44-year-old Brian Nathaniel Fritts of Bushfield Drive in Lenoir was arrested by Hickory Police Officers yesterday (March 24) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny.
Fritts was arrested without incident at a residence on 2nd Avenue S.W. in Hickory and was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. He has since been released under a $4,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for tomorrow (March 26).
19-year-old Caleb Wayne Meadows of Love Valley Road in Statesville was arrested last Thursday (March 21) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts apiece of first degree statutory rape and first degree statutory sex offense.
According to a news release issued today (March 25), on Monday, January 21, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report concerning a sexual assault which occurred in 2016, the victim was a juvenile. The report indicated Caleb Wayne Meadows was the suspect.
The investigation was assigned to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit. While the victim was being interviewed she told officers about several incidents where she was sexually assaulted by the suspect. Additional witnesses were interviewed, social media accounts were searched, and other evidence was gathered.
As a result of the investigation, Meadows was arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was issued a $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for April 12.
22-year-old Landon Alexander Sigmon of Caldwell Avenue in Newton was arrested on Saturday (March 23) by Hickory Police Officers. He’s charged with one felony count of possession of one gram of crack cocaine and one misdemeanor count of second-degree. The suspect allegedly trespassed at a residence on 2nd Avenue S.W. in Hickory.
Sigmon was arrested without incident at a residence on 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory and was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $4,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 25) in Newton.
27-year-old Kiera Rochelle Hoover of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Conover was taken into custody today (March 25) by Hickory Police Officers. A warrant for her arrest was issued by the Hickory Police Department for two felony probation violations and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. She’s also charged with misdemeanor simple assault.
Hoover was arrested without incident at a residence on 10th Street S.E. in Hickory and was placed in the Catawba County Justice Center under a $31,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for April 1.
36-year-old Robert Alan Hunter of West 17th Street in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about six o'clock Friday evening (March 22) on one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon, plus one misdemeanor count of discharging a firearm in the city limits. Hunter was arrested following an assault that occurred at a residence on South Center Street in Hickory.
He was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $35,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (March 25) in Newton.
26-year-old Dorothea Juanita Blanchard of Sharon Avenue in Hickory was arrested Saturday (March 23) by Granite Falls Police Officers under one felony charge of burning other buildings.
Blanchard was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $25,000, secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (March 25).
30-year-old Cory Ray Mowdy of Kingsport, Tennessee was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (March 23) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.
Mowdy is wanted by the Carter County Sheriff's Office in Elizabethton, Tennessee for aggravated vehicular homicide (D.U.I.) and vehicular assault. The warrant for his arrest was issued on March 13 of this year.
Mowdy was taken into custody without incident at about 1:40 a.m. Saturday at a fast food restaurant on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. He was locked up in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $200,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today (March 25) in Newton.
25-year-old Charles Justin Moore of Wildwood Road in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police Officers on Saturday (March 23). He’s charged with a felony probation violation. Moore is on probation as he serves a 24-month suspected sentence following a November 2017 felony conviction in Caldwell County for possession of a schedule II controlled substance and receiving a stolen vehicle.
Moore was taken to Caldwell County Detention Center and has since been released under a $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for April 1.
22-year-old Antonio Castillo, whose last known address was on Sunset Drive in Taylorsville, has been arrested in Alexander County on a murder charge. Castillo is accused of shooting and killing 23-year-old Blade McKinley Campbell of Taylorsville.
At about 11:45 Sunday morning (March 24), Alexander County 9-1-1 took a call regarding a person who had been shot. Alexander Co. Sheriff's Officers responded to a residence on Middle Road in the Stony Point community. There, they found Mr. Campbell deceased from multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators believe Mr. Campbell and Castillo were in an altercation when Castillo pulled a pistol and shot Campbell.
A "be on the lookout" call was issued for Antonio Castillo. He was traveling in a dark-colored 2006 Nissan Altima. At about 4 p.m., the vehicle was found on Pierpoint Lane in Taylorsville. Castillo was not with the vehicle.
