42-year-old Cheng Seng Vang of Bottom Lane in Claremont was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Vang was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility this morning (February 12) under $5,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled today.
36-year-old Terry Isaac Brown, Jr. of Salisbury was arrested Saturday (February 8) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of cocaine. In addition, Brown is charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and assault on a female.
On Saturday Iredell County Sheriff's Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1700 block of Salisbury Highway. Upon approaching the vehicle, an officer noticed an opened alcoholic beverage in the floorboard under the front seat passenger’s legs.
A search was conducted on the vehicle. During the search, deputies found crack cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and a loaded 9mm pistol in the front seat passenger’s possession.
The front seat passenger was identified as Terry Isaac Brown Jr. Deputies learned Brown had an unserved warrant for his arrest for assault on a female when running his criminal history. The records check also revealed Brown is convicted felon.
Brown was arrested and taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where bond was set at $35,000 secured on the drug and firearm charges and he received no bond on the assault on a female count. A District Court date is scheduled for April 6.
55-year-old Donald Joseph Gaul of Vale and 38-year-old Kimberly Ann Motz of Cherryville were arrested Monday (February 10) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance along with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Gaul is also charged with aggressive driving.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators were conducting surveillance Monday night in an area of western Lincoln County where neighbors complained about illegal drug activity. They were watching a residence when they noticed a vehicle leaving the area. They followed the vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop but the car sped away.
According to authorities, during the chase the passenger in the vehicle was throwing methamphetamine out the window. After a five mile chase the vehicle stopped near the intersection of Rockdale Road and Highway 18 in Cleveland County and both occupants were taken into custody. Investigators seized ten grams of methamphetamine and $800 in cash. Officers also retrieved all drugs thrown from the vehicle.
Gaul was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond, Motz was was jailed under a $20,000 secured bond. They both remained in jail as of earlier today (February 12). They each have District Court dates March 3 in Lincolnton.
Tuesday, (February 11) shortly after 3:00 p.m., Hickory Police Officers responded to a robbery at the First Citizens Bank located at 1862 Hwy 70 SE. During the incident, a white male subject entered the bank, proceeded to the counter, displayed a handgun and demanded money from a bank teller.
After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he exited the business and fled on foot. The suspect is described as being a White male, early 40s with scruffy facial hair. He was wearing a gray long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans and a black toboggan covering his face.
Anyone with information reference this case is asked to contact Investigator Jesse Truesdell at the Hickory Police Department at (828) 328-5551 or (828) 261-2636 or email@example.com.
39-year-old Ya Por Vue of Brandon Road in Morganton has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff's Officers for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine).
His arrest stems from an investigation that began on January 30. Officers went to an address on Old Blue Ridge Lane in Connelly Springs where they made contact with Ya Por Vue. Officers with the N.C. Dept. of Probation & Parole assisted in the investigation.
Vue was taken into custody and placed in the Burke County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond. He has a court date coming up on February 21 in Morganton.
29-year-old Seth Allen Tolbert of U.S. Highway 70 in Connelly Springs has been arrested by Burke Co. Sheriff's Officers for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine).
His arrest stems from an investigation that began on February 5 at Tolbert's residence. Officers went to the residence where they made contact with Seth Allen Tolbert and took him into custody. Officers with the N.C. Dept. of Probation & Parole assisted in the investigation.
Tolbert was placed in the Burke County Jail under a $3,000 secured bond. As of this afternoon (February 11), he was no longer listed as an inmate in Burke County. He'll appear in court on February 26 in Morganton.
47-year-old April Dawn Wade of Hoods Creek Road in Lenoir was arrested by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers yesterday (February 10) for felony failure to appear in court on fraud related charges. Following her arrest, Wade was taken to the Caldwell Co. Detention Center with bond set at $25,000, secured. An appearance in Superior Court was scheduled for March 2 in Lenoir.
24-year-old Joseph Paul Chapman of 10th Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before eight o'clock last night (February 10) on two felony counts of failure to appear on charges of obtaining property by false pretenses. The warrant for his arrest was issued last Friday (February 7) in Rutherford County. Chapman was taken into custody without incident at the Hickory Police Department. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $12,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for March 6 in Rutherfordton.
More details have been released in connection to the previously reported arrests of four suspects in a meth trafficking case. 33-year-old Angela Marie Dale of Ervindale Lane in Morganton, 42-year-old Troy Noman Powell of West Lenoir Drive in Lenoir, 35-year-old Heather Nicole Swanson of Donihue Place in Lenoir, and 44-year-old Jeremy Matthew Magnus of Gillsville, Georgia, were all arrested last Tuesday (February 4) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers, as previously reported on WHKY.
