20-year-old Justin Lee Deal of Old Blue Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs was arrested Wednesday (January 22) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of uttering a forged instrument and aid and abet forgery. In addition, Deal is charged with failure to appear on a count of resisting a public officer. He was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Thursday (January 23).
The Hickory Police Department is investigating a homicide. Thursday (January 23) at approximately 8:15 p.m., Hickory Police Officers responded to a residence on 22nd Street NE in Hickory. They responded to the home after receiving a 911 call from a female stating that a male at this residence had been shot and was not breathing. Upon arrival, officers found 23-year-old Andres Osvaldo Moscotte lying in the yard deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.
The female who identified herself as the victim’s girlfriend said that Moscotte had exited the residence and that she heard him engage in a conversation with someone outside. She looked outside and saw a stocky black male wearing dark clothing and a dark colored mask covering his mouth and nose speaking to Moscotte. She then heard what sounded like an altercation outside and locked herself in a bedroom in the residence. She then heard at least two people enter the residence.
She waited a brief time after the people left the residence before coming out of the bedroom, at that time she discovered Moscotte lying in the front yard. She also discovered that Moscotte’s 2006 Black Mercedes Benz ML350 was missing from the driveway. The victim’s vehicle was found unoccupied a short time later as a result of a single car accident in the 1000 block of D Avenue SE. It appears that the suspect was familiar with the victim and targeted him for a robbery.
Hickory Police are continuing the investigation at this time. Anyone with information in reference to this case is asked to contact the Hickory Police Department at (828) 328-5551 or Investigator Carlos De los Santos at (828) 261-2621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
32-year-old Caleb Albert Bollinger of Northwest Boulevard in Newton was arrested Wednesday (January 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Bollinger was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $8,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled Thursday (January 23).
37-year-old Michelle Dawn Dellinger of Chevy Drive in Claremont was arrested Thursday (January 23) on charges filed by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office and North Carolina Probation & Parole. The Sheriff's Office charged Dellinger with possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule III and IV controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Probation & Parole charged her with three counts of felony probation violation.
Dellinger was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $36,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for next Monday (January 27) and February 4.
32-year-old Justin Bradford Davis of Sparrow Drive in Granite Falls was arrested by McDowell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Davis is also charged with driving while license revoked, speeding, reckless driving to endanger, driving left of center, failure to heed a blue light or siren, and failure to stop for a stop sign.
According to information released Thursday (January 23), at 2:53 a.m. on Sunday (January 19), an officer was standing at the intersection of Sugar Hill and Goose Creek roads, surveying damage to road signs and mailboxes, when a Volvo approached at a high rate of speed and nearly hit the deputy.
He got into his patrol car and pursued the Volvo from Sugar Hill Road to Zion Hill Road to Nix Creek Road and finally onto Lytle Mountain Road, where the vehicle turned into a field and traveled a quarter of a mile before dropping 10 to 12 feet down an embankment into a creek bed. The driver of the automobile, later identified as the suspect, Davis, fled on foot, and, after a chase, was apprehended by the officer.
Authorities say during the vehicle pursuit, Davis was speeding, failed to stop for a stop sign and drove left of center multiple times. A check of the Volvo revealed that it was stolen from Taylorsville. No bond information was released for Davis, he's scheduled to appear in McDowell County District Court February 5.
45-year-old Dottie Lynn Bailey of the Wittenburg Community in Alexander County was arrested by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with misdemeanor assault on a handicapped person.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Bailey is charged with assaulting and striking an individual with a disability by forcefully grabbing her arm and spanking her bottom. The alleged incident occurred last Thursday, January 16. Bailey was employed by Alexander County Schools.
She turned herself in at the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office. Bond was set at $5,000 secured, a District Court date is set for February 24.
Lincoln County Sheriff's detectives are asking for the public's help in locating a runaway teenager. 15-year-old Alexis Pack was last seen around 5:00 p.m. Thursday (January 23) after stating she was going to check the mail outside her home in the 200 block of Camelot Lane in Vale.
