52-year-old Jeffrey Brent Church of Andria Lane in Connelly Springs was arrested by Hickory Police just before 11 o’clock last night (August 7) on felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Police stopped a 1996 Honda Passport driven by Church on the 500 block of Highway 321 N.W. for a suspicious license plate. Officers found a handgun, one dosage unit of Oxycodone Hydrochloride, a meth pipe and a total of 21.9 grams of methamphetamine.
A small quantity of the meth was found in the passenger’s pocketbook. The passenger, 39-year-old Wendy Angela Fair, was charged with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also served a warrant for failure to appear on a misdemeanor probation violation.
Church was taken into custody without incident and confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $75,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton. Fair was also jailed under a $3,270 bond with court dates on September 19 and September 22.
31-year-old Michael Brandon Beane of Maple Street in Hudson was arrested Friday (August 5) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with obtaining property by false pretense, failure to appear, and violating a house arrest order. Beane was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Facility under $23,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 12.
27-year-old Sedrick Markies Barnes of Vandenbrook Lane in Mooresville was arrested Friday (August 5) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with four counts of felony trafficking in cocaine, three counts of felony possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, two Counts of felony sell and deliver cocaine and one count of felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana,
A two month undercover investigation into the sale and distribution of powder cocaine in the Southern portion of Iredell County was concluded on Friday when a search warrant was executed at 117 Vandenbrook Lane in Mooresville, by members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigation Unit along with members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office SERT Team.
The investigation began when narcotics investigators gathered information about the suspect, Sedrick Markies Barnes, selling cocaine and marijuana in Mooresville. Surveillance operations were established and investigators witnessed Barnes selling cocaine. Multiple undercover purchases were made from Barnes over a period of two months. In all, more than five ounces of cocaine were purchased directly from the suspect during the investigation.
When the search warrant was served at the Vendenbrook Lane residence, investigators found in excess of $5200 as well as cocaine, marijuana and various items of paraphernalia in the home consistent with the sale of these drugs. Barnes was placed under $400,000 secured bond. Barnes was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, August 8).
47-year-old Chong Yang of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was arrested by Hickory Police at 8:10 Saturday morning (August 6) on one felony count each of assault inflicting serious injury including strangulation and kidnapping, plus one misdemeanor count of assault on a female.
Yang’s arrest comes in connection to an incident that began on May 28 of this year when he allegedly assaulted a 37-year-old Hickory woman and held her against her will in a hotel in Hickory. She was eventually released. The victim and the suspect were acquainted.
The incident was not reported until August 5. Police did not release any information regarding the victim’s condition at the time of the incident.
Yang was taken into custody without incident on 1st Avenue N.W. in Hickory, near the Westmont Gym. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (August 8) in Newton.
35-year-old Chad Daunta Bess of 34th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested Friday (August 5) by Hickory Police on three felony counts each of possession of marijuana with intent to sell or deliver, the sale of marijuana, delivery of marijuana, sale or delivery of a controlled substance within 300 feet of school property and maintaining a vehicle dwelling or place for a controlled substance. The warrants for his arrest were issued on July 19, 2016. The complainant listed on H.P.D.’s arrest report is a Maiden Police Officer.
Bess was taken into custody without incident at H.P.D. headquarters just after 9:30 Friday night. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $186,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (August 8) in Newton.
43-year-old James Arvil Shoun was arrested Saturday (August 6) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Shoun was placed in jail in Morganton under $23,500 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday August 8).
32-year-old Chasity Dawn Thompson of Buckner, West Virginia was arrested Saturday (August 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Thompson was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle with no insurance, and expired or no inspection. Thompson was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, August 8).
A Sunday evening (August 7) fire in eastern Catawba County is currently under investigation. According to Sherills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue, firefighters responded to 8136 Summit Ridge Drive in Catawba shortly after 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire.
In addition to Sherrills Ford-Terrell, several departments responded to the blaze, including Catawba, Bandys, Claremont, Mooresville, Oxford, Catfish, and Denver. Catawba County EMS and the Catawba County Fire Marshal also responded.
