39-year-old Carl William Lee Schoneman Jr. of Mount Olive Road in Statesville was arrested Monday (October 24) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with statuory sex offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child.
According to a news release issued today (Thursday, October 27), on September 22, a report was filed by Iredell County Department of Social Services involving the sexual assault of a female child under the age of 16. The suspect, Carl William Lee Schoneman, Jr., was a family member of the victim.
The investigation was assigned to Detective Sgt. Lowrance of the Special Victims Unit. The victim was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center in Iredell County. During the interview the victim disclosed that the suspect had sexually assaulted her during the summer of 2016.
After interviewing several witnesses and collecting evidence in the case, Detective Sgt. Lowrance was able to obtain warrants on Schoneman. Following his arrest, he was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $250,000 secured bond. He made his first court appearance Tuesday (October 25). His next District Court date is November 15.
37-year-old Alvin Jack Johnson and 34-year-old Jennifer Hayes Johnson, both of Sun Valley Trail, 43-year-old Charles Danny Brown of Gastonia Highway, and 29-year-old Angela Rene Martin of Spring East Road, all from Lincolnton, and 28-year-old Haley Kristin Gantt of West Highway 27 in Vale, were all arrested Wednesday (October 26) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers.
Alvin Johnson is charged with two felony counts each of Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance. He was also charged with one felony count each of Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Sell Schedule II Controlled Substance, Conspiracy to Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance, and Obtaining Property by False Pretenses.
Jennifer Johnson is charged with one felony count each of Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Sell Schedule II Controlled Substance, and Conspiracy to Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance.
Brown is charged with two felony counts each of Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance. Martin was charged with one misdemeanor count of Resisting a Public Officer. Gantt is charged with one felony count of Possession of Methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
On Wednesday the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit charged three of the suspects for selling methamphetamine to undercover detectives. Two other suspects were arrested on unrelated charges which stemmed from those investigations.
According to detectives, three of the subjects became targets in an ongoing investigation into methamphetamine sales in the southern and eastern part of Lincoln County. Detectives say most of the transactions occurred in parking lots of businesses near Salem Church Rd. and Gastonia Hwy. and in various locations in Denver near Highways 16 and 73.
Detectives say the investigation took place over a six month period of time. Warrants were issued for the three people on October 12 and detectives looked for them at various locations but were unable to locate the individuals until Wednesday.
Acting on tips, narcotics detectives went to a residence near the 600 block of Springs East Rd. to look for two of the wanted subjects. On arrival detectives encountered two people who lived at the residence.
One subject came up to the residence after detectives arrived, breathing heavily. When questioned, the subject said she had been walking up the road. Later detectives learned the subject had run to a residence next door to alert the two wanted subjects that detectives were on scene.
Detectives went next door and located two of the wanted individuals hiding in an outbuilding and they were both taken into custody. The subject who tipped them off about the presence of law enforcement was also arrested.
The other subject wanted for selling methamphetamine was located at a trailer on Jess Monroe Dr. in Catawba County. Catawba County deputies assisted narcotics officers in locating him and took him into custody without incident.
A fifth person was also charged on drug charges Wednesday after detectives found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in an apartment she lived in near the 4500 block of W. Hwy 27 in Vale. Detectives went to the location looking for one of the wanted subjects they believed was staying there.
Alvin Johnson was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond. Jennifer Johnson was jailed under a $20,000 secured bond. Brown was given a $30,000 secured bond in Catawba County and transferred to Lincoln County. Martin received a $2,500 secured bond. Gantt received a $3000 secured bond. All five suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Thursday, October 27).
49-year-old Tonya Deneen Burch of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 4:50 yesterday afternoon on one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense.
She is accused of filing falsified timesheets while employed as a temp worker for Hickory Printing. Burch reportedly was paid approximately $2,000 she wasn’t entitled to. The incidents occurred in May of this year and were reported the following month.
Burch turned herself in yesterday at H.P.D. headquarters and was released under a $5,000 unsecured bond. No court date is currently listed.
45-year-old Christopher Todd Hodges of Lenoir, a former Trooper with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, pleaded guilty to simple assault during Caldwell County District Court Monday (October 24).
Hodges was given a 30-day suspended sentence with 12 months of unsupervised probation by District Court Judge Sherri Elliott. He also was required to pay court costs and not have any contact with the victim.
Hodges resigned his position following an internal investigation by the NCSHP shortly after the June 4, 2016 incident. The incident occurred while Hodges was off-duty. He used excessive force on a DWI suspect who was in custody of another State Trooper. The assault occurred after the DWI suspect crashed his pickup truck in front of Hodges’ residence.
The District Attorney’s Office requested a full investigation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation before charges were filed. As a result of former Trooper Hodges’ actions, all charges issued by Hodges that were pending as of the date of the incident (June 4) were dismissed.
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29-year-old Aric Thomas Johnson of Stamey Road in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (October 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of breaking and entering and two felony counts of larceny after breaking and entering. Johnson was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, October 27).
37-year-old Steaphon Isaac James and 49-year-old Mark Rex Bowers, both from Warrior Road in Lenoir, were each arrested Wednesday (October 26) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Both suspects were jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond apiece. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court in Lenoir today (Thursday, October 27).
