34-year-old Leonard Nelson Avery, who is listed as a homeless man from Hickory, was arrested Saturday (January 25) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Avery is also charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting a public officer and possession of stolen goods. He was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $17,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for February 17.
New names were recently added to the Burke County most wanted list. All of the suspects in this report were added to the list on January 17.
44-year-old Murphy Scott McLeod is being sought by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. The last known address for McLeod was 1385 Lake View Acres Drive in Morganton.
27-year-old Dalton Gage Hughes is another recent addition to the Burke County most wanted list. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods. Hughes' last known address was 3306 Flat Gap Road in Valdese.
37-year-old Timothy Paul Bumgarner was also added to the list of suspects being sought in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Bumgarner's last known address was 4376 Highway 18 South in Morganton.
You can see the entire list of suspects wanted by authorities in Burke County at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
A portion of a road will be closed today in Newton. According to the Newton Police Department, the 2100 Block of North College Avenue will be closed today (January 28) for the replacement of a fire hydrant. The work should begin at 8:00 a.m. and finish approximately six hours later. Water service will be temporarily interrupted.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing Denver, NC man. 38-year-old Rene Garcia Gomez of Grassy Creek Road was last seen leaving for work on January 16 at approximately 7:00 a.m. He has brown eyes and brown hair, weighs 175 pounds and is 5'6". He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, blue sweatpants and black sneakers.
Gomez has been diagnosed with medical conditions and is supposed to take medication daily. He did not take his medication with him. Mr. Gomez drives a gray 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor, with a North Carolina license plate reading DED-2036. The vehicle also has paint peeling from the roof and hood area. He is known to frequent big box stores in Mooresville and Hickory.
Anyone with information on Mr. Gomez’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
29-year-old Ryan Adrian Davis of Hemlock Drive in Taylorsville was arrested Sunday (January 26) by Catawba Police Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed gun, possession of marijuana between one-half and one-and-one-half ounces, and driving while license revoked. Davis was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,500 bond. His next District Court date is February 17.
19-year-old Lillian Marie Morsette of Howards Creek Road in Boone was arrested Friday (January 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Morsette was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 27).
On January 24, the Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Office took a missing persons report regarding 61-year-old Danny James Garvin. Mr. Garvin was reported missing by his family. At the time of the report, he had not made contact with family members since August of 2019.
Caldwell County followed investigative leads in the case, which led them to a wooded location on Boone Fork Road. During a search of the area, unidentified remains were found and the scene was secured until the remains could be property recovered.
On January 25, Caldwell County Investigators, with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, recovered the remains. The remains have been turned over to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and identification.
Today (January 27), Investigators and S.B.I. Agents conducted a secondary search of the wooded area, using cadaver dogs to locate any additional remains. The missing person case related to Danny Garvin remains under investigation.
35-year-old Natasha Noel Robinette of Herman Sipe Road N.W. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (January 27) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
She was arrested following a traffic stop Sunday night (January 26). Officers stopped a northbound vehicle traveling on the McDonald Parkway S.E. as it pulled onto the I-40 eastbound ramp. During the incident, Police found 1.06 grams of methamphetamine, two dosage units of alprazolam, and drug paraphernalia.
Robinette was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
35-year-old Alicia Rule Gooch of 2nd Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (January 27) for felony assault or affray on E.M.T. personnel.
Gooch is accused of assaulting hospital staff at Frye Regional Medical Center while receiving treatment Sunday night (January 26). She was taken into custody at the hospital at 4:20 a.m. today.
Gooch was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,000 secured bond. As of this morning, she was no longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow (January 28) in Newton.
24-year-old Johnaton Wilson of 14th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:45 last night (January 26) for felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor resisting a public officer.
He was arrested after Officers responded to a civil disturbance located at a residence on 14th Street S.W. in Hickory. During the incident, Officers found a handgun in Wilson's possession. Warrants were issued and Wilson was taken into custody without incident at his residence later the same day
Wilson was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (January 27) in Newton.
38-year-old Jessica Dawn Laastad of Lail Lane in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:25 Saturday afternoon (January 25) on felony warrants from Caldwell County for breaking & entering a motor vehicle and larceny after breaking & entering. Laastad was taken into custody without incident at the Budget Inn on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. As of this morning (January 27), Laastad was no longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for February 24 in Lenoir.
56-year-old Benjamin Joseph Minton of Boone Fork Road in Lenoir was arrested Friday (January 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony identity fraud. Minton was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 27).
26-year-old Kevin Brandon Avery of Pax Hill Road in Morganton was arrested last Thursday (January 23) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm, and possession of a stolen firearm. Avery was released on $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 27).
37-year-old Mandy Lee Myers of Faet Street in Valdese was arrested last Thursday (January 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with failure to appear on a felony. Myers was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for February 24 in Burke County.
A man was killed in an Iredell County crash. Saturday (January 25) at approximately 10 a.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a collision on U.S. 64 at Swann Road in Cool Springs.
