31-year-old Karon Lamar Smith, 19-year-old Jaquan Malik King and 19-year-old Jaidyn Jaiquan Ponton, all from Greensboro, have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers. They were each charged with one count each of conspiring to commit felony larceny and attempted felony larceny.
Their arrests stem from an incident at 5:12 a.m. on Saturday, October 20, when a burglar alarm call came in from James River Equipment on the Mocksville Highway in Statesville. Deputies responded and saw a U-Haul box truck and a black passenger car leaving the area. Deputies stopped the box truck, which was occupied by the three suspects.
Deputies viewed surveillance video that showed the truck and the black passenger car as both vehicles pulled into a business across the road. Four black males exited the passenger car and ran to the front of James River Equipment. One suspect cut the cable lock off of a John Deere 825M utility vehicle, setting off an alarm. The suspects fled, traveling east on the Mocksville Highway.
After Officers stopped the box truck, they found vehicle ramps in the back of the truck. Deputies spoke to U-Haul representatives and learned that the truck was past due to be returned and was not rented to any of the individuals in the truck. The investigation is on-going as Officers attempt to identify and locate the fourth suspect.
Smith, King, and Ponton were arrested and placed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center. Smith and King had outstanding warrants on unrelated charges. They were each given a $25,000 secured bond. Ponton's bond was set at $14,000, secured. Smith and King are due in court on November 7, while Ponton has a court date scheduled the next day.
New names were recently added to the Burke County most wanted list.
31-year-old Anthony James Grant is wanted by authorities in Burke County. He's wanted for a probation violation for previous charges of felony obtaining property by false pretense. The last known address for Grant is 314 Fletcher Street in Morganton. He was added to the most wanted list this past Saturday (October 20).
A Thor is another suspect recently added to the most wanted list. He's also known as A Kevin Thor. He's wanted on a charge of felony sex offender registry violation. No last known address is listed for Thor. He was added to the Burke most wanted list on October 5.
41-year-old Wendy Nicole Nichols remains on the Burke County most wanted list. She's wanted on a charge of probation violation. Her last known address was 425 Old NC 18 in Morganton. Nichols was added to the list on August 3.
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.
40-year-old Scottie Jean McGuire of Dixie Avenue in Valdese was arrested Tuesday (October 23) by Hudson Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and simple possession of schedule II controlled substance. McGuire was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (October 25).
30-year-old Andrew Benson Jennings, Jr. of Dallas Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (October 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and felony failure to appear on a felony. Jennings was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $35,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for November 15.
32-year-old Timothy Lee Andrews II of Pedab Road in Maiden was arrested Tuesday (October 23) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and speeding to elude arrest, along with a count of resisting a public officer. Andrews was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $52,500 secured bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for November 5 and November 8.
25-year-old Janeika Shaquia Griggs of 20th Street NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (October 23) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, and one misdemeanor count of simple assault. Griggs was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $38,000 bond. District Court dates were scheduled today (October 24) and November 28, a Superior Court appearance is scheduled for November 7.
24-year-old Sulton Jaleel Jones of 20th Avenue Drive NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (October 23) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with attempted trafficking in cocaine by possession. Jones was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday.
64-year-old David Arthur Arnold of Deerbrook Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (October 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a felony warrant as a fugitive from another state. The state and charges Arnold is facing there were not listed. He was released on a $5,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is November 19.
34-year-old Ashley Deshea Lee of 22nd Avenue Court S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:25 Friday evening (October 19) for failure to appear on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of assault on a government official and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. In addition, Lee was charged with a felony probation violation.
Lee was taken into custody at a residence on 14th Avenue N.E., near Hickory High School. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $21,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled yesterday (October 22), with District Court dates set for November 5 & 28, all in Newton.
29-year-old Steven Daniel Harrison and 26-year-old Nicole Danielle Hester, both of Connelly Springs, were arrested Friday (October 19) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Harrison is charged with two felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and one felony count each of possession of a stolen firearm, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for a controlled substance. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count apiece of possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of Schedule IV controlled substance. Hester was charged with misdemeanor driving while license revoked.
Friday at around 10:30 p.m. Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were stationary at the intersection of Highway 27 West and Cat Square Road when they spotted a vehicle whose registered driver has an inactive driver’s license. The vehicle was stopped in a private drive in the 1600 block of Shoal Road. The vehicle's owner, Steven Daniel Harrison was in the passenger seat and when officers approached the car they spotted a plastic bag containing an unknown amount of alprazolam on the floor between Harrison’s feet. He was ordered out of the vehicle and a search of Harrison turned up a glass methamphetamine pipe.
