54-year-old Kelly Gene Hines of River Run Circle in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (May 9) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with two counts apiece of possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Hines was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (May 10).
31-year-old Fred Allen Lovelace of 17th Street SW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (May 9) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony indecent liberties with a child. Lovelace was arrested shortly after 3 a.m. Tuesday at an address on 2nd Avenue SW. Police reports list the complainant as Cabarrus County, reports also say DNA was collected.
Lovelace was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for Thursday (May 11).
More than 30 employers will be on-site each day during the Catawba Goodwill Job Fair at the Goodwill Career Connections Center, which runs May 15-19.
A resumé-writing workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 9, from 3-5 p.m. A speed interviews workshop will take place on Thursday, May 11, 3-5 p.m. Call 828-466-2346 to reserve space in the workshops.
The Connections Center is located at 837 Conover Boulevard West in Conover. More information is available at catawba.goodwilljobfair.org.
In Caldwell County, automotive components manufacturer GKN Driveline and retail grocery store Lowes Foods are the latest businesses to commit to attend the 14th “Caldwell is Hiring” job fair scheduled for Thursday, May 18 from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.
Nearly 50 businesses are planning to attend with more than 2,600 jobs available. GKN Driveline will be hiring for 156 positions and Lowes Foods has 63 openings.
More information is available under the "news" tab at caldwelledc.org. The Broyhill Center is on Hickory Boulevard S.E. in Lenoir.
40-year-old Andrew James Major of Grace Church Road in Newton was arrested today (May 9) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Major was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (May 15).
On Friday night (May 5), Statesville Police conducted a special operation to address recent shooting incidents and violent crimes in the area. 32 traffic stops were conducted. At least five subjects were charged with a variety of offenses. Among the items seized were two firearms, 2.1 grams of crack, 4.8 grams of marijuana and $180 cash.
26-year-old Mark Londel Seabrook Dukes of Statesville was charged with a domestic violence protection order violation and a pre-trial release violation. He was held under a $200,000 secured bond. His only listed court date is on May 25 on misdemeanor marijuana charges, traffic violations and two misdemeanor probation violations.
27-year-old Anthony Jonathan Smyre of Statesville was charged with possession of marijuana paraphernalia. He was given a $1,000 secured bond. Smyre will appear in District Court on June 6.
20-year-old Keith Eugene Lackey, Jr. of Statesville was arrested for possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, simple possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lackey’s bond was set at $15,000, secured. A District Court date was scheduled on May 24.
25-year-old Quantaey Lewis McDonald of Statesville was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, communicating threats, larceny, damage to property and possession of marijuana. McDonald was held without bond for communicating threats. He was given a $25,000 secured bond on the other charges. McDonald will appear in District Court on May 16.
21-year-old Shabaz Daequan Lovette of Statesville was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, no operator’s license and displaying a fictitious tag. His bond was set at $5,000, secured. A District Court date was scheduled for August 8. He has another court date coming up on May 31 on a misdemeanor marijuana charge and a Superior Court date on July 10 for felony breaking & entering.
24-year-old Crystal Nicole Connell was arrested yesterday (Monday, May 8) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony forgery and uttering. Following the arrest Connell was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for tomorrow.
Authorities in Maiden are investigating a stabbing incident.
Monday (May 8) at 11:53 a.m., Maiden Police Officer Brandon Winstead, on routine patrol, discovered a white male lying beside a vehicle parked in a semi-secluded roadway cul-de-sac in Maiden. Officer Winstead noticed that the victim was bleeding profusely from multiple knife wounds and immediately requested emergency medical assistance for him. The victim was treated at the scene and airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where he underwent surgery for what are described as life-threatening injuries.
The victim told Maiden Police investigators that he had been abducted at gunpoint from a location just off Interstate 40 near the Catawba/Iredell County line. The victim told investigators the suspects took items of his personal property, including a small amount of cash and a laptop computer. The victim said one suspect got in the victim’s car, held him at gunpoint, and instructed him to drive to certain locations, eventually ordering the victim to stop at the Maiden location, where the suspect reportedly used a knife to attack the victim.
The victim is a white male in his early sixties. The suspects are described as white males in their late twenties or early thirties. One is described as having a medium build, with reddish blonde hair and a slightly receding hairline. The other suspect is described as a white male of medium build with dark hair.
The case remains under investigation by the Maiden Police Department, with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
23-year-old Collin James Everett of Sevierville, Tennessee, was arrested Monday (May 8) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Everett was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (May 9).
24-year-old Laqun Lamar Johnson was arrested Monday (May 8) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony first degree forcible rape. Bond on the charge was set at $100,000 secured. Johnson was placed in jail in Morganton and he was scheduled to appear in court today (May 9).
32-year-old Heather Kaye Jenkins was arrested this morning (Tuesday, May 9) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony larceny after breaking and entering. Jenkins was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A court date is set for June 5.
24-year-old Michael Allen Drum and 23-year-old Cleveland Shakur Cauthen, both of McDaniel Circle in Newton, were arrested Monday (May 8) by Newton Police Officers. Drum is charged with felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor disorderly conduct in a public building. Cauthen is charged with felony sell or deliver cocaine and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Both suspects were confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $4,000 bond. They're each scheduled to appear in District Court today (May 9).
