31-year-old Joshua Issac Clark was arrested today (Monday, January 30) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of controlled substance in prison or jail. Clark was being held in jail on a charge of probation violation. That charge is on a warrant from 2013. $1,000 secured bond was set on the drug charge, Clark's total bond is now $11,000 secured. He was scheduled to appear in court in Morganton today.
26-year-old Tyler Akeem Ferguson of 8th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:25 Friday night (January 27) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.
Events leading to his arrest began on January 23 as Police responded to a property damage call at an apartment on 2nd Street Place N.E. A resident there noticed that a back window had been disturbed and a PlayStation video game and accessories were missing from the apartment.
Later the same day, Police learned that the stolen items had been pawned by Ferguson, who was acquainted with the victim. A warrant was issued for his arrest.
Ferguson was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 unsecured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for today (January 30) in Newton.
41-year-old Cornelius Montreal Peeler of Langston Drive in Shelby was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday afternoon (January 28) on one felony count each of larceny of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also charged on outstanding warrants issued on December 5 of last year for simple assault & battery and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, plus two counts of failure to appear on additional charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
The firearms charges come in connection to an incident on Thanksgiving Day when a female victim said that she and two other subjects, including Peeler, went out for the evening. After returning the next morning, the victim realized that her Smith & Wesson handgun was missing. She learned that Peeler took the gun from her residence. He promised to return it, but after he failed to do so, the victim reported the incident to Police on December 6. Warrants were issued for Peeler’s arrest.
He was taken into custody at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday at a residence on 3rd Street S.E. in Hickory, following a brief vehicle chase. Peeler was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $22,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (January 30) in Newton. An additional court date on the outstanding warrants was set for March 23.
35-year-old Autumn Dawn Buckland of Iron Station was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after ten o’clock last night (January 29) on two felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and three felony probation violations.
Buckland is on probation following a felony conviction on July 13, 2016 in Catawba County on multiple counts for the sale & delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and another felony conviction 12 days later in Gaston County for breaking & entering, larceny and larceny of a motor vehicle. She had been listed as an absconder from probation.
Buckland was taken into custody without incident at the RaceWay gas station on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $285,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
58-year-old Terry Lamont Barringer and 46-year-old Lisa Bailey Trivette, both of the same Shinnville Road, Cleveland NC address, were both arrested Friday (January 27) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers.
Barringer is charged with four felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, three felony counts of sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance, three felony counts of maintain a vehicle, dwelling or place to sell controlled substance and felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Trivette is charged with two felony counts of trafficking in opium or heroin, one felony count of possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, one felony count of sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance and one felony count of maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to sell controlled substance,
On Friday, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigation Unit along with members Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team executed a search warrant at 1155 Shinnville Road in Southern Iredell County. Narcotics investigators had received information in November of 2016 about “Crack” Cocaine and prescription pills being sold in the Highway 801, Shinville Road area of Southern Iredell County. Through various methods and surveillance, narcotics investigators soon identified Terry Barringer and Lisa Trivette as suspects in this case.
Over the course of three months, hand to hand sales of “Crack” and prescription medications were made by undercover detectives from both suspects at the residence. Based on all the evidence gathered and the undercover sales, investigators were able to obtain a search warrant for the home. When the search was made, Barringer had “Crack” on his person packaged in a way to indicate he was selling it. The search uncovered drug paraphernalia, US Currency and five rifles and one pistol.
Both Barringer and Trivette were transported to the Iredell County Detention Center. Barringer was given a $100,000 dollar secured bond. Trivette's bond was set at $150,000 secured. Both suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, January 30).
A Catawba County man was killed in an accident on Interstate 40 in eastern Burke County. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 8:27 a.m. today (Monday, January 30) in the westbound lanes just past exit 119. A 2002 Nissan failed to reduce speed and collided with a Ryder box truck that had stopped due to a backup from a previous accident at exit 118. The initial accident occurred shortly after 8 a.m. The driver of the passenger car, 53-year-old Timothy Ray Weaver of Hickory, was killed. The wreck resulted in the westbound lanes being shut down, they re-opened at 9:56 a.m. Weaver was pronounced deceased at the scene.
During the initial accident one vehicle spun and caught fire causing traffic to back up. No information was available regarding possible injuries in that wreck. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the accident.
The City of Morganton will close Erwin Street between South Sterling Street and South Green Street at approximately 8 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, January 31) to repair a stormwater line. The road should be back open Wednesday evening (February 1).
27-year-old Jonathan Lee Eckard of Bridgewood Drive in Claremont was arrested Sunday (January 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. In addition, Eckard is charged with driving while license revoked, speeding, possession of marijuana, and failure to appear. Eckard was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, January 30).
26-year-old Samantha Jeanette Ruiz of Lakeland Avenue in Lincolnton was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts of assault on a law enforcement officer and one misdemeanor count of injury to personal property.
