40-year-old Robert Warren Perkey, Jr. of Ruritan Club Road in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (March 27) on one felony count of breaking & entering and credit card theft. Following his arrest, Perkey was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Lenoir.
33-year-old Joshua Garris Hamby of Yadkin View Drive in Ferguson was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (March 27) on seven counts of failure to appear. He faces charges for possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession of schedule II and VI controlled substances, fleeing to elude arrest, resisting a public officer, damage to personal property and child abuse.
Following his arrest, Hamby was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $75,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for May 14 in Lenoir.
29-year-old Timothy Wayne Greer, Jr. of Union Grove Road in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (March 28) on two felony counts of identity theft. The warrants for his arrest were issued in Burke County on Valentine’s Day.
Greer was taken into custody at 12:53 a.m. today at a bank on 4th Street Drive S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for tomorrow in Morganton.
40-year-old Timothy Lamont Stewart of McDaniel Circle in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:20 last night (March 27) on three felony counts of failure to appear. The warrants for his arrest were issued in Burke County.
Stewart was taken into custody without incident at an attorney’s office on 12th Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $55,000, secured. He has since been released. Stewart will appear in District Court on April 16 in Morganton.
46-year-old Gentry Carroll Treadway of 27th Street N.E. in Hickory was served a grand jury indictment by Hickory Police shortly before 2 p.m. yesterday (March 27) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. The warrant for his arrest was issued on February 19.
Treadway was taken into custody without incident at the Probation & Parole office on 26th Street S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $50,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
N.C. Department of Transportation officials re-opened a two-lane bridge on Abington Road in Lenoir after making emergency repairs over the last week. A routine inspection on March 20 revealed irregular bowing in the beams, which weakened the overall integrity of the bridge, causing transportation officials to immediately close the structure.
Crews from Division 11 Bridge Maintenance installed new wooden supports at the center of the beams, which will extend the life of the bridge at least 3-5 years. The bridge, which carried an average of 4,600 cars per day in 2015, is on a list to be replaced in the next two years.
The Abington Road bridge was built in 1972 with wood support columns, steel beams, a steel floor and an asphalt top. The repairs raised the weight limits on the bridge to 24 tons for passenger vehicles and 32 tons for trucks.
25-year-old Darius Heasley King of Valdese Avenue in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (March 27) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with murder.
On Sunday (March 25) at 6:48 p.m., Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to 607 Valdese Ave Apt. B-307 in reference to a deceased person. When officers arrived they found the body of 57-year-old Hubert Roland Hunter Jr. inside the residence.
Hunter’s body was found lying in the hallway with trauma to the face and neck. Evidence suggested a struggle in the residence and that Hunter was the victim of a homicide. Investigators with the Morganton Department of Public Safety and the State Bureau of Investigation searched the victim’s apartment, interviewed multiple residents within the complex, and searched around the buildings.
As the investigation developed, bloody clothing and a knife were found in a dumpster near the apartment. Information from interviews led investigators to speak to a neighbor, Darius Heasley King, who was known to have disagreements with the victim. A search of King’s residence reportedly revealed evidence of the crime. King lives in the apartment directly across the hall from the victim.
According to Morganton Public Safety, early Sunday morning the two men disputed over money, which police say resulted in the death of Mr. Hunter. King was placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under no bond. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance today (March 28).
65-year-old Kerry Dean Arndt of Zion Hill Drive in Morganton was arrested March 20 by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. According to a news release issued Tuesday (March 27), Arndt was charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
On March 20, the Burke County Sheriff Office received information that a wanted person was at an address on Zion Hill Drive in Morganton. Investigators from the Sheriff's Office along with Probation officers went to 5810 Zion Hill Drive. Upon arrival at the residence, officers made contact with Kerry Dean Arndt in the front yard of the residence. Following his arrest, Arndt was given a written promise to appear in court. His next District Court date is April 11.
