22-year-old Kelsey Jesse Rashad Farabee of 24th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before one o'clock yesterday afternoon (March 25) on an outstanding warrant for felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and misdemeanor driving while license revoked.
Farabee was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. He was processed and released under a $6,000 bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
27-year-old Elizabeth Jane Lewis of Scroggs Street in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (March 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers under one felony count of possession of methamphetamine.
Lewis was taken to Caldwell County Detention Center and has since been released under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled yesterday.
An armed robbery is under investigation in Hickory. On Monday (March 25) at approximately 10:10 p.m., Hickory Police responded to the Q Express convenience store at 525 4th Street SW in reference to an armed robbery. During the robbery the suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money the suspect fled on foot.
The suspect is described as being a black male, thin build, wearing a blue hooded jacket, gloves and an item covering his face. Anyone with information regarding this on-going investigation is encouraged to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Anthony Horton directly at 828-261-2686 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
37-year-old Tiffany Nicole Townsend of Link Place in Lenoir was arrested Monday (March 25) by Lenoir Police Officers. She was charged with felony possession of stolen property. Townsend was released under $1,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (March 28).
24-year-old Mikal Jerome Gray of Cranford drive in Conover was arrested Monday (March 25) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm. Gray was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 26).
27-year-old Earl Dean Hill and 32-year-old Karen Elizabeth White, both of the same Fox Run Drive, Statesville, address, were arrested March 18 by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Hill was again arrested on March 20.
Hill is charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and alter, destroy, or remove serial numbers from a weapon, along with probation violation. White was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug Paraphernalia.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received information from a concerned citizen about possible drug activity on Fox Run Drive, north of Statesville. After days of surveillance, detectives identified possible suspects who were involved in the reported drug activity.
On March 18 officers were conducting surveillance when they noticed a suspicious car being operated by Karen White and Earl Hill. During a search of the car, they found meth and marijuana. Both White and Hill were arrested at the scene without incident.
On March 20, as the investigation continued, officers conducted four more searches in the area of Fox Run Drive and Deepwater Road. During one of these searches, marijuana was found and seized. During this investigation a search of a Fox Run Drive residence resulted in the discovery of Earl Dean Hill hiding in a back bedroom behind a closet. He was found in possession of a sawed off shot gun.
Hill's total bond amount was set at $110,000 secured. He has a District Court date April 9 and a Superior Court appearance May 7. White received a $5000 secured bond, her next District Court date is April 9.
Earl Dean Hill is a convicted felon for felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver schedule III substance.
30-year-old Griffin Landret Morris of Fort Mill, SC and 37-year-old Brian Christopher Jamieson of Southport, NC were arrested Sunday (March 24) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers.
Morris is charged with felony counts of possession of five or more counterfeit instruments, possession of schedule II controlled substance, and two counts of conspiracy along with two counts of misdemeanor larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of schedule III controlled substance, failure to appear, and forgery of bank notes. Jamieson was charged with two counts of felony conspiracy, and one felony count apiece of counterfeiting and removing or tampering with product device. He's also charged with misdemeanor larceny, and possession of stolen goods.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Charlie District deputies responded to Walmart in Denver at around 3:00 a.m. Sunday after employees reported a suspicious person possibly stealing items from the store. Deputies stopped a white sedan in the parking area occupied by two men who they believed may have been involved.
Deputies got the passenger, Jamieson, out of the car and when he moved from the seat a pair of wire cutters fell to the ground. He was handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car. Officers then got the driver Morris out of the vehicle and noticed a pair of brass knuckles partially hidden in the side door pocket. Officers found a packet of crystal meth in his pocket during a search. Deputies were also notified that Morris had two outstanding warrants out of Mecklenburg County and York, SC.
A search of the vehicle turned up a fish finder and fishing reel in a container in the trunk of the car. The items, valued at $422, were identified as having been stolen from the Denver Walmart. Also in the container was a black box with multiple U.S. currency notes that were visibly counterfeit. Wallets in the possession of Jamieson and Morris were searched and more counterfeit currency was found. Deputies seized thirteen $50 currency notes and five $20 currency notes from the individuals.
