37-year-old Christopher Scott Haas of Clarks Chapel Road in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (January 10) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of solicitation of a child by computer and indecent liberties with a child.
On Tuesday, the Burke County Sheriff`s Office Criminal Investigation Division conducted an undercover operation when it was learned that Christopher Scott Haas was engaged in inappropriate conversation with a minor through social media. Haas traveled to a predetermined location for what he thought was to meet with a minor to perform sex acts. However, when he arrived at the location, he was taken into custody without incident by investigators.
Following the arrest, Haas was placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond. He was still listed as an inmate as of earlier today. Haas was scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Wednesday (January 11). The next appearance for Haas is scheduled for February 1 in District Court in Morganton.
The City of Morganton Water Services Department reports that workers discovered an eight-inch fire service water line that ruptured and was leaking large amounts of water earlier today (Wednesday, January 11). Workers responded after a local resident called in and reported a sinkhole on the Skelly, Inc., property on East Meeting Street. Crews were working to shut off the line as of Wednesday afternoon.
The city expressed its appreciation to all residents and businesses who took steps to conserve water following an earlier request from the city.
The new Publix supermarket in Hickory will hold its grand opening on Wednesday, February 8, beginning at 7 a.m. Publix is located at Lake Hickory Crossings, 36 29th Avenue N.E.
The Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide at 577 Shiloh Road in Statesville.
Yesterday (January 10), Iredell County Deputies were dispatched to what was originally reported as a 9-1-1 hang up at that address. When Deputies arrived, a man later identified as 80-year-old Hugh Lee Moose was seen through a window with obvious injuries. Deputies entered the home where they found Mr. Moose, deceased.
Based on his injuries and other evidence immediately visible, Mr. Moose’s death is believed to be a homicide. Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators are pursuing leads and exploring possible motives as they attempt to identify possible suspects and potential witnesses. The investigation is ongoing.
Detectives are attempting to identify a man seen between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on foot in the area. He is described as a white male, about 5’10 tall, between 25 and 35 years of age. He was wearing light brown Carhartt-style overalls with a dark colored backpack. The man was last seen on a side road off of Shiloh Road.
Anyone with information regarding the case should call the Sheriff’s Homicide Hotline at 704-928-9804. Callers may remain anonymous.
36-year-old Thaddus Lamar Davis of Forest Ridge Drive in Hickory, 33-year-old Michael Alvin Punch of Lazenby Street in Newton and 41-year-old Silver Elise Jones, with no listed address, were all arrested yesterday (January 10) by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force (made up of Sheriff’s Officers and Offices with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security).
Davis and Punch were each charged with one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. Davis was also charged with felony possession of possession of a firearm by a felon. Jones was arrested on outstanding warrants for one count of failure to appear on a misdemeanor first-degree trespassing charge and two counts of failure to appear for misdemeanor shoplifting or concealment of goods.
Events leading to the arrests began as Investigators responding to an anonymous tip went to a residence where they saw a suspicious vehicle in the area. They identified a female passenger as Silver Jones, who was mentioned in the anonymous tip. Investigators knew that Jones had outstanding warrants for her arrest.
A traffic stop was conducted, during which methamphetamine was found. Investigators learned that the driver, Thaddus Davis, lived at the residence mentioned in the anonymous tip.
Investigators conducted a consent search of the residence, leading to the discovery of more meth and a 9mm handgun. The meth seized had a total weight of 40 grams.
All three suspects were taken into custody and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Davis set at $30,000, secured. Punch was given a $15,000 secured bond, while Jones was held under a $2,000 secured bond. Davis and Punch were both due in court today. Jones has a District Court coming up on February 6.
The investigation is ongoing. Additional arrests may be forthcoming.
30-year-old Evan McClain Mavant Burks of Main Avenue Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 8:10 last night (January 10) on a felony warrant as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to half an ounce on a warrant issued in April of 2015.
Burks was wanted by the Sheriff’s Office in Clayton County, Georgia where he was on probation for an aggravated battery conviction in June of 2013. According to Police reports, Burks failed to report for an administrative hearing and was wanted for failure to pay, as ordered. The fugitive warrant was issued in March of 2015.
He was taken into custody without incident at his residence and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $170,000 secured bond on the fugitive warrant, plus a $200 bond on the marijuana charge. Burks was scheduled to make a first appearance in court yesterday with additional District Court appearances scheduled for February 9 & 13 in Newton.
45-year-old Thaddeus Lee McKinney of 1st Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 5:30 p.m. yesterday (January 10) on one felony count each of breaking & entering and habitual larceny.
He was arrested after he was observed allegedly concealing hats under his clothing at the Belk store in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. McKinney was stopped past the last point of sale and escorted to the store’s Loss Prevention Office. Three Under Armour hats and three Nike hats were recovered. The hats were valued at about $150.
McKinney had previously been banned from the store in February of last year.
McKinney was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton.
The City of Morganton Water Resources Department is asking residents and businesses in the city to conserve as much water as possible due to unusually high consumption that is straining the City water system.
If the current demand remains, the Water Plant will produce 16 million gallons of water today, which is double the average daily consumption for January. The water plant is currently producing 12,640 gallons a minute.
Residents and businesses are asked to conserve as much water as possible while the staff tries to determine what is causing the high demand. For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
44-year-old Eric Sherard Jones was arrested Tuesday (January 10) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony failure to register or falsification of information by a sex offender. Jones was placed in jail in Morganton under $70,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for March 20.