She is described as a white female, 5'1", approximately 130 pounds. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Alexis Pack is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at 704-732-9050 or Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
32-year-old Jonathan Lee Hendren and 36-year-old Dana Dewayne Mitchem, both from Taylorsville, have been arrested by Alexander Co. Sheriff's Officers in connection to the theft of a tractor and bush hog. From Caldwell County, both suspects were charged with two felony counts each of larceny and possession of stolen goods. From Alexander County, they were each charged with felony counts of larceny, possession of stolen goods, conspiracy to break & enter a building with the intent to commit larceny, attempted larceny, motor vehicle theft, larceny of a motor vehicle (one count for Hendren and two counts for Mitchem), and chop-shop activity by theft or fraud (one count for Hendren and two counts for Mitchem). In addition, Hendren was charged with a probation violation. Mitchem also faces felony counts of breaking & entering, possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy, and failure to appear.
The two men were arrested in connection to an incident on December 19 of last year when the Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding the theft of a John Deere LV5400 tractor with an attached 540 front-end loader and a six-foot bush hog, valued at $20,000. The equipment was stolen from Hammer Road in Taylorsville. The tractor was found on January 6 at a residence in Caldwell County's Oak Hill Community. A Kubota utility vehicle belonging to the North Carolina Forestry Service and a budget trailer, both reported stolen from Caldwell County, were also found at the residence.
Hendren and Mitchem were taken into custody and charged. Hendren was jailed under a $72,000 secured bond, while Mitchen was given a $83,500 secured bond. They will make first appearances in Alexander Co. District Court on January 27.
The investigation is ongoing with more charges forthcoming.
27-year-old Hannah Ovita Friday, who is listed as a homeless person from Catawba County, has been arrested by Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Officers. She was charged with one felony count of larceny of a firearm.
Friday is accused of stealing a firearm from her parent’s home in Lincoln County. On October 15 of last year, Friday's father reported a .380 caliber Ruger pistol had been stolen from a dresser drawer in the house. He also discovered that a second firearm, a 9-millimeter pistol, had been removed from his pickup truck.
He said his daughter came to his home on October 12 to ask for money to purchase prescription medication. She was given a check to cover the cost. She then left the residence.
Tuesday (January 21), Detectives interviewed Friday at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center where Friday was held following a January 7 arrest for a probation violation. The suspect admitted that she stole the firearm from her father’s residence to purchase drugs.
Friday was charged accordingly and given a $5,000 secured bond. She remains in jail without bond for the probation violation.
The investigation into the theft of the second pistol stolen from the victim's vehicle is ongoing.
25-year-old Jackie Wayne Hicks of 39th Street N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 6 a.m. today (January 23) on one felony count of failure to appear on a charge of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The warrant for his arrest was issued on January 1. Hicks was taken into custody without incident at a shoe store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court is coming up tomorrow in Newton.
30-year-old Alvin Lorance Hames of Allendale Circle and 25-year-old Bobby Lee Melvin Holsclaw of Scarlett Ridge Way, both from Lenoir, were arrested Wednesday (January 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Both suspects were locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. The next District Court date for both suspects is February 6.
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a woman who did not appear at her sentencing Wednesday (January 22). 35-year-old Brandy Nicole Davis, whose last known address was 906 Jamestown Road in Morganton, did not appear in Burke County Superior Court as scheduled.
She was supposed to be sentenced for her involvement in two murders reported on September 18, 2016. Davis, along with Scott Hemphill, Brian Robinson and Icey Gooden were arrested in the case. Davis was charged with two felony counts of accessory after the fact.
Davis is a black female, 5'7", 230 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333. All Crimestoppers tips are anonymous, and anyone with information leading an arrest may receive a cash reward.
28-year-old Jordan Lee "Slim Soulja" Kennedy of 21st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:45 this morning (January 23) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked. He was driving a black, 2018 Chrysler 300 Limited at the time of his arrest.
Kennedy was taken into custody without incident at Southside Heights Park in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled tomorrow in Newton.
54-year-old Timothy Lavaun Crumitie has been arrested in connection to the murder of Anastasia “Star” Talisha Meaders. He is charged with felony murder.
Ms. Meaders' body was found by authorities in Iredell County on January 15, 2019. At that time, Investigators responded to a wooded area off of Bridgewater Lane near Mooresville where human skeletal remains were found. Over a two-day period, Deputies searched the area and found approximately 70 human bones. The bones were taken to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem where an autopsy was performed. The cause of death was ruled to be a gunshot wound to the head.