22-year-old Markeemeius Deshaun Morgan of 1st Street SW in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (October 26) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and common law robbery, along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and assault on a female. Morgan was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, October 27).
Another new name has been added to the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.
32-year-old Travis Steven Helton is wanted on felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Helton's last known address was 2320 Shade Tree Street #5 in Hickory. He was added to the Most Wanted List last Friday (October 21).
40-year-old Tong Xeng Yang Moua is wanted for felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Moua's last known address was 2650 Old Blue Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs. He's been on the Most Wanted List since August 14, 2014.
You can see the entire list at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information regarding any of the suspects on the Most Wanted List, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
A scam warning has been issued by the Caldwell County Clerk of Court Kim Clark. According to a news release posted to the Lenoir Caldwell Crime Stoppers Facebook Page, the Clerk of Courts Office was contacted by a gentleman saying that his 84-year-old mother was called by a man saying that she had missed jury duty and he was coming to pick her up. She became upset and screamed at him and he just hung up.
The number showed up as Asheville on her caller ID and the number was 828-333-7856. The woman's son also made law enforcement aware of this attempted scam. The Clerk of Courts Office is asking the public to spread the word about this latest scam. They also want citizens to let people know that if they have any questions about jury duty or anything else related to it, just call the Clerk of Courts Office at 828-759-3503 for verification.
If you receive one of these scam calls, you can tell the caller you will get back with them after you call the Clerk of Court to verify what they are telling you. Again the Clerk of Courts Office number is 828-759-3503.
26-year-old Dustin James Queen of Hickory was given an active prison sentence of at least five years after pleading guilty to robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Queen pleaded guilty to the charges on October 3 and was sentenced Monday (October 24) by the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County. Queen will serve five-to-eight years in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.
The defendant was convicted of robbing the Fast Express No. 2 on Fairgrove Church Road on June 30 of last year. He displayed a handgun to the clerk and took cash from the register before fleeing the scene. He was arrested and charged with the crime on October 22, 2015 after Investigators obtained video surveillance that helped identify him as a suspect.
The firearms charge came about as the result of a February 2012 felony larceny conviction in Iredell County.
The case was investigated by Sgt. Robert Clark of Conover Police Department and prosecuted by Sean McGinnis of the District Attorney’s Office.
32-year-old Dewey Lee Gentry, Jr. of Pearl Street in Granite Falls has been arrested on one felony count of common law robbery.
Gentry was charged in connection to an October 3 robbery at First Citizens Bank & Trust in Granite Falls. Assistance from citizens and the media helped Investigators identify Gentry as the suspect.
A warrant was issued for Gentry’s arrest yesterday (October 25). He voluntarily surrendered at the Granite Falls Police Department at about ten o’clock this morning. According to published reports, Gentry may have robbed the bank to help with medical bills. He is reportedly cooperating with Police in an effort to recover the stolen money.
No information regarding Gentry’s bond has been released. A first appearance in Caldwell County District Court was set for tomorrow.
Granite Falls Police worked with the F.B.I. during the investigation, which is ongoing. Anyone with information should contact Detective Clint Ferguson at 828-396-3358 or email@example.com.
51-year-old Laura Jean Williams of Water Street in Granite Falls was arrested today (Wednesday, October 26) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of stolen goods. Following the arrest, Williams was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A District Court date is set for tomorrow (Thursday, October 27).
Hickory Police are investigating an incident in which Police property was stolen from a vehicle in the parking lot at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E.
The incident occurred at about 8:30 Monday night (October 24). The items were taken from the passenger area of an off-duty Officer’s personal vehicle, which had been left unlocked.
Items taken include a 9mm Glock handgun (which is the female Officer’s service weapon), two magazines, a holster, handcuffs, an Asp baton, pepper spray, the Officer’s duty belt and a light.
Police are currently reviewing store security video. The investigation is ongoing.
33-year-old Valerie Latrice Moore was arrested Tuesday (October 25) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. She was charged with felony forced breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Moore was placed in jail in Morganton under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, October 26).
23-year-old Tevan Montez Ikard of Village Circle in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (October 25) by Claremont Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II, IV, and VI controlled substances, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of synthetic cannaboid, possession of marijuana, driving while impaired, and open container.
Ikard was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $16,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (Wednesday, October 26).
North Carolina's Attorney General is looking into claims of price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Matthew earlier this month. According to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Justice (NCDOJ), the investigation includes businesses located in our region.
Attorney General Roy Cooper’s Consumer Protection Division issued a subpoena to a rental car company after getting eight complaints of possible price gouging on rental cars from consumers across North Carolina this month. The name of the company has not been released.
Consumers reported to Cooper’s office that the company’s rental car locations in Boone, Elizabeth City, Fayetteville, Lumberton, and Raleigh doubled their prices from about $30 per day to about $60 per day after storms and flooding came through North Carolina. After one consumer returned a car that she had rented for $175 for approximately a week, she attempted to rent the car again for the following week. She says the company told her that her rate would leap to approximately $345 per week after the storm.
