26-year-old John Thao was arrested Thursday (February 15) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. Thao was arrested at 5:26 p.m. Thursday at an address on Vine Arden Road in Morganton. He was placed in jail under $103,000 secured bond. A court date is scheduled for March 19.
27-year-old Ashley Nicole Long was arrested Thursday (February 15) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense, possession of stolen goods, and failure to appear. Long was placed in jail in Morganton under $22,500 secured bond. A court appearance is set for Monday (February 19).
45-year-old Tonia Isenhour-Miles was arrested Thursday (February 15) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of non-forced breaking and entering and speeding to elude arrest. Isenhour-Miles was arrested at 4:20 p.m. Thursday and placed in jail in Morganton under $54,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Monday (February 19).
23-year-old Alexander Monroe Vernon of Hillcrest Street in Hudson was arrested Thursday (February 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of financial card theft and six felony counts of financial card fraud. Vernon was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $2,500 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Monday (February 19).
39-year-old Edlyn Richard Johnson Jr. of Potts Creek Road in Lincolnton was arrested Thursday (February 15) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Johnson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (February 16).
34-year-old Stephanie McQueen Jonas (also listed as Stephanie Renee Jonas) of 21st Street N.E. in Hickory and 31-year-old Nathan Keith Chaney of Falls Avenue in Granite Falls were both arrested by Hickory Police shortly before midnight last night (February 14). They were each charged with one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance. According to H.P.D.’s arrest reports, the two were in possession of two-tenths of a gram of methamphetamine at the time of their arrests.
Both suspects were taken into custody without incident at a shopping center on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. They were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Jonas set at $15,000, secured, while Chaney was given a $13,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.
According to a North Carolina News Network report, three people have been charged with murder in connection to the disappearance of a man from Burke County. The suspects were initially charged with kidnapping the victim, 30-year-old Carlton Edmondson. The suspects are charged despite the fact that Edmondson has not been found.
Authorities say that Brittany Arnold, James Combs and Michael May have been charged with murder, while three other suspects are charged with kidnapping. The suspects are accused of taking the victim to the Tennessee mountains in January. There is reportedly cellphone video in the possession of authorities that shows the suspects beating Edmondson.
Police were able to locate a site in Tennessee where they believe Edmondson was beaten while the kidnappers called his family for a $700 ransom. The investigation began on January 19 when the family of Edmondson contacted the Valdese Police Department. The family said they had received phone calls from an unknown person saying their son had been kidnapped. The caller was reportedly demanding money in exchange for Edmondson's return.
27-year-old Antonio Carnell White of 11th Street S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:45 a.m. yesterday (February 14) on two felony counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one felony count of speeding to elude arrest with two aggravating factors. He was also charged as an habitual felon. In addition, White was charged with misdemeanor failure to appear.
White was wanted on warrants out of Watauga County that were issued in January and earlier this month. The Watauga Co. Clerk of Court is listed as the complainant on H.P.D.’s arrest report. White was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $25,500 secured bond. He is no longer listed as an inmate there. An appearance in Superior Court was set for March 5 in Boone.
33-year-old Leneil Randolph Green of J.R. Posse Drive in Claremont and 24-year-old Chere Vernice Cox of 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory were both arrested by Hickory Police yesterday (February 14). Green was charged with one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon. Cox faces one felony count of second-degree kidnapping, plus one misdemeanor count each of assault & battery and aiding & abetting a felony.
They were arrested after Hickory Police responded to a shots-fired call at Ridgecrest Apartments. Upon arrival, Officers found a female victim who had been assaulted and received non-life-threatening injuries. No gunshot victims were located. Green and Cox were identified as suspects.
They were both taken into custody without incident at Cox’s apartment. Green was arrested at about 5:25 a.m. and Cox was arrested about four hours later. Both suspects were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Green set at $50,000, secured, while Cox was given a $25,000 secured bond. They have since been released. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies located a teenager who had been reported missing. The teen was found at a residence off Old Plank Road around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday (February 15). 16-year-old Breiana Lei McAfee was safe and returned back to her parent’s home on Lee Lawing Road.
25-year-old Caitlin Briana Taylor of Connelly Springs Road SW in Lenoir was arrested today (February 15) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Taylor was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. No upcoming court date was listed.
40-year-old Bruce Lorenzo Miller of 3rd Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police late last night on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering, possession of stolen goods, reckless driving to endanger and speeding to elude arrest with two aggravating factors. In addition, he was charged with six felony counts of failure to appear and two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear, plus one misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.
Miller was arrested after Hickory Police responded to a breaking & entering in progress at a residence on 5th Street Drive N.E. The suspects fled the scene. Officers pursued the suspect vehicle until it crashed on Highway 127 in Taylorsville.
Miller was taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he was held without bond on the new felony charges. Bond on the previous charges was set at $213,500. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today and on March 8, with a Superior Court date coming up on February 19.
32-year-old Stephan Kyle Lear was arrested Wednesday (February 14) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with kidnapping, financial transaction card fraud, assault by strangulation, felony non-forced breaking and entering, and second degree trespassing. Lear was arrested at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $21,500 bond. A District Court date is Friday (February 16).
