A second suspect has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at a Hickory convenience store earlier this month. 17-year-old Jacquez Markie Burrell of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested yesterday (January 25) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. Burrell turned himself in at the Hickory Police Department shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The charge comes in connection to a robbery at the Cubbard Express Store on 2nd Street N.E. in Viewmont. 17-year-old Jovan Tyrese Little of 7th Street N.E. in Hickory was previously arrested and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon in the same case.
Shortly before midnight on January 12, the two teenagers allegedly held the store clerk at gunpoint and took an undisclosed sum of cash and tobacco products valued at $31. No one was injured.
Burrell was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $75,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Thursday, January 26). Little remained in jail under a $75,500 secured bond. His next court date was scheduled for March 14.
21-year-old Jackson Suddreth Tyler of Brook Creek Drive in Troutman was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (January 24) on a murder charge.
At about 10:30 last night (January 24), Deputies and Detectives responded to a shooting at Tyler’s residence where they found 20-year-old Kelvin Ramone Velez of Charlotte dead of what appeared to be gunshot wounds. The homeowner, Jackson Tyler, who was the only other person in the home when the incident occurred, said a female knocked on the door and then the victim rushed in with a gun and began shooting at him. Tyler said he ran from the man, but when he turned, Velez was on the floor in the living room, dead. Tyler initially stated that he didn’t know the man and didn’t know how he got shot.
An investigation revealed that the two men did, in fact, know each other. In addition, Tyler waited approximately an hour before anyone called 9-1-1. A search of the residence turned up a large quantity of illegal drugs, including marijuana and over 3,000 tablets believed to be Ecstasy. In addition, evidence at the scene indicates that Tyler was making suppressors (a.k.a. silencers) and other firearms components at his home. Because of his criminal history, Tyler is prohibited from possessing firearms,
Detectives determined that there was no evidence to indicate that Velez shot at Tyler or fired any shots. Additionally, other parts of Tyler’s statement were inconsistent with evidence at the scene. Tyler later told Detectives that he might have had a gun and might have tripped and accidentally shot Velez.
Tyler was arrested on the murder charge. Additional felony drug charges are pending. The A.T.F. is conducting an investigation into the firearms-related offenses. Tyler is currently being held in the Iredell County Detention Center without bond. No court date is currently listed.
The investigation is ongoing.
36-year-old Stephen Lawrence Solesby of NC Highway 274 in Vale was arrested today (Wednesday, January 25) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count apiece of larceny by servants or other employees and possession of stolen goods.
The arrest followed the investigation into the theft of a zero turn lawn mower from West End Sales on Highway 10 in Vale. That probe led to charges against a former employee in an unrelated incident. During that investigation Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Captain Tim Johnson determined that numerous pieces of equipment including chain saws, string trimmers, hedge trimmers, leaf blowers and a front end bucket had been taken from the business between September 2015 and October 2016.
Most of the items were recovered. Solesby, the former parts department employee at West End Sales, was charged in connection with the incident. Solesby had access and ability to order equipment from Stihl and other manufacturers of power equipment.
Solesby cooperated in the investigation and turned himself in at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office today. He was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and given a $10,000 unsecured bond.
A first appearance is scheduled in District Court Thursday (January 26).
29-year-old Casey James Ward of Red Maple Lane and 37-year-old Danielle Denise Deiters of Old Highway 194 North, both from Boone, have both been arrested by Watauga Co. Sheriff’s Officers. They were each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.
On January 20, Watauga County Narcotics Detectives and Patrol Deputies executed a search warrant at Deiters’ residence. The search turned up a meth lab. The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation was contacted to assist with the disposal of hazardous materials.
Ward and Deiters were both placed in the Watauga County Detention Facility with bond for each set at $100,000, secured. Ward has a District Court set for February 17, while Deiters is due in court on February 7.
38-year-old Chance Devon Carroll of 11th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:10 last night (January 24) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Carroll was arrested after Police stopped a Ford Ranger with no license plate on the 600 block of Highway 70 S.E. There were three occupants in the truck, which was driven by Carroll.
Carroll was cited for failure to register the vehicle. A subsequent search turned up 1.4 grams of methamphetamine and a digital scale, which were found on the passenger-side floorboard.