26-year-old Steven Tyler Burnette of Silver Creek Church Road in Morganton was arrested last Friday (March 23) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. According to a news release issued Tuesday (March 27), Burnette is charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance, probation violation, and assault by strangulation. He's also charged with two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence protective order violation and one misdemeanor count of communicating threats.
Following his arrest, Burnette was placed in Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under a $165,000 secured bond. Upcoming court dates are scheduled for April 9, April 23, and May 14.
29-year-old Michael Terrell Borders of Broadway Court in Statesville was arrested March 19 by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. According to a news release issued Tuesday (March 27), Borders was charged with felony counts of failure to appear, commercial social networking website, and fail to report a change of address as a sex offender.
On March 19, investigators with the Burke County Sheriff's Office received a report that Michael Terrell Borders was at an address on Nobby Lail Road in Connelly Springs. It was confirmed that Borders had active warrants on him. Investigators along with Federal and Local agencies went to 6730 Nobby Lail Road Lot 4, and Borders was found.
He was taken into custody and placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $120,000 secured bond. He has a court date scheduled for April 23. U.S. Marshals assisted the Burke County Sheriff's Office in this case.
30-year-old Casey Brandon Scott of 13th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after eleven o’clock last night (March 26) on two felony probation violations. Scott is on probation as he serves a 36-month suspended sentence following a March 2016 conviction in Catawba County on felony counts of larceny, breaking & entering and the sale & delivery of a schedule I controlled substance.
Scott was taken into custody without incident at an apartment on 20th Street N.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for April 2 in Newton.
65-year-old Daniel Ussery of 6th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:15 last night (March 26) on one felony count of habitual larceny.
Ussery was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a larceny call at the Glidden Professional Paint Center on 4th Street S.W. Store employees said they saw a man concealing items, and then leaving the store pushing a bicycle. Later on the same date, Hickory Police were called to perform a health check on a black male who matched the suspect description. Ussery received medical treatment, and was then taken into custody without incident.
The suspect was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $26,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
47-year-old Steve Brent Keziah of Hickory, will spend at least seven years in prison following his conviction for multiple traffic offenses and his admission of habitual felon status during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (March 26).
The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed an active prison term of seven to nine years for Keziah, who pleaded guilty to felony flee to elude with a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of an open container and driving while license revoked (impaired revocation). The defendant will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Keziah’s sentence length was enhanced by prior felony convictions for common law robbery in Alexander County (July 1993), uttering a forged instrument in Catawba County (June 2002) and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon in Davidson County, Tenn. (May 2011).
Trooper B.K. Perkins of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol attempted to stop a vehicle for a registration violation on July 26, 2016, along U.S. 321 near the Catawba/Caldwell county line. The occupants in the vehicle switched seats and in doing so allowed the vehicle to run off the road and come to a stop. Trooper Perkins approached the vehicle in an attempt to take the subjects into custody only to have the driver, Keziah, put the car in reverse, back on to the highway and continue traveling north into Caldwell County.
A chase reaching top speeds of 90 mph ensued, with multiple NCSHP troopers and deputies from the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office assisting. The chase made its way through Granite Falls and back along Grace Chapel Road where stop sticks were deployed. The sticks were not successful in stopping the vehicle as it turned and made its way back into Catawba County.
Troopers finally conducted a successful P.I.T. (precision immobilization technique) maneuver to bring the vehicle to a stop after it made contact with multiple stationary vehicles, and the subjects were taken into custody. Perkins was the lead investigator on the case for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Assistant District Attorney Melanie Earles handled prosecution for the State.
An investigation is being conducted into an incident in which shots were reportedly fired at the Long View Police Department headquarters. According to published reports, the shots were fired Monday evening. Three shots were reportedly heard, one slug has been recovered. There were no injuries. The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) will assist the Long View Police Department with the investigation.
