Two new names were added to the Iredell County most wanted list this week.
41-year-old Stewart Brandon Mullins was added to the list. He's wanted on felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and larceny. The last known address for Mullins was 2584 Old Mountain Road in Statesville.
58-year-old Joe Kirk Bost, Jr. was also placed on the Iredell County most wanted list. He's wanted on charges of felony obtaining property by false pretense along with resisting a public officer. The last known address for Bost was 6900 John Deere Drive in Sherrills Ford.
27-year-old Patricia Yates remains on the most wanted list. She's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and conspiracy to sell controlled substance. Yates' last known address was 197 Austin Road in Statesville.
25-year-old Christian Raenard Carter also remains on the Iredell County most wanted list. He's charged with felony counts of sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell schedule II controlled substance. The last known address for Carter was 107 JC Circle in Mooresville.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
31-year-old Jesse James Ralph Lefevers of Hollomans Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (February 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle. Lefevers was released after posting $10,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for next Monday (February 25).
24-year-old Deboyce Davis, whose address was not listed, was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed gun. In addition, Davis is charged with eight counts of failure to appear on charges including first degree trespassing and misdemeanor larceny. Davis was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (February 22) under $12,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for Monday (February 25) and March 15.
27-year-old Jordan Shea Byrd of Windsong Circle in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (February 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen vehicle and flee to elude arrest. In addition, Byrd is charged with misdemeanor attempted breaking and entering and failure to appear. Byrd was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $70,000 secured bond. A District Court date is next Monday (February 25) in Lenoir.
29-year-old Curtis Trelemar Elliot of Sugar Creek Road in Charlotte was arrested Thursday (February 21) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony second degree kidnapping. In addition, Elliot is charged with assault on a female and communicating threats. Elliot was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,000 bond. A District Court date is scheduled for next Monday (February 25).
38-year-old Amy Norris Branch of Maiden has been sentenced to serve four-to-six years in prison following her conviction on three counts of solicitation to commit a sexual offense with a child. The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, handed down the sentence today (February 21) after Branch pleaded guilty during Catawba Co. Superior Court.
The defendant’s sentence will run concurrent to the prison term she is currently serving following a 2017 conviction in Davie County. That term is set to expire in January of 2020. In addition, Branch will have to register as a sex offender for life and is subject to lifetime satellite-based monitoring.
A co-defendant, Jamie Merritt, pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree statutory sex offense last month in Catawba County and was sentenced to an active prison term of 20-to-25 years.
The investigation leading to the convictions began in 2015 when Merritt reported his activity to Investigators with the Claremont Police Department. Branch later confessed to her involvement in the crimes. The investigation showed that Merritt and Branch used Benadryl to drug a then-ten-year-old female victim and touch her inappropriately. Merritt also admitted that he engaged in oral sex with the child. The events occurred on three occasions in September of 2010.
Interviews with the victim corroborated the events that Merritt and Branch shared with investigators.
Claremont Police Capt. Allen Long led the investigation and Assistant District Attorney Scott Lippert prosecuted the case.
State correctional officers and local law enforcement are searching for an inmate who escaped from Rutherford Correctional Center. Minimum custody inmate Jeremy Keith Fincannon, was determined to be missing after a 7:30 a.m. routine count of offenders today (February 21).
Fincannon is a 22-year-old white male, 6 feet tall, 171 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes, originally from Rutherford County. He was serving a term of five years and six months as a habitual felon after convictions for assault. He was admitted to prison on January 25, 2017. He was scheduled for release on September 16, 2019.
If you see Fincannon, please call local law enforcement or the Rutherford Correctional Center at (828) 286-4121.
Shortly before 7:00 this morning (February 21), Hickory firefighters were dispatched to a possible partial building collapse at Rainbow Childcare, 1031 Fairgrove Church Road SE. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue and one command unit.
Firefighters arrived to find a portion of the ceiling had collapsed along with water damage in the center of the building. Upon further investigation it was found that multiple roof trusses had failed, causing a partial roof collapse. At the time of the incident, no children were in the daycare and no injuries were reported. Building Inspectors are investigating the cause of the collapse.
At this time, the building is deemed unsafe for occupancy until repairs are made. Management personnel for the childcare center were working on a contingency plan this morning for their operations.
54-year-old Ginger Darlene English of 13th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:45 last night (February 20) on one felony count of possession of stolen goods and two misdemeanor counts of possession of a schedule III, IV or V controlled substance. English was taken into custody at a convenience store on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $1,500, secured. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for March 11 in Newton.
20-year-old Dontayzah Michelle Peterson of Bristol Creek Avenue in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 21) on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm. She was taken into custody without incident at an address on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory. Peterson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
30-year-old Joseph Michael Clark was arrested Wednesday (February 21) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Clark was arrested at 12 noon Wednesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $4,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 25.