Cooper’s office is currently investigating three other businesses for possible price gouging following Hurricane Matthew: A Gastonia motel for reportedly charging storm evacuees as much as $300 a night. A Fayetteville business for reportedly charging $29 for a 24-pack of bottled water. And a Mount Olive motel for reportedly charging as much as $150 a night for rooms that typically go for less than $90.
North Carolina’s price gouging law was triggered on October 3 by the declaration of a state of emergency due to Hurricane Matthew. The storm dumped inches of rain on the central and eastern parts of the state, causing severe flood damage to homes, businesses, crops, and cars.
Price gouging—or charging too much in times of crisis—is against North Carolina law when a disaster, an emergency or an abnormal market disruption for critical goods and services is declared or proclaimed by the Governor. The law applies to all levels of the supply chain from the manufacturer to the distributor to the retailer.
As of Monday (October 24), approximately 180 consumers had alerted the Attorney General’s Office to potential price gouging related to Hurricane Matthew. Consumers can report gouging by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM (toll-free within North Carolina) or filing a price gouging complaint online at ncdoj.gov.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office along with the Lenoir Police Department arrested and charged three high school students with stealing political signs advertising for the Donald Trump and Mike Pence campaign.
17-year-old Aurora Elizabeth Solis of Hickory, 16-year-old Yamied Vasquez Rueda of Newton and 16-year-old Brandon Alonzo Castorena of Conover were each charged with stealing political signs and possession of stolen property. The charges are misdemeanors. They were all scheduled to be released to the custody of their parents this afternoon. All three are students at Newton-Conover High School.
Officers received an anonymous tip around noon Tuesday (October 25) that someone driving a silver Ford Focus was stopping and pulling up Trump/Pence political signs along Highway 321 in Caldwell County. Sgt. Jonathan Kirby with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office spotted the car in Valmead and with assistance from a Lenoir Police Department Officer pulled the vehicle.
According to a news release issued by authorities in Caldwell County, the three teenagers admitted to stealing numerous political signs across the Unifour area and officers found 12 signs in the vehicle at the time of the arrest. All three suspects have District Court appearances scheduled for November 7.
The Morganton Community House will receive some much needed renovations next year following action taken by Morganton City Council.
During the October meeting, Council unanimously approved the project and approved borrowing an estimated $1.4 million to fund the Phase 2 renovations. The plan is to renovate the lobby and possibly add a fireplace; renovate the ceilings and add new lighting and chandeliers in the Cobb and Connelly rooms; install new wood floors; build new, accessible restrooms; create a bridal suite/green room; renovate and build two meetings rooms and accessible restrooms in the basement; and add an elevator.
“These renovations to the Community House will put a much needed polish on what everyone agrees is one of the jewels of Morganton,” Main Street Director Sharon Jablonski said. “We are very thankful for all the private donations to help fund these improvements. We’re extremely thankful for the Johnson (Phifer) family and the Bridges family who donated $75,000 each to fund the new courtyard. And we’re grateful to the City Council who chose to make this project a priority and approve funding for the final phase.”
The new courtyard and many infrastructure improvements were completed last year at the Community House. The infrastructure upgrades included improvements to plumbing, electrical service, HVAC, kitchen basement entry and access, air conditioning to the kitchen, and noise reduction around the kitchen.
City staff will work to set up financing this year, and construction should start in January next year.
“When we’re finished, this facility will be a state-of-the-art venue for our residents and for visitors,” Jablonski said.
44-year-old Eric Sherard Jones of 16th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police on outstanding felony warrants for failure to register as a sex offender, failure by a sex offender to notify of a change of address, failure to appear and a probation violation. He was also arrested on misdemeanor warrants for four counts of failure to appear. The warrants are from Cumberland, Cleveland, Burke and Wake counties and were issued from 2001 through April of last year.
Jones is on the sex offender registry as the result of a December 2005 conviction for indecent liberties with a minor. He had been on the Burke County Sheriff’s most wanted list since August of 2014.
Jones was taken into custody at his residence shortly after 11 a.m. yesterday. At the time of his arrest, Jones complained of chest pains. He was taken by E.M.S. to Frye Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released back into custody. He was placed in jail in Burke County where he is being held without bond. Court dates in Burke County were set for October 27 and December 12; in Cleveland County on October 28 and November 3; in Cumberland County on November 22; and in Wake County on November 29.
45-year-old Landis Darnell Glaspy, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested shortly after 11 o’clock last night (October 24) on one felony count each of breaking & entering, larceny after breaking & entering and possession of stolen goods.
He was arrested in connection to a November 2014 residential break-in on 12th Street S.W. in Hickory. At the time, Police found the front door ajar with a broken lock. A ring was stolen from the residence.
Evidence was submitted to the state crime lab. Analysis of that evidence identified Glaspy as the suspect. Police submitted a prosecution summary to the District Attorney’s office in April of this year, resulting in the issuance of warrants for Glaspy’s arrest on October 11.
The suspect was taken into custody in the vicinity of the Marathon station on 1st Avenue S.W., near Long View. Glaspy was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $57,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.