55-year-old Ellis Eugene Anderson of Oxford School Road in Catawba was arrested Thursday (August 3) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.
Thursday, at approximately 10:00 p.m. a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy on routine patrol stopped a motorcycle on NC 16 Highway North near Optimist Club Road intersection for not having tail lights on the vehicle. While speaking with the operator of the motorcycle, identified as Ellis Eugene Anderson, Deputy A.D. Sherwood noticed he appeared very nervous and continuously made movements toward his pocket. During the investigation Deputy Sherwood learned that Anderson had been charged with several felony drug offenses in a neighboring county which are still pending.
Anderson admitted to having drugs in his possession during the traffic stop and the officer found approximately 18 grams of methamphetamine and 4 grams of heroin. The drugs along with the Yamaha motorcycle and $650 were seized and placed in evidence.
Anderson was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond. No court date was listed.
38-year-old David Lee Brittain of 6th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 11:30 a.m. yesterday (August 3) on Magistrate’s orders for felony breaking & entering and misdemeanor breaking & entering. He currently faces charges in both Catawba and Caldwell counties for felony breaking & entering and felony larceny after breaking & entering.
Brittain was taken into custody at an address on Highland Avenue N.E. in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled today in Newton. Brittain has additional court dates in Catawba County on September 7 and in Caldwell County on September 11.
50-year-old Billy Ray Potter of Pioneer Trail in Hudson was arrested by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and maintain a dwelling to keep or store a controlled substance.
Sheriff Alan Jones announced the arrest was made after SWAT executed an Ice Unit drug related search warrant at Potter's home at 2941 Pioneer Trail. The Sheriff’s Office Ice Unit had been investigating Potter for suspicion of distributing methamphetamine. A search warrant was issued after undercover buys for methamphetamine were conducted at his residence.
The home was searched and Narcotic Agents located and seized 26 grams of methamphetamine, digital weighing scales, and paraphernalia. The meth has a street value of $3,900 according to North Carolina State Guidelines. Potter was incarcerated in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $250,000 secured bond. He's scheduled to appear in District Court in Lenoir on Monday (August 7).
30-year-old Joshua Lee Franklin was arrested Thursday (August 3) by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking methamphetamine. Franklin was arrested at an address on Della Drive in Connelly Springs. Following the arrest, Franklin was placed in jail in Morganton under $50,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 4).
44-year-old Thomas Hayes Frank was arrested today (August 4) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He's charged with felony trafficking methamphetamine. Frank was placed in jail in Morganton under $35,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
46-year-old Shannon Renee Curley and 46-year-old Renous Alan Hughes, both of the same Dudley Shoals Road Granite Falls address were arrested Thursday (August 3) on charges filed in Catawba County. Curley was arrested by Caldwell County authorities, Hughes was arrested by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers.
They're both charged with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and breaking and entering to a motor vehicle. Following their arrests, both suspects were detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. They're each scheduled to appear in District Court Monday (August 7).
17-year-old Travis Cole Mosher of Brick Kiln Way in Mooresville was arrested Wednesday (August 2) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with five counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, six counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, one count of breaking and entering to a building, and two counts of misdemeanor larceny.
On July 27, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office began receiving reports of vehicle break-ins and the theft of motor vehicles. A stolen vehicle from Isle of Pines Road in Mooresville was later recovered off of Brick Kiln Way Mooresville. Around the same time that vehicle was reported stolen, authorities received calls regarding jet-skis being stolen from community marinas at Cove Creek Loop off of Isle of Pines Road and across the cove at Squam Court.
Deputies also responded to a break-in to a vehicle along with the larceny of a vehicle in progress on Poplis Road off of Brawley School Road. Once on scene Deputies determined the suspect jumped and ran from the stolen car that was found at the end of Poplis Road in the cul-de-sac abandoned with the keys still in it. A K9 Officer responded to the scene and began tracking. The track led Officers to a maintenance building belonging to Trump National Golf Club.
Deputies searched the area and located another vehicle with its parking lights on and keys inside in a wooded area near the maintenance building. It was quickly determined this vehicle belonged to Trump National Golf Club. As Deputies continued to search it was discovered the gate to the maintenance building and a window to the building had been pried open.
