22-year-old Derek Christopher Barnes of Advent Church Road in Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (June 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony financial card fraud and misdemeanor driving while impaired. Barnes was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Tuesday.
18-year-old Luis Javier Chavez of Highland Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (June 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana. In addition, Chavez is charged with six counts of failure to appear.
Following the arrest, Chavez was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $66,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled Tuesday and July 9.
At the request of the Wilkes County Sheriff's Office, the N.C. Center for Missing Persons has cancelled the Silver Alert for 15-year-old Levi Jacob German, who was reported missing from Moravian Falls Tuesday (June 12). According to the Sheriff's Office, he was found safe shortly after the Silver Alert was issued.
A fatal shooting incident is under investigation in Alexander County. On Monday (June 11) shortly before 1 a.m., Alexander County Communications received a call of a shooting at a residence on Will Wilson Lane in Taylorsville. Officers from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene along with Taylorsville Police Officers, Alexander County EMS, and the Taylorsville Fire Department. They found a 17-year-old male deceased from a gunshot wound.
Sheriff’s Officers processed the scene, notified the Medical Examiner, and an autopsy was scheduled for today (June 13) at Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem. There was at least one other teenager, along with an adult female on the scene at the time of the shooting. Once the autopsy is complete, the Sheriff’s Office will confer with the District Attorney’s Office regarding the incident.
Motorists will not be able to travel down a portion of Burkemont Avenue in Morganton today (June 13), when City crews close the road from West Union Street to Regan Street to replace water line valves and a fire hydrant in the area. A portion of New Street will also be closed while repairs happen from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
People who live in the area will still be allowed to get to their homes, but all other drivers should find an alternate route. Approximately 60 customers will be without water as the water line valves and fire hydrant are replaced. Customers on Burkemont Avenue, New Street, Camp Smith Street, Hailey Place, Warlick Court, and Pearl Street will be without water during the repairs.
Charges against 62-year-old Shelley Lovin Heafner of Buffalo Shoals Road in Lincolnton have been dropped. Ms. Heafner had been facing child abduction charges after she fled yesterday (June 11) with her eight-month-old granddaughter.
Today, a Lincoln Co. District Court judge not only dropped the child abduction charge, but the woman was also granted an emergency custody order to keep the child.
Ms. Heafner, who is the child’s grandmother, had been babysitting the child. She left after learning that the child’s biological mother (Rebecca Stanley) planned to pick up the child and would arrive with the child’s father, who was recently released from jail. The grandmother refused to return the child and left the scene.
The child is safe and remains in the care of her grandmother. No additional charges are expected.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for 95-year-old James William Bowman. Mr. Bowman is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
Mr. Bowman is a white male. He is 5' 9" tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has gray hair and gray eyes. No photo is available.
Mr. Bowman was last seen at 1145 27th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. His vehicle is a blue 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass with N.C. license tag number NNL1012.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of James William Bowman should call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.
34-year-old Kenneth Lee McBride of German Street in Lenoir was arrested today (June 12) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with one felony count of conspiracy to traffic in more than 400 grams of methamphetamine.
Today at 10:10 a.m. Lenoir Police Officers located Kenneth McBride at 817 Corpening Place in Lenoir. At that time McBride was arrested for possession of a stolen license plate. The license plate had been reported stolen from Burke County on May 5. McBride was transported to the Lenoir Police Department where officers attempted to interview him.
As a result of an ongoing undercover investigation which included investigators from the Lenoir Police Department, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, Boone Police Department, and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, McBride was charged with the felony drug offense.
McBride received a $200,000 secured bond. His initial court date is scheduled for Wednesday (June 13).
46-year-old Annette Loraine Craft of Lincolnton and 44-year-old Stacey Ann Butler of Cherryville were arrested Monday (June 11) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Craft is charged with furnishing a controlled substance to inmates and four counts of conspiracy. Butler was served warrants for conveying messages or weapons to convicts, misdemeanor larceny, possession of stolen goods and two counts of conspiracy.
The suspects are charged with attempting to provide an inmate illegal drugs while he was incarcerated at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office jail staff found the drugs while processing mail and they alerted detectives. It was determined that the drugs were intended for a specific inmate who was awaiting sentencing. After obtaining jail records and other evidence, detectives identified two females who spoke with the inmate about the letter and conspired together to send the drugs.
The drugs seized were the prescription opioid suboxone. The inmate, 29-year-old Brandon Lashan Lineberger of Lincolnton, will be charged with four counts of felony conspiracy. He is currently serving a prison sentence within the North Carolina Department of Corrections and will be officially served at a later date.
Craft was jailed under a $40,000 secured bond. Butler's bond was set at $10,000 secured. Craft has a District Court date July 2, no court date was listed for Butler.
37-year-old John Nathan Hobbs of Fleetwood, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:35 yesterday afternoon (June 11). He was charged with a felony probation violation. Hobbs had been listed as an absconder from probation.
He was on probation following an Ashe County conviction in April of this year on multiple counts of larceny and larceny after breaking & entering. He was serving a 24-month suspended sentence.
Hobbs was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for June 18.
47-year-old Jeffrey Lynn Branch of Bethel Street in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police early yesterday (June 11) on one felony count of failure to appear for possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear for possession of drug paraphernalia. The warrants for his arrest were issued on June 5. The complainant is listed as the Burke County Clerk of Court.
