34-year-old Phillip Wayne Vrchota of Pinewood Drive in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (February 22) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony taking indecent liberties with a minor.
The arrest is in connection to incidents that occurred in June and July 2016. On January 12, 2017 Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Kelsey Harrington received a report of child sexual assault. During the investigation it was learned that the suspect allegedly touched a 12-year-old female inappropriately on various parts of her body while at his home in Lincoln County.
Vrchota knew the victim who is a relative. He was interviewed at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday and then arrested on the felony charge. Vrchota was detained in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 23).
25-year-old James Lee Totty III of 23rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:20 last night (February 22) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count possession of marijuana up to half an ounce.
Totty was arrested when the vehicle he was driving was stopped for an expired registration plate at the intersection of Highway 321 N.W. and Clement Boulevard. A search of the vehicle turned up 0.5 grams of cocaine and 3.5 grams of marijuana. Totty was the vehicle’s only occupant.
He was taken into custody without incident. Totty was processed and released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. He was schedule to appear in District Court tomorrow in Newton.
A vehicle crashed into a house this morning (Thursday, February 23) in Hickory. The accident happened at the intersection of Highway 127 and 3rd Avenue N.E., across from the Catawba Science Center. Hickory Police responded to the call at about 6:25 this morning.
Published reports say the driver ran through a red light and struck a utility pole then the house. According to Hickory Police, two vehicles were involved. Minor injuries were reported as a result of the crash.
No additional details are available.
35-year-old Joy Amanda Moorefield and 20-year-old Aaron David Isley were both arrested Wednesday (February 22) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Moorefield was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond, Isley's bond was set at $6,000 secured. Moorefield was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Thursday, February 23), Isley's District Court date is set for Friday (February 24).
32-year-old Erika Nicole Self of 5th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (February 22) by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with two counts of felony habitual larceny. Self was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 23).
17-year-old Sulayman Admeer Williams of 23rd Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested yesterday (February 22) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony breaking & entering to a motor vehicle, along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods or property.
Events leading to Williams’ arrest unfolded yesterday as Police were investigating a residential break-in that had been reported the previous day. In the process, Officers encountered Williams walking on 5th Street N.E., carrying a backpack. In the backpack were a purse and other personal items belonging to a female who was the victim of a vehicle break-in. That victim’s case was unrelated to the residential break-in.
Williams was released; however, Officers met with the victim and confirmed that the purse and backpack were the items taken from her in a vehicle break-in. The stolen property belonged to three female victims, 21, 47 and 27 years of age, all from Conover.
Warrants for Williams’ arrest were issued. He was taken into custody without incident shortly before 10 p.m. at his residence. Williams was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for tomorrow (February 24).
Drivers in the City of Morganton may want to avoid the intersection of Collett Street and Davis Drive on Saturday (February 25). City of Morganton Electric Services workers plan to remove a large, storm-damaged tree at the intersection and workers will close the intersection at various times between 6:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. that day. For more information, call Electric Services at 828-438-5277.
26-year-old Justin Drew Coffey of Ridgeway Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 22) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest. Coffey was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 23).
24-year-old Kenny Tran of 1st Street West in Conover was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance. Tran is also charged with seven counts of failure to appear. Following the arrest, Tran was jailed this morning (Thursday, February 23) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $32,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for Friday (February 24).
19-year-old Steven Tyler Lynn Hass of Highpoint Avenue in Statesville was arrested Tuesday (February 21) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with four felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, felony and misdemeanor counts of larceny, and felony obtaining property by false pretense.
On Thursday, February 9, deputies were called to a residence on Wallace Springs Road where four unlocked motor vehicles had been broken into. Various items were stolen from the vehicles. Through further investigation Steven Hass was identified as the suspect.
Hass was located at his residence on Tuesday and placed under arrest. Some of the stolen property has been recovered. Hass also has pending charges for larceny of a firearm, larceny of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, and Underage consumption of alcohol. He was placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond. His next appearance is scheduled for March 7 in District Court.
It is believed that Hass may be involved in additional motor vehicle break ins. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming. If anyone has additional information they are asked to contact Detective Brooks Meyer at the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-924-4025.
43-year-old Bobby Ray Mayberry and 37-year-old Kathy Lynn Creech, both of the same address on Fairlane Drive in Stony Point, were arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 3 p.m. yesterday on felony counts of failure to appear (two counts for Mayberry and one for Creech).
They were arrested after Hickory Police responded to the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. During the call, Officers learned that Mayberry and Creech had outstanding failure to appear warrants out of Iredell County for felony obtaining property by false pretense.
A third subject, 43-year-old Damion Ray Duke of Stony Point, was charged with misdemeanor larceny and issued a citation after Loss Prevention reported he concealed items and went past the last point of sale.
Mayberry and Creech were each taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Mayberry set at $2,000, secured, while Creech was given a $1,000 secured bond. Both suspects have since been released. The two are scheduled to appear in District Court in Statesville on March 21.
