Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are continuing to search for a runaway teen and a missing man in unrelated cases.
On January 23, 2020 a 15-year-old juvenile was reported missing by her sister. Alexis Pack was last seen at approximately 5:00 p.m. on January 23, after stating that she was going to check the mail outside her home in the 200 block of Camelot Lane in Vale. She is described as a white female, 5'1", weighing around 130 pounds.
She formerly lived in the Newton area before moving to Lincoln County. Anyone knowing or having knowledge of a missing or runaway juvenile’s whereabouts and concealing that information from authorities is a criminal offense and may lead to arrest.
In an unrelated case, 38-year-old Rene Garcia Gomez of Grassy Creek Road was last seen leaving to go work on January 16, 2020 around 7:00 a.m. He has brown eyes and brown hair, weighs 175 pounds and is 5 feet – 6 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, blue sweatpants and black sneakers.
Gomez has been diagnosed with medical issues and is supposed to take medication daily. He did not take his medication with him. Mr. Gomez drives a 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor, gray in color, with North Carolina license plate DED-2036. The vehicle also has paint peeling from the roof and hood area. He is known to frequent big box stores in Mooresville and Hickory.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Alexis Pack or Rene Garcia Gomez is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
Sunday (February 2) at approximately 6:30 pm, Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to an accident involving a cyclist and dark colored truck on Independence Boulevard. When officers arrived on the scene they noticed a black Cannondale bicycle lying in the roadway along with the operator of the bike.
The bike was struck from behind by a vehicle traveling on Independence towards Carbon City Road. The driver of the vehicle did not stop and fled the scene of the wreck. Burke County EMS assessed the cyclist for injuries and transported him to CHS Morganton. No further information was available regarding his condition.
Officers were able to recover pieces of this truck that were broken off during the collision. It is believed that one of the headlights was broken out as well.
If you have any information that would assist Public Safety in locating the driver and owner of this vehicle, please call (828) 437-1211.
41-year-old Michelle Caldwell Cunningham of South Cline Avenue in Newton was arrested Saturday (February 1) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Cunningham was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,500 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (February 3).
A second suspect has been arrested in a Statesville murder case. 28-year-old Jhammar Vernon Bowen of Winston Salem has been arrested and charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder. The charges are in connection to the death of 25-year-old Shana Nicole Harmon of Statesville. As WHKY previously reported, 26-year-old Qawiesha Khaleelah Tolliver of Statesville was arrested and charged by Statesville Police with murder and conspiracy.
On Thursday, January 16, Statesville Police Officers responded to the 1500 block of 8th Street in reference to a suspicious death. Investigators identified the deceased as Shana Nicole Harmon. After further investigation, Harmon’s death was ruled a homicide.
Over the next week, Statesville Police Investigators received numerous tips from citizens. Investigators also conducted interviews during the days following the homicide. On January 23, Statesville Police obtained a warrant for the murder of Shana Nicole Harmon on Qawiesha Khaleelah Tolliver aka “QB” of Statesville.
Tolliver was taken into custody without incident at her residence. Last Friday (January 31), Statesville Police Investigators with the assistance of the State Bureau of Investigations, Winston Salem Police Department VCAT Team and Greensboro Police Department VCAT Team, arrested the second suspect involved in the homicide of Harmon. Bowen was taken into custody without incident. Bowen was transported to Statesville, where he is currently being held in the Iredell County Jail without bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 3).
30-year-old Nicole Ashley Dishman and 32-year-old Crystal Amanda Nance, both of the same Grier Street, Statesville address, were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. A third suspect, 26-year-old Tevan Tyrese Turner of Red Rose Lane in Statesville, was still being sought by authorities. Nance had been on the Iredell County most wanted list, as previously reported by WHKY.
Dishman is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver crack cocaine, maintaining a dwelling to sell controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or deliver counterfeit controlled substance, possession of heroin and conspire to sell heroin. Nance is charged with felony maintain a dwelling to sell controlled substance. Turner has outstanding felony arrest warrants for conspire to sell or deliver heroin and possession of schedule I controlled substance.
Undercover Narcotics Investigators with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received information from concerned community members about residents of a home on Grier Street in Statesville allegedly selling crack cocaine.
