36-year-old Jason Duane Colley of 8th Avenue Drive S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (August 1) as an habitual felon.
Colley was previously arrested in January of this year and charged with breaking & entering, larceny, possession of a firearm as a felon and obtaining property by false pretenses. He has prior felony convictions in North Carolina on charges involving schedule I narcotics in December 2003, May 2015, December 2015, all in Catawba County, plus a December 2006 conviction in Cumberland County for schedule I narcotics and larceny.
Colley was arrested at about 9:45 Monday morning at H.P.D. headquarters where he was processed and released under a $10,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton.
21-year-old Marque Cameron Stimpson was arrested Monday (August 1) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony counts of forced breaking and entering and larceny by defeating an anti-theft device. Stimpson was placed in jail in Morganton under $68,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in court today (Tuesday, August 1).
44-year-old Kimberly Dawn Baines was arrested Monday (August 1) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony forced breaking and entering. Baines was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (August 5).
41-year-old James Clifford Sharpe of Grassy Knob Lane in Lenoir was arrested Monday (August 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony manufacture methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Sharpe was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
47-year-old Jerry Lee Martin of Grandview Circle in Lenoir was arrested Monday (August 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Martin is also charged with misdemeanor resisting a public officer. He was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $72,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 22.
27-year-old James Edward Glover of Avalon Avenue in Charlotte was arrested Monday (August 1) by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged with three felony counts apiece of sale of schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Glover was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, August 2).
49-year-old Charles Richard Custar of Gastonia was arrested last Thursday (July 28) by Statesville Police Officers. He's charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possess and distribute meth precursors, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Last Thursday afternoon, Officers with the Statesville Police Department were assisting Detectives with the Cornelius Police Department in locating a wanted person from their jurisdiction. Information led the officers to a residence in the 500 block of South Tradd Street.
Officers went to the home in attempts to locate the wanted person, Charles Richard Custar, on charges of Domestic Violence protection order violations and Stalking. While at the residence, the suspect attempted to flee from the back of the apartment. Officers quickly subdued Custar and took him into custody.
After Custar was taken into custody, it was learned that Custar had possibly left property inside the apartment that included precursor chemicals used to manufacture Methamphetamine. Chemicals used in the making of Methamphetamine were found at the residence. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist with the Investigation. The NC State Bureau of Investigation’s Meth Lab disposal unit was contacted and responded to the scene as well.
SBI personnel dismantled and removed the chemicals and by-product of the Meth making process from the apartment.
A single barreled shotgun was found among Custar’s property, leading to the weapon charge.
Custar was detained at the Iredell County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court date is scheduled for August 17.
33-year-old Aaron Lee Poole of Lippard Farm Road in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with six counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.
According to a news release issued Monday (August 1) by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, a report was filed with them in reference to the possible sexual abuse of a female child by a family friend. The case was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit.
A forensic interview was conducted with the victim. She said between October 18 and November 25, 2015, Aaron Lee Poole sexually assaulted her. During the investigation statements were taken from other family members. The charges were filed against Poole following the investigation.
At the time these offenses occurred, Poole was out of jail on a $75,000.00 bond and awaiting trial for two counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child in a case investigated by the Mooresville Police Department. Poole was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $200,000 secured bond on the new charges. A District Court date is set for August 22.
49-year-old Tammy McFarland Blair of Deep Water Lane in Statesville was arrested Friday (July 29) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony manufacture of methamphetamine and felony possession of methamphetamine precursors.
Detectives with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigation Unit were called to assist North Carolina Probation Officers with a compliance check Friday at 104 Deep Water Lane in Northern Iredell County.
During the check, probation officers located what they believed to be parts of a methamphetamine lab. Narcotics detectives who are certified to verify and mitigate clandestine labs inspected the objects and determined they were indeed pieces of a methamphetamine manufacturing lab. A search of the residence located other items needed to manufacture methamphetamine.
Narcotics Investigators called Iredell County Environmental Services who posted the house uninhabitable until the residence can be cleaned and certified safe as well as Iredell County Animal Control to insure the safety of several dogs and other animals at this residence.
Following her arrest, Blair was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center and was placed under $30,000 secured bond. She's scheduled to appear in District Court August 15.
The investigation into this residence is ongoing at this time.
A local resident called the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office to say that he had received a call from an individual claiming to be with the IRS and telling the resident there was a problem with his taxes and he needed to mail money immediately to clear the account. He had heeded the warning issued by the Sheriff’s Office and the IRS that this was a scam and did not comply with the demands.
There is only one thing that people need to know to keep from being caught up in the scam. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in a news release, “Taxpayers should remember the first contact with the IRS will not be a telephone call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail.” He went on to say, “A big red flag for these scams are angry, threatening calls from people who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment. This is not how we operate. People should hang up immediately and contact the IRS or TIGTA (Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration).”
Other characteristics of these scams are:
Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.
Scammers use a toll free number and make it show up on your caller ID to appear the IRS is calling.
Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site
After threatening victims with jail time scammers hang up and call back pretending to be from the local law enforcement.
Anyone receiving these calls is advised to hang up on these fraudulent callers and go to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) scam reporting page online or call TIGTA at 800-366-4484 to report the call.
You also do not have to file a report with the Sheriff’s Office about the phone call as long as you have not sent money to the caller. If you have sent money, then a report should be filed locally.
44-year-old Michael Maleek Wilfong of 6th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 5:15 yesterday afternoon (July 31) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an once.
He was arrested after Officers stopped a 2000 GMC Yukon on the 100 block of 6th Avenue Place S.W. in Hickory. Wilfong was the driver.
