33-year-old Virginia Lee Decker of Fairview Drive in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (March 4) by Lenoir Police Officers. She’s charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. Decker was placed in Caldwell County Detention Center following the arrest under a $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled for March 25.
41-year-old Eric Lee Bentley of Black Oak Ridge Road in Taylorsville was arrested yesterday (March 4) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver. Bentley was taken to Caldwell County Detention Center following his arrest under a $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for March 25.
24-year-old Darnell Stanley Spears of Wayfound Church Road in Hiddenite was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (March 2) on one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm.
Spears was arrested following a traffic stop at the intersection of South Center Street and Highway 70 S.W. At that time, Officers found a firearm that was reported stolen out of Winston-Salem. The suspect was taken into custody without incident at about 2:25 a.m. Saturday.
Spears was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. He has since been released. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (March 4) in Newton. No additional court dates are currently listed.
30-year-old James Cameron Auton of Winfield Place in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (March 4) by Lenoir Police Officers. He’s charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine. Auton was confined in Caldwell County Detention Center under a $5,000 bond, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for March 25.
30-year-old Joshua Ross Cothren of Hayesville, N.C. was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday (March 3) on one felony count of breaking & entering and misdemeanor counts of larceny and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. The warrants for his arrest were issued on February 18 in Clay County where Cothren faces additional felony charges for breaking & entering and attempted larceny.
He was taken into custody without incident at Catawba Valley Medical Center on Fairgrove Church Road. Cothren was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $11,500 secured bond. He is no longer listed as an inmate in Catawba County. Cothren was scheduled appear in District Court on April 4 and in Superior Court on April 29, both in Hayesville.
49-year-old Gary Lee Paynter II of Young Street in Mooresville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers Friday (March 1) on felony counts of fleeing to elude arrest, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of cocaine. He was also charged with careless & reckless driving, driving while impaired, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, an open container violation, driving while license revoked, domestic assault with a deadly weapon, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats.
Events leading to Paynter's arrest began as Officers responded to a domestic dispute on Ginger Lane, near Mooresville. While en route, Officers were told that the suspect was trying to run over his wife and other bystanders with his vehicle. Officers were also told that the suspect, Gary Lee Paynter II, had a gun and had reportedly pointed it at his wife.
Before Deputies arrived, Paynter left the scene driving a silver Ford Mustang. A short distance from Ginger Lane, an Officer passed the suspect vehicle on Shinnville Road. Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the Mustang continued traveling west on Shinnville Road, towards the Charlotte Highway. The pursuit was canceled due to weather and traffic conditions.
Deputies last saw the Mustang turning onto Oates Road. Within minutes, a Deputy spotted the Mustang in a cul-de-sac on Rainford Court in a subdivision off of Oates Road. Paynter was taken into custody without further incident. In the vehicle, Officers found a .45 caliber handgun, a quantity of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and an open container of alcohol.
Gary Paynter was transported to the Iredell Co. Detention Center where he was held without bond on the domestic violence charges. He was given a $12,500 secured bond on the other charges. A District Court date was set for March 25.
Paynter's criminal history includes disorderly conduct, injury to real property, harassing telephone calls, two counts of assault on a female, assault on a government official, malicious conduct by a prisoner, D.W.I. level 4, two counts of D.W.I. level 2 and breaking & entering.
20-year-old Amaya Hope Martin of Boyd Street in Gastonia and 28-year-old Casandra Marie Miller of Union Church Road in Lincolnton were arrested Monday (March 4) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with one felony count of assault on an individual with a disability and one misdemeanor count of assault with a deadly weapon.
The charges came after an investigation into an incident that occurred on February 28, 2019 at a group home the man was living at near the 1700 block of Riverview Road in Lincolnton. Detectives say the women had problems getting the man to comply when getting off the group home’s van after returning from an activity. Witnesses told detectives that is when the women struck him several times about his body with a metal broom handle.
According to detectives, the man had several welts and bruising on his body, as well as a large scrape to his knee after falling from being struck. He was taken to a nearby medical facility for treatment and released the same day. Both women were suspended immediately from the facility pending the investigation.
Martin was arrested in Gastonia and received a $10,000 secured bond. Miller also received a $10,000 secured bond. Both women were scheduled to appear in District Court today (March 5) in Lincoln County.
A shooting into a home is under investigation by the Morganton Department of Public Safety. On Sunday (March 3) shortly before 8 p.m. Public Safety Officers responded to 118 Lenoir Road in reference to shots being fired into this residence.
Three people including a juvenile were on the scene when the incident occurred. Police were told that a loud noise was heard that sounded like gunshots. A black passenger car and a white SUV were two vehicles in the area but it is not confirmed that those vehicles were involved with the incident.
Morganton Public Safety Criminal Investigations responded and found five bullet holes at the residence. No injuries were reported. The investigation is continuing.
New names were recently added to the Burke County most wanted list.
29-year-old Phillip Dean South is wanted by authorities in Burke County on a charge of probation violation. The last known address for South is 5125 Crawley Dale Street, Lot 80, in Morganton. He was added to the most wanted list March 1.
32-year-old Shari Christina Heavner, AKA Tina, was also added to the Burke County most wanted list. She's wanted on a charge of probation violation. The probation was imposed on a larceny charge. Heavner's last known address was 2710 Old Wye Trail in Connelly Springs. She was added to the list on February 22.
25-year-old Luis Marrero is also wanted by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with probation violation. The probation violation charge was imposed on a weapon offense. The last known address for Marrero was 2968 Dalton Drive in Morganton. He was added to the list February 22.
