34-year-old Amber Renee Staley and 34-year-old Ronnie Stewart Staley, Jr., both of Hartland Road in Lenoir, were arrested Saturday (September 14) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals. Bond was set at $5,000 secured for each suspect, they're both scheduled to appear in District Court October 7.
31-year-old Dusty Ray Whisnant of Whisnant Road in Lenoir and 26-year-old Chelsea Renee Shores of Casar Road in Lawndale were arrested Monday (September 16) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. They're both charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and possession of a stolen motor vehicle along with a misdemeanor count of injury to real property. Both suspects were brought to the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond apiece. Whisnant has a District Court date October 7, Shores is scheduled to make a District Court appearance Wednesday (September 18).
45-year-old Robert James Salyards of Deal Road in Claremont and 27-year-old Balie Frances Vasquez of 9th Avenue SE in Hickory were both arrested by Long View Police Officers. They're both charged with possession of methamphetamine. Salyards is also charged with aid & abet larceny, misdemeanor probation violation, and five counts of failure to appear. Vasquez is additionally charged with resisting a public officer.
Both suspects were placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (September 17), Salyards under $11,000 bond, Vasquez under $4,500 bond. Both suspects were scheduled to appear in District Court today. Salyards has additional District Court dates September 23 and October 10, along with a Superior Court appearance October 21.
The Catawba County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Monday night (September 16). The board approved a request from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office staff amending the current Axon agreement of 85 body cameras by adding 14 additional cameras for a total of 99.
Catawba County Tax Collector Brad Fowler requested that the board accept the Tax Collector’s Report of Settlement for Fiscal Year 2019 (2018 tax year) and the collection of of Fiscal Year 2020 (2019 tax year) taxes set forth in the tax records. Commissioners approved the request.
In the County Manager Report, Library staff requested that Commissioners accept and appropriates grant funds in the amount of $3,200 to the Catawba County Library from a LSTA Grant to provide Health Literacy Programming in collaboration with community partners. This request was approved.
Chair Isenhower recommended the reappointment of Vice‐Chair Barbara Beatty to the Trivium Corporate Center, Inc. Board of Trustees for a second term, expiring June 30, 2022. This was also approved.
Vice Chair Beatty presented a proclamation commemorating the 75th anniversary of Catawba County United Way. Commissioner Sherry Butler presented a Social Services Institute Best Practice Award from the NC Association of County Directors of Social Services for a web-based route mapping app developed for Meals on Wheels of Catawba County.
33-year-old Bradley Brant English of Hubert Park Avenue in Connelly Springs was arrested Saturday (September 14) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II and III controlled substance along with misdemeanor counts of possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Saturday, Hickory Police conducted a foot patrol at a lodging establishment on Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard SE and noticed the odor of marijuana coming from a room. During the investigation, police reportedly found .3 grams of methamphetamine, two dosage units of buprenorphine hydrocloride, 9.2 grams of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
English was arrested without incident and later released on a $20,000 unsecured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (September 16).
The Hickory Fire Department responded to a gas leak in the area of 29 2nd Street NW, near Taste Full Beans coffee house. Firefighters responded at 11:41 a.m. today (September 16) and remained on the scene until 12:37 p.m. Piedmont Natural gas also responded to assist with the leak. There was no fire and no injuries occurred.
48-year-old Tyrone Javelle Bowens of 12th Avenue SE in Hickory was arrested Sunday (September 15) by Hickory Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell schedule II controlled substance, maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place for controlled substance, and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bowens was arrested without incident at 2:45 p.m. Sunday at a location on U.S. 321 at Highway 127 South in Hickory. Police reportedly seized 22.2 grams of cocaine during the arrest. Bowens was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (September 16).
35-year-old Ronald Piper Vicente of 4th Street S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Sunday morning on three counts of failure to appear. He failed to appear in court on a felony probation violation, felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and misdemeanor assault on a government official or employee. He was also charged with a parole violation by the Dept. of Probation & Parole.
Vicente was arrested as Officers served warrants in connection to a case dating back to April of last year. In that case, he was convicted in Catawba County and given a 24-month suspended sentence in March 2019. The parole violation is in connection to an October 2017 conviction for possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Vicente was taken into custody without incident at about 6:40 a.m. Sunday at an address on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton with another Superior Court date coming up on November 21.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenager. 17-year-old Lindsey Rose Monteleone was reported missing Sunday night (September 15) after she did not return to her Asbury Church Road home from work at Papa John’s Pizza in Denver, NC. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a Papa John’s work shirt. Her vehicle was also left at the Papa John’s location in Denver.
The missing girl is 5'7" and weighs around 120 pounds. She has green eyes and blond hair with purple dye in it. The investigation into the incident is continuing. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Miss Monteleone is asked the contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.
Maiden Police are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the suspect or suspects in several vehicle break-ins that occurred Friday night (September 13) at a high school football game.
Three vehicles were broken into in the parking lot during Maiden's game against St. Stephens. Officers were first notified of two break-ins. They discovered a third in which windows were broken and items were taken from the vehicle. A fourth vehicle was found unsecured with a door partially ajar. No items were taken from that vehicle.
The victims reported items stolen, including purses, credit cards, currency, identification cards, and other miscellaneous items.
