27-year-old Christopher Michael Riley of Ashford Drive in Newton was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (March 28) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Riley was wanted in Broome County, New York for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree and D.W.I. He was indicted for the offense by the Sheriff’s Office in Binghamton, N.Y. in August of last year.
Following his arrest, Riley was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court this morning in Newton.
18-year-old Austin Shane “Cutta” McCutcheon of Oakhill Street in Denver and 23-year-old Macy Jordan Walker of George Brown Road in Crouse have been charged in connection to an assault in Lincolnton. Both were charged with Felony Conspiracy to Commit assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Walker was also charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. McCutcheon has been arrested. Walker has not yet been taken into custody.
At about 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, Lincolnton Police performed a welfare check on a subject with a possible head injury walking on North General’s Boulevard in Lincolnton. Officers found that the victim sustained several injuries to his head after he was struck with a blunt object or weapon. Lincoln County E.M.S. transported the victim to Carolinas Healthcare System-Lincoln for emergency treatment. He was treated and released.
Officers learned that the victim had been struck in the head multiple times by a female armed with what was believed to be a tire tool or baseball bat. A white male was with the female during the assault and drove her to and from the scene.
Investigators identified the two assailants as McCutcheon and Walker and developed probable cause to obtain warrants for their arrests. McCutcheon was taken into custody without incident at about 7:30 Saturday evening (March 25). He was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond with a first appearance in District Court scheduled Monday (March 27). His next court date was set for April 10.
According to Police, McCutcheon is a member of the “700” street gang. At the time of his arrest, he was out on bond on other pending felony charges pending in Lincoln County, including possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine.
Macy Walker is still at large. She is described as a white female, approximately 5’7” tall, weighing 135 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Walker frequents the Lincolnton and Crouse areas and has relatives in Rocky Mount. She is also currently out on bond on a variety of pending charges in Lincoln County.
Anyone with information regarding Walker’s whereabouts should contact Lincolnton Police at 704-736-8900 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
A Lincoln County man will spend a minimum of 13 years in prison following his guilty plea to sexual offenses with a minor female child during Catawba County Superior Court on Tuesday (March 28).
41-year-old Clayton Houston Hoyle was given an active prison term of 13-21 years by the Honorable Lisa C. Bell, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, after entering his guilty plea to statutory rape of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old, statutory sex offense with a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old and indecent liberties with a child.
Hoyle will serve his prison sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. He also will have to register as a sex offender and enroll in satellite-based monitoring for the remainder of his life.
The offense occurred on Dec. 29, 2014, when the then 15-year-old victim was staying with a family member at a residence where the defendant also was at the time. The victim had been asleep but woke up with the defendant on top of her engaged in sexually assaulting her.
Extractions of DNA from a sexual assault kit conducted by medical personnel were a match with DNA samples taken from the defendant.
Thad Scronce was the lead investigator for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and received assistance from the Catawba County Child Advocacy Center. Jamie Adams prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
City of Morganton workers planned to shut off water service to a section of NC 126 at approximately 11:30 a.m. to repair a water line break. Customers on NC 126 in Morganton between Watermill Road and Frank Whisnant Road and all side streets will be affected. Workers expect to repair the line and restore service by 2:00 pm barring any unforeseen problems. For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
35-year-old Nicole Renee Howard of South Cline Avenue in Newton was arrested by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Howard was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (Wednesday, March 29) under $14,750 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
37-year-old Stephanie Lee Mcalister of East Maiden Road in Maiden was arrested today (Wednesday, March 29) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and resisting a public officer. Following the arrest, Mcalister was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
A registered sex offender is among most wanted suspects being sought in Iredell County.
52-year-old Phillip Berryman is wanted by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office on a charge of fail to report a new address as a sex offender. Berryman's last known address was 109 Regatta Lane in Mooresville.
25-year-old Emily King is wanted on a charge of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana. Her last known address was 6412 White Water Drive in Charlotte.
24-year-old Tabitha Sprankle is wanted by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office on a charge of felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Sprankle's last known address was 138 Stan Lane in Statesville.
You can see the entire list at www.iredellsheriff.com. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List, call the Statesville office at 704-878-3180 or the Mooresville location at 704-664-7500.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenager. On Monday (March 27) a missing person’s report was filed with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for 15-year-old Shane Michael Szathmary of Church Hill Lane in Maiden.
