42-year-old Jason Allen Beard of Catawba Terrace in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (March 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and possession of stolen property. Beard was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday (March 8).
21-year-old Jennifer Lynn Kincaid of Spoke Lane in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (March 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon. Kincaid was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday (March 8).
33-year-old Gary Allen Hutchinson II of Tallent Road in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (March 7) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of speeding to elude arrest, hinder & delay and receiving, transferring, or possessing a stolen vehicle. Hutchinson is also charged on outstanding warrants with felony counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and larceny of a financial transaction card along with a misdemeanor count of larceny by trick.
According to a news release from the Burke County Sheriff's Office, shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday a Burke County Deputy was told by the Burke County 911 Center that a stolen 1993 Honda Civic was entering Burke County from Hickory. The deputy located the vehicle on Highway 70 near East Burke Boulevard and initiated his blue lights and siren on Cavalier Way but the driver failed to stop. The driver was pursued down Miller Bridge Road, onto Hwy 18 South, and onto NC 10 with speeds reaching in excess of 100 mph.
The Burke County Deputy was joined by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina State Highway Patrol on NC 10 in Catawba County. Highway Patrol deployed spike strips on the roadway which did cause some of the tires to deflate. The driver slowed down and after turning onto Highway 127 in Hickory, pulled over and surrendered himself to officers. A female passenger in the vehicle was not charged. The Hickory Police Department was notified regarding the recovery of the vehicle that had been stolen within Hickory PD’s jurisdiction.
Hutchinson was placed in jail in Morganton under $28,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 9).
According to the District Attorney's Office, the State will not seek the death penalty in the murder case against 46-year-old Tony Allen Brittain II of Claremont. Brittain is charged in connection with the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Kevin Hefner on November 4, 2017. According to the news release from the District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney Alison Martin indicated during Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday (March 8) that the State will not proceed with the case as a capital matter.
Brittain, a resident of Englewood Street in Claremont, was arrested at his home at approximately 6:40 a.m. Sunday, November 5, and charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Kevin Hefner. The shooting occurred the prior Saturday evening, Mr. Hefner was found deceased in the doorway of his residence at 4077 Old Catawba Road in Claremont. He died from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. Individuals at the residence at the time of the shooting told officers that someone knocked on the door, Mr. Hefner answered, and he was shot one time in the chest.
The Court set Brittain's bond at $500,000 secured during Thursday’s hearing. He remained in the Catawba County Detention Facility as of earlier today (March 9). The case remains under investigation by detectives with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.
42-year-old Westel John Brown of 27th Street NE in Conover was arrested today (March 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with the sale of methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth. Brown was confined in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for April 2.
23-year-old Aleck Keaton Beard of 33rd Street Lane NE in Conover was arrested today (March 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on bills of indictment with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule IV controlled substance. Beard was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $27,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for April 15.
43-year-old Matthew Wayne Stacks of Sullivan Road in Statesville was arrested Monday (March 5) by Deputies with the U.S. Marshal's Office. He's charged in Iredell County with felony failure to notify address change.
On Monday, February 27, 2017 The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Verification Unit received information concerning a registered sex offender, Matthew Wayne Stacks, having moved from his registered address, 715 Sullivan Road in Statesville, without notifying the sheriff’s office.
The information was verified and a felony arrest warrant was issued for Stacks. He was entered as a “Wanted Person” nationwide and was added as one of Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted. Numerous alleged sightings and other information was followed up on as the information came into the sheriff’s office but to no avail.
On Monday Stacks was arrested in Mecklenburg County and served with the Iredell County warrant for failure to notify address change. He is being held without bond in the Mecklenburg County Detention Center. Stacks was placed on the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry in 2012 for a conviction of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor in Iredell County. Stacks is scheduled to appear in District Court in Iredell County April 5.
35-year-old Mitisha Nicole Colbert of East Highway 70A in Hickory and 41-year-old Jamie Edward Lewis of Hope Road in Vale were arrested by Hickory Police between ten and 10:30 last night (March 7). Colbert was charged with felony counts of possession of cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver schedule II & VI controlled substances and possession of marijuana, plus two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Lewis was charged with a felony probation violation.
According to H.P.D.’s arrest report, Colbert was in possession of crack cocaine and marijuana at the time of her arrest. Lewis is on probation as he serves an 18-month suspended sentence following a May 2017 felony conviction in Catawba County for possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident at an address on Springs Road N.E. At the same time, 57-year-old Derrick Rodney Fagan of Hickory was arrested on a felony fugitive warrant.
Colbert and Lewis were placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Colbert set at $20,000, secured. Lewis was given a $10,000 secured bond. Colbert was scheduled to appear in District Court today, while Lewis has a court date coming up on March 12, both in Newton.
54-year-old Robert Franklin Martin of Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 11:30 last night (March 8) for felony failure to appear on charges of selling cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine. The warrant for his arrest was issued on June 30 of last year.
Martin was taken into custody at his residence, the Budget Inn Express on Highway 70 S.W. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for April 2 in Newton.
57-year-old Derrick Rodney Fagan of 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about ten o’clock last night (March 7) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.
Fagan is wanted in Cuyahoga County, Ohio for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was initially indicted in October of last year. The fugitive warrant was issued by the Cuyahoga Co. Sheriff’s Office in Cleveland.
Fagan was taken into custody without incident at an address on Springs Road N.E. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
49-year-old Malcolm Lynn Andrews of Lenoir has been convicted of felonious assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer and felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was sentenced to serve an active prison term of 30-to-48 months. The Honorable Robert C. Ervin handed down the sentence after Andrews pleaded guilty during Caldwell County Superior Court on Monday (March 5). The Judge also recommended that the defendant continue to receive mental health treatment.
