28-year-old Bethany Patrice Link of Manassas, Virginia, was arrested Wednesday (March 29) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Link was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, March 30).
Two teenagers recently reported missing have been found and were reported to be safe. 19-year-old Aaliyah Danielle Cline of Bethlehem was reported missing Tuesday (March 28) by the Alexander County Sheriff's Office. On Wednesday (March 29) the Sheriff's Office reported she was located in Yadkin County and was okay.
15-year-old Shane Michael Szathmary of Maiden was reported missing by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Tuesday, he'd been missing since Sunday night (March 26). Szathmary was located near Kings Mountain on Wednesday. He was not reported to have been harmed.
Detectives with the Lincolnton Police Department arrested several alleged online predators, including a former teacher at Newton-Conover Middle School. He is 51-year-old Blane Fitzgerald Gregory of Watson Drive in Spruce Pine. Gregory is charged with soliciting a minor and appearing at the meeting place. He is being held under a $50,000 bond.
According to published reports, Gregory was led to believe that he was talking to a 14-year-old girl online. Gregory allegedly left the school yesterday (March 28) with plans to meet the girl in Lincolnton. When he arrived, he was taken into custody. Gregory resigned from the Newton-Conover school system this morning.
Gregory and seven others were arrested as the result of a three-month long undercover operation. Detectives portrayed children on various social media outlets. During the operation, they developed a dialogue in which an agreement was made for offenders to meet the child in Lincolnton in order to have an unlawful sexual relationship. They were all charged with one count of soliciting a child for an unlawful sex act by a computer and appearing to meet the child.
The others arrested are as follows:
28-year-old Matthew Johnathon Morrison of Two Moons Drive in Charlotte, who was also charged with disseminating obscene material to a minor. Bond was set at $50,000.
51-year-old Jeffrey Alan Churchwell of Minnesota Road in Charlotte, who was also charged with disseminating obscene material to a minor and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He was given a $250,000 bond.
65-year-old Michael John Seidle of Verdict Ridge in Denver. Seidle’s bond was set at $25,000.
51-year-old Paul Robert Icenhour II of Graceview Place in Granite Falls. Icenhour faces an addition charge of disseminating obscene material to a minor. Bond was set at $50,000.
59-year-old George Alan Kanupp of Island Ford Road in Maiden. Kanupp was given a $50,000 bond.
65-year-old Brent Robert Odenheimer of Davis Street in Lincolnton, who was also charged with disseminating obscene material to a minor. Odenheimer’s bond was set at $150,000.
And, 30-year-old Matthew Ryan Ellis of Brattonsville Road in McConnells, South Carolina. Ellis was also charged with disseminating obscene material to a minor. He was given a $100,000 bond.
19-year-old Nicholas Anthony Santellan of 5th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:15 yesterday afternoon (March 28) on one felony count of possession of heroin and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, hit & run with injury, driving while license revoked and reckless driving to endanger.
Santellan was arrested after Officers responded to a hit & run on the 1100 block of Fairgrove Church Road. The suspect vehicle, a 2004 Toyota Camry, was located on the 3000 block of 12th Avenue S.E. At that location, the suspect was detained by a Probation & Parole Officer after the Officer saw the initial hit & run on Fairgrove Church Road and a single-car accident on 12th Avenue S.E. During the arrest, 0.2 grams of heroin and paraphernalia were found on Santellan’s person.
The suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $7,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton.
The sinkhole that formed in Hickory Tuesday evening has resulted in the closure of a portion of a well-traveled roadway.
Crews have closed a section of N.C. 127 at First Ave. NE in Hickory due to a culvert failure, causing a sinkhole to form in the roadway. NCDOT engineers are on site, assessing what work will be needed in order to prepare an emergency repair contract, which will expedite opening the road.
The closure is expected to remain in place for several weeks. The following detour is in place for motorists:
N.C. 127 South: Follow to Second Ave. NE. Turn left to Main Ave. NE, which turns into Eighth St. NE. Turn left to Seventh Ave. NE and follow to Lenoir Rhyne Blvd. Turn right to First Ave. SE back to N.C. 127.
N.C. 127 North: Turn right to Second Ave. SE, then turn left on Lenoir Rhyne Blvd. Follow to Seventh Ave. NE and turn left. Turn left to Eighth St. NE, which turns into Main Ave. NE. Follow to Third Ave. NE, then turn right. Stay left to remain on Third Ave., then turn right to N.C. 127 North.