At about 4:20 p.m., Officers found Castillo at a residence on Jessica Lee Lane (across from Pierpoint Lane) in Taylorsville. When they approached the residence, Castillo began running through a field. Officers gave chase and took Castillo into custody.
On Castillo's person, Officers found two bags containing an AR-15 rifle and numerous rounds of ammunition. The AR-15 was not the weapon used in the fatal shooting.
Castillo is currently being held in the Alexander Co. Detention Center without bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in Alexander Co. District Court today (March 25). Additional charges may follow.
The murder weapon has not been found. Anyone with information should call the Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Office at 828-632-1111 or Alexander Co. Crime Stoppers at 828-632-8555.
55-year-old David Joe Swink of Abbie Lane in Lenoir was arrested Friday (March 22) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers on two felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to sell a controlled substance.
Swink was taken to Caldwell County Detention Center and has since been released on a $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (March 25).
35-year-old Andrew Claude Stahl of Lovelady Lane in Granite Falls and 20-year-old Mathew Nathaniel Glenn of Faith Lane in Hudson, were arrested last Thursday (March 21) by Granite Falls Police Officers. They're each charged with felony breaking and entering and possession of burglary tools. Stahl is also charged on a true bill of indictment from Catawba County for breaking and entering with larceny.
The two suspects were arrested in connection to a break-in to the State Employees Credit Union. The suspects were arrested after Granite Falls Police found a broken window at the State Employees Credit Union located on North Highland Avenue at 4:47 a.m. Thursday. An officer, along with a Hudson Police officer, responded to the bank after an alarm was called in to the Police Department. While at the bank, the officers found the broken window. No one was located at the scene at the time of the alarm.
Investigators from the Police Department obtained video footage from the bank. A description of a vehicle and person were obtained from the video. While on patrol, a vehicle matching the one in the video traveling on Falls Avenue was spotted. The vehicle was stopped and the men identified as suspects in this case were identified. During a search of the vehicle there were several items found that police believed were used in the break-in. Nothing was taken from the bank.
Bond for Stahl was set at $30,000 secured. Glenn received a $20,000 secured bond. Both men were incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center and were scheduled to appear in District Court today (March 25). Additional charges are anticipated.
33-year-old Toby Michael Stephens of Catawba Valley Boulevard in Hickory was arrested by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Stephens was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (March 25) under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
32-year-old Victoria Kheysten Chales Gore of Sleepy Hollow Drive in Hickory was arrested Sunday (March 24) by Long View Police Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and misdemeanor probation violation. Gore was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $16,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (March 25) and tomorrow (March 26).
48-year-old Berlie Leonard Michael, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested Friday (March 22) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and common law robbery. In addition, Probation and Parole charged Michael with felony probation violation. Following the arrest, Michael was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 25).
An Alexander County man was killed in a vehicle crash in Iredell County. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, on Friday (March 22), at approximately 12:40 p.m., Highway Patrol responded to a single-vehicle fatal collision on Interstate 40 West near Interstate 77 in Statesville. The collision occurred near exit 152.
A 2014 Honda CR-V was traveling west on I-40, ran off the road to the right, and collided with a tree. The driver, 57-year-old Aaron Wayne Taylor of Taylorsville, was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other passengers. Mr. Taylor was wearing a seatbelt and there is no indication of impairment. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.
28-year-old Tyler Dwayne South of Rainhill Church Road in Morganton was arrested Friday (March 22) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, larceny of a motor vehicle, trafficking in methamphetamine and heroin, possession of marijuana, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
South is additionally charged with two misdemeanor counts apiece of failure to appear, hit and run fail to stop with property damage, and expired registration card or tag, along with single misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, aggressive driving, and driving while license revoked. At the time South was arrested, 32-year-old Krystal Renee Johnson was also arrested and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, and failure to appear.
