21-year-old Sarah Margaret Annas of C&B Farm Road in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police early this morning (Thursday, July 14) for felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. She is accused of possessing 0.5 grams of methamphetamine.
Annas was taken into custody without incident at about 1:40 a.m. at the Red Roof Inn on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. Following her arrest, Annas was locked up in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $5,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.
Catawba County emergency workers responded to clean up a chemical leak at a plant in Maiden late Wednesday night (July 13). EMS was called to clean up a chemical leak at Delta Apparel on West Pine Street in Maiden just before midnight Wednesday.
According to Catawba County Emergency Management, the incident involved the release of hydrogen peroxide vapor inside the plant. The Catawba County Hazardous Material Response Team and Maiden Fire Department mitigated the situation and the incident was resolved by 3:00 a.m. today (Thursday, July 14). The public was never at risk and no one was injured by the situation.
37-year-old Danny Eugene Dean Jr. of Hubbard Street in Lincolnton was arrested Monday (July 11) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with seven felony counts of identity theft, one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses, and six felony counts of attempting to obtain property under false pretenses.
According to a news release issued Wednesday (July 13) Dean was arrested in connection with a case that came under investigation on May 26 of this year. Kimberly Bivens filed a report with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in connection with an unauthorized Western Union withdrawal from her checking account.
While the transactions were being investigated multiple withdrawals were attempted from various services including payment of a utility bill and car payments. Danny Dean, Jr., who had previous dealings with Kimberly Bivens, became a possible suspect when documentation from Western Union, bearing his name, was mailed to Ms. Biven’s address.
Further investigation was conducted into the attempted utility payment and the probe led to a resident on North Caldwell Street in Newton. The resident advised that Dean had attempted these transactions as a form of payment for him being allowed to stay at that location. There had also been Western Union documentation sent to the Newton address bearing Dean’s name.
After weeks of attempting to locate Danny Dean, Jr. he was taken into custody following a traffic stop on Monday. Dean was taken before a Lincoln County Magistrate then placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond. He had a first appearance hearing in Lincoln County District Court on Tuesday (July 12).
A Caldwell County woman was arrested after a brief vehicle chase Tuesday night (July 12) in western Lincoln County.
27-year-old Kendra Leigh McQuinn of Bashful Lane in Granite Falls is charged with one felony count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance in a penal institution, and possession of schedule I controlled substance. She was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and possession of marijuana.
A Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy was on patrol on Frank Cline Road in Vale when he noticed a suspicious white Honda Prelude approach the intersection of Hog Hill Road. The car, occupied by a male driving and a female passenger, accelerated as it went by the officer. The deputy pulled in behind the vehicle which turned into a driveway in the 3500 block of Hog Hill Road. The blue lights were activated as the car sped around the back of the residence. The male driver ran on foot from the vehicle leaving the female in the car.
The female was identified as Kendra Leigh McQuinn. She told officers she didn’t know the man who was driving the car. The deputy found a set of digital scales with white powder residue consistent with narcotics in the woman’s open purse. The license plate on the vehicle was fictitious and the vehicle owner was shown as a Honda dealership in Charlotte. McQuinn was transported to the Lincoln County Jail to be searched for additional drugs. A female detention officer located additional drugs hidden in the woman’s clothing.
McQuinn was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under $20,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court Wednesday (July 13). No further information was given regarding the man who fled from the vehicle.
29-year-old Rushie Lee Kennedy III of 8th Avenue Circle S.E. in Hickory was arrested at about 4:30 yesterday afternoon (July 12) on one felony count of possession of crack cocaine.
He was arrested after an Officer traveling on 2nd Street N.E. saw a gray 1992 Buick Century as it crossed a double yellow line while attempting to pull into a turning lane. Police stopped the Buick on the 100 block of 3rd Avenue N.E. The vehicle was occupied by a male driver and by Rushie Kennedy, who was in the front passenger seat.
Officers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A subsequent search turned up 2.3 grams of crack cocaine on Kennedy’s person. He was taken into custody without incident.
The driver was cited for driving left of center.
Kennedy was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000, secured. He has since been released. An appearance in District Court was scheduled for today in Newton.
48-year-old Steven Louis Russo, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 10 a.m. yesterday (July 12) on one felony count each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of larceny, possession of stolen goods or property and possession of drug paraphernalia.
His arrest stems from an incident in April of this year. H.P.D. took a report on April 24 regarding the theft the previous day of a .40-caliber Glock handgun from the parking lot at the Big Lots store on Highway 70 S.W. The firearm was entered into the National Crime Information Center’s database as stolen.