33-year-old Jason Adam Parise of Millet Drive in Stony Point was arrested March 18 by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. According to information released today (March 27), Parise is charged with six felony counts of manufacturing methamphetamine, single felony counts of possession of meth and possession of meth precursors, and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The arrest stemmed from a 911 hang up call investigation. On March 18 a 911 call came into the Iredell County Emergency Communications Center from 157 Millet Drive in Stony Point. When deputies arrived they could smell an odor of Marijuana coming from inside the residence.
Deputies met with Jason Parise and after asking him about the marijuana odor coming from the home, and asking for consent to search, went inside the home to retrieve the marijuana. While inside the home the deputies noticed items consistent with manufacturing meth.
Narcotics detectives located a “one pot” meth lab which was still active inside a bedroom in the home, along with other items which are used for the “one pot” process to manufacture methamphetamine. The Iredell County Narcotics Division safely dismantled the lab with the Stony Point Volunteer Fire Department standing by due to the hazardous nature of dismantling these labs.
Parise was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $300,000 secured bond. His next District Court appearance is scheduled for April 9.
85-year-old Daniel Lopez Ruiz of Oaxaca, Mexico, was arrested last Thursday (March 22) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony indecent liberties with a child.
Last Tuesday (March 20), a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a possible sexual assault involving a 10-year-old female victim. The victim said the abuse happened on Thursday, March 15, at her home.
The case was assigned to Detective Sergeant Katie Harwell of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit for further investigation. During the course of the investigation the victim was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. The victim identified Daniel Lopez Ruiz, as the suspect in the case.
Based on the investigation, and evidence gathered, investigators were able to obtain a felony arrest warrant for Daniel Lopez Ruiz. He was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond. A District Court date is April 10. Ruiz came to Iredell County from Mexico on March 12, 2018.
38-year-old Heather Treadway Villafuerte of Stony Point was arrested March 14 by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. According to information released Monday (March 26), she was charged with felony aid and abet obtaining property by false pretense. Villafuerte was placed in jail following the arrest under $3,500 secured bond. Her next District Court date is scheduled for May 7.
43-year-old Christopher Ivan Turner of Taylorsville was arrested Sunday (March 25) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine along with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Turner was placed in jail under $5,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is scheduled for April 16.
19-year-old Jared Anthony Stinson of Connelly Springs Road in Lenoir was arrested last Wednesday (March 21) by Lenoir Police Officers. According to a news release issued Monday (March 26), Stinson was charged with felony counts of possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and maintaining a dwelling to keep controlled substance.
Last Wednesday, investigators with the Lenoir Police Department Narcotics Unit along with agents with the Caldwell County ICE Unit executed a narcotics search warrant at 405 Connelly Springs Road, Apartment 204. This concluded a month long investigation into reported drug distribution from the apartment.
During the search, investigators located over 1.5 pounds of high grade marijuana. According to North Carolina State Guidelines, the seized marijuana was valued at $6,400. Investigators also located and seized more than $5900 in U.S. currency.
Bond for Stinson was set at $9,000 secured. His next District Court date is scheduled for April 12.
On Monday (March 26), Maiden Police Officers were notified that a credit card “skimmer” device had been found inside a gas pump at the Circle K convenience store at 1200 East Main Street in Maiden.
A credit card “skimmer” is a device that is used to capture credit card or debit card information for an unauthorized third party. There are several kinds of “skimmer” devices in use. The device found in this case had been attached inside one of the gas pumps. The device was not visible from the exterior and the pump was operating normally.
Maiden Police investigators believe that the “skimmer” device was inserted into the gas pump on Saturday, March 17 and was likely active until Monday morning.
The device was discovered after a customer reported unauthorized charges on a debit card used at the pump. After receiving the customer report; store staff opened and inspected the credit card reader portion of the gas pump and located the device. Store staff then notified Maiden Police. The gas pump was taken out of service until the device was removed.
Anyone who used the gas pump card reader at the store between Saturday, March 17 and 8:30 a.m. Monday, March 26, is encouraged to examine their bank and/or credit card records for unauthorized charges. If you used this gas pump and discover unauthorized charges on your credit or debit card; contact the Maiden Police Department at 828-428-5005.