37-year-old Shane Edward Brazell of 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 2:40 yesterday afternoon on three felony counts of failure to appear and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear.
The charges come in connection to an April 2015 larceny at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. As a result of that incident, Brazell faces felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Brazell was taken into custody without incident yesterday on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $3,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for February 6 in Newton.
17-year-old Sulayman Admeer Williams of 23rd Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 8:30 last night (December 15) on one felony count of breaking & entering and one misdemeanor count of breaking & entering.
He was charged in connection to a break-in to the activity building at Mount Olive Lutheran Church on North Center Street in Hickory. The break-in occurred sometime after December 4. The suspect made entry through an unsecured window that was damaged as the result of a previous break-in.
In the most recent incident, the building was vandalized with graffiti. Paint was spilled on the floor and equipment in the kitchen was damaged. It’s not clear how Williams was identified as a suspect or if any other suspects were involved.
Williams was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today in Newton.
42-year-old Donnie Ellis Ward of Swan Drive in Lenoir was found unresponsive in his cell just after midnight Thursday morning (December 15) at Central Prison in Raleigh. Corrections and medical staff initiated CPR, but Ward was later declared dead, the result of an apparent suicide.
The State Capitol Police Department is investigating Ward’s death.
Ward was being held at Central Prison as a pre-trial detainee. He had been scheduled to appear in Superior Court on January 9 in Wilkes County.
Ward was awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge for the November 2015 shooting death of Eleuterio Vasquez Petrez of Abernathy Street in Lenoir. Mr. Petrez, who was 38 at the time of his death, was killed in Wilkes County’s Mount Zion community.
Prysmian Group, a global cable producer serving the energy and telecom industries, is expanding its manufacturing facility in Claremont, North Carolina. The company’s $20 million investment is expected to create 50 new jobs over the next three years, with an average wage of approximately $47,000. These new jobs will be a mix of hourly production workers, hourly technicians and salaried managers/engineers.
Prysmian’s expansion in Catawba County is facilitated in part by a $500,000 grant to the City of Claremont from the Building Reuse Program, under the Rural Development Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce. This grant will aid Prysmian in undertaking a significant renovation at their existing facility. Local incentives will be based on job creation and an investment performance standard and will be considered in a public session by local governing boards.
Prysmian’s expansion will continue to restore fiber optical operations that were previously discontinued in 2003. The project builds from a pilot phase that was successfully completed in 2015, with new state-of-the-art preform and fiber drawing operations and will reach full capability within three years. The new equipment is expected to provide supply chain advantages and improved quality control for the Catawba County operation due to less reliance on external suppliers of preform assemblies.
Hiring will begin immediately. To apply for employment contact the Catawba County office of the NC Works Career Center at 828-466-5535. They're located at 403 Conover Station SE in Conover. You can also apply online at www.ncworks.gov.
46-year-old James Chalmer Norris of Icard Rhodhiss Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Thursday (December 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Norris was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Monday (December 19).
29-year-old Matthew Howard Roark was arrested Thursday (December 16) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony financial card fraud. Roark was placed in jail in Morganton under $12,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for February 13.
40-year-old Joshua Anthony Silvers was arrested Thursday (December 15) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance. Silvers was placed in jail in Morganton under $20,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for February 13.
33-year-old Victoria Lynn Saine of August Street in Conover was arrested Thursday (December 15) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony conspiracy to commit breaking and entering to a building with felony larceny. Saine was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Friday, December 16).
A Caldwell County man received a life sentence after being found guilty of sex crimes against a child victim in Burke County Superior Court Thursday (December 15).
45-year-old Kurt Allen Corey of Lenoir, who was already a convicted sex offender, was sentenced to life in prison without parole. The jury found him guilty on charges of sexual offense with a child by an adult and indecent liberties with a child. The jury made their decision in less than an hour. The verdict concluded a four-day trial.
The Honorable W. Robert Bell, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, imposed the sentence for Corey, who will be placed in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.
