37-year-old Jesse James Carswell of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was arrested Tuesday in Burke County. He's charged on a true bill of indictment with felonious embezzlement by an employee of a charitable institution.
According to a news release issued Thursday (February 16), On August 26, 2016, Investigators with Public Safety began a probe into suspicious financial activity at The Meeting Place One, Inc. located at 301 East Meeting Street in Morganton. Authorities had been notified by board members of the organization when discrepancies where noticed in recent bank statements.
A four month investigation led investigators to multiple transactions of the organizations funds consisting of unauthorized cash withdrawals, personal purchases and the use of funds for gambling. With the cooperation of the organization’s board and financial institutions, this investigation led to the arrest of Jesse James Carswell, who at the time was a resident of Morganton.
Carswell was the Executive Director of The Meeting Place One, Inc. for the past four years and was in charge of finances during the investigated time frame of March 2015 to August 2016. The investigation examined transaction made by Carswell during that time period which included illegal use of funds at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. Investigators estimate the amount of embezzled funds is over $100,000.
A Burke County True Bill of Indictment was issued for Jesse James Carswell on January 3. On January 31, 2017, Investigator’s with the Virginia Beach Police Department located and arrested Carswell at his new residence.
On Tuesday, Carswell was extradited from Virginia and served by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office with the true bill of indictment. He was placed in the Burke County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for March 20.
38-year-old Mark Wayne Day Jr., of Nebo, will serve a minimum of seven years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple offenses and admitting his habitual felon status during Burke County Superior Court on Tuesday (February 14).
Day pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possessing a vehicle with an altered serial number and obstruction of justice. The Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County, sentenced Day to an active prison term of seven to nine years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Day’s admission to habitual felon status enhanced his prison sentence. He had prior felony convictions for maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance in Burke County (December 1997), larceny of motor vehicle in Burke County (November 2008) and altering serial numbers in Burke County (August 2013).
During a search of a house leased by the defendant on November 4, 2015, deputies found a stolen motorcycle that had its identification number altered. Three grams of methamphetamine also were found under a mattress in the bedroom during the search.
Jared Ball and Stephen Ritchie investigated the case for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecution was handled by Frank Webster of the District Attorney’s Office.
37-year-old Jeremiah Yang of Hickory, was given an active prison term of five to seven years after pleading guilty to breaking and entering, larceny, breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and admitting his habitual felon status during Burke County Superior Court on Wednesday (February 15).
The Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County, imposed the sentence for Yang, who will serve his time in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Yang’s sentence was enhanced by his habitual felon status, which included prior felony convictions for possession of stolen goods or property in Burke County (July 2005), possession of a stolen motor vehicle in Catawba County (June 2013) and possession of stolen goods or property in Burke County (January 2016).
Officers responded to an alarm activation at a local business on August 29, 2015. Upon arrival they saw numerous cars that had been broken into, and an air conditioning unit had been removed from the building. Inside the business, there were pry marks found on the office door. Numerous items, including money, a camera, medication and financial cards, were missing.
Investigators reviewed the video surveillance from the business, and the defendant is seen clearly on the video prior to removing the camera from the office.
Jared Ball led the investigation for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Michelle Lippert was the prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office.
21-year-old Destiny Dawn Bentley of East Berkley Street in Granite Falls and 23-year-old Joseph Lee Eaker of Carriage Lane in Hudson have both been arrested in Caldwell County in connection to a February 5 armed robbery and carjacking in Lincoln County.
Bentley turned herself in at the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office yesterday (February 15). Eaker was arrested by Lenoir Police today. Both suspects were charged with one felony count each of robbery with a dangerous weapon.
The two suspects and one other man are accused of robbing a male victim from Lincolnton at Lincolnton Optimist Park, off of Startown Road. The victim was robbed at gunpoint. His wallet (containing credit cards, identification and cash) and his 2003 Mazda 6 were taken.
Deputies say the victim had been talking to Bentley on Facebook and they agreed to meet near the park. Bentley arrived in an older model blue car and got into the victim’s car. While the two were talking, they were interrupted by two white males knocking on the window. The men pulled the victim out of his car. One of the men was armed with a handgun and the other had a knife. They left with the victim’s wallet and his vehicle. The vehicle has not been found.
Detectives are continuing to interview Bentley and Eaker, who are being held in the Caldwell County Jail without bond due to a probation violation. Officers have not identified the third suspect. No court dates are currently listed.
48-year-old Jason Brett Stone of Longstone Drive in Charlotte was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (February 16) on four counts of shoplifting, one felony and three misdemeanor counts. He was arrested on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state.
He was wanted on warrants issued by the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office in Clayton, Georgia. The offenses took place from August and October of last year.
He was taken into custody without incident at about 5:20 a.m. today at the Walmart store on Highway 70 S.E. in Hickory. Stone was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled yesterday in Newton.