32-year-old Philip Ligatti was arrested Tuesday (February 21) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon. Ligatti was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, February 22).
A Lincoln County woman was killed when her vehicle collided with another vehicle on Slanting Bridge Road in Catawba County this morning (Wednesday, February 22). At approximately 4:30 a.m. a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Marissa Billings of Iron Station was traveling northbound on Slanting Bridge Road when she lost control of the vehicle. Billings crossed the center line and her vehicle collided with another vehicle heading southbound. Billings' vehicle caught fire and she was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle sustained minor injuries.
The accident happened at the intersection of Slanting Bridge Road and Drena Drive, approximately one mile from Highway 150. No charges are expected and speed is not considered a factor. The State Highway Patrol is investigating.
New names were recently added to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.
20-year-old Shaeem Miller is wanted by authorities in Iredell County for felony breaking and entering and larceny. Miller's last known address was 248 Wilson Street in Statesville.
24-year-old Cogen Mahon is wanted for felony obtaining property by false pretense. Mahon's last known address was 104 Pink Lane in Statesville.
42-year-old Andrae Knox remains on the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List. Knox is wanted for possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. His last known address was 117 Desiree Drive in Statesville.
You can see the entire list of suspects wanted in Iredell County at the Sheriff's Office website, www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at their Statesville office, 704-878-3180, or at the Mooresville location, 704-664-7500.
44-year-old Mitchell Terrell Crocker of St. Marks Church Road in Cherryville was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of larceny of a vehicle and larceny from a construction site in connection to an incident that occurred between December 10 & 13, 2016. He's also charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle in connection to an incident that occurred on December 5 of last year.
Crocker is charged in connection with the theft of a trailer loaded with lumber from a construction site on Ernest Houser Road. Deputies were dispatched to the construction site on December 13. Travis Lawing of Travis Lawing Builders told officers that sometime between December 10 & 13 his 18 foot dual axle flatbed trailer with $600 in lumber on it had been removed from the site.
While investigating an unrelated case Detective Dan Snellings learned that a stolen truck and trailer had been sold to a Cherryville business. The bundle of 2x8x12 lumber was unloaded at the business and another person picked up the trailer to have it painted. Detectives met with a subject at a residence on Baxter Road in Cherryville and the trailer was recovered. The owner picked up the trailer then went the business in Cherryville to collect the lumber.
Crocker was also charged in connection with the December 5, theft of a 2002 Ford F350 from a customer whose vehicle was parked at the Triple B One Stop on Highway 274. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was able to recover all property reported stolen in both cases.
Crocker's bond was set at $9,000 secured. His next appearance is scheduled for March 13 in District Court.
66-year-old Sandra Kelly of Taylorsville was arrested last Thursday (February 16) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with ten counts of felony receiving stolen goods or property.
According to a news release issued Tuesday (February 21) Kelly's arrest stemmed from an investigation by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office in reference to stolen vehicles delivered to her residence from out of state. The vehicles were purchased on a fraudulent credit card, along with furniture, motors, and various electronics. The value on these stolen items is approximately $57,000.
The stolen items were shipped to Kelly’s address from across the country, where she would then re-ship the items to countries overseas. The Sheriff's Office reports all of the stolen items were obtained by various attempts of identity theft.
Kelly was placed in jail under $100,000 secured bond. She has upcoming District Court appearances scheduled for February 27 and March 13.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (February 21).
Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were all approved unanimously. A public hearing was held to receive comments on the consideration of a vacant building revitalization grant at 26 1st Avenue SE. The Business Development Committee reviewed the proposal and they recommended approval. There were no speakers during the public hearing and council approved the grant unanimously.
City Council unanimously approved the acceptance of a grant in the amount of $671,920 to assist in the development of sanitary sewer infrastructure and entrance road development for Park 1764. The grant does require 100% matching.
Interim Public Services Director Kevin Greer presented information about North Carolina Industrial Development Grant Funds. One citizen addressed council regarding a multipurpose building in the Ridgeview community.
Seven community groups made presentations during Tuesday's City Council meeting. Annually, community groups present to City Council and explain the functions of their organizations and request funding. The groups presenting Tuesday night were the Friends of Hickory, Habitat for Humanity, the Hickory Downtown Development Association, Hickory Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, the SALT Block Foundation, United Arts Council, and the YMCA.
25-year-old Terrence Eric Andrade was arrested Tuesday (February 21) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance. Andrade was placed in jail in Morganton where bond was set at $55,000 secured. A Superior Court date is set for April 3.
44-year-old Timothy Bruce Hodge of Rock Creek Circle in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (February 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Hodge was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday, February 23).
35-year-old Jason Thomas Moody of Pine Mountain Road in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (February 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with two felony counts of sell or deliver marijuana and one felony count of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. In addition, Moody is charged with failure to appear on felony counts of sell or deliver marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance.
Moody was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 1.