48-year-old Dennis Todd Marshall of Temple Hill Church Road in Granite Falls was arrested Thursday (December 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Marshall was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Thursday.
44-year-old Bernard Edward Miller of Colonial Drive in Statesville was arrested last Saturday (December 15) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with communicating a threat of mass violence on educational property.
According to a news release issued today (December 21), on November 16, 2018, Miller called West Iredell Middle School, and spoke to school staff regarding what he perceived to be a bullying incident. During this phone conversation, according to the news release, Miller mentioned bringing a gun to West Iredell Middle School and “handling the problem himself”. The Sheriff's Office was made aware of this threat.
The case was assigned to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Threat Assessment Investigator, Dallas Hicks. Detective Hicks reviewed the report and subsequently obtained a warrant for arrest for Bernard Edward Miller for the offence of communicating a threat of mass violence on educational property.
Miller was arrested and received a secured bond of $5,000. A District Court date is scheduled for December 31.
25-year-old Hugo Carrillo and 31-year-old Omar Carrillo, both of Rustic Road in Mooresville, were arrested on December 11 by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on felony drug charges. They were each charged with felony courts of trafficking methamphetamine by possession, possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and maintaining a dwelling to sell a controlled substance.
According to a press release issued today (December 21), events leading to their arrests began when Iredell Co. Narcotics Officers received information about drug activity at the suspects’ residence in southern Iredell County. Investigators gathered information and obtained evidence, leading to a search of the residence. The search turned up 638 grams of methamphetamine with a street value of $159,500. Also found were 1,538 grams of hydroponic marijuana with a street value of $30,760 and approximately 5.4 grams of powder cocaine with a street value of $1,350. Items consistent with drug packaging and other paraphernalia were also found, including digital scales and plastic baggies.
The suspects were identified as Omar Carrillo and Hugo Carrillo. They are being detained at the Cabarrus Co. Detention Center with bond for both suspects set at $250,000, secured. A District Court date in Cabarrus County was scheduled for January 9. No Iredell County court dates are currently listed.
The suspects, who are from Mexico, are not U.S. citizens. They are being held on Immigration detainers.
25-year-old Russell Monroe Dunn, Jr. of Lenoir will spend more than 15 years in prison after being sentenced in a federal drug case. Dunn was sentenced to 188 months in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray announced the sentencing earlier this week.
According to court records, in April 2018, law enforcement arrested Dunn after responding to a service call at the Comfort Inn at 1273 Burkemont Avenue, in Morganton. Law enforcement recovered from Russell’s hotel room five firearms, ammunition, body armor, two kilograms of methamphetamine, and more than $18,800 in cash.
Dunn has 17 prior felony convictions, including a conviction for Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Government Official; Fleeing to Elude Arrest; Possession with Intent to Sell a Controlled Substance; and Breaking and Entering a Place of Worship.
Court records show that Dunn’s mother and co-defendant, Carol Dunn, was also a member of the drug trafficking ring. Carol Dunn has pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge and is currently awaiting sentencing.
35-year-old Amy Denise Icenhour of Goose Creek Lane in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (December 20) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. She was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled Thursday.
43-year-old Paula Renee Cruz of 9th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (December 20) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with failure to appear on counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, felony probation violation, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and resisting a public officer. The charges are from 2017 and 2018. Cruz was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $170,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for January 16, a Superior Court date is January 22.
45-year-old Jennifer Ann Philyaw of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (December 20) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and two counts of probation violation. Philyaw was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $60,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is set for December 27.
The City of Hickory, Catawba County, and the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced Thursday (December 20) that they have signed the second tenant for the Trivium Corporate Center, a 270-acre Class A business park under construction in southeast Hickory. Isotopen Technologien München AG (ITM), a group of specialized radiopharmaceutical companies, plans to construct a manufacturing facility in the park for the production of a new generation of targeted radiopharmaceuticals for the treatment of cancer patients.
ITM plans to create 137 jobs and invest $12 million in machinery and equipment over the next five years. An additional $5 million will be invested in new facility construction in this location. Salaries for the new employees will vary by position and experience. Once all positions are filled, the annual payroll impact will be more than $9.7 million. The average salary is higher than the Catawba County average of $41,531.
This is the second company to announce that they will locate in the Trivium Corporate Center which is being jointly developed by the City of Hickory, Catawba County, and the EDC. Corning Incorporated announced earlier this year that it would construct a new manufacturing facility for its Optical Communications segment.
As part of the project, 8.9 acres owned by the Trivium Corporate Center Inc., a non-profit entity jointly developed and funded by Catawba County and the City of Hickory, will be sold to ITM for its North American production facility.