Undercover surveillance operations were conducted on the location. Narcotics investigators were reportedly able to make purchases of controlled substances from Dishman and Turner. While continuing the investigation, investigators found crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia at the residence.
Last Thursday (January 30) Narcotics Investigators arrested and charged Dishman and Nance. Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators have issued felony arrest warrants on and were searching for Tevan Tyrese Turner for his involvement in this investigation.
Dishman and Nance were taken to the Iredell County Detention Center. Dishman's bond was set at $50,000 secured, Nance received a $30,000 secured bond. Both suspects are scheduled to appear in District Court February 19. Nance also has a District Court date February 11. If you have any information on Turner's whereabouts, call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180.
20-year-old Jacob Richard Davis of Lithia Inn Road in Lincolnton was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, carrying a concealed gun, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of schedule II controlled substance. Davis was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (February 3) under $11,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
One person has been killed as the result of an accident in Lincoln County this afternoon (January 31). The deceased is 48-year-old Thrana Charmane Frye of Iron Station.
At approximately 12:25 p.m. today, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the accident on Bethel Church Road, near Business 321. A dump truck towing a large flatbed trailer was traveling west on Bethel Church Road. As the truck entered a sharp curve, the trailer slid across the centerline and collided with an eastbound 2000 Nissan Maxima, which was driven by Ms. Frye.
The dump truck driver was not injured. Ms. Frye was pronounced dead at the scene. The Highway Patrol's initial investigation indicates that weather was a factor due to snowy conditions at the time of the collision.
61-year-old Gary Donell Vinson of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (January 31) for aiding & abetting a felony.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on January 29 when Hickory Police responded to a larceny call at the Hollister store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. Warrants were issued for the two suspects involved. Vinson was taken into custody without incident at 2:05 a.m. today at his residence. The other suspect has not been arrested as of Friday morning.
Vinson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
31-year-old Hugo Alonso Guerrero of 16th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 last night (January 30) on outstanding warrants for a felony probation violation multiple counts of failure to appear. Guerrero allegedly failed to appear in court on misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired, reckless driving to endanger, hit & run (leaving the scene of property damage), driving while license revoked, operating a vehicle with no insurance, and expired registration card or tag. The felony warrant was issued on January 13 and the failure to appear warrants were issued on January 21.
Guerrero was taken into custody without incident following a traffic stop on 20th Street N.E., near 11th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $30,000 secured bond. District Court dates were set for February 3 & 18 in Newton.
60-year-old Jorge Jesus Leon of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:20 p.m. yesterday (January 30) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury including strangulation. Leon was taken into custody without incident at a church on 3rd Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
34-year-old Jerry Antwon Young of 1st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday (January 29) on an indictment relating to felony cocaine charges. The warrant for his arrest was issued on December 19. Young was taken into custody without incident at Frye Regional Medical Center on North Center Street in Hickory. He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $4,000 secured bond. He will appear in Superior Court on February 21 in Newton on felony counts of selling cocaine, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, and a probation violation.
33-year-old Devon Lamar Heggs was arrested by Statesville Police Officers. He's charged with violating pre-trial release conditions. Heggs was facing felony counts of habitual misdemeanor assault and interfering with an electronic monitoring device, along with misdemeanor counts of assault on a female, interfering with emergency communication, and communicating threats,
According to information released this week by the Statesville Police Department, on November 26 of last year the department received a call for service for a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of Deaton Street. After an initial investigation, warrants were obtained against the suspect, Devon Lamar Heggs, for some of the previously mentioned charges.
On December 16, investigators with the Statesville Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division obtained additional felony warrants against Heggs for felony habitual misdemeanor assault due to his extensive criminal history reportedly related to domestic violence.
On January 2, the United States Marshals Service (USMS), Statesville Police Department and N.C. Probation & Parole conducted a joint warrant service operation at an address on Inglewood Road resulting in the successful apprehension of Heggs.
During the background portion of this investigation it was discovered that Heggs had made several calls while incarcerated at the Iredell County Jail, the majority of which were to the victim.
On January 22, Heggs was arrested at the Iredell County Jail and appeared before Magistrate Sanders on the charge of pre-trial release conditions. Heggs was issued a new secured bond of $750,000. He remained incarcerated at the Iredell County Detention Center. The next District Court date for Heggs is February 26.