A 2004 Kia sport-utility vehicle was traveling west on U.S. 64, ran off the road the right, struck an embankment, overturned, and then collided with a utility pole. The driver, 28-year-old Winston Shelton Wishon of Lexington, died at the scene. Mr. Wishon was restrained by a seatbelt and there are no initial indications of impairment.
A woman who did not appear at her sentencing for her involvement in a Burke County murder case has turned herself into authorities. 35-year-old Brandy Nicole Davis of Jamestown Road in Morganton turned herself in Friday (January 24) at approximately 3 p.m. at the Burke County Magistrate's Office. She's charged with two counts of failure to appear on a felony.
Davis was scheduled to appear in Burke County Superior Court for sentencing last Wednesday (January 22). Davis along with Scott Hemphill, Brian Robinson and Icey Gooden were arrested for their involvement in two murders which were reported on September 18, 2016.
The bodies of 29-year-old Spencer Jermain Murray and 35-year-old Albert Alexander Austin were discovered that morning at approximately 8 a.m. when Burke County Sheriff's Deputies were called to Canoe Creek Way in Morganton. When they arrived, deputies found a burned Cadillac Deville with human remains inside.
Davis entered her guilty plea in March, 2019. She is currently being held at the Burke County Jail under no bond. She's scheduled to appear in Superior Court February 17.
Police have arrested a suspect in a fatal shooting that occurred Thursday (January 23) in Hickory. 23-year-old Andres Osvaldo Moscotte was found lying in the yard deceased from an apparent gunshot wound at a residence on 22nd Street NE.
22-year-old Jalen Jakee Witherspoon of 12th Avenue Drive NE in Hickory was arrested this morning (January 26) by Hickory Police Officers after he turned himself in. He’s charged with first-degree murder.
Thursday at approximately 8:15 p.m., Hickory Police Officers responded to the home on 22nd Street NE after receiving a 911 call from a woman stating that a male at this residence had been shot and was not breathing.
The female who identified herself as the victim’s girlfriend said that Moscotte had exited the residence and that she heard him engage in a conversation with someone outside. She looked outside and saw a stocky black male wearing dark clothing and a dark colored mask covering his mouth and nose speaking to Moscotte. She then heard what sounded like an altercation outside and locked herself in a bedroom in the residence. She then heard at least two people enter the residence.
She waited a brief time after the people left the residence before coming out of the bedroom, at that time she discovered Moscotte lying in the front yard. She also discovered that Moscotte’s 2006 Black Mercedes Benz ML350 was missing from the driveway. The victim’s vehicle was found unoccupied a short time later as a result of a single car accident in the 1000 block of D Avenue SE. It appears that the suspect was familiar with the victim and targeted him for a robbery.
Witherspoon was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility without bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled Monday (January 27).
27-year-old Anthony Edward Deyton of 2nd Avenue SW in Hickory was arrested Thursday (January 23) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, breaking & entering, and larceny. Deyton was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $40,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for January 29.
30-year-old Todd Lee Hefner of Friendship Church Road in Taylorsville and 41-year-old Durell Waikese Byrd of Christopher Drive in Hickory were arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 10 a.m. yesterday (January 23). Hefner was charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine). Both men face one felony count of failure to appear on a charge of obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor second-degree trespassing.
They were charged in connection to an incident on October 1 of last year when Hickory Police responded to the Fast & Fresh store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in reference to subjects who were attempting to cash fake checks. Police stopped the suspect vehicle on 10th Avenue Drive S.E., just off of L-R Boulevard. During the stop, Hefner, Byrd, and a third suspect were arrested after Officers found fraudulent checks and 1.4 grams of meth.
Hefner and Byrd were taken into custody without incident yesterday at Kiwanis Park on 6th Street S.E. in Hickory. They were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Bond for Hefner was set at $20,000, secured, while Byrd was given an $11,000 secured bond. Hefner was scheduled to appear in District Court today in Newton. Byrd has a court date on January 27. Both men have additional District Court dates coming up on March 5.
40-year-old Michael Douglas Styers of Log Cabin Road in Statesville has been arrested on felony drug charges. He faces six counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver crystal methamphetamine, four counts of maintaining a dwelling for the sale of a controlled substance, and two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance. He was arrested Tuesday (January 21) by Iredell Co. Narcotics Investigators, with assistance from Sheriff's Deputies with the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.
Investigators had received information about Styers distributing crystal meth in the Statesville area. Investigators conducted surveillance operations on Styers at various locations. They verified the initial information regarding the sale of narcotics and conducted undercover purchases of crystal meth from Styers.
On the 21st, Investigators executed a search warrant at a hotel in Statesville where they found Styers. During the course of the investigation, Styers was found to be in possession of 48 grams of crystal meth with a street value of approximately $4,000.
Styers was arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was charged accordingly. Bond was set at $65,000, secured. His next appearance in District Court is coming up on February 12.
Styers has a criminal history that includes two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, misdemeanor injury to personal property, misdemeanor resisting a public officer, D.W.I. level 3, three counts of misdemeanor assault on a female, misdemeanor disorderly conduct, misdemeanor communicating threats, felony habitual misdemeanor assault, and 14 counts of driving while license revoked.