31-year-old Raydene Little Jr. of Oak Forest Drive in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (January 25) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Little was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while impaired, possess or consume alcoholic beverage in the passenger area of a motor vehicle, and failure to maintain lane control.
Shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday a Morganton Department of Public Safety Officer conducted a traffic stop on a grey Nissan Altima for suspicion of Driving While Impaired. The driver was Raydene Little Jr. Morganton Public Safety K9 Officer Shrek was used for a search of the suspect vehicle.
The K9 alerted officers to the presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle. Further search revealed 35.8 grams of meth, a set of digital scales, and $1,674 in cash. The drugs, paraphernalia, and cash were seized. The Burke County Narcotics Task Force assisted with the investigation.
Little was locked up in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $150,500 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court on Monday (January 30).
28-year-old Dean Donnell Wray of Enlos Place in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony sex offender using a social website. Wray was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
33-year-old Jamey Dwight Coffey of Prospect Street NW in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of forgery of an instrument, uttering a forged instrument, and obtaining property by false pretense. Coffey was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $7,500 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Monday (January 30).
20-year-old Richard Tyler Mckinney of Morningside Lane in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (January 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with two felony counts of speeding to elude arrest, along with single counts of injury to personal property and failure to appear. Mckinney was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (January 30).
Three Georgia residents face drug trafficking charges following arrests made Thursday (January 26) in Catawba County.
31-year-old Erico Deronn Varner of Atlanta, 45-year-old Marvin Eugene Carter of College Park, and 24-year-old Jermilia Valencia Weary of Atlanta, were all arrested by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Varner is charged with two counts of trafficking opium or heroin and one count of trafficking in cocaine. In addition, Varner is charged with flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, speeding, no operators license, reckless driving with wanton disregard, fictitious information to an officer, and injury to personal property. Carter and Weary are each charged with two counts apiece of trafficking opium or heroin and trafficking in cocaine.
All three suspects were detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility. Varner's bond was set at $412,000, Carter was given a $400,000 bond, and Weary was jailed under $200,000 bond. All three suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Friday, January 27).
54-year-old Kelly Gene Hines of River Run Circle in Hickory has been arrested by Probation & Parole Officers in Catawba County for possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a felon (three counts). He was also charged with a probation violation in connection to charges of possession of a weapon of mass destruction and possession with intent to sell a schedule VI controlled substance.
Hines was jailed last night (January 25) in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $150,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court and in Superior Court today in Newton.
32-year-old Erika Nicole Self of 5th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just after 6 p.m. yesterday (January 25) on three felony counts of habitual larceny and one misdemeanor count of larceny.
She was arrested in connection to an incident on December 17 of last year at a Dollar General store in Hickory. Self allegedly picked up some headphones, a phone charger and two 40-ounce beers and left the store without paying.
Self, who has multiple previous larceny convictions, was identified by store employees and by Hickory Police. Her name was entered into the National Crime Information Center’s database as a wanted person.
She was taken into custody without incident on the 400 block of Main Avenue N.E., not far from the WHKY studios. Self was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $36,500 secured bond. She has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a break-in at Dunkin Donuts located at 647 North NC 16 Business Highway in Denver.
Deputies were dispatched to the break-in at approximately 2:00 a.m. Wednesday (January 25) and arrived to find a front window had been broken out with a large rock. An employee who prepares food for the morning opening told deputies she went out to the front of the store and noticed the shattered window. She left the store and called 911.
Deputies found two cash drawers outside in the area of the business. All cash drawers had been damaged in the break-in and most of the money removed. The suspect who entered the store was wearing a mask and gloves.
Anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area Dunkin Donuts between 9:30 p.m. on January 24 and 2:00 a.m. on January 25 is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
25-year-old Kasey Marie West of Northbrook III School Road in Vale was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after eleven o’clock last night on one felony count of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also served with warrants from Lincoln County for a felony probation violation and failure to appear on a second-degree trespassing charge.
West was taken into custody without incident at the Walmart Neighborhood Market. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $26,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today, with a Superior Court date on January 30 and another District Court date on March 8.
46-year-old Melissa Frye Chestnut of River Run Circle in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (January 25) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver, marijuana, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Chestnut was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, January 26).
The Christians United for Israel Convocation is scheduled for next Tuesday at Lenoir-Rhyne University. The event will be held in the Cromer Center and the subject for discussion will be Jewish contributions to humanity. The event runs from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and all are welcome. For information call 828-569-0655.
23-year-old Kolton Martin Angell of Winterhill Court in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (January 25) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture schedule VI controlled substance. Angell was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
38-year-old David Lee Brittain of 2nd Street NW in Hickory was arrested this morning (Thursday, January 26) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Brittain was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court date is set for next Monday (January 30).
47-year-old Elizabeth Robbins Clark of Fairbanks Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (January 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods or property. Clark was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
55-year-old Shirley Carlton Kiel of Delwood Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (January 25) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Kiel was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, January 26).
29-year-old Jason Rolland Mock of Hickory, was given an active prison sentence of five to seven years after pleading guilty to trafficking methamphetamine. He entered the guilty plea Wednesday (January 25) during Catawba County Superior Court.
The Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County, issued the sentence for Mock, who will serve his prison term in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. In addition, Mock will have to pay a mandatory $50,000 fine.
Judge Pomeroy also gave Mock a suspended prison sentence of 13 to 25 months for possession of a firearm by a felon. Mock previously was convicted of maintaining a dwelling for keeping a controlled substance in Rutherford County in March 2012.
Investigators with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of excessive traffic and possible drug activity at Mock’s residence on May 13, 2016. Upon receiving consent for a search, deputies found a 9-millimeter handgun tucked under a couch cushion along with bags of a substance that appeared to be methamphetamine on a table near the couch. Additional bags containing the same substance were found in the defendant’s pants pocket.
Test results from the North Carolina State Crime Lab confirmed that the substance in the bags was methamphetamine.
Dennis Smith led the investigation for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Sean Baetjer handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors announced during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday (January 25) that they will pursue capital punishment in the murder case against 33-year-old Micky Lee Swink of Hickory. Swink is accused of killing 66-year-old Patricia Diane Swink at her residence in Hickory on October 31, 2016.
50-year-old Tina Louise Swink of Hildebran is also accused of first-degree murder in the death of Patricia Swink, who was a relative of both defendants. Prosecutors announced Wednesday that they will not pursue capital punishment in her case. However, she still faces the possibility of life in prison without parole. A third defendant, 39-year-old Richard Deal of Hildebran, faces charges for accessory after the fact.
Investigators from Hickory Police Department made the arrests after numerous interviews from their response to a call regarding a death at Patricia Swink’s home on Tuesday, November 1. The victim’s vehicle was also stolen from her residence but was later recovered.
The case is being investigated by Hickory Police Department.
39-year-old Tonya Loretta Biggerstaff of Mill Race Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (January 25) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony larceny of a financial transaction card and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods.
On Wednesday, deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Highway 64 South and Denton’s Chapel Church Road in reference to a suspicious person. Witnesses in the area told deputies there was a white female walking down the road removing mail out of mailboxes. A short time after arriving in the area, deputies located the female, Tonya Loretta Biggerstaff.
Biggerstaff had a back pack containing miscellaneous pieces of mail. She was arrested and transported to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office for questioning. The Sheriff’s Office is wanting to make the residents aware in that area and request they file a report if they have missing mail.
Biggerstaff was placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond, a District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, January 26).
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.