43-year-old Bryant Marshall Warren of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police late last night (February 27). He's charged with two counts of felony common law robbery and one felony count each of speeding to elude arrest and possession of cocaine. Warren was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of stolen goods, resisting a public officer and hit & run leaving the scene with property damage, plus a parole violation.
He was arrested in connection to two robberies that took place last night at the One Stop store and the Fast Track store, both on Fairgrove Church Road. In each case, a black male entered the store and grabbed cash from the register.
A short time after the robberies, on Tate Boulevard, Police saw a gold, 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee matching the suspect vehicle description. Officers followed the Jeep until it hit a road sign at 1st Avenue S.W. and 12th Street S.W.
The driver, Bryant Marshall Warren, fled on foot, but was quickly apprehended. He was arrested at about 11 p.m. and placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $9,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for tomorrow in Newton.
36-year-old James Andrew Parks Byrd of Husbands Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (February 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and failure to appear. Byrd was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $17,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
46-year-old Lisa Renee Baines Cline of Pathfinder Street in Newton was arrested Monday (February 27) by Long View Police Officers. She's charged with being an habitual felon. In addition, Cline is charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, forgery of an endorsement, obtaining property by false pretense, uttering a forged instrument, simple assault, and misdemeanor larceny.
Cline was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $11,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, February 28). District Court dates are set for Wednesday (March 1) and March 21.
35-year-old Edward Curtis Byrd III of SW Haven Circle in Lenoir was arrested Monday (February 27) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with trafficking in heroin or opium. Byrd was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for next Monday (March 6).
28-year-old James Wesley Bare of Hartland Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (February 27) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and interfering with emergency communications. Bare was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 28).
28-year-old Karl Garhardt Fleming of Steam Engine Drive in Mooresville was arrested last Thursday (February 23) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three felony counts apiece of selling controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school and maintaining a dwelling for the sale of controlled substance, two felony counts of possession with intent to sell marijuana, one felony count of sell and deliver marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a news release issued Monday (February 27), last Thursday members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigation Unit executed a search warrant at 113 Steam Engine Drive, Unit 104 in Mooresville. The investigation began when narcotics investigators received information about marijuana sales occurring in the Mount Mourne area of Southern Iredell County very near the elementary school.
Surveillance operations were established in the area and investigators identified the suspect’s apartment as a location for drug sales. Additional information was obtained which allowed undercover investigators to purchase marijuana from the suspect in his apartment. A search of the home resulted in the discovery of several firearms, drug paraphernalia, and a substantial amount of marijuana.
Karl Gerhardt Fleming was arrested at the scene and transported to the Iredell County Detention Center. He was incarcerated under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 14.
35-year-old Michael Terrell Perkins was arrested Friday (February 24) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking cocaine, and posession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Perkins is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, careless and reckless driving, open container in a passenger area, and fictitious license plate.
Friday at approximately 3:30 p.m. a Morganton Public Safety Officer noticed a white 4-door vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on East Fleming Drive. Using radar, it was determined that the vehicle was traveling 70 MPH in a 45 MPH zone. The officer turned around with the intent to stop the driver and issue a citation. The vehicle would not stop for the officer and was weaving in and out between other motorists. The officer eventually was able to stop the vehicle and identified the driver as Michael Terrell Perkins. Perkins was reportedly acting nervous when approached by the officer.
Perkins was detained. During a search, 40 grams of powered Cocaine was located on Perkins along with $504 in cash, a digital scale, one-half ounce of Marijuana. A mason jar containing a clear, alcoholic beverage was found in the passenger area along with a cut straw, which police believe was to be used for snorting drugs.
Perkins was arrested and appeared before a Magistrate, receiving a $50,000 secured bond. He was not listed as an inmate in Burke County as of earlier today (Tuesday, February 28). He was scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday (February 27). His next District Court date is March 7.
A body that was found last Wednesday (February 22) has been positively identified as Patricia Linn Loveless. Lincolnton city employees were working on a sewer line off of Hollis Henderson Road when they found the badly decomposed body.
The Lincolnton Police and the S.B.I. worked to recover the body, which they identified as female. An autopsy conducted in Winston-Salem identified the deceased as Ms. Loveless, who was originally reported missing in March 2015. Numerous searches were conducted throughout 2015.
The pathologist made the identification using medical records and prior x-rays. Items recovered at the scene also matched items purchased by Ms. Loveless the day she disappeared.
The cause of death has not been determined. There is no evidence at this time to indicate Ms. Loveless’ death was suspicious in nature.
39-year-old Omar Garcia, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:30 Friday afternoon (February 24) on one felony count of assault of a government official and misdemeanor counts of larceny and second-degree trespass.
During the booking process at the Hickory Police Department, Garcia allegedly spit in a male Officer’s face while he was in a holding cell. He was not photographed or fingerprinted at that time.
Garcia has been jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $18,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was set for today (February 27) in Newton.
25-year-old Tykevious Owan Thomas of 3rd Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:30 Saturday afternoon on two felony counts of discharging a firearm into occupied property and one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
He was arrested in connection to an incident on June 22 of last year when Police responded to a shots-fired call on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. Thomas allegedly fired two shots from a handgun toward a vehicle. In the vehicle were a 30-year-old male, a 29-year-old female and a juvenile female. The vehicle was not hit and no one was injured.
Thomas was found and initially arrested later on the same date. No details regarding a possible motive are available.
He was taken into custody Saturday without incident on South Center Street in Ridgeview. Thomas was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was set for today (February 27) in Newton.
