49-year-old Thomas Dale Smith, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:45 last night (March 18) on one felony count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer.
Smith was arrested in connection to an incident on March 15 when Officers responded to an apartment on 5th Street N.E. where a 2017 Tao Tao V.I.P. moped was reported stolen during the overnight hours. He was taken into custody last night at the A.B.C. store on 1st Avenue S.W. in Hickory.
Smith was locked up in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
49-year-old Johnny Eugene Price, Jr. of Royal Heights Circle in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 11:35 last night (March 18) on one felony count of possession of a scheduled II controlled substance, along with felony and misdemeanor counts of failure to appear. Price allegedly failed to appear in court on charges of driving while license revoked and a seatbelt violation. He was also served a bill of indictment for possession of methamphetamine. According to H.P.D.'s arrest report, Price was in possession of 3.3 grams of meth at the time of his arrest.
Price was taken into custody without incident at a convenience store on Highway 70 S.W. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,600, secured. Price was scheduled to appear in District Court today and on May 1, with a Superior Court date on April 15.
59-year-old Kelly Dean Bolick of East Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:01 a.m. today (March 19) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a felon, plus one misdemeanor count each of damage to real property and discharging a firearm in the city limits.
Events leading to Bolick's arrest began last night when Officers responded to a "shots fired" call at the intersection of 15th Street S.E. and East Avenue S.E. The suspect, Kelly Dean Bolick, was found and taken into custody without incident at an address on East Avenue S.E. During the arrest, Police found 1.1 grams of cocaine.
Bolick was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $16,000, secured. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.
19-year-old Austin Ryan Setzer of Hurricane Hill Road in Granite Falls was arrested yesterday (March 18) by Granite Falls Police Officers on three felony counts of breaking & entering, larceny of a firearm, and possession of a stolen firearm.
Setzer was taken to Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. He was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday with another court appearance coming up on April 8.
36-year-old James Dale Benge of Setzers Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested yesterday (March 18) by Lenoir Police Officers on one felony count of fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. He’s also charged with two misdemeanor counts of larceny and four counts of failure to appear in court.
Benge was taken to Caldwell County Detention Center with bond set at $22,500, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for tomorrow (March 20) and another appearance scheduled for April 29.
29-year-old Richard Corey Branham of Casey Place in Hudson was arrested yesterday (March 18) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. Branham was placed in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under no bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for tomorrow (March 20).
31-year-old Brandon Torray Colbert of 8th Avenue S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 3:40 yesterday afternoon (March 18) on two felony counts of failure to appear in connection to charges for felony possession of cocaine. He was also charged with failure to appear on a misdemeanor marijuana charge. In addition, Colbert was placed on a federal detainer.
Colbert was taken into custody without incident at a residence on 4th Avenue Place S.E. in Hickory. Bond on the failure to appear charges was set at $30,000, secured. Appearances in District Court and Superior Court were scheduled today in Newton.
25-year-old Antonio Leoniel Haynes of 20th Avenue Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:30 last night (March 18) on one felony count of assault inflicting serious injury including strangulation. He was arrested in connection to a domestic incident that occurred yesterday.
Haynes was taken into custody without incident at his residence. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
54-year-old Michael Joseph Rivers of 15th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 11 a.m. yesterday (March 18) on one felony count of first-degree arson.
His arrest comes in connection to a fire that caused extensive damage at a Hickory residence on the afternoon of March 11. The fire occurred on 15th Street Drive N.E. at a house that had been split into two apartments.
When Firefighters arrived, they found one person in the front apartment. Firefighters carried that person outside where he was examined by Catawba County E.M.S. He was then taken to a local hospital for injuries unrelated to the fire. No other injuries were reported. The fire was under control shortly before 1:30 p.m.
The Fire Department issued a press release the following day stating that the fire may have been intentionally set. Damages were described as major.
Rivers was taken into custody without incident yesterday at Catawba Valley Medical Center on Fairgrove Church Road. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $75,000, secured. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
37-year-old Gilbert Napolean Millsaps of West Clonenger Street and 36-year-old Jamie Lynn Smyre of Reynolda Drive, both from Statesville, were arrested Friday (March 15) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. Millsaps is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II controlled substance (crack cocaine), possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, and maintaining a dwelling to sell controlled substance. Smyre is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling to sell controlled substance, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
On Friday, Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers executed a search warrant at a residence on Reynolda Drive in Statesville. The Narcotics Investigations Division had received information about illegal drugs possibly being sold from that home. Narcotics Detectives gathered evidence and reportedly purchased drugs from inside the residence.
