34-year-old Danial Gary Carswell of Enola Road in Morganton was arrested Thursday (September 15) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with solicit child by computer, second degree exploitation of a minor, indecent liberties with a child, and extortion.
On September 2, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division was contacted by the Burke County Probation and Parole Office in reference to a registered sex offender, Danial Carswell, who was found in possession of a number of electronic items that caused him to act suspiciously when questioned.
Members of the Burke County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force went to the Enola Road residence and questioned Carswell and subsequently performed a forensic preview of the electronic items in his possession. The preview revealed that Carswell was in possession of child pornography. There was also sufficient evidence found indicating that Carswell had actively solicited an underage minor for the express purpose of sexual activities.
According to a news release, Carswell had collected these images and was in the process of extorting the victim for more sexual favors and/or photographs. Carswell was taken into custody and confined at Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under an $80,000 secured bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, September 16).
45-year-old Larry Dean Snyder of Olde Ridge Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (September 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, and failure to appear on a charge of driving while license revoked.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit made another arrest in a methamphetamine laboratory investigation conducted earlier in the week on Joshua Hall, Amanda Tillman, and Joseph Berry of 2924 Barlowe Place in Lenoir. Larry Dean Snyder was arrested at his home yesterday without incident and charged with one count of felonious manufacture methamphetamine. Sheriff’s Office Ice Agents identified him as someone who had recently purchased Sudafed for Hall and Tillman in order to cook methamphetamine. This act, known on the street as “smurfing”, is common when meth cooks are not able to buy their own Sudafed. Instead, they incorporate someone else to do it for them which is usually done in exchange for drugs or money.
Sudafed contains the much needed ingredient ephedrine, which is used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine process. It can be easily purchased but with restrictions. During the investigation, Agents identified Snyder listed in NPLEX (National Precursor Log Exchange) as someone who had recently made several purchases of Sudafed. Agents were able to confirm through their investigation he purchased the Sudafed in the company of the other suspects. Snyder had multiple outstanding warrants for arrest and was also charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretense from Burke County and Failing to Appear on Driving While License Revoked from Caldwell County. Snyder is facing a mandatory prison sentence if convicted.
He was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a total bond of $17,500. He has a first appearance in District Court in Lenoir Monday (September 19).
28-year-old Terry Justin Sherrill of Walker Street in Stony Point and 23-year-old Stephen Edward Keller of Shanna Lane in Statesville were both arrested Wednesday (September 14) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule II and schedule III controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and several traffic related offenses.
On Wednesday, Sgt. C.W. Bentley with Iredell County’s Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team stopped a black GMC truck on Ellenburg Road for several traffic violations. Bentley spoke with the driver, Stephen Keller and passenger Terry Sherrill. A computer check revealed that both subjects had a lengthy criminal history to include various weapon and drug charges.
After further investigation, a search of the vehicle was conducted. During the search, Deputies located Crystal Methamphetamine, several prescription pills and multiple items of drug paraphernalia.
Sherrill and Keller were both placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. They're each scheduled to appear in Statesville District court on November 7.
City of Morganton Water Resources Department workers planned to shut off water service to a section of Playmore Beach Road at approximately 9:30 a.m. to repair a water line leak. About 100 customers will be affected. The leak was reported in the 3000 block of Playmore Beach. Water service should be restored in three to four hours barring any unforeseen problems. Call 828-438-5276 for more information.
34-year-old Andy Ray Evans of Moose Lane in Lincolnton was arrested Tuesday (September 13) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of failure to notify a change of address for a sex offender.
On September 8, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Mark Stamey went to 303 Grandview Lane in Lincolnton to see if Evans was living at the address he provided the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office as required for Registered Sex Offenders. It was discovered that Evans had moved from Grandview Lane to Moose Lane in August without notifying the Sheriff’s Office of his change of address.
Following the arrest, Evans was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for September 26.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners meets in regular session Monday (September 19).
During departmental reports Monday, the board will hear a report from Planning and Parks Director Jacky Eubanks on Catawba County's position and comments based upon NCDOT's public hearing for the NC Highway 150 widening project.
