26-year-old Benny Dale Laney Jr. of Piper Place in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen goods or property. Laney was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for May 1.
43-year-old Melissa Joy Missy Tester of Squirrel Hollow Lane in Lenoir was arrested Monday (April 3) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense and single felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Tester was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (April 6).
26-year-old Maurice Centel Mayfield of Hickory, was given an active prison term of 17-21 years after pleading guilty to second-degree murder during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (April 3).
The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, issued Mayfield’s prison term, which will be served in the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.Mayfield pleaded guilty to the Nov. 20, 2012, death of 35-year-old Billy Chad Dellinger. Dellinger was a U.S. Army Veteran who served in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division.
Witness accounts indicated that Dellinger and Mayfield started arguing at Dellinger’s residence in Hickory around 3:30 a.m., and the victim told the defendant he needed to leave. Mayfield became angry, pulled out a small handgun and shot Dellinger once in the chest.
Dellinger was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 11:45 a.m. Just before 5 p.m. that same day, Mayfield turned himself in at Hickory Police Department.
A search of Mayfield’s residence turned up a .380-caliber handgun that had been hidden on top of a kitchen cabinet. It matched the description given by witnesses of the gun Mayfield used to shoot Dellinger. The bullet taken from Dellinger also was a .380-caliber. Analysis by the State Crime Lab showed that the bullet taken from Dellinger and the cartridge recovered at his residence were fired from the handgun recovered at Mayfield’s residence.
Jeff Pruitt led the investigation for Hickory Police Department. Lance Sigmon prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
The North Carolina Department of Information Technology says AT&T experienced an outage late this morning (April 3).
The outage occurred at approximately 11:15 a.m., affecting multiple states and companies throughout the country, including North Carolina’s government phone systems.
The Department of Information Technology was in contact with AT&T throughout the day as they monitored the situation. The outage may have affected citizens’ ability to conduct business with state government.
Acting Secretary & State Chief Information Officer Danny Lineberry recommended that North Carolinians utilize agency websites, email and social media to contact the State until the situation is corrected.
To access a list of agency and office websites, visit nc.gov/agencies.
31-year-old Joshua D. White, 36-year-old Samantha L. Braaksma, and 16-year-old Ethan Aldridge, all of the same Jordan Crest Lane, Stony Point address, were all arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Braaksma and White are charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, felony maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance, and two counts each for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Aldridge is charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Last Thursday (March 30) a 14-year-old student brought candy that contained marijuana to West Iredell Middle School. The student reportedly gave the marijuana candy to at least three other students before school officials discovered what had happened. School officials notified the school resource officer, who began an investigation into which students had received the candy and how it showed up at the school.
After interviewing several students, officials were able to determine which student brought the candy. The resource officer then contacted the parents of each student involved. The officer also contacted Lt. C.L. Stone of the Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team and gave him the address of the student who brought the candy to school so that he could began an investigation into whether there was more of the marijuana candy at their residence.
Officers responded to the residence at 138 Jordan Crest Lane in Stony Point where they were able to meet with the child’s mother, Samantha Braaksma, and her boyfriend, Joshua White. After speaking with them Deputies located numerous bags of marijuana and marijuana candy in the bedroom and bathroom of Braaksma and White. The total weight of the marijuana and marijuana candy was 882.5 grams (1.94 pounds). The deputies also seized an additional 14 grams of marijuana out of Ethan Aldridge’s room.
White received a $30,000 secured bond and Braaksma received a $20,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, April 3). No bond or court information is given for Aldridge. White is currently out on bond for Felony Possession of Marijuana. Juvenile services will be contacted in regards to charges on the juvenile.
56-year-old Omus Jermerl Napier of 4th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:20 p.m. Friday (March 31) on one felony count of failure to appear in connection to a charge of discharging a firearm into occupied property.
The arrest come is connection to an incident dating back to September of 2015. At that time, Officers responded to Napier’s residence where a subject that had fired a Daisy Powerline air rifle into the residence. There were three occupants in the residence during at the time. No one was injured. Warrants were issued and Napier was initially arrested three days after the incident.
Napier was reportedly uncooperative during the booking process and was not photographed or fingerprinted until he arrived at the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. He is being held there under a $45,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for June 5.
22-year-old Sulton Jaleel Jones of 29th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 10:10 Friday night (March 31) on one felony count of trafficking in cocaine and one misdemeanor count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
He was arrested after Police received anonymous information regarding drug trafficking. Officers responded to the area of 2830 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory where they found four male subjects.