45-year-old Jerry Lee Malone, Jr. of Forest Street SW in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He is charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Malone was released after posting $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 21).
43-year-old Angela Dawn Drum of Willow Ridge Road in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (February 20) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with failure to appear on a count of possession of methamphetamine. Drum was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 4.
38-year-old Daniel Ray Coleman of Corkie Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (February 20) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. He's also charged with misdemeanor probation violation. Coleman was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $45,000 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled Wednesday and March 25.
44-year-old Jason Michael Dalton was arrested Wednesday (February 20) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods. Dalton also faces a count of possession of schedule II controlled substance. He was arrested shortly after noon Wednesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $13,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Friday (February 22).
32-year-old Tealisa Danielle Troutman of Rutile Street in Conover was arrested Wednesday (February 20) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with failure to appear on counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Troutman was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court date is set for March 18.
A meeting is scheduled next week for the public to learn more about a proposed road project in southern Caldwell County. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, preliminary designs for a proposed project initiated by Granite Falls and included in the long-range transportation plans for the town will be available at that meeting.
NCDOT engineers are developing a design to improve U.S. 321A between Pinewood Road and Duke Street. The proposal includes improving pedestrian facilities, such as the safety of school crossings, as well as improved traffic flow and better sight distances downtown. Lanes would be eleven feet wide with a center turn lane.
The proposal also involves realigning Dudley Avenue to improve sight distance and allow for reconstruction of downtown parking. An additional proposal is the construction of a connector road to link Dudley Avenue and Lakeside Avenue. There would also be improved intersections at Pinewood Road, Dry Ponds Road, Highland Avenue, Park Avenue and Lakeside Avenue.
Additional information and a map of proposed improvements are available online. A draft of those plans will be presented at a public meeting from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, at First Baptist Church, 12 Crestview Street in Granite Falls. NCDOT representatives will be available to explain the design, answer question and listen to comments.
The public may also submit comments and questions at the meeting, via phone or email or mail until March 15. For further information or to submit comments, contact NCDOT Division 11 Design Engineer Desiree Hagwood at email@example.com or 336-903-9135 or 801 Statesville Road, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659.
According to a news release issued earlier this month, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office received a call from a citizen who said she had received several calls from an unknown number. The woman heard an automated message claiming that her social security number was involved in criminal activity in Texas and that the number was now suspended. The message told her to call 864-203-8606 (a South Carolina phone number) to resolve the issue.
The woman did not call the number and instead called the Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office wants to encourage everyone to do the same as this woman did. Do not call or give any information to anyone claiming to be with the Social Security Administration or the IRS.
If in doubt call the local SSA office in Hickory at 1-800-772-1213. The local number for the IRS is 704-548-4100. The SSA and IRS will not call and harass you, threaten you with arrest, or tell you that there is a warrant to arrest you. If you receive a call like this, it is a scam and the callers are only trying to get your personal information to commit more fraud.
Calls and emails like these can be reported to the Federal Trade Commission by visiting https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov
31-year-old Harold Marquis Jamell Wilfong of 10th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:20 yesterday afternoon (February 19) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest. He was also charged with reckless driving to endanger, communicating threats, driving while license revoked and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. In addition, Wilfong was charged by the Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office on five child support warrants.
He was arrested after Police observed suspicious activity and saw a vehicle exit the parking lot at an apartment complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. Officers stopped the vehicle for reckless driving, but the driver sped away until the vehicle was again stopped at 9th Avenue and South Center Street. Wilfong, the driver, was taken into custody.
He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond, plus a $1,000 cash bond on the child support warrants. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton with another court date on the child support charges coming up on February 28.
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday night (February 19).
Minutes, second readings, and consent agenda were approved by City Council. Among the items on the consent agenda is the approval of the North Carolina Department of Transportation Grant Agreement for the Master Plan Update Project in the amount of $383,419. In addition, the consent agenda included two items related to Trivium Corporate Center. One of the items deals with lime stabilization of Trivium Parkway Extension for the Corning Site, and the other relates to utilities design services for the property.
In new business, public hearings were held, and City Council approved voluntary contiguous annexations of two pieces of property. One of those is owned by W. Steve Ikerd at 1186 4th Street Drive SW. The other is the property of the City of Hickory, and is located on Hickory Airport Road and 9th Avenue Drive NW, containing approximately 39.2 acres.
City Council heard presentations from seven community groups requesting appropriations during the next fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2019. No action was taken by Council.
One citizen appeared to speak during the public comment period. He shared concerns regarding pedestrian safety near Hickory High School.