Deputies discovered the driver, Nicole Danielle Hester, was driving on a revoked license and placed her in custody. A search of the vehicle turned up a black bag on the passenger side of the vehicle where Harrison was sitting. Inside the bag was a digital scale and a metal container with a clear plastic bag of meth and several bundles of U.S. currency totaling $5,265.00. Deputies also saw a box of nine millimeter ammunition of the driver’s side floor board. Officers checked the area around the vehicle and discovered two handguns that had been thrown from the vehicle. The firearms were identified as a Smith and Wesson SW380 and a High Point C9. The Smith and Wesson firearm had been reported stolen out of Lenoir.
Harrison was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is November 8. Hester was released on a $1,000 secured bond. Her District Court date is November 2.
48-year-old Charles Lynn Bentley of Sigmon Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (October 22) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of controlled substance in a penal institution. Bentley was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $16,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 23).
26-year-old Dewayne Jaron Clark of 5th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:20 a.m. Friday (October 19) on charges of communicating threats, obtaining property by false pretense, felony larceny, possession of stolen goods or property, felony conspiracy to commit felony larceny and felony conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense. He was also charged on an order for arrest with three counts of failure to appear for obtaining property by false pretense, breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering.
His arrest comes in connection to an incident dating back to August of 2016. At that time, Officers took a report regarding jewelry stolen from a residence. The stolen items were found at a Hickory pawnshop and the suspect was identified as Dewayne Jaron Clark. Warrants for his arrest were issued. Some of the charges against Clark are from Burke County.
Clark was taken into custody without incident Friday at an apartment on 2nd Street S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $28,000 secured bond. He'll appear in District Court in Catawba County on November 15 and in Burke County on November 26, with a Superior Court date in Newton on December 17.
On Sunday (October 21), the Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported break-in at the Emerald Hollow Mine on Emerald Hollow Mine Drive in Hiddenite.
Officers found that the suspect or suspects gained entry through a window they had busted out. They entered into a room where gems are cut, kept and sold.
Display cases and other cases were pried open. The thief or thieves went through two safes and stole gems that were awaiting customer pickup. Emerald jewelry, emerald pieces and uncut emerald pieces valued at approximately $60,000 were reported stolen.
Any information leading to the arrest of the individual or individuals responsible will be submitted the Crime Stoppers Program for a possible reward. Call Crime Stoppers directly 828-632-8555.
31-year-old Skyler Lee Obrien of Hurricane Hill Road in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (October 22) by Granite Falls Police Officers. He's charged with felony interfering with an electronic monitoring device, probation violation, and simple possession of schedule II controlled substance. Obrien was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $60,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 23).
A selection of bridges on secondary roads in Burke, McDowell and Rutherford counties will be replaced in the next two years. The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $4.5 million contract to Apple Tuck & Associates of Rutherfordton to design and replace three bridges in Rutherford County, one in Burke County and one in McDowell County.
The bridges are on Dentons Chapel Road over Double Branch in Burke County, Old Linville Road over North Fork Catawba River in McDowell County, Maple Creek Road over Mountain Creek on McKinney Mill Road over West Fork of Sandy Run Creek, and on Pleasant Hill Church Road over Maple Creek, all in Rutherford County.
Design work on these bridges may begin on Oct. 29, with construction beginning in the summer of 2019. Temporary detours will be established prior to construction. The contract calls for all work to be completed by December of 2020.
This is one of 14 road and bridge projects awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation for October across the state. The contracts went to the lowest qualified bidder, as required by state law. They are worth $507.7 million, which is $12 million under engineer estimates.
53-year-old Russell Robert Proffitt of South Main Street in Catawba was arrested Sunday (October 21) by Catawba Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine. In addition, Proffitt is charged with cancelled, revoked, or suspended certification or tag, driving while license revoked, and failure to stop for a stop sign or flashing red light. Proffitt was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $2,500 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for November 5.
36-year-old Richard Brooks Williams of Rocky Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (October 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Williams was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (October 23).
30-year-old Amy Nicole Adkins of Taylorsville was arrested October 15 by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. According to information released Monday (October 22) she's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Following the arrest, bond for Adkins was set at $2,500 secured. Her next District Court appearance on the charge is set for November 26.
34-year-old Katie Marie Lail of Catawba was arrested October 12 by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. According to information released Monday (October 22), she was charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Lail's bond was set at $2,500, her next District Court date is set for October 29.
27-year-old Brittany Renee Setzer of Taylorsville was arrested October 13. According to information released Monday (October 22), Setzer was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, first degree burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, and cruelty to animals. Setzer was placed in jail under $275,000 bond. No upcoming court dates were listed.