61-year-old William Keith Sanders of Corner Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (February 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony second degree forcible rape and failure to appear. Following the arrest, Sanders was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $102,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for next Monday (February 12).
50-year-old Harvey Lee Miller of Hide Away Hill in Valdese was arrested February 2 by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of schedule IV controlled substance.
On February 2, NC Probation and Parole requested assistance from the Burke County Narcotics Task Force to check a residence at 3870 Hide Away Hill in Valdese. The request was made due to several people in the past with outstanding warrants fleeing on foot when Law Enforcement arrived. While on scene, officers located Harvey Lee Miller in possession of eight one mg generic Xanax tablets.
Miller was arrested and taken before the magistrate. He received a $25,000 secured bond and was transported to Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility. A court appearance is scheduled for March 12.
According to a news release, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Investigators were on the scene of a shooting in the town of Sawmills at 2135 Remont Drive.
The call came in at 1:39 p.m. today (February 8). There is a death related to the shooting. The other person involved in the shooting was reportedly cooperating with investigators.
The Sheriff’s Office says further information will be released later tonight or in the morning.
Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 26-year-old man.
26-year-old Dillon James Goudy of White Oak Farm Road in Cherryville was reportedly last seen around November 1, 2017. He was reported missing yesterday (February 7, 2018).
Goudy is described as a white male, 5’6” tall. He weighs 120 pounds and has blue eyes and brown hair.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Dillon James Goudy should contact the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln Co. Communications at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln Co. Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
At about 5 a.m. today (February 8), Hickory Firefighters were dispatched to a fire at 605 11th Street Place N.W. Firefighters responded with two engines, one ladder, one rescue truck and a command unit.
Upon arrival, Firefighters reported heavy fire and smoke coming from the house. They worked to extinguish the fire and reported it under control at 5:32 a.m.
No injuries were reported. Fire damages were considered heavy. The Red Cross was called to assist the occupant.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
43-year-old Billy Roger McGee was arrested Wednesday (February 7) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. McGee was arrested shortly before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is set for March 12.
In Catawba County, filing for the 2018 election begins at 12 noon on February 12 and ends at 12 noon on February 28. Primary elections will be held on Tuesday, May 8, with the general election on Tuesday, November 6.
Those wishing to file for N.C. Senate 42nd District, N.C. House 89th & 96th Districts, Catawba County Board of Commissioners, Catawba County Sheriff or Catawba County Clerk of Superior Court should do so at the Catawba County Board of Elections in Newton.
Persons wishing to file for U.S. 5th & 10th Congressional Districts, District Attorney, N.C. Supreme Court Judge or N.C. Court of Appeals should do so at the North Carolina State Board of Elections in Raleigh.
Superior & District Court Judges, County School Board, and Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors will file for offices beginning in June of this year.
For additional information about the filing process and associated fees, contact the Catawba County Board of Elections at 828-464-2424 or visit online at www.catawbacountync.gov.
30-year-old Anthony Jackson Lewis was arrested Wednesday (February 7) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with three felony counts of probation violation and single felony counts of non-forced breaking and entering and larceny of a motor vehicle. Lewis was arrested at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $60,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Friday (February 9).
A Hickory man will spend at least five years in prison after being convicted of sexual offenses involving a minor during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (February 6).
26-year-old David William Conner pleaded guilty to second-degree sex offense and solicitation of a minor by computer, and two counts of third-degree sexual exploitation. He was given an active prison term of five to 11 years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County. The defendant also will be required to register as a sex offender and enroll in lifetime satellite-based monitoring.
On January 23, 2016, officers from Hickory Police Department responded to a residence for a welfare check regarding a 15-year-old male who informed them of some inappropriate touching performed on him by Conner and a co-defendant, David Bangs, who was convicted in July 2017.
During a forensic interview with the Child Advocacy Protection Center of Catawba County, the victim divulged more information about the incident. He met Conner through a social media site and agreed to hang out with him and Bangs. While with them, he said that Conner touched him in an inappropriate manner and tried to perform sexual acts on him. Bangs, the co-defendant, pleaded guilty to similar offenses in July 2017 and was sentenced to prison for a term of 10 to 17 years.
Investigator Jeff Pruett and Capt. Bryan Adams handled the case for Hickory Police Department with assistance from the Child Advocacy Protection Center of Catawba County. Assistant District Attorney Jamie Adams was the prosecutor for the State.
27-year-old Daniel Shawn Isaacs of Table Rock Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 7) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of speeding to elude arrest. Isaacs was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $6,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 8).
36-year-old Antonio Lashay Mitchell of Northwood Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (February 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance and maintain a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance. Mitchell was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 8).
29-year-old Marshall Shane Freeman of Willowbrook Drive in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (February 7) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of stolen property, possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance, and multiple probation and parole violations.
Wednesday at 9:53 p.m., officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to a suspicious vehicle parked at 206 Willowbrook Drive. When officers arrived they made contact with Marshall Shane Freeman. According to a news release from Public Safety, Freeman was acting nervous and kept placing his hands inside his coat pockets and would not put them both up at the same time or remove them from his pockets at the same time.
