30-year-old Jerry Paul Manuel Jr. of Celeste Eufola Road and 27-year-old Mercedes Leigh Jenkins of Loray Lane, both from Statesville, were both arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Manuel is charged with three counts of identity theft and Jenkins is charged with one count of financial card theft and four counts of identity theft.
According to a news release issued today (Thursday, September 8), on August 14 the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received an incident report of Financial Card Theft. According to the incident report the victim had noticed her credit card missing and when she made contact with the bank there had already been several charges made to the card.
During the investigation Detectives worked with businesses throughout Iredell County to retrieve video from the fraudulent transactions. The victim then later identified one of the suspects as a family member, Mercedes Jenkins. Detectives then identified the second suspect as Jerry Paul Manuel Jr.
Manuel was released on $10,000.00 unsecured bond. Jenkins was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond . Manuel will appear in District Court September 15, Jenkins has a District Court appearance September 26.
An eastern Lincoln County man entered a guilty plea to several sex offense charges in Lincoln County Superior Court Tuesday (September 6) and was sentenced to a minimum of 21 years in prison.
The State Bureau of Investigation, assisted by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, executed a search warrant on January 15, 2013 at the residence of 50-year-old Edward Arthur Peck of the 1700 block of Highway 16 North in Denver in connection with suspected child pornography.
In court on Tuesday, Peck entered a plea of guilty to ten counts of Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. The charges stem from incidents that occurred between July and September 2012.
Judge Forrest D Bridges sentenced Peck to a minimum of 25 to a maximum of 90 months on each charge for a total of 21 to 75 years in prison. The sentences will be served consecutively and Peck will be given credit for 1,339 days spent in jail.
66-year-old Gary Lynn Smith of Hedden Place in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (September 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of stolen property and five counts of failure to appear. Smith was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $9,800 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, September 8).
30-year-old Jonathan Andrew Mayfield of Laurel Street NE in Valdese was arrested Wednesday (September 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen property, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Mayfield was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Thursday, September 8).
A Morganton woman who admitted her habitual felon status will spend at least ten years in prison following her guilty plea last week in Burke County Superior Court.
34-year-old Jada Renee Gilliland was sentenced to serve 10 to 14 years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County. The guilty plea was entered last Thursday (September 1).
Gilliland pleaded guilty to identity theft, obtaining property by false pretense, forgery of instrument and uttering a forged instrument from an April 2015 offense, and admitted guilt to November 2015 charges for obtaining property by false pretense, forgery of instrument and uttering a forged instrument.
On April 30, 2015, Gilliland tried to use a stolen identification card to cash a stolen check. When questioned about the ID card, the defendant left everything and ran out the door. Video from the credit union showed an ankle monitor, and probation officials were able to identify Gilliland.
In November 2015, she attempted to purchase about $200 of items with a stolen check, including an $80 ring. The clerk did not take the check, but Gilliland left the store with the ring in her pocket.
Gilliland’s admission of habitual felon status enhanced the sentence imposed by Judge Kuehnert. She had prior felony convictions in Burke County in December 2012, September 2014 and September 2015.
The cases were investigated by Joseph Beaver of the Morganton Department of Public Safety. Assistant District Attorney Frank Webster handled prosecution.
A Glen Alpine man will spend at least 15 years in prison for statutory rape of a person 13, 14 or 15 years old and indecent liberties with a child.
According to a news release issued by the District Attorney's Office on Wednesday (September 7), 37-year-old Timothy Jerome Deyton pleaded guilty to the charges during Burke County Superior Court on Tuesday, August 30. He was given an active prison sentence of 15 to 23 years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County.
In addition, Deyton will have to register as a sex offender for 30 years and 10 years of satellite-based monitoring.
In November 2015, the 15-year-old female victim let the defendant into her room at a home where he was not allowed to be. When a relative of the child saw the open window, she moved the curtains and found the victim naked under a blanket with the defendant also naked behind her.
During an interview, the child told how the defendant had sex with her. Deyton also admitted to having sexual intercourse with the child. A search of his phone revealed numerous text conversations between defendant and victim that contained explicit details of sex.
Joseph Beaver of Morganton Department of Public Safety handled the investigation. Assistant District Attorneys David Swanson and Michelle Lippert prosecuted the case.
A Morganton man was given a prison sentence of at least 18 years after pleading guilty to statutory rape of a 13 year old, statutory sex offense with the 13 year old and soliciting a child by computer for a sex act. The guilty plea was entered during Burke County Superior Court on Friday (September 2).
