29-year-old Shaquan Jonathan Adkins of Section House Road in Hickory was arrested Monday (May 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor larceny. Adkins was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $8,000 bond. A District Court date was set for today (May 9).
34-year-old Heather Shae Jonas of Meadowbrook Court in Granite Falls was arrested Monday (May 8) by Catawba County Sheriff's Officers. She's charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substance, two counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jonas was detained in the Catawba County Detention Facility under $20,000 bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (May 9).
25-year-old Nicholas Alexander Pittman of Hickory was given an active prison sentence of at least five years during Catawba County Superior Court on Monday (May 8).
Pittman pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping. The Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County, sentenced Pittman to a prison term of five to seven years in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.
The offenses occurred Oct. 15, 2015. The male victim told officers from the Hickory Police Department that he was awakened at his residence by two male subjects wearing masks. The suspects took turns holding the victim at gunpoint while rummaging through the residence for items to steal. At one point, one of the suspects referred to the other as “Eric.” They threatened to kill the victim if he attempted to leave the room before they left the residence.
The victim told investigators that he had been having some remodeling done at his residence, and one of the workers was identified as Eric Shannon West. Officers from HPD tracked the victim’s phone to a location near the residence of one of the suspects.
Pittman was the first suspect taken into custody. During a traffic stop, a pair of sneakers taken during the burglary were recovered from Pittman’s car. He told police he received the sneakers from a friend at his residence, where additional items belonging to the victim also were located.
Pittman later admitted to the crimes, implicating West as an accomplice. West pleaded guilty to similar offenses in June 2016 and was sentenced to an active term of imprisonment of at least five years.
Justin Levey investigated the case for Hickory Police Department. Scott Lippert was the prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office.
23-year-old Christopher Dalton Oberle of 21st Street N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly before 7 p.m. Friday (May 5) on two felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture a schedule VI controlled substance and driving while impaired.
On May 2, Hickory Police responded to a call regarding an unconscious subject in a vehicle at the intersection of Highway 321 N.W., across from the Sunoco gas station. In the vehicle, Police found ten grams of heroin, five dosage units of Oxycodone, 33.5 dosage units of Clonazepam and eight dosage units of Xanax.
Oberle was taken into custody without incident and placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $25,650, secured. He has since been released. He was scheduled to appear in District Court today (May 8) in Newton.
25-year-old Roger Aaron Oxendine of 20th Avenue N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police at about 9:30 Friday night (May 5) on one felony count of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. The warrant for his arrest was issued on January 3 of this year. In all, Oxendine faces two felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and two felony counts of trafficking cocaine.
He was taken into custody without incident at the ABC Store on North Center Street in Hickory. Oxendine was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility under a $65,000 secured bond. He has since been released. The suspect was scheduled to appear in Superior Court on all the drug charges today (May 8) in Newton.
41-year-old James Clifford Sharpe of Lenoir was given an active prison sentence of five to seven years for pleading guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine. The guilty plea was entered during Caldwell County Superior Court last Thursday (May 4).
The Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, imposed the sentence for Sharpe, who will serve his time of incarceration in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The offense took place March 10, 2016. Agents of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department ICE Unit received an anonymous tip with information that Sharpe was cooking methamphetamine at a Grassy Knob Lane residence.
Upon arrival at the residence, agents noticed various items indicative of drug activity outside the house, including a plastic 2-liter bottle containing remnants of a methamphetamine lab.
After obtaining a search warrant for the home’s interior, agents recovered more items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Agents with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department ICE Unit investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Andrew Jennings. Agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation also responded and assisted with cleanup of the scene.
30-year-old Felicia Denise Kennedy of 20th Street N.E. in Hickory and 30-year-old Jennifer Lynn Moss of West 19th Street in Newton were both arrested by Hickory Police at about 4 p.m. Friday. Kennedy was charged with two felony counts of habitual larceny and one misdemeanor count each of possession of stolen goods and first-degree trespassing. Moss faces one count of felony larceny and one count of misdemeanor larceny.
