One of the suspects on the Burke County Sheriff's Office most wanted list has been apprehended. 36-year-old Rebecca Allendria McCloud of Hildebran View Street in Connelly Springs was arrested Friday (September 8). She was taken into custody by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. She's charged with felony probation violation along with four counts of failure to appear. McCloud had been on the most wanted list for eight weeks. Following Friday's arrest, she was confined at the Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility under $30,500.00 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for September 19.
Authorities in Burke County are continuing to seek 42-year-old Billy Earl Murphy. He's wanted for felony counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and larceny of a motor vehicle along with a misdemeanor count of failure to appear for driving while license revoked. There is no address listed for Murphy, he was last known to be homeless. Murphy has been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office most wanted list since June 9.
39-year-old Sandy Kale Champion is also being sought by authorities in Burke County. She's wanted for probation violation imposed as a result of felony burglary charges. Champion's last known address is 4517 Theron Drive in Morganton. She's been on the list since June 9.
You can see the entire Burke County Sheriff's Office most wanted list at the Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the list call 828-438-5500, e-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers. Their phone number is 828-437-3333.
38-year-old Christina Gibbs Little of Compton Park Road in Statesville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with misdemeanor failure to secure a firearm to protect a minor.
Deputies responded to an incident in which a ten-year-child was reportedly shot in the head. When they arrived at the scene they learned that the child went outside to water and feed the family dog. Shortly after he went outside family members and a neighbor heard a gunshot.
The ten-year-old came inside and went to his older brother to tell him that he was shot. The brother told the rest of the family who then called 911. Deputies and first responders arrived at the home. Initially the child who had been shot told Deputies that a stranger had fired the gun but he later admitted he had been playing with the gun when it went off. This was supported by evidence at the scene.
During the investigation it was learned that the family keeps a revolver pistol in the car for safety and the child had gotten the gun from the unlocked vehicle. Iredell County EMS transported the boy to Brenner’s Hospital in Winston-Salem where he was treated for a minor gunshot wound to his head and released.
In North Carolina it is against the law to leave a firearm in a location accessible by an unsupervised minor. In this case, the loaded handgun was left in an unlocked vehicle in the garage of the home where the child retrieved it.
Little was given a $5,000 dollar unsecured bond, she's scheduled to appear in District Court October 23.
Four suspects have been arrested as part of a continuing drug investigation centering around a residence in Lincolnton.
30-year-old Brandon Keith Maynor, 25-year-old Richard Harlond Fuller, 24-year-old Savanna Nicole Tennant, and 23-year-old Dakota Brett Hull were all arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. Maynor, Fuller, and Tennant are all residents of the same Betterbrook Lane, Lincolnton address. Hull is a resident of Tallent Road in Vale.
Maynor is charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Fuller, Tennant and Hull are all charged with one felony count of possession of schedule II controlled substance. Fuller and Hull are also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Thursday (September 7), the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit conducted a follow up investigation at a residence near the 1200 block of Betterbrook Lane in Lincolnton. The follow up was a continuation of an ongoing narcotics investigation where two people were arrested after a search warrant was executed at the residence on August 29.
During the follow up, detectives saw in plain view several items of drug paraphernalia and a small amount of methamphetamine. Detectives applied for and conducted another search warrant and seized additional amounts of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a pistol. The search warrant was the second such operation at the residence in the past ten days.
Detectives say the residence has been the center of multiple ongoing drug investigations which have resulted in more than a dozen arrests over the past two years. According to detectives, the investigation is ongoing and they will be looking into other avenues including federal and state nuisance abatement proceedings in an attempt to eliminate the ongoing drug activity at the residence.
Maynor received a $12,000 secured bond, Fuller's bond was set at $15,000 secured, Tennant received a $12,000 secured bond, Bond for Hull was set at $5,000 secured. Court dates were not listed.
As projections continue to point Hurricane Irma toward North Carolina, Catawba County Emergency Management advises residents to take deliberate steps now to be prepared.
According to Catawba County Emergency Management Coordinator Karyn Yaussy, based on Hurricane Irma’s current trajectory, the storm could affect Catawba County starting Monday afternoon into Tuesday. Residents are encouraged to spend time this weekend ensuring they’re as prepared as possible.
Emergency Management emphasizes the following preparedness steps as the most important things to do before Sunday night:
- Find a battery powered flashlight or lantern and put fresh batteries in it. Have extra batteries on hand. Do not use candles due to the risk of fire.
- Register for the Catawba County Community Alert System online at www.catawbacountync.gov/alert. Those without internet access should call 828-465-8230. Catawba County sends official information and emergency messages out through the Community Alert System.
- Citizens are encouraged to rely only on official information coming directly through traditional media, Catawba County Emergency Management or the National Weather Service.
- Have a supply of bottled water the house and vehicles. One gallon per person for at least three days is recommended. Remember to provide extra water for pets.
- Residents should also keep a three-day supply of non-perishable foods that do not require heating or refrigeration in the house and snack items in the car. Keep a non-electric can opener on hand, as well.