Hickory Police are investigating two robberies at two different Boost Mobile stores in Hickory yesterday (February 15).
The first occurred at about 10:30 a.m. at the Boost Mobile store at 2501 Springs Road N.E., Hickory. During the incident, a male suspect entered the store, threatened the clerk and demanded money. The man implied that he was armed, but no weapon was displayed. The suspect exited the business with an undisclosed sum of cash and one cell phone. He left the scene in a vehicle.
The suspect is described as 18-to-20 years old. He is a light-skinned, black male. He’s about 6 feet tall with a thin build. The suspect was wearing a black Nike baseball cap, a black sweater and baggy sweat pants.
The second robbery happened at about 7:30 p.m. at the Boost Mobile store on Highway 70 S.E., near C.V.C.C. Two men entered the store and threatened and threatened the clerk, demanding money and phones. Both men were armed with handguns. They left the store with an undisclosed sum of cash, one cell phone and a wallet. It’s not clear if the suspects left on foot or in a vehicle.
One suspect was described as a black male. He is between 5’7” and six feet tall. He weighs between 180 and 200 pounds. He was wearing a black ski mask and black sneakers. The other suspect is a black male. He is between 6’2” and 6’7” tall, weighing 250 to 300 pounds. He was wearing loose gray sweatpants, black sneakers, a black sweatshirt and a black ski mask.
Police do not know if the two incidents are connected in any way. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding either robbery should contact Hickory Police at 828-328-5551 or contact Investigator Jeff Pruett directly at 828-261-2617 or email@example.com.
The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office today (Thursday, February 16) made an arrest in connection to the recent larceny of a concrete rooster. 32-year-old Andrew Emilious Justice of Taylorsville is charged with felony larceny, misdemeanor injury to real property, and reckless driving to endanger.
The felony larceny charge stemmed from the theft of the rooster. The injury to property charge was the result of damage done to All Healing Springs Road and Lambert Fork Road, where broken pieces of the rooster were located. The reckless driving occurred on Zeb Watts Road in Taylorsville.
The tractor that is believed to have been used in the larceny of the concrete rooster was located off of Zeb Watts Road. White paint was found on the forks of the tractor. The paint is believed to have come from the rooster when the larceny occurred. Only pieces of the rooster have been located.
Justice was transported to the Alexander County Law Enforcement Center, where he was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond. A first appearance in court is scheduled for next Monday (February 20).
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives say a missing Lincoln County man was located in the Cleveland County town of Waco. A report was filed on Wednesday (February 15) after a Cedar Ridge Lane, Vale, man had not been heard from since Monday (February 13).
Detective Dan Snellings said 20-year-old Dillon Andrew Walker left his residence around 10:00 p.m. on Monday enroute to his mother’s home on Dirty Ankle Road in Cleveland County but never arrived. He has returned home and is safe.
58-year-old Malinda Hightower Hester was arrested Wednesday (February 15) by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony non-forced breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Hester was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 8.
21-year-old Dalton Randolph Rhom was arrested Wednesday (February 15) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony non-forced breaking and entering. Rhom was placed in jail in Morganton under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 8.
Deputies responded to the area of West Iredell Circle in western Iredell County on Wednesday morning (February 15) in reference to a possible kidnapping. A citizen called 911 after they saw 4 to 5 people in a blue mini-van and a brown SUV taking the male juvenile by force at the house next door. The caller told Deputies that they witnessed the unknown people put some type of restraints on the juvenile and forced him into the van, then drove away toward Old Mountain Rd. The caller could hear the victim yelling at the people to let go of him.
Deputies and Detectives arrived at the residence and soon were able to make contact family members of the juvenile who lives in the home. Deputies learned that the juvenile should be at home and no one should be taking him anywhere. After further investigation, Deputies learned that the victim’s father, Rickey David Thomas Jr. from Massachusetts, had gone to West Iredell High School earlier in the day with four other people trying to locate the juvenile. Rickey Thomas and the other suspects were traveling in a blue mini-van and a brown SUV with out of state tags.
Detectives were able to obtain the tag number from security footage and found it to be a license plate issued from Maine. A short time later the vehicle and four suspects were located by Virginia State Police. The juvenile was also located and is currently in the custody of Virginia Department of Social Services.
Interviews were conducted with the suspects and it was determined that the juvenile’s father, Rickey David Thomas, had hired a transport company to forcefully take his son away from family members in Iredell and take him back to Massachusetts. Deputies learned that the hired transport personnel along with the child’s father forced their way into the juvenile’s home on West Iredell Circle in order to take him. Once the child was restrained it appears the father left for the airport leaving his child with the others to drive back to Massachusetts.
At the time of the stop in Virginia authorities located plastic zip ties inside the mini-van that are believed to have been used restrain the juvenile. Virginia authorities will hold the suspects on Iredell County Charges pending extradition. There are no indications the juvenile has any serious injuries and the Virginia Department of Social Services will make the determination in regard to custody of the child.