On July 12, Police received information that a subject on the 300 block of 1st Street S.W. in Hickory was attempting to sell a handgun. Officers found the man, Steven Russo, on the 500 block of South Center Street. Officers searched Russo’s bag and found a semi-automatic .40-caliber Glock handgun. It was confirmed as the gun stolen in April.
Russo was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $16,500 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today in Newton. He’ll appear on the misdemeanor charges on August 10.
22-year-old James Tyler Brooks of Carol Drive in Stanley was arrested Tuesday (July 12) by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with eight felony counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, one felony count of possession of stolen goods, one felony count of larceny, and four misdemeanor counts of larceny of property.
The arrest was made in connection with a rash of vehicle break-ins at neighborhoods on the Gaston-Lincoln County line.
Deputies were dispatched Ridgecrest Drive in Stanley on Tuesday to assist a Gaston County deputy who was trying to find a location in connection with a report of gunfire. The deputy was at a home in the 2400 block of Carol Drive viewing security video footage of a suspect wanted in vehicle break-ins in Gaston and Lincoln Counties when he heard the gunfire.
Contact was made with James Tyler Brooks about the gunfire and Brooks denied having a firearm. Officers received permission to search inside the residence but did not find a weapon, however they did locate spent shell casings behind the residence. Brooks admitted to shooting the pistol and turned it over to the officers. The pistol had been reported stolen in Gaston County. During the search of the residence multiple items were discovered matching items stolen in vehicle break-ins in both Gaston and Lincoln Counties.
Detectives found items taken during the last month from vehicles in the Catawba Springs neighborhood, Laramie Road, Old Beatty Road, and Carol Drive areas. There were nine reported break-ins in Lincoln County and all of the vehicles were unlocked. As many as 15 vehicle break-ins are believed to have occurred in Gaston County. A news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says Brooks admitted to the vehicle break-ins.
Following his arrest, Brooks was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under $30,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, June 13) The investigation into the break-ins is continuing.
46-year-old Frances Rene Blancher of Providence Mill Road in Maiden was arrested by Hickory Police at 12:45 yesterday afternoon for a felony probation violation and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. She is on probation following a 2015 felony conviction in Lincoln County for trafficking a schedule II controlled substance and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.
Blancher was taken into custody at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Highway 70 S.W. She was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $22,000 secured bond. She has since been released. Superior Court dates for various probation violations were set for today and for July 21. An appearance on the disorderly conduct charge was scheduled for September 15.
49-year-old Tony Allen Laws was arrested Tuesday (July 12) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony forced breaking and entering. Following the arrest, Laws was placed in jail in Morganton under $15,000 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, July 13).
35-year-old Michael Vincent Osborne of Collins Street in Lenoir was arrested Tuesday (July 12) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with parole violation, felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and a misdemeanor count of defrauding drug or alcohol screening tests. Osborne was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under no bond on the parole violation and $20,000 secured bond on the other charges. He's scheduled to appear in District Court Thursday (July 14).
22-year-old Jordan Thomas Cornell of Playmore Beach Road in Morganton was arrested Tuesday (July 13) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of larceny and larceny of a motor vehicle. Cornell was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $12,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance is scheduled for Thursday (July 14).
32-year-old Jamie Cliffton Jarvis of Rosy Apple Lane in Statesville was arrested Monday (July 11) by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony indecent liberties with a child.
On Monday a report was filed with the Iredell County Sheriff’s office in reference to a child being sexually assaulted by an acquaintance. Deputies were told that two witnesses walked into a room in their home and caught a family friend inappropriately touching a five-year-old child in a sexual manner. SVU Detectives responded and interviewed multiple witnesses.
As a result of the investigation, Jamie Cliffton Jarvis was arrested and charged. Following the arrest, Jarvis was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was processed and bond was set at $50,000 secured. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed.
Prior to the incident being reported to the Sheriff’s Office, members of the victim’s family confronted the suspect and assaulted him. He was treated and released from a local hospital for minor injuries.
Jarvis has a District Court appearance scheduled for July 25.
45-year-old Crystal Lynn Dellinger of Cedar Grove Church Road in Vale, 28-year-old Jerrica Danielle Lefler and 26-year-old Joshua Thomas Carpenter, both of the same North Grove Street, Lincolnton address, were arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff's Officers. They're each charged with one felony count apiece of larceny of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, breaking and entering a storage building, larceny after breaking and entering a storage building, breaking into a motor vehicle, and possession of stolen goods. Dellinger was also charged with one misdemeanor count of larceny.
