63-year-old Harold Lorenzo Hill of Charlotte was arrested Monday (October 2) by Charlotte Mecklenburg Police on charges from Lincoln County. He's charged on warrants from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office with felony counts of forgery of an instrument and uttering a forged instrument. Hill faces the same charges in Gaston County.
Detective Richard Calhoun of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office began the investigation on September 9 after a suspect cashed a counterfeit check in the amount of $893 at the Bank of America Waterside Crossing Branch in Denver. Surveillance photos and transaction information was obtained from Bank of America which later identified the suspect as Harold Lorenzo Hill.
He remains in the Mecklenburg County Jail under a total bond of $2,500 secured. Hill is scheduled to appear in court on October 31 and November 2. A news release says Hill also allegedly committed similar acts in multiple counties around the greater Charlotte area. Charges are pending in those cases. The investigation is continuing.
18-year-old Joshua Michael Shukis was arrested today (October 3) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony receiving, transferring, or possessing a stolen vehicle. Following the arrest, Shukis was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
The City of Hickory will be conducting repairs to the sanitary sewer system beginning this Thursday (October 5) at approximately 7 a.m. The repairs will take place on 3rd Street SW near the intersection of 3rd Street Drive SW. The construction will necessitate the closure of 3rd Street SW. Detour routes will be marked and construction is expected to take approximately two days. Two Brothers Utilities will be performing the construction project. If you have any questions, contact the City of Hickory Public Utilities Department at (828) 323-7427.
36-year-old Roland Billy Greene III of Oakland Avenue in Morganton was arrested by Hickory Police Saturday (September 30) on one felony count of larceny by servant or other employee. The warrant for his arrest was issued in Burke County on September 21.
Greene was taken into custody without incident at about 10:30 Saturday night on the 700 block of 15th Street S.W. in Hickory. He was taken to the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for November 7 in Morganton.
28-year-old Stephanie Brooke Oxentine of Herman Sipe Road in Conover was arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officers yesterday (October 2) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. She was wanted by Police in the Town of Monroe in Walton County, Georgia for attempt or conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substances Act. Oxentine was also charged with communicating threats, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and two counts of failure to appear for driving while license revoked.
Following her arrest, Oxentine was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $22,000, secured. She was scheduled to appear in District Court today on the fugitive warrant and on October 26 on the other charges.
27-year-old Randy Lee Cook of Country Park Road in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting injury.
Events leading to his arrest began at about 3:45 Sunday afternoon (October 1) when Deputies responded to a reported assault at an address on Yellowstone Lane in Statesville. Deputies found a male victim bleeding from a laceration to the head. The victim was taken Davis Regional Hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening.
Deputies found Randy Cook behind the house, along with other family members. Deputies took statements from possible suspects and witnesses. Investigators learned that Cook had assaulted the victim. Authorities say there may be two other suspects who have not yet been identified.
Cook was taken into custody and placed in the Iredell County Jail under a $7,500 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on November 7. Cook also faces charges in Iredell County for assault on a female and felony habitual assault with an October 24 court date on those charges.
The investigation into Sunday’s incident is ongoing.
32-year-old Benjamin Troy Sims of Hillside Drive in Newton was arrested today (October 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug parahernalia and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance. Sims was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. No court date was listed.
42-year-old Melissa Dawn Starnes of Ruritan Club Road in Hudson was arrested Monday (October 2) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession of methamphetamine. Starnes was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (October 3).
30-year-old Joshua Lee Smart of Pickle Williams Lane in Granite Falls and 31-year-old Dora Michelle Vines of SW Hoff Court in Lenoir were arrested Sunday (October 1) by Granite Falls Police Officers. They're each charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Smart's bond was set at $10,000 secured, Vines was given a $1,000 secured bond. They were both scheduled to appear in District Court Monday (October 2), the next District Court date for both suspects is set for October 23.
29-year-old Eliseo Fillemon Garcia of Elgin Lane in Mooresville was arrested last Saturday (September 30) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking MDMA or ecstasy by Possession, trafficking MDMA by transportation, maintain a vehicle to keep controlled substance, possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
Shortly after 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sgt. B.A. Henderson with the COPS Division spotted a suspicious vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on West Waterlynn Road at the intersection with Charlotte Highway. During the investigation, Sgt. Henderson contacted an officer with the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team to assist him at the scene.
The assisting officer and his K-9 partner responded to the traffic stop. The K-9 officer indicated the odor of illegal narcotics on the driver’s side door of the suspect's vehicle. Deputies searched the vehicle and found 97 Ecstasy Pills and 40 grams of Marijuana along with several plastic baggies and scales commonly used for sale and distribution of marijuana and other illegal narcotics.
