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 email@example.com. 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.
52-year-old William Alan Vanderwesten of Plateau Road in Newton was arrested today (Tuesday, September 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Vanderwesten was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (September 7).
A suspect who had been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List has been arrested. 26-year-old Jesse Joe Potter of Bryant Road in Drexel was arrested last Thursday (September 1). Potter had been on the Most Wanted List since August 23.
Potter is currently charged with failure to appear. Additional charges are pending. He was wanted for felony counts of breaking and entering, financial card theft, and possession of stolen goods. He was also wanted on unspecified felony drug charges. It was expected that more information on the arrest would be released today (Tuesday, September 6).
Potter was placed in jail in Morganton under $30,000 secured bond. A court date is set for September 26.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit charged five people last week with drug related offenses. All five arrests were the result of different investigations. The investigations consisted of surveillance and undercover operations, assisting NC Probation and Parole, and citizen complaints.
Two of the narcotics investigations concluded last week after detectives assisted NC Probation and Parole Officers and also followed up on a citizen complaint. On Monday August 29, 2016 detectives seized a trafficking amount of opioid based pills from a subject while assisting the NC Probation and Parole at a residence near the 1900 block of Leonard’s Fork Church Road. The subject resisted arrest by Probation Officers before being taken into custody for a probation violation. During a search of his clothing officers found a trafficking amount of pain pills.
On Friday (September 2) narcotics detectives followed up on a citizen complaint about marijuana being grown at a residence near the 3500 block Navajo Drive in Maiden (Lincoln County). Narcotics detectives searched the residence where they located a small marijuana grow operation inside a bathroom and bedroom at the residence. Detectives seized three marijuana plants at full maturation and being prepared for harvest.
The other three subjects charged had outstanding warrants for their arrest from investigations occurring earlier this summer. One suspect was located in Mecklenburg County, another by Lincolnton Police Department Patrol Officers, and one was arrested after a tip led Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Adam District Patrol Deputies to a residence where he was hiding. All three suspects had been entered NCIC as wanted and attempting to avoid arrest after narcotics detectives initially looked for them.
30-year-old Brandon Scott Houser of Leonard’s Fork Church Road in Crouse was charged with one felony count of Trafficking Opium/Heroin by Possession. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of Possession Schedule IV Controlled Substance and Resisting a Public Officer. He received a $36,500 secured bond.
40-year-old Elaine Maria Garber of Navajo Drive in Maiden was charged with one felony each of Manufacturing Marijuana and Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell, Or Deliver Marijuana. She was also charged with one misdemeanor count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She received a $15,000 secured bond.
30-year-old Jonathan Craig Smith, Jr. of Old Lowesville Road in Stanley was charged with one felony count of Trafficking Opium/Heroin by Possession. He received a $10,500 secured bond.
43-year-old Robert Wayne Ellis of South Industrial Park Road in Lincolnton was charged with one felony count each of Sell and Deliver Counterfeit Controlled Substance and Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Counterfeit Controlled Substance. He was also served with outstanding misdemeanor probation violation and a warrant for Communicating Threats. He received a $7,250 secured bond.
26-year-old Christian James Stewart of West Highway 27 in Vale was charged with one felony count of Possession Schedule II Controlled Substance and one misdemeanor count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He received a $5,500 secured bond.
Houser and Garber had District Court appearances scheduled for today. Smith, Ellis, and Stewart are scheduled to appear in District Court on September 19.
45-year-old Jerry Shayne Elrod of Caldwell Place in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (September 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Elrod was also charged with two counts of failure to appear, misdemeanor larceny, and misdemeanor possession of stolen property. He was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $24,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, September 6).
Catawba County Commissioners meet today (Tuesday, September 6) in regular session. The meeting was moved to today due to the Labor Day holiday yesterday (Monday, September 5). The meeting will be back at it's normal location at the 1924 Courthouse, the last meeting was moved due to the Soldiers Reunion activities in Newton.
Among the items on today's agenda, there are two items Commissioners will be voting on the consent agenda, the GKN Driveline Agreement Amendment along with the Map Review Officer Designation.
Under departmental reports today, commissioners will hear a presentation on the award planning and design contract for Mountain Creek Park. This will be presented by Planning and Parks Director Jacky Eubanks, Gary Wirth of Wirth and Associates, and Purchasing Manager Debbie Anderson. Also under departmental reports, commissioners will hear a vision and strategic planning process/economic and demographic trends update. This will be presented by county manager Mick Berry and Economic Development Corporation President Scott Millar.