Carroll was taken into custody without incident. His passengers were not charged. Carroll was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
57-year-old Ellis Cleveland Simpson of Garrison Drive in Belmont, 25-year-old Christopher Mark Conte of Livingstone Trail in Lincolnton, 28-year-old Norman Stewart Young Jr. of Jenkins Road in Lincolnton, and 44-year-old Noah Jonathan Hensley of Brushy Hollow Lane in Dallas, were all arrested Tuesday (January 24) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers.
Simpson was charged with three felony counts each of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Conte was charged with one felony count each of sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Young was charged with one felony count each of sell and deliver counterfeit controlled substance and possession with intent to sell and deliver counterfeit controlled substance. Hensley was charged with one felony count of possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.
The arrests came following multiple investigations into reports of the sale of crack cocaine and methamphetamine. Narcotics detectives say three of the men arrested were involved in the sale of illegal drugs and another man was involved in purchasing illegal drugs. The investigations were part of a larger investigation targeting the sale of illegal drugs in eastern and central areas of Lincoln County.
According to narcotics investigators, the individuals sold street level amounts of the drugs to undercover detectives. During one of the investigations, undercover officers were also sold fake methamphetamine. Detectives say more arrests will be made in the coming weeks.
Simpson was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. Conte received a $10,000 secured bond. Young was in jail in Gaston County on unrelated charges and received an additional $10,000 secured bond for the drug charges in Lincoln County. Hensley was released after posting a $20,000 secured bond. Simpson and Hensley were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Wednesday, January 25). Young has a District Court date Friday (January 27). No court date was listed for Conte.
A Granite Falls woman has been charged in connection with a convenience store robbery late last week. 48-year-old Judy Potter Norris was arrested Tuesday (January 24) by Granite Falls Police Officers. She's charged with felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and second degree kidnapping.
Norris is charged in connection to an incident that occurred last Thursday (January 19). On that date, at approximately 7:40 p.m., Granite Falls Police responded to an armed robbery at the Market Basket convenience store at 91 South Main Street. Officers arrived at the scene and found the clerk, 56-year-old Gary Atkins, locked in a bathroom and uninjured. Officers obtained a description of the female robber and immediately alerted area law enforcement agencies.
Atkins told police that he was approached by a female suspect outside the front door with a gun. The woman, whose face was covered, led him in the store and to a restroom in the back of the store. The robber locked Mr. Atkins inside the restroom. Mr. Atkins immediately used his cell phone to call 911.
Norris was placed in jail under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (January 26).
37-year-old Joshua Eric Spears of Wildlife Road in Vale was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, resisting a public officer, speeding, and reckless driving to endanger. Spears was incarcerated this morning (Wednesday, July 25) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $12,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
23-year-old Jordy Manuel Sanchez-Perez of Churchill Drive in Charlotte was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (Wednesday, January 25) on one felony count of trafficking in methamphetamine.
Events leading to his arrest began at 1:24 a.m. when an Officer saw a dark green 1998 Honda Civic with no taillights traveling south on Highway 321. The Officer conducted a traffic stop and during a search of the vehicle found a book bag in the front passenger side floorboard. The bag contained 1482.68 grams or 3.27 pounds of meth.
Sanchez-Perez was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
17-year-old Jovan Tyrese Little of 7th Street N.E. in Hickory has been arrested in connection to an armed robbery earlier this month at the Cubbard Express store on 2nd Street N.E. in Viewmont. Little was initially arrested Monday (January 23) by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers for failure to appear on a charge of simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance. While in custody, Hickory Police served him with a felony warrant for robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Shortly before midnight on January 12, Little and an accomplice allegedly held the store clerk at gunpoint and took an undisclosed sum of cash and tobacco products valued at $31. No one was injured. The second suspect has been identified as 17-year-old Jacquez Burrell. A warrant for his arrest has been issued, but he remained at-large as of this morning (January 25).
Little is in custody at the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $75,500 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court today on the robbery charge with another court date coming up on March 14, both in Newton.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jacquez Burrell should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.
19-year-old Wesley Wilson Whisenant was arrested Tuesday (January 24) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony first degree burglary. Following the arrest, Whisenant was placed in jail in Morganton under $75,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, January 25).
37-year-old Kristen Nicole Reitzel of 17th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (January 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of a stolen firearm. Reitzel was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
35-year-old Joshua Lane Ellis was arrested this morning (Wednesday, January 25) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Ellis was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday (January 27).
27-year-old Jennifer Leann Roland of Fowler Road in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday (January 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substances. Roland was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday, January 26).
