50-year-old Marty Eugene Browning of Ashe Street in Rhodhiss was arrested Tuesday (September 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense. Browning was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (September 28).
32-year-old Randy Aaron Earp of Mitchell Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (September 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance and sale or delivery of schedule II controlled substance. Earp was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,500 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for October 30.
21-year-old Rodney Tyler York of Appalachian Trail in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (September 27) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor domestic violence protection order violation. York was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Wednesday.
33-year-old Jonathon Taylor Goforth of 6th Street Circle Court N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (September 26) on one felony count of possession of a weapon of mass destruction and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Goforth was arrested when Hickory Police responded to his residence to assist Probation & Parole Officers, who had found 4.8 grams of marijuana, a sawed off shotgun, shotgun shells and drug paraphernalia.
Goforth was taken into custody shortly after midnight and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Authorities in Iredell County are looking for 16-year-old Destiny Danielle Engle, who is a runaway juvenile. A missing person report was filed on September 22. The teen ran away from a residence on Colonial Heights Lane in Statesville.
Ms. Engle was last seen walking toward Old Mountain Road. She was wearing gray jeans with a red & blue plaid shirt and black Nike high-top shoes. Ms. Engle is 5’0” tall and weighs about 140 pounds. At last report, she had red & brown hair, possibly braided down to her waist. She was wearing glasses with black frames and had big hoop earrings in her ears.
Ms. Engle’s name has been entered as a missing person in the National Center of Missing & Exploited Children’s database.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Destiny Danielle Engle should call the Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180.
27-year-old Tevin Jerome Gaither of South Center Street in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 2 p.m. yesterday on one felony count of failure to appear on a charge of felony possession of cocaine.
Gaither was initially arrested on August 30. Officers were serving an outstanding warrant on Gaither when they found 2.2 grams of crack cocaine on his person.
Gaither was arrested yesterday at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $8,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for October 12 in Newton. He’ll also appear on a misdemeanor assault charge on that date.
16-year-old Mark Anthony Verdugo and 23-year-old Johnny See, both of Newton, were arrested Tuesday (September 26) by Catawba County Sheriff's Drug Task Force Officers. They're each charged with felony counts trafficking in marijuana, maintaining a vehicle, place, or dwelling to keep controlled substance, and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.
Investigators were trying to find Johnny See at a residence at 207 Park Lane in Newton. According to a news release from the Sheriff's Office, when officers arrived at the home, they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the residence. They obtained a search warrant and found more than 32 pounds of marijuana, three handguns, and more than $11,000.
Following their arrests, both suspects were jailed at the Catawba County Detention Facility, Verdugo under $50,000 secured bond and See under $101,000 secured bond. Both suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (September 27).
47-year-old Willie Cox, Jr. and 43-year-old Michael Shane Moore, both of West Park Drive in Stanley, along with 46-year-old Johnny Leon Jackson of Old Farm Road in Stanley and 45-year-old Darren Dwayne Kelley of Mayflower Lane in Cramerton have all been arrested in connection to the theft of an enclosed trailer from the Real Life Community Church on Highway 27 East in Iron Station.
Cox was apprehended in Gaston County Monday night (September 25). He was charged with one felony count each of larceny and conspiracy. Moore was found in the Cabarrus County Jail where he was being held for failure to appear on a misdemeanor larceny charge. Jackson and Kelley were arrested earlier on charges of felony larceny and felony conspiracy.
On September 12, the church reported that someone driving a white crew cab pickup hooked up to the trailer, which was filled with camping supplies, and pulled away from the church parking lot. On September 13, Gaston County Police reported that they were working on a similar trailer theft case.
During the search of a home occupied by two of the suspects, authorities located the camping supplies stolen in Lincoln County. The property was identified by church officials and returned to the church. The 14-foot enclosed trailer has not been recovered. Authorities believe it was taken out of state.
In addition to the larceny and conspiracy charges, Cox was served with outstanding warrants from Gaston County and placed in the Gaston County Jail under a $70,000 secured bond. Moore was placed under a no bond hold on charges from Gaston and Lincoln counties. Jackson and Kelley remain in the Gaston County Jail. Jackson was given a $7,000 secured bond and Kelley’s bond was set are $45,000, secured.
The investigation is continuing.
A Catawba County man was killed in an accident Tuesday evening (September 26) in Hickory. According to the Hickory Police Department, Tuesday at 8:06 p.m. a 1994 Harley Davidson Motorcycle, driven by 70-year-old William Kincaid Flamont II of Newton, was traveling west on US Hwy 70 SE. A 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee turned left out of Modern Nissan into the path of the motorcycle. Mr. Flamont sustained fatal injuries due to the collision and was pronounced deceased on scene.
The Hickory Police Department is currently investigating the collision. Speed is not suspected as a factor in this collision. The investigation is on-going.
The Book Drive for Hickory Public School has been going since September 11 and the culminating event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30th with the Back to School Book Drive event from noon to 4pm at Carolina West Wireless, across from CVCC near Wal-Mart.
Before September 30th, deliver age appropriate books (gently used or new) for Pre-K through 8th grade to the Hickory Public School administration building, drop off at Carolina West Wireless at 2537 26th St. Blvd SE, in Hickory or bring to the event on Saturday.
Saturday at Carolina West Wireless, activities for kids will include meet and greet with Lenoir-Rhyne, the High Country Grizzlies, face painting, snow cones and more.
For more information, visit Hickory Public Schools website at hickoryschools.net.