Undercover Detectives identified Gilbert Millsaps, who has a history of drug charges along with being a convicted felon, as one of the main sellers. During the search, Millsaps along with Jamie Lynn Smyre were found inside the residence. Marijuana with a street value of $1,920, cocaine (crack) with a street value of $640, and a loaded 9mm handgun were recovered and seized.
Gilbert Millsaps and Jamie Smyre were arrested at the scene and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center. Millsaps received a $75,000 secured bond. Smyre was given a $20,000 secured bond. District Court dates for both suspects are scheduled for April 3.
During Monday's (March 18) Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting, a rezoning request was presented by Assistant Planning Director Chris Timberlake, which was followed by a public hearing. The proposal was to rezone approximately 370 acres northeast of Old NC 16 and Highway 150 from R-20 and R-40 Residential to Planned Development-Conditional Zoning District. The request was approved by Commissioners.
County Manager Mick Berry presented a Memorandum of Understanding with the Historical Association regarding the county's provision of financial assistance to facilitate the repair and security of Bunker Hill Covered Bridge. Berry also presented an appropriation of grant funding for fire prevention in the amount of $2,000. Both items were approved by the board.
Utilities & Engineering presented a report that reviewed services provided by Republic Services. Commissioner Kitty Barnes recommended the appointment of Henry Morphis for a first term on the Partners Behavioral Health Management Board. This term will expire March 17, 2022. The appointment was approved.
42-year-old Jason Israel Chandler, whose address was not listed, was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony interfering with an electronic monitoring device, misdemeanor probation violation, and failure to appear on a count of resisting a public officer. Chandler was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (March 19) under $10,000 bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (March 21).
31-year-old Travis Sentell Chambers of Gastonia was arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count of reporting a false bomb threat.
Chambers is charged with calling in a bomb threat to the Lincoln County Communications Center 9-1-1 last Thursday (March 14). The threat was against Crate and Barrel at 621 Lincoln County Parkway Extension in the Lincoln County Industrial Park.
The call came in around 9:15 a.m. Thursday and prompted an emergency response from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and North 321 Fire Department. Upon arrival the business was already being evacuated. When officers arrived on the scene they were divided into four search teams and along with a plant supervisor on each team the building was searched. They did not find anything out of the ordinary inside the plant. Employees were allowed to return to work.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives determined the phone could only call 911 and contacted AT&T, the owner of the tower where the 911 call was transmitted. The investigation led to the last paying customer to use the device, Travis Sentell Chambers. Records at Crate and Barrel confirmed that Chambers was an employee and the number provided was the same number as the one in his employee file.
Chambers was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $2,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today (March 19). Detectives are investigating two previous bomb threat calls that were made to Crate and Barrel in September of 2018 and January of 2019.
A Hildebran woman will spend at least 18 years in prison following her conviction for second-degree murder and larceny of a motor vehicle during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (March 18).
52-year-old Tina Louise Swink was given an active prison sentence of 18 to 22 years by the Honorable George C. Bell, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, following her guilty plea.
She will serve her prison term in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. Swink pleaded guilty in connection with the October 31, 2016, death of her aunt, 66-year-old Patricia Diane Swink at her Hickory residence. Tina Swink’s son, Micky Lee Swink, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the same case in July 2017 and is serving a life sentence without parole.
Patricia Swink was found deceased in her home on November 1, 2016, and the residence showed signs of being ransacked. Investigators determined that Micky Swink and his mother, who once had lived with the victim, walked to Patricia Swink’s home with intentions to rob her. They broke in through the basement and stayed there for some two to three hours waiting for other people upstairs with Patricia Swink to leave.
They crept up the basement stairs but found the door locked. Patricia Swink made her way to the basement door, and when she opened it, Micky Swink admitted that he stabbed her multiple times in the neck and chest. He and Tina Swink then walked over her body, took pills, money, a gun and other items then left the residence in Patricia Swink’s vehicle after dark, eventually disposing of it in Long View.
Justin Levey was the lead investigator on the case for the Hickory Police Department. Melanie Earles prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors for the State announced during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (March 18) that they will not seek the death penalty in the murder case against 38-year-old Scott Anthony Putnam of Conover.
Putnam is charged with first-degree murder in the July 24, 2018, shooting death of Anthony Killian. He was arrested and taken into custody the next day. He also faces charges for attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill for injuries sustained by Roxanne Killian in the same shooting incident.