The N.C. Forest Service announced earlier this week that $1 million has been made available to assist landowners with the cost of reforestation in 93 of North Carolina's 100 counties. That includes all of the Hickory Metro Area counties.
The assistance from the Timber Restoration Fund (TRF) will be administered by the North Carolina Forest Service. The program is implemented using requirements and paperwork similar to those for the agency’s Forest Development Program (FDP).
The funds are available through the Disaster Recovery Act of 2016 in counties covered by state of emergency declarations. The declarations were made for eastern counties due to hurricane-related damage and to western counties due to a severe fall wildfire season.
Like the Forest Development Program, the Timber Restoration Fund will reimburse landowners for 60 percent of the cost of planting hardwood seedlings and 40 percent of the cost of planting pines. An exception is that it will pay 60 percent of the cost of planting short leaf pines.
To be eligible for the program, projects must be between five and 100 acres, and landowners must be ready to implement site preparation and tree planting practices. All of the state's counties are eligible with the exception of Alamance, Durham, Granville, Orange, Person, Vance and Warren.
Those interested can contact their county ranger’s office to apply. To learn more about the Timber Restoration Fund, go to http://ncforestservice.gov and follow the links under “Managing Your Forest.”
43-year-old Felicia Hedrick Salvati of Hawks Drive in Claremont was arrested Tuesday (January 24) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of a firearm by a felon, manufacturing marijuana, and possession of marijuana, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
Following the arrest, Salvati was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, January 25).
The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office has released an artist’s rendering of a person of interest in the January 10 murder of Hugh Lee Moose. Mr. Moose was shot and killed at about 7 p.m. in his home on Shiloh Road in Statesville.
A man wearing Carhartt-type clothing was seen near Shiloh Road, on foot, before the homicide. The man was seen walking away from the area of the victim’s home within minutes of the first 9-1-1 call.
The sketch released today was made with the assistance of witnesses and a forensic artist from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of this man should call the Iredell Sheriff’s Homicide Hotline at 704-928-9804.
39-year-old Erin Oliver Fritz of 19th Street NW in Hickory was arrested today (Tuesday, January 24) on charges filed by Long View Police and the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. She's charged in Long View with two counts of sell or deliver cocaine, and one count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office charged Fritz with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and sell or deliver cocaine.
Fritz was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $45,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (January 25).
68-year-old David Clair Cummings of Roberts Road in Crouse was arrested Monday (January 23) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony embezzlement.
The charge is in connection with the theft a 60 inch-cut zero turn lawn mower that went missing from West End Sales at 110 NC 18 Highway in December. The investigation began on December 7 when West End Sales reported to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office that the mower, valued at $10,000, had surfaced in Tennessee and no record of the local sale could be found. Investigators spoke with the person who possessed the mower in Tennessee and he provided a name and address of who he purchased the mower from.
During the follow-up investigation with a witness it was learned that he had purchased the mower from a salesman at West End Sales. The salesman was identified as David Clair Cummings. Cummings turned himself in at the Lincoln County Magistrate’s Office Monday. He was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, January 24).
25-year-old Brittany Elizabeth Butler of Brookridge Lane in Mooresville was arrested last Thursday (January 19) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with two felony counts apiece of obtaining property by false pretense and uttering a forged instrument, and one misdemeanor count of larceny.
On January 11, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report stating that checks had been stolen from a residence. The victim told police that he had several checks stolen from two different checkbooks in his home. He said he noticed the checks were stolen after letting Brittany Elizabeth Butler babysit on January 6.
The victim then checked his bank accounts and saw that several of the checks had been cashed at the State Employees’ Credit Union in Mooresville and in Huntersville. They were cashed on January 10 and January 11. Detective Patrick Irwin was able to obtain copies of the cashed checks along with surveillance camera footage which showed Butler cashing the checks. All the checks were written out to Brittany Butler and according to the State Employee’s Credit Union, her account was used to cash the checks.
Butler had been charged on November 29 with stealing packages in the Brawley School Road area, she was with Sage Owings at the time of those thefts. The vehicle Brittany was driving in the security camera footage from the banks was the same used in the theft of the packages in November.
Butler was arrested Thursday in Rowan County on unrelated charges and the warrants issued by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office were served while she incarcerated at the Rowan County Detention Center. Bond was set at $15,000 secured for the Iredell County charges and the information about the checks that were cashed at the Huntersville State Employees’ Credit Union were forwarded to the Huntersville Police Department.
Butler is scheduled to appear in District Court on Thursday (January 26).