Detective Kelly Paris says family members last communicated with Szathmary around 8:15 p.m. on Sunday (March 26). The missing teen is described as a white male, 5 feet – 6 inches tall, and weighing around 125 pounds. He has short brown hair and hazel eyes. Shane is believed to be in the Kings Mountain/Bessemer City area. Szathmary failed to return home after staying with friends this past weekend.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Shane Michael Szathmary is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
34-year-old Johnny Paz Perez of Taylorsville was arrested Monday (March 27) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony second degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
On Monday, agents from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), asked for assistance from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office to respond to a residence on Boston Road in Taylorsville. Officers responded with the task force to execute a search warrant at the residence of Johnny Paz Perez. The search warrant was obtained as part of an ongoing undercover operation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security.
The search warrant was executed for electronic devices. The investigation led to the arrest of Perez. According to a news release from the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, Perez allegedly distributed material containing a visual representation of a minor between eight and fourteen years of age, engaged in sexual activity.
Perez was transported to the Alexander County Law Enforcement Center. His bond was set at $100,000 secured. A first appearance in Alexander County District Court is scheduled for next Monday (April 3). Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) is investigating Mr. Perez in reference to his citizenship status.
The Statesville Police Department has provided an update on their investigation into a burial site found in the city, a body was found at the scene.
A makeshift grave site was discovered in Statesville Monday afternoon (March 27). The burial site was found in a wooded area behind the 1100 Block of Mahogony Road in East Statesville. Investigators with the Statesville Police Department were acting on information acquired during the ongoing investigation into the disappearance on Darwin “D.J. Turner”.
After processing and excavating the scene on Tuesday (March 28), the body of a deceased black male was discovered buried at the site. The body was transported from the scene, and an autopsy will be completed on Thursday morning (March 30) at Baptist Hospital. No confirmation or positive identification of the victim can be made at this time. The cause of death also cannot be determined until such time as the autopsy is completed on Thursday. Investigators are currently following up on any possible leads.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Statesville Police at 704-878-3406, or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous.
Due to a sinkhole, the intersection at Highway 127 and 1st Avenue Northeast in Hickory is currently closed and traffic is being rerouted.
Early Tuesday evening (March 28), an infrastructure failure resulted in a sinkhole, which opened on Highway 127, just north of the Earl G. Moser Fire Station. No injuries were sustained and no private property was damaged. The North Carolina Department of Transportation currently has the area barricaded with the assistance of the City of Hickory Public Services Department.
Upon first assessment, the approximate 12 feet diameter and 10 feet deep hole was possibly caused by the failure of an old storm water culvert under the roadway. The affected roadway is maintained by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and they will be handling the repairs and traffic detour logistics.
Interim Public Services Director Kevin Greer says in a news release that the repair will not happen quickly and the city appreciates the public's patience during this repair.
29-year-old Aichon See of Crown Drive in Conover was arrested Tuesday (March 28) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with four counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. See was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $40,000 bond. No court date was listed.
22-year-old Drafton Douglas Davis, Jr. of Grassy Court in Gastonia and 20-year-old Rakeem Deshon McCree of East 5th Avenue in Gastonia both face charges in connection to a robbery Sunday (March 26) in Lincolnton. Davis was arrested yesterday (March 27) on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of stolen goods. McCree remains at large. He faces the same charges.
At about three o’clock Sunday afternoon, Lincolnton Police responded to a reported armed robbery in the parking lot at a local business. Officers spoke to a male victim who said he had arranged to sell a pair of Nike Air Jordan shoes to a subject he met through social media. The victim went to a predetermined location and met with the would-be buyer, who was not alone.
While discussing the shoes, one of the subjects pulled out a handgun and demanded the shoes, money and the victim’s watch. The victim complied and was not injured in any way. The victim provided Police with a description of the suspect vehicle, including the license plate number. The victim also provided Officers with specific information about the robbery that assisted in the investigation.
The investigation led to the issuance of warrants for Davis and McCree. Davis was taken into custody without incident yesterday and placed in the in the Lincoln County Jail under a $21,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today.
McCree is described as a black male, 5’11” tall, weighing 135 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. McCree is also wanted on felony warrants out of Gaston County for forgery and more. He is a member of the Bloods street gang.
The investigation is ongoing. Officers are working to identify the other suspects.
The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in locating a missing teenager. The missing person is 19-year-old Aaliyah Danielle Cline from Bethlehem. Aaliyah was last seen in the Heritage Farm Road area Saturday (March 26) at approximately 4:30 p.m., she is described as a white female 5' 4” 170 lbs. brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on the location of Cline is asked to contact the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-2911.
The man who was named as a suspect in the shooting death of a woman earlier this month in Catawba County has been charged with murder. 49-year-old Jeffrey Dwayne Hoppes of Topaz Drive in Maiden has been charged with first degree murder by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers.
