41-year-old Todd Lee Propst of 13th Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:45 last night (July 16) on two felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. The warrant for his arrest was issued on July 12 in New Hanover County. He also faces additional drug charges, including maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance (two counts); the sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance; simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance; manufacturing a schedule II controlled substance (two counts); and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Propst was taken into custody without incident at the Highway 321 N.W. / I-40 interchange in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $30,000, secured. A Superior Court date was schedule for August 19 in Wilmington.
34-year-old Erika Renee Altamirano of Holland Drive in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers on felony counts of second-degree murder and child abuse.
Events leading to her arrest began at about 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 27 when Deputies responded to Davis Regional Medical Center in reference to a four-month-old infant who had been taken to the hospital in an unresponsive state. Deputies were told the child was in critical condition.
Detectives were called to the hospital to begin an investigation. A CAT scan revealed that the child had a serious head injury. The child was then airlifted to Brenner’s Children’s Hospital at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Detectives also went to the hospital in Winston-Salem to continue the investigation.
Detectives spoke with multiple witnesses and family members. They learned that the child’s father had arrived home from work to find the child breathing, but unresponsive. The child’s mother was asleep in the bed with the child. The father immediately called for help and took the child to the nearest hospital.
In Winston-Salem, Detectives interviewed additional family members, along with the child's mother, Erika Renee Altanirano. Initially, no one would say how the child had been injured.
Detectives executed a search warrant at the child's home. They collected evidence including an empty liquor bottle in the trash. Detectives spoke with multiple witnesses and determined that the child had been in the exclusive control of his mother during the day. Altamirano admitted to purchasing and consuming alcohol during the day and said she couldn't remember what happened to the child. According to the Sheriff's Office, the incident occurred at an address on Flake Road in Harmony.
Physicians diagnosed the child with a significant skull fracture to the rear of his head and other injuries. The injuries were life-threatening and were consistent with non-accidental trauma.
Shortly after 5 p.m. on the Fourth of July, the child died as a result of his injures. An autopsy was performed the next day. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma.
Felony warrants were issued for Altamirano's arrest. She was taken into custody yesterday (July 16) following her release from a medical facility. Bond for Altamirano was set at $500,000, secured. She was jailed in the Iredell Co. Detention Center with a first appearance in court scheduled today in Statesville.
23-year-old Revonda Nicole Mathis of Hickory Street in Rhodhiss was arrested Tuesday (July 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of larceny, possession of stolen property, and possession of methamphetamine. Mathis was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (July 17).
43-year-old Scott Douglas Jackson of Winchester Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (July 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony violation of a house arrest order. Jackson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
24-year-old Christopher Alexander Jones and 23-year-old Rashee Darzell Massey, both of Charlotte, were arrested Monday (July 15) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Jones is charged with single felony counts of possession of more than five counterfeit instruments, attempting to obtain property by false pretenses and conspiracy along with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and resist, delay and obstruct a public officer. Massey was charged with one felony count each of possession of more than five counterfeit instruments and conspiracy.
On Monday, deputies were dispatched to Advanced Auto Parts on NC 16 Business in reference to an individual attempting to use counterfeit currency to purchase products from the store. The caller told the Lincoln County Communications Center the individual had just left the store in a gold in color vehicle and provided a license plate number for the vehicle.
The vehicle was spotted by a deputy parked near O’Reilly Auto Parts. The deputy saw a person speaking with an employee and was told by another employee that the individual had passed a counterfeit $100 bill. The person passing the fake money then left the store followed by the deputy.
The officer tried to stop the individual but he jumped into his vehicle and left toward the exit of the parking lot. The deputy activated his emergency equipment as he followed the suspect vehicle. At the exit the driver backed his vehicle toward the patrol car but slammed into the curb next to the patrol car. Additional officers arrived on the scene and they placed the driver and a passenger in the vehicle under arrest.
A search of the vehicle turned up one-and-a-half grams of marijuana, digital scales and twenty-seven counterfeit $100 bills, all with the same serial number. Officers also found a bag from O’Reilly Auto Parts containing a receipt with a purchase made with a $100 bill. They also discovered another bag from Publix with a purchase made with a $100 bill.
Jones was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond. Massey was jailed under a $7,000 secured bond. Both suspects have District Court dates July 30.
56-year-old Diane Michelle Weeden of Ballard Road in Denver, NC, was arrested Tuesday (July 16) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon.
At approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, a white female wearing dark glasses, shorts and a dark colored shirt entered People’s Bank on NC 16 Business South. She demanded money and presented a note that said she had a gun, but no gun was seen. The suspect fled the bank on foot.
