55-year-old Sherman Laverne Banner of Banner Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's SWAT Team and Ice Unit Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver crack cocaine, maintaining a dwelling to keep or store controlled substance, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Thursday morning, the Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and Ice Unit raided the home of Sherman Banner, at 3045 Banner Place in Lenoir, on a drug search warrant. The Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit had been investigating the suspect for allegedly selling crack cocaine from his residence. According to a news release, during the investigation, Agents were successful in making several undercover buys from Banner.
After searching his premise, Agents located and seized over 16 grams of crack cocaine, two shotguns, and $213. The cocaine has a street value of approximately $3,200 according to North Carolina State Drug Guidelines. Banner was subsequently arrested and charged with controlled substance and firearm violations. The investigation is continuing.
Banner was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court in Lenoir today (Friday, January 6).
Snow is likely to fall starting tonight in the Greater Hickory Metro area. A winter storm warning will be in effect from 7:00 tonight until 1 p.m. Saturday. The National Weather Service says rain will change to a mix of snow and sleet late this afternoon before changing to all snow late tonight. Snow is expected to continue overnight and taper off Saturday morning.
Possible snowfall amounts for the Hickory area are four to seven inches, with higher amounts possible to the south and east of the region. The National Weather Service says heavy snow will make many roads impassable and could produce power outages due to the weight of snow on tree limbs and power lines. Cold temperatures are on the way as well, tonight's low is expected to be 25, Saturday's high will be around 30 degrees. It will remain cold through the weekend, with highs only around 30 and overnight lows around 10 degrees.
Continue to check whky.com for weather updates, and you can also hear updated weather reports 24/7 on 1290 AM WHKY.
A body found in a wooded area in Morganton is believed to be connected to a case involving a missing person.
On Wednesday (January 4), Morganton Public Safety, with the assistance of the Burke County Search/Rescue Team and The Burke County Fire Marshal’s office, conducted a grid-type search in the wooded area between Eastview Street and East Fleming Drive. Personnel searching the wooded area found a deceased man near Hunting Creek, approximately 300 feet from East Fleming Drive. According to a news release from the Morganton Department of Public Safety. Investigators believe the deceased to be 50-year-old Quinton S. Kenan, who was a resident of Eastview Street.
Morganton Investigators were in the area of Eastview Street conducting a follow-up investigation into a missing person report that was filed January 2. According to the woman who filed the report, she became concerned when she hadn’t heard from her nephew since Christmas. The woman lives in Georgia and communicated with officers by telephone to check her nephew's welfare. The last reported contact with Quinton Kenan was on or around December 26.
Investigators had little reason to believe that Kenan would be in the wooded area, but as a precaution, decided to conduct a grid search. The deceased male, matching Kenan’s description, was located approximately 400 feet northeast from Kenan’s residence. Morganton Investigators processed the area where the deceased was located and requested assistance from the Burke County Medical Examiner’s Office. A representative from the medical examiner’s office responded to the scene and assisted with the investigation.
An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death.
17-year-old Jacob Gavin Richard was arrested Wednesday (January 4) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with larceny of a motor vehicle.
According to a news release issued today (Thursday, January 5), on August 25, 2016, a report was filed with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office regarding the larceny of a 2014 Chrysler 200LX from a home in the 900 block of Calloway Road, Lincolnton, NC.
Joe and Patricia Brown told officers they and their grandson were up until around midnight on August 24. They went to bed and their grandson, Jacob Gavin Richard, was still awake and on the internet. When they got up the next morning the vehicle and their grandson were missing. The vehicle was entered in NCIC as stolen.
On August 25 the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was notified the vehicle had been recovered following a traffic accident in Myrtle Beach, SC. Richard was driving the vehicle when it wrecked, he was charged in South Carolina with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. On December 28, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was notified by the Horry County, SC Detention Center that Richard was ready to be released from the custody and had waived extradition to North Carolina.
Detective Kelly Paris transported Richard back to Lincoln County from Horry County, SC on Wednesday and the suspect was served with the warrant for larceny of a motor vehicle. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, January 5).
21-year-old Jessica Brittany Lane, 24-year-old Conway Glenn Storm Cook, 18-year-old Austin Shane McCutcheon and his twin brother, 18-year-old Levi Otis McCutcheon, were all arrested on drug charges by Officers in Lincolnton Tuesday (January 3). All four suspects were charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine; one count for Lane and Austin McCutcheon, two counts for Cook and four counts Levi McCutcheon. Cook and Levi McCutcheon also face two counts each for the sale of meth and the delivery of meth, plus one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia for Cook. Lane, who was arrested on her birthday, is from Lincolnton. Cook is homeless and the McCutcheon twins are from Iron Station.