South had recently been added to the Burke County Most Wanted list after detectives issued a felony warrant for arrest regarding motor vehicle that was stolen on March 6. South also had an unserved warrant out of McDowell County in connection to a similar crime.
On March 8, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol attempted a vehicle stop which resulted in a vehicle chase. After wrecking, South fled the scene on foot. Burke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics detectives tracked South to the Lake James area of Burke County last Thursday (March 21). The next day, officers surrounded a residence on Cobb Avenue near Lake James. After an hour long standoff, South was taken into custody without incident.
Krystal Renee Johnson was also in the residence and Detectives reportedly found methamphetamine and marijuana in her possession. South and Johnson were both placed in jail in Morganton, where they remained as of earlier today (March 25). South was being held under a total bond of $234,500 secured. Johnson's bond was $16,000 secured. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court today (March 26).
39-year-old James Harlen Radford of George Hildebran Drive in Connelly Springs was arrested yesterday (March 21) by Hickory Police. He was taken into custody without incident at about 1:30 Thursday morning an auto parts store on Highway 70 S.W. He’s charged on bills of indictment with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to H.P.D’s arrest report, the original incident that led to Radford’s arrest occurred in June of 2018. Following a traffic stop at Highway 70 S.E. and 19th Street S.W., Officers found 2.9 grams of methamphetamine.
After his arrest yesterday, Radford was taken to Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $8,000. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for May 6.
29-year-old Joseph Aaron Sweat of 3rd Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 20) by Hickory Police Officers without incident at a church in Hickory’s Mountain View community. He’s charged with one felony count of possession of heroin.
Sweat was confined in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $5,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court yesterday (March 21) in Newton.
One suspect has been charged in connection to a carjacking in eastern Lincoln County Wednesday, another suspect was being sought by authorities. The vehicle stolen in that incident wrecked during a chase with Sanford Police early this morning (March 22).
20-year-old Keymonty Leray Davis of Fayetteville was arrested and charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest and felony possession of a stolen vehicle. He was also charged with felony probation violation and ordered held without bond in the Lee County Detention Center.
17-year-old Tahnice M. Bell of Sanford is charged with a felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, along with misdemeanor counts of resist, delay and obstruct a public officer and driving while license revoked. She had not been arrested.
A Sanford Police officer ran the license plate on the tan Honda Accord and the plate came back stolen from Lincoln County. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop but the driver of the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed. The vehicle wrecked in the 3200 block of NC Highway 87. One of the occupants of the vehicle jumped and ran from the scene. Two other occupants, a male and a female, remained in the vehicle. The third person in the vehicle was not charged.
In Lincoln County the victim told deputies he was getting ready to leave for work Wednesday (March 20) when he encountered the suspects. When he entered his vehicle to leave, two of the black males walked up the driveway and the third pulled their SUV into his driveway blocking his car. The suspects who had their faces covered banged on his car window and one of suspects pulled out a handgun and ordered him out of the vehicle.
They demanded his money, wallet and keys to vehicle. One of the suspects drove his vehicle away while the other person got back into the small SUV. Davis was jailed under a $51,000 secured bond. No court date was listed. The investigation is continuing.
25-year-old Tevan Montez Ikard of Hudson and 32-year-old Johnny Trevor Rippy of Newton, were both arrested Thursday (March 21) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Ikard is charged with trafficking cocaine by possession, sale, delivery and transport. Rippy is charged on an outstanding warrant from Caldwell County with felony possession of cocaine.
On Thursday, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers, acting on a tip, set up a drug surveillance operation in the parking lot of a business near the intersection of Car Farm Road and Highway 321 Business.
Investigators reportedly observed a drug transaction occur. Officers stopped the suspect vehicle on Highway 321. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of two- and-a-half ounces of cocaine.
Ikard received a $200,000 secured bond. Rippy's bond was set at $5,000 secured. Ikard was scheduled to appear in District Court in Lincolnton today. Rippy was placed on hold for Caldwell County. Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues in Lincoln County.