28-year-old Daniel James Coffey of Charlie Little Road in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (September 20) by Probation and Parole Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation in Caldwell County, and felony auto larceny in Burke County. Coffey was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Caldwell County court appearance is scheduled for October 23, Coffey's Burke County court date is November 13.
We have more information on an arrest we first reported Wednesday (September 20) on WHKY. 49-year-old Tracy Lloyd Lail of Reid Road in Granite Falls was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense.
On Monday (September 18) a search was conducted at Lail's residence. The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office obtained the search warrant following a report of a bank card theft in the Dudley Shoals Area. It was discovered that the card was stolen out of a mailbox. Surveillance footage was obtained showing Lail using the stolen card to make a purchase.
Additional reports have been filed in the Granite Falls and Dudley Shoals areas regarding the theft of mail from mailboxes. During the search Monday, dozens of stolen credit cards and additional pieces of mail not belonging to Lail were recovered. The mail is addressed to residences in Caldwell, Alexander, Burke, and Catawba Counties. The investigation into this case is ongoing and additional charges are expected.
Lail was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $150,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 21).
A woman reported missing in Caldwell County this week has been found. Investigators with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office were looking for 25-year-old Caitlin Briana Taylor, she'd been missing since August 7. The Sheriff's Office reports that Taylor was found earlier this week. A spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office says she is safe. No additional information was released.
38-year-old John Earl Hooker of Tulbert Lane in Hamptonville, 24-year-old Christian Andrew Anderson of Union Grove Road in Hamptonville were both arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with breaking and entering to terrorize or injure, felony assault inflicting serious injury, and felony conspiracy. Authorities were still seeking 18-year-old David Waylon Todd Hooker of Tulbert Lane in Hamptonville on charges of assault inflicting serious injury and felony conspiracy and 19-year-old Abigail Lottie Tulbert of Sloans Mill Road in Olin on a charge of felony conspiracy.
On the night of Tuesday September 5, Deputies responded to Iredell Memorial Hospital in reference to an assault. When Deputies arrived at the hospital, they found a male victim had been transported to the Emergency Room with serious facial injuries. The victim had been found by a friend unconscious and bloody in the kitchen floor of his home on Troy Mill Road in northern Iredell County. The friend was able to get the victim responsive and immediately transported him to the E.R.
Deputies were able to speak to the victim at the hospital. He told Deputies that he was at home when someone knocked on his door wanting to use the bathroom. The victim said he knew the people and allowed them into his home. He allowed two of the suspects in, and while he was talking to them, two other individuals forced their way into the home through the front door.
The victim told Deputies that the three men then surrounded him in the living room and started a verbal confrontation with him. The victim said he was hit in the back of the head and knocked to the floor. The victim remembers being kicked and hit repeatedly in his head by both John Hooker and David Hooker, who are father and son. The victim stated he went unconscious and didn’t remember anything until his friend found him later that same evening. The victim was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital.
John Earl Hooker and Christian Anderson were later located and arrested. John Hooker was placed in the Iredell County Jail under a $52,500 secured bond. Christian Anderson's bond was set at $15,000 secured. They both have District Court dates October 9. The Sheriff’s Office was still attempting to locate David Hooker and Abigail Tulbert. Anyone with information on them are asked to call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180.
Authorities are seeking a suspect who used another person's credit card to make purchases at businesses in Iredell and Catawba Counties. A report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday (September 21) in reference to the discovery of fraudulent charges on a credit card which had been lost earlier in the day.
The suspect used the victim’s card at several locations along Turnersburg Highway in Statesville, and in Hickory. The suspect is believed to be around five feet tall, with brown hair. They are seen wearing glasses in all available security footage. At some of the locations, the suspect is accompanied by a young, taller, white female with dark hair.
If you have any information on the identity of the suspect, contact the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force initiated an operation entitled "17-76" this morning (September 20). The operation involves the apprehension of 76 suspects who are wanted on more than 250 drug charges. Officers began rounding up suspects at approximately 6 a.m. today. Captain Jason Reid of the Catawba County Sheriff's Office told WHKY that many of the offenders are facing either heroin or meth charges.
