29-year-old Will Dixon Crump of Journeys End Lane in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (September 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of heroin. Bond for Crump was set at $3,000 secured. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (September 14).
40-year-old Timothy Stephen Wilcox of Blueberry Drive in Granite Falls was arrested Wednesday (September 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. In addition, Wilcox is charged with failure to appear for felony probation violation, and resisting a public officer. Wilcox was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $182,500 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today and September 21.
A fourth suspect in a case we previously reported on here on WHKY has been arrested. 40-year-old Nigel Eugene Terry of Clontz Hill Road in Troutman was arrested Tuesday (September 12) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Tuesday, Sergeant Ryan Sherrill with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team was working in the area of North Main Street in Troutman when he came into contact with Nigel Eugene Terry. Terry was found to have outstanding felony warrants for his arrest and was taken into custody. Deputies conducted a search of Terry’s vehicle and found heroin and drug paraphernalia.
Terry's bond was set at $7,500 unsecured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court Wednesday (September 13). Sami Price Driggers, Jordan Tyler Melton, and Matthew Gray Ritchie were all previously arrested in connection to the investigation that resulted in warrants against Terry.
26-year-old Brittany Jean Blackwelder of Old Landfill Road in Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (September 12) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with felony child abuse-sexual act.
Following further investigation into a felony child abuse case that occurred in July at 1139 Olin Loop in Olin, an additional charge has been filed. Evidence was obtained that resulted in the new charge being filed against Brittany Jean Blackwelder, the mother of the seven-year-old victim.
Following Tuesday's arrest, Blackwelder was given a 100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for October 2.
54-year-old Barry John Hunter of Blaine Lane in Lexington and 32-year-old Austin Hayes Wood, whose address is not listed, were both arrested Wednesday (September 13) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver heroin, manufacture, sell, or deliver controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hunter is also charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, felony possession of cocaine, and maintain a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance.
Both suspects were detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility, Hunter under $70,000 bond, Wood under $25,000 bond. They were both scheduled to make District Court appearances today (September 14).
27-year-old Matthew Charles Minton of Lenoir has been sentenced to serve five-to-seven years in prison after pleading guilty as charged to felony breaking & entering a motor vehicle, felony failure to appear and felony assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury. He was also sentenced as an habitual felon.
The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, handed down the sentence yesterday (September 12) in Caldwell County Superior Court. Minton’s active prison term will be served in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. Minton also faces an additional sentence of 6-to-17 months if he fails to successfully complete 30 months of supervised probation upon his release.
The habitual felony designation was applied as the result of prior felony convictions for possession of a stolen motor vehicle in May 2008 and possession of stolen goods August 2010 & August 2014, all in Caldwell County.
In October of 2015, Minton used a small blade tool to break into a vehicle. When confronted by the vehicle’s owner, Minton fled into a nearby wooded area, but was later apprehended by Lenoir Police after a foot chase. He failed to appear in court for his trial on March 21 of this year.
In April 2017, Minton was pulled over for driving with a burned out headlight. He gave Officer Mark Coffey II a false name and ran away from the vehicle. Coffey caught up with Minton and they engaged in a physical struggle. Minton attempted to strangle the Officer and pulled at his service weapon several times. Officer Coffey used a Taser to regain control of the situation. Minton and Coffey suffered injuries from the altercation, but were treated at a local hospital.
Officer Coffey and Officer Chris Smith handled the cases for Lenoir Police Department, with assistance from Deputy Kaiser Isbell of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Jennifer C. Mathews prosecuted the cases for the District Attorney’s Office.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating the theft of an enclosed trailer from a Lincoln County church.
Yesterday (September 12), Deputies were dispatched to N.C. Highway 27 East to investigate the theft of the trailer from the Real Life Community Church. Church officials reported the trailer was last known to be at the church on Sunday, September 10.
Surveillance video shows a white pickup truck, possibly a Ford F250, as the driver pulled into the driveway and turned off the headlights. The driver then backed up and hooked up to the trailer. Deputies believe two or more suspects were involved. They think one person had been dropped off earlier to cut the lock. It took two minutes for the truck to back up to the trailer and leave the scene.
The 14-foot box trailer is white and chrome. It contained camping supplies. The name of the church, Real Life Community Church, is printed on both sides of the trailer in large green letters.
Anyone with information about the stolen trailer should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.
33-year-old Tajuana Shamika Young of 8th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:20 yesterday (September 12) on one felony count of possession of cocaine and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Her arrest stems from an incident in April of this year. Officers on foot patrol at the Sunny Valley housing complex on 3rd Avenue S.E. encountered Young and found 0.2 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia on her person. She was initially arrested at that time.
