32-year-old Carlos Deon Deal of Ferguson Lane in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (March 11) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and probation violation. Deal was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $125,000 secured bond, a District Court date is Tuesday (March 13).
61-year-old Michael Hand of Troutman was arrested Friday (March 9) by authorities in Iredell County. He's charged with murder in connection to a murder in Massachusetts more than 30 years ago. According to published reports, Hand is charged in connection to the murder of 15-year-old Tracy Gilpin in October 1986.
According to Fox 25 Boston, Tracy Gilpin left a party in Kingston, Massachusetts to buy cigarettes but never returned. Several weeks later, a woman spotted the victim's body while walking her dog. The medical examiner ruled that Miss Gilpin died from a massive skull fracture. The victim was the sister of Kerry Gilpin, who is now a Massachusetts State Police Colonel.
According to published reports Troutman police said that over the past week, investigators from Massachusetts State Police, along with the Troutman and Mooresville Police Departments, conducted extensive interviews with Hand. During the interviews, statements from Hand led authorities to arrest him.
Hand was placed in jail in Iredell County under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 12). Authorities have begun extradition proceedings to send him back to Massachusetts.
Earlier this week, the Catawba Co. Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence on Navajo Trail in Sherrills Ford. Authorities had received numerous complaints from the community in reference to heavy traffic in the area.
Officers initially responded to a “disorderly” call at the residence. Upon arrival, Officers detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from the residence, which led to the issuance of the search warrant.
Investigators and Deputies found approximately two pounds of marijuana, over half a pound of marijuana wax, a small amount of acid (L.S.D.), two firearms, numerous shipping containers and more than $2,000 in cash. Also seized were numerous “moonrocks”, which are cannabis buds dipped in hash oil and sprinkled with kief, marijuana shake and marijuana wax.
Investigators believe the items seized are evidence of a large-scale marijuana distribution ring in the Catawba County area. The investigation is ongoing and arrests are anticipated.
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34-year-old James Dewitt Shoemaker of Wilson Lee Boulevard in Statesville was arrested Wednesday (March 7) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with three counts of felony statutory rape of a child less than 15-years-old by an adult, and two felony counts of statutory sex offense with a child under 15 years of age.
On Thursday, January 25, 2018 a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office regarding an alleged sexual assault involving a 14-year-old female victim. The victim told the deputies the assaults occurred between August 2017 and January 2018 at various residences where the suspect lived during those time periods.
The case was assigned to Detective Sergeant Katie Harwell of the Special Victims Unit for further investigation. During the course of the investigation the victim was interviewed at the Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center. The victim identified James Dewitt Shoemaker as the suspect in the incidents. Shoemaker was arrested Wednesday at his residence without incident.
Shoemaker was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $2,000,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (March 9).
Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday (March 11) at 2 a.m. Citizens should set their clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night. Sunrise and sunset will be about one hour later on March 11 than the day before. Daylight Saving Time will end on November 4, 2018.
62-year-old Jack DeForest Bolden of Oak Grove Road in Statesville was arrested Thursday (March 8) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Thursday (March 8) deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 217 Oak Grove Road in Statesville in reference to a 911 Hang Up Call. When the deputies arrived, they were met by a female at the front door of the residence. While speaking to her about the reason they were at the residence, they noticed a very strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside of the home.
When asked if they could come inside and speak about the marijuana smell, the female denied them entry to the home. The Sheriff's Office obtained a search warrant for the home. After receiving the warrant officers searched the residence. The search resulted in the discovery of 11 grams of cocaine, 12 grams of marijuana, scales and other items of drug paraphernalia.
Bond for Bolden was set at $4,000 secured. No court date was listed.
39-year-old James Clyde Billings of Idlewood Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (March 7) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of schedule II controlled substance. Billings was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $1,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Thursday (March 8).
37-year-old Anita Michelle McGee of 23rd Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (March 7) by Catawba County Sheriff's Drug Task Force 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.
The arrest, which WHKY previously reported on Thursday (March 8), followed a search at a residence at 1411 23rd Avenue NE. Investigators with the Drug Task Force had received numerous complaints regarding Anita Michelle McGee allegedly being involved in selling drugs, specifically crystal meth, from the residence. During the search, officers found 75 grams of crystal meth along with heroin, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. A four-year-old child was in the home when officers arrived.
McGee was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $68,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled Thursday.
47-year-old Jeffery Wayne Sipes of Caldwell Place NW in Lenoir was arrested Wednesday (March 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine. Sipes was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday (March 8).
32-year-old James Devin Throneburg of George Hildebran School Road in Hickory was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with larceny of a motor vehicle. Following the arrest, Throneburg was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (March 9) under $8,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today.
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.