34-year-old Jonathan Ray Bennett of Angus Trail in Vale was arrested Wednesday (February 14) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of break or enter a motor vehicle, and one misdemeanor count of assault on a female. Bennett was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled today (February 15) and March 14.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating vehicle break-ins that occurred during a one-hour period on February 12, 2018.
Around 12:30 p.m. deputies were dispatched to the parking area of Jin’s Buffet at 7260 NC Highway 73 reference a larceny from a motor vehicle. A work crew had parked their company vehicle outside and went into the restaurant to eat. A passenger side door handle had been pried open to gain entry. The thieves stole a saw valued at $1,500.
Deputies were also dispatched to the parking lot of Showmars on NC Highway 73 reference another larceny from a motor vehicle. The work crew sat down for lunch around 12:15 p.m. and a short time later an employee of the restaurant told the crew that two males were going through their vehicle. When he went outside the crew chief said he saw a white van going toward the Lowe’s store but was unable to get a good look at the vehicle. Stolen from the van were a number of drills valued at $5,400.
A short time later deputies were dispatched to the Walmart at 7131 NC Highway 73 reference a break-in to a truck. The thieves broke a lock to gain entry into the truck. Stolen from the truck were a generator and a floor jack valued at $1,000. The van used by the thieves was reportedly stolen in Charlotte.
Investigation into the break-ins, which occurred between noon and 1:00 p.m., is continuing. Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050.
27-year-old Randy Lee Cook of Yellowstone Lane in Statesville was arrested Tuesday (February 13) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of probation violation, possession of controlled substance in jail or prison, and possession of schedule II controlled substance. Cook is also charged with misdemeanor counts of assault on a government official, probation violation, failure to appear on a DWI, and carrying a concealed weapon.
On Tuesday deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad went to 174 Yellowstone Lane in eastern Iredell County in an attempt to locate and serve warrants on Randy Lee Cook. The night before, a probation officer went to check on Cook at his residence and the suspect allegedly assaulted the officer and ran out of the residence.
When deputies went to the residence, they were invited inside by one of the residents of the home. While searching the home for Cook, deputies found him hiding in a closet. While being processed into the detention center a bag of marijuana was found in his possession, leading to the charge of having controlled substance in jail.
Cook was placed in jail under a $41,600 secured bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for next Monday (February 19), March 5 and March 12.
A Caldwell County man has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a shooting that led to the death of a 31-year-old Hudson man. According to a news release from the District Attorney's Office, after carefully reviewing the evidence, witness statements and investigative findings of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney David Learner determined the actions that led to the death of Daniel Lashawn Wright were justified as a measure of self-defense from a physical assault, and no charges will be filed.
According to the news release, last Thursday (February 8), Wright engaged in an assault of a physically handicapped family member at the residence of the assault victim. After being knocked to the floor while being attacked by Wright, the victim fired one shot from a 9-millimeter handgun that struck and killed his assailant. Members of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and Caldwell County Emergency Medical Services arrived within five minutes but were unable to revive Wright.
Findings from the preliminary autopsy and toxicology report indicated the presence of methamphetamine and MDMA in Wright’s bloodstream. Methamphetamine and a hypodermic syringe also were found in his pocket. Learner and Caldwell County Sheriff Alan Jones authorized the immediate release of the handgun to its owner following a review of the case.
51-year-old Timothy Carl Maynor of Conover, was given an active prison sentence of at least six years after being found guilty of possession of a firearm by felon and habitual felon status by a Catawba County jury on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.
The Honorable Carla N. Archie, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, imposed a prison term of six to eight years after the jury returned its verdict to end a two-day trial. The defendant’s sentence will be served in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. Maynor’s sentence length was enhanced by a prior felony conviction for breaking or entering in Burke County (April 1988), and two felony larceny convictions in Catawba County (December 1990 and July 1995).
Officers with the Hickory Police Department responded to a mobile home park in reference to a report of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in March 2015. Information was given that Maynor had returned the vehicle and was at the residence. He had outstanding warrants for his arrest.
When contact was made with Maynor, several boxes of ammunition were seen in the living room of the home. When he was taken into custody, a search revealed an empty gun magazine in his back pocket. A black handgun was seen in plain view in Maynor’s bedroom when an officer was assisting another occupant of the residence. The empty magazine belonged to the handgun.
Carlos De Los Santos investigated the case for Hickory Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Chad Smith handled prosecution for the State.
The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce held their annual shareholders and investors luncheon today (February 14) at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. More than 500 people attended the event. Stephen Patton was named 2018 Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chairman of the Board. Dan St. Louis, the Executive Director of Manufacturing Solutions Center won the Duke Energy Community Leadership Award. Watch my interview with Chamber President and CEO Lindsay Keisler on Thursday evening’s WHKY-TV News at 5:30 & 10:00.
25-year-old Stephanie Elizabeth Fulk of 14th Street Place N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:15 yesterday afternoon (February 13) on one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture a schedule III controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture a schedule II controlled substance. She was arrested on warrants issued by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office in October of last year.
Fulk was taken into custody without incident at her residence. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $7,500, secured. She has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.