They were arrested after Officers responded to a shoplifting call at Dillard’s in Hickory’s Valley Hills Mall. The suspects, Kennedy and Moss, were no longer on the scene by the time Police arrived. Personnel at Dillard’s reported that the two women had also concealed items May 1.
The N.C. State Highway Patrol stopped a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description on 13th Avenue Drive S.E., near the KOBE restaurant. Multiple items from Dillard’s, Victoria's Secret, Academy Sports & Outdoors and J.C. Penny were recovered from the vehicle. The stolen items had an estimated value of $3,500.
Both women were taken into custody without incident. They were jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond for Kennedy set at $80,000, secured, while Moss was given a $22,000 secured bond. First appearances in District Court were set for today (May 8) in Newton.
28-year-old Robert Kyle Morgan was arrested today (Monday, May 8) by authorities in Burke County. He's charged with felony larceny of property and receiving or possessing stolen goods. Morgan was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond. A court appearance was scheduled for today in Morganton.
57-year-old Neil David Krasnigor has been arrested on charges from Iredell County for indecent liberties with a minor and assault on a female.
On March 27, took a report filed by Iredell-Statesville Schools regarding a schoolteacher at the Mt. Mourne International Baccalaureate School in Mooresville who allegedly touched students inappropriately. The investigation was assigned to Detective Patrick Dixson of the Special Victim’s Unit. Additional students were interviewed and several new witnesses were identified.
The District Attorney’s Office reviewed the incident and charged Krasnigor with seven counts of indecent liberties and one count of assault. Krasnigor was arrested by Cabarrus Co. Sheriff’s Officers on May 3. He was jailed under a $100,000 secured bond. An appearance in District Court was set for today (May 8).
41-year-old Shanna Lynn Bullin was arrested today (Monday, May 8), by authorities in Burke County. She's charged with felony possession of stolen goods. Bullin was being held in jail in Morganton. Bond on the stolen goods charge was set at $10,000 secured. The total bond for Bullin, who faces previously filed charges, is $48,000 secured. A court appearance was scheduled for today.
36-year-old Robert Jason Price of Jolly Place in Lenoir was arrested Saturday (May 6) by Lenoir Police Officers. He's charged with possession of methamphetamine and assault on a female. Price was detained in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $16,500 secured bond. A District Court appearance was scheduled for today (May 8).
36-year-old Aaron Wayne Smith of Shane Lane in Hudson was arrested Saturday (May 6) by Caldwell County Sheriff's Officers. He's charged on a felony fugitive warrant from Virginia. The charges on that warrant are unspecified. Smith is also charged with two counts of failure to appear on counts of driving while impaired, second degree trespassing, misdemeanor larceny, and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods. He was jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under $103,000 secured bond. A District Court date was set for today (May 8).
33-year-old Crystal Lynne Newton of Crawley Dale Street in Morganton, 33-year-old John Wesley Harding of Old U.S. 226 in Marion, and 29-year-old Johnathan Laidley Boyd of Beamon Road in Marion were all arrested by Burke County Sheriff's Officers. Newton is charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance, possession of schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Harding and Boyd are each charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Harding is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and parole violation, Boyd is additionally charged with possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a news release issued Friday (May 5), on Monday (May 1), Burke County Narcotics Task Force Investigators attempted to locate and serve felony warrants on Crystal Lynne Newton. Investigators spotted Newton as a passenger in a vehicle traveling on Kathy Road and attempted to stop the vehicle.
As investigators attempted to exit their vehicle, the driver of the car, John Wesley Harding, sped from the scene narrowly missing one of the officers. A pursuit ensued and the suspects were apprehended. A search of the vehicle resulted in a trafficking amount of methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription pills, a firearm and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. Jonathan Laidley Boyd was also a passenger in the vehicle.
Following their arrests, all three suspects were placed in the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility under $50,000 secured bond. They were scheduled to make first court appearances last Wednesday. Further charges are pending.
Guilty pleas to multiple criminal offenses and admission to habitual felon status led to an active prison sentence of at least six years for a Morganton man.