All four suspects are charged with felony trafficking in methamphetamine. Dale and Magnus are additionally charged with felony counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. The Alexander County Sheriff's Office released more information on the arrests today (February 11).
That agency reports that the suspects were arrested in connection to a major methamphetamine distribution ring in Alexander County, as well as other counties in western North Carolina. An investigation was launched by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, United States Department of Homeland Security, Hickory Police Department, Boone Police Department, Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.
A three-month surveillance investigation of the four suspects was launched. This operation led law enforcement throughout western North Carolina into Georgia. Further investigation led to the seizure of a large quantity of U.S. currency, two vehicles, and a large quantity of meth. The estimated street value of the meth seized in this operation according to North Carolina State Drug Guidelines is approximately $291,300.
Authorities say Magnus was a major distributor of methamphetamine to Alexander County and western North Carolina. Magnus and Dale were taken into custody after a vehicle stop in Granite Falls. Powell and Swanson were taken into custody after leaving a residence in Caldwell County.
Following their arrests, all four suspects were placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $500,000 secured bond apiece. Dale is scheduled to appear in District Court February 13, Magnus, Swanson, and Powell all have District Court dates February 26. This investigation is continuing.
38-year old Tamara Danielle Vaughan of Louisville, Kentucky, was arrested Sunday (February 9) following a reported vehicle pursuit involving multiple agencies including the Taylorsville Police Department.
Vaughan is charged with felony flee to elude arrest along with misdemeanor counts of larceny and second-degree trespassing. In addition, she's charged with reckless driving to endanger, speeding 120 mph in a 55 mph zone, driving while license revoked, failure to stop at stoplight and driving left of center. Vaughan is also charged on a felony fugitive warrant.
Shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday, Taylorsville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a report of shoplifting. When police got to the scene, the suspect was leaving the parking lot in a passenger car. Officers activated blue lights and sirens and the driver headed north on Highway 16.
The chase proceeded at a high rate of speed on to West Main Avenue and US 64/90. Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers and North Carolina State Highway Patrol Troopers became involved in the pursuit of the suspect.
The chase continued into Caldwell County. Speeds reportedly reached 120 miles-per hour according to Taylorsville Police. The suspect vehicle reportedly struck another vehicle at the intersection of US 64/90 and Miller Creek Road. Following the crash, the suspect, Vaughan, was taken into custody. There were no injuries in the wreck.
Vaughn, who is also facing outstanding warrants from Kentucky that include failure to appear, was being held in the Alexander County Detention Center under secured bond of $255,500. She's scheduled to appear in District Court in Taylorsville March 2.
(Rick Gilbert of WACB in Tayorsville contributed to this story)
Community members are invited to attend a public open house meeting to discuss walking and biking in the City of Hickory. The open house will be held on Thursday, February 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Ridgeview Recreation Center at 115 7th Ave SW in Hickory.
The City of Hickory received $25,000 from LiveWell Catawba to assist in funding the development of a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian plan. The purpose of the plan is to evaluate the needs of people walking and biking in Hickory in order to develop a clear vision for the future. In December 2019, Hickory City Council approved an agreement with Alta Planning + Design to develop a master plan.
For more information, visit www.hickorync.gov or contact the Planning & Development Department at (828) 323-7422.
28-year-old Timothy Junior Moody of Blue Bird Lane in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (February 8) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Moody was released on $2,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for February 27.
28-year-old Jacob Joseph Mueller of Atwood Drive in Lenoir was arrested Friday (February 11) by authorities in Burke County on a Caldwell County warrant. He's charged with felony probation violation out of county. Mueller was placed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $15,000 secured bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 30.
22-year-old Marcus Allen Whisnant of Neighborly Place in Lenoir was arrested last Friday (February 7) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony flee to elude arrest, assault on a female, interfering with emergency communication, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Whisnant was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond on the assault charge and $27,500 secured bond on the other charges. District Court dates are scheduled for February 26 and March 5.
21-year-old Brent Wesley Dill of Conover was arrested Sunday (February 9) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of statutory rape and statutory sex offense with a child by an adult.
A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant was checking business parking lots at approximately 2:00 a.m. Sunday when he encountered a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot at 7144 Highway 73. The officer approached the vehicle parked between two box trucks and discovered two people in the back seat of the vehicle.