Morris was placed in jail under a $473,500 secured bond and a no bond hold on a fugitive from justice warrant on the forgery charge from York, South Carolina. Jamieson was jailed under a $40,000 secured bond. They both have District Court appearances scheduled April 15.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who has shot at multiple homes and businesses in the eastern part of the county. In some cases, it appears a projectile the size of a “BB” was fired, and in other incidents bullets were fired. Shots have been fired at motor vehicles, residence’s windows and doors, and businesses.
Detectives have determined the vehicle driven by the suspect is a newer model, dark, possibly black, Dodge Charger. The driver’s description is unknown. Footage from a surveillance camera shows the vehicle was captured traveling Highway 70 from Icard to Malcolm Boulevard and then into Caldwell County. Thus far, times of interest are around 11 p.m and 3:30 a.m.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333. All Crimestoppers tips are anonymous, and anyone with information leading an arrest may receive a cash reward.
Caldwell County Public Information Officer LouAnne Kincaid passed away Sunday (March 24) after a brief bout with pneumonia. Ms. Kincaid was 56.
She began her career at WHKY in 1989. She also worked as a stringer for WBTV and became a full-time employee there in 1994. Ms. Kincaid later worked in the marketing department at CVCC. She became Public Information Officer in Caldwell County in 2009.
Ms. Kincaid is survived by her mother and a brother. She lived in Gamewell.
The North Carolina Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (E.S.G.R.) organization has honored WHKY Radio and WHKY TV with its “Above & Beyond Award”. WHKY Station Manager Heather Isenhour accepted the award Saturday (March 23) in Greensboro. Ms. Isenhour’s husband, Captain Michael Isenhour, and son, Specialist Devan Barlowe, both serve in the National Guard.
The award recognizes employers at the local level who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements in providing their Guard and Reserve employees with additional, non-mandated benefits. The award was presented by Judge Ron Bogle, the North Carolina E.S.G.R. State Chair.
26-year-old Richard Harlond Fuller II of Lincolnton has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Officers on charges of felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, felonious restraint, driving while license revoked, hit & run with injury, driving left of center, possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, a probation violation, careless & reckless driving, speeding to elude arrest, speeding, improper passing, failure to stop for a red light, and resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer.
He was arrested after Narcotics & Probation Officers on March 22 went to a residence on Spring Branch Road in Cherryville in an attempt to locate Richard Harlond Fuller, who had been listed as an absconder from probation. Officers saw that Fuller's was at the residence and made plans to take him into custoday.
At that time, Fuller left the scene in his vehicle. Deputies caught up to the suspect on Flay Road. When they activated their blue lights and sirens, Fuller's vehicle sped up. A chase followed, covering 17.5 miles with speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The chase went into Gaston County and then back into Lincoln County where the car crashed into the back of a rural mail carrier’s vehicle on N.C. Highway 274.
Fuller, who was the driver, jumped from the vehicle and ran from the scene. A number of Deputies joined in the search, including the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Drone Team and a state K-9 unit, but they were unsuccessful. A passenger in the car told Officers he was being held against his will and said Fuller refused to let him get out of the car.
Later in the day, Deputies learned that Fuller might be at the Quality Inn on East Main Street in Lincolnton. Officers then apprehended Fuller as he exited the hotel.
Fuller was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $60,000 secured bond. He was also held without bond on the probation violation. A Superior Court date was set for March 25, with a District Court appearance coming up on April 15.
44-year-old Brian Nathaniel Fritts of Bushfield Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police Officers yesterday (March 24) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny.
Fritts was arrested without incident at a residence on 2nd Avenue S.W. in Hickory and was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. He has since been released under a $4,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for tomorrow (March 26).
19-year-old Caleb Wayne Meadows of Love Valley Road in Statesville was arrested last Thursday (March 21) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts apiece of first degree statutory rape and first degree statutory sex offense.