City workers were planning to shut off water service to a section of Vine Arden Road to repair a water line break. More than 50 customers will be affected on Vine Arden from Kirk Street to Branch Street, including all side streets. Workers expected to have repairs made and water service restored by early afternoon barring an unforeseen problems. The break occurred near 607 Vine Arden. For more information, call the Water Resources Department at 828-438-5276.
24-year-old William Michael Phillips of Wendwood Drive in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (January 10) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony probation violation out of county. Phillips was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. A Superior Court date is set for March 6.
16-year-old Pablo Samuel Laguna of Belmar Street in Newton was arrested Tuesday (January 10) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and larceny of a firearm. Laguna was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $50,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, January 11).
37-year-old Christopher Scott Haas was arrested Tuesday (January 10) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with indecent liberties with a minor. Following the arrest, Haas was placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, January 11).
27-year-old Marsha Kay Glazebrook of West Jay Drive in Taylorsville was arrested Tuesday (January 10) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon, and non-support of a child. Glazebrook was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $38,000 bond on the drug and weapon charges, and $4,491 bond on the non-support charge. A Superior Court date is set for April 3.
26-year-old Jason Dewayne Cuthbertson of Walker Drive in Newton was arrested Tuesday (January 10) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony statutory rape, sex offense when the defendant is six years or more older than the victim. Cuthbertson was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $150,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for March 6.
An arrest has been made in connection with a shooting incident in Statesville last month.
The incident occurred on December 5 outside a convenience store at 2580 Davie Avenue. Statesville Police Officers responded to a report of shots being fired. Officers learned that two men outside the store assaulted another man as he was leaving the business.
The victim was able to get up, and go to his vehicle where he retrieved a handgun. The assault victim then began chasing and firing the handgun at the two males. According to witnesses, one of the men being chased was able to get into a vehicle and flee the area. The other man fled the scene as well. The male with the handgun returned to his vehicle, and left with a female driving the vehicle. Nobody was struck by any gunfire.
Surveillance images were released and the man who police believe fired the shots was identified. 24-year-old Joshua Lynn Sylvester of Statesville was arrested Tuesday (January 10) by Statesville Police Officers. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and discharging a firearm inside the city limits. Sylvester was placed in the Iredell County Detention Center under $100,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, January 11).
One of the two suspects that initially assaulted Sylvester at the store was identified as well. He is 23-year-old Terrance Dujuan Smith of Statesville. Warrants have been obtained on Smith for simple assault. Smith had not been arrested as of this morning.
Statesville Police Traffic Unit officers have been collecting and reviewing video surveillance from area businesses as part of their investigation into a fatal hit and run last Friday (January 6). They've released photos of the suspect vehicle in this case.
Friday at approximately 7:20 p.m., Statesville Police Officers responded to the report of a serious accident involving a pedestrian that took place in front of 706 Sullivan Road, which is the Waffle House. Upon arrival, officers discovered the pedestrian already being treated on the scene by Iredell County EMS. The victim was immediately transported to Baptist Hospital for further treatment. The man, identified as 76-year-old Aldred Waugh of Statesville, passed away at the hospital.
Investigators learned that the victim was crossing Sullivan Road when he was struck by a vehicle traveling north. The driver then fled the scene continuing in the northbound direction on Sullivan Road.
Traffic Investigators reviewed video from the Waffle House and learned that the suspect vehicle was a gold or silver in color passenger vehicle, possibly an older model Nissan Sentra or similar vehicle.
Anyone who may have information or witnessed this accident is asked to contact the Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3406, or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers can remain anonymous.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins to unlocked vehicles in a development off South Pilot Knob Road in Stanley.
Residents began reporting the break-ins the morning of January 6 to vehicles parked at homes on Glencrest Drive, Sedgebrook Drive West, Cedarwood Court, Pinkney Place and Brentfield Lane in eastern Lincoln County. Items stolen in the break-ins included cash, a 380 caliber pistol, electronic equipment, a book bag, credit cards and identification.
A total of 12 break-ins were reported but there were several other vehicle break-ins where the owners did not want to file a report. It appeared the thief or thieves went from street to street in the neighborhood entering vehicles that were left unlocked. Thieves hit the same neighborhood during a string of vehicle break-ins on August 18, 2016.
Thieves have a tendency to break into unlocked vehicles because they want to get in and out of the area as quick as possible.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is offering some tips to protect yourself from being a victim of a vehicle break-in.
Lock It Or Lose It. Lock your vehicle every time you leave, even for a short period of time. Don’t leave valuables in plain view. If you place items in the trunk, do it discreetly or before you arrive at your destination. If your car is parked in a carport or near your home, leave you exterior lights on at night. If you park on a street, choose a well-lit, open and visible space. Residents should also document and record all serial numbers on any items left in a vehicle.
Anyone with information on the break-ins should call 911, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202, or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. All tips are investigated.
Most area schools are operating on a delayed schedule today (Wednesday, January 11).
Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba county schools are all operating on a two-hour delay. Hickory Public Schools are on a three-hour delay Wednesday.
Newton-Conover City Schools are operating on a regular schedule.
24-year-old Jeremiah Dwayne Belcher of Littlejohn Church Road in Lenoir was arrested Monday (January 9) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with failure to appear on a count of felony larceny and felony obtaining property by false pretense. Belcher was locked up in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $50,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.