Transportation officials remind motorists to drive safely, obey all posted speed limits, detour signs and work-zone postings.
41-year-old Tracie Dianah Bass was arrested Tuesday (March 28) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Bass was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, March 29).
33-year-old Stephanie Yoder Nieft was arrested Tuesday (March 28) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Nieft was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, March 29).
27-year-old Christopher Michael Riley of Ashford Drive in Newton was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (March 28) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Riley was wanted in Broome County, New York for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree and D.W.I. He was indicted for the offense by the Sheriff’s Office in Binghamton, N.Y. in August of last year.
Following his arrest, Riley was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court this morning in Newton.
18-year-old Austin Shane “Cutta” McCutcheon of Oakhill Street in Denver and 23-year-old Macy Jordan Walker of George Brown Road in Crouse have been charged in connection to an assault in Lincolnton. Both were charged with Felony Conspiracy to Commit assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Walker was also charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. McCutcheon has been arrested. Walker has not yet been taken into custody.
At about 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, Lincolnton Police performed a welfare check on a subject with a possible head injury walking on North General’s Boulevard in Lincolnton. Officers found that the victim sustained several injuries to his head after he was struck with a blunt object or weapon. Lincoln County E.M.S. transported the victim to Carolinas Healthcare System-Lincoln for emergency treatment. He was treated and released.
Officers learned that the victim had been struck in the head multiple times by a female armed with what was believed to be a tire tool or baseball bat. A white male was with the female during the assault and drove her to and from the scene.
Investigators identified the two assailants as McCutcheon and Walker and developed probable cause to obtain warrants for their arrests. McCutcheon was taken into custody without incident at about 7:30 Saturday evening (March 25). He was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond with a first appearance in District Court scheduled Monday (March 27). His next court date was set for April 10.
According to Police, McCutcheon is a member of the “700” street gang. At the time of his arrest, he was out on bond on other pending felony charges pending in Lincoln County, including possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine.
Macy Walker is still at large. She is described as a white female, approximately 5’7” tall, weighing 135 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Walker frequents the Lincolnton and Crouse areas and has relatives in Rocky Mount. She is also currently out on bond on a variety of pending charges in Lincoln County.
Anyone with information regarding Walker’s whereabouts should contact Lincolnton Police at 704-736-8900 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
A Lincoln County man will spend a minimum of 13 years in prison following his guilty plea to sexual offenses with a minor female child during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (March 28).
41-year-old Clayton Houston Hoyle was given an active prison term of 13-21 years by the Honorable Lisa C. Bell, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, after entering his guilty plea to statutory rape of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old, statutory sex offense with a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old and indecent liberties with a child.
Hoyle will serve his prison sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. He also will have to register as a sex offender and enroll in satellite-based monitoring for the remainder of his life.
The offense occurred on Dec. 29, 2014, when the then 15-year-old victim was staying with a family member at a residence where the defendant also was at the time. The victim had been asleep but woke up with the defendant on top of her engaged in sexually assaulting her.
Extractions of DNA from a sexual assault kit conducted by medical personnel were a match with DNA samples taken from the defendant.
Thad Scronce was the lead investigator for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and received assistance from the Catawba County Child Advocacy Center. Jamie Adams prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
City of Morganton workers planned to shut off water service to a section of NC 126 at approximately 11:30 a.m. to repair a water line break. Customers on NC 126 in Morganton between Watermill Road and Frank Whisnant Road and all side streets will be affected. Workers expect to repair the line and restore service by 2:00 pm barring any unforeseen problems. For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
35-year-old Nicole Renee Howard of South Cline Avenue in Newton was arrested by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Howard was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Wednesday, March 29) under $14,750 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
37-year-old Stephanie Lee Mcalister of East Maiden Road in Maiden was arrested today (Wednesday, March 29) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and resisting a public officer. Following the arrest, Mcalister was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
A registered sex offender is among most wanted suspects being sought in Iredell County.
52-year-old Phillip Berryman is wanted by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office on a charge of fail to report a new address as a sex offender. Berryman's last known address was 109 Regatta Lane in Mooresville.
25-year-old Emily King is wanted on a charge of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana. Her last known address was 6412 White Water Drive in Charlotte.
24-year-old Tabitha Sprankle is wanted by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office on a charge of felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Sprankle's last known address was 138 Stan Lane in Statesville.