- National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radios should have fresh batteries and may be tuned to the Linville Tower, frequency 162.450 WNG538 or Mooresville, frequency 162.525 KJY85.
Additional preparedness information for dealing with hurricanes is available at www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
In the event the situation in North Carolina requires the opening of disaster shelters, real-time shelter information will be posted at readync.org/EN/Index.html. A mobile app called ReadyNC is also available.
The body of a missing Morganton man has been found in Catawba County.
36-year-old Christopher James “Chris” Chambers had been reported as a missing person after he was last seen on Sunday, September 3, at the Fed-Ex Ground facility on Amity Street in Newton, near Steve White Motors, just off of Highway 70. A family member told WHKY that Mr. Chambers' body was found last night (September 7) in the area behind the Fed-Ex facility
An autopsy has been scheduled. No additional details are available at this time.
39-year-old James Daniel Terry of Lindsay Lane in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police last night (September 7) on charges of felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was originally arrested on March 9 of this year in connection to an incident on the same date. Following a traffic stop on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard near “F” Avenue Drive S.E., Officers found 3.0 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. Terry was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle.
He was taken into custody without incident at about 9:50 last night at a shopping center on N.E. Springs Road. Following his arrest, Terry was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under an $11,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date was scheduled today in Newton.
40-year-old David Allen Smith of Travis Loop Roadin Statesville was arrested Wednesday (September 6) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking of marijuana by possession, felony conspiracy to traffic marijuana by possession, transport and delivery.
Narcotics Investigators with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 149 Travis Loop Road in Statesville. Information for the search warrant was gathered as part of ongoing investigations into packages containing illegal narcotics being delivered to locations in Iredell County from other states and countries. This search warrant uncovered numerous containers used to ship marijuana, marijuana and marijuana edibles along other paraphernalia.
This investigation was opened approximately two months ago when more than 20 pounds of marijuana was seized by narcotics investigators. The box was intercepted while in transit to be delivered to a residence here in Iredell County. Narcotics investigators worked with other law enforcement agencies to share and gather further intelligence on Smith and other suspects.
Surveillance operations were established on different residences and suspects in Iredell and other counties. Felony warrants are outstanding on Ailon See of Catawba County for conspiracy to traffic marijuana by possession, transport and delivery. WHKY reported on the August 25 arrest of See, who is currently being held in the Catawba County Detention Facility on multiple drug charges. Smith was placed in jail under 15,000 dollars secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court September 27. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are anticipated.
32-year-old James Vincent Rinkines, who is the suspect in the murder of 36-year-old Tony Ly, has been arrested in Baltimore, Maryland. He has been charged with murder. His girlfriend, Rose Shutz, has also been arrested on a charge of accessory after the fact. The two were taken into custody today (September 8) by Maryland Transportation Authority Police. They are currently being held in Baltimore.
At about 10 p.m. Wednesday (September 6), Catawba County Sheriff's Officers found Mr. Ly deceased outside a home on the 5300 Block of Whitener Road, south of Hickory. Rinkines was quickly identified as the suspect.
A local company has reduced the price of it's bottled water in an effort to assist area residents who are preparing for the possible arrival of rough weather conditions resulting from Hurricane Irma. It's possible the area could be affected early next week. Hav-A-Cup Coffee Service on 1st Street West in Conover is selling cases of water for $6.50, marked down from $10.25, while supplies last.
38-year-old Christopher Terrell Scott of 8th Avenue Drive SW in Hickory was arrested Thursday (September 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. Scott was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for Monday (September 11).
26-year-old Jacob Adam Patterson of 10th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (September 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with four counts of breaking and entering and one count of possession of stolen property. Patterson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $33,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Thursday.
33-year-old Suzanne Loray Powell of 54th Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Thursday (September 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth, sale of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Powell was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $507,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 8).
48-year-old Sheila Ann Giffin of Nottingham Road in Lincolnton was arrested Wednesday (September 6) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony possession of a controlled substance schedule VI, felony maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, felony manufacturing a controlled substance schedule VI, misdemeanor child abuse, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Operating on a citizen tip about marijuana, deputies responded to a residence on Nottingham Road north of Lincolnton on Wednesday. On arrival deputies observed two marijuana plants growing in plain sight near the front door of the apartment in the 2400 block of Nottingham Road. Deputies attempted to make contact with the occupant of the apartment but were unable to do so.
A search warrant was secured for the inside of the apartment and after making entry deputies located a black zip up bag containing several smaller bags of marijuana, additional marijuana in a prescription bottle, and drug paraphernalia. The items and the marijuana plants from the outside of the residence were seized and placed in evidence.
Officers made contact with the renter, Sheila Ann Giffin, who agreed to meet deputies at the magistrate’s office where she was arrested and charged. Giffin was released on a $15,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first District Court appearance yesterday (September 7).
A Granite Falls woman will not face the death penalty for her alleged involvement in a June 2015 murder.