Of the 76 suspects, 44 had been apprehended at the close of the operation today. During the arrest of two of the suspects at a residence on 3rd Street Place SE in Hickory, investigators found marijuana and paraphernalia in the porch area. Authorities got a search warrant for the residence and found three ounces of methamphetamine, more than two ounces of marijuana more than four grams of opiates and $3,100 in U.S. currency.
For the full news release from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office regarding this operation download the attachment below.
31-year-old Preston Sentel Woods of Newton was given an active prison sentence of five-to-seven years after pleading guilty to failure to register a new address as a sex offender. He was also sentenced as an habitual felon. The Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, handed down the sentence in Catawba County Superior Court Monday (September 18).
The habitual felony designation comes as the result of prior felony convictions for indecent liberties with children (May 2007), sex offender unlawfully on premises occupied by children (January 2014) and failure to report a change of address (January 2015), all in Catawba County.
Authorities were unable to locate Woods at the Hickory residence he registered with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office in January 2016. Sheriff’s Officers and Catawba County Probation & Parole Officers exhausted numerous leads in attempts to locate Woods, who avoided them for five months before he turned himself in in June of 2016.
Darrin Lackey investigated the case for the Sheriff’s Office with assistance from Travis Osborne with Probation & Parole. Michael Van Buren and Jonathan Greer handled the prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
The Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance in identifying the suspects who may have been involved in numerous recent breaking & entering and larceny of motor vehicle cases in the Bethlehem Community. The suspects were driving an older model white Ford Taurus. They were last seen in the Lenoir area.
Anyone with information regarding the suspects should call the Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-2911 or Alexander County Crime Stoppers at 828-632-8555. Detective Mark St. Clair is the lead Investigator.
The Catawba County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force initiated an operation entitled "17-76" this morning. The operation involves the apprehension of 76 suspects who are wanted on more than 250 drug charges. Officers began rounding up suspects at approximately 6 a.m. today, and they had planned on seeking the alleged offenders for several hours. As of approximately 9 a.m. today more than 15 of the individuals had been arrested on various drug charges. Captain Jason Reid of the Catawba County Sheriff's Office told WHKY that many of the offenders are facing either heroin or meth charges.
49-year-old Tracy Lloyd Lail of Reid Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (September 19) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Lail was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Thursday (September 21).
17-year-old Luis Javier Chavez of Highland Avenue in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (September 19) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana. Chavez is also charged with six counts of failure to appear on traffic-related allegations. He was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $117,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (September 20) and September 29.
28-year-old Brandon Scott Scronce of North Cedar Street in Lincolnton was arrested last Friday (September 15) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with felony attempted breaking and entering, communicating threats, domestic criminal trespassing, misdemeanor larceny, and possession of stolen goods.
On Friday, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the Lincolnton Police Department received a breaking and entering in progress call to a residence on the 1000 block of East Catawba Street. The victim was familiar with the suspect as her ex-boyfriend. The female victim was present in the residence with her small children. Officers arrived and located the suspect, identified as Brandon Scott Scronce, on the back porch of the residence. He was taken into custody without any further incident.
Scronce initially did not receive a bond due to the fact that the charges were domestic violence related. He was placed in the Lincoln County Jail and was scheduled to appear in court Monday. Scronce is not currently listed as an inmate in Lincoln County.
19-year-old Jontavius Javez Littlejohn was arrested Monday (September 18) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with one count apiece of attempted common law robbery, second degree kidnapping, assault on a female, felony flee to elude arrest, reckless driving, no operator’s license, larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny, interfering with electronic monitoring device, and two Failure to Appear warrants.
On Monday, just before noon, Officers with the Lincolnton Police Department were called to the area of 306 West Main Street, the Charles R. Jonas Library, in reference to an assault on a female and attempted robbery.