The incident occurred March 7 at a residence on Topaz Drive in Maiden. Angela Smith Tremble was killed in the shooting. According to the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, the suspect, who was Ms. Tremble's boyfriend, sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face. Hoppes was transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for treatment.
Hoppes was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility today (Tuesday, March 28), where he was being held without bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (March 29).
25-year-old Jeremy Dallas Bolen was arrested today (Tuesday, March 28) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and sale and delivery of schedule II controlled substance. In addition, Bolen is charged with two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear and one count of failure to comply. Bolen was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $30,500 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
A grave site was discovered in Statesville Monday afternoon (March 27). Investigators with the Statesville Police Department were acting on information acquired during the ongoing investigation into the disappearance on Darwin “D.J. Turner”.
Investigators searched a wooded area behind the 1100 block of Mahogany Road in East Statesville with the assistance of members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. Officers discovered what appeared to be a deceased person buried in a rudimentary grave site. The site appeared to be recently made. The area was roped off as a possible crime scene.
Due to diminishing daylight, officers secured the scene and provided perimeter security overnight, allowing for the possible excavation at the site today (Tuesday, March 28). This would afford Investigators ample daylight hours to conduct the investigation.
This morning, investigators with the Statesville Police Department, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, along with the assistance of the State Bureau of Investigation began the work of investigating the possible site and excavation in order to determine if in fact a body has been buried at this location.
A news release from the Statesville Police Department stresses that at this early stage, it cannot be determined with any certainty that this is in fact the body of missing person Darwin Lewis Turner Jr.
19-year-old Tyler Delon Bracey of Lincolnton, 25-year-old Bobby Dean McKinney of Dallas, 34-year-old David Nathaniel Neal of Lincolnton and 33-year-old Michael Shane Carver of Dallas (formerly of Iron Station) were all arrested by Lincoln Co. Narcotics Officers yesterday (March 27) on a total of 22 felony drug charges. Bracey was charged with three felony counts each for the sale & delivery of heroin and possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule I controlled substance. The other suspects were each charged with the sale & delivery of methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance, three counts each for McKinney and Neal and two counts each for Carver.
The charges stem from several undercover investigations targeting methamphetamine and heroin sales. According to Detectives, the suspects sold drugs at various locations south and east of Lincolnton.
Bracey was given a $55,000 secured bond. Bond for McKinney was set at $65,000, secured. Neal is currently serving a short prison sentence for an unrelated probation or parole violation. The warrants for his arrest will be served later. Carver is currently in the Gaston County Jail on unrelated charges. He was served the Lincoln County warrants and given an additional $25,000 secured bond. Bracey and McKinney have court appearances scheduled today in Lincoln County. McKinney also has court dates on April 19 & 24 in Gaston County. No court date is currently listed for Neal. Carver has a March 29 Superior Court date in Gaston County.
A contractor for the Department of Transportation has closed Rocky Road in order to replace a bridge over Lower Creek in Caldwell County.
According to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the new bridge is the eighth in a 10-bridge contract with James R. Vannoy and Sons. The $9.7 million contract includes 10 bridges, with five located in Wilkes County, three in Alleghany County, and two in Caldwell County.
A 5.5-mile detour around the construction in Gamewell Township has been established, with the most traffic heading east on U.S. 64/18, then right on Southwest Boulevard, then on Miller Hill Road, and back to Rocky Road.
Construction on the new bridge is expected to be complete by July 2017. The final two bridges in the contract should be finished by December.
21-year-old Julio Ricardo Mendoza-Ortiz of Mount Home Church Road in Morganton was arrested last Thursday (March 23) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony hit and run, misdemeanor hit and run with property damage, reckless driving to endanger, failure to report an accident, and safe movement violation.
According to a news release issued today (Tuesday, March 28), on Saturday, March 18, just before 2:30 a.m. Morganton Public Safety officers responded to a hit and run collision. The incident involved a pedestrian and occurred in the parking lot of the Downtown Sports Bar at 216 East Union Street. Upon arrival, officers found the victim Felipe Alonzo lying in the parking lot between a GMC Yukon and Honda Fit, suffering from injuries.
Burke County EMS was dispatched to the scene due to the injuries. Officers were unable to locate the driver of the Honda, which was identified as the suspect vehicle. Alonzo was transported to CHS Morganton with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Public Safety officers continued their investigation, which led to the arrest of Mendoza-Ortiz. The suspect's bond was set at $25,000. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance last Friday (March 24). His next District Court date is scheduled for April 12.