28-year-old Joshua Michael Abernathy was given an active prison term of 18 to 27 years in the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, after pleading guilty to the charges against him.
Additionally, Abernathy will be required to register as a sex offender for 30 years and submit to 10 years of satellite-based monitoring.
The female victim was 13 years old at the time of the offense in July 2015 and was staying at her grandparents’ home. The defendant was present and demanded sex from the child after other family members went to bed.
After a report was filed with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, the victim was interviewed at the Gingerbread House Child Advocacy Center in Burke County.
During an undercover operation, Abernathy solicited a person he believed to be an underage female for sexual acts. Detectives from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office arranged a meeting and arrested Abernathy, who admitted that he came to the meeting to have sex with the person he met online.
Det. Isaac Propst investigated both cases for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, and Frank Webster prosecuted them for the District Attorney’s Office.
A Catawba County jury needed about two hours of deliberation to find a Hickory man guilty of a sexual assault and strangulation of a female victim.
The jury determined that 25-year-old Phillip Voltz IV was guilty of second-degree sexual offense, assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury from a May 2015 incident. Voltz was also found guilty of felony breaking and entering and intimidating a witness from a January 2016 offense. The verdict last Friday (September 2) ended a four-day trial in Catawba County Superior Court.
Following the jury’s verdict, the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, sentenced Voltz to an active prison sentence of six to twelve years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.
On May 13, 2015, the then 24-year-old female victim’s roommate invited Voltz to their residence. While there, Voltz sexually assaulted the victim, strangled her and slammed her on a concrete floor. As he left, Voltz told the victim he would “see her again.”
On Jan. 2, 2016, Voltz broke into an apartment he thought was the victim’s armed with a knife, but he was in a neighbor’s apartment instead. Realizing he was in the wrong place, the defendant left the scene.
Thad Scronce led the investigation for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Jamie Adams handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
44-year-old Bryan Scott Young, Sr. of Airport Road in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday (September 6) on one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance.
He was initially arrested in connection to the same case on March 21 of this year. At that time, Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that had no headlights or taillights. A search led to the discovery of 4.6 grams of methamphetamine.
Young was taken into custody at an auto parts business on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $17,000 secured bond with an appearance in Superior Court scheduled today in Newton.
The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating multiple vehicle break-ins that occurred on September 3 in the southern part of the county. Officers say the suspects appear to be targeting neighborhoods where they can find unlocked vehicles. In some cases, the suspects located and used credit or debit cards in Charlotte. The Sheriff’s Office has released photos of three suspects and two suspect vehicles. Evidence gathered in connection to the Mooresville cases has also been linked to other break-ins that occurred in Mint Hill, N.C.
Citizens are cautioned against approaching the suspects. In one incident in Mint Hill, a victim reported hearing a shot fired when he approached the suspects. It is unclear if the suspect shot at the victim, but a suspect can be seen in a video from one of the Mooresville cases holding what appears to be a gun. Anyone who believes someone is breaking into his or her vehicle should call 9-1-1 immediately.
Anyone who recognizes the suspects or the suspect vehicles should call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-878-3180 or call Iredell Co. Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1330.
24-year-old Julius Andrew “Smoke” Coleman of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police just before 7 p.m. yesterday on one felony count each of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, plus misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
He was arrested after Officers on patrol on the 400 block of 2nd Street Place S.W. in Hickory spotted Coleman and knew there were outstanding warrants for his arrest. Those were indictments for possession of a firearm by a felon and carrying a concealed gun.
A search of Coleman’s person turned up baggies containing 0.6 grams of powder cocaine and two more baggies containing 9.9 grams of marijuana. Officers also found 1.5 dosage units of Hydrocodone.
Coleman was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $40,000 secured bond. Appearances in Superior Court and in District Court were scheduled today in Newton.
46-year-old Eric Donnelle Cherry was arrested August 26 by Statesville Police on charges issued by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office. He's charged with felony fail to report a new address as a sex offender.
According to a news release issued today (Wednesday, September 7), on July 14, Deputy David Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit attempted to verify a valid address on Eric Cherry, a registered sex offender. Deputy Price had tried several times to locate Cherry at this address but had been unable to do so.
After speaking to a resident at the address Deputy Price determined Cherry had not been living there for several weeks. Further investigation revealed that Cherry had violated the law concerning the sex offender registry.