Among other items on Monday's agenda, there will be a presentation to Danny Hearn, the retiring President of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. He'll receive the Distinguished Public Service Award. In addition, there will be a proclamation on the occasion of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce being named Chamber of the Year. In addition, there will be a proclamation honoring CommScope's 40th anniversary.
There are additional presentations scheduled during departmental reports. The board will hear a presentation from the Cooperative Extension/Catawba County Youth Council regarding Youth Council membership. The board will also hear a presentation from Social Services on the Catawba County Aging Coalition update.
Monday's Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room at the 1924 Courthouse, 30 North College Avenue in Newton.
A teenager accused of murder made his first appearance in Burke County District Court on Thursday (September 15).
19-year-old Caleb Joseph Van Arsdale of Mount Holly, appeared before District Court Judge Burford Cherry after being arrested by deputies with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday (Sept 14) in connection with the death of Jacob Andrew Lucas of Belmont. Judge Cherry appointed Defense Attorney Matthew Cabe as provisional counsel for Van Arsdale and set a probable cause hearing for October 4.
According to information from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Van Arsdale turned himself in at Hickory Police Department in neighboring Catawba County where he was interviewed and later arrested by Burke County detectives. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation continue their investigation of the case.
Detectives have located a juvenile who ran away from DSS custody on September 4. DSS workers say 14-year-old Tipton Lamar Jones was last seen with his biological father, Travis Jones who lives on Highway 27 West. He was located Thursday afternoon (September 15) in western Lincoln County. The 14 year old was picked up on a secure custody order and transported to a Juvenile Detention Center in Concord. Juvenile Services officers will follow-up on the case.
35-year-old Franklin Raye Shell of Valdese will spend at least 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking in opiates by possession and trafficking in opiates by transportation during Burke County Superior Court on Wednesday ( September 14).
The Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County, issued a sentence of 18 to 23 years for Shell following his guilty plea. That sentence will be served in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.
On May 18, 2015, Shell picked up 120 Oxycodone pills from a local pharmacy with a forged prescription, marking the eighth time he committed such an offense in a two-month period. He would use some of the pills himself and sell the others.
The case was investigated by Scott Lanning of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Frank Webster.
45-year-old Michael Timothy Howard of Mays Chapel Church Road in Newton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:20 last night (September 14) on one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
Howard was taken into custody without incident at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $6,300 secured bond. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
21-year-old Larry Gene Smith of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning on four felony probation violations; one local and three out-of-county. Smith is on probation for a June 2015 felony conviction in Alexander County on multiple counts of breaking & entering a house of worship and an August 2016 felony conviction in Catawba County for breaking & entering a house of worship and larceny.
Smith was taken into custody without incident at about 1:45 a.m. today at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for September 19 in Newton.
A book-signing event will be held Saturday (September 17) for author Lucy Wilkes. The event will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the 7th Annual Bethlehem Day Festival & Classic Car Cruise-In, 45 Rink Dam Road in Hickory.
Ms. Wilkes, a resident of Hudson, will be available to sign copies of her book, “Cackle, Packle, and Friends”. The book is intended for children from preschool to grade three. It was published by Tate Publishing in 2012.
For more information, call 405-310-1533 or email Michelle Whitman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
20-year-old Dustin Lamar “Bang-Bang” Bingham of Monk Avenue in Gastonia was arrested Monday (September 12) on charges of felony larceny of a motor vehicle, felony fleeing to elude arrest, resisting a public officer, second-degree trespassing, no operators license and careless & reckless driving to endanger. He was also served with an outstanding warrant for a probation violation.
At about 11:15 the previous night (September 11), patrol Officers with the Lincolnton Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence on the 100 block of Deaton Avenue. Upon arrival, Officers spoke to a female resident and her boyfriend, Dustin Bingham. Bingham did not live at the residence. The female resident asked Bingham to leave in front of the Officers. Bingham left and Officers cleared the scene.
At approximately 11:53 p.m., Officers received a second call to the same residence where Bingham was reportedly attempting to steal the female’s vehicle. While en route, Officers saw Bingham driving the stolen vehicle at a stoplight at North Generals Boulevard and East Main Street. Officer R.A. Carroll activated his blue lights and siren.
