31-year-old Dwayne Marcus Lail of Mauney Drive in Lincolnton was arrested Monday (October 24) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of trafficking opiates by possession and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lail was arrested during a traffic stop Monday near the intersection of Linwood Road and North Grove Street in Lincolnton. According to a news release issued today (Tuesday, October 25) by the Sheriff's Office, narcotics detectives observed a subject in a vehicle in the parking lot of a nearby business. The driver of the vehicle made contact with another individual in what appeared to be a hand to hand drug transaction.
Detectives approached the vehicle and questioned the driver. He gave consent to search the vehicle and detectives located a large amount of opioid pain pills. The pills were inside a prescription bottle that did not belong to the driver. The driver admitted to taking the pills from his grandmother without her permission. Narcotics detectives say the investigation is ongoing and more charges may be forthcoming.
Lail was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center and released after posting a $3,500 secured bond. He had a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court today.
Hickory Police are investigating the theft of 30 Donald Trump campaign signs that were stolen from the property outside a business in Hickory.
The signs were taken sometime between 4:15 p.m. Saturday (October 22) and 7:15 Monday morning (October 24) from System Depot at 1510 Tate Boulevard S.E. They were valued at $30. The victim is a 70-year-old Newton man, who is the business owner.
Police have identified a possible suspect based on video images of a suspect vehicle, a 1994 Acura Integra. No warrants had been issued as of this morning (October 25).
The investigation is ongoing.
30-year-old Jermy Carl Lackey of Copper Creek Drive in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office for violation of pretrial release conditions.
On October 14, Officers learned that Lackey was in violation of pretrial release conditions from a previous domestic violence arrest. The conditions had been in effect since April 2 for charges that are still pending. The conditions will stay in effect until that case has been tried and disposed of. Detectives verified that Lackey had been in contact with the victim on more than one occasion at West End Avenue in Statesville.
On October 17, the Magistrate revoked Lackey’s bond from the April 2016 charges and imposed gave an additional bond of $200,000 for pretrial release violation. Total bond is now $250,000, secured. Superior Court dates were scheduled today (October 25) and October 31.
Lackey has cases currently pending in court for communicating threats, two domestic violence protection order violations, making harassing phone calls, felony stalking, second-degree kidnapping, assault by strangulation, assault on a female and interfering with emergency communications.
43-year-old Dalton Smallwood of Chickamauga, Georgia has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on six counts of statutory rape or sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.
He was arrested after the Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit took a report from a female victim who said she had been sexually assaulted by an adult male from April 2012 to August 2012 when she was 14 years old and living in Iredell County. The victim said the suspect, Dalton Smallwood, was a friend of the family she met while attending church in Iredell County. Investigators determined that Smallwood met with the victim at different locations in southern Iredell County when the sexual activity took place.
Warrants were issued and Smallwood was arrested and placed under a $1,000,000 bond. Authorities in Rowan County also investigated the suspect for allegations involving the same victim. Charges for sexual assault have been filed in that county, as well. Smallwood is currently being held in Rowan County under the charges for both agencies. Court dates were scheduled for October 26 in Rowan County and October 31 in Iredell.
38-year-old Tracy Daniel Roark and 41-year-old Kimberly Renee Bowers, both of Mountain City, Tennessee, were both arrested last Friday (October 21) by Watauga County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and conspiracy to traffic meth.
Last Friday Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office conducted an undercover operation seizing 52 grams of crystal methamphetamine. Over the course of the investigation, Detectives seized a total of 82 grams of Methamphetamine which had an estimated street value of $9,840.
Roark and Bowers were arrested and transported to the Watauga County Detention Facility. Bond for each suspect was set at $60,000 secured. They are scheduled to appear in District Court November 10.
63-year-old Pamela Renee Trivett and 55-year-old Randall Joe Elkins, both of the same Connelly Springs Road, Lenoir, address, were each arrested Monday (October 24) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Trivett's bond was set at $2,500 secured, Elkins' bond was $1,000 secured. Both suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Tuesday, October 25).
