A Catawba County jury needed about two hours of deliberation to find a Hickory man guilty of a sexual assault and strangulation of a female victim.
The jury determined that 25-year-old Phillip Voltz IV was guilty of second-degree sexual offense, assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury from a May 2015 incident. Voltz was also found guilty of felony breaking and entering and intimidating a witness from a January 2016 offense. The verdict last Friday (September 2) ended a four-day trial in Catawba County Superior Court.
Following the jury’s verdict, the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, sentenced Voltz to an active prison sentence of six to twelve years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.
On May 13, 2015, the then 24-year-old female victim’s roommate invited Voltz to their residence. While there, Voltz sexually assaulted the victim, strangled her and slammed her on a concrete floor. As he left, Voltz told the victim he would “see her again.”
On Jan. 2, 2016, Voltz broke into an apartment he thought was the victim’s armed with a knife, but he was in a neighbor’s apartment instead. Realizing he was in the wrong place, the defendant left the scene.
Thad Scronce led the investigation for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Jamie Adams handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
44-year-old Bryan Scott Young, Sr. of Airport Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday (September 6) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance.
He was initially arrested in connection to the same case on March 21 of this year. At that time, Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that had no headlights or taillights. A search led to the discovery of 4.6 grams of methamphetamine.
Young was taken into custody at an auto parts business on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $17,000 secured bond with an appearance in Superior Court scheduled today in Newton.
The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating multiple vehicle break-ins that occurred on September 3 in the southern part of the county. Officers say the suspects appear to be targeting neighborhoods where they can find unlocked vehicles. In some cases, the suspects located and used credit or debit cards in Charlotte. The Sheriff’s Office has released photos of three suspects and two suspect vehicles. Evidence gathered in connection to the Mooresville cases has also been linked to other break-ins that occurred in Mint Hill, N.C.
Citizens are cautioned against approaching the suspects. In one incident in Mint Hill, a victim reported hearing a shot fired when he approached the suspects. It is unclear if the suspect shot at the victim, but a suspect can be seen in a video from one of the Mooresville cases holding what appears to be a gun. Anyone who believes someone is breaking into his or her vehicle should call 9-1-1 immediately.
Anyone who recognizes the suspects or the suspect vehicles should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or call Iredell Co. Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1330.
24-year-old Julius Andrew “Smoke” Coleman of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 7 p.m. yesterday on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, plus misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Officers on patrol on the 400 block of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory spotted Coleman and knew there were outstanding warrants for his arrest. Those were indictments for possession of a firearm by a felon and carrying a concealed gun.
A search of Coleman’s person turned up baggies containing 0.6 grams of powder cocaine and two more baggies containing 9.9 grams of marijuana. Officers also found 1.5 dosage units of Hydrocodone.
Coleman was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. Appearances in Superior Court and in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.
46-year-old Eric Donnelle Cherry was arrested August 26 by Statesville Police on charges issued by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office. He's charged with felony fail to report a new address as a sex offender.
According to a news release issued today (Wednesday, September 7), on July 14, Deputy David Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit attempted to verify a valid address on Eric Cherry, a registered sex offender. Deputy Price had tried several times to locate Cherry at this address but had been unable to do so.
After speaking to a resident at the address Deputy Price determined Cherry had not been living there for several weeks. Further investigation revealed that Cherry had violated the law concerning the sex offender registry.
Cherry was located and arrested by Officer Bradley Hendren of the Statesville Police Department. He was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is September 19.
53-year-old Gregorio Cisnero of Virginia Ridge in Connelly Springs faces new charges in connection to a 2014 case involving sex offenses against a child. He was charged yesterday with one felony count each of statutory rape or sex offense of a 13, 14 or 15 year old by a defendant at least six years older than the victim and first-degree sexual assault. He was originally arrested on November 11, 2014 for felony indecent liberties with a child.
Cisnero was taken into custody without incident at about 1:20 this morning (September 7) at the Arby’s restaurant on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. He was processed at H.P.D. headquarters and then released about an hour and a half later under a $15,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton, with another Superior Court date on the original charges coming up on October 10.
31-year-old Ryan Lewis Wilson was arrested August 30 by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with failing to notify change of address.
According to a news release issued today (Wednesday, September 7), on August 3, Deputy David Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit was attempting to verify a valid address on a registered sex offender, Ryan Wilson. Deputy Price had been to Wilson’s address a few times previously but had been unable to locate him. Deputy Price spoke to Wilson’s mother who also lived at the address, and she could never provide a believable story as to where Wilson was.
At that time Deputy Price began an investigation into Wilson's location, and to find out if he was being compliant with the laws governing sex offenders. Deputy Price determined Wilson was violating the law concerning sex offenders and he was not living at his registered address. Wilson was charged with failing to notify change of address.
Following his arrest, Wilson was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court next Monday (September 12).
30-year-old James Leon Creasy of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (September 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one count of possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine, and two counts of sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Creasy was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for October 31.
67-year-old Robert William Hall of SW Walt Arney Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (September 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Hall was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for October 31.
33-year-old Donald Wilson Jayroe of Wildwood Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (September 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant from Tennessee. In addition, Jayroe faces multiple misdemeanor charges including resisting a public officer, larceny, and injury to personal property. Jayroe was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond on the fugitive charge, and $3,000 secured bond on the misdemeanor counts. A District Court appearance on the fugitive charge was scheduled for Tuesday, he's scheduled to appear in District Court on the misdemeanor charges November 14.