34-year-old Steven Mark Malcomb pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by felon, obtaining property by false pretense and possession of stolen goods during Burke County Superior Court last Wednesday (May 3). The Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, sentenced him to serve six to eight years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections, followed by two consecutive suspended sentences of 11 to 23 months for a 36-month period of probation.
The defendant’s sentence was enhanced by habitual felon status based on previous felony convictions for conspiracy to commit common law robbery in Burke County, possession of cocaine in Burke County and possession of methamphetamine in McDowell County.
The possession of firearm by felon plea came after officers responded to a shooting into a home. Execution of a search warrant at the residence turned up a stolen firearm and gun case in the defendant’s bedroom.
Malcomb also pleaded guilty to stealing a four-wheeler and was ordered to pay $800 in restitution. In addition, he cashed a bogus check at a convenience store for $2,000 that was returned as invalid. When arrested, Malcomb told investigators he had gotten the check from Craigslist. He was ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution.
Burton Wilbur, Steven Ritchie and Scott Carico of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office investigated the cases. Michelle Lippert handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.
36-year-old James Dean Farr of Connelly Springs, will serve an active prison sentence of at least eight years after pleading guilty to possession of firearm by a felon, habitual misdemeanor assault, soliciting gang activity and admission of his status as a habitual felon.
Farr entered his guilty plea to the charges during Burke County Superior Court last Thursday (May 4), and was sentenced to a prison term of eight to eleven years by the Honorable Robert C. Ervin, Superior Court Judge from Burke County. That sentence will be served in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The defendant’s sentence was enhanced by his status as a habitual felon, which includes prior felony convictions for forgery in Lincoln County, breaking/entering a motor vehicle in Burke County and possession of firearm by felon in Burke County. He was previously convicted of simple assault in Burke County in November 2010 and October 2007.
Farr and two co-defendants assaulted the victim at a Burke County residence, resulting in his hospitalization from injuries sustained in the attack. The victim was punched in the face, had his head rammed into a wooden post and was stomped while lying on the ground. He later was wrapped in a comforter and taken outside where seven men, including the defendant, made claims to being part of the Aryan Brotherhood.
The investigation further showed that Farr was using the assault to initiate one of the co-defendants into the Aryan Brotherhood gang. He and the other co-defendant have been validated as gang members. The co-defendants have pending court dates.
Det. Daniel Strauss of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and Trooper Greg Gentieu of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol investigated the case. Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lippert handled prosecution for the State.
A shootout involving a group of people inside and outside of a residence on Painter Lane northeast of Lincolnton has left one person dead.
The Lincoln County Communications Center received a call shortly before 2:45 p.m. Saturday (April 6). The caller said that multiple shots had been fired near a residence. When deputies arrived on the scene they found one person laying in the front yard of the home, the individual was deceased. The deceased was identified as 51-year-old Marion Palmer Yarborough of Gastonia.
Investigators say two men came to the residence on Painter Lane to sell firearms. An argument ensued and the men placed a person in the home on the floor at gunpoint. A female resident heard the altercation and came out of a back bedroom firing her handgun at the men. The guns the men were trying to sell had been stolen earlier Saturday from a location in Gastonia.
A black female and a black male fled the scene in a vehicle. Detectives say no charges will be filed at this time and believe it is a case of self defense. An autopsy was scheduled to be conducted on Marion Yarborough today (May 8) at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.
25-year-old Whitney Ann Weathers of Hickory, was given an active prison term of three to eight years after pleading guilty, with no plea offer, to one count of child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury and four counts of child abuse inflicting serious physical injury. The guilty plea was entered during Catawba County Superior Court Friday (May 5).
The Honorable Lisa C. Bell, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, imposed five consecutive active prison sentences for Weathers following her guilty plea. She will serve those sentences in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Weathers was found negligent in allowing a co-defendant to administer inappropriate forms of discipline to her then three-year-old daughter and 20-month-old son from February to May 2013. The co-defendant is charged with murder in connection with the death of the 20-month-old child.