Ruiz is charged with assaulting and injuring two Lincoln County Sheriff's Detention Officers. The incident occurred while Ruiz was being escorted to the restroom last Wednesday (January 25). A news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says Ruiz pushed one officer to the floor where she scratched her neck, bit her and broke her prescription glasses. The other officer came to help and was kicked in the face resulting in cuts to her bottom lip. The prisoner was then brought under control. The detention officers were treated on the scene for their injuries by Lincoln County EMS.
Ruiz was was placed on a no bond hold on the charges. A District Court date is set for February 13.
32-year-old Jonathon Todd Nichols of Laurel Street in Hudson was arrested Saturday (January 28) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony negligent child abuse with serious bodily injury. Nichols was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, January 30).
31-year-old Kyle Eric Rudisill of Rudisill Street in Hickory was arrested Friday (January 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Rudisill was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was set for today (Monday, January 30).
37-year-old Stephanie Lee Mcalister of East Maiden Road in Maiden was arrested by Maiden Police Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Mcalister was incarcerated this morning (Monday, January 30) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
38-year-old David Lee Brittain of 21st Avenue Drive NW in Hickory was arrested Friday (January 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Brittain was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (Monday, January 30).
20-year-old William Cody Church of Ashboard Lane in Lenoir was arrested Friday (January 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury. Church was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, January 30).
A Cleveland County man will spend the next six years in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges and admitting his status as a habitual felon. The guilty plea was entered during Catawba County Superior Court last Thursday (January 26).
48-year-old Warren Darnell Tipps of Lawndale, was sentenced to serve six to eight years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County.
Tipps’ sentence was enhanced by his habitual felon status, which includes prior felony convictions in Catawba County for assault causing physical injury to emergency personnel (January 2013), possession of cocaine (January 2003) and possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (October 2000).
Tipps was arrested and charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver when he attempted to sell crack cocaine to an undercover officer on Sept. 24, 2015.
The case was investigated by officers with Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Lance Sigmon and Sean Baetjer handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
33-year-old Joshua Quintan Bowers of 3rd Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:15 yesterday afternoon (January 26) on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on January 11 of this year. Bowers allegedly received payment for a 1998 Pontiac Gran Prix that he failed to deliver to the victim. A warrant for his arrest was issued two days later.
Bowers was taken into custody without incident at an apartment in the Fox Ridge complex on 4th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
26-year-old Shawn Kevin Fitzgerald of Fish Hatchery Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:10 yesterday afternoon (January 26) on one felony count of habitual larceny.
He was arrested after Officers responded to Toys-R-Us on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. The reporting party told Police a white male was shoplifting in the store. Officers arrived and saw the man getting into the passenger side of a vehicle in the store’s parking lot.
Officers approached the man, who was identified as Shawn Kevin Fitzgerald. On his person, they found two sets each of Yu-Gi-Oh cards and Pokemon cards with a combined value of $150.
Fitzgerald had four previous misdemeanor convictions, resulting in the habitual larceny charge. He was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
46-year-old James David Nichols of Fuzzy Drive in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:45 last night (January 26) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.
Nichols was wanted in Sullivan County, Tennessee for felony aggravated stalking and 11 counts of violating a protection order. The warrant was issued by the Bristol Police Department. The offenses occurred between November 29, 2016 and January 21 of this year.
Nichols is accused of texting the female victim on multiple occasions and sending her a Christmas package containing clothing, letters, cards and a life insurance policy naming the victim as a beneficiary. On January 20, he allegedly spoke to the victim’s former neighbor in an attempt to learn the victim’s current address. He is also accused of contacting the victim’s workplace, attempting to learn her work schedule, and he contacted the victim’s oldest daughter’s workplace.
On January 21, Nichols sent a threatening email to the victim’s ex-husband. On the same date, he went to the victim’s ex-husband’s residence in Bristol, Virginia, armed with a gun. He left before Officers arrived.
Nichols was taken into custody without incident last night at Frye Regional Medical Center’s South Campus. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
39-year-old Michael Wayne Hennessee was arrested today (Friday, January 27) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Following the arrest, Hennessee was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (January 30).
46-year-old Tracy Levi Tulbert of York Spann Road in Hamptonville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on one felony count of possession or distribution of methamphetamine precursors.
Yesterday (January 26), Officers with the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, along Probation & Parole Officers, conducted a search of a suspected meth lab site. The search came about after Investigators received information about a possible meth lab in northern part of Iredell County, near the Houstonville Road area.
Tracy Levi Tulbert was identified as a possible suspect. Investigators learned that Tulbert is currently on probation following a conviction for the sale of a schedule II controlled substance. When Officers arrived at Tulbert’s home, they found items consistent with the manufacture and use of meth.
Tulbert was taken into custody and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.
Tulbert has a criminal history that includes convictions for the sale of a schedule II controlled substance, assault, possession of marijuana, multiple DWIs, driving with a revoked license and hit & run.