Detectives with the Iredell County Sheriffs have drawn warrants for Felony Restraint and Felony Breaking and entering for the suspects, Lorraine Colpitts, Michael Warman, Tony Winslow, and Mickey Mitton. The father of the child Rickey Thomas who has not yet been located has warrants for Conspiracy to commit Felony Restraint and Felony Breaking and Entering. The District Attorney’s office has agreed to seek extradition of the suspects back to NC to face charges.
A man recently added to the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted list has been arrested. 25-year-old Brandon Jeffery Hyler of Miller Bridge Road in Connelly Springs was arrested Wednesday (February 15) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony speeding to elude arrest. Hyler was added to the Most Wanted List last Friday (February 10). He was not listed as an inmate in Burke County as of earlier today. A Superior Court date on the charge is scheduled for March 20.
There are still several wanted suspects being sought by authorities in Burke County. One of the individuals who has been on the Most Wanted List the longest is 40-year-old Tong Xeng Yang Moua. He's wanted for felony counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver meth, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule VI controlled substance. Moua's last known address was 2650 Old Blue Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs. He's been on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List since August 14, 2014.
You can see the entire list at www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information on any of the suspects on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List call 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd like to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers, their number is 828-437-3333.
39-year-old Stevie Allen Woody of Fletcher Street in Morganton was arrested Wednesday (February 15) by Conover Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. Woody was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,500 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, February 16).
31-year-old Matthew Allen Porter of Robbins Lane in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (February 15) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with three counts apiece of felony break or enter a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny, and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods. Porter was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $3,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for March 6.
54-year-old Glenn Dale Coffey of Camary Lane in Hudson was arrested Wednesday (February 15) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Following the arrest, Coffey was given a custody release. He's scheduled to appear in Superior Court March 6.
Catawba Co. Narcotics Investigators and other Officers, along with personnel from the Department of Revenue, conducted a drug offender round-up this morning. The operation, called Operation M-80, was an attempt to locate 80 individuals who have been involved in ongoing drug-related investigations in Catawba County. Jason Reid of the Catawba Co. Drug Task force cited the tip line as the originating source in the majority of the investigations.
The operation began at six o’clock this morning (February 15) as Officers prepared to serve 111 felony indictments. Officers went to various locations and arrested 33 of the 80 suspects immediately. Those suspects were taken before a Magistrate, who set bond. The Department of Revenue also assisted with property seizures from suspects who owed money due to the possession of illegal narcotics.
During the arrest of 41-year-old Rebecca Lynn Rose at 5220 Chaucer Street in Conover, Deputies found a weapon of mass destruction. The Gastonia Police Dept. Bomb Squad was called in to disarm the device. In addition to the weapons charge, Rose was arrested for trafficking opium or heroin and possession of methamphetamine.
Officers will continue to search for the remaining suspects. Their names are being entered into the National Crime Information Center’s database.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating 20-year-old Dillon Andrew Walker of Cedar Ridge Lane in Vale.
A report was filed on February 15 after Mr. Walker had not been heard from since February 13. Detective Dan Snellings said Mr. Walker left his residence around 10 p.m. on the thirteenth, en route to his mother’s home on Dirty Ankle Road in Cleveland County. He never arrived.
Mr. Walker is described as a white male, 5’9” tall, weighing 260 pounds. He has brown hair, light skin and blue eyes. He drives a blue 1998 Saturn with North Carolina tag number EEK-2336.
Anyone with regarding the whereabouts of Dillon Andrew Walker should contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
Narcotics Officers with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office were out early this morning (February 15) rounding up suspects in a drug operation. "Operation M-80" is targeting 80 individuals wanted for various drug offenses. Officers began making arrests this morning and were planning to continue the operation until all suspects were in custody.
Watch WHKY-TV News tonight for the latest details on the operation, along with a conversation with Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid about the roundup.
The new Catawba County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO was introduced during today's Annual Shareholder and Investor Luncheon. Lindsay Keisler, who has been serving as Interim President since Danny Hearn's retirement, has been elevated to the position on a permanent basis. Keisler grew up in Conover and had served as Senior Vice President since 2013. The Keynote Speaker for the Chamber Luncheon was Clifton Lambreth, a North Carolina native who worked for more than 26 years for Ford Motor Company including during the company's financial recovery from 2006 to 2009.
36-year-old Mary Nicole Miskell was arrested Tuesday (February 14) by authorities in Lincoln County. She's charged with felony possession of controlled substance on the premises of a penal institution. In addition, Miskell is charged with misdemeanor counts of larceny, possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and first degree trespassing.
Miskell was arrested at an address on NC Highway 73 in Denver shortly after 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. She was placed in jail in Lincolnton under $7,000 secured bond. A court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (February 16).