29-year-old Shaquan Jonathan Adkins of Section House Road in Hickory was arrested Monday (May 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor larceny. Adkins was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (May 9).
34-year-old Heather Shae Jonas of Meadowbrook Court in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (May 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, two counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jonas was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (May 9).
25-year-old Nicholas Alexander Pittman of Hickory was given an active prison sentence of at least five years during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (May 8).
Pittman pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping. The Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County, sentenced Pittman to a prison term of five to seven years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.
The offenses occurred Oct. 15, 2015. The male victim told officers from the Hickory Police Department that he was awakened at his residence by two male subjects wearing masks. The suspects took turns holding the victim at gunpoint while rummaging through the residence for items to steal. At one point, one of the suspects referred to the other as “Eric.” They threatened to kill the victim if he attempted to leave the room before they left the residence.
The victim told investigators that he had been having some remodeling done at his residence, and one of the workers was identified as Eric Shannon West. Officers from HPD tracked the victim’s phone to a location near the residence of one of the suspects.
Pittman was the first suspect taken into custody. During a traffic stop, a pair of sneakers taken during the burglary were recovered from Pittman’s car. He told police he received the sneakers from a friend at his residence, where additional items belonging to the victim also were located.
Pittman later admitted to the crimes, implicating West as an accomplice. West pleaded guilty to similar offenses in June 2016 and was sentenced to an active term of imprisonment of at least five years.
Justin Levey investigated the case for Hickory Police Department. Scott Lippert was the prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office.
23-year-old Christopher Dalton Oberle of 21st Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 7 p.m. Friday (May 5) on two felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture a schedule VI controlled substance and driving while impaired.
On May 2, Hickory Police responded to a call regarding an unconscious subject in a vehicle at the intersection of Highway 321 N.W., across from the Sunoco gas station. In the vehicle, Police found ten grams of heroin, five dosage units of Oxycodone, 33.5 dosage units of Clonazepam and eight dosage units of Xanax.
Oberle was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,650, secured. He has since been released. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (May 8) in Newton.
25-year-old Roger Aaron Oxendine of 20th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:30 Friday night (May 5) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. The warrant for his arrest was issued on January 3 of this year. In all, Oxendine faces two felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and two felony counts of trafficking cocaine.
He was taken into custody without incident at the ABC Store on North Center Street in Hickory. Oxendine was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $65,000 secured bond. He has since been released. The suspect was scheduled to appear in Superior Court on all the drug charges today (May 8) in Newton.
41-year-old James Clifford Sharpe of Lenoir was given an active prison sentence of five to seven years for pleading guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine. The guilty plea was entered during Caldwell County Superior Court last Thursday (May 4).
The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed the sentence for Sharpe, who will serve his time of incarceration in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The offense took place March 10, 2016. Agents of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department ICE Unit received an anonymous tip with information that Sharpe was cooking methamphetamine at a Grassy Knob Lane residence.
Upon arrival at the residence, agents noticed various items indicative of drug activity outside the house, including a plastic 2-liter bottle containing remnants of a methamphetamine lab.
After obtaining a search warrant for the home’s interior, agents recovered more items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Agents with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department ICE Unit investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Andrew Jennings. Agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation also responded and assisted with cleanup of the scene.
30-year-old Felicia Denise Kennedy of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory and 30-year-old Jennifer Lynn Moss of West 19th Street in Newton were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 4 p.m. Friday. Kennedy was charged with two felony counts of habitual larceny and one misdemeanor count each of possession of stolen goods and first-degree trespassing. Moss faces one count of felony larceny and one count of misdemeanor larceny.
They were arrested after Officers responded to a shoplifting call at Dillard’s in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. The suspects, Kennedy and Moss, were no longer on the scene by the time Police arrived. Personnel at Dillard’s reported that the two women had also concealed items May 1.
The N.C. State Highway Patrol stopped a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description on 13th Avenue Drive S.E., near the KOBE restaurant. Multiple items from Dillard’s, Victoria's Secret, Academy Sports & Outdoors and J.C. Penny were recovered from the vehicle. The stolen items had an estimated value of $3,500.
Both women were taken into custody without incident. They were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Kennedy set at $80,000, secured, while Moss was given a $22,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were set for today (May 8) in Newton.
28-year-old Robert Kyle Morgan was arrested today (Monday, May 8) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny of property and receiving or possessing stolen goods. Morgan was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today in Morganton.
57-year-old Neil David Krasnigor has been arrested on charges from Iredell County for indecent liberties with a minor and assault on a female.
On March 27, took a report filed by Iredell-Statesville Schools regarding a schoolteacher at the Mt. Mourne International Baccalaureate School in Mooresville who allegedly touched students inappropriately. The investigation was assigned to Detective Patrick Dixson of the Special Victim’s Unit. Additional students were interviewed and several new witnesses were identified.
The District Attorney’s Office reviewed the incident and charged Krasnigor with seven counts of indecent liberties and one count of assault. Krasnigor was arrested by Cabarrus Co. Sheriff’s Officers on May 3. He was jailed under a $100,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today (May 8).