Another stolen vehicle report came in on Sunday July 30. This vehicle was stolen from Easton Drive in the Point and later recovered a short distance away at the intersection of Jeremy Point Place and Poplis Drive, the same area where the vehicles were stolen from the night before.
During the investigation, Detectives interviewed multiple victims and witnesses about possible suspects. They received information about a suspect named Travis who lived in the area where the crimes had occurred. A witness told officers he was a passenger in one of the stolen vehicles, not knowing it was stolen.
Additional witnesses were located who indicated that Travis Cole Mosher had been driving the stolen vehicles. Mosher was also connected to the boat breaking-ins and stolen Jet Ski’s in the area of Milford Circle.
The investigation revealed that the suspect would take cars and Jet Skis for joy rides along with other crimes including setting off fire extinguishers while out at night.
Mosher was placed under arrest, transported to the Iredell County Detention Center and given a $40,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for August 18.
There are two new names on the Burke County Sheriff's Office Most Wanted List.
21-year-old Allayah Danielle Ridings was recently added to the Most Wanted List. She's wanted for felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Ridings' last known address was 5851 Sparrow Drive in Granite Falls. She was added to the list last Friday (July 28).
29-year-old Justin Wayne Singleton AKA Jonathan Howell is wanted by authorities in Burke County. Under charges for Singleton it says he has an active bond but was released from Ashe County. Singleton's last known address was 3206 Windy Hill Drive, Lot 3, in Valdese. He was also added to the list last Friday.
You can see the entire list of wanted suspects at the Burke County Sheriff's Office website, www.burkesheriff.org. If you have any information about any of the suspects on the list call the Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500. You can also e-mail information to email@example.com, or submit an anonymous tip to Morganton/Burke Crime Stoppers. The Crime Stoppers phone number is 828-437-3333.
24-year-old Zachery George Stephenson of Becky's Drive in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (August 3) by Hudson Police Officers. He's charged with traffick in methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place to keep controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Stephenson was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $251,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Monday (August 7).
30-year-old Dorian Roshad Ferguson of Legion Road in Lenoir was arrested Thursday (August 3) by Caldwell Co. Sheriff's Officers. He was charged with felonious possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin and maintaining a vehicle to keep or store a controlled substance, plus two probation violations.
Ferguson was arrested as part of an undercover operation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and the Lenoir Police Department. The investigation was the result of numerous complaints concerning high-volume traffic at Ferguson’s residence and suspicious persons in the area. During the investigation, several grams of a substance believed to be heroin were confiscated.
Ferguson was incarcerated in the Caldwell Co. Detention Center under a $1-million secured bond. He’ll make a first appearance in District Court in Lenoir on Monday (August 7).
Agents say the investigation is continuing and more arrests are anticipated.
19-year-old Spencer Shawn Kain of Union Street in Maiden was arrested Thursday (August 3) by Maiden Police Officers. He's charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of marijuana, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Kain was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $7,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 4).
28-year-old Joii Sharood Moon of 4th Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (August 3) for a felony probation violation and misdemeanor resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
Moon is serving a 36-month suspended sentence following a February 2017 felony conviction in Catawba County for obtaining property by false pretense. He had been listed as an absconder from probation.
Moon was taken into custody without incident shortly before 4 a.m. today on the 900 block of South Center Street in Hickory. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for September 5 with a Superior Court date scheduled in December.
Today (August 3) at 6:09 a.m., officers from the Newton Police Department responded to a reported motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian on US 321 (Southwest Blvd) just south of NC Highway 10 West. Upon arrival, officers discovered a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle traveling north on US 321.
According to a news release, early indications are that 58-year-old Randy Dale Benfield of Newton was attempting to cross US 321 from Burger King walking west toward the Circle K located at the intersection of NC 10 Hwy and US 321. As Mr. Benfield was standing in the northbound turn lane, he was struck by a Chevrolet Impala. It appears that the driver was attempting to merge left into the northbound turn lane when he struck Mr. Benfield. The ambient light conditions were low at the time which officers currently believe led to the driver not seeing Mr. Benfield standing in the roadway.