At about 4:30 Tuesday afternoon, Lincolnton Police and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers executed a search warrant at Lane’s residence on North Grove Street in Lincolnton. The search warrant was issued based on probable cause that several subjects were selling meth from the residence.
An investigation was conducted as the result of citizens’ complaints regarding ongoing drug traffic at the residence. Lincolnton Police Detectives followed up on those complaints and utilized physical and technical surveillance, undercover operations and various drug interdiction tactics during the investigation.
During Tuesday’s search, Officers found several subjects inside, all of whom were known meth traffickers, manufacturers, dealers and users. A significant amount of meth was also found and seized as evidence. In addition, Officers found a handgun, digital scales, plastic baggies, several cell phones, written records and U.S. currency. The drugs seized have a street value of approximately $1,000.
All four suspects were placed in the Lincoln County jail. Lane and Austin McCutcheon were each given a $10,000 secured bond. Cook’s bond was set at $50,000, secured, while Levi McCutcheon was given a $70,000 secured bond. Lane was due in Superior Court today, while Cook has a District Court date on January 24. Austin McCutcheon’s next court date is on January 20, while his brother is due in court on January 10.
All four suspects have long and varied criminal histories, including multiple prior convictions for each. At the time of her arrest, Lane was out on bond with a number of meth and larceny charges pending. Cook has a felony charge pending for interfering with an electronic monitoring device. Austin McCutcheon has a pending charge for resisting a public officer, while his brother has pending charges for assault by pointing a gun and possession of marijuana.
Cook and the McCutcheons are also suspected of being leaders in local street gangs known to law enforcement as the “700 gang” and the “Hyper Geek Squad”. Both gangs are hybrid subsections of larger gangs.
As a result of the investigation, law enforcement seized evidence that links several other suspects to the local leadership of both gangs, as well as other suspects in drug offenses that have taken place at the North Grove Street residence and at other locations in Lincolnton and Lincoln County.
31-year-old Thomas Owen King of Henderson Park Drive in Huntersville and 31-year-old Brittany Nicole Duggan of Center Street in Cornelius were both arrested Tuesday (January 3) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. King is charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, safe cracking, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and resisting, obstructing and delaying a law enforcement officer. Duggan is charged with breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.
On Tuesday at 1:35 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a call indicating a break-in was taking place at 102 Northampton Drive in Mooresville. When deputies arrived on scene they quickly secured the residence and attempted to locate the suspect. The suspect fled the area on foot prior to the arrival of the deputies. The suspect, Thomas Owen King, was eventually located and arrested. In addition to the charges in Iredell County, King had numerous warrants for his arrest from Mecklenburg County.
The second suspect Brittany Nichole Duggan, is believed to have been present during the break-in and actually spoke with the homeowner when the owner returned unexpectedly. There has already been some property recovered in this case which doesn’t belong to the initial victim. This includes a handgun recovered from Lake Norman. More charges are expected in this case.
King's bond was set at $101,500 secured. Duggan's bond was set at $10,000 secured. Both suspects were scheduled to make first court appearances Wednesday (January 4).
28-year-old Samantha Ann Beck of Tomlin Road in Harmony has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on two counts of statutory rape of a child less than 15 years of age.
She was arrested after Iredell County Social Services filed a report with the Sheriff’s Office regarding sexual abuse by a suspect who was a friend of the victim’s family. The report was sent to the Special Victims Unit and the case was assigned to Det. Sgt. C M Benfield. The victim was taken to the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center for a forensic interview. The victim said that while in the home with the suspect, they had intercourse on two occasions. Both incidents occurred in May of last year in northern Iredell County.
Det. Sgt. Benfield conducted interviews and took statements from other family members. When the investigation was complete, charges were filed against Beck, who was already in custody in the Cabarrus County Detention Center where she was serving a sentence for a probation violation. She was on probation following a larceny conviction in Davie County.
Beck was given a $50,000 secured bond on the statutory rape charges. She’ll appear in an Iredell County courtroom on January 9.
30-year-old Joshua Shane Ireland of Bailey Farm Road in Statesville was arrested Monday (January 2) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts of habitual misdemeanor assault, two counts of injury to personal property, two counts of assault on a female, and single counts of assault with a deadly weapon, child abuse, and assault on a child under 12.