35-year-old Brady Scott Mitchell and 20-year-old Ashley Marie Morrissey of Jeremy Lane in Statesville were both arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers Friday (February 24). They were each charged with one count of trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to sell heroin and maintaining a dwelling to sell controlled substance. All the charges are felonies.
Narcotics Officers and the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at the Jeremy Lane residence, leading to the discovery of 4.4 grams of heroin, a loaded 40-caliber pistol and over $1,000 in cash.
The investigation began when Narcotics Investigators obtained information regarding the possible sale of heroin in the Bethesda Road and Jeremy Lane area in eastern Iredell County. Surveillance operations were established and other intelligence was gathered, establishing that the occupants of the Jeremy Lane residence were selling heroin.
Based on the evidence gathered, a search warrant was issued. At the time of the search, Mitchell and Morrissey were at the residence. Both admitted to knowledge of the drugs that were seized.
Following their arrests, both suspects were taken to the Iredell Co. Detention Center with bond for each set at $100,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today (February 27).
26-year-old Tiffany Dawn Cullins of Franklin, N.C. and 44-year-old Flora Anne Ensley of Bent Arrow Road in Catawba were both arrested by Hickory Police at 2:20 Friday afternoon (February 24). Cullins was charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and two misdemeanor probation violations, while Ensley faces two counts of felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
They were arrested after Police stopped a vehicle at 21st Street S.E. and Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Duval County, Florida. Cullins was the driver and Ensley was the only passenger in the vehicle. A search of Ensley’s purse turned up 1.1 grams of methamphetamine, 0.6 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
Both women were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Cullins was given a $65,000 secured bond. Ensley’s bond was set at $10,000, secured. They were each scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (February 27) in Newton.
22-year-old Taylor Wayne Gore of Pratt Lane in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and obtaining property by false pretense.
Earlier this month, the Sheriff's Office received a report of larceny of jewelry from a residence on Ivy Hollow Lane in Mooresville. There were several rings and a tennis bracelet stolen from the master bedroom of the home. The jewelry had an appraised value of $52,400. Deputies responded and found there was no forced entry to the residence. After gathering information it was found that contractors had been working inside the home earlier in the week.
Detectives were able to gather the names of everyone that had been inside the residence and found that the suspect, Taylor Wayne Gore, was a new employee to the work crew. Detectives were then able to track down the stolen jewelry that was reportedly sold by Gore at a Statesville business. Detectives were able to recover all of the victim’s jewelry and return it undamaged.
Gore was arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was given an $8,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for March 15.
44-year-old Amy Lynn Penley was arrested Friday (February 24) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Penley was placed in jail in Morganton, her bond is $30,000 secured on the drug offense and a previously filed charge of probation violation. Penley was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Monday, February 27).
52-year-old Carolyn Shew Davis of Braswell Place in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (February 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on a bill of indictment with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, Davis was given a custody release, no court date was listed.
39-year-old Kim Nicole Spencer was arrested Friday (February 24) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Spencer was placed in jail in Morganton under $11,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 15.
49-year-old Ronnie Lynn Benfield of South Cedar Avenue in Newton was arrested Friday (February 24) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Benfield was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 27).
37-year-old Johnny Louis Alvarez of Lenoir was arrested Saturday (February 25) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. In addition, Alvarez is charged with failure to stop for a steady red light and failure to stop for a stop sign or flashing red light. Alvarez was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, February 27).
25-year-old Nichole Leanne Hilton of Cross Creek Drive in Hudson was arrested Friday (February 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on a bill of indictment with felony counts of common law robbery, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and assault inflicting serious injury. Hilton was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. Superior Court appearances are scheduled for March 6 and May 1.
WHKY owner and general manager Tom Long Sr. passed away Friday. Mr. Long has been with both WHKY Radio and TV since they went on the air, in 1940 and 1968 respectively. The entire staff of WHKY is saddened by his passing. This is the obituary for Mr. Long.
Thomas Edmund Shuford Long, Sr., 90, passed away unexpectedly February 24, 2017 surrounded by his family at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
Born October 18, 1926 in Catawba Co., he was the son of the late Edmund Showalter Long and Roberta Shuford Long.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Lois Guthrie Long.
A lifelong member of Corinth Reformed Church, he was owner and general manager of WHKY Radio and WHKY-TV where he was still actively employed at age 90.
Tom served in the US Navy during WWII and was one of the first radar technicians as radar was in its infancy. He later attended NC State University.
He was a member of the Hickory Masonic Lodge, a former member of the Hickory Rotary Club, and a member of American Legion Post 48.
Work was his hobby but he also enjoyed collecting vintage records, antique radios, and classic cars.
Tom enjoyed life and was beloved by his family, many friends and employees, many of whom he considered family.
Survivors include his sons, Tom Long, Jr. of Hickory, Jeff Long and wife Joyce of Hickory; daughter, Carol Wolfe and husband Karl of Hickory; sister, Susie Long of Hickory; grandsons Chris Long and wife Amanda of Summerville, SC, Charlie Long and wife Heather of Charlotte; granddaughters, Ally Mashburn of Raleigh, Jennifer Wolfe and Kathryn Wolfe of Hickory; 7 great-grandchildren, Vivian, Cheyenne, Bianca, Sierra, Penelope, Kindra, and Robert Long.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, February 27, 2017 at Bass-Smith Funeral Home officiated by the Rev. Dr. Bob Thompson and the Rev. Bill Howell followed by Military Honors. The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00 AM prior to the service.
Employees of WHKY Radio and TV will serve as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Corinth Legacy, c/o Corinth Reformed Church, 150 16th Ave. NW Hickory, NC 28601.
Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Thomas Edmund Shuford Long Sr.
On-line condolences may be sent to www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.