Experts in forensic dentistry and forensic anthropology at North Carolina State University then spent ten months processing the bones. At the same time, Iredell County Detectives searched missing persons reports for a possible identification. In October of 2019, D.N.A. extracted from one of the victim’s teeth led to the positive identification of Ms. Meaders. She had been reported missing from Charlotte in August of 2016 and was last seen alive at a beauty shop in Charlotte in June of 2016. Ms. Meaders was 29 years old at the time of her disappearance.
Ms. Meaders’ abandoned vehicle, a black 2007 Chevrolet Impala, was found at Liberty Park in Mooresville in July of 2016. The park is a few miles from the location where Ms. Meaders' remains were found in 2019. Detectives interviewed family members and other witnesses, which led them to a possible suspect, Timothy Lavaun Crumitie.
In 2018, Crumitie was convicted for the attempted murder of Kimberly Cherry (Ms. Meaders' mother) and for the murder of Michael Gretsinger, who was Ms. Cherry’s boyfriend. Those crimes happened in August of 2016 in Mecklenburg County at the same time Ms. Meaders was reported missing. Crumitie is currently serving a life sentence.
Detectives gathered evidence and statements indicating that Crumitie was the last person to be seen with Ms. Meaders. Crumitie was the pastor of a church in Concord, North Carolina, where he met Ms. Cherry and Ms. Meaders.
In April of 2016, Crumitie was living with an older female in Rowan County who died under questionable circumstances. Crumitie had befriended the elderly female, and at some point during their year-long relationship, he was appointed as her power of attorney and executor over her estate.
In July of 2013 Concord Police investigated the murder of Sharon Crumitie, who was Timothy Crumitie's wife. At that time, a man named James Banks reportedly broke into the garage at the Crumitie's home where he allegedly shot Sharon Crumitie in the head. Timothy Crumitie claimed he then wrestled the gun away from Banks and shot Banks in the head after sustaining a gunshot wound to his hand.
In December of 2013, Crumitie’s home burned to the ground. An investigation determined that Crumitie intentionally set the fire. He was arrested in March of 2014 for insurance fraud. About five months later, he was arrested for fraudulently burning a dwelling and was convicted in December of 2015.
In September 2005, Crumitie was arrested in Mecklenburg County for the murder of his business partner, Danny Daye Johnson. He spent five years in jail and was later released after the case was dismissed. In September 1989, Crumitie was arrested in Onslow County for armed robbery. He was convicted in March 1990 and was released in August 1998 after serving eight years in prison.
Tuesday (January 21), while serving a life sentence for the Gretsinger murder, Timothy Lavaun Crumitie was served with an arrest warrant for the murder of Anastasia Talisha Meaders. No bond was set. He'll appear in District Court on February 10.
The investigation is ongoing.
Sexual Exploitation Charges Lodged Against Caldwell County Man (Updated With More Details, 1:35 p.m., 1/23/20)Written by Rob Eastwood
55-year-old Martin Van Driver of Townhouse Way in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (January 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of felony second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
Local members of the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Driver. The arrest followed an investigation conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Computer Crimes Unit that began in October, 2019.
Following the arrest, Driver was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $500,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 23). Further charges are pending at this time.
31-year-old Joshua James Smith of Surfwood Drive in Sherrills Ford was arrested Wednesday (January 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Smith was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (January 23).
38-year-old Crystal Nina Allen of John Wesley Drive in Catawba was arrested Wednesday (January 22) on charges filed by the Newton Police Department and North Carolina Probation & Parole. Newton Police charged Allen with possession of methamphetamine. Probation & Parole charged her with two counts of misdemeanor probation violation. Allen was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today and January 29.
23-year-old Lillian Sierra Eldreth of Pooh Place in Lenoir was arrested Monday (January 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Eldreth was released on $5,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled Wednesday (January 22).
37-year-old Patrick Matthew Vaught of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (January 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to an automobile. Vaught was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Wednesday (January 22).
29-year-old Joel Javan Caldwell of Chrosaro Place in Lenoir was arrested Monday (January 20) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Caldwell was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Wednesday (January 22).