Investigation by Long View Police Department and Catawba County Social Services showed that the two children were neglected and abused. They had burns on their bodies and severe bruising consistent with physical abuse. Weathers also admitted to securing the children in car seats and placing them in closets.
Lt. Mike Ford investigated the case for Long View Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Michael Van Buren handled prosecution for the State.
26-year-old Thomas Eugene Smith of Vale was given an active prison term of 15 to 20 years after pleading guilty to a sexual offense involving a child during Catawba County Superior Court on Friday (May 5).
The Honorable Lisa C. Bell, Superior Court Judge from Mecklenburg County, issued Smith’s prison term following his plea to statutory rape of a 13-year-old by a defendant at least 6 years older than the victim. He will serve the sentence in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
In addition, Smith will be required to register as a sex offender for life and enroll in satellite-based monitoring for life.
The offense occurred Oct. 11, 2014, and involved a then 13-year-old female victim. Smith was a friend of the girl’s father and was staying at their home where he engaged in sexual intercourse with the victim.
Investigation of the incident revealed communication between the two parties with the defendant making plans to engage in future activities with the victim.
Sgt. Rick Younger of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office led the investigation with assistance from the Child Advocacy Protection Center of Catawba County. Michael Van Buren prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
46-year-old Randy Allen Taylor of Cindi Lane in Claremont has been arrested by Catawba Co. Sheriffs officers as a fugitive awaiting extradition to another state. He has also been charged by Probation & Parole Officers in Catawba County for a felony probation violation.
Allen is wanted in the Dickenson County town of Clintwood, Virginia for felony larceny of a motor vehicle. He is on probation in North Carolina following a November 2015 felony conviction in Catawba County for larceny, obtaining property by false pretenses and receiving a stolen vehicle.
Allen was served with the fugitive warrant yesterday (May 4) at the Catawba Co. Detention Facility, where he has been since April 28. Bond was set at $60,000, secured. A District Court date on the fugitive warrant was set for today, with Superior Court appearance for the probation violation coming up on June 15.
22-year-old Drafton Douglas Davis, Jr. of Grassy Court, 20-year-old Rakeem Deshon McCree of East Fifth Avenue and 21-year-old Benshawn Theron Robertson of South Marietta Street, all from Gastonia, have been arrested in connection to an armed robbery in Lincolnton. They were each charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of stolen goods.
At about 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, Lincolnton Police responded to a reported armed robbery in the parking lot at a local business. Officers spoke to the victim, who said he had arranged to sell a pair of Nike Air Jordan tennis shoes to a person he met through social media. The victim met with the potential buyer in the parking lot. Other subjects were with the potential buyer. As they discussed the shoes, one of the subjects pulled out a handgun and demanded the sneakers, money and the victim’s watch. The victim complied. He was not injured.
The victim got a description of the suspect vehicle, including the N.C. license tag number. He was also able to provide Officers with specific information about the robbery.
Probable cause was developed and warrants were issued for Drafton Davis and Rakeem McCree. Both subjects were entered into the National Crime Information Center’s database as wanted persons. Investigators also contacted authorities in Gaston County in an attempt to locate both men.
On March 27, Davis was arrested and was placed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $21,000 secured bond. At the time of his arrest, Davis was on probation as the result of a previous common law robbery conviction. He had a court date in late March. No additional appearances are listed at this time.
On April 13, McCree was arrested in Gaston County and jailed under a $50,000 secured bond. He has a May 18 court date pending in Lincoln County. At the time of the robbery, McCree also had active felony warrants in Gaston County for uttering a forged instrument, forgery of endorsement, obtaining property by false pretense and a felony probation violation. McRee is a validated member of the Bloods street gang and was also on probation at the time of his arrest.
Yesterday (May 4), Gastonia Police were investigating another armed robbery in which the suspects had been identified. One of them was Benshawn Robertson. Gastonia Detectives compared evidence with Lincolnton Detectives and determined that Robertson was involved in the March 27 robbery, along with Davis and McCree.
Robertson was arrested in Gaston County on warrants from both robberies. He was jailed under a $125,000 secured bond. A court date in Lincoln County will be scheduled next week.