You can see the entire list at www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List, call the Statesville office at 704-878-3180 or the Mooresville location at 704-664-7500.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenager. On Monday (March 27) a missing person’s report was filed with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for 15-year-old Shane Michael Szathmary of Church Hill Lane in Maiden.
Detective Kelly Paris says family members last communicated with Szathmary around 8:15 p.m. on Sunday (March 26). The missing teen is described as a white male, 5 feet – 6 inches tall, and weighing around 125 pounds. He has short brown hair and hazel eyes. Shane is believed to be in the Kings Mountain/Bessemer City area. Szathmary failed to return home after staying with friends this past weekend.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Shane Michael Szathmary is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
34-year-old Johnny Paz Perez of Taylorsville was arrested Monday (March 27) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony second degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
On Monday, agents from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), asked for assistance from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office to respond to a residence on Boston Road in Taylorsville. Officers responded with the task force to execute a search warrant at the residence of Johnny Paz Perez. The search warrant was obtained as part of an ongoing undercover operation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security.
The search warrant was executed for electronic devices. The investigation led to the arrest of Perez. According to a news release from the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, Perez allegedly distributed material containing a visual representation of a minor between eight and fourteen years of age, engaged in sexual activity.
Perez was transported to the Alexander County Law Enforcement Center. His bond was set at $100,000 secured. A first appearance in Alexander County District Court is scheduled for next Monday (April 3). Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) is investigating Mr. Perez in reference to his citizenship status.
The Statesville Police Department has provided an update on their investigation into a burial site found in the city, a body was found at the scene.
A makeshift grave site was discovered in Statesville Monday afternoon (March 27). The burial site was found in a wooded area behind the 1100 Block of Mahogony Road in East Statesville. Investigators with the Statesville Police Department were acting on information acquired during the ongoing investigation into the disappearance on Darwin “D.J. Turner”.
After processing and excavating the scene on Tuesday (March 28), the body of a deceased black male was discovered buried at the site. The body was transported from the scene, and an autopsy will be completed on Thursday morning (March 30) at Baptist Hospital. No confirmation or positive identification of the victim can be made at this time. The cause of death also cannot be determined until such time as the autopsy is completed on Thursday. Investigators are currently following up on any possible leads.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Statesville Police at 704-878-3406, or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous.
Due to a sinkhole, the intersection at Highway 127 and 1st Avenue Northeast in Hickory is currently closed and traffic is being rerouted.
Early Tuesday evening (March 28), an infrastructure failure resulted in a sinkhole, which opened on Highway 127, just north of the Earl G. Moser Fire Station. No injuries were sustained and no private property was damaged. The North Carolina Department of Transportation currently has the area barricaded with the assistance of the City of Hickory Public Services Department.
Upon first assessment, the approximate 12 feet diameter and 10 feet deep hole was possibly caused by the failure of an old storm water culvert under the roadway. The affected roadway is maintained by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and they will be handling the repairs and traffic detour logistics.
Interim Public Services Director Kevin Greer says in a news release that the repair will not happen quickly and the city appreciates the public's patience during this repair.
29-year-old Aichon See of Crown Drive in Conover was arrested Tuesday (March 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with four counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. See was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. No court date was listed.
22-year-old Drafton Douglas Davis, Jr. of Grassy Court in Gastonia and 20-year-old Rakeem Deshon McCree of East 5th Avenue in Gastonia both face charges in connection to a robbery Sunday (March 26) in Lincolnton. Davis was arrested yesterday (March 27) on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of stolen goods. McCree remains at large. He faces the same charges.
At about three o’clock Sunday afternoon, Lincolnton Police responded to a reported armed robbery in the parking lot at a local business. Officers spoke to a male victim who said he had arranged to sell a pair of Nike Air Jordan shoes to a subject he met through social media. The victim went to a predetermined location and met with the would-be buyer, who was not alone.
While discussing the shoes, one of the subjects pulled out a handgun and demanded the shoes, money and the victim’s watch. The victim complied and was not injured in any way. The victim provided Police with a description of the suspect vehicle, including the license plate number. The victim also provided Officers with specific information about the robbery that assisted in the investigation.
The investigation led to the issuance of warrants for Davis and McCree. Davis was taken into custody without incident yesterday and placed in the in the Lincoln County Jail under a $21,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.
McCree is described as a black male, 5’11” tall, weighing 135 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. McCree is also wanted on felony warrants out of Gaston County for forgery and more. He is a member of the Bloods street gang.
The investigation is ongoing. Officers are working to identify the other suspects.