During the incident, Sulton Jones resisted an Officer and fled the scene on foot. He was detained after a short foot chase. As Officers chased Jones, the other three subjects left the scene. During the incident, Police found digital scales, 32.7 grams of crack cocaine and over $1,000 in U.S. currency.
Jones was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $51,000 secured bond. He has since been released. Jones was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (April 3) in Newton.
26-year-old Rodney Dale Reese of Fairgrove Church Road SE in Conover was arrested today (Monday, April 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Reese was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. No court date was listed.
37-year-old Kendrick Xavier Connor of Oak Creek Road in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, one felony count of maintain a vehicle, dwelling or place to sell marijuana, two felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two misdemeanor counts of child abuse and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.
A search warrant was executed on Thursday (March 30) at 196 Oak Creek Road in Statesville by members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics detectives. During the search investigators located over two pounds of high grade hydroponic marijuana with an estimated street value of $19,950, two loaded pistols and more than $26,000 in cash.
Narcotics investigators had been gathering information about high grade marijuana being sold in and around the Bell Farm Road area when detectives received information about the suspect, Kendrick Xavier Connor, who lives at 196 Oak Creek Road, selling marijuana in Mocksville.
After undercover buys of marijuana from Connor by the Mocksville Police Department, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Investigators performed a traffic stop and took the suspect into custody. Based upon information gained after the traffic stop, Iredell County investigators were able to obtain a search warrant for the Oak Creek Road residence where the marijuana, guns and cash were located.
Connor was placed in jail under $20,000 bond. The Mocksville Police Department also has outstanding warrants on the suspect. He’s scheduled to appear in District Court April 19.
Catawba County is celebrating Earth Day by hosting a new one-day residential household hazardous waste collection event Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held at Bandys High School at 5040 East Bandys Road in Catawba. It is open to Catawba County residents only and is free of charge.
Types of residential household hazardous waste accepted at the event include the following:
Household cleaners such as drain openers, toilet bowl cleaners, oven cleaners, disinfectants, and pine cleaners.
Paint products such as latex and oil-based paints, solvents, thinners, shellacs, varnishes, wood preservatives, and sealers.
Automotive products such as lead-acid batteries, used motor oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, and auto starter fluid.
Pesticides and insecticides such as poisons and aerosols
Other chemical-based products such as acids, bases, kerosene, household batteries, photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, gas cylinders and mercury thermometers.
Electronics such as computer monitors and intact televisions, laptops, floppy drives, hard drives, ink/toner cartridges, modems, cell phones, answering machines, CD players, tape players, calculators, copiers, duplicators, microwaves, electronic typewriters, pagers, radios, remote controls, scanners, stereos, and VCRs.
Plastic bag recycling will also be provided at the event courtesy of Keep Catawba County Beautiful. The first 200 people who bring plastic bags to be recycled will receive a reusable bag.
For safety reasons, the event will not accept tires, radioactive waste, biologically active or infectious waste, unknown gases or chemicals, dioxin-related waste, explosives, household garbage, or TVs with internal parts removed. Prescription and over-the-counter medications also will not be accepted at this event; however, they are accepted at the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies year-round through the Operation Pillstoppers program.
To assist with electronics recycling and disposal, the county contracts with electronics recycling companies who are certified to ensure proper handling and security of the electronic waste collected. All data and data-bearing devices on electronic equipment will be destroyed, but the County cannot guarantee the non-disclosure of any information left on equipment. Additionally, please note that other vendors who may be set up outside the event are not associated with the event or Catawba County.
The one-day event is sponsored by Catawba County Utilities & Engineering and is co-sponsored by Republic Services, Keep Catawba County Beautiful and the NC State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. For more information, please contact Catawba County Utilities and Engineering at (828) 465-8217.
35-year-old Joshua Landon Walker was arrested Friday (March 31) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony second degree forcible sex offense and misdemeanor assault on a female. Walker was arrested at a residence on Sides Avenue in Connelly Springs. He was placed in jail in Morganton under $101,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, April 3).
36-year-old James Allen Staley of Sandy Acres Lane in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (April 1) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Staley was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for May 1.
22-year-old Grady Franklin Williams of 14th Avenue Drive SE in Hickory was arrested Sunday (April 2) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle. Williams was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $18,500 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, April 3).
51-year-old Barbara Gaye Dellinger and 50-year-old Johnny Wayne Potts, both of the same Meadows Park Lane, Granite Falls address were both arrested Friday (March 31) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Both suspects were locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, April 3).
The investigation is continuing into the discovery of a man's body in Catawba County over the weekend. The body was found Saturday morning (April 1) at approximately 9:30 at the edge of a wooded area in the 4200 block of River Road.