On Monday the Iredell County Sheriff’s responded to 882 Bailey Farm Rd. in reference to a Domestic Disturbance. The caller reported that a male subject, Joshua Shane Ireland was drunk and was armed with a knife. The suspect was reportedly trying to kill his wife.
A news release from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office says the disturbance occurred after the victim refused to give Ireland keys to the vehicle because he was intoxicated. Ireland began breaking items in the home and then shoved the victim. The victim grabbed the child and ran to her neighbor’s home for help. The neighbor took the victim and child to another family member’s home.
The parties went back to the residence to try and retrieve some items so they could leave for the night. According to the news release, after returning to the victim’s home Ireland pushed the family member against the car and started busting out the car windows with the knife and threw a cinder block into the windshield. The family member, victim and child received minor injuries from the incident.
Ireland was located and arrested. Ireland sustained injuries to himself while busting out the car windows and was treated at the hospital then taken to the Iredell County Jail. Ireland made his first court appearance Wednesday (January 4) and received a total bond of $55,000.
33-year-old Reshelle Denea Wrede and 29-year-old Matthew Alan Wrede, both of the same Spaniel Street, Connelly Springs, address, were both arrested Wednesday (January 4) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. The two suspects were wanted on outstanding warrants from Catawba and Burke Counties for felony and misdemeanor larceny, drug violations, driving while license revoked, and hit and run.
On Wednesday, members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Team stopped a vehicle for moving violations on Interstate 77 North near the 64 Mile Marker. While speaking with the two occupants of the vehicle, it was determined that they were wanted suspects out of Catawba and Burke Counties. Matthew and Reshelle Wrede were placed into custody and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center.
Reshelle Wrede was placed under $20,000 secured bond and Matthew Wrede was jailed under $5000 secured bond. No court dates were listed.
22-year-old Amber Dawn Goforth of Clarks Chapel Road in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after eleven o’clock last night (January 4) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The warrant for her arrest was issued on December 8 in Caldwell County.
Goforth was taken into custody on the 1200 block of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. She was processed and released under an $8,000 unsecured bond. Goforth was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Lenoir.
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21-year-old Antonio Rashawn Whitworth of Bridgewood Drive in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:30 yesterday (January 5) on felony counts of possession of cocaine and speeding to elude arrest, plus misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun, failure to stop for a siren, driving while license revoked, failure to report an accident and careless & reckless driving. The warrants for his arrest were issued on December 21, 2016.
Whitworth was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
No further details are available.
The man charged with killing guidance counselor Maggie Daniels in 2014 has entered a guilty plea. Sharman Howard Odom of Newton pleaded guilty today (Thursday, January 5) to first degree murder, first degree sexual offense, and first degree kidnapping in Catawba County Superior Court.
Odom was charged in connection with the June, 2014 murder and sexual assault of Daniels, who was 31-years-old at the time and worked as a guidance counselor at Discovery High School in Newton. Odom and the victim lived in the same apartment complex. Maggie Daniels' body was found in her apartment. According to a news release issued this afternoon by the Newton Police Department, Odom received a sentence of life in prison without parole.
Residents of the Greater Hickory Metro are keeping an eye on the weather forecast to see if winter precipitation will fall this weekend. The latest forecast from the National Weather Service for Hickory is calling for a 30 percent chance for snow after 4 p.m. Friday (January 6), but snow is likely after 9 p.m. Friday with the chance for one to three inches of accumulation. On Saturday, the forecast calls for a 40 percent chance for snow before 2 p.m. Listen to 1290 AM WHKY Radio, watch WHKY-TV News at 5:30 and 10:00, or check this website for the latest weather outlook.
The N.C. Department of Transportation released the state’s draft 2018-2027 transportation plan Wednesday (January 4). This plan is known as the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The plan is the department’s funding and construction schedule for transportation projects over the next 10 years. The plan includes projects slated for the counties in the Greater Hickory Metro.
The document lists more than 1,400 projects across all transportation modes and in every county throughout the state. The plan includes 61 safety projects and 376 interstate maintenance and bridge projects that are prioritized based on data from technical experts.
Projects in the draft plan were selected using the Strategic Mobility Formula established by the Strategic Transportation Investments law. Under this law, projects are evaluated and scored based on a combination of data, local input and other factors such as federal and state funding restrictions, corridor spending caps and the completion of environmental studies and engineering plans.