The female victim was ten-years-old at the time the offenses occurred in 2013, and Judge Bell found that the defendant took advantage of his position of trust and responsibility when engaging in such sexual behavior with the girl. Corey also was convicted of sexual offenses in Michigan in January 2000.
Isaac Propst led the investigation for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from Det. Shelly Hartley of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and the Robin’s Nest Child Advocacy Center in Lenoir. David Swanson prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
28-year-old Brittany Marie Palmer of Gastonia-Davidson Avenue in Gastonia has been arrested by Lincolnton Police on one felony count of possession of controlled substance in a jail or detention center.
At about 6:15 last night (December 14), Lincolnton Police Officer Thomas Hall was investigating a motor vehicle accident on the 300 block of North General’s Boulevard in Lincolnton. Officer Hall discovered that one of the persons involved in the accident -- Brittany Marie Palmer -- had an outstanding warrant from Gaston County. The warrant was for misdemeanor failure to return rental property. Palmer was arrested and placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $1,500 secured bond.
At the jail, Officers found various controlled substances hidden in Palmer’s bra. The controlled substances will be analyzed to determine future charges, but – according to a press release from the Lincolnton Police Department – the drugs appeared to be small amounts of heroin and methamphetamine.
A warrant was issued for possession of a controlled substance in jail and Palmer was given an additional $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on the drug charge was set for today.
Palmer has several previous convictions in Mecklenburg and Gaston counties, as well as a domestic violence conviction in South Carolina.
20-year-old Kenneth Anthony Robinson of 2nd Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:20 last night (December 14) for a felony out-of-county probation violation. Robinson is on probation following an April 2016 felony conviction in Burke County for possession of stolen goods. He had been listed as an absconder from probation.
Robinson was taken into custody without incident on 19th Street Place N.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $5,000 secured. Robinson will appear in Superior Court on January 9 in Newton.
18-year-old Desmond Tyrell Izard of Shytle Road in Lawndale was arrested Wednesday (December 14) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of a stolen firearm, carrying a concealed handgun, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Wednesday at approximately 8:45 p.m., patrol officers with the Lincolnton Police Department stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on East Main Street near Laurel Street in Lincolnton. As a result of the traffic stop, a search was conducted of the vehicle and its occupants. Upon searching, officers located a felonious amount of marijuana, U.S. currency, a loaded handgun, and a set of digital scales. According to a news release, the marijuana was packaged for sale and delivery.
All of these items were seized as evidence. Also, the handgun was identified as being stolen from Catawba County. The driver was identified as Desmond Tyrell Izard, who was arrested and charged. The passengers were interviewed and released.
Izard was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $40,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, December 15). The investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.
30-year-old Adrian “Chihuahua” Dela Cruz Munoz of 10th Avenue Drive S.E. in Hickory Police at about 3 p.m. yesterday (December 14) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked. The vehicle is a 2014 Dodge Dart. No further details are available.
Officers also found orders for arrest on Munoz for two counts each of carrying a concealed gun, driving while license revoked and fictitious or altered registration card or tag.
Munoz was taken into custody without incident on the 700 block of 11th Avenue Court S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a total bond of $38,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton. Additional court dates were set for January 11 and February 15.
On Wednesday (December 14) the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit charged six people with drug related offenses. The charges come as a result of several undercover investigations into methamphetamine sales. As of this afternoon (Thursday, December 15) four of the suspects had been arrested and two were still wanted.
Detectives used undercover and surveillance techniques to build cases on the individuals over several months. Detectives say many of the individuals charged are repeat offenders who have been arrested previously this year.
In some of the cases, detectives say the individuals conspired with one another in selling methamphetamine over a long period of time. Several of the subjects charged used other individuals to sell the drugs but detectives were able to link the drug sales back to them resulting in conspiracy charges.
