counts. District Court dates are scheduled for Monday (February 18) and March 20.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets Monday night (February 18) in regular session.

Among the items on the agenda is a departmental report to be presented by Public Health Director Doug Urland along with Tara Larson, the Vice President of the Healthcare Policy with Cansler Collaborative Resources. The presentation will outline the Jail Diversion Project, which would explore the effect of drug abuse in the community and the associated impact of incarceration on individuals, families, and the community at large.

In addition, Monday night, Commissioners will hear two reports from the Finance Department. One of the presentations is to give information regarding the proposed renovation of the former animal shelter facility to create a new Elections site. The board will consider the approval of an architectural design contract and will also decide on giving the County Manager authorization to execute all related documents, and authorizes the County Manager to execute all related contract documents. The other Finance Department report relates to the approval of an audit contract.

In the Manager's Report Monday, Commissioners will hear a resolution in support of House Bill 13 which provides school calendar flexibility and the board will also consider an amendment to the K-64 agreement.

Monday's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Board of Commissioners Meeting Room on the 2nd floor of the Catawba County Justice Center at 100 Government Drive in Newton.

30-year-old Ashley Nichole Lytton of Pecan Street in Conover was arrested Thursday (February 14) by Probation and Parole Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and probation violation. Lytton was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (February 18).

Thursday, 14 February 2019 11:12

Man Reported Missing Found Deceased

A man reported missing in January was found dead. On Wednesday (February 13) the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 500 Block of Eufola Road. A forestry worker claimed to have found a body in a wooded area.

Deputies and Detectives responded to the scene. They found the body and were able to identify the person as Benny Dean Randolph II. Randolph was reported missing on January 18, 2019. His family reported seeing him last on January 16.

The family told deputies at the time the missing person report was filed Randolph was acting paranoid and seeing things which weren’t there. Indications were he was under the influence of some controlled substance, and had possibly consumed an unknown substance shortly before he went missing.

During the missing person investigation, it was determined that Randolph had broken into a home near his house around 6:00 a.m. on January 16, shortly after his family had seen him. Once involved the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, utilized Iredell Search and Rescue, a drone and a cadaver dog, all in an attempt to find Randolph, with no success.

The body was found through a wooded area in the opposite direction from where he was believed to have traveled. There were no indications of foul play, and there was no indication of the cause of death. The Medical Examiner was contacted the body will be transported to North Carolina Baptist Hospital where an autopsy will be conducted.

36-year-old Wendell Sherwood Osborne of Edwards Way in Granite Falls was arrested today (February 14) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of stolen goods or property, possess, sell, or buy a gun with an altered serial number, driving while license revoked, and carrying a concealed weapon. Osborne was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Friday (February 15).

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