ITM plans to hire a variety of employees for the new manufacturing operation, including chemical engineers, chemical equipment operators, quality control chemists, quality assurance auditors, health and safety engineers, industrial production managers and other workers. Salaries will vary by position, but the average annual compensation will be above the Catawba County average wage. Hiring is expected to begin early 2020 with assistance by NC Works.
ITM, a privately held group of companies dedicated to the development, production and global supply of innovative diagnostic and therapeutic radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals. Since its foundation in 2004, ITM and its subsidiaries have established GMP manufacturing and a robust global supply network of novel, first-in-class medical radionuclides and generator platform for a new generation of targeted cancer diagnostics and therapies.
Catawba County, the Town of Catawba, and the Catawba County EDC also announced Thursday that Shurtape Technologies, LLC, an industry-leading manufacturer and marketer of adhesive tape and consumer home and office products, will construct a new distribution and future manufacturing facility in the Town of Catawba. The Company plans to invest $31.4 million and create 100 new jobs at this location over a four-year period.
It is envisioned this facility will become the Company’s largest distribution center, serving the Southeastern region of the United States. The Company expects to expand the facility in 2022 with the addition of manufacturing capabilities to support the continued growth of the business.
Based in Hickory, Shurtape Technologies, LLC, is an industry-leading manufacturer and marketer of adhesive tape and consumer home and office products, with facilities in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, Peru, United Arab Emirates and China.
Local incentives are expected to be considered for both projects at upcoming meetings. The ITM project will be discussed by the Catawba County Board of Commissioners and Hickory City Council. The Shurtape project will be discussed during upcoming Catawba Town Council and Catawba County Board of Commissioners meetings.
43-year-old Adrian Lamont Pendergrass of Barfield Drive in Charlotte was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:30 yesterday afternoon (December 19) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and felony possession of marijuana, plus one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
Pendergrass was taken into custody without incident at a convenience store on 16th Street N.E. in Hickory. According to H.P.D.'s arrest report, he had 265 grams (nearly 9.5 ounces) of marijuana on his person at the time of his arrest.
Pendergrass was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $11,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
27-year-old Joseph Scott Bolick, Jr. of Bee Mountain Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with an electronic house arrest curfew violation. Bolick was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
Newton Police have released more information regarding a fatal crash yesterday (December 19) in Newton. The deceased has been identified as 36-year-old Rocky Brett Hilton of Maiden.
The accident occurred at about 1:39 p.m. Wednesday on Southwest Boulevard at Meadowbrook Drive. A tractor-trailer leased to McCreary Modern Inc. of Newton and a Ford Mustang were involved in the accident. The tractor-trailer was driven by 55-year-old Tommy Ray Madron of Lenoir.
The tractor-trailer was traveling south on Southwest Boulevard when it was struck in the left front and left side by the Mustang, which was traveling north. After impact, the Mustang continued north. It ran off the right side of the road before coming to rest in a wooded area east of Southwest Boulevard. The tractor-trailer traveled a short distance before coming to rest in a ditch on the west side of Southwest Boulevard.
Mr. Hilton was pronounced deceased at the scene by E.M.S. Mr. Madron was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Investigators say it appears the Mustang crossed the centerline before striking the tractor-trailer. The investigation is ongoing.
Southwest Boulevard was closed for approximately four-and-a-half hours following the crash.
In addition to Newton Police, responding agencies included the Newton Fire Department, Catawba County E.M.S., Catawba Co. Emergency Services, the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office, the Hickory Police Department, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
23-year-old Richard Leeroy Nelson of Sawmills School Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (December 19) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and driving while license revoked. Nelson was released on $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (December 20).
38-year-old Michael Wayne Walker of Hillside Street in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with an electronic house arrest violation due to a failed drug test. Walker was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for January 14.
30-year-old Joshua Dent Townsend of Forest Oaks Road in Patterson was arrested Wednesday (December 19) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Townsend was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (December 20).
A seven-month long drug investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics division resulted in 18 people being indicted by the Lincoln County Grand Jury this month. They’re charged with various offenses including possession of illegal narcotics, sale and delivery of controlled substances and felonious distribution and trafficking. The investigations took place between April and November of this year and true bills of indictment were returned by the Lincoln County Grand Jury on December 11.
Below is a list of suspects arrested:
43-year-old James William Canipe, Jr., of Cranberry Trail in Lincolnton, was charged with possession of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in August 2018. He was arrested on December 17, 2018 and placed under a $10,000 secured bond.
30-year-old Haley Kristen Gantt of Jake Seagle Road in Vale is charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a felon. She was arrested on December 18, 2018 and placed in jail under a $15,000 secured bond.
43-year-old Bruce Edward Thomas, Jr. of Amy Drive in Lincolnton, is charged with possession of schedule II, possession of schedule III and possession of drug paraphernalia. Thomas was arrested on December 14, 2018 and placed under a $15,000 secured bond.