28-year-old Terry Nikita Johnson of 8th Avenue Circle SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (September 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking in cocaine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and possession of marijuana. Johnson was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, September 7).
A new name has been added to the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.
45-year-old Ricky Lee Propst is being sought by authorities in Burke County. He's wanted for felony breaking and entering into coin or currency machines. The last known address listed for Propst is 6000 Hubert Avenue Lot 14 in Connelly Springs. He was added to the list last Friday (September 2).
28-year-old Eric Seth Adams remains on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List. He's charged with probation violation on counts of felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods or property. Adams' last known address was 408 London Street in Glen Alpine. He's been on the Most Wanted List since February 12 of this year.
You can see the entire list of most wanted suspects at the Burke County Sheriff’s Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information about any of the suspects being sought in Burke County call the Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To make an anonymous tip you can contact Morganton-Burke Crimestoppers.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for a man charged in connection with a stabbing incident Sunday (September 4) on Atlantic Lane in Lincolnton.
Detective Greg Hager responded to the scene around 5:30 a.m. Sunday after the report of a disturbance was called in to the Lincoln County Communications Center. Responding deputies told Detective Hager that the victim, 28-year-old David A. Lecuyer of Lincolnton was at the scene with a laceration above the right eye.
Lecuyer and other witnesses told officers that 30-year-old Michael Odell Fair, who formerly lived on Chestnut Road but is now listed as homeless, struck a female, 32-year-old Shasta Oxendine, of Atlantic Lane, in the face during an altercation. Lecuyer came to the defense of Oxendine and the two men fought inside the residence. As the fight continued Fair stabbed Lecuyer in the face with a large knife.
Fair fled the scene prior to the arrival of deputies. During the investigation Detective Hager determined the stab wound caused severe damage to the right eye of Lecuyer who was treated for his injuries at CHS-Lincoln.
Warrants were obtained charging Fair with Assault with a Deadly Weapon with the Intent to Kill and Inflicting Serious Injury and Assault on a Female. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Fair is asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 of Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
24-year-old Shaquial Cortez Williamson of 5th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (September 6) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed gun, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. He is accused of possessing 4.5 grams of crack cocaine and 7.4 grams of marijuana.
Williamson was taken into custody without incident at about 2:50 a.m. today at the Days Inn Suites on 13th Avenue Drive N.W. According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, he was carrying a concealed handgun at the time of his arrest. Williamson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $35,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Newton.
27-year-old Jessica Dawn Flynn of Harwell Road in Catawba and 25-year-old Ryan Scott Gibson of Woodstone Drive in Newton have both been arrested by Hickory Police. They were each charged with one felony count of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons and second-degree kidnapping. Flynn also faces one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce. In addition, Gibson was charged with felony attempting to obtain property by false pretense, plus misdemeanor counts of larceny and attempted larceny.
Events leading to their arrests unfolded on Saturday (September 3) as a 28-year-old male victim from Morganton was approached by a woman in the parking lot at the Target store on Catawba Valley Boulevard. The woman asked if the man wanted to buy a Target gift card at a discounted rate. The man declined.
A short time later, the man reconsidered and approached the vehicle, expressing an interest in the gift card. There were three people in the vehicle. They told the victim to get in. He did so, and the vehicle left the parking lot and headed north on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard. During that time, the victim said he was choked and a knife was displayed. The suspects obtained money from the victim, who was then released on 7th Street S.E.
The victim called Hickory Police. He refused treatment from E.M.S. It’s not clear if the victim was acquainted with any of the vehicle’s three occupants.
During the course of their investigation, Police were able to identify all three suspects and warrants for their arrests were issued. Gibson was taken into custody without incident at about 10:30 Saturday night (September 3) at a grocery store and service station on Buffalo Shoals Road in Newton and Flynn was arrested at the Catawba Co. Justice Center at about 11 a.m. Sunday (September 4). The third suspect remains at large.
Flynn was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $120,000 secured bond, while Gibson was held under a 27,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (September 6) in Newton.
30-year-old Dominic Sharel Adams of 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was served true bills of indictment by Hickory Police just before seven o’clock last night (September 5) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and the sale of cocaine. The warrants for his arrest were issued on September 1.
Adams was taken into custody without incident at an apartment on 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $350,000 secured bond with an appearance in Superior Court set for today in Newton.
23-year-old Kandi Michelle Campbell was arrested today (Tuesday, September 6) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Campbell was jailed in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. She's scheduled to appear in court Wednesday (September 7).
39-year-old Joshua Duerr Pate of Rocky Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (September 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Pate is also charged with misdemeanor counts of probation violation and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Pate was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, September 6).
22-year-old Michael Kane Gaffney of Little Mountain Road in Sherrills Ford was arrested today (Tuesday, September 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering and attempted common law robbery. Gaffney was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,999 bond. A District Court date is set for tomorrow (Wednesday, September 7).
29-year-old Thomas Dean Griffin of 4th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 5:30 p.m. yesterday (September 5) on one felony count of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons.
He was arrested in connection to an incident at the Fast & Fresh store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. According to Police, at approximately 7 a.m. yesterday, the suspect entered the store and waited for two other customers to leave. He then approached the cashier while displaying a knife and demanded money. The suspect then fled the store with an undisclosed sum of cash.
The suspect did not wear a mask. No one was injured during the incident.
Police responded and launched an investigation. They reportedly identified Thomas Dean Griffin as the suspect based on video footage. The knife was recovered in a trashcan outside the store.
Griffin was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $195,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.