When Freeman complied by raising both hands a white CVS bag, with multiple pill bottles inside, fell to the ground. Freeman was detained at that time so that so further investigation could be done. While Freeman was being detained in handcuffs he told officers that he had a gun in his back waist band. Officers retrieved the gun from his back right pocket. According to the news release, Freeman made a voluntary statement that he had just robbed the CVS in Hickory.
A Be on the Lookout had been sent by the Hickory Police Department at 9:12 p.m., that advised of a Robbery with a handgun at the CVS at 1504 2nd St NE in Hickory. The advisory included a description of the suspect and Freeman met the description. Hickory Police Officers responded to the scene for further investigation. Freeman also had a warrant for robbery with a dangerous weapon from Gaston County. He was transported to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility where he was detained under no bond on the probation and parole violation charges, and $115,000 secured bond on the other charges. He's scheduled to appear in court today (February 8).
36-year-old Bobby Shane Adams of Lancaster, SC, was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretense, uttering a forged instrument and possession of a counterfeit instrument.
On January 8, 2018 a report was filed with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office that Bobby Shane Adams purchased a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe from Bradford’s Automotive on East Highway 150 in Maiden. The company was notified by their bank that the check Adams used to purchase the vehicle was worthless. Detective Greg Hager investigated the case and determined the account referenced on the check did not exist. On January 9, Detective Hager contacted the Lancaster County, SC Sheriff’s Office who agreed to check Adams' address for the vehicle.
On January 10, warrants were obtained on Adams. On the same day Lancaster County Sheriff’s detectives located the vehicle and arranged for it to be recovered. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives Hager and Frank Runyon recovered the vehicle and returned it to Bradford’s Automotive.
Adams was arrested later and waived extradition to North Carolina. He was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and ordered held in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center. Adams was released after posting a $15,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (February 8).
A fatal shooting is under investigation in Catawba County. At approximately 6:10 p.m. Wednesday (February 7) the Catawba County Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting call in the area of Startown Road and Blackburn Bridge Road. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office found a vehicle stopped on the side of the roadway along with a person who had been shot. The man was transported to CMC Lincoln.
Investigators learned that the shooting occurred at a residence in the 4000 Block of Fairview Drive near Maiden. After interviewing several individuals, investigators learned that there was an exchange of gunfire at the residence. Officers found out that the man shot was a 17-year-old resident of Lincolnton. He was later pronounced deceased at CMC Lincoln. No arrests had been made as of this morning (February 8) and the investigation is continuing.
Yesterday (February 6), Officers with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit executed several search warrants at various locations in the county. The search warrants were the result of an investigation into large-scale drug trafficking in the area, according to a press release issued by the Sheriff’s Office this morning.
Properties searched were located off of Highway 10 East in Catawba, off of Sunrise Beach Road in Catawba and on North Ashe Avenue in Newton. Investigators seized over $146,000 in cash, over a pound-and-a-half of cocaine, over seven pounds of marijuana and one firearm. At least some of the drugs and the firearm were seized in a residential area less than a quarter-mile away from North Newton Elementary School.
The investigation is ongoing. Several arrests are expected.
18-year-old Malik Rashead Danner of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at eight o’clock last night (February 6) on one felony count of possession of marijuana and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was taken into custody without incident as Hickory Police assisted Probation Officers. Officers found 131 grams of marijuana (just over 4.5 ounces) in Danner’s residence. Danner is on probation as he serves a 24-month suspended sentence following a June 2017 conviction in Catawba County for felony possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
In a letter distributed this morning (February 7), Captain Jason Reid with the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office announced that he will resign his position to pursue his campaign for Sheriff. Captain Reid is attempting to fill the position that will be vacated by his father, Sheriff Coy Reid, when the Sheriff retires later this year.
The election will be held on November 6, 2018. Newton Police Chief Don Brown II has also announced his candidacy for Sheriff.
Jason Reid previously worked for the Newton Police Department and the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office. He joined his father at the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office in 2015.
An Alexander County man was sentenced to an active prison term of at least three years for drug charges during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (February 6).
30-year-old Brandon Edward Coulbourn of Taylorsville pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted trafficking of opium/heroin during Catawba County Superior Court on January 24, 2018, and sentencing was continued until this week. He was given an active prison term of three to five years by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County. That sentence will be served in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
In February 2016, an undercover officer from Newton Police Department and confidential source met Coulbourn at a Newton location and made a purchase of pills from him. Those pills were sent to the North Carolina State Crime Lab for testing and determined to be Oxycodone
D.B. Jenkins investigated the case for Newton Police Department. Sean Baetjer handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
26-year-old Seria Lynn Norman of Glimmering Sands Lane in Conover was arrested Tuesday (February 6) by Maiden Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and possession of drug paraphernalia. Norman was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (February 7).
49-year-old Timothy Wayne Calloway of Drum Circle SW in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (February 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Calloway was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Thursday (February 8).