43-year-old Jason Gavitt of Lincolnton is charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a felon. He is currently being held in the North Carolina Prison System and will be served upon release.
The following individuals were indicted by the Grand Jury on existing charges and will be served with the indictment:
65-year-old Robert Deal Shuford of Davis Road in Lincolnton is charged with possession of methamphetamine.
48-year-old Steven Eugene Travis of Swanson Road in Crouse is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of cocaine.
27-year-old Jamie Wooten of Swanson Road in Crouse is charged with possession of a stolen firearm.
34-year-old William Lovingood of Lantern Ridge in Lincolnton is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
32-year-old Melissa Clanton of Catawba Street in Lincolnton is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine.
47-year-old James Christopher Coleman of Gates Road in Lincolnton is charged with two felony counts of possession of pseudoephedrine with prior methamphetamine charges.
Deputies are still looking for the following suspects:
29-year-old Jessica Michelle Deaton of Salem Church Road in Lincolnton is charged with possession of methamphetamine.
32-year-old Kasey Lynn Earwood of Kelly Road in Mt. Holly is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and sell and deliver methamphetamine.
34-year-old Daniel Scott Huffman of 2nd Street Place, SW in Hickory is charged with two felony counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and sell and deliver cocaine.
43-year-old Christa Ann McClung of South Industrial Park Road in Lincolnton is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of Schedule IV (Xanax).
46-year-old Christopher Lee Reynolds of Reepsville Road in Vale is charged with three felony counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin and sell and deliver heroin.
49-year-old Eddie Jerry Ruff, Jr. of Walker Street in Kings Mountain is charged with three felony counts each of possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and sell and deliver methamphetamine.
26-year-old Jessie Eric Stuckey of Thornwood Lane in Stanley is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and sell and deliver methamphetamine.
42-year-old Phillip Wayne Thompson of Banks Drive in Cherryville is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and sell and deliver methamphetamine.
Break-ins that occurred in an Iredell County neighborhood are currently under investigation. Last Wednesday (December 12) the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to two residential breaking and enterings which had been reported off of Brawley School Road.
The first incident was reported off of Brookridge Drive, which is located off of McKendree Road. In this incident the suspect(s) entered the residence through the kitchen window. They used an unknown tool to break the window lock, and then entered the home. They went through each room emptying all of the drawers and cabinets. The only item stolen was a jewelry box which contained numerous pieces of jewelry.
A witness in the area noticed a blue, two door Saturn car. The witness told police the vehicle pulled on to Brookridge Drive at a high rate of speed. A few minutes later, the same car left the area at a high rate of speed. The only other description was that it appeared as if a white female was driving the vehicle.
The second break-in was reported approximately an hour later in the area of Crystal Circle off of Wood Duck Loop. In this incident, the suspect(s) broke into the residence by prying the basement door open. Stolen from this residence was a jewelry box containing several pieces of jewelry along with a gun. A witness in the area noticed a blue Saturn, similar to the one seen in the area of Brookridge Drive. The witness managed to take pictures of the suspects, and the vehicle. In the pictures a female is in the driver seat, and it appears to be a black male walking around the vehicle talking to the female.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in identifying these people of interest. If you know them, or have any information about these cases, call Detective Clodfelter at 704-878-3180.
45-year-old Russell Eugene Pitts of Nolden Creek Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Monday (December 17) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth, possession of meth, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Pitts is also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Monday, North Carolina Probation and Parole Officers and Burke County Sheriff’s Office Detectives went to 7302 Nolden Creek Road in Connelly Springs to conduct a residential check. When they arrived, probation officers made contact with Russell Eugene Pitts. Officers searched the residence and, according to a news release from the Burke County Sheriff's Office, found approximately six ounces of methamphetamine.
Detectives arrested Pitts and placed him in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $150,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is January 7 in Morganton.
30-year-old Ryan Jaral Hicks of Norman Fair Avenue in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (December 19) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony assault by strangulation and assault on a female. Hicks was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for January 16.
According to published reports, an accident today (December 19) involving a tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle has left one person dead. The crash happened on Business Highway 321 this afternoon. The roadway near the National Guard facility in Newton was closed in the aftermath of the accident.
The passenger vehicle reportedly caught fire. Two McCreary Modern employees from the commercial truck tried to put the fire out.
Newton Police are investigating.
21-year-old Logan Nickolas Royster of Swinging Bridge Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police just after 3 p.m. yesterday (December 18) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
His arrest comes in connection to an incident on November 12. At that time, Offices responded to a stolen vehicle call at an auto repair business on 4th Street S.W. in Hickory. Yesterday, Hickory Police went to a residence on Double Circle Drive in Conover to meet with Sheriff's Deputies in reference to a recovered stolen vehicle (a 1971 Chevy Monte Carlo).
Royster was taken into custody without incident at the Conover address. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.