The four suspects who have been arrested are as follows: 20-year-old Jessica Brittany Lane of Rosehill Drive, 27-year-old David Wayne Smith Jr. of Sentry Lane, 23-year-old Devon Eugene Reedy of Sun Valley Trail, and 34-year-old Jason Lee Self, there is no street address given for Self. All four suspects are from Lincolnton. Lane was charged with one felony count of Conspiring to Sell Methamphetamine. Smith was charged with one felony count each of Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession With Intent to Sell and Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance. Reedy was charged with one felony count of Conspiring to Sell Methamphetamine. Self, who was recently convicted of Trafficking Schedule II Controlled Substance and currently serving an active prison sentence, was charged with three felony counts each of Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession With Intent to Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance, and Conspire to Sell and Deliver Methamphetamine.
Two other suspects have been charged but have yet to be located. These wanted subjects and their charges are: 33-year-old Cecil Brandon Hester of Amity Lane in Iron Station, and 31-year-old Crystal Nichole Randleman of East Maiden Road in Maiden. Hester is facing two felony counts each of Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession With Intent to Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance. Randleman is charged with two felony counts of Conspiring to Sell Methamphetamine.
Lane's bond was set at $10,000 secured. Smith received a $30,000 secured bond. Reedy's bond was set at $10,000 secured. All three were scheduled to appear in District Court today. Self will be transported to Lincoln County and served with the charges at a later date. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Hester and/or Randleman are are urged to call the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202, the Drug Tip Line at 704-736-8606 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
Hickory Police are investigating a robbery that happened early Wednesday morning at the CVS store on 2nd Street N.E. The incident occurred at about 1:30 a.m. when a subject at the front counter was approached by a female employee. The subject, believed to be a white male, demanded money. He left the store with an undisclosed sum of cash and fled on foot. No weapon was displayed.
Anyone with information regarding the robbery should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.
Hickory Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Holiday Inn Express on Highway 70 S.E., near the Hickory Furniture Mart. The incident occurred at about 1:20 a.m. yesterday (December 14).
Police say a black male came into the hotel under the pretense of booking a room. He then displayed a knife to a female employee and went around the front desk. The suspect demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed sum of cash, the man fled the scene in a passenger vehicle.
The hotel employee was not injured.
Anyone with information about the robbery should call Hickory Police at 828-328-5551.
A missing Caldwell County woman has been found and is reported to be safe. 32-year-old Carrie Elizabeth Gross of Lenoir, who was reported missing on Tuesday, December 13th, was located late yesterday and is reported to be fine.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that they would like to thank all the concerned citizens who shared her picture and called in information to the Sheriff’s Office.
No further information will be released.
40-year-old Ronda Elaine Childress of Whitetail Drive in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (December 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Childress was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $27,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, December 15).
22-year-old Tristan Michael Smith of Rhodes Street in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (December 14) by Lincolnton Police Officers. He's charged with first degree arson.
On Wednesday at approximately 4:00 p.m., the Lincolnton Police Department received information of the possible location of Tristan Michael Smith who was wanted in connection with an intentional fire that was set at Carillon Assisted Living in November. The information provided was then relayed to the Lincoln County Communications Center who then relayed the information to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers found Smith at approximately 4:40 p.m. and took him into custody without incident. Smith was transferred to the custody of the Lincolnton Police Department. Smith was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under $250,000 secured bond. A first appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, December 15) in Lincoln County District Court.
Claremont Police Officers responded to Claremont Elementary School this morning after a suspicious package was found outside the building. WHKY's Fentress Chestnut spoke with Claremont Police Chief Gary Bost, he told Fentress his officers responded to the school at approximately 6:30 a.m. Chief Bost said he did not believe that the package was dangerous, and it turned out it was not. Officers took precautionary measures and evacuated the school. A bomb squad checked out the school and gave the all clear. Bus riders were taken to St. Marks Church on buses, most students who were car riders were told to turn around before school started. Classes were scheduled to resume at 10:15 a.m.