A male and a female were told to exit the vehicle. The female told the officer she was 18-years-old and did not have identification. A local records check was performed and it was learned that the female was 14-years-old.
She told officers that she told the male subject that she was 18-years-old and they had met on the social media page, Snapchat and she sneaked out of her family residence during the night. The juvenile was transported to Atrium Health – Lincoln for treatment.
The male was identified as Brent Wesley Dill and he was taken into custody. After being charged he was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (February 11). A District Court appearance is scheduled for March 2.
36-year-old James Adam Woodside of Abner Road in Stony Point was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony burning of certain buildings and misdemeanor breaking and entering.
Last Thursday (February 6) at 3:49 a.m., Iredell County Emergency Communications received a call in reference to a structure fire at an address on Abner Road in Stony Point. Once the fire was extinguished, the Iredell County Fire Marshall’s Office conducted an investigation to determine the origin of the fire. They quickly determined that the fire was set intentionally, and requested the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office to respond to the scene.
Detectives determined that the residence has been unoccupied for some time. They notified the owner of the property, who lives in Charlotte, about the situation. They verified with the property owner that no one should have been inside the home or on the property.
During the course of the investigation, detectives gathered evidence, which identified James Adam Woodside who listed a different address on Abner Road in Stony Point as the person who intentionally started the fire.
Woodside was arrested on Friday (February 7). He was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was given a $102,500 total secured bond. A District Court date is set for February 26.
A minimum custody offender at a facility in Caldwell County, who went missing from his job assignment on February 3 was captured this morning (February 10) in Pennsylvania. Caldwell Correctional Center offender Kevin B. Adams was taken into custody without incident around 11:15 a.m. by the Pennsylvania State Police, who found him in Bedford, which is in Central Pennsylvania, while checking out a tip on his whereabouts.
Adams, who is 47-years-old, had last been seen on Cranberry Road in Lenoir, when he walked away from his job assignment. He has been serving a three-year, nine-month sentence for obtaining property under false pretenses. He will be extradited to complete his sentence and to face escape charges. He had been scheduled for release from prison on March 19, 2021.
41-year-old Tyrie Dwayne Blackburn and 38-year-old Lamanda Nickole Blackburn, both from the same address on Damron Lane in Harmony, have been arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff's Officers on multiple drug charges. Tyrie Blackburn was charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or distribute crystal methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule III & schedule I controlled substances, maintaining a dwelling to sell a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Lamanda Blackburn was charged with felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. Both suspects were charged with misdemeanor child abuse.
On Friday (February 7), Narcotics Investigators and other Officers executed a search warrant at the suspects' address. The search wrapped up an investigation that began when Officers received information that Tyrie Blackburn was responsible for the sale & distribution of crystal meth in the Harmony area in the northern part of the county.
Narcotics Investigators were able to purchase meth directly from Tyrie Blackburn at his residence. During the purchases, Tyrie Blackburn’s small child was also present. In addition, Investigators confirmed that there was a handgun in the home during the purchases. Tyrie Blackburn is a convicted felon.
During the search, Tyrie Blackburn, Lamanda Blackburn, and their small child were found inside the home. Investigators also found crystal meth, ecstasy tablets, clonazepam, subutex, and a 9mm handgun.
Tyrie Blackburn and Lamanda Blackburn were arrested on scene and taken to the Iredell Co. Detention Center. The Iredell Co. Department of Social Services responded to the scene and took the minor child into protective custody. Bond for Tyrie Blackburn was set at $50,000, secured, while Lamanda Blackburn was given an $8,000 secured bond. Both suspects will appear in District Court on February 26.
34-year-old Danielle Nicole McClamrock of 2nd Avenue N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 3:15 Friday afternoon (February 7) on one felony count of identity theft and two felony counts of credit card fraud. She was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of credit card fraud. The warrants for her arrest were issued on January 21 & 26 in Burke and Catawba counties. McClamrock was arrested and processed at the Hickory Police Department. She was released under a $500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (February 10) in Newton.
33-year-old Justin Richard Loe of Berkley Street in Granite Falls was arrested by Hickory Police at about 4:30 Friday afternoon (February 7) on one felony count of larceny by anti-inventory device.
He was taken into custody without incident after Hickory Police responded to the Belk store in Hickory's Valley Hills Mall on Highway 70 S.E. Loss Prevention detained Loe until Police arrived and placed him under arrest.
The suspect was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today (February 10) in Newton.