Firefighters were on the scene until approximately 10:30 p.m. There were no injuries as a result of the fire. The Fire Marshal's Office is continuing it's investigation.
The Hickory Fire Department will host its 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, October 14, at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Bikes for Tykes program. The tournament will kick-off on Friday, October 14, at Rock Barn Golf & Spa with lunch at noon and tee off at 1:30 p.m. Following the tournament, an awards and recognition ceremony will be held.
The "Bikes for Tykes" program is an effort to benefit needy children served by the Catawba County Christmas Bureau. Bikes and toys are distributed through the Catawba County Christmas Bureau in December. Anyone wishing to volunteer, play or sponsor a hole, should contact David Mills at (828) 404-2474 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is limited to the first 30 teams to sign up.
52-year-old Steven Allen Poarch of Camelot Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (August 6) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Poarch was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, August 8).
28-year-old Rodriguez Darius Griffith of View Court Park in Hickory was arrested Sunday (August 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with indecent liberties with a child and felony incest with a child. Griffith was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $125,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, August 8).
30-year-old Garry Dean Sanders was arrested Sunday (August 7) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking Methamphetamine.
On Sunday at 12:54 a.m., the Morganton Department of Public Safety was conducting a license checking station at the intersection of Sanford Drive and Tate Street. A purple Honda passenger car approached officers standing by waiting to check vehicles for drivers license and any other illegal activity. The driver said his drivers license was revoked. The car had four occupants and was asked to pull onto Tate Street. The two back seat passengers were reportedly acting very strange and kept moving in the rear of the seat after several commands from officers to keep their hands visible.
A K9 officers detected narcotics in the vehicle. Sanders admitted to officers that he had a needle in his pocket. An Officer conducted a search of Sanders that resulted in the discovery of three small baggies of a crystal-like substance that was determined to be methamphetamine. Sanders then stated that he had a pink book bag inside the vehicle but was taking it to someone else. Sanders was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine and a search of the vehicle was conducted. The search, which included the pink book bag, resulted in the discovery of over 300 small zip lock bags, 861 grams of methamphetamine (which is equivalent to 1.96 pounds), digital scales, and a moisture gauge.
Sanders was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $125,000 secured bond. He was not listed as an inmate as of this morning (Monday, August 8). The news release issued by Public Safety did not give any information regarding any charges against the other occupants of the vehicle. Sanders had a first court appearance scheduled for today.
46-year-old Tahara Lee Herman of Whitley Road in Morganton was arrested Friday (August 5) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of a stolen firearm, and felony maintaining a dwelling for the use of methamphetamine.
On Friday at approximately 11 a.m., officers with the Morganton Department of Public Safety were called to a home at 100 Whitley Road to assist the Department of Social Services (DSS). They were responding to conduct a welfare check of a juvenile at that address. DSS had received information of illegal narcotics activity at the home. Upon arrival officers were unable to make contact with anyone in the residence, however there was indication that people were inside.
Burke County Narcotics Task Force Officers arrived to assist. Once there, officers obtained a search warrant for the residence. Officers entered the home and found the owner, Tahara Lee Herman, along with an eight-year-old child.
A search of the residence, resulted in the discovery of a felonious amount of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and drug residue. Also located at the residence was a firearm that was reported as stolen.
Herman was transported to the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility, where she was detained under a $16,000 Bond. She was not listed as an inmate as of this morning (Monday, August 8). She was scheduled to appear in court today, more charges may be filed as the investigation continues. The child was taken into the custody of Burke County Department of Social Services.
35-year-old Dustin Clay Gatton of Airport Road in Statesville, 24-year-old Jessica Evon Queen of Grier Farm Road in Statesville, 39-year-old Carma Cheryl Jurney of Vinewood Drive in Stony Point, 37-year-old Angela Michelle Harris of Rimmer Road in Statesville, and 22-year-old William Anthony Jolin of Grier Farm Road in Statesville were all arrested last Thusrsday (August 4) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Gatton is charged with possession of methamphetamine. Queen, Jurney, Harris, and Jolin are all charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Thursday, members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigation Unit were called to assist North Carolina Probation and Parole investigate information about a possible methamphetamine lab at 157 Rimmer Road just north of Statesville.