The charges are in connection with several break-ins that occurred on Clarence Beam Road in Cherryville. On June 25 deputies were dispatched to the 1300 block of Clarence Beam Road in connection to a breaking and entering call involving a residence, an outbuilding and a vehicle. The victim told officers someone entered her residence and stole a number of items including two antique black powder rifles belonging to a neighbor, a laptop computer, silverware, a Sony TV, and an Xbox. The suspect also stole an audio system from an outbuilding and a car radio from a 1994 Toyota.
Detectives were contacted and as the investigation got underway three suspects were quickly developed in the case. Dellinger who was already in jail in connection with another break-in was served the warrants last Friday (July 8) and was jailed under $55,000 secured bond. Carpenter and Lefler were arrested Tuesday morning (July 12) around 11:00 at a residence on Clyde Street in the Cleveland County town of Casar. They were transported to Lincoln County and taken before a magistrate. Bond for Carpenter was set at $35,000 secured while bond for Lefler was set at $25,000 secured. Lefler and Carpenter were scheduled to appear in District Court today (Wednesday, July 13). Dellinger has a District Court date July 19.
34-year-old Justin Mikeal Freeman of Macarthur Lane in Hudson was arrested Tuesday (July 12) in Catawba County on charges from Caldwell County. He's charged on bills of indictment with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule I controlled substance and sell or deliver schedule I controlled substance. Freeman was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $10,000 bond. A Superior Court appearance is scheduled for September 19.
65-year-old Eugene Junior Nixon of 33rd Avenue NE in Hickory was arrested Tuesday (July 12) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony counts of first-degree statutory sexual offense and indecent liberties with a child. Nixon was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $250,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (Wednesday, July 13).
According to a press release issued today (July 12) by the District Attorney’s office, allegations have surfaced that a former Caldwell County Highway Patrol Officer, C.T. Hodges, allegedly used excessive force toward a D.W.I. suspect who was in the custody of another law enforcement Officer. The incident allegedly occurred on or about June 4 while former Trooper Hodges was off-duty.
Circumstances are such that former Trooper Hodges will not be called to testify on behalf of the State regarding tickets he had previously written; therefore, any charges issued by Hodges that were pending on June 4 are being dismissed.
An ongoing investigation into Hodges’ alleged use of force is being conducted by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, at the request of the D.A.’s office. Former Trooper Hodges has not been charged with any criminal act at this time.
29-year-old Dustin Brock Harmon, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was charged by the Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Officer Saturday (July 9) as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He was also charged with a misdemeanor probation violation and with resisting a public officer. Harmon was wanted in Forsyth County, Georgia for failure to appear in connection to charges for fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving and other vehicular offenses.
Harmon has been in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility since June 25; however, the felony fugitive warrant was served Saturday. He remains in custody under a $10,000 secured bond. Appearances in District Court were scheduled for July 15 and August 10.
A fatal motorcycle accident this morning is under investigation in Catawba County. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol told WHKY that as of 11 a.m. they were still at the scene of a crash at the intersection of NC 10 and Highway 70 in eastern Catawba County. Twitter reports state the accident did result in a fatality. No further details were available. We will provide updates on this incident as we receive information.
49-year-old David William Hill of 8th Street Place S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at 3:30 yesterday afternoon on one felony count each of breaking & entering and larceny after breaking & entering, plus two felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property and one count of resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer.
Hill is accused of breaking into the vacant home of 50-year-old Stephanie Charlene Harvey, who was murdered on June 8. On June 10, Police were called to investigate a broken window at the residence on 2nd Avenue S.E. in Hickory. Two TVs and video games were stolen from the residence. 48-year-old Carl Dennis Geter was also arrested in connection to the break-in and theft. He was taken into custody on June 14.
Hill and Geter are not implicated in Ms. Harvey’s death. 54-year-old Glen McQuay Jr. was arrested and charged with that crime on June 8.
Police found 1.7 grams of crack cocaine at the time of Hill’s arrest. The property damage and resisting charges were the result of the suspect’s actions when he was taken into custody on the 100 block of 3rd Avenue S.E. in Hickory.
Hill was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $26,000 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for today and September 14.
City of Morganton Water Resources workers were making an emergency repair to a three-inch water line on John Coffey Road this morning (Tuesday, July 12). A news release from the city says that Workers may have to shut off water service to make the repair. If workers do shut off water service, approximately 25 customers on John Coffey Road on a section of NC 18 between John Coffey Road and the Chesterfield Fire Department will be affected. Repair time had not been determined.