Under the Managers Report at tomorrows meeting, commissioners will discuss the replacement of the public information officer and the new classification of communications and marketing director.
Today’s Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 9:30 a.m. in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
Hickory City Council will be meeting in regular session tonight. The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners meeting normally held the first Monday of the month has been moved due to the Labor Day Holiday, Caldwell Commissioners will meet next Monday, September 12, at 6 p.m. in Lenoir.
43-year-old Landon Arthur Haynes of Pax Hill Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (September 5) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Haynes was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, September 6).
41-year-old James William Brown of East Maiden Road in Maiden was arrested Saturday (September 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of open container/consuming alcohol in a passenger area, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Brown was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, September 6).
25-year-old Phillip Voltz of 8th Avenue Drive SW in Hickory was arrested Friday (September 2) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with first degree sexual offense, assault by strangulation, intimidating a witness, and assault inflicting serious injury. Following the arrest, Voltz was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond. No court date was listed.
Attorney General Roy Cooper warns consumers to be on the lookout for scams that could follow Hurricane Hermine, which moved up the east coast late last week. Hermine, which was at times a Tropical Storm and at times packed Hurricane-force winds, hit the North Carolina coast late last week into the start of the Labor Day weekend.
The Attorney General said in a news release from the North Carolina Department of Justice that the majority of North Carolina contractors, tree removal companies and car repair shops are reputable businesses, and many local merchants pitch in to help their communities recover from severe weather. But some unscrupulous scammers travel to areas that have been hit by natural disasters to take advantage of consumers.
Last Thursday (September 1), Cooper put consumers and businesses on notice that North Carolina’s price gouging law barring charging excessive prices in a time of disaster was in effect in 33 eastern counties. He also shared advice for vacationers whose Labor Day plans may be affected by the storm.
Cooper urged North Carolina residents to report scams and frauds to his office by calling toll-free 1-877-5-NO-SCAM within the state or by filing a consumer complaint at ncdoj.gov.
To avoid scams that follow storms:
Put safety first. If you need to evacuate on short notice, for example due to flooding, don’t risk your safety by gathering your personal items. After the storm has passed, do not attempt to move downed power lines or attempt dangerous repairs on your own.
Take important financial documents with you if you evacuate, including insurance policies, mortgage documents, an inventory of the contents of your home, and any bills to pay. Also take your insurance agent’s phone number and the number for the Consumer Protection hotline, 1-877-5-NO-SCAM, with you.
If the storm damages your property, contact your insurance company. Some insurance companies require an adjuster’s approval before work can be done. Take pictures and videos of the damage, if possible. Cover holes in your roof or walls with a tarp to prevent additional damage if you can do so safely.
Don’t pay for work up front. Inspect the work and make sure you’re satisfied before you pay. A small down payment may be required for some projects, but don’t pay anything without getting a written contract. Avoid paying with cash; use a check or a credit card instead.
Beware of any contractor who tries to rush you or comes to your home to solicit work. If an offer is only good now or never, find someone else to do the work. Seek recommendations from friends, neighbors, co-workers and others who have had work done on their homes.
Get three written estimates, if possible, and compare bids. Check credentials and contact the Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau to learn about any complaints against the contractor. Ask to get the contractor’s certificate of insurance directly from their insurance company, not from the contractor. Before work begins, get a written contract detailing all work to be performed, costs and a projected completion date.
For car repairs, shop around and compare written estimates. On major jobs, get a second opinion. If the mechanic recommends replacing parts, ask for the old parts back. You may get credit on some parts if the mechanic wants to keep them.
Beware of charity scams that use disasters to make phony pleas for donations sound legitimate. If a caller refuses to answer your questions about the charity, offers to come to pick up a donation in person or calls you and asks for a credit card, bank account or Social Security number, it may be a scam. To report telemarketing fraud, call the Attorney General’s Office. To check up on a charity, call the Secretary of State’s office toll‑free at (888) 830‑4989.
Visit ncdoj.gov to file a consumer complaint with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division or to get tips on avoiding scams and bad business deals.
For tips on preparing for severe weather, visit readync.org.
26-year-old Michael Lamar Brice of 15th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before midnight Thursday (September 1) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was arrested on warrants from the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office. Those warrants were issued on August 16.
Brice was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was processed at H.P.D. headquarters and then released under a $3,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled Friday (September 2) in Newton.
At the same time, 39-year-old Chasity Dawn Lowman, from the same address on 15th Street S.E. in Hickory, was also arrested by Hickory Police. She was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant from Lincoln County for failure to appear in court. Lowman was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. She has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court in Lincolnton was scheduled for Tuesday (September 6).