41-year-old Rodney Lamont Pounds of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11 a.m. yesterday (March 6) on two felony counts of failure to appear. His arrest comes in connection to an assault that occurred on November 12, 2016. At that time, Pounds was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and he was charged as an habitual felon.
Pounds was taken into custody without incident yesterday at a residence on 1st Street S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for April 15 in Newton.
21-year-old Trevin Ali Brown of 28th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:45 yesterday afternoon (March 6) on one felony count each of discharging a firearm into occupied property and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also charged with a felony probation violation. Brown is on probation as he serves a 12-month suspended sentence following a March 2018 felony conviction in Catawba County for possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on March 2 when Hickory Police responded to a "shots fired" call at a restaurant on U.S. Highway 321 S.W. in Hickory. During the investigation, Trevin Ali Brown was identified as the suspect. The warrants for his arrest were issued on March 2, 4 & 6.
Brown was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $85,000, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled today and a Superior Court date on the probation violation is coming up on March 11, both in Newton.
21-year-old Jordan Tyler Wike of Turner Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (March 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony first degree burglary along with misdemeanor counts of communicating threats and injury to personal property. Wike was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 7).
41-year-old Tony Mark Stout of Lackey Road in Hiddenite and 37-year-old Tara Sha Barnes of South Thomas Lane in Stony Point were both arrested Monday (March 4) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Both suspects are charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Stout is additionally charged with felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to sell controlled substance and failure to appear. Barnes is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule IV controlled substance and resisting a public officer. Barnes also had an outstanding warrant for her arrest out of Alexander County for failing to appear in court.
On Monday, deputies were dispatched to a 911 hang up call at 1053 Midway Road. Upon arrival at the residence officers noticed a Pontiac passenger car sitting on the side of the road. A deputy saw two people asleep in the front seat of the vehicle. After waking them up and speaking with them, it was learned that there was an order for arrest for Stout.
Stout was placed under arrest for the warrant. While searching him, deputies found 1.5 grams of methamphetamine in his front pants pocket inside a small plastic container. The second person, Tara Sha Barnes, was then asked to step out of the vehicle. While speaking with the deputies, Barnes gave them a fictitious name. Barnes later told officers that there was meth in her purse in the car.
Officers found a small bag where Barnes had been sitting which contained 1.8 grams of methamphetamine, several small baggies, two sets of digital scales, glass smoking pipes and several hypodermic needles.
Stout received a $50,000 secured bond. Bond for Barnes was set at $27,000 secured. They both have District Court dates March 25.
27-year-old Heather Renae Raymer was arrested Wednesday (March 7) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Raymer was arrested at 12:27 p.m. Wednesday an address on Clearbrook Lane in Iron Station. She was placed in jail under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 7).
32-year-old Barry Alan Bryant of Pink Lail Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (March 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering. Bryant was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 7).
52-year-old Laura Ann Reyes of Whitener Road in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 6) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Reyes was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 7).
42-year-old Denver Aaron Conley of 29th Street Place SW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 6) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, larceny of a motor vehicle, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Conley was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 7).
A Lexington, N.C., man will spend eight to 11 years in prison after being convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and three counts of second-degree kidnapping during Burke County Superior Court.
36-year-old Shannon James Diehl was given the active prison term by the Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, following his guilty plea to the charges on Tuesday (March 5). Diehl will serve the sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Investigators from the Morganton Department of Public Safety responded to an armed robbery at a Morganton jewelry store on November 11, 2017. Video surveillance from the business showed two individuals entering the store – one with a pistol – and forcing three employees against a wall. The individuals began smashing the display cases with hammers and stole more than $430,000 of merchandise before fleeing the scene. They later were apprehended in Lenoir.
Kyle Goforth was the lead investigator for Morganton Department of Public Safety. Lance Sigmon prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
39-year-old Kenneth Joe Taylor and 41-year-old Patricia Diane Bare, both of the same address on Whitnel Place in Lenoir, have been arrested by Lenoir Police on drug charges. They were charged with one felony count each of trafficking in methamphetamine, the manufacture, sale, or delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, and manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance. Taylor was also charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon.
At about 5:40 this morning (March 6), Narcotics Officers and the Lenoir Police Special Response Team served a search warrant at the Whitnel Place residence. Investigators found and seized 103 grams of methamphetamine, a pistol, six long-barreled firearms and $1,110 in cash. The drugs seized have an estimated value of $15,450. Taylor and Bare were taken into custody at the scene. Their arrests were the result of a month-long investigation.
The residence is in close proximity to the Whitnel Elementary School. Investigators say they are not aware of any sales that occurred on school property or to children at the school.
Taylor and Bare were both jailed in the Caldwell Co. Detention facility with Taylor's bond set at $500,000, secured, while Bare was given a $400,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled for tomorrow in Lenoir.
47-year-old James Nelson Campbell of Hilferty Road in Hickory was arrested by Long View Police yesterday (March 5) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.
Campbell is wanted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office in Ocala, Florida for a felony probation violation in connection to felony charges for possession of methamphetamine, possession of Alprazolam and possession of Lorazepam. He was initially placed on probation in May of 2004 and the warrant for his arrest was issued in February of 2006. He violated the terms of his probation by failing a drug test, failing to report to his probation officer, failing to pay toward the cost of his supervision and failing to pay fines & fees.
Following his arrest, Campbell was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000, secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton.