Young was taken into custody without incident yesterday at a convenience store on South Center Street. She was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled today in Newton.
38-year-old Kenneth Wayne Ryckeley of Maiden was sentenced to serve at least 11 years in prison after he was found guilty by a Catawba County jury of possession of a firearm by a felon and carrying a concealed weapon on Tuesday (September 12).
Ryckeley also admitted his status as an habitual felon, which enhanced the prison term imposed by the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County. Hayes sentenced Ryckeley to serve 11 to 14 years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The defendant has prior felony convictions for felony larceny in Lincoln County (January 2006), obtaining property by false pretense in Gaston County (April 2009) and possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine in Iredell County (August 2013).
Ryckeley was driving a van on the N.C. Highway 16 Bypass on Jan. 15, 2015, in excess of the posted speed limit and was stopped just before reaching the Lincoln County line by Catawba County Sheriff’s Inv. Dennis Smith. During the stop, Smith asked if the defendant had any drugs or weapons in the vehicle. Ryckeley admitted to having a .22-caliber handgun in the vehicle. When Smith searched the vehicle, he located the revolver in a compartment next to the passenger seat where the defendant told him it would be. The gun was wrapped in a pair of men’s camouflage gloves.
Dennis Smith was the lead investigator for the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Melanie Earles prosecuted the case for the State.
23-year-old Michael Coy Reed was arrested Tuesday (September 12) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny by destroying antitheft device. Reed was placed in jail in Morganton under $12,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for October 3.
20-year-old Madison Cherie Minton of Calico Road in Lenoir was arrested Sunday (September 10) by Lenoir Police Officers. She's charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Minton was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $5,000 secured bond. Her next court date is October 2.
45-year-old Ned Junior Haskett of Gristmill Lane in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (September 11) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony first degree attempted arson. Haskett was confined in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday (September 12).
The North Carolina Department of Justice is warning state residents about another scam. According to a news release from NCDOJ, scammers had previously threatened to cut off gas or electricity unless the victim immediately pays overdue bills they claim are owed. According to the news release, a new utility scam takes a different approach. Now the crooks are trying to trick you into providing your confidential information. They are publicizing their scam widely, using hi-tech means such as videos, texts, emails and websites, along with old-fashioned methods including flyers and phone calls.
In this scam, con artists try to convince victims that a government program will help them pay their bills. They say signing up for the program is simple - just provide your Social Security number and your bank’s routing number, and then pay your bill through an automated telephone system.
That is the setup, but the scammer’s goal is to make you a victim of identity theft by harvesting your private information. Piedmont Natural Gas says dozens of customers in the southeast have been contacted about the phony government program. The NCDOJ is urging state residents to not allow these crooks, or any other con artists, trick you into handing over your Social Security number or other confidential information.
If you think you’ve been victimized by this or any scam, file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division or call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.
28-year-old Charlie Rae Moore and 35-year-old Daniel Duree Pair, each of the same Woody Lane, Claremont, address, were both arrested Tuesday (September 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of meth, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, and resisting a public officer. Following their arrests, both suspects were jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility, Moore under $25,000 bond, Pair under $50,000 bond. They each had District Court appearances scheduled for today (September 13).
40-year-old Travis Brad Cosby of Little Mountain Road in Sherrills Ford was arrested by Long View Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Cosby was detained this morning (September 13) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $3,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.
35-year-old Ryan Kirby and 33-year-old Tiffany Diane Huffman, both of Lenoir, were arrested Friday (September 8) by Alexander County Sheriff's Officers. Kirby is charged with felony larceny, felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of stolen property, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, resist, obstruct, delay, and possession of burglary tools. Huffman is charged with felony larceny and possession of burglary tools.
On Friday at approximately 4:15 a.m., Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman reportedly found two subjects in the process of stealing a four wheeler from a residence on Friendship Ridge Road. According to a news release, the man and woman were in the process of loading a four wheel ATV into the bed of a small truck. Sheriff Bowman made initial contact with the suspects and ordered them to stop. The male suspect refused to obey orders given by Sheriff Bowman.
A struggle occurred, during which Sheriff Bowman’s weapon was placed in his vehicle, to keep it out of the suspect’s reach. The suspect attempted to seize the Sheriff’s weapon, but was unsuccessful and was restrained by Sheriff Bowman. Off Duty Captain Douglas Bowman of the Taylorsville Police Department arrived on the scene to help take the male suspect into custody. Officers from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and Taylorsville Police Department arrived on the scene to take the suspects into custody.