37-year-old Amanda Leanne Napier of South Gaither Avenue in Newton was arrested Tuesday (September 26) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods, along with misdemeanor counts of break or enter a motor vehicle, larceny, and possession of stolen goods. Napier was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $28,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 27).
54-year-old Debra Brown Ferguson of 23rd Street NW in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (September 26) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with three counts of trafficking, opium or heroin. Ferguson was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 27).
38-year-old Jason John Carwile was arrested Monday (September 25) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with manufacturing cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver cocaine, possession of a controlled substance within a detention facility or jail, resist, delay, and obstruct an officer, possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Monday night, Lincolnton Police Department patrol units responded to a local motel in reference to possible drug activity. The patrol units received information from concerned citizens in reference to a specific room in which it appeared to have traffic consistent with possible drug activity.
Upon arrival, officers made contact with the occupants in the room. During this contact, officers observed several items of drug paraphernalia in the room that were consistent with the manufacture, sell, and delivery of illegal controlled substances. A search warrant was obtained.
According to a news release, during the search, officers located additional paraphernalia, cocaine, alprazolam, hydromorphone, knives, and United States currency. All these items were seized as evidence. The cocaine was packaged in a way that was consistent with the manufacture, sell, and delivery of the drug.
Carwile was detained in the Lincoln County Jail under a $23,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Tuesday (September 26). This case is still open and further arrests are possible.
31-year-old Jeremy Gwyn Griffin of NW Clyvis Place in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (September 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Griffin was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday.
63-year-old Timothy James Brewer of Newton was indicted Tuesday (September 26) on wire fraud charges. Following an appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge David C. Kessler, a federal criminal indictment was unsealed against Brewer, who is the former Treasurer of the Fraternal Order of Police, Catawba County Lodge #26 in Newton. He's charged with embezzling more than $110,000 from the non-profit organization.
On March 23, 2016, members of the Fraternal Order of Police, Catawba County Lodge #26 reported a potential embezzlement to the Newton Police Department. During the investigation, officers from the Newton Police Department discovered the case was large in scope and could potentially involve multiple agencies. The case information was relayed to federal authorities who agreed to pursue the investigation.
The indictment alleges that Brewer misused an FOP credit card, of which Brewer was an authorized user, for personal use, and successfully converted approximately $61,875.03 for his personal gain. Brewer also used an FOP bank account to pay the balance on a personal credit card, and converted approximately an additional $48,259.61 for his own personal gain without any authority from the FOP. According to allegations in the indictment, Brewer used the fraudulently converted funds to pay for, among other things, restaurants, hotels and medical bills.
Assisting in this case was the United States Postal Inspection Service, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division and the United States Attorney’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jenny Sugar, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte. Brewer has been released on bond. The wire fraud charge carries a maximum prison term of 20 years and a $250,000 fine.
51-year-old John David Wasse of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, was arrested on a charge filed by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office. He's charged in Iredell County with felony indecent liberties with a child.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report concerning the possible sexual abuse of a 10-year-old child by an adult male family member. The child stated that John David Wasse had inappropriate sexual conduct with her between August and November 2016. The incidents occurred when Wasse lived in Iredell County. The report was assigned to the Special Victims Unit for further investigation.
During the investigation, the child disclosed that the sexual abuse not only occurred in Iredell County, but also in Charlotte and Myrtle Beach. A report was also made with those law enforcement agencies concerning the allegations.
Wasse was arrested on the indecent liberties charge last Friday (September 22) by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. His bond was set at $25,000 secured, he was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday (September 26). Wasse has also been arrested and charged for the allegations against him in Myrtle Beach. He is currently out on bond on the charges in Myrtle Beach. Wasse has a prior conviction of violation of a domestic violence protective order.
37-year-old Latissa Decona Price of Lyle Haven Drive N.W. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7 p.m. yesterday (September 25) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.
Her arrest stems from an incident in April of this year when Police responded to a shoplifting call at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. A Loss Prevention Officer reported that the suspect, Latissa Decona Price, exited past the last point of sale with merchandise and fled in a vehicle. Warrants were issued and Price was initially arrested the following day.
She was taken into custody without incident yesterday at an address on South Center Street. Price was processed and released under a $7,500 unsecured bond. She was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today in Newton.
The Catawba County Animal Shelter will be closed October 2-4, 2017, to facilitate the shelter’s transition to Humane Society of Catawba County management. Starting October 5, the shelter will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The shelter will be closed on Sundays and Mondays. For more information, contact Catawba County Animal Services at (828) 465-8228.
36-year-old Michael Allen Wright of 13th Avenue N.E. and 28-year-old Tabitha Christine Robinson of 17th Avenue Court N.W., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (September 26). They were each charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
According to H.P.D.’s arrest reports, both subjects were taken into custody without incident at the same convenience store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Wright was arrested shortly before 8 a.m., while Robinson was taken into custody just after midnight. Both were taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under unspecified bonds. Neither remained in jail as of this afternoon. No court dates are currently listed.
25-year-old Mikisha Geneva Robinson of 3rd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5 p.m. yesterday (September 25) on three counts of failure to appear in connection to charges of possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The charges come in connection to an incident in June of 2016. Following a traffic stop, Police found one dosage unit of hydrocodone, 0.9 grams of cocaine and one gram of marijuana. The driver, Mikisha Robinson, was also charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle at that time.
She was taken into custody without incident yesterday on the 400 block of South Center Street in Hickory. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for December 14 in Newton.