The driver, Eliseo Garcia, was taken into custody and was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center. His bond was set at $150,000 secured, a District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (October 5).
A Lincoln County man was sentenced Monday (October 2) in Lincoln County Superior Court to a minimum of close to four years in prison in a sex offense case. The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges filed against him.
48-year-old Scott Allen Sherbert of Davis Road in Lincolnton was charged in September of 2016 following an investigation by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Kelsey Harrington. Sherbert was originally charged with two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child following an interview on September 28, 2016. He was later indicted on two additional felony counts of child abuse by a sexual act. The incidents occurred between January 2005 and December 2009 when the victim was a minor. The victim and defendant are related.
Sherbert entered guilty pleas to all of the charges against him and Superior Court Judge W. Todd Pomeroy sentenced him to two consecutive terms of 23 to 88 months, or 3 years, 10 months to 14 years, 8 months total. Sherbert will serve his time in the North Carolina Department of Corrections. When released from prison He'll be required to register as a sex offender for 30 years.
The Caldwell County Board of Commissioners will host a public forum for citizens to give their feedback on plans to widen Highway 321 from Lenoir to Hickory. The forum will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, October 16, in the auditorium, at the J. E. Broyhill Civic Center, at 1913 Hickory Blvd. SE, in Lenoir.
The public is invited to give their comments on the proposed plans from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, (NCDOT) for the widening of Highway 321 from Highway 321-A in Caldwell County to Highway 70 in Catawba County. Citizens are asked to arrive early and sign up to speak at the forum. Speakers must be signed up in order to be heard. Depending on the number of speakers, time could be limited to three to five minutes per speaker.
In addition to the Board of Commissioners, attending will be representatives of the NCDOT. Also invited to attend are Congressman Mark Meadows of the 11th District, State Senator Deanna Ballard from the 45th District and State Representative Destin Hall of the 87th District.
34-year-old Stephanie Sherrill of 21st Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:30 Saturday morning (September 30) on one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretense and larceny by servant or other employee.
On September 30, Hickory Police responded to a reported larceny by employee at the Babies“R”Us store on Catawba Valley Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Sherrill was allegedly making fake returns and taking money or gift cards from the store.
She was arrested at the store and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $4,500 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (October 2) in Newton.
25-year-old Obed Morales Gabriel was arrested Friday (September 29) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony statutory rape of a victim 13, 14, or 15-years-old. Following the arrest, Gabriel was placed in jail in Morganton under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (October 2).
47-year-old Michael Darren Mehaffey of Witherspoon Drive in Claremont was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (October 2) for a felony probation violation.
Mehaffey is on probation as he serves a 30-day suspended sentence following a January 2017 conviction in Catawba County for felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance. He had been listed as an absconder from probation.
Mehaffey was arrested at about 30 after midnight today at a pool hall on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for next Monday (October 9) in Newton.
32-year-old Michael Paul Denton was arrested Sunday (October 1) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Denton was placed in jail in Morganton under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (October 2).
21-year-old Marquez Jayshun-Jerome Ikard of 29th Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 2:25 Friday afternoon (September 29) on one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, as well as single misdemeanor counts of injury to real property and discharging a firearm in the city. He was also charged with failure to appear on charges of carrying a concealed gun, driving while license revoked and failure to reduce speed.
He was arrested in connection to an incident one day earlier when Police responded to a shots-fired call on the 900 block of South Center Street. As a result of the investigation, Ikard was identified as the shooter and warrants for his arrest were issued.
Ikard was taken into custody at his residence. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $112,500 secured bond. A first appearance was scheduled today (October 2) in Newton. Additional court dates were set for October 12 and November 8.
22-year-old Haley Ann Cook of Gladys Lane in Hudson and 25-year-old Cody Ryan Kaylor of Hazel Lee Street in Lenoir were arrested Sunday (October 1) by Long View Police Officers. They're each charged with possession of methamphetamine and breaking or entering. Both suspects were detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $5,000 bond apiece. They were each scheduled to appear in court today (October 2).
A man charged in a fatal shooting in Catawba County was scheduled to make a first court appearance today (October 2). As WHKY reported Sunday (October 1), 23-year-old Jeffery Douglas Brittain of Anderson Mountain Road in Maiden was arrested yesterday morning at his residence by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Justin Tyler Smith.
The incident occurred Thursday night (September 28). The victim was reportedly shot to death while in a home on Ball Park Road, which is off Optimist Drive, near Buffalo Shoals Road, south of Newton. Reports say Smith was found sitting in a chair inside the home and a bullet hole was found in a window located above an air conditioner. Police reports say the incident occurred as a result of a dispute over a girl.
Brittain was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under no bond.
40-year-old Jason Shea Ali of Sequoyah Circle in Morganton was arrested Sunday (October 1) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ali was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday (October 3).