23-year-old Taylor Rae Huffman of Highway 10 East in Conover was arrested Monday (October 24) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, along with failure to appear on counts of uttering a forged instrument and obtaining property by false pretense. Huffman was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $45,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, October 25).
29-year-old Randall Kyle Ballard of Roy McGalliard Avenue in Morganton was arrested by McDowell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with larceny and buying or receiving stolen goods.
According to a news release issued Monday (October 24), on January 16, Richard Page, of Marion, reported that someone stole a 14-foot trailer and an assortment of hand and power tools, worth a total of $16,300, from a construction site on East Hunt Camp Drive in Nebo.
An investigation led to Ballard, who was just recently located.
The trailer and some of the tools have been recovered. No bond information was available. Ballard has District Court dates November 9 and 14 in McDowell County.
There are new names on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.
28-year-old Linda Kay Slone is wanted on felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of stolen goods or property. Slone's last known address was 2320 Shade Tree Street #5 in Hickory.
24-year-old Dalton Gage Hughes is wanted on a felony count of accessory after the fact. Hughes last known address was 4515 Carswell Road in Valdese.
Both suspects were added to the Most Wanted List last Friday (October 21).
To see the entire list of wanted suspects go to the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information about any of the suspects on the list, call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail them at email@example.com. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Morganton-Burke Crimestoppers. Their number is 828-437-3333.
Two people have been charged in connection with a recent kidnapping incident in eastern Lincoln County.
23-year-old Tagema Lecoly Finandis of Hines Circle Road in Stanley was charged with accessory after the fact to a felony. 19-year-old Teri Lynn Houser, also a resident of Hines Circle Road, was charged with one felony count of common law obstruction of justice.
Finandis is accused of driving kidnapping suspect Jacob Alan Houser away from 178 Cowan’s Ford Road in Stanley while knowing that Houser had committed the felony act of taking Kaitlin Victoria Greene from the home and holding her captive in the back seat of the vehicle.
Teri Houser obstructed justice with the intent to defraud by telling Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Captain Tim Johnson that Jacob Houser, who had multiple outstanding felony warrants to include first and second degree kidnapping, was not at the residence on Hines Circle Road. She is also accused of directing officers to multiple locations away from the home when in fact Houser was hiding in the residence.
Jacob Houser was arrested last Thursday evening (October 20) after deputies and Department of Corrections K-9 units searched the area around Old Plank Road. He was found hiding in the attic of the residence on Hines Circle Road.
Teri Houser was released on a $3,000 secured bond. She has a District Court date November 8. Finandis turned himself in last Friday (October 21) at the Lincoln County Magistrate’s Office and was given a $5,000 unsecured bond. He will also appear in District Court November 8. Jacob Houser was jailed under a $759,945 secured bond following his arrest. His next District Court date is November 3.
42-year-old Robert Harold Pulik of Jim Grady Road in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:45 Saturday afternoon (October 22) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested as Police on patrol at the Williamsburg apartments on the 600 block of 7th Street S.W. were investigating reports of drug activity in the area. Officers saw a gold Mercury station enter the complex and then leave a short time later.
At the intersection of 7th Street S.W. and 5th Avenue S.W., the Mercury failed to stop at a stop sign. Police stopped the vehicle on the 900 block of Highway 70 S.W., where they saw the passenger, Robert Pulik, attempting to conceal some items under his legs. When Pulik was asked to exit the vehicle, Officers found 0.3 grams of crack cocaine in the seat. A subsequent search turned up a pipe beneath a seat flap.
The female driver was cited for failure to stop, but was not otherwise charged. Pulik was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $1,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today (October 24) in Newton.
36-year-old Jeremy Thad Norman was arrested Friday (October 21) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture schedule II controlled substance. Norman was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (October 24).
52-year-old Perry Dean Dellinger was arrested Sunday (October 23) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Dellinger was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, October 24).
26-year-old Ivan Christopher Williams, Jr. of Bonnie Lane in Hildebran was arrested by Hickory Police at about 12:30 Friday afternoon on two misdemeanor counts of assault on a female by a male over the age of 18 and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer. He was also charged with a felony probation violation.