Sheriff Coy Reid told WHKY's Ralph Mangum the victim is an Hispanic male in his early 20s. The victim's name has not been released. The body was likely dumped Friday night (March 31). The victim was discovered by the owner of the home nearest to where the body was found.
It was not known what caused the man's death, published reports say the Catawba County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death as a homicide. An autopsy will be conducted.
Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night (April 4).
Under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings, council will vote on an item amending the traffic ordinance to reduce the speed limit on Main Avenue SE from 17th Street SE to 21st Street SE from 35 mph to 25 mph. The item was approved unanimously on first reading.
Hickory City Council will also vote on the consent agenda, which includes the approval to close the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library and Ridgeview Branch Library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday May 19 for staff in-service training.
Under new business, council will vote on the approval and acceptance of the North Carolina Department of Transportation Project Agreement for the pedestrian signal upgrade in the amount of $402,500, along with the associated budged revision. This affects approximately 40 signalized intersections throughout the city.
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.
35-year-old Jennifer Christine Dunlap of Shangri-la Lane in Conover and 35-year-old Edwin Lawrence Lawing of Old Conover Startown Road in Newton were both arrested Saturday (April 1) by Claremont Police Officers. They're each charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dunlap and Lawing were both jailed at the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond apiece. District Court appearances for both suspects were scheduled for today (Monday, April 3).
The body of a man was found Saturday morning (April 1) in Catawba County. Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid told WHKY the body was discovered at the edge of a wooded area in the 4200 block of River Road at approximately 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Sheriff Reid told WHKY's Ralph Mangum the victim is an Hispanic male in his early 20s. The body was likely dumped Friday night (March 31). The victim was found by the homeowner. It was not known what caused the man's death, published reports say the Catawba County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death as a homicide. An autopsy will be conducted. No other information was available.
Check whky.com for updates on this story as more details are released by authorities.
17-year-old Tyreke Shyborn Holmes of Statesville was arrested by Statesville Police yesterday (March 30) on charges of robbery with a Dangerous weapon and assault by pointing a gun.
His arrest stemmed from an incident the previous day (March 29) on Bristol Road. The victim reportedly agreed on Facebook to sell his Sony PlayStation 4 and games. The victim and a friend met the would-be buyer at a pond at Bristol Park. The victim handed the game system to a person later identified as Tyreke Shyborn Holmes. Holmes then produced a black handgun and pointed it at the victim, saying “this is ours now”. Holmes then got into a white passenger car driven by an unknown black female
Following his arrest yesterday, Holmes was placed in the Iredell County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.
16-year-old Sebastian Christopher Ginestri of Otis Dellinger Road in Lincolnton is facing a number of charges following a vehicle chase last night (March 30) that started on Ritchie Road, north of Lincolnton.
At about 9 p.m. Thursday, Detectives went to a residence on Ritchie Road in connection to their investigation into a missing juvenile. When they arrived on the scene, a white vehicle occupied by three people left the residence, ran through a ditch and fled toward Startown Road. Detectives and Deputies gave chase and followed the vehicle down Startown Road onto Reepsville Road.
Deputies set up stop sticks on Reepsville Road near the intersection with June Bug Road, damaging the vehicle’s right front tire. The pursuit continued down Reepsville Road to the area of Union Elementary School with the vehicle running on a right front rim and no tire.
The vehicle pulled off the road into a field near the school on Hoover Elmore Road, almost hitting a Detective. The car stopped when it reached a wooded area. The occupants, a 16-year-old male, a 14-year-old male and a 14-year-old female, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspects.
The vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the day in Lincolnton. The male juvenile is a habitual runaway from D.S.S. custody.
At about 9 a.m. today (March 31), Deputies responded to a call regarding a suspicious male and female in the area of Howard’s Creek Mill Road. The female was released to her parents’ custody. The male, Sebastian Christopher Ginestri, was taken into custody and interviewed. He will face multiple charges, including operating a motor vehicle while fleeing to elude law enforcement, possession of a stolen vehicle, no operator’s license, damage to property, resisting a public officer and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
In a separate incident, Ginestri was charged in connection to the theft of vehicle from a residence on Keener Road. On March 29, the victim told Deputies she went outside to warm up her vehicle to take children to school. When she went back inside, the vehicle was stolen. It was recovered the next day in Lincolnton. Ginestri was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle and conspiracy.
He is being held under a $52,300 secured bond. No court date is currently listed. Ginestri will also face charges from the Lincolnton Police Department.