The suspect in the theft of a military Humvee from the National Guard Armory on North Aspen Street in Lincoln County was scheduled for release from the hospital today (Monday, February 6). He faces multiple felony charges in connection to the incident, which included a shooting Saturday morning (February 4) that involved a Lincolnton Police Officer.
32-year-old Brian Samuel Brittain will be charged with felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny of a motor vehicle, fleeing to elude arrest, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and possession of stolen goods. Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues.
Brittain was shot during the incident, but drove away from the scene. At some point he got out of the Humvee and into another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle flagged down a Deputy Sheriff and told the Officer the suspect had been shot. The suspect was airlifted to Charlotte where he was treated for his injuries. Investigators believe the suspect was alone in the stolen vehicle.
Officer Daniel Lafone was in his vehicle when he was struck by the SUV. He was treated and released at the hospital. Officer Lafone has been with the department since October of 2015. The Officer who fired his weapon and struck the suspect is Officer Thomas Hall, who has also been with the department since October 2015.
Officer Hall will remain on administrative leave, in keeping with standard procedure for an officer-involved shooting. The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation is conducting an ongoing investigation. Lincolnton Police are also investigating a breaking & entering at the National Guard Armory that is related to the stolen vehicle.
26-year-old Kimburley Brooke Hartley was arrested today (Monday, February 6) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony forgery and uttering. Hartley was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (February 8) in Morganton.
24-year-old Gabrielle Elise Ford was arrested today (Monday February 6) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with one felony and one misdemeanor count of possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Ford was placed in jail in Morganton under $4,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for March 20.
The missing man being sought by authorities in Iredell County has been found. The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man, 72-year-old Foy Lee Watson. The alert was issued shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday (February 5).
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office issued a news release stating that Mr. Watson was located. No other details were given.
30-year-old Rodolfo Adame Gutierrez of Conover, was given an active prison term of five to seven years after pleading guilty to trafficking in methamphetamine and selling methamphetamine near a daycare. The guilty plea was entered during Catawba County Superior Court last Monday (January 30).
The Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County, imposed the sentence for Gutierrez, along with a mandatory $50,000 fine. The defendant will serve his prison term in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The offenses occurred during a five-day period in June 2015 when undercover officers made purchases of methamphetamine from the defendant in excess of 28 grams. The substances purchased were positively identified by the State Crime Lab as methamphetamine.
The case was investigated by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Lance Sigmon handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
51-year-old Sherry Lynn Cunningham of Silver Creek Church Road in Morganton was arrested Sunday (February 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Cunningham was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
32-year-old Antwon Jake Chapman and 33-year-old Jacqueline Michelle Stinson, each of the same Parker Court, Lenoir address, were both arrested Friday (February 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. Chapman is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to keep controlled substance. He's also charged with two misdemeanor counts of child abuse. Stinson is charged with felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to keep controlled substance.
Both suspects were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center. Chapman under $10,000 secured bond, Stinson under $5,000 secured bond. Both suspects have District Court appearances scheduled for today, Chapman also has a District Court date February 27.
29-year-old Maurice Jamarle Hemphill and 30-year-old Cetera Briana Horton, both of the same Willow Street NW address in Lenoir, were both arrested Friday (February 3) by Lenoir Police Officers. Hemphill is charged with felony counts of posession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and manufacture schedule II controlled substance. Horton is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I controlled substance, and manufacture schedule I controlled substance.
Hemphill and Horton were each jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond apiece. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, February 6).
Hickory City Council will meet Tuesday night (February 7) in regular session.
There is just one item listed on the agenda under Reaffirmation and Ratification of Second Readings. That item is Budget Revision Number 15, which passed unanimously on it's first reading vote.
Under New Business, council will hear a departmental report on the approval of a contract with Design Workshop Incorporated for the Riverwalk and Budget Revision Number 17. That revision includes the appropriation of $798,564 from General Fund Balance and the transfer of that money into the Capital Projects Fund. It also calls for the establishment of a Capital Projects Ordinance for the Riverwalk Project by accepting the transfer of those funds from the General Fund Balance for the Design Portion.
During tomorrow's Hickory City Council meeting, there will also be a presentation of the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2016. This is the 22nd consecutive year the city has received this recognition.
Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building, 76 North Center Street in Hickory.
37-year-old Jason Antonio Lytle was arrested Saturday (February 4) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Lytle was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 6).
45-year-old Regina Rae Stamey was arrested Saturday (February 4) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Stamey was placed in jail under $3,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today (Monday, February 6) in Morganton.
48-year-old Shelia Hollifield Kirby was arrested Sunday (February 5) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Kirby was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 6).