He was arrested after a female victim called Police from a business on 2nd Avenue S.W. to report a domestic assault. The assault allegedly took place at her residence, but she told Police that she had gone to the business for a job interview and that it was the first chance she had to call for help. No weapons were used in the assault and no injuries were reported.
Williams was taken into custody on 1st Avenue S.W., about two blocks west of H.P.D. headquarters. He initially gave Police a false name and date-of-birth, resulting in the resisting charge. One of the assault charges and the probation violation were the result of outstanding warrants issued in August of this year, the assault charge in Catawba County and the probation violation in Burke.
Williams was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility, initially without bond on the current assault charge. Total bond has since been set at $16,500, secured. He will appear in Superior Court for the probation violation on December 5, with District Court dates coming up on December 7 & 15.
51-year-old Sharon Pope Crowe of Blue Dove Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (October 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with an electronic house arrest violation due to a drug screen failure. Crowe was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $200,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
26-year-old Chelsea Nicole Booth of Trenton Park in Lenoir and 30-year-old Johnathon Andrew Mayfield of Laurel Street N.E. in Valdese were both arrested by Hickory Police Saturday for felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Events leading to the arrests began when Police responded when Officers responded to the parking lot at the Bank of America on 2nd Street N.W. where a white male was pacing back & forth and hitting an A.T.M. Officers watched as the man, later identified as Johnathon Mayfield, walked to a Nissan Pathfinder and got into the driver’s seat. Three other people were in the vehicle, including Chelsea Booth.
Officers checked the license tag, which came back to a Chevy Corsica. They then checked the VIN number on the Nissan and learned that it had been reported stolen out of Long View. Mayfield was arrested without incident at about 7 p.m. The other three subjects were not charged at that time.
Later that night, Officers learned that Booth may have been involved in an earlier incident involving another stolen vehicle. She was found with the stolen Toyota 4Runner Lowman’s Motel on Highway 70 in Hildebran. Booth was taken into custody without incident at the motel shortly before 10 p.m. Long View Police and the Burke Co. Sheriff’s Office assisted in the arrest.
Both suspects were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Booth set at $26,000, secured, while Mayfield was given a $19,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today (October 24) in Newton.
The Board of Trustees at Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced that Dr. Frederick (Fred) K. Whitt, has been named the 12th President of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Dr. Whitt was introduced to the Lenoir-Rhyne community this morning (Monday, October 24) as faculty, staff, students, board members, constituents and other friends filled Grace Chapel for the announcement.
Dr. Whitt will be succeeding Dr. Wayne B. Powell. Dr. Whitt brings over 30 years of leadership experience in higher education to Lenoir-Rhyne. He is currently the Founding Dean of the Beaver College of Health Sciences (BCHS) at Appalachian State University, and has served in this capacity since 2010 when he was named to lead the first new college developed at Appalachian in over 40 years.
Dr. Whitt will assume the position of University President on February 1, 2017. Dr. Powell, who served as University President for 14 years, will retire on January 1. Under his leadership, the University has undergone bold initiatives, unprecedented growth, and financial success that have defined its administration.
Whitt grew up in Mt. Holly, NC about 40 miles south of Hickory. He and his wife Donna, who is also from North Carolina and a Nurse Educator, have been married for 38 years and they have two adult married sons. Dr. Whitt earned his Doctorate from the University of Tennessee, and his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Appalachian State.
A woman who had been missing was found and is reported to be safe. 26-year-old Christin Coffey, from 8th Street S.W. in Hickory was reported missing from her sister’s residence in Bethlehem late last Monday night (October 17).
Information was released Saturday morning (October 22) stating that Coffey had called home. The public and news media were thanked for their assistance during the search for Coffey. No further information was available.
36-year-old Elijah Carew Carter of Blue Dove Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Friday (October 21) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with electronic house arrest violation and two counts of drug screen failure. Carter was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $250,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
28-year-old Cory Elijah Moretz of Circle Loop Road in Stony Point was arrested Saturday (October 22) by Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He's charged with felony counts of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. In addition, Moretz is charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and larceny of a firearm. Moretz was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, October 24) in Newton.