While searching the location it was determined five individuals were staying at the home. During the search one individual was found to have methamphetamine in his pocket and a large quantity of meth was found in the residence which no one claimed ownership of. As a result of the search and subsequent investigation, the five suspects were arrested.
Bond for Gatton was set at $63,000 secured. Bond was set at $30,000 secured for Queen and Jolin, and $20,000 secured for Jurney and Harris. Gatton and Jolin have District Court appearances scheduled for Wednesday (August 10), Queen, Jurney, and Harris all have District Court dates August 22.
The City of Hickory has issued a news release with a clarification of transportation improvements and future traffic patterns, associated with the construction of Publix near the intersection of NC Highway 127 and 29th Avenue NE and 29th Avenue Drive NW.
2nd Street NE north of 28th Avenue NE will be closed for approximately six weeks so utilities can be safely relocated. After utilities are relocated, 2nd Street NE will be extended to 29th Avenue NE. A concrete median will be constructed along NC 127 between 29th Avenue NE and 29th Avenue Drive NW and just south of 28th Avenue NE after the 2nd Street NE extension is complete. This will prevent left turns into and out of 28th Avenue NE but right turns will still be permitted.
The majority of school traffic that usually turns left at the intersection of NC 127 at 28th Avenue NE will use the new 2nd Street NE extension to utilize the traffic signal at the intersection of NC 127 at 29th Avenue NE and 29th Avenue Drive NW. School traffic may also continue south along 2nd Street NE to 23rd Avenue NE to use the traffic signal at NC 127 at 23rd Avenue NE to turn left onto NC 127.
The intersection of 28th Avenue NE and 2nd Street NE has been converted into an all-way stop to improve safety and better serve traffic as more traffic will be traveling via 2nd Street NE after the extension to 29th Avenue NE is complete. The all-way stop will also allow school traffic to operate in a controlled pattern so that all vehicles will have a chance to proceed.
After all work is completed and new traffic patterns have been established, the traffic signal at the intersection of NC 127 and 29th Avenue NE and 29th Avenue Drive NW will be re-timed.
There will be a fundraiser Saturday (August 6) for Caleb Harris, a six-year-old student at Granite Falls Elementary School. Caleb received a new heart on June 18 of this year. The fundraiser, which will include a yard sale, bake sale, and other vendors, is being held to assist Caleb and his family pay for medical expenses and needs. The event will be going on from 8 a.m. to 12 noon in the Granite Falls Elementary parking lot. The fundraiser is not associated with Granite Falls Elementary School.
Hickory Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Speedway convenience store on Highway 127 South in Mountain View. The incident occurred at about 1:05 Thursday morning (August 4).
A 55-year-old female clerk told Police a male subject entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. He took an undisclosed sum of cash and fled the store, on foot. No one was injured.
The suspect was described only as a light-skinned male with a thin build. His face was covered by a white shirt.
Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.
24-year-old Tyree Dorian Rhinehardt of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 3:30 p.m. on one felony count each of assault by strangulation and larceny.
He was arrested in connection to an incident that occurred on July 10 near an apartment complex on the 700 block of “F” Avenue S.E. in Hickory. A 25-year-old female was allegedly assaulted by Rhinehardt, who also took her purse. The victim and Rhinehardt were acquaintances.
Rhinehardt was arrested a short time later on an unrelated federal probation violation. The victim did not report the assault until July 25, after Rhinehardt was released.
Rhinehardt turned himself in at H.P.D. headquarters yesterday. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility without bond on the assault charge and a $1,000 secured bond on the larceny charge. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (August 5) in Newton.
26-year-old Mason Gene Melton was arrested Thursday (August 4) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Melton was placed in jail in Morganton under $3,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 12.
36-year-old James Andrew Parks Byrd of Husbands Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (August 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Byrd was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (August 8).