Officers made contact with the victim and witnesses to gather a description of the suspect. According to a news release, video surveillance confirmed the suspect was Jontavius Littlejohn. The video footage gave Officers a clear description of what Littlejohn was wearing and the vehicle he was driving to include the registration plate number.
Officers then began searching for the vehicle and located it a short time later on East Main Street. A chase then ensued south on U.S Highway 321. The suspect traveled in excess of 100 mph before stopping and surrendering to Lincolnton Police Officers.
Littlejohn was placed in jail under $270,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for October 9, a District Court date is set for October 10.
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance in locating a suspect in a business break-in.
On Sunday (September 17) the Southern Farm Supply Store on West Memorial Highway in Union Grove was broken into. The unidentified male suspect busted out the front door to gain entry into the business. The man then ran in a straight path to where an Oregon Battery Powered Chain Saw was sitting along with an Oregon Battery Powered Hedge Trimmer was sitting. The thief took the two items and then left the building and drove off in an unidentified vehicle.
The suspect is a slender white male with what appears to be a cast or medical boot on his right ankle. The suspect is also wearing what appears to be a western style boot on his left foot. The Criminal Investigation Division of the Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or Iredell County Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.
A Burke County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputy and a school official dealt with an incident involving a juvenile and a firearm on school property at Table Rock Middle School in Burke County Tuesday morning (September 19).
The incident involved a sixth-grade student who brought an unloaded weapon to the school. The student retrieved the gun from his parents’ vehicle the previous night. Students who saw the weapon promptly reported it to school administrators and to the school Resource Officer, who was on campus at the time. The Officer immediately secured the weapon.
No shots were fired and there were no injuries. The school’s principal, Jennifer Hawkins, sent a message to all students’ parents informing them of the situation and assuring them that all students and school personnel were safe.
Juvenile Authorities are conducting an ongoing investigation.
18-year-old Robert Dijuan Nelson, Jr. of 10th Avenue Drive was arrested early Sunday morning (September 17) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Events leading to his arrest began at about 7:30 a.m. on August 21 when Hickory Police performed a health check at an address on 2nd Street S.E. Nelson was found on the scene in a 2006 black Chevrolet Suburban. Nelson left the scene after he was checked by E.M.S. Later that day, at about 3:15 p.m., Police responded to a stolen vehicle report on 18th Avenue N.E. The vehicle was found at Tedder Recovery in Hickory after it was towed from the 2nd Street S.E address. Warrants for Nelson’s arrest were issued the next day.
He was taken into custody without incident at about 3:15 a.m. Sunday at a convenience store on Springs Road N.E. Nelson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $27,500 secured bond. Nelson faces additional charges for a felony probation violation, resisting a public officer (two counts), simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and a parole violation. A District Court date was scheduled yesterday (September 18) with additional court dates on September 21, October 9 and October 10, plus a Superior Court date on November 8.
61-year-old Herbert Vernal Stanback of Winston-Salem was given an active prison term of six-to-nine years during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (September 18). Stanback pleaded guilty to breaking & entering and larceny. He was also convicted as an habitual felon. The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Forrest D. Bridges, Superior Court Judge from Cleveland County. Stanback’s sentence will begin at the end of his current sentence, which is set to expire in 2024.
Stanback’s prison term was enhanced by prior felony convictions for larceny of a motor vehicle in Mecklenburg County (October 1985), escape from a state prison in Mecklenburg (October 1990) and larceny in Union County (December 2004).
In early January 2015, Stanback broke into a local car dealership and removed Michelin and Cooper tires valued at more than $6,400, along with a 2015 model vehicle. The incident was similar to others that occurred at other Hickory dealerships in September and November of 2014.
Along with the Hickory Police Department, the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles became involved in the investigation as the result of other, similar crimes in North Carolina’s Triad. Prior to his plea in Catawba County, Stanback pleaded guilty to similar charges in Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph and Surry counties.
Kyle Smith prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
A Newton teenager facing a murder charge in Catawba County will not face the death penalty.