The case remains under investigation by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
55-year-old Contrenia Lorraine “Peanut" Lawrence of 19th Street Southwest in Hickory was arrested yesterday (March 17) by Hickory Police Officers one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Lawrence was processed at the Hickory Police Station and has since been released under a $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today in Newton.
The Alexander Co. Sheriff's Office has released more information regarding a February 9 double homicide in Stony Point.
On Friday (March 15), warrants were issued for the arrests of three suspects from Stony Point. 36-year-old Robert Bryan Hoover and 20-year-old Adam Thomas Morgan were both charged with two felony counts of first-degree murder. 28-year-old Brandy Lynn Miller faces two felony counts of accessory after the fact.
The charges are the result of an ongoing investigation into the incident, which occurred at the residence of 38-year-old Chad Lee Kennedy on Mount Wesley Church Road in Stony Point. Mr. Kennedy and 57-year-old Mark Jefferson Furey were both shot to death.
Last Friday, Alexander County Detectives met with the District Attorney’s Office to discuss the facts of the case, resulting in the charges filed against all three suspects. That afternoon, Sheriff Chris Bowman sent two Investigators to Smyth County, Virginia. At about 4:30 p.m., Hoover and Miller were found in Smyth County by Smyth Co. Sheriff’s Officers, Saltville Police, Chilhowie Police, and Virginia State Police. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident.
About 30 minutes later, Iredell & Alexander Co. Sheriff’s Officers went to Morgan's residence on County Line Road in Iredell County. A search was conducted, but Morgan was not found. At about 2 a.m. the following day, Morgan was located at a residence off of Three Forks Church Road in Taylorsville. He was taken into custody without incident.
Morgan was held without bond in the Alexander Co. Detention Center. Hoover and Miller are awaiting an extradition hearing and are being held without bond in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail. Morgan was scheduled to make a first appearance in Alexander Co. District Court today (March 18).
Sheriff Bowman expressed his appreciation to all the agencies involved, including the F.B.I. The investigation is ongoing. More arrests may be forthcoming.
42-year-old Wade McArthur Danner, Jr. of Cessna Lane in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early Saturday morning (March 16) on one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and larceny.
The assault charge comes in connection to an incident on February 27 when Officers on patrol in the area of the Ridgecrest Apartments on 12th Avenue S.E. saw a male victim who had just been assaulted. Danner was identified as the suspect and a warrant for his arrest was issued.
The larceny charge was the result of a larceny call on January 2 at Hickory's Valley Hills Mall. Danner was identified as the suspect. A warrant for his arrest was issued the next day.
Danner was taken into custody without incident at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday at an apartment on 12th Avenue S.E. in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $4,800, secured. First appearances in District Court were scheduled today (March 18) in Newton.
38-year-old James Lee Rankin, Jr. of Ramseur Road in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at about 1:45 Saturday afternoon on one felony count of habitual larceny.
He was arrested after Police responded to a larceny call at the Belk store in Hickory's Valley Hills Mall. The suspect, James Lee Rankin, Jr., was found and taken into custody without incident on mall property.
Rankin was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $10,000 secured. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (March 18) in Newton.
The Iredell Co. Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating 39-year-old Wesley Patrick Fulbright of June Bug Drive in Stony Point, who faces multiple drug charges.
Fulbright has been charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, & deliver a schedule I controlled substance; possession with intent to manufacture, sell, & deliver a schedule III controlled substance; possession with intent to manufacture, sell, & deliver a schedule IV controlled substance; maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The charges stem from an incident on Sunday, March 10, when Sheriff's Deputies went to Fulbright's residence to serve an arrest warrant on the suspect for schedule II drug charges and for maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance. At the residence, Deputies found meth, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
Fulbright was arrested and given a $15,000 secured bond. He then posted bond and was released.
The drug information was given to the Narcotics Division, which was conducting an ongoing investigation involving Fulbright. With the added evidence of narcotics activity at Fulbright's residence, a search warrant was issued. The search was conducted Thursday morning (March 14). Officers found and seized crystal meth with a street value of $12,704, prescription medications (including Xanax & Subutex), drug paraphernalia, and a pistol.
Fulbright was not at the residence during the search. He remains at large. His name has been entered as a wanted person. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Wesley Patrick Fulbright should call the Sheriff's Office at 704-878-3180.
Fulbright has a criminal history that includes misdemeanor communicating threats, misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon, four counts of misdemeanor possession of marijuana, five counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, D.W.I. level 5, felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance, and D.W.I. level 2.