According to a news release issued today (March 25), on Monday, January 21, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report concerning a sexual assault which occurred in 2016, the victim was a juvenile. The report indicated Caleb Wayne Meadows was the suspect.
The investigation was assigned to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit. While the victim was being interviewed she told officers about several incidents where she was sexually assaulted by the suspect. Additional witnesses were interviewed, social media accounts were searched, and other evidence was gathered.
As a result of the investigation, Meadows was arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was issued a $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 12.
22-year-old Landon Alexander Sigmon of Caldwell Avenue in Newton was arrested on Saturday (March 23) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with one felony count of possession of one gram of crack cocaine and one misdemeanor count of second-degree. The suspect allegedly trespassed at a residence on 2nd Avenue S.W. in Hickory.
Sigmon was arrested without incident at a residence on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory and was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $4,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 25) in Newton.
27-year-old Kiera Rochelle Hoover of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Conover was taken into custody today (March 25) by Hickory Police Officers. A warrant for her arrest was issued by the Hickory Police Department for two felony probation violations and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. She’s also charged with misdemeanor simple assault.
Hoover was arrested without incident at a residence on 10th Street S.E. in Hickory and was placed in the Catawba County Justice Center under a $31,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for April 1.
36-year-old Robert Alan Hunter of West 17th Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about six o'clock Friday evening (March 22) on one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon, plus one misdemeanor count of discharging a firearm in the city limits. Hunter was arrested following an assault that occurred at a residence on South Center Street in Hickory.
He was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $35,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (March 25) in Newton.
26-year-old Dorothea Juanita Blanchard of Sharon Avenue in Hickory was arrested Saturday (March 23) by Granite Falls Police Officers under one felony charge of burning other buildings.
Blanchard was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $25,000, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (March 25).
30-year-old Cory Ray Mowdy of Kingsport, Tennessee was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (March 23) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.
Mowdy is wanted by the Carter County Sheriff's Office in Elizabethton, Tennessee for aggravated vehicular homicide (D.U.I.) and vehicular assault. The warrant for his arrest was issued on March 13 of this year.
Mowdy was taken into custody without incident at about 1:40 a.m. Saturday at a fast food restaurant on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was locked up in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $200,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (March 25) in Newton.
25-year-old Charles Justin Moore of Wildwood Road in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police Officers on Saturday (March 23). He’s charged with a felony probation violation. Moore is on probation as he serves a 24-month suspected sentence following a November 2017 felony conviction in Caldwell County for possession of a schedule II controlled substance and receiving a stolen vehicle.
Moore was taken to Caldwell County Detention Center and has since been released under a $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for April 1.
22-year-old Antonio Castillo, whose last known address was on Sunset Drive in Taylorsville, has been arrested in Alexander County on a murder charge. Castillo is accused of shooting and killing 23-year-old Blade McKinley Campbell of Taylorsville.
At about 11:45 Sunday morning (March 24), Alexander County 9-1-1 took a call regarding a person who had been shot. Alexander Co. Sheriff's Officers responded to a residence on Middle Road in the Stony Point community. There, they found Mr. Campbell deceased from multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators believe Mr. Campbell and Castillo were in an altercation when Castillo pulled a pistol and shot Campbell.
A "be on the lookout" call was issued for Antonio Castillo. He was traveling in a dark-colored 2006 Nissan Altima. At about 4 p.m., the vehicle was found on Pierpoint Lane in Taylorsville. Castillo was not with the vehicle.
At about 4:20 p.m., Officers found Castillo at a residence on Jessica Lee Lane (across from Pierpoint Lane) in Taylorsville. When they approached the residence, Castillo began running through a field. Officers gave chase and took Castillo into custody.
On Castillo's person, Officers found two bags containing an AR-15 rifle and numerous rounds of ammunition. The AR-15 was not the weapon used in the fatal shooting.
Castillo is currently being held in the Alexander Co. Detention Center without bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Alexander Co. District Court today (March 25). Additional charges may follow.
The murder weapon has not been found. Anyone with information should call the Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-1111 or Alexander Co. Crime Stoppers at 828-632-8555.