Prosecutors for the State announced during Catawba County Superior Court today (September 19), that they will not seek capital punishment for 16-year-old Lennon Riley Henderson for the August 5, 2017, death of 40-year-old Harry Lewis Bruner Jr.
The law does not allow the State to pursue the death penalty for Henderson because of his age. He is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the case.
The North Carolina Department of Justice has issued a warning regarding hurricane damaged vehicles. In a news release issued Monday (September 18), NCDOJ warned consumers that vehicles that have been totally or partially submerged often show up for sale on new and used car lots, after extensive cleaning that makes it hard for buyers to detect damage. Under North Carolina law flood damage must be disclosed in writing, but title paperwork is sometimes unlawfully altered to remove any mention of flood damage.
To avoid buying a flood-damaged car: Ask the seller directly if the car has been damaged in any way, including by storms or flooding. Consider getting a complete vehicle history report. Visit vehiclehistory.gov for a list of approved providers. Request a copy of the title for any used car. Check the date and place of transfer to see if the vehicle comes from a state that recently experienced flooding. Flood damage will only be disclosed on the title if the insurance company officially declared the car totaled. Have the car examined by an independent mechanic of your choice before you buy. Avoid buying a car over the Internet if you haven’t seen it in person, especially if it is being sold in an area that recently experienced flooding.
Check for rust and mud in the trunk, glove box, and dashboard and beneath the seats. Look for rusty brackets under the dash and carpet, discolored upholstery, and mismatched carpet. Test electronics like headlights, windshield wipers, turn signals, power outlet, and radio. Run the heater and air conditioner, and look in the vents for signs of water or mud. Make sure all gauges on the dashboard are working accurately.
If you believe that you may have unknowingly purchased a flood-damaged vehicle or want to report auto repair problems, contact our Consumer Protection Division by phone at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within North Carolina. Consumers can also get tips on auto damage disclosure and file a consumer complaint online at ncdoj.gov.
Catawba County has been awarded a $414,109 grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) to expand Riverbend Park by more than 200 acres and 1,900 feet of Catawba River shoreline, bringing the park’s overall size to approximately 689 acres and 5,200 total feet of shoreline.
Park patrons will be able to access the park’s new property by late summer 2018. Landowner Byron Bean offered 209 acres adjacent to Riverbend Park to the County earlier this year in memory of the late Harriet H. Bean. Mr. Bean and family desired for the land to be used for health, recreation and educational purposes.
Appraised at $1.2 million, the land was sold to the County for $400,000 with the balance of the appraised value considered a donation. The PARTF grant provides for the entire purchase price and associated surveying and legal fees.
The expansion allows for the addition of five to 10 miles of multi-use, natural surface trails to Riverbend’s existing 12-mile trail system, which will wind through the new property’s mature forests, rolling hills, open meadows, and variety of natural habitats that range from riparian corridors to upland forests. The property also provides expansive views of Barrett’s Mountain, the Brushy Mountains, and the Catawba River.
Located next to the Oxford Dam at 6700 Highway 16 North in Conover, Riverbend Park offers environmental, educational, and passive recreation opportunities year-round. One of the largest non-state parks in North Carolina, Riverbend Park is known for trails that can accommodate hikers and mountain bikers, a two-acre fenced dog park, kayak and canoe access to the Catawba River, miles of shoreline and a three-quarter-acre pond for fishing, a 1,000-square foot meeting facility, exceptional bird watching, and a diverse natural habitat.
Since 1997, Catawba County has received nearly $900,000 in PARTF grant funds to support the creation and enhancement of Riverbend Park, as well as the creation of Bakers Mountain Park on 189 acres in the Mountain View area.
Riverbend Park anchors Catawba County’s four-park system, which includes the County’s highest elevation point at Bakers Mountain Park, a second dog park at St. Stephens Park in Hickory, and the soon-to-be-developed Mountain Creek Park on 589 acres in the Sherrills Ford area. Catawba County Parks are open six days a week (except Wednesdays) and on most holidays. For more information about the Catawba County Parks system, visit www.catawbacountync.gov.