30-year-old Justin Lee Calloway of Moss Lane in Granite Falls was arrested today (Tuesday, December 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and two counts of failure to appear. Calloway was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,500 bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court January 19 and Superior Court January 23.
52-year-old Larry Gene Johnson was arrested Monday (December 12) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Johnson was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday (December 14).
Granite Falls Man Charged With Indecent Liberties After Inappropriate Photos Reportedly Found On PhoneWritten by Rob Eastwood
34-year-old Michael Lee Dula of Midas Bolick Road in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (December 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Officers. He's charged with indecent liberties with a minor and second degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
The arrest was made after confidential information was received that Dula had inappropriate photographs and videos of underage girls stored on his mobile device. It is unclear at this point how or if Dula knows the girls in the photos and videos.
Dula was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $150,000 secured bond. No court date was listed. The investigation is ongoing.
The North Carolina Department of Justice is warning consumers who shop for holiday gifts online that there is a new phishing scam devised to obtain your personal information. The flim-flam is conducted by the scammers using e-mail.
These holiday phishing e-mails claim to come from shippers like Amazon, FedEx, UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service, and the subject lines say there’s been a problem delivering a package to your home. The e-mail may ask you to click a link for more information or download a form to pick up your package. But the message actually contains malware or ransomware that can give criminals access to your personal information and your money.
Thieves are counting on you being distracted by the holiday shopping season. To avoid falling victim to this phishing scam the following tips are offered by NCDOJ:
Be cautious if you receive a delivery notice for a package you don’t remember ordering.
Don’t click links or download attachments from unfamiliar or unsolicited emails.
Check delivery emails carefully to make sure they’re legitimate. If you find mistakes in your name, the company information, or company website, don’t click on the message and delete it immediately.
If you have questions about a real package, check shipping information on the website you ordered from or contact the shipper directly using their official phone number.
If you think you’ve become the target of a phishing scam, report it to the Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint online at ncdoj.gov.
42-year-old Joel Kenneth Schutt of Bush Drive in Conover was arrested Monday (December 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of kidnapping, breaking and entering, and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Schutt was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (Tuesday, December 13).
48-year-old Tracy Lloyd Lail of Reid Road in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (December 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony breaking and entering to a coin or currency machine. Lail was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Tuesday, December 13).
31-year-old Benjamin Troy Sims of Hillside Drive in Newton was arrested Monday (December 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of kidnapping and breaking and entering along with misdemeanor counts of assault inflicting serious injury and carrying a concealed gun. Sims was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $30,750 bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today (Tuesday, December 13), and February 10.
A Catawba County man received 90 days jail time and a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to charges connected with a wreck that claimed the lives of two teenagers.
20-year-old Jacob Dalton Turner of Claremont pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (December 12).
Turner entered the plea in connection to the October 2014 traffic deaths of Alec Calvin Sigmon and Justin Michael Turner, a pair of 15-year-old high school sophomores. They were both ejected from the vehicle driven by Turner and killed as a result of a high-speed, single-vehicle crash.
The sentence was left to the discretion of the Honorable Mark E. Klass, Superior Court Judge from Davidson County, and he imposed a suspended sentence of 29 to 54 months for Turner, requiring that he serve 36 months of supervised probation. The defendant also must spend 90 days in jail, served at the discretion of his probation officer, and he cannot drive for a period of two years. In addition, Judge Klass ordered that Turner speak to high school students about the consequences of speeding and reckless driving.
Jacob Turner briefly addressed the families of Alec Sigmon and Justin Turner, saying, “I am very sorry for the things I have put you through. I’ve had a hard time dealing with the consequences.”
Investigation by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol showed that Jacob Turner was driving a 2002 Mercedes Benz C-240 at a speed in excess of 90 mph when the vehicle went off the side of Riverbend Road, struck a ditch culvert and went airborne. The vehicle landed 72 feet and continued to travel out of control down an embankment, striking several trees and ejecting Sigmon and Justin Turner from the rear passenger area of the vehicle.
Seventeen-year-old Jessica Joy Sigmon and Chloe Allison Cordell also were injured in the crash. Cordell’s injuries required her to be taken to Wake Forest Baptist Regional Medical Center for extensive care.