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 email@example.com. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
46-year-old Jesse Lee Proffitt of Pleasant View Loop in Morganton was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Proffitt is also charged with misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a news release issued Monday (March 4) by the Burke County Sheriff's Office, on February 8, 2019, a deputy checked a suspicious vehicle that was sitting stationary on Burkemont Road in Morganton. An investigation was conducted with the assistance of narcotics officers. This resulted in the arrest of Proffitt.
Following his arrest, Proffitt was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $50,000 secured bond. He remained in jail under that bond amount as of earlier today (March 5). Proffitt was scheduled to appear in District Court in Morganton Monday.
37-year-old Kenneth Charles Philyaw of Landmark Lane in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (March 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen property. Philyaw was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $11,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Monday (March 4).
29-year-old Richard Hunt Wheeler III of Stagecoach Trail in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (March 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substance. Wheeler was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Monday (March 4).
40-year-old Timothy Russell Bines of Oak Grove Road in Statesville was arrested Sunday (March 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony assault inflicting serious injury. Bines was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center following the arrest under no bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 10.
28-year-old Lauren Molita Anderson of Mission Road in Hudson was arrested by Hickory Police just before eight o'clock Saturday night (March 2) on one felony count of failure to appear and two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. It's not clear on which charges Anderson failed to appear, but she currently faces a felony charge for larceny of a motor vehicle in Forsythe County. She also has court dates in Catawba and Iredell counties for traffic offenses.
Anderson was taken into custody without incident Saturday near the Ridgeview Recreation Center on 1st Street S.W. in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $13,000, secured. She has since been released. Anderson will appear in a Winston Salem courtroom on March 21. District Court dates were scheduled for March 11 and April 10 in Catawba and Iredell counties, respectively.
24-year-old Chason William Tell of Duke Power Road in Granite Falls was arrested Saturday (March 2) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with one felony count possession of a schedule II controlled substance and two misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Tell was released under a $1,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (March 4).
29-year-old Kevin Eli Goodwin of 9th Avenue Place SW in Hickory was arrested Friday (March 1) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. According to HPD reports, officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle. During the investigation, Officers found the vehicle located at a local business and later arrested Goodwin. He was processed at the Hickory Police Department and was released on a $15,000 unsecured bond. A District Court Appearance was scheduled today (March 4).
40-year-old Jason Bart Johnson of Lefevers Road in Vale was arrested Saturday (March 2) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with felony possession of schedule IV controlled substance and driving while license revoked. Johnson was taken to the Catawba County Detention Facility where bond was set at $1,500 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for March 11.
33-year-old Buddy Edward Weeks of Shelby was arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Officers today (March 4) on felony counts of common law robbery, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and conspiracy. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and communicating threats.
Events leading to Weeks' arrest began on February 21 when Deputies were dispatched to an assault call at a residence on the 2,500 block of Johnstown Road in Crouse. After Deputies arrived, Lincoln County E.M.S. treated a female victim for a laceration to the head. The suspect had already left the scene.
Officers learned that Buddy Weeks, who was at the home to do some repair work, got into an argument with another party at the residence. They took the argument outside where the victim was pushed down. When the victim fell, a firearm she was carrying came out of its holster. Weeks picked up the gun and hit the victim in the head with it.
Another individual at the residence tried to block the suspect's vehicle, but Weeks pointed the gun at them. Weeks and a female then fled the scene.
Investigators learned that the firearm was ditched in Gaston County. A search in a wooded area off of Tot Dellinger Road near Cherryville turned up the firearm in a plastic bag.
Weeks was arrested and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $54,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln Co. District Court was set for tomorrow (March 5).
24-year-old James Kody Peters, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:35 Saturday afternoon (March 2) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He was also served with warrants out of Burke County for felony possession of methamphetamine, a felony probation violation and failure to appear on a misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
He was arrested when Officers conducting a property check at a hotel on 13th Avenue Drive N.E. saw a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot. The driver was identified as James Kody Peters, who had multiple outstanding warrants. During the arrest, Police found half a gram of meth.
Peters was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $43,000, secured. He'll make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton. Peters also has a Superior Court date on April 1 and a District Court appearance coming up on April 29, both in Morganton.
41-year-old Candida Dawn Bernard of Bowman Lowman Avenue in Hickory and 35-year-old Matthew Paul Houston of Bonji Drive in Conover have both been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers. Bernard was charged with felony possession with intent to sell & deliver methamphetamine and felony possession of meth, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, obstructing or delaying a public officer. Houston faces misdemeanor counts for possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, both suspects were arrested on outstanding warrants out of Catawba County as absconders from the North Carolina Dept. of Probation & Parole.
According to a press release issued today (March 4), the suspects were arrested on Thursday, February 21, when Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on East Broad Street at North Tradd Street in Statesville. Houston was the driver and Bernard was a passenger. As Officers checked Houston’s license, they found the outstanding probation warrant. After Bernard initially provided false information regarding her identity, Officers also found the outstanding warrant for her arrest.
Bernard was also in possession of several bags of meth and Houston was found to be in possession of marijuana. Both suspects were taken into custody and placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center.
Bernard was given a $40,000 secured bond. Houston's bond was set at $10,000, secured. Bernard will appear in Superior Court today and on December 2 in Newton, with a District Court appearance in Iredell County coming up on March 13. Houston's only listed court date is a District Court appearance on March 25 in Iredell County.
Bernard has a criminal history that includes misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, providing fictitious information to an officer, two counts of misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, two counts of misdemeanor soliciting to commit larceny by employee, misdemeanor filing a false police report, two counts of simple worthless check and several traffic-related charges. Houston's criminal history includes misdemeanor assault on a female, two counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and traffic-related charges.