Prosecutors for the State of North Carolina announced during Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday (September 7), that they will not pursue capital punishment for 32-year-old Summer Michelle Coleman in connection with the June 1, 2015, shooting death of 46-year-old Lancelot Kenyatta Ellison at 38 8th Ave. Drive SE near N.C. 127 in Hickory.
She was indicted by a Catawba County Grand Jury on Aug. 7, 2017. Coleman is one of three defendants charged with murder in the death of Ellison. 25-year-old Tevin Jerome Davis of Statesville, and 26-year-old DeMarcus Kashaun Pollard of Hickory, also face murder charges. Neither of them is facing the death penalty.
A Hickory man was found guilty of multiple sexual offenses and other charges by a jury during Burke County Superior Court on Wednesday (September 6).
32-year-old Michael Christopher Weaver was sentenced to an active prison term of 44 to 59 years by the Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, after the jury found him guilty of first-degree forcible rape, first-degree sexual offense, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, communicating threats and four counts of intimidating a witness. The defendant will serve his prison term in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The 12-member panel deliberated for two hours before returning its guilty verdict to wrap up the trial. The offenses occurred January 30, 2016, at Lowman’s Motel in Burke County where the defendant and 30-year-old female victim were staying. Investigation shows that Weaver became angry and attacked the victim with a wooden stick, beating her severely. He then forced her to have sexual intercourse and brutally assaulted her sexually with the stick as well.
Weaver kept the victim in the room overnight before taking her to a hospital the next day. The assaults caused significant injuries that left the victim hospitalized for an extended period of time. The defendant later made threats against the victim on three days early in November 2016 that led to charges for intimidating a witness.
Melanie Robinson was the lead investigator for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Michelle Lippert prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
37-year-old Kaw Yang of Cheng Drive in Statesville was arrested today (September 7) by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. Yang was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow (September 8).
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins to unlocked vehicles in an area near Campground Road in Denver, NC. Residents began reporting the break-ins this morning (September 7) to vehicles parked at homes on Campground Road, Pin Oaks Drive, Cedar Street, Angie Drive, Osprey Trail and Forest Hills Drive, all in Denver. A total of eight break-ins have been reported.
A vehicle was stolen from a Forest Hills Drive residence but recovered a short distance away on Cedar Street in Denver. It appeared the thief or thieves went from street to street in the area entering vehicles that were left unlocked. One resident who called in a report at approximately 6:00 a.m. today said a suspicious vehicle was seen in the area around 4:30 a.m. but it was not reported.
Thieves have a tendency to break into unlocked vehicles because they want to get in and out of the area as quick as possible. Here are some ways to protect you from being a victim of a vehicle break-in:
LOCK IT OR LOSE IT. Lock your vehicle every time you leave, even for a short period of time.
Don’t leave valuables in plain view
If you place items in the trunk, do it discreetly or before you arrive at your destination.
If your car is parked in a carport or near your home, leave you exterior lights on at night.
If you park on a street, choose a well-lit, open and visible space.
Residents should also document and record all serial numbers on any items left in a vehicle.
Anyone with information on the break-ins should call 911, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202, or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. All tips are investigated.
50-year-old Mickey Gene Mellon of Boyle’s Road in Lawndale was arrested Tuesday (September 5) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking in opiates and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Mellon was staying in a camper on Howard's Creek Mill Road in Lincoln County, where U. S. Marshals, Cleveland and Gaston County officers arrested his son, Bradley Gene Mellon following a vehicle chase. Mickey Mellon, who is a convicted felon, was at the scene and had a firearm in his possession. The firearm was described as a black and silver in color Ruger SR9.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit took Mellon into custody and assisted the other agencies in executing a search warrant for the property. During the search officers seized over an ounce of methamphetamine, a trafficking amount of opioid pain pills, more than $800 in cash, a pistol, a rifle, a sawed-off shotgun and recovered two stolen vehicles.
Mellon was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. He made a first District Court appearance Wednesday (September 6). The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible and additional suspects may be charged.
Mellon’s son, Bradley Mellon, led officers on a two county chase that ended in the 1100 block of Howard’s Creek Mill Road where he was taken into custody without incident. He is accused of firing multiple shots into a Tot Dellinger Road home belonging to a Gaston County Police officer. Bradley Mellon is charged with attempted first degree murder, discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling and possession of a firearm by a felon. The drive-by, early-morning shooting occurred on August 28. Bradley Mellon is being held in the Gaston County Jail without bond.
26-year-old Brian Blake Blackburn of Shady Valley Lane in Claremont was arrested Wednesday (September 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Blackburn was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (September 7).
32-year-old Cynthia Diane Poole of Weidner Road in Newton was arrested Wednesday (September 6) by Newton Police Officers. She's charged with two counts of forgery, along with single counts of forgery of an endorsement, attempt to obtain controlled substance by fraud, uttering a forged endorsement, and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Poole was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. A District Court date was slated for today (September 7).