Branch was taken into custody without incident at 12:57 a.m. Monday at a restaurant on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for August 6 in Morganton.
A warrant has been issued for a Lincoln County grandmother who authorities say refused to return an eight-month old child to its mother. The woman being sought is 62-year-old Shelley Lovin Heafner of Buffalo Shoals Road in Lincolnton.
A Deputy was dispatched to a keep the peace call on June 11, 2018 at 5:40 p.m. so Rebecca Lynn Stanley could pickup her daughter, Harmony Stanley, without incident. The grandmother had been baby-sitting the eight-month old child since June 6, 2018 while the mother was working.
When Ms. Stanley stated she was bringing the child’s father with her who was recently released from jail, the grandmother refused to return the child and left before the officer and caller arrived. The child is described as having blond hair, blue eyes, weighs about 17 pounds, and is two feet tall. She has a birthmark on her head near the neck.
Heafner is charged with one felony count of abduction of a child. She may be operating a silver in color four-door Chevrolet Impala. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ms. Heafner or the child is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for 15-year-old Levi Jacob German. German is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
He is a white male, 5' 7" tall, weighing 130 pounds. German has short brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, gray shorts and black & white Converse All-Star tennis shoes.
German was last seen at 175 Garden Drive in Moravian Falls, North Carolina.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Levi Jacob German should call Wilkes County Sheriff's Detective Tim Pardue at 336-651-7501.
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26-year-old Charles David Settle of the Wilkesboro Highway in Union Grove has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of safecracking, larceny of firearm, larceny, obtaining property by false pretenses and possession of a firearm by convicted felon.
According to a press release issued today (June 12), events leading to Settle’s arrest began when a report regarding stolen firearms was filed with the Sheriff’s Office on May 24. The victim said the firearms were taken from a locked safe in a residence on the Wilkesboro Highway in Union Grove.
During the course of the investigation, the victim reported that another gun had been taken from his locked safe, as well as two chainsaws and a JVC speaker box. The stolen items were valued at more than $4,000.
Detectives interviewed several witnesses and followed up on additional leads. They spoke to Charles David Settle on two different occasions, leading to the charges against him. Settle provided information that led Investigators to four of the stolen firearms, two chainsaws, a trailer hitch and the speaker box. Those items were valued at more than $2,700.
Settle was initially arrested on May 29 and additional charges were filed on May 31. Bond was set at $175,000, secured. District Court appearances were scheduled for June 15 & 27.
The investigation is continuing. Additional charges may be forthcoming.
Settle has a criminal history that includes felony second-degree arson, misdemeanor assault on a female, felony breaking & entering, felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of drug paraphernalia.
35-year-old Jason Travis Shook of Viewpoint Road in Newton has been arrested on charges from the Newton Police Department for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. He was also charged with two counts of failure to appear on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and injury to personal property.
Shook was arrested in connection to an incident on June 5 when he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend with a baseball bat and a wire coat hanger. Officers learned of the assault when they responded to reports of a woman in distress at Love's Travel Stop on Southfork Drive in Newton. The woman went to Love's after escaping from her boyfriend, Jason Travis Shook.
She told Police that Shook held her against her will at the residence on Viewpoint Road. The victim said that she had been at the residence for three days and was not allowed to leave. She said she was assaulted numerous times during that time. The victim was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory for treatment of her injuries.
Shook was taken into custody yesterday (June 12) at the Circle K convenience store on Highway 70 in Newton. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he was held without bond on the assault charge. Bond on the other charges was set at $25,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton with another court date on the failure to appear charges coming up on June 27.
43-year-old James William Brown of East Maiden Road in Maiden was arrested Sunday (June 10) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine. Brown was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for July 2.
37-year-old David Troy Cheatham Jr. of Shannon Brook Drive in Newton was arrested Saturday (June 9) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.
According to Hickory Police reports, On Saturday at approximately 10:30 p.m., an officer spotted a gold Chevrolet Malibu traveling on 1st Avenue SW near 3rd Street SW. The officer learned the vehicle had been reported stolen from Newton. During a search of the vehicle, drug paraphernalia was reportedly found.
Cheatham was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Monday (June 11).
19-year-old Tyler Lee Mcneil of Quarry Road in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (June 9) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged on an outstanding Caldwell County indictment with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and sale of schedule II controlled substance. Mcneil was arrested without incident at an address on Highway 70 SW in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for July 23 in Lenoir.
47-year-old Jeffrey Lynn Branch of Bethel Street in Morganton was arrested Monday (June 11) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged on outstanding Burke County warrants with failure to appear on a felony and failure to appear on a misdemeanor. Branch was arrested without incident shortly before 1 a.m. Monday at an address on 8th Street Drive SE in Hickory. He was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 6 in Morganton.
30-year-old Bobby Christopher Gaither of 13th Street NW in Conover was arrested Saturday (June 9) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to a building along with misdemeanor counts of assault and battery, injury to personal property, and domestic criminal trespassing.
According to Hickory Police reports, On April 5, 2018, Bobby Gaither went to the victim's residence and pushed her while forcing his way inside. Gaither then reportedly got into a physical altercation with the victim.
Gaither turned himself in at the Hickory Police Department shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday. He was initially detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. His bond is now listed at $26,000. A District Court date is scheduled for July 2.