Family members for both Alec Sigmon and Justin Turner addressed the court about the impact the defendant’s actions had on their lives. Assistant District Attorney Melanie Earles also read statements from Jessica Sigmon and Cordell regarding the fatal crash and how losing a brother and a friend had affected them.
Troopers J.D. Connor, K.W. Stewart and D.E. Souther led the investigation for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Lance Sigmon and Melanie Earles prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
42-year-old Marya Hudson Kirby of 4th Street S.W. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at 9:50 Saturday night (December 10) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering, plus one misdemeanor count of second-degree trespass. She was also charged as an habitual felon.
She was arrested at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. after a Loss Prevention Officer observed Kirby as she under-rang multiple items at the self-checkout station. The items, with a total value of about $76, included clothing, bras, a power strip, cast iron pans and a phone charger. Kirby was stopped when she passed the last point of sale without paying.
She had been banned from the store in September of 2014. Kirby was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. She has since been released. Kirby was scheduled to appear in District Court today (December 12) in Newton.
32-year-old Ronald Piper Vicente of Old Buff Road and 39-year-old Margaret James Lasley of 17th Street S.W., both from Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police at about 9 p.m. Saturday (December 10). They were both charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia. Vicente was also served with true bills of indictment from September of this year for possession of heroin and possession of methamphetamine, both felonies.
They were arrested after Police stopped a 1992 Ford Ranger on Springs Road N.E. in Hickory. Officers learned of the outstanding indictments against Vicente. A subsequent search of the truck turned up a bag containing a glass pipe and digital scales, found on the passenger’s side floorboard. In the middle bench seat, Officers found 6.5 grams of marijuana and 0.7 grams of meth.
Both suspects were taken into custody without incident and jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility. Vicente was given a $22,500 secured bond, while Lasley’s bond was set at $7,500, secured. They were both scheduled to make first appearances in District Court today (December 12) in Newton. Vicente was also due in Superior Court today.
The Iredell County Sheriff's Office is seeking a suspect in the theft of close to $3,000 in property.
On Saturday (December 10), Deputy Daniel Stikeleather responded to investigate a larceny on Brawley Road in Cleveland. During the course of the investigation, Deputy Stikeleather developed a suspect, 45-year-old Deshawn Latiffe Saddler of Red Bird Lane in Statesville.
The victim stated that Saddler had stolen over $2,800 in tools and antiques from a man who was allowing him to live in his garage. Deputy Stikeleather was able to find an antique hand planter at a local antique mall where Saddler sold the item.
Deputy Stikeleather obtained warrants for arrest on Saddler for felony larceny and obtaining property by false pretenses. The suspect is currently at large. Anyone with information on Saddler’s whereabouts are encouraged to contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180.
19-year-old Lance Vaughn Alton of Panoramic Lane in Denver was arrested Saturday (December 10) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with four counts apiece of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and identity theft, two counts of financial card theft, and single counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.
On Saturday, the Iredell County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to 200 Clontz Hill Road in Troutman in reference to vehicles being broken into. The responding deputy was told by the homeowner that multiple credit cards belonging to himself as well as his sons, were taken out of the vehicles along with other personal items. The victim told the deputy he received notifications of his company’s bank card being used at a nearby Sheetz location and the Mooresville Walmart. The officer then responded to both locations and was able to identify the suspect on the surveillance video at both stores.
The suspect's vehicle was found, and a woman in the truck told the deputy that the suspect jumped from the vehicle and ran into the woods towards Flowerhouse Loop Road. It was discovered that the truck was stolen out of Lincoln County. Additional deputies responded and the suspect was eventually found and arrested. Alton was transported to the Iredell County Detention Facility where he was jailed under $55,000 secured bond. A first court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, December 12).
28-year-old Joshua James Hampton of Icard Dairy Barn Road in Connelly Springs was served a felony indictment by Hickory Police early Friday morning (December 9) on one count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The indictment comes in connection to an incident on August 26 of this year when Officers approached a vehicle in the parking lot at the Jack-In-the-Box restaurant on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. The vehicle displayed a stolen license tag.