36-year-old Melvin Franklin Mull of 3rd Street SE in Hickory was arrested today (Friday, February 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony hit and run with injury, flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, false report to a police station, and resisting a public officer. Mull was detained in the Catawba County Detention Center under $14,000 bond District Court appearances are scheduled for Monday (February 6) and March 1.
More details have been released regarding the arrest of 27-year-old Terrall Lee Mitchell, first reported yesterday (February 2) on WHKY. Mitchell, of 2nd Street S.E. in Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police on felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession with intent to sell cocaine, plus one misdemeanor count of driving while impaired.
He was arrested when Police on patrol at the Williamsburg apartment complex on 5th Avenue N.E. in Hickory interacted with Mitchell. A search turned up ten grams of cocaine in the suspect’s pocket. A silver and black handgun was found in his vehicle, a 2004 BMW.
Mitchell was taken into custody without incident at about 6:35 a.m. Thursday. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $36,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
38-year-old Thalmus Jaton Linder of 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested at about 9:35 yesterday morning (February 2) on one felony count of speeding to elude arrest, plus misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, hit & run with property damage and driving while license revoked.
He was arrested after Officers on patrol on Highway 127 South saw a burgundy Chevrolet that hit the curbing as it made a right turn. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it sped away.
Police pursued the Chevrolet to the 500 block of 2nd Street Place S.W. where it turned into a field. The driver and only occupant of the vehicle, Thalmus Linder, jumped from the vehicle and ran. The Chevy continued to roll until it was stopped by a patch of trees.
Linder fled, on foot, through several back yards until he was apprehended on the 100 block of 7th Avenue S.W. A large knife and a crack pipe were found on his person. A BB gun was also found nearby. Officers then learned that Linder had been driving with a suspended license.
Linder was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $60,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
At approximately 8:14 a.m. today (Friday, February 3), members of the Hickory Police Special Operations Team were involved in an officer involved shooting at 1252 12th Street Place NW in Hickory. Officers were attempting to serve a narcotics search warrant at the residence when the incident occurred. Upon making entry into the residence, officers encountered 33-year-old William David Whetstone who was the subject of the search warrant.
While officers gave Whetstone verbal commands not to move, Whetstone reached between the cushions of a sofa producing a handgun and pointing it at officers. During the altercation, one Hickory Police Officer sustained a gunshot wound to his arm and Whetstone was shot by officers. Catawba County EMS responded and Whetstone was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sergeant Rodney N. Harris was treated and released for injuries sustained. The two officers who discharged their weapons in this morning’s police involved shooting were Master Police Officer David H. Lee and Sergeant Randy W. Isenhour. The Hickory Police Department immediately requested the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to conduct an independent officer involved shooting investigation. The officers involved have been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure.
No further information will be released at this time.
33-year-old Jonathan Matthew Williams of Knotline Lane in Cherryville was arrested Thursday (February 2) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony child abuse causing serious injury.
The charge is in connection with an incident that occurred in December of 2016. Williams reportedly struck the 15-year-old male victim, who is related, on the side of the head which caused permanent hearing loss in one ear. The incident was reported to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office by Lincoln County DSS on December 20, 2016.
Williams was placed in jail under a $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (February 3, 2017).
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will meet Monday in regular session. The time and the location of the meeting have changed. Commissioners will meet at 8 a.m. instead of the usual 9 a.m. start, and they'll hold the meeting in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room at the Catawba County Government Center in Newton.
Prior to the regular agenda, Commissioners will hold a strategic planning work session. The agenda for the regular session includes a sister cities presentation and a proclamation commemorating 2017 National Burn Awareness Week. In addition, the Government Finance Officers Assocation 2016 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award will be presented to members of the county's budget and management team.
41-year-old Jermaine Fitzgerald Wilson of Candy Lane in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (February 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance.
Agents with the Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit arrested Wilson following a search of his residence and vehicle. During the search, Narcotic Ice Unit Agents found more than one-and-one-half ounces of high grade quality marijuana packaged for sale, over 21 dosage units of crack cocaine and $954 cash. The drugs seized have a street value over $2,000 according to North Carolina State Drug Guidelines.
Wilson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (February 6).
38-year-old Russell David Blinson and 36-year-old Joel Ernest Lackey, both of Hickory, were both arrested Wednesday (February 1) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of burglary tools.
Officers received information of a possible breaking and entering in progress at a residence off Hahn Point Drive in Bethlehem at approximately 5:48 p.m. Wednesday. When the first Deputy arrived he found one suspect outside the home loading up property stolen from the home. The Officer was able to take the suspect into custody and place him in his patrol car. The Deputy then heard noise coming from the Victims home. The Officer investigated further and found that another suspect was in the home in the process of taking more property. The second suspect was taken into custody without incident.
Bond was set at $20,000 for each suspect. They're both scheduled to appear in District Court next Monday (February 6). The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.