Bingham then fled, traveling eastbound on East Main Street towards U.S. Highway 321. Officer Carroll pursued Bingham onto Highway 321, southbound towards Gaston County. Gaston County Police took over as Bingham entered Gaston County. North Carolina State Highway Patrol also participated in the chase. The pursuit continued onto Interstate 85 until Bingham was successfully taken into custody.
Bingham was placed in the Gaston County Jail under a $6,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court was set for Monday, September 19.
Bingham has prior felony and misdemeanor convictions on various charges in Cleveland County, Gaston County and Buncombe County. At the time of the incident, he was out on bond on felony charges in Gaston County for conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Bingham is currently on probation and is a validated gang member with Folk Nation, which is said to be an alliance of gangs.
46-year-old Tracy Lynn Kaylor of Chester Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (September 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, dispensing medication without a license, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Kaylor was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. She's scheduled to appear in District Court Friday (September 16).
19-year-old Caleb Joseph Van Arsdale of Hilferty Road in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (September 14) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with murder.
Burke County 911 received information from the Hickory Police Department at approximately 1:04 p.m. Wednesday that a caller told Hickory PD there may be a deceased individual in Burke County from a gunshot wound at 1850 Hilferty Road. Burke County Deputies responded and found a deceased male in a bedroom. The victim was identified as Jacob Andrew Lucas of Belmont. The scene was secured and Burke County detectives secured a search warrant to process the scene. The SBI was contacted to assist with the investigation.
Investigators deteremined that Lucas had been shot in his chest. A suspect was developed by the name of Caleb Joseph Van Arsdale, who was living at the Hilferty Road address. The Sheriff's Office was notified at 5:41 p.m. that the suspect had turned himself in to Hickory PD.
Burke detectives interviewed Van Arsdale at Hickory PD and, according to a news release issued today (Thursday, September 15), the suspect confessed to shooting Lucas and leaving the scene in the victim’s vehicle. Van Arsdale was arrested and placed in the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under no bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today.
The Sheriff’s office is working closely with the DA’s Office and the SBI as the case continues.
17-year-old Lavarius Mattess Patterson of Harris Street in Statesville and two male juveniles were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. All three suspects were charged with one count of larceny of a motor vehicle, two counts of breaking and entering, seven Counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, one count of larceny of a firearm, two Counts of larceny after breaking and entering, two counts of larceny, and one count of attempted larceny.
Last Friday (September 9), Deputies received a call from the Mooresville Police Department. Officers from that department were with a vehicle that had three people inside of it and they believed the vehicle was stolen. Deputies made contact with the owner of the vehicle and learned that the 2003 Ford Explorer was in fact stolen. The vehicle was found in possession of Lavarius Patterson and the two juvenile males at the intersection of East Brawley Avenue and Smith Street.
While Deputies where on the scene speaking with the victim they noticed two bicycles laying across the street in the grass and began canvassing the area. It was learned that a total of seven vehicles had been broken into. Deputies also learned that a firearm was taken from one of the vehicles that was broken into.
The three suspects were transported to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. The Iredell County Sheriff's Office says that Patterson admitted to the break-ins and to stealing the car. He also admitted to breaking into Sharon’s Flea Market which is a business off of Turnersburg Highway.
Patterson received a $40,000 bond. More charges are likely. Both Juveniles were also charged with the same crimes and a secured custody order was granted. One of the juveniles is currently on probation. Both of the juveniles had recently been charged with similar crimes. Due to their age those charges were forwarded to Juvenile service for further investigation.
49-year-old Gerric Delaine Connelly was arrested Wednesday (September 14) by authorities in Burke County. He was charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Connelly was arrested at a location on Burkemont Avenue in Morganton. He was placed in jail under $25,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
23-year-old Billy Shawn Christopher, who is listed as a homeless man from Catawba, was arrested Wednesday (September 14) by Catawba Police Officers. He's charged with two counts apiece of obtaining property by false pretense and financial card fraud. Christopher was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, September 15).
50-year-old Roger Dale Bennett of Duff Drive in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (September 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of indecent liberties with a child and secret peeping. Bennett was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, September 15) in Lenoir.
29-year-old Jamie Marie Reich of Oxford School Road in Catawba was arrested Wednesday (September 14) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance, and two felony counts of sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Reich was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $15,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, September 15).