Officers found the woman, Diane Michelle Weeden, near a vehicle behind a nearby Food Lion grocery store. She was taken into custody without incident at 10:00 a.m. The money taken in the robbery, just under $2,600, was recovered.
Weeden was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $35,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (July 17). The FBI assisted in the investigation.
29-year-old Travis Shawn Baker of U.S. 64 in Morganton was arrested last Friday (July 12) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine.
According to a news release issued Tuesday (July 16), on July 2, 2019, Burke County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on Devinney Street in Morganton on a vehicle traveling in excess of 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. The driver, Travis Shawn Baker, was on probation for felony convictions in Burke County.
During the investigation, deputies seized suspected drugs from the vehicle and Baker was released without incident. The substances were turned over to the CID/Narcotics Division and tested positive for methamphetamine. A warrant was issued for Baker and he was arrested last Friday by NC Probation and Parole officers and Burke County deputies.
Baker was transported to the Burke County magistrate office where he was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $10,000 secured bond. He was not listed as an inmate in Burke County today (July 17). His next District Court date on the drug charge is August 5.
27-year-old Joshua Elliot Parlier of Balls Creek Road in Claremont was arrested Sunday (July 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, misdemeanor go armed to the terror of people, along with three misdemeanor counts of child abuse. Parlier is also charged with highway violations.
Sunday at approximately 2:30 a.m., a caller reported to the Catawba County Communications Center that a vehicle crossed the center line in the area of Boggs Road and Cinderella Street, causing the caller to crash to avoid hitting the vehicle. The vehicle that crossed the center line did not stop at the scene.
Catawba County Patrol deputies located the suspect vehicle, a Black Subaru Impreza, approximately several minutes later on Boggs Road. The suspect stopped at the intersection of Highway 10 East and Boggs Road where he fired shots from a pistol towards an indeterminate location.
The suspect did not stop for officers and continued onto Balls Creek Road. Deputies pursued the vehicle, which stopped at the suspect's residence on Balls Creek Road. The suspect was apprehended without further incident.
During the investigation, it was discovered that the suspect, identified as Joshua Elliot Parlier, left two young children at his residence unattended prior to this incident occurring. He was arrested and bond was set at $12,000 secured. Parlier was not listed as an inmate in Catawba County today (July 17). He has District Court dates July 22 and August 5.
A minimum 25 year sentence was imposed in a Burke County murder case.
On Friday, March 8, 2019, 28-year-old Icey Chennell Gooden entered a guilty plea to two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of first-degree kidnapping in Burke County Superior Court in relation to charges stemming from the September 2016 deaths of 29-year-old Spencer Jermain Murray and 35-year-old Albert Alexander Austin.
The two men's bodies were discovered the morning of September 18, 2016, at approximately 8 a.m. when Burke County Sheriff's Deputies were called to Canoe Creek Way in Morganton. When they arrived, deputies found a burned Cadillac Deville with human remains inside. Three suspects, including Gooden, were charged in the case.
On Tuesday (July 16) The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed an active prison sentence of 25 to 32 years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Melanie Robinson and Scott Carico led the investigation for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, Burke County fire Marshal’s Office, North Carolina License and Theft Bureau, Burke County Medical Examiner, Oak Hill Fire and Rescue, West End Fire and Rescue, and Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.
Assistant District Attorneys Michelle Lippert and Lance Sigmon handled prosecution for the State with assistance from Legal Assistant David DiMaggio.
At about 7:15 this morning (July 16), the N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to a fatal collision in Caldwell County on U.S. 321. The collision occurred on 321 southbound near the intersection with Fork Creek Place, which is just north of Lenoir. A pedestrian was walking south on the right shoulder when a Dodge 2500 pickup truck ran off onto the shoulder and struck the pedestrian. The pedestrian died at the scene. The driver of the pickup was not injured.
The pedestrian has been identified as 45-year-old Scottie Lee Hilton of Lenoir. The Dodge was driven by 32-year-old Ginger Rae Laws of Patterson.
No impairment is suspected on the part of the driver. The Highway Patrol's investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed at this time.
48-year-old Barron Lee Thompson of Davie Academy Road in Mocksville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers on felony counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, first-degree burglary, and breaking & entering a motor vehicle. He was also served with three outstanding orders for arrest.
On Sunday (July 14), a Deputy on patrol in the area of the Mocksville Highway saw a suspicious vehicle near Long Pond Drive. The Deputy activated his blue lights and siren. The vehicle came to a sudden stop and two black males got out of the vehicle and ran into a wooded area.
After a search, Deputies ran the vehicle registration. They then asked Davie County Sheriff’s Officers to go to the registered owner's address. Davie County Officers found that the vehicle and a trailer with a golf cart on it had been stolen from the residence.