A K-9 Officer alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. As Wilfong stepped out of the vehicle, Police saw a baggie containing a white rock-like substance that proved to be 15.1 grams of crack cocaine. On Wilfong’s person, Officers found 6.2 grams of marijuana, plus another 0.1 grams of crack cocaine. In a coffee cup, they found an additional 9.4 grams of marijuana.
Wilfong was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. He has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
19-year-old Cedric Devonta Ellis of 2nd Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 5 p.m. Friday on one felony count each of first-degree burglary second-degree kidnapping and two misdemeanor counts of simple assault of battery.
He is the second person arrested in connection to an incident that occurred on June 14 at the Civitan Court Apartment complex on 17th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. 20-year-old Michael Emmanuel Tucker, Jr. of Hickory was arrested on July 10.
On June 14, two victims heard a knock at the door. A 19-year-old female victim came downstairs and was briefly assaulted. The 23-year-old male victim also came downstairs where he was assaulted and dragged away from the residence. Neither victim was transported to the hospital.
Ellis taken into custody without incident near his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $58,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (August 1) in Newton.
Tucker remains in jail under a $63,400 secured bond. He was also scheduled to appear in court today.
[NOTE: this story was edited to remove the name of Jalen Michael Shade, who had erroneously been identified as a suspect in the assault case. Mr. Shade was not charged in connection to the assault case and is not a suspect.]
65-year-old Carl Randolph Luther of Keswick Lane in Clemmons was arrested Friday (July 29) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with soliciting a minor for an unlawful sex act by the means of a computer and appearing to meet the minor.
The arrest was the result of a week long investigation in which undercover detectives, posing as a 14-year-old child, engaged in a dialogue with Luther on various social media outlets. The dialogue included Luther discussing sexual activity with the detectives, posing as the minor. Additionally, Luther made arrangements to meet the 14-year-old to carry out the sexual activity. Luther arrived to the prearranged location and was taken into custody without incident.
Luther was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $25,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, August 1).
54-year-old David Eugene Chapman of West U.S. Highway 70-A in Hickory was arrested Friday (July 29) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with soliciting a minor for an unlawful sex act by the use of a computer and appearing to meet the minor and disseminating obscenity to a minor.
The arrest was the result of a week long investigation involving undercover detectives posing as a 14-year-old child. Chapman and detectives, posing as the 14-year-old, exchanged dialogue on various social media outlets. The dialogue included discussion of Chapman and the minor meeting to engage in sexual activity. Additionally, Chapman sent pictures via the Internet deemed to be obscene. Arrangements were made for Chapman to meet the undercover detective at a prearranged location.
Chapman, upon arriving to the location, was arrested without incident. He was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $25,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (Monday, August 1).
A shooting is under investigation in Alexander County. On Friday (July 30) at approximately 8:38 p.m., Alexander County Communications received a call to a residence in the Wittenburg Community in reference to a shooting. Officers with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, Taylorsville Police Department, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and Wittenburg First Responders responded to the location off of Alspaugh Dam Road.
Officers arrived at the residence of Destry Bolick and found 25-year-old Adrian Joe Bolick with a gunshot wound to the right shoulder area. The incident stemmed from a domestic situation at the residence. Bolick was transported to a local hospital by Alexander County EMS, where he remained as of this afternoon (Monday, August 1).
According to a news release issued today by the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, Adrian Bolick had a shotgun in his possession. Detectives met with the District Attorney today to review the case. At this time, no charges have been filed, although this is an ongoing investigation by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office.
47-year-old Deven Kirby Deal of North Center Street in Hickory was arrested Friday (July 29) by Hickory Police on one felony count each of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. She was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, simple possession of a schedule II and schedule III controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was arrested after Police went to Deal’s residence with Probation & Parole Officers, looking for an individual who was on probation. That individual was not at the residence, but Deven Deal was present. Officers conducted a search, leading to the discovery of 7.2 grams of methamphetamine, 1.8 grams of marijuana, one Buprenorphine Hydrochloride pill, seven dosage units of amphetamine, two Cyclobenzaprine Hydrochloride pills, one dosage unit of M.S.M. (Methylsulfonylmethane) and 6.5 dosage units of Baclofen, as well as drug paraphernalia.
Deal was taken into custody without incident at about 11:20 Friday morning. The homeowner, who was also present, was not charged. Deal was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $210,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (August 1) in Newton.
33-year-old Timothy Wayne Bolick of Lick Mountain Drive in Hudson was arrested Saturday (July 30) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon, and discharging a weapon into occupied property. Bolick was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court August 15 and Superior Court September 12.
44-year-old Boushanna Fontana Mconnihead of Belmont Avenue in Charlotte was arrested Friday (July 29) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and trafficking in methamphetamine, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Mconnihead was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $51,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
28-year-old Aichon See of Crown Drive in Conover was arrested Sunday (July 31) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. See is charged with four counts of possession of firearm by a felon along with one count of parole violation filed by Probation and Parole. Bond was set at $40,000, a District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, August 1).
Hickory City Council meets in regular session Tuesday night (August 2). Looking at Tuesday's agenda, under reaffirmation and ratification of second readings there are nine items. All of the first readings were approved unanimously. The items include the acceptance of an offer to purchase property east of 25th Street, and a pair Community Development Block Grant Funding Agreements.
Hickory City Council will also hold a public hearing to receive comments on the consideration to designate Lyerly Full Fashioned Mill as a local historic landmark. A major rehabilitation of the mill was recently completed, it is now the Transportation Insight corporate campus.
Under departmental reports, appointments to several boards and commissions will be considered. Council will also go into closed session where they will vote on the approval of closed session minutes from June 21 and 28 and also hold a discussion regarding economic development.
Tuesday's Hickory City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building at 76 North Center Street.