30-year-old Joseph William Patton of Walters Mobile Home Park Drive in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (January 29) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of probation violation. In addition, Patton is charged with failure to appear. He was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $72,000 secured bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for February 4, February 6, and March 2. A Superior Court date is set for February 17.
45-year-old James Philip Kiser of Oak Forest Drive in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (January 29) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and maintain a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Following the arrest, Kiser was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for February 6.
54-year-old William Jonathan Mcneil of Flora Drive in Newton was arrested Thursday (January 30) on charges filed by Probation & Parole and the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. Mcneil was charged by Probation & Parole with felony probation violation. The Sheriff's Office charged Mcneil with failure to appear on a count of assault and battery, and on a bill of indictment with trafficking opium or heroin.
He was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $34,500 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for February 3 and February 10. A Superior Court date is set for March 2.
There is a new name on the Iredell County most wanted list.
29-year-old Casey Nicole Hines was added to the list of suspects being sought in Iredell County. She's wanted for felony habitual larceny. The last known address for Hines was 543 Cedar Glen Road in Cleveland, North Carolina.
48-year-old Dexter Antonio Campbell remains on the Iredell County most wanted list. He's wanted on felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle or place to sell controlled substance. Campbell's last known address was 1060 Fox Avenue in Statesville.
32-year-old Amanda Nance, aka Crystal Gallimore, also remains on the Iredell County most wanted list. She's wanted for felony sell or deliver schedule III controlled substance. The last known address for Nance was 526 Elam Avenue 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 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.
According to Hickory Public Schools (H.P.S.) Director of Communications Beverly Snowden, no decision has been reached regarding the future of the Hickory High School principal who was charged in connection to an accident earlier this month.
36-year-old Rebecca Kay Tuttle of Serene Place in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police early on the morning of January 4 for misdemeanor driving while impaired. She was also cited for failure to maintain lane control.
According to Ms. Snowden, a decision regarding Tuttle's role as principal at Hickory High School (H.H.S.) or any potential role in the school system is unknown at this time and will be reviewed when she has completed her medical leave of absence. The timeline is unknown. Robert Brown currently serves as the H.H.S. principal.
Hickory Police say Tuttle's vehicle, a 2012 Acura, was traveling south on 2nd Street S.E. when it struck an unoccupied, parked vehicle from the rear. She then backed up and hit a pedestrian, a 53-year-old homeless man who lists an address on 3rd Street S.E. in Hickory. Tuttle's vehicle then ran off the road to the right, backed down a hill, crossed 8th Avenue Drive S.E., and drove onto property at 823 2nd Street S.E. where the Acura came to rest after running into a building.
Tuttle was arrested at 12:33 a.m. on January 4. She was released under a $1,500 unsecured bond. Her driver's license was revoked. An appearance in District Court on the D.W.I. charge is coming up on March 3. She also has a court date for failure to maintain lane control on February 28.
47-year-old John Kelley Froedge of 3rd Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police Monday (January 27) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Froedge is wanted by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office in Deland, Florida for a probation violation and possession of cocaine.
He was taken into custody without incident at about 7:20 Monday evening at a video arcade on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Froedge was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. An appearance in District Court is coming up on February 3 in Newton.
28-year-old Angeleigha Nicole Smith of Old Blue Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to information released today (January 30) by the Burke County Sheriff's Office, on January 23, 2020, officers with NC Probation and Parole initiated an investigation at an address on Old Blue Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs. Upon arrival, officers made contact with Angeleigha Nicole Smith, who was currently on probation.
During their investigation, drug paraphernalia was found in Smith's possession and Burke County Sheriff’s Office detectives were called to the residence. Following the investigation detectives reportedly seized meth and arrested Smith. Smith was placed in the Burke County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond. She was no longer listed as an inmate. A District Court appearance is scheduled for February 17.
26-year-old Rateshia Genell Brown of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was served bills of indictment by Hickory Police at about one o'clock yesterday afternoon (January 29) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Brown was arrested following a traffic stop on Main Avenue Drive N.W., just off of Highway 321 N.W. During the stop, Officers found drug paraphernalia and a plastic bag with controlled substance residue.
Brown was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. She will appear in Superior Court on March 9 in Newton.