Anyone with any information related to the break-ins should call the Maiden Police Department at 828-428-5005.
36-year-old Jessica Irene Watson Shupe of Hoods Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested by Lenoir Police yesterday (September 15) on two counts of felony possession of methamphetamine. Shupe was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond. She has since been released. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Lenoir.
28-year-old Ronnie Claude Burchette of Rays Place in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday (September 15) on one felony count of fleeing to elude arrest. Following his arrest, Burchette was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $25,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Lenoir.
34-year-old Justin Alan Hammonds of Wiles Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Sunday (September 15) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Hammonds was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $25,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (September 16).
47-year-old Frances Marie Tackett, 66-year-old Gary Allen Bost, and 43-year-old David Eugene Marlowe, all of the same Sagebrush Road, Statesville, address, were arrested Friday (September 13) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Tackett and Bost were charged with felony counts of trafficking in opium or heroin, and maintaining a dwelling to keep controlled substance. Marlowe is charged with felony maintaining a dwelling to keep controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Friday, members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, Criminal Investigations Division (CID), and Patrol Division executed a narcotics search warrant at a residence on Sagebrush Road, West of Statesville. Information was received from community members about this home, and possible narcotics activity taking place there. Investigators conducted surveillance on the residence and identified Tackett, Bost, and Marlowe as the individuals living at the home.
Narcotics Investigators reportedly purchased controlled substances, specifically heroin, from the residence. During the investigation Narcotics Investigators were informed by members of the Criminal Investigation Unit (CID) there could possibly be stolen property located at the home. After the search warrant was executed, and the residence was secured, Narcotics Investigators reportedly found five grams of heroin. Investigators then arrested the three suspects and transported them to the Iredell County Detention Center.
Bond for Tackett and Bost was set at $75,000 secured apiece, Marlowe's bond was set at $5,000 secured. District Court dates were scheduled today (September 16).
30-year-old Stephen Alexander Watts of Franklin Street in Newton was arrested Saturday (September 14) by Newton Police Officers. He's charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Watts was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $1,000 bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (September 16).
A missing Lincoln County teenager was found Friday night (September 13) in Greenville, South Carolina. 16-year-old Selena Rodriguez was found safe by Greenville authorities and was reunited with her family. She had been reported missing from her Rustic Trail home in Lincolnton on September 5, as previously reported on WHKY.
Family members say a vehicle was heard outside the home around 10:00 p.m. that night and believe Rodriguez was picked up by the vehicle. The investigation into her disappearance is continuing and anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
43-year-old Michael Bruce Adams of Lamb Road in Statesville was arrested last Thursday (September 12) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with three felony counts apiece of sale and delivery of schedule I controlled substance and possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule I controlled substance, two felony counts apiece of trafficking in methamphetamine by sale and possession and maintaining a dwelling or place for controlled substance, and one felony count of sale or delivery of schedule II controlled substance.
A two month investigation into the distribution of Crystal Methamphetamine in Iredell County conducted by members of the Narcotics Unit was concluded last Thursday with a traffic stop by members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.
Narcotics investigators received information about the suspect, Adams, being involved in the distribution of a large amounts of crystal meth within Iredell County, and in surrounding counties as well.
Investigators established surveillance operations involving Adams. They identified individuals who were allegedly purchasing crystal meth from Adams. They also reportedly purchased 111 grams of meth directly from Adams during the investigation. Adams was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $2,000,000 dollar secured bond. His next District Court date is October 1.
35-year-old Jack Edward Frye of Quail Ridge Court in Lenoir was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of schedule II controlled substance.
According to a news release issued Friday (September 13), on August 29, 2019, narcotics detectives approached a vehicle in the parking lot of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. There was a man inside who appeared to be asleep. After spotting pills in the vehicle, detectives woke the subject up, told him to exit the car, and identified him as Jack Edward Frye.
Frye said he was there to bond someone out of jail. The pills were identified as oxycodone and seized as evidence. Upon further investigation, detectives also reportedly found heroin in the vehicle. Frye was placed under arrest and transported to the magistrate office where he was charged. He received a $5,000 secured bond and was transported to and held at the Burke/Catawba District Confinement Facility. He was not listed as an inmate as of today (September 16). His next District Court date is scheduled for December 11.
35-year-old Johnathan Wayne Willis, Jr. of Hauss Ridge in Valdese was arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine.
According to a news release issued Friday (September 13), on August 29, 2019, officers with NC Probation and Parole were conducting a routine search of Jonathan Wayne Willis Jr., who is currently on probation. The search was conducted at Wills' residence in Valdese. He began to resist, and the Valdese Police Department and Burke County Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to the scene to assist.
During a search of Willis, approximately 73 grams of methamphetamine were reportedly found by officers. The suspect was transported to the magistrate's office where he was charged and given a $75,000 bond. He was transported to the Burke/Catawba District Confinement Facility, where he remained as of earlier today (September 16), bond is now set at $90,000 secured. A District Court date was scheduled today.
41-year-old James Warren Minton of Mark Trail Court in Claremont was arrested Sunday (September 15) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.
The charge stems from an incident that occurred at a residence on Mark Trail Court in Claremont. A roommate of Minton’s suffered multiple stab wounds following a dispute between the two men.
Minton was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $500,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (September 16).