In May of 2015, one of Andrews’ family members reported that the defendant was not taking his mental health medication and was using an ax to damage his residence. Based on previous experiences with Andrews and statements from the family member, Deputies requested and received an involuntary commitment order to transport him for a mental health examination. As a result of a September 2011 incident that led to a felony conviction for assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, the Sheriff’s SWAT Team attempted to serve the commitment order at Andrews’ residence.
When he was asked to come outside, Andrews refused and continued to destroy items inside the residence. SWAT members were able to get a family member out of the home safely. Officers surrounded the house. They attempted to gain entry as night fell, but the defendant fired a .22-caliber rifle in the direction of two Officers. The next day, the SWAT Team, with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, was able to make entry into the home where they took Andrews into custody.
Doug Dupell led the investigation for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Andrew Jennings prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
34-year-old Timothy Allan Harmon of Granite Falls, will serve seven to 10 years in prison after being convicted of first-degree arson and first-degree kidnapping during Caldwell County Superior Court on Monday (March 5).
The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed the sentence for Harmon following his guilty plea. The defendant will serve his prison term in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Evidence gathered through an investigation by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Caldwell County Fire Marshal’s Office showed that Harmon set fire to the apartment of the victim at Oak Tree Lane Apartments in Sawmills on March 9, 2017.
The victim of the kidnapping and fire allowed the defendant to live with him in his apartment. Harmon made claims that someone was trying to kill him and set him up to appear to be a drug dealer, and made statements to the victim that he would burn the apartment if he was reported to law enforcement.
The victim did not believe the statements. However, when he came home from work on March 9, 2017, Harmon was intoxicated and an argument ensued. The defendant locked the front door of the apartment, pushed a couch in front of it and began breaking items. The victim escaped by jumping from a two-story balcony and ran to a neighbor’s apartment. When they came outside, flames could be seen coming from the victim’s apartment.
The Hudson Police Department reports the discovery of the body of a man who had been reported missing. On Wednesday (March 7) at 9:35 a.m., Hudson Police responded to South Main Street in reference to a body being found in Little Gunpowder Creek. Officers arriving on the scene found a deceased white male in the creek.
Investigation at the scene confirmed the identity of the man as 32-year-old Bobby Scott Taylor. Taylor had been reported missing after leaving his residence in the early morning hours February 19. The investigation into this case is ongoing and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Hudson Police Department.
35-year-old Todd Andrew Williams was arrested Wednesday (March 7) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance in prison or jail and possession with intent to distribute meth precursor. Bond for Williams was set at $30,000 secured. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 8).
The City of Newton Fire Department recently received a $2,000 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.
The award will be used to assist with prefire planning to efficiently collect and track data related to local community buildings with iPads and related technology. The information will assist the Newton Fire Department in their response to emergency situations.
Because fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide, during the past 40 years FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in fire prevention grants to fire service organizations around the globe. Locally, the company has awarded grants to a number of North Carolina-based organizations.
Through its Fire Prevention Grant Program, FM Global awards grants to fire departments—as well as national, state, regional, local and community organizations worldwide—that best demonstrate a need for funding, where dollars can have the most demonstrable impact on preventing fire, or mitigating the damage it can quickly cause.
To learn more about FM Global’s Fire Prevention Grant Program and other resources for the fire service, please visit www.fmglobal.com/fireservice.
27-year-old Julian Giavanni Johnson of Burnham Court in Winston-Salem was arrested last Saturday (March 3) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm. Johnson is also charged with misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of schedule V controlled substance.
According to a news release issued Wednesday (March 7), last Saturday at approximately 10:25 p.m., deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (A.C.E) Team, along with the North Carolina Highway Patrol stopped a vehicle on Interstate 77 South at Mile Marker 37 for a traffic violation.
According to the news release, while speaking with the driver, Julian Giavanni Johnson, officers could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Deputies searched the vehicle and found a loaded firearm hidden along with promethazine, which is a classified as a Schedule V drug. Deputies learned the firearm was stolen from Greensboro, and Johnson has multiple felony convictions which prohibits him from possessing firearms.
Johnson received a $20,000 secured bond. He has a District Court date March 20.
38-year-old Anthony Jamille Lewis of Salisbury was arrested Wednesday (March 7) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged in Alexander County with flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, failure to display a registration plate and driving while license revoked. Lewis is also charged on a felony fugitive warrant from Virginia.
Shortly after midnight Wednesday morning an Alexander County deputy saw a white Isuzu Rodeo without a tag displayed in the area of US 64 and Church Road. The deputy activated his blue lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The driver failed to pull over and turned onto Church Road then on to Turner Teague Drive, which is a dead end Road.
The suspect, Anthony Jamille Lewis, stopped the vehicle, got out, and ran from the car. The deputy found the suspect caught in some thorns in a wooded area and took him into custody. After the suspect was taken into custody the deputy learned that Lewis was wanted in Virginia for attempted murder and arson.
Lewis was locked up in the Alexander County Detention Center under no bond. A District Court date is scheduled for next Monday (March 12). The investigation is continuing.
24-year-old Crystal Nicole Connell was arrested late Wednesday night (March 7) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. She's charged with felony counts of larceny of property, receiving or possessing stolen goods and obtaining property by false pretense. Connell is also charged with misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia. Connell was arrested at 11:44 p.m. Wednesday and placed in jail in Morganton under $30,500 secured bond. No court date was listed.
37-year-old Anita Michelle McGee of 23rd Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, felony possession of schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule VI controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and misdemeanor child abuse. McGee was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $68,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 8).
17-year-old Jose Luis Ramirez-Berreto of Cody Court in Newton was arrested today (March 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. Ramirez-Berreto was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $100,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.