27-year-old Ashleigh Adreiona Young of Indian Springs Drive in Conover and 27-year-old Tristan Cequoria Smith of 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 11 o'clock yesterday morning (March 5). Both were charged with felony common law robbery. Young also faces one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of simple assault on a handicapped person.
They were arrested after Officers responded to a reported strong-armed robbery at an apartment on 6th Street S.W. Police were given a description of the suspect vehicle. Officers stopped the vehicle on 11th Avenue S.W. During the incident, Officers found 0.7 grams of crack cocaine on Young's person. Money taken from the victim was also recovered.
Both suspects were taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Young set at $15,000, secured, while Smith was given a $2,000 secured bond. Smith has since been released. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.
43-year-old Jose Garcia-Ledesma of Charlotte was arrested in Georgia on charges from Lincoln County. He's charged with 12 felony counts of identity theft.
On Tuesday (March 5) the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division filed the charges against Garcia-Ledesma. The arrest came after an investigation into fraudulent credit card use from a local Denver trucking company where several thousand dollars’ worth of goods and services were illegally obtained.
A report was filed in October 2018 regarding the discovery of the use of several business credit cards throughout North Carolina and in other states. It was learned that a former employee of the business was responsible for the transactions. Warrants were obtained for the man in November 2018 and he was entered as wanted in NCIC.
On February 23, 2019, the wanted man was stopped by deputies in McIntosh County, Georgia for using his cell phone while driving. When a records check revealed he had outstanding warrants in Lincoln County, he was arrested and held until he could be extradited to Lincoln County. On Tuesday he was transported back to Lincoln County and charges were filed.
Garcia-Ledesma was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $65,000 secured bond. He is also being held on an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detainer. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 6). The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be pending.
The N.C. Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting next week to gather input on a proposed project to improve traffic flow at the intersection of U.S. 21 (Sullivan Road) and U.S. 64 (Davie Avenue) in Statesville.
Currently, the intersection is signalized with a five-legged approach. Under the proposal, it would be converted to a roundabout to improve safety and efficiency along U.S. 21 and U.S. 64, and the roads leading to the intersection. The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization submitted the project for funding.
A public meeting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. next Tuesday, March 12, at Forest Park Presbyterian Church at 1026 Davie Avenue in Statesville. People may attend the meeting at any time, as no formal presentation will be made.
People who cannot attend the meeting may submit comments in writing, by phone or email through March 26. All comments received will be reviewed and considered for the final design.
To send comments or learn more, contact NCDOT Project Engineer Bryan Sowell at 980-552-4221. You may also submit comments in writing to P.O. Box 47, Shelby, N.C., 28151-0047.
29-year-old Trey Alexander Ingram of Berry School Avenue in Valdese was arrested Tuesday (March 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Ingram was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 6).
Hickory City Council met in regular session Tuesday (March 5). Minutes, second readings, and the consent agenda were all approved by council. A public hearing was held and City Council approved a Sidewalk Petition for a portion of 30th Avenue Drive NE.
The City’s boards and commissions presented their FY 2019-2020 work plans to City Council. Mayor Hank Guess mentioned later in the meeting that there are some vacancies on the City’s boards and commissions.
Don Baldwin of Hickory Aviation Museum appeared to speak during the public comment period. In addition, citizen Robert Russell appeared to speak and to share concerns about tall trees and kudzu in the City.
39-year-old Jason Keith Thomas Wilson of Spurgeons Road in Hickory was arrested Monday (March 4) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with possession of a firearm by a felon. Wilson was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for April 15.
38-year-old Jessica Nicole Effler of Bulma Road in Marion was arrested Tuesday (March 5) by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers. She’s charged with felony probation violation and failure to appear on a count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Effler was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $60,000 bond. Superior Court appearances are scheduled for Thursday (March 7) and March 17.
28-year-old Sherry Renee Lyden of Hickory, will serve an active prison sentence of at least 12 years following her conviction for statutory sex offense with a child during Burke County Superior Court Tuesday (March 5).
The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed the prison term of 12 to 19 years for Lyden after she entered a guilty plea. She will serve the prison sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The offense occurred January 1, 2018, and came to light as a result of a homicide investigation in August 2018. During that time, David Barnes was arrested and charged with the death of Roger Hoglan, and a forensic search was conducted of Barnes’ phone. The search uncovered images that showed sexual activity between Lyden and a 4-year-old female victim.
Further investigation revealed that Lyden sent the images of the sexual activity to Barnes from her phone. Murder and sexual exploitation cases against Barnes are still pending, and he is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
Detective Isaac Propst led the investigation for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lippert handled prosecution for the State.
A scam that was initially used in 2017 has reportedly returned. According to the Burke County Sheriff's Office, the same scam or some version of it, has been reported to law enforcement.
The scammers targeted a house listed on the Burke County Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and used photographs and location of the home (found on the MLS website) to list the house for rent. The scammers utilized social media to advertise the fake rental home and included a contact email address and phone number.
A narrative was included stating the home is for rent because the occupants are out of the country on an extended mission trip. The fake advertisement also requested the individual to send a security deposit and first month’s rent. Upon receipt of the rent and deposit, the victim would receive a confirmation email and be directed to report to the Real Estate Office to pick up the keys.
Investigators contacted the telephone number listed in the online posting and after identifying themselves as Investigators, the person hung up. Investigators are working with the Burke County Board of Realtors and would like to remind citizens who are in the market for a rental home to always contact a real estate office to confirm that a potential rental home is for rent and not for sale. And never send currency, gift cards, money grams, etc. to unknown sources.