Both suspects were detained in the Alexander County Detention Center. Kirby was jailed under an $85,000 secured bond, Huffman's bond was set at $60,000 secured. They were both scheduled to make first appearances in District Court Monday (September 11).
Firefighters from the Hickory Fire Department responded to a blaze at a recycling facility Monday night (September 12).
Monday night after leaving another incident, Hickory Firefighters were on the way back to their station at 8:32 p.m. when they noticed a fire. They immediately responded to the area of 261 10th Street Place NW to discover a fire in a cardboard recycling facility. They requested additional firefighters to assist them and began working to extinguish the fire. Firefighters responded with three engines, one ladder, one rescue truck, and two command units.
Firefighters arrived on the scene to find burning bales of cardboard, which were inside the building. They established a water supply and began to extinguish the fire on the inside of the building. The fire was considered controlled at 9:02 p.m.
Catawba County EMS was on the scene to provide medical rehab for the firefighters and Hickory Police Department assisted blocking the roadway. No injuries were reported and damage estimates are being compiled. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Through Friday September 8, Lincolnton Police Detectives had arrested six offenders following a two-month-long undercover operation involving Undercover Detectives.
The Detectives portrayed children on various social media outlets. Detectives developed dialogue in which agreements were made for offenders to meet in Lincolnton with what they believed to be children in order to have unlawful sexual relationships. As the offenders arrived at the meeting places, they were arrested without incident.
Detectives charged all the offenders with one count of soliciting a child for an unlawful sex act by computer and appearing to meet such child, along with other charges.
Those arrested are:
· Robert Richard Quigg of Valdese, who is already a registered sex offender for molesting children. He was given a $100,000 bond.
· Loy Everette Huckle of Dallas, who was also charged with disseminating obscene material to a minor. No bond was listed.
· Devin Cole Mayberry of Statesville. No bond was listed.
· Timothy Harold Purkey of Newton. He was given a $25,000 bond.
· Michael Lee Williams of Polkton. Bond was set at $25,000.
· James Frederick Turner of Charlotte, who was also charged with two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. No bond was listed.
All of the offenders were placed in the Lincoln County Jail. The case is still active and additional charges are possible.
The lead Detective is Det. Brent Heavner with Lt. John Caudle, Lt. Jason Munday, Sgt. Dennis Harris, Det. Brandon Hunsucker and Det. Tony Potts assisting. Anyone with information about the offenders or any other possible victims should contact Det. Heavner at 704-736-8900.
During the week of September 4, 42-year-old Jimmie Leonard Ward, Jr. of Cherryville, 33-year-old Betsy Carpenter Fredell of Vale and 39-year-old James Steven Fredell of Vale were all sentenced to prison on multiple drug charges in Lincoln County Superior Court. All three were arrested by the Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit in 2016. The Honorable Forrest Bridges handed out the sentences after all three entered guilty pleas.
In the Fredells’ case, Narcotics Detectives charged the pair for their involvement in selling a trafficking amount of opioid pain pills to an Undercover Detective. In Ward’s case, Detectives arrested the individual during the execution of a search warrant. The suspect, a convicted felon, was in possession of a firearm. Detectives also seized over a half-ounce of methamphetamine.
Ward was convicted on one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to sell & deliver meth and possession of meth. He was also sentenced as an habitual felon. Ward was given an active sentence of 103-to-136 months active in the N.C. Department of Corrections.
Betsy Fredell was convicted on three felony counts of trafficking in opiates, conspiring to traffic opiates, possession with the intent to sell & deliver a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. She was given an active sentence of 70-to-93 months.
James Fredell was convicted on two felony counts of trafficking opiates. He was also given an active sentence of 70-to-93 months.
29-year-old Brandon Jarrell Martin of Charlotte and 23-year-old Jamahl Tobias Jones of Chesapeake, Virginia, were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Martin is charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jones is charged with carrying a concealed weapon.
On Sunday, members of the Iredell County Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team (ACE) were working in the area of West Memorial Highway in Union Grove when an Officer came into contact with several subjects in a passenger van. While speaking with the individuals, the Officer detected the odor of marijuana coming from their vehicle. After further investigation, the vehicle was searched.
While searching the vehicle, Deputies located two handguns, marijuana and several items of drug paraphernalia. A computer check later revealed that one of the handguns were stolen from Salisbury. The driver, 34-year-old Karlton Sha Caldwell of Charlotte was found to have a suspended driver’s license and was in possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, 28-year-old Mishon Lumpkin and 36-year-old Jason Callender, both of Charlotte, were each charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Martin's bond was set at $8,000 secured, Jones' bond was set at $1,500 secured. Martin has a District Court date October 2. Jones will appear in District Court November 2.