Hampton exited the vehicle from the driver’s seat. As he did so, a bag containing half a gram of methamphetamine fell from his clothing to the pavement. A syringe was also found on the driver’s side floorboard. A passenger in the vehicle was not charged or cited.
Hampton was taken into custody without incident at about 4:20 a.m. Friday at a residence on 6th Street S.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $40,000, secured. Hampton was scheduled to appear in Superior Court today (December 12) in Newton.
28-year-old Hugo Alonso Guerrero of 16th Street N.E. in Hickory, 24-year-old Samuel Antonio Loza-Hernandez of Belshire Drive in Conover and 19-year-old Sara Alexandria Winters of 9th Street S.W. in Conover were all arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning (December 11). They were each charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance; trafficking in methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance. In addition, Loza-Hernandez and Winters were charged with possession of a stolen firearm. All the charges are felonies. Loza-Hernandez was also served a felony indictment for possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine.
The were arrested after Police responded to the Quality Suites Convention Center on 13th Avenue Drive S.E. where a clerk told them of suspected drug activity in a room at the hotel. Officers entered the room where they found Guerrero and Winters. The room was rented by Loza-Hernandez.
Officers located a used syringe in a bathroom sink. In Winters’ purse, they found a .380 Reuger handgun that had been reported stolen from Long View. Under the mattress, they also found a Kel-Tec 9-mm handgun that was stolen from Catawba County. In addition, Police located Loza-Hernandez hiding under the boxsprings.
Officers then applied for and executed a search warrant, leading to the discovery of 2.86 grams of heroin, 29.32 grams of meth in two bags, 6.01 grams of marijuana, 12 Alprazolam pills and various drug paraphernalia. In Loza-Hernandez’s wallet, they found an Oxymorphone pill and 0.5 grams of cocaine.
All three suspects were taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for each set at $250,000, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today (December 12) in Newton. Loza-Hernandez also has a Superior Court date set for February 2.
20-year-old Dilon Blake Sherriff of Sun Crest Drive in Harmony was arrested Sunday (December 11) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with breaking and entering and felony larceny.
Saturday (December 10) at 10:55 a.m. Deputies were called out to 117 Stagecrest Drive in reference to a homeowners building being broken into. After Deputies arrived they processed the scene and canvassed the neighborhood. During their investigation Dilon Sherriff of Harmony was developed as a suspect. After Deputies spoke with witnesses and were able to get statements warrants were drawn for Sherriff.
Following the arrest, Sherriff was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. He also had outstanding warrants from Probation and Parole for Violation of Probation, bond on those warrants was set at $20,000 secured for a total bond of $35,000 secured on all charges. No court date is listed for Sherriff.
28-year-old Dylan Quentin Harbour of SW Spainhour Street in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (December 11) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine. Harbour was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, December 12).
35-year-old Fredrick Len Shook of Devils Den Road in Banner Elk was arrested Saturday (December 10) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with trafficking in heroin or opium, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II controlled substance, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of schedule III controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Shook was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $32,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, December 12).
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an early Sunday morning robbery at the Denver Mart on North NC 16 Highway in Denver.
Detective Dan Snellings said a white male entered the store around 3:00 a.m. Sunday (December 11) while the clerk was outside taking a smoke break. When the clerk returned another person in the store made a purchase and exited the store. The suspect then approached the counter and told the clerk that he had a drug problem and a gun as he demanded the money from the cash register.
The clerk complied with the suspect’s demands and gave him approximately one hundred dollars that was in the register. The suspect fled the store running toward Highway 16 and may have left the area in an early 2000’s model Ford Crown Victoria of a Mercury Grand Marquee.
The suspect was wearing all black or navy clothing. He was described as middle age white male with medium length brown hair. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact 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.
39-year-old Marcus Lamont Beatty of 13th Street in Newton was arrested Saturday (December 10) by Claremont Police Officers. He's charged with second degree forcible rape. Beatty was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $75,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled for today (Monday, December 12).
32-year-old Stanley Adam Josey of Long Island Road in Catawba was arrested Friday (December 9) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with indecent liberties with a child and first degree sexual exploitation of a minor. Josey was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $150,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Monday, December 12).