Surveillance video from surrounding businesses appears confirm this sequence of events. Mr. Benfield was treated at the scene by Newton Fire, Catawba County EMS, Newton-Conover Rescue and Newton Police. He was transported from the scene via Med Center Air to Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte where he is currently listed in critical condition. The news release does not state that the driver has been charged in the incident.
On Friday (August 4), the Newton Police Department will be hosting a regional “Watch for Me NC” training for area law enforcement participating in the statewide “Watch for Me NC” program. “The “Watch for Me NC” program, which started with a pilot program in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties in 2012, each year invites communities across North Carolina to become partner communities. As part of that effort, partner communities receive additional support and training from NCDOT.” This year the City of Newton Police Department was selected to participate in this statewide program which “aims to reduce pedestrian and bicycle injuries and deaths through a comprehensive, targeted approach of public education, community engagement, and high visibility law enforcement.” More information about the “Watch for Me NC” program can be found at www.watchformenc.org.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit released additional photos today (August 3) of a vehicle and person of interest in a home invasion that occurred on July 20.
Detectives say the vehicle is believed to be a gold or tan in color 1990’s model Ford Taurus. The right front hub cap is missing from the car. An additional photo of the driver of the car was obtained from a Charlotte resident who had a surveillance camera set up in his driveway because of recent break-ins. The additional photos provide a better look at the person of interest and the vehicle. The vehicle does not have a license plate but a forged auto dealer plate with the name of a fictitious company.
On Thursday, July 20 at approximately 12:15 p.m. an elderly woman returned to her residence on Sifford Road in eastern Lincoln County. She saw a gold or tan colored sedan parked in her carport. The door to the home was partially open and she entered the residence. She thought a relative was inside the home so she entered not knowing the door had actually been kicked in.
The woman encountered a slim built black male approximately 18 to 22-years-old and armed with a black handgun. He took the woman into a back room of the house and placed her in a chair telling her he didn’t want to hurt her. She called 911 while the suspect was in the residence. The suspect left the residence with a flat screen tv and a lock box.
Detectives say with the cooperation of area businesses and a homeowner in Charlotte they were able to locate surveillance photos of the suspect vehicle and the person of interest. Anyone with information is asked to contact 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.
28-year-old Natasha Marie Chafin of O.E. Teague Road in Taylorsville was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (August 3) on multiple failure to appear warrants. Those warrants are connected to three separate habitual felony charges, felony escape from a local jail, prostitution, soliciting prostitution, identity theft, possession of a schedule I controlled substance, trafficking methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance. She was also charged with failure to appear on two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
Chafin was taken into custody without incident just after 1 a.m. today on the 900 block of 12th Street Drive N.W. in Hickory. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility where she is being held without bond. A Superior Court date was set for September 5 in Newton.
32-year-old Crystal Nicole Randleman of Stratford Lane in Denver, NC, was arrested today (August 3) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged on bills of indictment with two counts apiece of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, sale and delivery of meth, and manufacture, sale, delivery, or possession of controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park. Randleman was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $9,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for next Monday (August 7).
25-year-old Timothy Cole Banner was arrested Tuesday (August 1) by authorities in Lincoln County. He's charged with felony counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture schedule I controlled substance. Banner was arrested shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday at an address on North Aspen Street in Lincolnton. He was placed in jail under $20,000 secured bond. A District Court date is set for next Tuesday (August 8).
The Burke County Sheriff's Office has issued a news release with an update on a death investigation. Tuesday morning (August 1), 61-year-old Brenda Ross was found deceased in her mobile home at J & R Mobile Home Park on NC 18/U.S. 64 in Morganton. The findings thus far, which include the result of the autopsy which was conducted Wednesday (August 2), do not show any signs of foul play. The investigation is continuing.
37-year-old Tou Lee of Startown Road in Hickory was arrested Wednesday (August 2) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a bill of indictment with the sale of methamphetamine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver meth. Lee was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $25,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance was scheduled for today (August 3).
48-year-old Tina Yvette Pinnix, who is listed as a homeless woman from Taylorsville, was arrested by Hickory Police Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance. Pinnix was detained this morning (August 3) in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today.