Iredell County Deputies then took a 9-1-1 call regarding two suspicious subjects walking on the 1,600 block of Mocksville Highway. The caller saw two men running behind a residence there. Deputies arrived and found fresh footprints. They established a perimeter. K9 Officer Marley tracked and located one suspect beside a residence. The suspect was identified as Barron Lee Thompson.
At the residence where the two men were spotted, Deputies found an unsecured garage door. Officers spoke to the homeowner and determined that Thompson had broken into a vehicle in the driveway and had opened the garage door with a garage door opener.
Thompson, who has a lengthy criminal history, was taken to the Iredell Co. Detention Center where bond was set at $100,000, secured. His next District Court date in Iredell County was scheduled for August 5, with another coming up in Davie County on August 8.
23-year-old Dilon Blake Sherriff of Longview Road in Statesville was arrested Saturday (July 13) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, felony flee to elude arrest, driving while impaired, driving left of center, driving while license revoked, resisting a public officer, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Saturday an investigation was being conducted into a suspicious vehicle in the area of Elmwood Road west of Statesville. It was learned that the tag on the vehicle belonged to another automobile. An officer tried to stop the vehicle but it sped up leading to a pursuit.
A short time later, the same vehicle was reported being in the parking lot of Faith Church on Barry Oak Road. When deputies arrived, they noticed the vehicle traveling on Elmwood Road. “Stop Sticks” were deployed which caused one the vehicle tires to deflate. The driver lost control of the car, and ran off the road just inside Rowan County.
As the deputies attempted to take the driver into custody, he drove his vehicle intentionally head on into a patrol car. The car eventually stopped and the driver, Dilon Blake Sherriff, was taken into custody. Sherriff was transported back to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was arrested and charged.
Sherriff was jailed under $405,790 secured bond. District Court dates are scheduled for August 5 and September 3.
48-year-old Randy Allen Taylor of Glimmering Sands Lane in Claremont was served a felony warrant Monday (July 15) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He has been in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility since June 25 for a parole violation. The Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office served the fugitive warrant yesterday.
Taylor is wanted by authorities in Wise, Virginia for a felony probation violation, breaking & entering, and abduction. He's on parole in North Carolina following a November 2015 conviction in Catawba County for larceny, obtaining property by false pretense, and receiving a stolen vehicle.
Taylor remains in jail under a $40,000 bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton with another court date set for September 12.
19-year-old Jonathan Andrew Johnson of Taylorsville has been arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
At about 8:15 last night (July 15), Alexander County 9-1-1 took a call regarding a possible stabbing at an address on Liledoun Road in Taylorsville. Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers, Taylorsville Police, and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded and found a 20-year-old Taylorsville man lying beside the road, suffering from multiple stab wounds to the head and neck area.
The victim told Officers that Jonathan Andrew Johnson had stabbed him as the result of an altercation at the suspect's residence. The victim left Johnson's residence and was found north of that location. Officers administered first aid until Alexander County E.M.S., Taylorsville First Responders, and Fire & Rescue personnel arrived. The victim was flown to Carolinas Medical Center Main where he is still listed in serious condition.
Johnson was taken into custody placed in the Alexander County Detention Center where he is being held under a $250,000 secured bond. He'll make a first appearance in District Court on July 22.
21-year-old Ashley Marie Hill of Oak Hill Drive in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about nine o'clock last night (July 15) on one felony count of possession of heroin. Hill was taken into custody without incident at a residence on 10th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. Hill was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $2,000 unsecured bond. She was scheduled to make an appearance in court today in Newton.
33-year-old Christopher Thomas Helf of McDaniel Court in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 7:40 last night (July 15) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee. He was taken into custody without incident at an auto parts store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. Helf was processed at the Hickory Police Department and then released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
28-year-old Landon Dale Foster was arrested Monday (July 15) by authorities in Burke County. He was charged with felony accessory after the fact. Foster was arrested at an address on Jamestown Road in Morganton shortly after midnight Monday morning and placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for August 5.
23-year-old Brittany Taylor Cowick of SW Overlook Drive in Lenoir was arrested Monday (July 15) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony maintain a vehicle or dwelling to keep controlled substance. Cowick was given a custody release, a District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (July 17).
38-year-old Michael Wayne Walker, Sr. of High West Drive in Lenoir was arrested Monday (July 15) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Walker was released after posting $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for Wednesday (July 17).
47-year-old Timothy Bruce Hodge of Central Street in Hudson was arrested Monday (July 15) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation and misdemeanor resisting a public officer. Hodge was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $55,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 5.