The department will hold a public comment period this spring to seek input on the draft plan. The Board of Transportation is expected to approve the final 2018-2027 STIP in June.
The department’s 10-year plan is updated every two years using this process. Projects scheduled into the first five years of the plan are considered committed and will not be reevaluated, but projects in the final five years of each 10-year plan will be prioritized again for inclusion in the next plan.
A breakdown of the projects in the draft plan, as well as changes from the previous STIP, are available at www.ncdot.gov/sti.
34-year-old Stephanie Lea Jonas of Lyle Haven Drive NW in Conover was arrested Wednesday (January 4) by Long View Police Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Jonas was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, January 5).
28-year-old Cameron Diamond Dejuan Walton of Robinwood Circle in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (January 4) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm. Following the arrest, Walton was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,500 secured bond. No court date was listed.
37-year-old Chad Eric Lowman of 22nd Street NE in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, no operators license, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Lowman was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Thursday, January 5) under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
18-year-old Moises Emanuel Hernandez of Charlotte was arrested by Officers with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit yesterday (January 3) on one felony count of conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. Two other men have outstanding warrants pertaining to the case, but have yet to be located. They are 23-year-old Rodolfo Felix and 18-year-old Jose Javier Reyes, both of Charlotte. They are each charged with one felony count of conspiracy to traffic meth.
The charges come as a result of a five-month long investigation into drug trafficking. Narcotics Detectives say the three men conspired to transport over a half a pound (approximately 238 grams) of meth through Lincoln County from Charlotte on July 31 of last year. The investigation began when a Deputy noticed a suspicious vehicle near the 5400 block of Highway 27 West in Vale. The Deputy conducted a traffic stop after the driver nearly struck a gas pump at a nearby convenience store.
During the stop, Deputies searched the vehicle and found several items including marijuana, drug paraphernalia and over $7,000 in cash. Both occupants of the vehicle were arrested for misdemeanor violations and later made bond.
Narcotics Detectives were notified and the vehicle was impounded. The next day, Detectives executed a search warrant on the vehicle and seized several items including a ledger, cell phones and a small amount of meth hidden in the vehicle.
Over the next several months, Detectives executed additional search warrants on electronic devices, phone records and other law enforcement agency records. After reviewing the data and conducting interviews, Detectives brought charges against the three suspects. Investigators don’t know exactly how long the operation had been going on, but they believe the suspects had been transporting the drugs on a regular basis.
Following his arrest, Hernandez was given a $9,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (January 4).
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Rodolfo Felix or Jose Javier Reyes should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. A Crime Stoppers tip leading to an arrest could result in a reward of up to $1,000.
29-year-old Miranda Day Beaver and 25-year-old Dennie Lee Mitchell, both of Buckskin Trail in Vale, were both arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged in Lincoln County with one felony count each of larceny of a motor vehicle and breaking and entering a motor vehicle. They are also charged with one misdemeanor count each of larceny and possession of stolen goods. They're both charged in Burke County with felony possession of a motor Vehicle and possession of methamphetamine.
The suspects are charged in Lincoln County with stealing a privately owned vehicle from the parking lot of R and K Trucking at 151 Cedar Grove Church Road in Vale. That theft occurred on December 11
The owner of the vehicle told deputies he drives for R and K Trucking and left the facility at approximately 10:30 a.m. on December 11, and when he returned at around 7:50 p.m. his green 1997 GMC Yukon was missing.
The vehicle was located several days later in Burke County and Detective Matt Burgess went to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility to interview the two people who were suspects in the case.
Beaver and Mitchell were moved from Burke County and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on Monday (January 2) under $25,000 secured bond each. They both have District Court appearances January 23.
37-year-old Daniel Cecil Kerley of Heritage Farm Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest and two misdemeanor counts of hit & run with property damage. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of D.W.I. and driving while license revoked.
Events leading to his arrest began when Police responded to reports of a possible drunk driver in the area of Highway 70 S.E. and Fairgrove Church Road S.E. Officers spotted the vehicle, a 2005 Chrysler 300C, at 5th Avenue Court N.E. and Highway 127. They attempted to stop the Chrysler, but lost sight of it after the driver turned near Hickory High School.
A short time later, Officers were called to a two-vehicle crash near the Cook Out restaurant on North Center Street. One of the vehicles was the Chrysler, driven by Daniel Kerley. No injuries were reported.
Kerley was taken into custody without incident just after 2:30 a.m. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $9,500, secured. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday (January 3) in Newton.