Cherry was located and arrested by Officer Bradley Hendren of the Statesville Police Department. He was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. His next District Court date is September 19.
53-year-old Gregorio Cisnero of Virginia Ridge in Connelly Springs faces new charges in connection to a 2014 case involving sex offenses against a child. He was charged yesterday with one felony count each of statutory rape or sex offense of a 13, 14 or 15 year old by a defendant at least six years older than the victim and first-degree sexual assault. He was originally arrested on November 11, 2014 for felony indecent liberties with a child.
Cisnero was taken into custody without incident at about 1:20 this morning (September 7) at the Arby’s restaurant on Highway 321 N.W. in Hickory. He was processed at H.P.D. headquarters and then released about an hour and a half later under a $15,000 unsecured bond. An appearance in Superior Court was set for today in Newton, with another Superior Court date on the original charges coming up on October 10.
31-year-old Ryan Lewis Wilson was arrested August 30 by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with failing to notify change of address.
According to a news release issued today (Wednesday, September 7), on August 3, Deputy David Price of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit was attempting to verify a valid address on a registered sex offender, Ryan Wilson. Deputy Price had been to Wilson’s address a few times previously but had been unable to locate him. Deputy Price spoke to Wilson’s mother who also lived at the address, and she could never provide a believable story as to where Wilson was.
At that time Deputy Price began an investigation into Wilson's location, and to find out if he was being compliant with the laws governing sex offenders. Deputy Price determined Wilson was violating the law concerning sex offenders and he was not living at his registered address. Wilson was charged with failing to notify change of address.
Following his arrest, Wilson was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court next Monday (September 12).
30-year-old James Leon Creasy of Old North Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (September 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one count of possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine, and two counts of sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance. Creasy was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $10,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for October 31.
67-year-old Robert William Hall of SW Walt Arney Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (September 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Hall was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for October 31.
33-year-old Donald Wilson Jayroe of Wildwood Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (September 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant from Tennessee. In addition, Jayroe faces multiple misdemeanor charges including resisting a public officer, larceny, and injury to personal property. Jayroe was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond on the fugitive charge, and $3,000 secured bond on the misdemeanor counts. A District Court appearance on the fugitive charge was scheduled for Tuesday, he's scheduled to appear in District Court on the misdemeanor charges November 14.
28-year-old Terry Nikita Johnson of 8th Avenue Circle SE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (September 6) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with trafficking in cocaine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and possession of marijuana. Johnson was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, September 7).
A new name has been added to the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.
45-year-old Ricky Lee Propst is being sought by authorities in Burke County. He's wanted for felony breaking and entering into coin or currency machines. The last known address listed for Propst is 6000 Hubert Avenue Lot 14 in Connelly Springs. He was added to the list last Friday (September 2).
28-year-old Eric Seth Adams remains on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List. He's charged with probation violation on counts of felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods or property. Adams' last known address was 408 London Street in Glen Alpine. He's been on the Most Wanted List since February 12 of this year.
You can see the entire list of most wanted suspects at the Burke County Sheriff’s Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information about any of the suspects being sought in Burke County call the Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or e-mail email@example.com. To make an anonymous tip you can contact Morganton-Burke Crimestoppers.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for a man charged in connection with a stabbing incident Sunday (September 4) on Atlantic Lane in Lincolnton.
Detective Greg Hager responded to the scene around 5:30 a.m. Sunday after the report of a disturbance was called in to the Lincoln County Communications Center. Responding deputies told Detective Hager that the victim, 28-year-old David A. Lecuyer of Lincolnton was at the scene with a laceration above the right eye.
Lecuyer and other witnesses told officers that 30-year-old Michael Odell Fair, who formerly lived on Chestnut Road but is now listed as homeless, struck a female, 32-year-old Shasta Oxendine, of Atlantic Lane, in the face during an altercation. Lecuyer came to the defense of Oxendine and the two men fought inside the residence. As the fight continued Fair stabbed Lecuyer in the face with a large knife.
Fair fled the scene prior to the arrival of deputies. During the investigation Detective Hager determined the stab wound caused severe damage to the right eye of Lecuyer who was treated for his injuries at CHS-Lincoln.
Warrants were obtained charging Fair with Assault with a Deadly Weapon with the Intent to Kill and Inflicting Serious Injury and Assault on a Female. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Fair is asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 of Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.